Well, I am an Axiom owner, so here are some of my thoughts . . .
I used to refer to Axiom Speakers as "The Best Speaker I Never Heard . . ."
I decided on purchasing Axiom, after years of research. I never owned any other "high end" speakers, although I did have a pair of B&W "202's", they were the cheapest B&W you could buy back in the early 90's. I also have a pair of Polk bookshelf speakers that I bought in the 80's, and they are still going strong today.
I used to joke, that I would never be able to afford the speakers that I really wanted. Even if I won the lottery, it would have to be a really large lottery! I used to joke, that George Lucas would look at the speaker system that I wanted, and say, "maybe next year . . . "
Things that impressed me about Axiom, before hearing or buying the speakers.
Lots of happy owners.
Appeared to be a research based speaker company, using science and research. They appeared to spend their money on the actual audio, not the "rare woods" and unique designs.
Seemed to be compared to the higher end B&W speakers (which were my fantasy speaker of choice!)
I bought my 5 speaker system in 2005
1 - VP150
2 - QS8
After a few months, I really was not super impressed with the M60's, and Axiom let me upgrade to the M80's for a very nominal fee. Even sent me boxes to return the M60's.
My Jack Russell Terrier likes to watch TV as much as I do, and she LOVES to attack the TV and speakers, so I have to keep a barrier in front of the Plasma TV, and the speakers have just become "sacrificial lambs" getting attacked by her, over the years. Axiom sold me replacement grills, and replacement speaker cones, at very low prices, (in my opinion). Cannot figure out an effective barricade to the M80's that would be sonic-ly transparent!
Now it is 8 years later, and what I find interesting, is that I stopped researching speakers after getting the Axioms. I graduated College in 1985, and I read (and saved) every issue of Stereo Review and Audio magazine for many years. Used to be a "groupie" at the local high end audio store, stopping in there as often as I could to listen to the B&W 801's. (This was before Home Theater - and the Internet!)
I do not have a sub woofer, and actually do not want a sub woofer. Very happy with the sound that my system puts out. I have a Pioneer VSX-15 receiver (I had the VSX-14, and gave it too my dad).
Do I have any regrets? No.
Would I make any changes if I had to do it all over again? YES.
I am not thrilled with my QS8's.
It is not that I think they are bad, but rather, bad for my environment. I have a large living room/dining room, with a high ceiling, and the Qs8's are supposed to give you that "bounced off the walls" indirect sound that you would want with a surround sound speaker. I would have preferred a bookshelf speaker, or even two "center channel" speakers. I think about getting two new M80's, and using my old ones as left and right surround sounds (maybe putting a shelf on each wall, and lay the M80's on the side . . .)
I often look at the Fry's ad, and think, "those Polk or JBL floor standing speakers, or center channel speakers that are on sale this week would probably work better than my Qs8's.
But, I have never done anything. I have re-positioned my Qs8's a few times, bought a new wall mount for them (Axiom came out with a better mounting bracket for them a few years ago). I also re-arranged my living room furniture, and I am going to re-position my Qs8's one more time (I think this time I will find the sweet spot!)
Like I said before, I used to research the hell out of anything Audio or Video or Home Theater related.
All my components are several years old, and it bugs me, that I do not have the latest and the greatest, but I really do enjoy my system, and I keep on asking myself, "how much better" would my AV experience be if I upgraded everything to "state of the art"?
My Axioms, were V1, maybe parts of them are V2, (Axiom is up to V3 now) the M80's are not the flagship speaker anymore.
Here is my equipment:
Pioneer VSX-1015 Receiver
Panasonic 58 inch PX60 Plasma (It is NOT 720p, it is 768P!)
Roku box with digital audio to the receiver, and hdmi
Dune Duo Media Server
Axiom M80's (main L & R)
Axiom vp-150 (center)
Axiom Qs8 (surround)
Logitech Harmony Remote
My Receiver was beginning to show it's age, with no HDMI connections, but then I realized I could connect the video directly to the Plasma. Bamn! Receiver was as good as new!
The Logitech Harmony remote makes the necessity of sending the video thru the AV receiver un-necessary. I love the sound of my receiver, do not even think of upgrading. I am bi-amping my M80's too!
Having only two HDMI connections on my Plasma bothered me, until I realized that a simple HDMI switcher solved my problem, and since HDMI is a digital connection, there is no signal degredation.
My Plasma is not 1080p, and I really want a 1080p plasma, but every night when I watch my TV, I ask myself, how much better can the picture be? And, all dish programming except PPV is 1080i/720p anyway (I use 720p on the dish receiver, I think it is a better selection than 1080i)
The Roku and Dun Duo are both connected via digital audio to the Pioneer receiver. Actually, all my audio is digital to the receiver. I could connect my Oppo to my Receiver with 5 channel analog, supposedly that would be even better, but there is already too many damn wires back there! And I am very happy with the Blu-Ray sound now!
My next purchase will probably be a Panasonic ZT60-65 inch plasma. That is, unless I can see OLED 4k starting to get in my price range in the near future (looks like fat chance of that happening!)
Where was I going with all of this? Oh yea, I bet if I looked, I could find flaws in my Axioms, and find better (maybe just different) alternatives to my system. Heck, I would bet my 2005 Axiom Audio system is not as good as a 2013 Axiom system!
However, I am very pleased with my system, and I have assembled a "very close" to reference AV system, at a price that I could afford.
So, in summary, I am a very happy Axiom owner, and I have been "cured" of my constant search to find the perfect AV system. And this was an obsession of mine, from high school (let's say 1977 or so) to around 2005 or so.
Now I "just" enjoy my system!