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#79717 - 01/30/05 03:41 PM EP-500 vs. EP-350
Engine_Joe Offline
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OK, while I still have time to do a trade-in upgrade with no shipping cost to return, what say those few of you who have played with both the 350 and the 500 subs? I've found the 350 to be ok, but it doesn't really extend as deeply as I'd like. Indeed, I've so far found that my M60s seem to cover quite nicely the ranges that the EP-350 does best. I'm only really getting a 10-15 Hz advantage with my sub than I would without one. With a 500, I imagine I'd get a wider range.

I've had my system for about two weeks, so I can make an exchange for the 500 and only pay the difference, and no shipping (axiom doesn't charge for returns if you're upgrading).

So anyone with firsthand experience of both, please speak up! Help me decide what to do!
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#79718 - 01/30/05 05:00 PM Re: EP-500 vs. EP-350
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I found myself in your exact position. I played with the 350, moving it around my house searching for a sweet spot that would add to the ht experience. With music, I thought it was great but with movies it wasn't adding to the experience, IMO. So I got with Axiom and arranged an upgrade. Since doing so I have no regrets. I absolutly love this thing. The family watched the 3rd Harry Potter and Jurasic Park last night and it had the house shaking. The 350 was good but the 500 is awesome. My wife was impressed with the windows rattling! I say go for it. You won't be disappointed.

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#79719 - 01/30/05 10:43 PM Re: EP-500 vs. EP-350
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With music, I thought it was great but with movies it wasn't adding to the experience, IMO. So I got with Axiom and arranged an upgrade. Since doing so I have no regrets. I absolutly love this thing. The family watched the 3rd Harry Potter and Jurasic Park last night and it had the house shaking. The 350 was good but the 500 is awesome. My wife was impressed with the windows rattling! I say go for it.

Thanks for the input. This is exactly the situation I find myself in. Fortunatley, my fiancee is not only understanding, but generally encouraging in my sonic interests. Indeed, I was expressing some concerns regarding buying a new turntable, and she convinced me to spend more than I would have otherwise! So I imagine ugrading a sub - esp. one which is only 4" bigger in depth and otherwise shares identical dimensions - will go over OK.

Anyone else's thoughts? I'm sorely tempted... and don juan has done a lot to persuade me... but I'm still listening/holding off!!! Anyone with the 500 or eve 600 with a comment?
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#79720 - 01/31/05 02:07 PM Re: EP-500 vs. EP-350
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I've never heard the EP350, but I bought the EP500, and I have no regrets. Like you, my listening area is small enough where a 350 can handle the volume without issue. But I wanted to go deep. And from my experience to this point, the EP500 goes deep AND loud. Axiom's claims of down to 13HZ in a real room sound realistic to me based on my experience. Even in an anechoic chamber, the EP500 goes lower than the audible frequencies.

Compared to my old Mirage dual-8 inch sub, there's no comparison for the low frequencies. The 500 produces unstressed tight bass at all frequencies.

Beware though... you will probably have to be satisfied with never turning the volume knob past 3 on the 500. Its just got tons of power.

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#79721 - 01/31/05 05:44 PM Re: EP-500 vs. EP-350
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Just came back to see if a decision was made. I agree with the volume comment. The sub sits in one big airy room that measures 35' long by 27' wide with 12' ceilings she's only cranked 1/4 of her potential. Any more and the neighbors windows would rattle.
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#79722 - 01/31/05 06:15 PM Re: EP-500 vs. EP-350
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Teetering on the brink... I talked to Brent at Axiom and he told me I could get the factory outlet model and still not have to pay return shipping on the EP-350. So that would save even more, and I think I'd be 100% clinched on the deal... if I hadn't found out this morning that we're going to have new neighbors moving in downstairs. I'd gotten pretty used to having the apartment below us empty (they were renovating it and it's been unoccupied for 6 - 8 months). If I have to curtail the level of my listening habits, the 500 may end up being a waste...

So I'm still on the brink. Tomorrow's the first of the month; perhaps the new people are moving in and I can evaluate if they seem like the 'I'm going to call the cops' type.
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#79723 - 01/31/05 09:27 PM Re: EP-500 vs. EP-350
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I seem to be in minority here, but what's the point of paying extra for a powerful sub and then never crank it past 1/4 on the gain volume? Wouldn't it be more economical to get a not-so-big sub and turn the gain to, say 1/2?

Now if you say it's about the love of deep, can-feel-but-cannot-be-heard-bass and not about economic, I'll retreat.

If you have a neighbor downstairs, the EP500 is definitely too big.
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#79724 - 01/31/05 09:50 PM Re: EP-500 vs. EP-350
Engine_Joe Offline
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If you have a neighbor downstairs, the EP500 is definitely too big.

For who - me or the neighbor?

Anyway, I have the 350 cranked all the way and I don't get enough juice. So if the 500 at 1/4 - 1/3 juice is more than full way on a 350, I think I'm better off then, don't you?
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#79725 - 01/31/05 10:43 PM Re: EP-500 vs. EP-350
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In reply to:


Anyway, I have the 350 cranked all the way and I don't get enough juice. So if the 500 at 1/4 - 1/3 juice is more than full way on a 350, I think I'm better off then, don't you?




Then you definitely need the 500. Thanks God I am not your neighbor.
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#79726 - 02/01/05 07:25 AM Re: EP-500 vs. EP-350
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Oh yeah, its definately about the deep, unheard but felt, bass. If it were mostly music and just a little HT, I would have kept the 350. But the system is mostly for HT and a little music since family schedules keep us from the theatre. And this thing is a house shaker. Before the kids would watch. Now they experience it. It's great to have them tense up and grab your arm when those LFEs start rumblin'. Yep, definately about those lows.
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