Fedex delivered the final 2 speakers yesterday. I had everythiing ready for them, so it took little time to get everything plugged in.
First, the Algonquins outside are mounted on wall brackets on my deck. They sound great. loud enough to fill the 600 sq ft deck and then some. I was able to connect to my wifi network with my iPhone, turn on Zone 2 of my Denon 3808 and control Internet Radio and volume. Cool feature for those looking for a receiver. I wired the outdoor speakers using 12 gauge low voltage lighting cable. It's cheaper than outdoor speaker wire, has much better shielding, and is the same thing. It works great and is much cheaper. You can find 200' rolls at Lowes for around $120.
For the 5.1, I've got it the QS8s on the Axiom stands, the vp150 on top of the tv (an old HD rear projection CRT with a flat top), for now, until I get the new set and stand. And the M80s set up about 7' from the center fo the TV.
Spent a little time configuring the receiver, but probably need more. I just wanted to get to watching a movie. Fired up Black Hawk Down for the consistent action, bullet firing and explosions. WOW! The sound is amazing. The voices come in crystal clear and the explosions rock. I have a big basement that's wide open, so I don't have four walls around my HT area. The speakers fill the space really well and sound terrific even though I am about 14' from the TV and there is open space between the front speakers and the seating (no side walls).
So after one movie and little set up, I'm already really happy with these speakers. I had an old school Sony 5 speaker set up (probably somewhere in the 10-15 year range), I di dnot know what I wiss missing.
Thanks to all on here that posted their thoughts on Axiom. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. If you're going Axiom, and you can wait a few weeks, I highly recommend using Factory Outlet on their site, you save money and the speakers are still perfect.