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  1. Bryan_G

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    Hello
    I'm putting together a new system. I will probably buy a Denon 1802. I have a Velodyne CT-120 sub. My room is not the perfect room, and I can't have speakers standing on the floor(those women!!! [​IMG] ) I have about $1k to spend on speakers. I was looking at the Paradigm Ams-300's with a different center channel, but I don't know how well they would work in this room. I appreciate any advice.
    I will have to go out of town to demo any speakers so I am trying to get a general idea of what I want before I set out and demo them.
    Here is the room. I hope its clear enough. All of the walls are 9' and the ceiling slopes up to about 14' in the middle.
    http://members12.clubphoto.com/bryan...r-3059-1.phtml
     
  2. Alex Bischoff

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    So, is that $1000 on everything, including the subwoofer? And, how many channels are you going for? 5.1? 6.1?

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  3. Bryan_G

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    Hello

    Thanks for the reply. I am sorry that I wasn't clear on that. I already have the sub. I will be buying a denon 1802(5.1 ch) and will have about $1,000 to spend on the rest of the speakers(2 fronts 1 center 2 surrounds)
     
  4. Alex Bischoff

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    I've heard many good things about the Diva line by Swans. However, I'm not sure if you can buy a complete Diva setup for $1000. I mean, the C3 alone (the center channel) is $499 (half your budget).



    I would recommend looking into Axiom Audio. Some reviews and excerpts:



    GoodSound


    And, if you're considering Axiom, I would also recommend their "Factory Outlet". There, you can get speakers with minor physical blemishes (though sonically perfect). In fact, I've seen some M22Ti's that a friend of mine bought from Axiom's Factory Outlet, and I can't even find the scratches!



    As far as $1000, I would recommend this:

    [*]Mains: Axiom M50 (factory outlet: $496/pair)[*]Center channel: Axiom VP100 (factory outlet: $198)[*]Rear channel: Axiom QS4 (factory outlet: $248/pair)[/list]Total: $942.



    One more thing: Shipping/handling is included in all prices for Axiom. So, what you see on the site is the final price (US dollars, of course).



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  5. Bryan_G

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    Hey

    Nice Post!

    Those axioms look pretty nice, and the factory oultet thing looks like a good price. I would have to use the m3 bookshelves. I will have to try and find a place to give them a listen. The swans look like they would be too much. Thanks for the info and references.

    Anybody else have some other suggestions?

    -Bryan
     
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  7. Bryan_G

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    Hey

    I wasn't aware that they did not have any U.S. retailers. I live far south of the boarder(Oklahoma). Can anybody give me a comparison of sound to a popular U.S. speaker? I doubt I will be purchasing these, unless by some chance I find somebody local with a pair. Thanks for the heads up. Anybody else have any other suggestions?

    -Bryan
     
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  9. Nick_Shah

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    I recently heard a pair of M40Ti's, which are floorstanding models, but I felt that they sounded very good. Since I'm considering the M3Ti's or M22Ti's (both bookshelves) it wasn't that useful an audition. However, the store I was at was sold out of those two, and I felt I HAD to listen to something... [​IMG]
    Here are some review sources (some comparisons are drawn to speakers you may have already heard):
    Axiom reviews (Audioreview)
    Axiom M3Ti - Product of the Year 2001 (GoodSound)
    Axiom M3Ti review (Enjoy the Music)
    Axiom M3Ti (GoodSound review)
    To get you started...
    I've also been auditioning Energy and Paradigm products recently, and was impressed by their sound as well. Energy has a new 'Connoisseur' series which looks stellar, and sound great. There are many Paradigm fans on this forum, as they are generally regarded as providing a great price:performance ratio.
    -Nick
     
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    If you go to AV123.com, they are running a special on Divas: 2 4.1s, 2 2.1s, and a center for $1200. I emailed them about the possiblity of getting 2 prs of 2.1s (instead of the 4.1s) and the center and was told it would be $200 less so don't rule them out yet![​IMG]
     
  11. Russell W

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    Hi Bryan!
    There is a shoot-out with the axiom and the Diva 2.1's at cheaphometheater.com http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...threadid=68572
    You could get the package with the 2.1's for the 1K you are looking to spend...No doubt this would be a Top of the line system for your budget.
    Call us directly if we can assist with your decision.
    Russell Woolfolk
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  12. Bryan_G

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    Man that sounds like a killer deal. Is there any way to get your speakers in another color? I will have to consider the divas. You guys are being alot of help. If I was to get the r3, how do you think that would work being placed on the sloped ceiling?

    Thanks again for being so helpfull.

    -Bryan
     
  13. Russell W

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    Bryan,

    Sorry for the delay getting back to you. The Diva's are available in the Rosewood veneer finish only. We know many people want black etc...However, we have perfected (very close) the verneer finish and it is really furniture grade. In fact, many furniture specialist are AMAZED that we can so precisely finish the veneering on the Diva's for these prices. They look so much better in person. I'll also say we have one of the highest WAF (wife acceptance factors) in the speaker business today. Bryan, in a sea of all black speakers we felt this would set us apart.

    Never say never but we are not currently working on a different finish.

    The R3's are dipole and are designed to be located on the side walls facing the listeners on each side. This will offer the greatest performance from the R3's. If you are restricted to the ceiling or to the rear of your listening area we suggest direct firing to the rear and direct in-ceiling type speakers for the ceiling also behing the listening area.

    I really hope this helps. We're always happy to help and hopefully not interfere with you decision.

    Please send us your room diagram and we will assist you with placement whether you buy our speakers or not.

    Russell Woolfolk

    AV123.com
     

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