Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Carrollton, Texas
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Hey guys, I got the Axioms a day early and have been doing some listening studies here. My equipment is as follows: Denon 3805, Axiom M22Ti front speakers, Crown 402. I don't have the cable for the Crown 202 for the center, so I set everything up with stereo only using the 402 for the front channels. (260 watts per channel)
I did the auto EQ on the Denon, and the volume controls on the Crown were set on half way. My wife was part of the listening experiment. I played a couple of CD's, Dixie Chicks and Brooks & Dunn. The soundstage was incredible, and the vocals cut right through you. Even though the Axiom speakers are not known for their bass, it sounded fairly good on the low end for small bookshelf speakers. I should be getting my SVS subwoofer tomorrow, so that will be another review. We were both blown away by the clarity and presence.
Let me digress here a minute. There was audible humming noticeable about four feet and closer to the speakers. Like Rich mentioned earlier today, he heard the same thing. Don't know the cause at this point, but I will disconnect the modified fans tomorrow and see if it makes a difference. We could not hear the hum at all when the music was playing (duh). The 402 is using the SilenX fans with a 10 watt 100 ohm resistor. I even switched to the 202 with stock fans and the same resistor and I still had the same humming.
So at this point, I disconnected the Crowns and hooked the speakers directly to the Denon. Complete and utter silence. So I re-did the speaker calibration and tested the whole thing with just the Denon. There was no comparison. Sound was shallow, highs were not as pronounced and bass was muffled. Vocals did not even come close. Even my wife noticed that at the same volume level, the sound was not as good. Granted it sounded pretty decent, but after hearing it with the 402, The Crown hands down whooped up on the Denon. The Axioms are 200 watt speakers and they came to life with 260 watts from the Crown vs. 120 put to them with the Denon.
I am done for the night with this experiment, but will disconnect the fans on the Crown tomorrow and see if it makes a difference. If I can find the source of the noise I will be good to go.