Mac, IMHO Axioms are a quality speaker (I have owned and enjoyed them). However, that is no guarantee that you would feel the same. Speaker preference is very
That being said, I can tell you that Axiom is an excellent company, run by some very nice, down to earth people, with customer service second to none. May I suggest ordering the M3s for a 30 day trial period in your own home with your own equipment. If you like the M3s, you'd likely be content with the other 3 speakers. Yes, if you decide you don't care for the M3s, it would cost you return shipping, but the cost of shipping two small bookshelf speakers to Buffalo, NY (Axiom's U.S. returns center) shouldn't be prohibitive. Think of that expense as the cost of renting a pair of speakers for a month to ensure no buyer's regret. Money well spent.
If you order the other 3 speakers before the end of the 30 day period, I believe your purchase would still qualify for the 5% discount for buying 5 or more items (You should check with Axiom to be sure I am correct about that)
Before ordering, I would also suggest making a toll free phone call to Axiom telling them your wants, needs, and concerns about buying "sound unheard." You'll find them to be very friendly and they will not attempt to hype you into anything you don't need. They are infinitely more interested in creating a satisfied customer than in making a quick sale. In fact, there are numerous stories about them recommending less than what the caller is inquiring about.
Regrettably, I've no experience with the Paradigms in which you are interested, so I am unable to offer a comparison.
Good hunting and good luck. Regardless of brand, I hope you end up with a system that pleases you.
Originally Posted by MacDaddy57
I'm buying my first home theater system and am wondering how good the above speakers from Axiom are? I plan to use them with a Denon 3808ci and a HSU STF-2 subwoofer for a den on the smaller side. I listened to some Paradigm Cinema 330s which I liked but I've also read good things about the Axioms on the Internet. I'm seriously considering buying the Axiom speakers figuring that I can get more bang for my buck by buying direct but I'm a little wary about buying a speaker I've never listened to from a manufacturer in another country. What does everyone here think? Are the Axioms a safe bet or would I be better off buying the Paradigms from a local dealer?