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#354403 - 09/09/11 02:53 PM m2 vs m3
dvw Offline
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I want to set a system in my living room for music only. If I will be using a subwoofer, is there any advantage to M3 over M2 bookshelf speakers?

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#354407 - 09/09/11 04:14 PM Re: m2 vs m3 [Re: dvw]
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M2 with subwoofer should be superior to M3. M3 better without subwoofer.

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#354414 - 09/09/11 06:39 PM Re: m2 vs m3 [Re: CatBrat]
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You should definitely get flatter response with M2 vs M3 if using a subwoofer. That said, it's possible the M3s might be able to play more loudly if that is a factor.

M2s with a 100 Hz crossover can do a pretty impressive job though.


Edited by bridgman (09/09/11 06:39 PM)
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#354420 - 09/09/11 08:40 PM Re: m2 vs m3 [Re: bridgman]
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i currently for my bedroom have 3 M2v3 speakers for front's and they are incredible. when listening to 2 channel with a sub the M2's do a great job. I know how this sounds but at times they challenge my M80's (exaggerating a little)until you get to some real deep low end stuff then they get smoked!

I'd go with the M2's and a sub, no question as I'm constantly reminded and surprised at just how great those M2v3 speakers sound. adding them to my bedroom was the best thing i've done in quite a while!

Oh yeah, I've got a pair of M2's that i'll be using in the basement and yep, with a sub!


Edited by solarrdadd (09/09/11 08:41 PM)
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#354421 - 09/09/11 10:01 PM Re: m2 vs m3 [Re: dvw]
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DV, welcome. With a good sub handling the bottom two octaves(20-80Hz)the M2 is a superb speaker for musical enjoyment. It is somewhat more accurate than the M3 in the upper bass/lower mid-range.
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#354426 - 09/09/11 10:18 PM Re: m2 vs m3 [Re: dvw]
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If you go the M2 route, let us know how it works out.

I use them as dual centers to good effect. I took them to my brothers a while back to try out in stereo. Except the weak bass, they are an amazing sounding speaker.
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#354431 - 09/09/11 10:23 PM Re: m2 vs m3 [Re: fredk]
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If your going to crank it up now and then, get the M3's, you can add a sub later.
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#354434 - 09/09/11 10:27 PM Re: m2 vs m3 [Re: SirQuack]
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Originally Posted By: SirQuack
If your going to crank it up now and then, get the M3's, you can add a sub later.

If you're going to crank it, get the M80s. Just sayin'...
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#354464 - 09/10/11 12:45 PM Re: m2 vs m3 [Re: fredk]
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I should probably mention that there seem to be a lot of people running M2s with a sub very happily (including me) while I don't know many running M3 with sub... so my comments about being able to play more loudly with M3s than M2s are guesses based on driver size / efficiency / power handling more than "known from experience".

I ended up moving from M2+sub to M60 without sub for a while because I wanted to sometimes turn up the volume to a level where the M2s were uncomfortable (in my case it was Heart's "Mistral Wind" that the M2+sub couldn't handle cranked up to 11). M60s handled the content & volume just fine, of course.

I don't expect that M3 + sub would have performed the same way, for what it's worth.


Edited by bridgman (09/10/11 12:49 PM)
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#354468 - 09/10/11 01:07 PM Re: m2 vs m3 [Re: bridgman]
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I'm running an M3 with a sub. It's actually in my son's room and I went that way to play to his type of music (classic rock). It sounds a bit "heavy", but works very well in that context (he's very happy with it). If I were looking for the classic neutral Axiom sound I'd go with the M2. I should mention that I don't have the M2, but I have the M22, so I'm using those for my comparison.

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