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#420173 - 08/26/16 05:31 PM AX-5 Reference Monitors
corduroy41 Offline
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Hi folks, my first post.. nice to be here. I've been meaning to join for quite some time, figured today should be the day.

So, I bought a set of AX-5's off a local guy on Kijiji a few years back. They were quite well maintained and looked over by a speaker tech and were/are sounding great at the time of audition. I couldn't get my money out quick enough and managed to haggle down the price in exchange for a set of nice, but in dire need of serious repair Chartwell PM100's.

I got them home, hooked them up, and they were even better on my home 2 channel setup than the one I auditioned them on! I love 'em and see no reason to upgrade for a very long time. I'm regularly sitting and staring at them in awe of how much detail, clairty, and bass these things produce!

To the point of my rambling post. I've done a bit of research around to see what the verdict is out there, and there's not a ton of info, but the general consensus agrees they're great. But I notice mine in particular look somewhat different from all the ones I've seen (not that many really, some ported, some bi-ampable), and wonder if anyone knows anything about them? Year of manufacture? Anything noteworthy about these ones in particular? Anybody else have the same ones? Guess I'm curious of their history a bit. Here's a gallery of a few shots I took when I initially got them. I have since better positioned them and have made a few upgrades to the system they're connected to as well. Have a look here:

https://imgur.com/a/WQwWP

Anyway, thanks for looking, and please let me know what you folks know or think! My friend seriously thinks that one day I'll sell them to him.. I'd have to fall on some desperate times to part with these.

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#420174 - 08/26/16 07:19 PM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: corduroy41]
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Welcome. I don't have any information about your AX-5's, but they look really cool.
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#420175 - 08/26/16 07:54 PM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: corduroy41]
corduroy41 Offline
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Thanks! They look very cool but I think they sound even better than they look! Maybe I didn't post this in the right place?

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#420179 - 08/27/16 11:27 AM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: corduroy41]
Mojo Offline
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Wow, what a trip to the past! Are you kidding? Have you heard what a modern pair of speakers sound like?

I suppose what matters is how they sound in your Matrix and I am sorry to jar you into the reality in which I live. Just don't make the mistake of listening to speakers made in the last 15 years or you'll suffer from upgraditis.

Or maybe not...if your ears have the frequency response of a tuna fish! smile

I vote you donate them to the Axiom museum and beg Axiom to give you a credit towards a newer set of speakers. You only live once so why torture your brain?

Disclosure: I have never heard the AX-5 speakers and don't need to in order to reach my conclusion.

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#420180 - 08/27/16 12:44 PM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: corduroy41]
corduroy41 Offline
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Do tuna fish have ears? They are delicious though.

No matter.. I like what I hear.

I still can't tell if you're trolling me or you're a master of sarcasm.

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#420181 - 08/27/16 01:08 PM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: corduroy41]
MarkSJohnson Offline
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It's sarcasm. Note his disclosure at the bottom.

Quote:
No matter.. I like what I hear.

That's all that matters! Welcome to the forum!
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#420182 - 08/27/16 01:25 PM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: MarkSJohnson]
corduroy41 Offline
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Lol, thanks.. I take most message boards way too seriously smile

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#420183 - 08/27/16 02:32 PM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: corduroy41]
Serenity_then Offline
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Blast from the past.

It would be great to hear a technical discussion on how the designs evolved over time. The directors commentary.... smile
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#420184 - 08/27/16 02:45 PM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: Serenity_then]
corduroy41 Offline
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Yeah, I'd love to hear about that too.. I've read the old brochure with the review, and they look liked a hell of a flagship product of their time. On a side note, I did find a similar set on Kijiji a while back that had the subwoofer that paired with the AX-5's.. though the speakers themselves were still different from mine. I can't imagine the need for the extra bass.. these reportedly get down to 28hz already!

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#420185 - 08/27/16 05:44 PM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: corduroy41]
nickbuol Offline
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Mojo offers both truth and sarcasm. You will get only a good friendly bunch of folks here. Insults and belittling happen elsewhere. Some people here just take a little while to "figure out" but yeah, Mojo has a point. Speakers today generally sound a lot better. Newer driver and crossover technology, better cabinet designs, and things aren't worn out from old age or possible neglect.

If you like them, great, just beware of newer speakers as you may, again like mentioned, feel the need to upgrade.
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