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Re: Best option for a little more power?
Eric45 #434545 11/29/19 03:14 PM
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Eric, you need to read my reviews (see below). Do not under-estimate what QS10, and in general v4, will do for you if you don't have v4. Moving to v4 is a much bigger upgrade than a new receiver or amp. That includes your 500. The sealed subs are the real deal!

QS10: very first review
https://www.axiomaudio.com/qs10-surround-sound-speakers

Fronts: scroll down to holography and black magic
https://www.axiomaudio.com/reviews/index/list/product/930/

Center: very first review
https://www.axiomaudio.com/reviews/index/list/product/27/

Sub: the Might from Dwight
https://www.axiomaudio.com/reviews/index/list/product/64/


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Re: Best option for a little more power?
Eric45 #434546 11/29/19 03:42 PM
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With regard to the version, when did you buy the 500, QS8 and M80? If you bought them new after 2014, I expect they are v4. If so, the only one you should consider upgrading is the QS8 to a QS10.


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Re: Best option for a little more power?
Mojo #435279 01/16/20 02:17 AM
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Mojo.....Well after much deliberation..soul searching etc, I bought an amp. I also purchased a new Denon..just a step up from my previous one..the 3500 and ended up getting a Emotiva A-300. Basically just wanted to get a decent amp to see what the difference would be. Its not "louder" persay but it definitely sounds louder and more full...a great improvement for sure. I'm sure I will eventually get an ADA but didn't want to drop the cash right now since there are speakers I want to get before I go any further. Question though...my center is a Paradigm cc-570. I really want all Axiom stuff..I'm anal like that...lol. Would the vp150 be comparable to the 570? Or would it be comparible to the vp160? Also..right now my Qs8s are used as rear surround, but I'd like to move them to the sides..problem is I don't have any good places to put them. Was thinking of mounting them to the ends of my coffee table. Would that even be feasible or would it sound bad? Just a thought I had...probably a bad one haha. Would probably go with QS10s in the rear or another bookshelf speaker maybe? Thanks for any advice

Re: Best option for a little more power?
Eric45 #435280 01/16/20 03:54 AM
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Eric, the 570 is a nice center. Don't spend money changing it. If you feel you must, go 160v4. Forget the 150. Axiom (thankfully) discontinued it. I love the sound from my 160v4.

Spend the money on QS10s and a sealed sub instead. Trade in the QS8. Mount them to the sides and not behind. Our ears are far less sensitive to sounds from behind. Don't mount them to the coffee table. Get ceiling brackets from Axiom and dangle them from above.

Did you find out if you have v4 M80s?

P.S. Have you tried running your speakers from the 3500 only? Any difference over the 2300?


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Re: Best option for a little more power?
Eric45 #435282 01/16/20 04:15 AM
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I bought my M80s in April of '17..v4?? I do have a sealed sub EP500 (love it!) When I first hooked it up and before the amp arrived, I listened to the 3500 on its own. A bit better sounding at louder volumes than the 2300...I can hear the difference, although minute. Can definitely tell when I hooked up the amp. 2.1 listening is WAYYYYYY better. Movies and such is about the same unless I really turn it up. I'm happy with it all around. It will "get me by" till I upgrade speakers. I could slide my couch back against the wall again so the Qs8s are at the sides...or I could just move them up and to the sides of the couch for movies..I have allowed extra speaker wire to each so I could move them around a bit to experiment. I'll get there!

Re: Best option for a little more power?
Eric45 #435283 01/16/20 04:22 AM
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Ideally, the QS8s should be at least a foot above your head.

If you bought the M80s new, then they are v4.

You've proved you needed more power and that's a wonderful thing.


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Re: Best option for a little more power?
Eric45 #435284 01/16/20 04:27 AM
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I'm curious if you can hear the fans in that amp. Looks pretty sweet.


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Re: Best option for a little more power?
Eric45 #435297 01/17/20 12:55 AM
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So far no...it doesn't even really get warm...runs very cool..

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