Let me be clear - I have absolutely no 'in' with the company. Last year on my own initiative & out of the goodness of my heart (remember that quality in people?) I mailed to them a bunch of original vintage documents (early 90s Product Brochures, User Leaflets, etc that can be seen on their site) for their museum; however, they've never reimbursed me in any way. I didn't expect, nor want them to - hard concept to take in for many these days I guess. My speakers & stands are all 'B Stock' purchased in the normal way - ID - that was the only discount, just like any other customer.
When searching for my speakers last year to replace my pristine, award-winning, vintage, Axiom AX2s (still on lifetime warranty after 20+ years) I auditioned many units at different stores locally. Brands included many of the ones noted here in AVS including Polk, Focal, Klipsch, Mission, Tannoys, Yamaha (wood drivers?), etc, etc. While auditioning in a store is far from ideal & not fair in order to hear the full potential of a product, nothing jumped out as being vastly superior to its competitors nor to my home system. I know that I should have taken them all home for an audition, then disassembled them, taken pics of the innards & hopefully reassemble them correctly & return them to the retailer. Sorry, but I'm not that kind of customer.
It came down to the fact that all of the towers in the $1000+ range that I auditioned were all more than competent, were similarly good but all sounded slightly different from each other - nothing more, nothing less; however, the big Klipsches stood out somewhat as they had more bass extension than the rest - but not down to the sub range that I was used to. None of them 'blew me away' (I hate that overused phrase) but being a born cynic, I expected that.
My audio memory is very short; however, after all of the auditions, my older home Axiom/Velodyne system sounded better to me than anything that I heard in the marketplace. I'm sure that my home listening area has a lot to do with it & perhaps I was used to its sound, but my older system really sounded superior to me. Because it was time to get something new to last me another 20 years, when I purchased my M2s & EP-400 for my audio system, it was a small step up again from the vintage units & still far more pleasing to me than those in the stores. It's quite amazing really, considering that the M2s have only stamped baskets, ha!
I have opinions just like anyone else; however I don't spout off on things that I've had no meaningful experience. I do read a lot though & I really do enjoy many of your posts as you are quite knowledgeable in many ways. I just think that your never ending vendetta against a specific company is inappropriate..
I posted the following at the Axiom Forum for their consumption & I'm sure that you've probably read it already. This is how I, and I suspect the vast majority of people, handle matters like this:
A short story from me. I bought a new, early production 2007 CUV from a large Asian auto manufacturer. Although I loved the vehicle's design & performance, unfortunately I found out on the net that I had predicable, multiple major mechanical problems coming down the road. Seems that it came to market a year too early. Although the local dealer took really good care of me, after 4 years of major repairs (all under warranty but majorly inconvenient) I'd had enough when I found that now timing chains were breaking. Hence I switched to my present trouble free CUV.
Unlike speakers that are rather unimportant in one's life (sorry Ian, ha!), a $40K vehicle that is one's main transportation is. Once I traded in the bad vehicle, I was through with its forums & all reference to it in my life. As a mature & pragmatic individual, I put out $20K that I hadn't intended to, licked my wounds & got on with my life. I wouldn't even think of frequenting the forums or the net for years to continually slag the other manufacturer, although I probably had ample justification to do so - certainly more than not liking a damn speaker. It's just not in me to initiate nor participate in this kind of vile, juvenile behavior.
I think that that says it all...