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#419058 - 05/11/16 10:28 PM 2 Channel System
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I'm planning to buy some speakers for my den. 2 bookshelves.... no room for a sub.

I have been looking at used paradigm 10,20,40 on ebay. I already have an axiom HT system and thought i should try something else for this room plus i really like the looks of the paradigm speakers.

... but still the value conscious part of me is considering the M3. Are there good threads you guys can point me to comparing M3 to some of the paradigm speakers listed?

Also as far as AMP goes. I am considering the monoprice tube amp. I would love to hear opinions on this as well.

Eventually I may want to use Sonos through out my house so I am also considering the ZP120 to drive the speakers, but I may want to hold off on sonos for a while since it seems they may be due for a big upgrade. Recent articles on sonos indicate they will be getting into voice controlled devices.
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#419059 - 05/11/16 11:36 PM Re: 2 Channel System [Re: Listener]
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Whatever speakers you choose, ensure they don't misbehave on the low end.

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#419060 - 05/12/16 01:07 AM Re: 2 Channel System [Re: Listener]
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I picked up a Monoprice tube amp and a pair of Axiom M3V(2 or 3) as a housewarming gift for a friend. I set it up in my conference room to check it out with a Nakamichi CDP. Sound quality was silly good. Excellent. I don't know about the Paradigms, but the Axiom M3s are a perfect pairing with a tube amp.

Don't torment yourself about whether or not you should pull the trigger. Get the M3s and the Monoprice tube amp. You'll love them.
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#419070 - 05/12/16 04:59 PM Re: 2 Channel System [Re: Listener]
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Can anyone recommend stands for the m3 in the below $100 for the pair price range? I feel funny spending more on stands than the amp.
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#419071 - 05/12/16 07:23 PM Re: 2 Channel System [Re: Listener]
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#419072 - 05/12/16 08:50 PM Re: 2 Channel System [Re: Listener]
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Try Craigslist and pick up a pair for $10-30.

Or, try Amazon.com. Get something sturdy, wide base, wide top plate and not too tall.


http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41YXqLw8lwL._AC_UL320_SR320,320_.jpg

Here you go:

Nice Sanus stands 16"-24" less than $40.

Don't feel funny, Just do it already.
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#419073 - 05/12/16 10:11 PM Re: 2 Channel System [Re: Listener]
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Just made an offer on some barely used M3s v4 in cherry. I will be ordering the sanus stands next. Thanks for the push. =)
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#419075 - 05/13/16 01:07 AM Re: 2 Channel System [Re: Listener]
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Great news Listener. Expect a lot of joy from that system.
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#419076 - 05/13/16 01:23 AM Re: 2 Channel System [Re: Listener]
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Enjoy listening to odd harmonic distortion.

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#419077 - 05/13/16 02:08 AM Re: 2 Channel System [Re: Listener]
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That's a good one!

Monoprice says their 'tube' amp uses a class A/B amplification with a tube preamp stage. This is a pretty good combination.

I have an Odyssey Khartago solid state amp and the Odyssey Candella tube preamp. Sounds pretty darn good. Of course, for a total of over $2,500 it should sound great and rub my leg.

I spoke with Klaus Bunge (Odyssey guy) and he said you have to have tubes in the signal path to get good sound. I agree. The only problem with the Odyssey set up is, not enough tubes, just 2 x 12au7s.

I have had the pleasure of listening to the monoprice 'tube' amp coupled with a pair of M3s. This rig sounds terrific! I had one of my golden eared audio society friends over to get his take. After all, a system with a $150 amp and a pair of used M3s, shouldn't sound this good. He agreed. Sounds great.

When I told him that the amp cost $150, he was stunned. Based on the sound quality, he guessed it cost $700-1,000.

$150. Go get one!
Listener, you're going to love it!
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