I went to the Newport Beach audio show a month or so ago. I listened to some magnificent speakers and systems, including Wilson, TAD, Sony, Mbl Radialstallers, Emeralds, Magicos, and some iconic brands which disappointed, like Harbeth. I've never listened to Axiom M80s, but I have listened to M60s, M50s, M3s, M2s, VP 180, VP150, and Axiom made Michaura M665s, M66s and M55s. I have a pair of Thiel CS3.6s, Dahlquist M909s and M905s (with upgraded cross-overs).
My favorite speakers of those I currently run? The Thiels, second, a tie between the Dahlquists and alll my Axioms, though they are different.
I am not an audio engineer. Perhaps bo130 is an audio engineer, though it may be presumed that not all audio engineers are good at what they do. I have no desire to get involved in any internecine disputes among audio engineers about arcane aspects of their craft.
I am a consumer and rely on my ears to inform me as to whether the audio engineers have done their job well.
I have had speakers which were disappointing, some JBL towers don't recall the model, some Klipsch Legend series speakers, some Infinity RS3s, a pair of Bose 301s. I have never visited a JBL, Klipsch or Infinity discussion to bad mouth those brands. If someone would say they love the sound of speakers I have owned and found wanting, I would not insult them. I would not disagree with them (though in the case of the Bose 301s, I might smirk to myself.)
Friends, we live in a golden age of audio. I have a $20 Sonic Impact T-Amp which is joke-good. I have solid state amps which are just great (Kenwood KA9100, Harman Kardon PM665, Anthem PV, Yamaha M80s [have 3 of them], Integra M504) I just listened to a pair of Andrew Jones bookshelf speakers I picked up for my assistant for a bit over $100 and they sound incredibly good.
Smell the roses! Reproduce music not discord! Enjoy the Music. Don't trust those who tell you they know it all and you don't, because they are only half correct.
Edited by 2x6spds - 7/27/13 at 9:17am