My Axiom Epic Grand Master 350 speaker system has been installed a couple of days now. In a 14' x 22' room, seating about in the middle, with speakers placed in this configuration:
R main 30°
R surround 110°
L surround 250°
L main 330°
with the sub sitting left front. The room isn't finished yet and I will post a picture at some point after it is.
This system isn't a starter set for me, it replaces an inexpensive HTIB in the room and it is hoped it will last a very long time. I don't plan on any upgrades to it although it is possible in a few years I could replace the 5.1 AVR with a 7.1 AVR and add two QS8 rear surround speakers. Like most people with surround sound systems, this will be used for music and movies.
So far I have listened to The Marvin Gaye Collection 5.1 SACD, Neil Young Harvest 5.1 DVD-A, Talking Heads Remain in Light 5.1 DVD-A, Chicago 5.1 DVD-A, Jackson Browne Running on Empty 5.1 DVD-A, and snippets from about a dozen other surround pop and rock music discs. With the modest M22 bookshelf speakers as the main speakers, it might appear on paper the mains would be over matched by the center, sub and surround speakers, maybe the M80 is the optimal choice for mains with the others in this system. The concern I had was the M22s would be bright and my first test with the Marvin Gaye disc should have highlighted that if that is going to be an issue. The sound was very balanced, not bright at all to my ears.
We watched "The Dark Knight Rises" Blu-ray as the first film, I had never seen it although the female head of household had taken granddaughters to see it during the theatrical run. I was delighted with how this system handled every aspect of the sound.
Overall I am very pleased so far. I don't have any experience with a comparably priced current system from other manufacturers in my home so I can't say how it compares to the competition, I suspect it holds its own based on in store listening and other households I have been to. I do have two other systems in house, home theater with 7.1 and master bedroom with 5.1. All have a Yamaha AVR.
I told the female head of household that we were probably the last house in the neighborhood to get the third HT setup, everybody else already has three. That was hard to say with a straight face. I found a post on one of the forums by some other nutcase with four systems, one a 9.1 set up, and showed that to her to try to make her feel more comfortable with having a house full of this crap. She said we don't have a room for a fourth system, I am trying to divert her attention from the fact we have three so she won't insist I rip out one or two of them or send me packing with all three. Maybe she will be happy I haven't set up four systems?
If a few hundred people will quote my post and indicate they also have three systems, that would be helpful as well. She had insisted before set up that she wouldn't be able to tell the difference from the tiny 5.1 HTIB speaker system but she admitted she can and the Axiom system meets with her approval, both in appearance and sound. I love this Axiom system.
All equipment in this den system with the Axiom speakers:
LG 50" 720p Plasma
Sony NSZ-GT1 Blu-ray with Google TV
Vizio Co-Star Google TV
TiVoHD for OTA
HDMI 4 switch
Off topic, just in case anyone is scratching their heads, the dual Google TV boxes are only necessary when streaming major golf tournaments, I used both during the Masters, US Open, British Open and PGA championship, multiple feeds are streaming from whichever site is handling the tournament and stopping and starting feeds takes way too long, switching from one to another with both running takes a couple of seconds. Cutting the cord requires jumping through hoops but ESPN3 and PGA.com mean I can watch golf for four days, four times a year when it is most important to me.
In a few months, I will have used this system enough to offer more about the speakers but I can be included in group that loves Axiom speakers. I can say now for surround music it is a dream come true for me. I am happy with it for movies and stereo music as well but it shines for surround music, I am a forty plus year fan of music in surround, dating back to the early days of quadraphonic music releases.