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#329394 - 11/23/10 10:02 AM M3 vs Polk audio Monitor 70
Dubya Offline

Registered: 08/24/10
Posts: 4
Hey all,

I was about the finally pull the trigger on a pair of M3's this morning when a deal on Polk audio Monitor 70's crossed my desk. They're each selling for the same price new, and while the Polk's are a 3-way floor standing model, I can't help but cross shop. This is my first speaker system (run on an Onkyo 607) and I really want to make the right choices the first time.

I have a small living room and am enticed by the "quantity" argument for the Polks. Will the quality of the tiny-by-comparison M3's be worth it?

Thanks for the help!


#329397 - 11/23/10 10:23 AM Re: M3 vs Polk audio Monitor 70 [Re: Dubya]
bdpf Offline

Registered: 06/28/08
Posts: 769
Loc: Toronto, Canada
I never heard neither but I understand why you are biased if you can get them for the same price. My guess is that the Polks should be fairly available to listen to from retailers so you could give them an audition. Even better if the retailer as a return policy of X amount of time no questions asked, I would buy them, buy the M3s and return whichever you don't want. If the Polks are local, it shouldn't be a problem, and the return shipping for the M3s shouldn't be that high (you can contact Axiom for an exact pricing)

Good luck and welcome to the forum!
"The problem is choice..."

#329401 - 11/23/10 11:05 AM Re: M3 vs Polk audio Monitor 70 [Re: bdpf]
jakewash Offline
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Registered: 12/26/03
Posts: 10420
Loc: Calgary, Alberta
Bruno gives good advice :), just don't fall for the 'fuller' sound the floorstanders will inevitably have compared to the M3's. Listen for the finer details, soundstage etc.

Edited by jakewash (11/23/10 11:06 AM)
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#329446 - 11/23/10 10:11 PM Re: M3 vs Polk audio Monitor 70 [Re: jakewash]
Foghorn Offline

Registered: 07/17/04
Posts: 226
Dubya, I'm probably the only person here who owns Polks and Axioms. I have a 5.1 Polk system with RTi8 floorstanders and an Axiom stereo system with M22s. The Monitor 70s replaced the RTi8s as a lower budget option at the local Circuit City about a year after I bought the Polk system and I have heard them. They did not impress me as much as the RTi8s (in the same room, but over a year later and I have no idea what other equipment was in use). After giving this a lot of thought and comparing the speakers in my home on numerous occasions I have come to some conclusions - take them for what they are worth.

Polk is a good company that makes good speakers. Their downside (or upside depending on how you look at it) is that they try to have a variety of lines at different price points so that they can appeal to a broad market. As a result, they don't seem to put as much effort as Axiom into the details of each model that they make. Their other downside is that they don't sell direct. Overall, my general feel is that Axiom gives you 20-40% more for your money when you compare Polk products at their retail prices. However, the price you're describing for Monitor 70s is a good deal.

So, my advice is to base your decision on room size and how loud you like to play the music - and maybe how likely you are to move to a bigger room in the future. If the M3s will give you the volume you want you will probably like them better. If not, the Monitor 70s might be a better choice for you.

Of course, the advice you already got - "try them out side-by-side and give us a good report" is the best advice.

#329448 - 11/23/10 10:30 PM Re: M3 vs Polk audio Monitor 70 [Re: Foghorn]
Adrian Offline

Registered: 12/27/08
Posts: 6926
Loc: It's all about the location.
That's some good advice, Foghorn.

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