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#372533 - 04/08/12 11:18 AM M80's
Rustolem Offline
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Okay now that I have stirred the pot over Surrounds and now Subs time to move onto the fronts. grin
Was really looking at the Klipsch RF-7ii's mostly for those 2 10" woofers in each box.
But want to hear from others that have the M80's on how well the do on BASS for music either in 2 channel or 5.1 settings.
Also what did you replace when you got the M80's, cause that says alot about the speaker as well depending on the brand you had before Axiom.

Thanks for any responses.
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#372535 - 04/08/12 11:28 AM Re: M80's [Re: Rustolem]
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me= 2 channel for music and movies, no sub

Previous speakers: Jean Marie Reynaud Trentes. I am hiding them now in a climate controlled storage unit because I told my wife I sold them.

I have all the bass I need for music. I have 95% of the bass I need for movies. I turned off my LFE from being mixed into the Front L/R speakers. For most movies the 80's could handle the LFE, but I had a scary experience with the pod emerging from the ground in WOW with my amp turned up extremely loud.

Until my amp went into circuit protection it was absolutely incredible what those speakers were doing. I don't blame the 80s one bit. Action movies with sound design like that need a sub.
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#372547 - 04/08/12 12:06 PM Re: M80's [Re: Rustolem]
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I replaced my M50s with my M80s. Before that, it was Cambridge Soundworks Ensemble 1, so not exactly anything to write home about. But the cabinet volume of the M80+the 2 6.5" woofers makes for pretty darn good bass. That said, I always use my sub, since I like a lot of bass.
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#372559 - 04/08/12 02:08 PM Re: M80's [Re: Rustolem]
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My previous speakers were diamonds, fir coats, european cars and augmented C cups, followed by a financially uplifting divorce that allowed me the freedom to buy whatever I wanted.... Speakers and electronics were purchase #1.

The M80's do have some great base, but I wouldn't run without a sub. There's no comparison worth mentioning. And that's for both music and movies. Anyone who says differently most likely never had a good sub.

I have recently moved from M80ti's, to M60v3's in my HT. I don't miss the M80's (but I also run two EP500's in this room). They may not play as 'loud', but in all honesty, I couldn't ever pin the volume with the M80's, and I can't pin the volume with the M60's....so I have no way to know just how loud each are. They both are above my threshold of pain. Reference level is loud enough.

I have a set of Wharfedale Opus 2-2's in a room where the M80's were playing. I've said it before, will say it again, they are different, but neither are better than the other. I use an EP600 in this room to augment the lower end.
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#372581 - 04/08/12 03:09 PM Re: M80's [Re: Rustolem]
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The M80s are a full range speaker and will play all but the lowest of pipe organ notes. I replaced my M22s with M80s but before I went this route I tried out various other full range speakers, Paradigm Studio 100's, Monitor Audio Gold series, Focal Chorus series to name a few comparators and in my opinion the M80s held their own against these other fine speakers. In the end it came down to the $1300 the M80s cost at the time. If I could justify the cost of some of the others I may have gone with one of them instead but it is hard to pass up on such a great sound for dollars spent.

Like the others I too run my M80s with my sub but I have my XO set for 40hz, the M80s are playing most of my music and the sub only sees the extreme low end when required, in my room and for my ears I like this set up the best.
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#372600 - 04/08/12 04:52 PM Re: M80's [Re: Ken.C]
Rustolem Offline
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Originally Posted By: Ken.C
I replaced my M50s with my M80s. Before that, it was Cambridge Soundworks Ensemble 1, so not exactly anything to write home about. But the cabinet volume of the M80+the 2 6.5" woofers makes for pretty darn good bass. That said, I always use my sub, since I like a lot of bass.

Well all of my music listening will be either internet radio, mp3's or some dvd/bluray music discs.
But the music I enjoy will have alot of deep base that I want to be able to "feel".
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#372601 - 04/08/12 04:54 PM Re: M80's [Re: Rustolem]
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So most of you have your M80's set to small?
And bass was why I was considering the Klipsch R7-ii's with their 2 10" subs in each cabinet.
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#372602 - 04/08/12 05:00 PM Re: M80's [Re: Rustolem]
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Rust,
there are some in the industry who wish the terms large and small were never used with identifying bass management.
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#372604 - 04/08/12 05:07 PM Re: M80's [Re: Rustolem]
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Rust, small and large doesn't really have to do with the physical size of the speaker. It is more about setting the proper crossover to blend with your sub. If you have a sub in the mix, you normally want to set all speakers to small, and adjust the crossover for each speaker accordingly.
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#372608 - 04/08/12 05:21 PM Re: M80's [Re: Rustolem]
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What sort of music?

I am kind of thinking the deep bass you are talking about is actually not that deep but higher up on the scale, far too many people think the sub is the issue when in fact it is the mains and they are sitting in a null.
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