Ok. So here goes. I'm going to include some extra stuff just beyond the speakers because it was a large job. Please feel free to comment or ask questions about the Axiom M2s In-Walls. I know there isn't a whole lot of feedback around the internet on these in wall units, so I'll do my best to describe them.
First things first, once I was able to fish my speaker wire through the insulation from the attic, these speakers were a breeze to install. I traced the provided template, and used a drywall saw to cut the wallboard and drywall. Then I connected the speakers and shoved them in the whole and used the provided hex-key to fasten the speakers to the wall. They fasten very snug and there is some area to move around in case you accidentally were a couple of degrees off on the leveling of your cut. I thought I wouldn't like the paintable grilles before they were shipped but I am actually quite fond of them and may not even use the clothe grilles I ordered on the side. We will see. One note is to be careful when ordering clothe grilles for the in-wall units. I ordered the M2i units from the website and they were the wrong units (meant for the bookshelf and on wall units - magnetic adhesion). I believe you have to call to order the in-wall clothe grilles as they are not listed on the website. Brent, at Axiom, has been very helpful with my order and issued an RA# to replace the incorrect grilles along with replacing two of the paintable grilles that were damaged in transit (This is why you see two grilleless speakers in the photos below). One last note about aesthetics; I was really impressed with the wood trim around the speakers. It is somewhat ornate (rounded) and looks very high quality. I couldn't be happier with the way they appear. Actually, if they could make them have a slimmer profile on the wall, that would be the only area I could see needing improvement. Its actually a non-issue but I just mentioned it for anyone who may be more picky than myself.
The speakers themselves are great. I'm quite fond of bright speakers and these are far brighter than the Klipsch Icon WB-14s they replaced (in my previous 7.1 setup). That was surprising to me but a good surprise. The front stage for this setup is a Klipsch Icon WC-24 center channel and two Icon WF-35 for the left and right towers (should be this way for a while). In contrast to the WB-14s, the WF-35s are very bright and I think these M2 in-walls match up very well with the towers. I watched Tron Legacy 3D the other night and was pummeled by the new sound that was created. The top of the in wall units are 2 feet above the listener's ear position. I just thought putting the center portion of the speaker two feet above ear-position was too high and looked a bit goofy in the room. I will have to observe the localization effects over time. I can't wait to try my next 7.1 movie. I'm thinking something from Pixar.
So the goal of this project was to get all/most of my speakers up off the floor and put our television over the fireplace. This was to accommodate the wifie, but also to accommodate myself and our company as well. Our living room has opened up immensely due to this change. The wife, in the spirit of compromise, sacrificed a linen closet to house all of the AV equipment, this was a bonus for the room and opened up even more space (Hello Mini Bar!). The closet situation is temporary. I plan to install permanent shelving for blu-rays (400 and counting) in the lower reaches and then have a ventilated a/v rack around eye level and possibly put an exhaust fan/light in the ceiling The louvered, hinged door is a new addition and was relatively easy to install. Please refer to this
to see the "Before" pictures of this room and my plan before I began. Obviously, one of the biggest renovations still needed are the bookshelves that will flank each side of the television and wrap around the the windows. I'm a little scared to get a quote from the carpenter, but it something I can't wait to put together. See my other thread for the bookshelf plan if you're interested.
Thanks again to Axiom for their help and some of the members of this message board as well. Together, you've helped me love my living room and made my wife happier in the process.
Here are the photos:Closet with New Louvered DoorInside Closet A/V RackInside Closet A/V PanelFrontStageSurround Back Units without GrillesSurrond Left UnitSurround Right Unit