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#364181 - 01/18/12 07:48 PM Upgrading Theater
aerial Offline

Registered: 01/18/12
Posts: 2
Loc: Fort St. John, BC
I have been upgrading my theater over the past month. I have recently purchased on Onkyo 5508 and a Outlaw Audio Model 7500 Amp (200 watts x 5). I'm replacing my Center and Left and Right speakers. I'm really interested in the M80's and the VP180. I would like to know your experience with them. Or should i look at something else. My budget is around 3 grand.

#364183 - 01/18/12 07:52 PM Re: Upgrading Theater [Re: aerial]
MarkSJohnson Offline
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Registered: 09/27/04
Posts: 11445
Loc: Central NH
Welcome, aerial! I don't have first-hand knowledge of either of these speakers, but I'm sure others will be along shortly!

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#364189 - 01/18/12 09:11 PM Re: Upgrading Theater [Re: MarkSJohnson]
stevej Offline
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Registered: 08/08/09
Posts: 76
Hi aerial. Others will be along at some point that can give you really good advice. I have had the M80s for about a year and a half. Started with the vp150 and upgraded to the VP180. Others will be able to give a better evaluation but I will give you the best description I can. The speakers are really amazing. The M80s can play really loud and yet so clear. When I have friends or family over they are so amazed at the detail. My son-in-law has a decent HT set up and loves the clarity and detail of the M80s.
The VP180 makes the dialogue in movies jump out at you. My wife is 75 percent deaf and loves the 180 because the voices are so focused and sound like the are just right there.
I assume on the Onkyo you meant the 5008. I have the 3007 and it will push the Axioms as loud as I can stand to listen. So I think you would be very pleased with that setup.
Hope this helps.
This is a great place for good info. And there are some guys on here that can really give you some better discriptions than I can. So I am sure you will get some more good advice.
Welcome and enjoy.

#364228 - 01/19/12 12:46 AM Re: Upgrading Theater [Re: stevej]
jakewash Offline
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Registered: 12/26/03
Posts: 10420
Loc: Calgary, Alberta
If you can listen to some Paradigm Studio 100's they will give you a pretty close approximation as to the sound of the M80s are capable of. These speakers are great for detailed listening, but if you are just starting out, go out and listen to some other speakers and see if there are any in your price range for that front 3 that you like then order the M80s/VP180 and compare how they sound to the others you have heard, then go with the ones you like the best. BTW you can look at the HEARING THINGS forum for a list of potential people willing to give Axiom auditions.
M80 v2
VP160 v3
QS8 v2
PB13 Ultra
Denon 3808
Samsung 85" Q70

#364235 - 01/19/12 01:28 AM Re: Upgrading Theater [Re: jakewash]
SBrown Offline

Registered: 11/16/10
Posts: 901
Loc: Victoria,BC
I have the Onkyo 5508 and the 5500 amp with the M80's,and they sound amazing. I am going for the VP160.

#364246 - 01/19/12 08:00 AM Re: Upgrading Theater [Re: SBrown]
SirQuack Offline
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Registered: 01/29/04
Posts: 13660
Loc: Iowa
How big is your room? Based on your equipment, I assume huge?
M80s VP180 4xM22ow 4xM3ic EP600 2xEP350
AnthemAVM60 Outlaw7700 EmoA500 Epson5040UB SonyUBPX800

#364319 - 01/19/12 07:40 PM Re: Upgrading Theater [Re: aerial]
aerial Offline

Registered: 01/18/12
Posts: 2
Loc: Fort St. John, BC
My room is 18 x 30 x 9 feet.


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