Originally Posted by Stereoguy99
Hi GTPsuper24: Thanks for the info, I'm aware of the showroom dilemma and always know that the speakers much like a TV will perform much better when you get them home, however in the case of the speakers yesterday(driven by an updated RX-A1020) I have a RX-A1000 there was such a gap in sound quality it was not worth going any further!! It is just fine not to like Axiom's but apparently you must have had a bad experience with them? I've been up to their(Axiom) facility and seen the "chamber" build like one in Ottawa that most/all Canadian speaker manufactures use in designing and testing their speakers, and met with people that work in the plant seeing the speakers being built. My point is imo the Paradigm's monitor line is totally inferior to both Axiom and PSB at least until you get into the studio line(way too much $$$ for me) and in the past I've listened to those too and found the same outcome. I've looked at the Arx's you suggested will look at them some more as now I'm in no hurry to upgrade anything but the rears. Thanks
Just wanted to make sure, too many rush to judgement on speakers that they listened to in a half assed Magnolia or other showroom and then try to compare that 10 min quickie to the speakers they setup properly and have owned for years. Again did you take the Paradigms home or are you saying they are inferior from you demo session at the store vs Axioms in your home? I test drove a new Chevy Camero in the dealer parking lot and from that demo it sure is inferior to my Ford Focus and speed.
With advancements in digital tech and software, chambers are not longer needed (although nice to have) to design a great speaker and having a chamber doesn't automatically mean competant design.
I'm just confused, you seem like a very proud and happy Axiom owner, why get new speakers if you like Axiom so much? I'm not going into my issues with Axiom, you can search my posts to find them.
I have no allegiance to Arx speakers, I realize there are better speakers out there, better looking speakers, better made speakers and that the Arx are not similarly good to other speakers out there. They compete well with other similar priced speakers and some more expensive speakers. I stumbled across them when I clicked on the "The Audio Insider" banner on AVS. I added them to the list of brands I decided to try out. XBL2 woofers was what really got me interested, its a proven technology and has resulted in some great subwoofers from several brands. I tried out Arx A1s, HSU's, Aperions, Boston Acoustics, and several others all in the same room with the Axioms. Thats how I came to my SUBJECTIVE opinon, not from blinded brand loyalty.
Try out as many speakers as you can and use the trial periods. Read up on Arx or don't, it doesn't matter to me. I chimed in only cause i've switched from Axiom to other speakers.