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#32243 - 01/28/04 07:22 PM M60 vs B&W DM603S3
johncj Offline
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Hi Folks,

I'm a newbie to this site, but I am a long term audio/HT nut. You all seem pretty friendly and knowledgeable, so...

Has anyone owning the M60s listened to the DM603? I like the controlled and authoritive bass of the B&W, but find the mids slightly "boxy". My listening room is average size, I have a dedicated audio set up already, looking for some quality floorstanders for 60% HT, 40 % tunes. Need speakers with good slam that aren't afraid of some injudicious rock.

Thoughts?

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#32244 - 01/28/04 07:32 PM Re: M60 vs B&W DM603S3
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The general consensus of those on the board who have heard the B&W 600 series is that the Axiom M60s are noticeably better -- not to mention cheaper. It's also been said that you need to move up to the B&W 700 series to start getting on par with Axiom performance.

With the M60s, you get the tight controlled bass, crystal clear highs, and smooth accurate midrange without a boxy effect.

If you're looking for big slam, you'd do well to consider adding a subwoofer if you don't already have one.
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#32245 - 01/28/04 07:41 PM Re: M60 vs B&W DM603S3
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Thanks for the response. I have a sub for my existing HT setup, just have never heard a modestly priced sub (yet!) that really sounds good with music.

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#32246 - 01/28/04 07:55 PM Re: M60 vs B&W DM603S3
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What sub do you have, and what do you consider "modestly priced?" We often (ok, more like always) recommend SVS and Hsu subs.
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#32247 - 01/28/04 08:03 PM Re: M60 vs B&W DM603S3
johncj Offline
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My HT system has an Energy XLS-8. It is bloody awful sonically. But for my movies, it's adequate.
I would figure $300-400 would be modest for a sub. But if I went that route, I probably wouldn't get towers. Don't want to go much over $1K for the new tranducers.

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#32248 - 01/28/04 08:05 PM Re: M60 vs B&W DM603S3
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Sounds like you're prioritizing your main speakers, which is the right thing to do. Go with the M60s and don't look back.
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#32249 - 01/28/04 08:08 PM Re: M60 vs B&W DM603S3
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The B&Ws I heard didn't strike me as particularly good, but there are some other speakers out there that I would consider. And, of course, the M60s are truly EXCELLENT and versatile.

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#32250 - 01/28/04 08:15 PM Re: M60 vs B&W DM603S3
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You may want to take a look at this faceoff. I've listened to the Monitor Audio Golds and loved them. But I like the $1k savings of getting M22's.

Audioholics

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#32251 - 01/28/04 08:19 PM Re: M60 vs B&W DM603S3
tomtuttle Offline
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You know, I don't have too much to add here beyond what gets continually recycled on the boards. I love my M60's and am looking forward to adding a good quality sub when I can afford it.

But what drew me in was john's joyful writing. Anybody who uses "injudicious" and "bloody awful" in one thread has a seriously bright future around here. Stay and chat awhile.
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#32252 - 01/28/04 08:42 PM Re: M60 vs B&W DM603S3
johncj Offline
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Mr. Tuttle; you are too kind.

How about "thin-walleted cognescenti" as a handle?

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