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#297 - 09/25/01 12:30 AM M22ti vs B&W 602

OK I have been searching for speakers for the last month. Looking for an effective bookshelf that won't drive me to the poorhouse. I like the B&W 602's. I just like the way the speakers sounds. Nice and open, great revealing clarity. However after reading all the reviews on the Axiom line I have to question whether to spend the money on the 602's. I am thinking of picking up the M22ti's. Based on the cabinet size they would be comparable to the B&W. My question is should I expect the same type of bass response from the Axiom. The B&W 602 has a 6.5" driver. the M22ti has 2, 5 1/4 drivers. It is tough buying something unheard. Some people have taken the leap and have been happy. My question is do I spend the Money or take a leap of faith?

#298 - 09/25/01 01:52 PM Re: M22ti vs B&W 602

I have the M22, and also looked at the BW 602. I liked the 602, but the build quality is not as good as the M22, and the sound quality is "tubby" compared to the M22. The M22 is a powerhouse of a speaker, and I am EXTREMELY happy with it. I am happy that I didn't lay out $600 on a lesser quality product. BW is good, but I don't believe that it is as smooth and realistic sounding as the M22. Yes, it is hard to make a decision when buying "ear unheard", but read the reviews on all Axioms products seem to contain a pattern of words- "smooth, clarity, transparent, detailed" -all pop up in many of the reviews; Reviews that have been done with wildly varying types and standards of equipment. I don't work for Axiom, but I am more than happy to support a company that is interested in such a high price/perfomance ratio- it is rather refreshing in my opinion. If you do buy the M22, I seriously doubt that you will ever think "maybe I paid to much".

#299 - 09/25/01 06:51 PM Re: M22ti vs B&W 602

Thanks for the response. That is why I am thinking of making the purchase. I think that with a company like axiom they are making a product that is effective and good quality without "sticking it" to the consumer.

#300 - 10/03/01 12:03 PM Re: M22ti vs B&W 602
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Quick follow up here; the M22 review roughs are done, and the SoundStage! network is just measuring up the M22 at the National Research Center before launching the review. Something to watch for!

#301 - 10/03/01 01:40 PM Re: M22ti vs B&W 602
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Loc: Los Angeles, CA
You will also have a satisfaction guarantee if (for whatever reason) you do not like the M22's. I think that would be a good reason to try them first.

I faced a similar situation, and decided to take the plunge. I am 100% satisfied, although I haven't listened to the B&W's and can provide any comparison feedback.

I must sound like a shill the way I gush about my speakers, but I really am that happy about them. Anyone in Southern California can contact me if they would like to audition them-


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