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#307011 - 05/18/10 05:13 AM Axiom vs Paradigm Signature
Nickba Offline
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Registered: 05/18/10
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Hello,

I am considering buying a pair M80 Speakers. Currently I own a pair of Paradigm S8 v2 speakers. My question is how does the M80 compare to the to the S8? Any advices?

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#307013 - 05/18/10 07:22 AM Re: Axiom vs Paradigm Signature [Re: Nickba]
davidsch Offline
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Welcome! Is there something about the Paradigms that you don't care for? Just curious as I have not heard those speakers.

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#307016 - 05/18/10 08:19 AM Re: Axiom vs Paradigm Signature [Re: Nickba]
EFalardeau Offline
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I have to ask the same question as David: what is wrong with the S8? They are really good, but expensive.
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#307024 - 05/18/10 09:50 AM Re: Axiom vs Paradigm Signature [Re: EFalardeau]
Adrian Offline
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I doubt if too many people have ever heard the S8's let alone A/B'ing them with the M80s. I've visited a couple of Paradigm dealers and they usually seem to stock only the Monitor and Studio lines, which are the most often compared to the Axioms, and the Signature line is special order. The M80s, by many accounts including my own, sound similar to the Studio 100s so if you are able to hear the S8's and the Studio 100's together, I would suggest that any differences/similarities might similarly apply to the M80s in place of the Studio 100s.
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#307028 - 05/18/10 10:10 AM Re: Axiom vs Paradigm Signature [Re: Adrian]
BlueJays1 Offline
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Those are some very nice speakers Nickba. Here are the soundstage measurements between the two speakers. What type of finish do you have on the S8v2?

http://www.soundstagemagazine.com/measurements/paradigm_signature_s8/

http://www.soundstagemagazine.com/measurements/axiom_m80v2/
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#307045 - 05/18/10 11:12 AM Re: Axiom vs Paradigm Signature [Re: BlueJays1]
jakewash Offline
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I have heard some signature Paradigms in a showroom (I can not for the life of me remember which ones), I recall thinking they sounded alot like my M80s but with a little more refined/smoother sound. I wasn't too sure I liked that sound as much as I like my M80s, which are more life like IMO.
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#307067 - 05/18/10 12:16 PM Re: Axiom vs Paradigm Signature [Re: jakewash]
casey01 Offline
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Once again, keep in mind that many of the Canadian speaker manufacturers(Axiom, Paradigm, PSB and others) in their initial stages, "cut their teeth" at the National Research Council in Ottawa in their Anechoic chamber to come up with their designs.In essence, they were all striving for as neutral a sound as possible, so other than individual "quirks" and cabinetry designs, there will be a similarity in sound between all of them.

Unlike the others listed, over the years, as we all know, Axiom chose a different marketing strategy and as a result their speakers are generally better value.

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#307080 - 05/18/10 01:24 PM Re: Axiom vs Paradigm Signature [Re: Nickba]
fredk Offline
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This guy owns both the S8 and M80. You can read his comments on how the two compare.

He seemed to think the M80 was an exceptional speaker for the money, but the S8s are a better speaker.
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#307082 - 05/18/10 01:36 PM Re: Axiom vs Paradigm Signature [Re: fredk]
BlueJays1 Offline
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IMO I don't see any reason to move away from the S8 unless you need the cash and therefore need to move down to something cheaper. It is an exceptional speaker (build quality, finish, sound).
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#307095 - 05/18/10 03:16 PM Re: Axiom vs Paradigm Signature [Re: BlueJays1]
Nickba Offline
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Registered: 05/18/10
Posts: 21
Hi!!

First, thanks a lot for all your comments. Actually I am not moving away from the S8s, I just want to buy a new pair of speakers.

Dr.House, my Signature speakers have the Cherry finish.

I do like the S8s, I really don't care too much about the finish, but I do care about the sound quality.

What I didn't like is the ADP3. I have 3 pairs of them and 3 speakers already had problems.

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