My search for mains

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  1. Robertto

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    Hi all first post here, so please go easy on me.

    I currently have a HD 56 inch RCA, Denon 1802, running a pair of crappy Aiwa mains(leftover from the old home theater), self powered Aiwa sub, 2 blose(bose) rears and a Cerwin-vega ctr(better than the old Aiwa ctr). As you can see this set-up needs work :)

    Plan is this Ctr is ok for now, replace mains then rears then sub, then ctr.

    My room is 25 x 15, listening area is 17 x 15. Listen to music vs ht, 40/60.

    Here is what I am considering...
    1. Swan – Diva – 2.1 or 4.1
    2. Paradigm – Moniter 3 or 5
    3. Home theater Direct – level 2 or 3
    4. Asperion Audio -
    5. NOrh 4.0s
    6. NHT Superones
    7. B&W (not sure which ones)
    8. Axiom M3tis

    Looking to keep cost down below $300(yes divas are a bit more), looking at open boxes possibility there.

    I will be going to listen to the Paradigms, B&Ws and NHTs this weekend, but won't have the opp to hear the others.

    Looking for feedback exp with any of these suckers, opinions, and suggestions on my plan of action. In the end I want to spend max $1,500-2k on a speaker set-up.

    Thanks in advance for you feedback.
     
  2. Leo_P

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    I have a pair of Axiom M3ti's and a VP100 that I bought from their factory outlet (blemished) and I can't see a THING wrong with them. My next purchase will be to get a pair of Axiom M60's (F.O., of course [​IMG]) to replace the M3's as my mains and move the M3's to the back, replacing some JBL N24's.
    Anyway, this is what I'd do with your budget:
    Plan A: M3's F.O. $247.50; VP100 F.O. $198.00 or VP150 $297.50; M22's (bookshelves) $400.00 = $845.50-945.00
    Plan B: M3's $247.50; VP100 $198.00 or VP150 $297.50; and F.O. towers, M50's $496.00, M60's $640 or M80's $935 = $941-1480
    Which would leave you some room in your budget for a nice powered sub.
    Mind you, I'm totally biased, 'cause I really like my Axiom's. But you'd be hard pressed to find a better system for the money IMHO.
    Good luck and happy hunting!
     
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    I don't think you will find Monitor 3 or Monitor 5s for $300 in the US, since MSRP for the Mini Monitors is $350/pr.

    I have back to back compared the M3Ti to the Mini Monitor in my system, and the they sound very similar, with the advantage going to the M3. The Axioms are in your price range.

    The NHTs will sound bright with Denon, IMO. I auditioned the new SB2 and SB3 with a 3802, and it was quite bright.

    Comparable B&Ws would be DM601 or DM602, but I think they are more than $300?
     
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    Leo-

    Where can you get a pair of M80s for $935? I have only seen them offered for about $1100 (shipping included).
     
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    Axiom factory outlet...
     
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    I'll toss in one you didn't list, just for fun [​IMG]
    Klipsch RB-5 bookshelf's for mains.
    RC-3 for center.
    RS-3 for surrounds.
    SVS 20-39CS or 20-39PCi for sub.
    If you buy from a place like www.sounddistibutors.com or www.acousticsounddesign.com, you can get all this for just about $2k, I believe.
    I think you'll be blown away by the high quality of the sound.
    Also, if I may suggest, replace the 3 front speakers all at once, so they match...
    Doug
     
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    Actually, I gotta admit the guy I spoke w/today said the Moniter 5s where around $500. The 3s where my original thought and he said that is what is in stock.

    So maybe 3-500 would be a better range.

    Surprised no one has commented on the swans yet.
     
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    BTW where exactly is the Axiom factory outlet?

    Thanks!
     
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    That might just be the way to go!

    so you wouldn't go with the qs4s for rears?

    Thanks again!
     
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    I prefer monopoles for rears, but that is just my opinion. [​IMG]
     
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    THANKS!!! I wasn't quite sold on the M80s yet, but at that price how can you go wrong. Thanks again!!!
     
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    Robertto said:
     
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    >>>Surprised no one has commented on the swans yet.
     
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    Thanks for that info on the Divas. Think I have narrowed it down to Paradigm Moniter 7s or Diva 4.1 for my mains, and then matching timber all the way around.
     
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    Between the Monitor line and the Divas , I would definately go for the Divas.
     
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    The nOrh 4.0 is an excellent speaker. Last year I replaced a mixed set of Canton/KEF speakers with the 4.0 video system. I have an SVS 20-39CS so I was not concerend about the low end. I got the ceramic 4.0s based upon the numerous reviews they were detailed and neutral. My SVS blends with the nOrhs very very well. Overall, I am thrilled with this setup and appreciate the "personal" attention these online companies give there customers.
     

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