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#311395 - 06/23/10 04:09 PM M80 on tube amps??
deedeedan Offline
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I currently do not own any axiom products, but from all the research that I've been doing in the past 6 months, I am now VERY interested in a pair of the new M80v3. My question is, has anyone tried these speakers with tube amps. Majority of M80 owner have big solid state amps and/or home theater applications. I am an audiophile with a very straight forward set up. My current equipments is a Melody EL34 tube amp, Marantz CD player, Voo Doo power cables and Tara lab speaker and RCA cables pushing a pair of Mirage OMD 28. The reason why I want to replace this speakers is because I've been listening to my friends setup that producted sounds that was more detailed, clean and a larger sound stage. I firmly believe with todays technologies and world markets, we can get great products producting great quality sounds without the great prices. My friend firmly does not believe it is possible. I want to prove him wrong and I think Axiom fits my philosophy.

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#311417 - 06/23/10 05:12 PM Re: M80 on tube amps?? [Re: deedeedan]
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I believe a couple of forum members had a gtg and used some tube amps with M80s not too long ago, now if only the search engine would work right to look for it.......

I will say the M80s is a relatively easy to drive speaker so any amp will work, it just depends on how loud you want to go. It should only take about 1W to power up the M80s to ~85-90db depending on how far back you are listening.

Oh, and welcome to the forum! \:\)


Edited by jakewash (06/23/10 05:13 PM)
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#311473 - 06/23/10 09:34 PM Re: M80 on tube amps?? [Re: deedeedan]
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 Originally Posted By: deedeedan
I currently do not own any axiom products, but from all the research that I've been doing in the past 6 months, I am now VERY interested in a pair of the new M80v3. My question is, has anyone tried these speakers with tube amps. Majority of M80 owner have big solid state amps and/or home theater applications. I am an audiophile with a very straight forward set up. My current equipments is a Melody EL34 tube amp, Marantz CD player, Voo Doo power cables and Tara lab speaker and RCA cables pushing a pair of Mirage OMD 28. The reason why I want to replace this speakers is because I've been listening to my friends setup that producted sounds that was more detailed, clean and a larger sound stage. I firmly believe with todays technologies and world markets, we can get great products producting great quality sounds without the great prices. My friend firmly does not believe it is possible. I want to prove him wrong and I think Axiom fits my philosophy.


please pardon our manners, Welcome to the Axiom forum and hopefully, soon to the Axiom Family! I am hoping you get the answers you are looking for.
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#311483 - 06/23/10 10:19 PM Re: M80 on tube amps?? [Re: deedeedan]
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Dan, welcome. It's great to hear that you're approaching the speaker selection question without the misconception that your friend suffers from. Apparently he's bought in to the "You get what you pay for" nonsense that sellers of high-priced goods and services love to trot out when they have no objective way to justify themselves. It has to be mentioned however that your present equipment list strongly trends in the opposite direction, with Voo Doo and Tara Lab connecting wires and the Melody(SP7?)tube integrated amp. Equal or better performance is available at far lower cost.

Having said that, the M80v3s are superb speakers at a fair price, and are fairly easy to drive because of a slightly higher than average sensitivity. I calculate that at a typical listening distance your Melody should be able handle a brief peak of about 102dB with the M80s. This should be sufficient for listening at levels which don't endanger your hearing.
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#311502 - 06/24/10 12:16 AM Re: M80 on tube amps?? [Re: JohnK]
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I would love to know too. I have driven the M60's with a tube amp and it was awesome.
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#311531 - 06/24/10 03:15 AM Re: M80 on tube amps?? [Re: jakewash]
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 Originally Posted By: jakewash

I believe a couple of forum members had a gtg and used some tube amps with M80s not too long ago, now if only the search engine would work right to look for it.......


This one?

http://www.axiomaudio.com/boards/ubbthre...true#Post305734

And this one later in the same thread:

http://www.axiomaudio.com/boards/ubbthre...true#Post305927


@ deedeedan - I can’t speak to the V3 M80s since mine are V2 but Sean’s tube amps drove them just fine to levels louder than I would want to listen.
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#311575 - 06/24/10 11:31 AM Re: M80 on tube amps?? [Re: grunt]
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Thanks Dean! I knew it was you but haven't had the time to look up the posts. \:\)
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#311629 - 06/24/10 04:18 PM Re: M80 on tube amps?? [Re: JohnK]
deedeedan Offline
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Hi JohnK
You're correct. My friend system cost more than $50,000.00 BUT there in no denying the GREAT sound it produces. I've been bugging him that I can put together a system that will produce the same quality of of sound for under $10,000.00 I'm at a point where I'm close, but my Mirage is a bit bass heavy and not as detailed and crisp as I want. Recently, I'd changed the tubes on the AMP to give it a softer feel, but not quite there. I really believe the Mirage is the issue. They were great speaker for its time. By the way and I don't know the exact models, but my friend has a McIntosh tube amp, Rotel cd player and ProAC speakers. I know that sounds are personal and subjective, but if these M80 really perform as well as you all say, I would really enjoy rubbing it to him.

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#311685 - 06/24/10 09:32 PM Re: M80 on tube amps?? [Re: deedeedan]
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for 10k stereo use i would get a pair of used wilsons, and then have 4k$ for electronics....

but thats just me...

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#312655 - 06/29/10 02:07 PM Re: M80 on tube amps?? [Re: dakkon]
deedeedan Offline
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Hi Everyone:
Thanks for all your valuable inputs. I have made up my mind and I just put in an order for the M80v3. I really hope they sound as good as everyone said. I'll probably get in in a few days and I will keep you posted on my first impressions.

I really looking forward to this.

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