Originally posted by Magliocchino
skellyo: I have the same problem here in Salt Lake. There is one authorized dealer, but they have no Phase Technology speakers in the store.
avaholic: I'm not too worried about blending with my sub as I could crossover at 80 htz, at which I'm unable to localize it and it's well above the lowend of both the V-10 and V-8. I'm more curious if all the other qualities of the speakers would be less using say a V-8 w/sub vs. a V-12 or say the Axiom 60s (e.g., soundstage, imaging, etc).
First off, I would still always recommend using mains that go lower so they can be run full range along with a sub, the bass just blends better IMHO. This after many years of experimenting with countless combinations.
As far as the soundstage and imaging go. Commonly with bookshelves you "can" get better imaging than with towers. But the soundstage "usually" will be wider with good towers. Notice the quotes I used, this is not always the case, it depends on the particular bookshelves and towers. And this has just been my experience over the years with the products I owned. Since I have not heard the V-10 or V-8's, I'd just have to assume they sound similar to the V-12. Except that the V-10 and V-8 do not go as low and the V-8 "probably" does not have as wide as a soundstage as the V-10 or V-12.
Now as far as the Axiom M60s go, I had a pair, and the soundstage just did not cut it. The problem was not the "width" of the soundstage, but the depth. I like a 3-dimensional soundstage with alot of depth, and IMHO the M60s don't have it. There have been a few others on this forum that have told me they experienced the same with the M60s. Imaging is pretty good. They are detailed as well, but to my ears they were on the "bright" side of detail. I love detail but I hate "bright". The Phase Tech. V-12's give me the detail I love without sounding bright at all.
Lastly, regarding the lack of dealers carrying Phase Techs to demo, I'm going to email the VP in charge of marketing and sales (I was lucky enough to have him respond to one of my inquires) and see what he has to say. I may point him to this thread as well!