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#420186 - 08/27/16 05:52 PM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: corduroy41]
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Tuna fish can hear between 100 to 1000 Hz. They are big fans of Bose.
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#420187 - 08/27/16 08:03 PM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: nickbuol]
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Originally Posted By nickbuol
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.


Yeah, I figured as with most forums, everyone has their ways.. it's all good.

And I won't ever doubt that better speakers exist. As much as I love the thought of having better, I have a harder time justifying cost. I'm more hifi on a hotdog budget than most here I'm sure.

As for eventually upgrading, one day I'm sure I will. Just not for a bit yet.. I'm enjoying these too much smile I've got too many other things to upgrade around me first.

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#420188 - 08/27/16 08:06 PM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: Mojo]
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Originally Posted By Mojo
Tuna fish can hear between 100 to 1000 Hz. They are big fans of Bose.


So that's how Bose stays in business.. I've always wondered who buys their stuff!

Maybe they're heavily invested into the tuna fisheries too?

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#420189 - 08/28/16 12:14 AM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: corduroy41]
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I thinks its great that your super happy with your AX5's. Hell I'm rockin HPM 900's from 1980 ,you do the math. I have M80's and I have speakers I made myself from Axiom drivers and I love em all.

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#420190 - 08/28/16 12:26 AM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: corduroy41]
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My buddies loved their (now) 25 year-old speakers. So did I. Then I got M80s. Everything changed.

You don't have to buy M80s though to be closer to audio Nirvana. Heck, you don't even have to spend for M3s. A pair of the latest Andrew Jones bookshelves for $120, set up correctly in your room, serve as a cheap red pill.

Perhaps it's better however to enjoy what you have. The rabbit hole you are in right now may be more peaceful than the rabbit hole the red pill might take you into.
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#420193 - 08/28/16 08:49 AM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: Gr8_White_North]
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Originally Posted By Socketman
I thinks its great that your super happy with your AX5's. Hell I'm rockin HPM 900's from 1980 ,you do the math. I have M80's and I have speakers I made myself from Axiom drivers and I love em all.



I love the look of those HPM's.. I've yet to hear any of the series, but from what I've read they appear to be praised. That's a nice little setup you've got there. There's so much of a lust around for the HPM 100's it appears.

I need to get around and do some auditioning. Lots to learn.

I have previously owned B&W V201's that were great, but I passed them off to a friend who better benefitted from them, I currently also have a set of Camber Laser 7's, ProAc Super Tablette's, Optimus Pro LX5's, and an early 90's generic JBL J series home theatre set. They all serve their purpose decently, though not outstanding. The ProAc's are my second go to set behind the AX-5's, but lack bass.

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#420194 - 08/28/16 09:09 AM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: Mojo]
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Originally Posted By Mojo
My buddies loved their (now) 25 year-old speakers. So did I. Then I got M80s. Everything changed.

You don't have to buy M80s though to be closer to audio Nirvana. Heck, you don't even have to spend for M3s. A pair of the latest Andrew Jones bookshelves for $120, set up correctly in your room, serve as a cheap red pill.

Perhaps it's better however to enjoy what you have. The rabbit hole you are in right now may be more peaceful than the rabbit hole the red pill might take you into.


Well I could see how that'd happen. I've read some healthy praise for the M80's and though I haven't heard them, they do look like some high quality speakers. One day I'd love to hear them.

I've done some reading and research and those Pioneer Andrew Jones speakers come up all too often. Bargain hifi is an interesting market segment. I've been stuck in vintage territory for a few years, so switching to the new equipment market has been slow for me. Heck, the newest thing I own in my system is an Ortofon 2M Red on my ancient Thorens 125 MkII.

The only red pill I've swallowed so far is having all my components serviced. I've had my Nikko Alpha II recapped and modified and an H/K Citation 17s that was cleaned up. Next up is an overhaul on the turntable. It's been fun so far though. Gradually I hope to "upgrade" everything in the chain, but it'll take time. I've climbed in and out of the rabbit hole a couple times for the sake of learning. It's a long way down, err.. up.

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#420195 - 08/28/16 09:36 AM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: corduroy41]
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As a long time owner of Axiom products, those models seem like early Axiom models. I owned AX 3, which were very similar and heard the AX5's on many occasions. Search the Water Cooler forum for historical references - and many visits, including mine in 1991 which shows the early views of the plant. The interesting design of the AX3 and 5 models were the cabinet within a cabinet with the original 3's front firing, and 5's rear firing, as the woofer was separated from the other drivers....oh, and the lifetime warranty, which I employed on several occasions to replace drivers. That played into my favour with Ian offering me a sensational deal to simply get my AX3's for the parts to re-purpose for use in repairing other AX3's to honour the "lifetime" warranty.

I can tell you with experience and without sarcasm, that my original AX3's do not compare with my M80's. I had lengthy discussions with Ian over the designs - having met Ian almost 30 years ago - and about the evolution of speakers, not wanting to trade in my AX3's....but I can tell you it was well worth the effort.

Though, based on your list of equipment, it seems you enjoy vintage equipment, so enjoy your journey!
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#420197 - 08/28/16 12:24 PM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: corduroy41]
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Nice speakers you have there.

I still really enjoy listening to vintage speakers... could just be because that's the sound I grew up with, but I often think there is... I don't know what to call it, open-ness, presence, dynamics... something you don't get quite as much of with today's speakers. It's probably like the tube amp debate...

I was about to ask whether you had the wedge or the box versions, but then I noticed you were kind enough to post pictures. Very nice.

And yes, Mojo does appear to be an actual master of sarcasm smile


Edited by bridgman (08/28/16 12:25 PM)
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#420198 - 08/28/16 12:25 PM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: corduroy41]
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I have never had the pleasure of listening to any of the Axiom AX series speakers. However, I wouldn't discount the sound quality of all 1980s vintage speakers.

I have a pair of Dahlquist DQM 905s and a pair of their flagship DQM909s in 2 channel systems. I have owned Axiom M100s, M50s, M22s, M3s and M2s. The Dahlquists do not suffer from the comparison with the great Axiom speakers.

The Dahlquists have all Vifa driver/tweeters. They were designed by the great Carl Marchisotto (now see NOLA speakers).

Ian designed the AX series speakers. I suspect they sound great as well.

Vintage speakers, suspend judgment until you've heard them.


Edited by 2x6spds (08/28/16 12:26 PM)
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