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#325153 - 10/07/10 03:31 PM M80 vs Paradigm Studio 100
emedwhat Offline
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I plan to replace my M22s. The alternatives are M80 and Paradigm Studio 100. My usage is 50% HT and 50% music. May I learn your advice?
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#325155 - 10/07/10 04:22 PM Re: M80 vs Paradigm Studio 100 [Re: emedwhat]
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Several Axiom owners auditioned both Studio 100's and Axiom M80's including yours truly...not in an A/B test, I should note.

You'll likely find only subtle differences between these two speakers in regards to their sound dynamics....both offer powerfull sound with a very detailed, neutral feel, detailed and crisp high's, clear mids and very deep, punchy bass. Even their freq graphs(found at Soundstage) are quite similar by comparison(at least Studio 100 V3 vs Axiom M80 V2) which isn't too surprising since both companies have a similar design goal in mind. Either would be an excellent choice for music and/or HT use. The Axioms are less expensive, however the price difference narrows a lot if you choose to go with the most expensive of Axiom's custom finishes(high gloss Rosewood, Piano Black).
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#325158 - 10/07/10 05:11 PM Re: M80 vs Paradigm Studio 100 [Re: Adrian]
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You summed that up quite nicely Adrian, well done.
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#325167 - 10/07/10 07:10 PM Re: M80 vs Paradigm Studio 100 [Re: jakewash]
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As soon as I received my M80's, I contacted my local Paradigm dealer and asked if they would let me compare the Studio 100's in my house, and they said yes; unfortunately because of my health I couldn't.

Now, I'm a loyal customer and have been for 10 years (moved from Paradigm monitor 9's to the M80's). I don't think this is commonplace, but it's worth a try. After all, the best place to do a comparison is in your environment, not an electronics shop.
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#325180 - 10/07/10 10:15 PM Re: M80 vs Paradigm Studio 100 [Re: Ya_basta]
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If you generally like your M22's, you'll probably really like the M80's. If you want "change", that's a different thing.

Yes, Adrian, well done.
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#325194 - 10/08/10 05:53 AM Re: M80 vs Paradigm Studio 100 [Re: tomtuttle]
emedwhat Offline
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Thanks for the replies. My short-term plan is replace M22s with floor standings and replace QS4s with M22s.

Unfortunately, I am not able to listen to Studio 100.
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#325195 - 10/08/10 08:11 AM Re: M80 vs Paradigm Studio 100 [Re: emedwhat]
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I rememember listening to the 100's and really liked them. Interesting cosmetic styling too. In comparison to the 80's the were not cheap however.

I asked the sales guy if what the store return policy was, he said that they would offer an in store credit. I said thank you, walked out the front door and never returned.

Not an easy task, but try to find a store that will let you try the speakers in you home for a weekend.
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#325196 - 10/08/10 08:40 AM Re: M80 vs Paradigm Studio 100 [Re: Worfzara]
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I did lots of a/b comparing of M60's to various Paradigm speakers using the stores high end electronics and theater room. I found the soundstage and frequency response, as well as price to be hands down better with the Axioms.

The newer Paradigms are no doubt better that the generation from 5+ years ago, but in looking at the spec sheet, they still only reach to 44 hz, while the M80's you are considering will extend to 34 hz.

I think you should try to listen to them both side by side before you choose. You can always send the M80's back if you aren't completely satisfied. Honestly, if price to performance ratio and value is important, go with Axiom!

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#325200 - 10/08/10 10:41 AM Re: M80 vs Paradigm Studio 100 [Re: emedwhat]
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Originally Posted By: emedwhat
Thanks for the replies. My short-term plan is replace M22s with floor standings and replace QS4s with M22s.

Unfortunately, I am not able to listen to Studio 100.
Why do you want to replace the QS4's with direct raciating M22s? Do you not like the QS4's? I might suggest trying out the M22's as surrounds before getting rid of the QS4's, you may find you prefer the better sound diffusion the little Q's give compared to the M22's for surround duty.
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#325326 - 10/11/10 12:14 AM Re: M80 vs Paradigm Studio 100 [Re: jakewash]
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Originally Posted By: jakewash
Originally Posted By: emedwhat
Thanks for the replies. My short-term plan is replace M22s with floor standings and replace QS4s with M22s.

Unfortunately, I am not able to listen to Studio 100.
Why do you want to replace the QS4's with direct raciating M22s? Do you not like the QS4's? I might suggest trying out the M22's as surrounds before getting rid of the QS4's, you may find you prefer the better sound diffusion the little Q's give compared to the M22's for surround duty.


Thanks for the advice. I will give a try first...
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