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#367366 - 02/19/12 03:12 PM Re: two EP 500 vs one EP 800 [Re: tswei99]
dakkon Offline
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Have you called axiom and talked to Brent or JC? They would be able to give you their opinion as well, and have much more experience with different rooms/speaker configurations than most of us....

Personally, i would go with the 800 up front for the lows, then get 2 500's later.... provided you have have enough disposable income/good will with the wife (if you have one) to support another 2 500's down the road.

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#367375 - 02/19/12 06:22 PM Re: two EP 500 vs one EP 800 [Re: tswei99]
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A single EP800 is going to extend lower in frequency (14Hz) compared to one, two, or even ten EP500s (18Hz). Two EP500s will likely not give you much additional output compared to a single EP800, although that is room dependant. The benefit of two EP500s, as others have correctly pointed out, is a smoother, more linear in room response. You will also have more flexibility in where you are able to locate the EP500s, compared to the EP800 which is not going to fit just anywhere. smile

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#367382 - 02/19/12 08:39 PM Re: two EP 500 vs one EP 800 [Re: tswei99]
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tswei99,

Get the EP800...
I just came from 2 EP500's and although smooth response throughout my 4K cuft room, they were not enough. For me anyway, YMMV...

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#367392 - 02/19/12 09:49 PM Re: two EP 500 vs one EP 800 [Re: tswei99]
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T99, my view would be that the benefit of a few more Hz at the very bottom end would be limited to a relatively small proportion of source material, while the benefit of two properly placed subs would extend to anything with significant bass content. However, if the subs were placed simply where convenient or where they made an attractive appearance, then this may not be relevant.
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#367401 - 02/20/12 12:44 AM Re: two EP 500 vs one EP 800 [Re: JohnK]
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OK, that settles it. three EP 800s!!

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#367402 - 02/20/12 12:53 AM Re: two EP 500 vs one EP 800 [Re: tswei99]
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Not enough; you need four of 'em!
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#367405 - 02/20/12 01:03 AM Re: two EP 500 vs one EP 800 [Re: JohnK]
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I just wish all four of mine had magnetic grilles.

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#367436 - 02/20/12 01:28 PM Re: two EP 500 vs one EP 800 [Re: JohnK]
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Originally Posted By: JohnK
Not enough; you need four of 'em!


Actually one EP800 for EACH channel, of course.

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#367439 - 02/20/12 02:09 PM Re: two EP 500 vs one EP 800 [Re: Andrew]
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Originally Posted By: Andrew
A single EP800 is going to extend lower in frequency (14Hz) compared to one, two, or even ten EP500s (18Hz). Two EP500s will likely not give you much additional output compared to a single EP800, although that is room dependant. The benefit of two EP500s, as others have correctly pointed out, is a smoother, more linear in room response. You will also have more flexibility in where you are able to locate the EP500s, compared to the EP800 which is not going to fit just anywhere. smile


You quote 14Hz and 18Hz extension of the subs but you fail to say at what SPL levels. For the price of one EP800, one could get 3 HSU VTF-15H subs (with money left over) that will pounce a single EP800 in output, extension and have the benefit of smoother bass.

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#367442 - 02/20/12 02:28 PM Re: two EP 500 vs one EP 800 [Re: JBall]
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Well, I think of Axiom's integrity as being pretty high. They oftentimes recommend a lower priced product in their line if it suits the customers needs.

Expecting them to recommend a competitor's product is asking just a bit much though, don't you think?

Not to mention, there are many here that LOVE their 800s and wouldn't trade them....
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