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#91790 - 04/22/05 12:45 AM Bought new speakers and you MA lovers are to blame
Legairre Offline
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Registered: 09/30/03
Posts: 85
Loc: Connecticut
I really wanted to get the m80s and save some money, but I just purchased a pair of Monitor Audio silver s10. I've been looking for new speakers for about the last 6-7 months and I've finally found my speaker. Last year Ron (RCVECC)was kind enough to have me over to demo his m80 and I really liked them. Around that time I had also had the chance to demo the Paradiom 100 v3, B&W 604 s3, B&W 703, Klipsch RF-7 and a few other speakers (you can read my review from last year if your bored ). After hearing all these speakers I decided that the m80 was for me, because it did so many things right for the price, so my plan was to get the m80 around Christmas last year. Then I started reading post from BigWill, Chesseroo, Saturn, Neverhappy, Etc... about how the MA sounded like th Axiom but with a bit more restrained treble and a really nice midrange. The other thing that made me start looking into other speakers was the fact that Axiom had raised their prices. At $1100 the m80 was a steal, but if I was going to spend $1240 and possibly shipping if I wasn't happy then I figured I might as well see what other speakers are in that range. Then I saw the prices on the MA s8 (msrp $1499) and S10 (msrp $1999). Now the s10 is a real lot more than the m80 even with the price increase, but I found a dealer that was willing to let me demo a pair against my friends Paradigm 100s. Now the 100 has always impressed me and I felt the m80 was similar to the 100s with less bass while the m80 exceled in the treble and midrange.

Well I demoed the s10 against the 100s and I instantly fell in love with the s10. Now this is the speaker I've been looking for. While I still feel the 100s are one of the best sounding speakers I've heard and I always felt that getting the m80 was like getting the B&W 703 or Paradigm 100s at a bargain price, I just could resist the sound of the s10 and the look of the wood veneer cabinets. The bass was just soooo tight and the midrange and and treable are just perfect for me. The s10 is a detailed speaker without being harsh or bright. The s10 isn't as detailed as the m80s and it's more detailed than the 100s and has tighter bass that's seemed punchier than the 100s. So for me I guess for me the perfect speaker lies somewhere between the 100s and the m80s and that's how I would describe the s10.

So I just wanted to say thank you to EVERYONE who introduced me to MA speakers over the last few months. While I haven't posted here in months I've been lurking and reading post like a mad man. While I love 100s and the m80s, I just couldn't resist the s10s.

The s10s cost me $1600 out the door tax included. That's about $360 more than the m80s and I could have gotten the 100s for about $1900+tax. All and all I spent more than I planned, but I feel that after all these months of searching I got what I wanted and I also got more than I planned.

I know this is the Axiom forum, but I've always been impressed how Axioms allows discussions about all different kinds of speakers noit just Axiom. So I've been gone for a while, but I guess I'll be hanging out around here again even though I have MA speakers.

I saw you asked for pic in another post so here you go.

Now all I have to do is pick up my MA center on Monday and I'm all set. I also think I'll be getting the Axiom surrounds in a few weeks to replace my current JBL surrounds because I read how great they are.


Edited by Legairre (04/22/05 12:51 AM)
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#91791 - 04/22/05 01:16 AM Re: Bought new speakers and you MA lovers are to blame
NeverHappy Offline

Registered: 12/12/03
Posts: 1424
Loc: Western Canada
Welcome to the Monitor Audio family!

Jeeeez, can I say that here?

Once your in with MA, there is no going back. Now that you have the bug you will want the GR20's.........and then before you know it, the almighty GR60's which to this day are one of the best set of speakers I have heard regardless of price!

Time to update your site and get rid of that JBL stuff!

One more thing for the record, I honestly don't think Axiom and MA sound a lot alike! The M50's are close but the M80's are not!

#91792 - 04/22/05 01:21 AM Re: Bought new speakers and you MA lovers are to blame
St_PatGuy Offline

Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 7463
Loc: Glendale, Arizona
Congrats Legairre! Although I've only heard the S6s and S8s, I'm sure the S10 are awesome. I think the bass drivers are slightly bigger on the S10 than the other towers, so they must give you a little more oomph. Very clean and controlled. As others have said, I think, sound being similar between Axioms and MAs, the MAs get the edge in beautiful cabinets. I love the cherry finish on my GR 10s. Oh, and the sound--I llike that, too!
"Nothin' up my sleeve. . ." --Bullwinkle J. Moose

#91793 - 04/22/05 01:24 AM Re: Bought new speakers and you MA lovers are to blame
Ajax Offline

Registered: 12/30/03
Posts: 6331
Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
Congratultions on your new speakers, Legairre. Many of us here own speakers other than Axioms. You made your point very nicely without offending anyone, or implying there is anything wrong with Axioms. It all comes down to personal taste, and the important thing is that you are happy with your purchase. Besides, if you're going to be using Axiom surrounds, that keeps you in the family. ENJOY!

"People generally quarrel because they cannot argue." - G. K. Chesterton

#91794 - 04/22/05 01:26 AM Re: Bought new speakers and you MA lovers are to blame
NeverHappy Offline

Registered: 12/12/03
Posts: 1424
Loc: Western Canada
In reply to:

Many of us here own speakers other than Axioms

Exactly right! It's all good unless you come here saying you have Streems.........then it's on! (Sorry.......flashback!)

#91795 - 04/22/05 01:28 AM Re: Bought new speakers and you MA lovers are to blame
2x6spds Offline

Registered: 03/16/02
Posts: 3121
Loc: CA, USA
I'm using a modified Axiom made Merak MC6H center, Axiom QS8s with the Thiel CS 3.6 big towers I picked up used (mint) for the same price as a pair of M80s. The Thiels are great ... and time corrected.


G'luck with your new MA's!
Enjoy the Music. Trust your ears. Laugh at Folks Who Claim to Know it All.

#91796 - 04/22/05 05:46 AM Re: Bought new speakers and you MA lovers are to b
TNTguy Offline

Registered: 02/16/05
Posts: 325
Loc: Utah
Very beautiful speakers. Glad you found what you were looking for.

I told Neverhappy he needs to change his name. Hear that Fairlyhappy?

#91797 - 04/22/05 07:23 AM Re: Bought new speakers and you MA lovers are to blame
F107plus5 Offline

Registered: 01/24/05
Posts: 2034
Loc: Fla. Orig. Mich.
Glad to hear you're happy with your new speakers, and hey, if they sound even close to the M50s, you must be!!

If you're pleased with your decision, so are we. Good job!

#91798 - 04/22/05 09:11 AM Re: Bought new speakers and you MA lovers are to blame
bray Offline

Registered: 06/10/04
Posts: 1805
Loc: Colorado
How is that old JBL sub holding up. I had one EXACTLY like it.
Long story, but if mine hadnt gone out I wouldnt own Axioms or any of my nicer HT stuff.

Edited by bray (04/22/05 09:13 AM)

#91799 - 04/22/05 11:56 AM Re: Bought new speakers and you MA lovers are to b
tomtuttle Offline

Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8488
Loc: Tacoma
Legairre, I am happy for you.

But you MA guys still do not merit Posse status.
bibere usque ad hilaritatem

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