Hi all, I was reading another thread here in HTF and people were raving about the sound of Axiom speakers, even saying someone should buy the M22Ti's over Paradigm Studio/40's. I happened to own Studio/40's and went through an extensive auditioning process before I bought them, but never had a chance to hear Axioms. Paradigm is know for providing a lot of sound for the buck, and even the POSSIBILITY that a $400/pair speaker could equal or beat a $1000/pair from Paradigm was intriguing. So... I ordered a pair and gave them a listen, planning to move them to upstairs when the comparison was over. Now granted I think most of you wouldn't compare M22Ti's to Paradigm's Reference series, instead using their Monitor series as the guinea pigs. Unfortunately I don't have Monitors, and I thought if the M22Ti's did in fact impress me it would REALLY be something worth spreading around as that is a huge difference in price. In addition, besides having less lower end, the Studio/20's are just as rich sounding and these words apply equally to them. Well, after a hour of 'break in', and then comparing the two for another few hours, I can say you get what you pay for. I'm not going to say the M22Ti's sounded bad, but close your eyes and imagine this scenario: You walk into a room and hear music playing... you can clearly make out the vocals and the music sounds nice, but you can't place where it's coming from. You continue on through the room and after passing through another doorway... wham! THIS is where the music is coming from! Suddenly you hear the fingers sliding on the strings, the detail of every aspect of the music is clearer, the strikes on the snare drum are clean and tight in space and time, the musicians are right THERE. I'm sure people have experienced this many times. When you are in the room with the speakers, at the correct position for optimal imaging, the sound is SOOO much nicer than from an adjoining room even though you hear it fine. I'm here to tell you that THAT was the experience formed inside my head when I switched from M22Ti's to Studio/40's from my listening position via remote. This was no subtle difference, but virtually night and day to my ears. I tried the speakers alone, speakers with subwoofer, M22Ti's on the inside(closer together) with Studio/40's on the outside, then the reverse, Monster M-series cable on the Axioms and regular XP cable on the Studio/40's(didn't try the reverse), different styles of music, etc... just to make sure the drastic difference I heard wasn't something other than the speakers. I even used an SPL meter to make sure volumes were kept identical. Anyway, just wanted to inform those that haven't had the chance to hear Axiom M22Ti's that they sound nice, but(IMO) you're not going to get a miracle for your $400. If you are considering spending more for B&W, Paradigm, Energy, etc, rest assured that the money will be well spent if you can afford it. There are definitely times when a cheaper product can stand toe-to-toe with a more expensive brand, just not in this case. I apologize if this is 'obvious' or has been hashed over a dozen times already, but another actual A/B listening opinion never hurts. Apologies do NOT go out to M22Ti owners, since they got a good speaker for the money and this post is in no way trying to imply they are deficient.