Originally Posted by mbritt
The Axioms have a unique mounting method and you can customize them with almost any wood or finish that you like - I bet that got your attention :-). You have such a customized room that I'm sure you wouldn't want to just drop in a bunch of black boxes (PSB's come in a nice cherry).
Thanks for the great post :)
The Axioms look great and did very well in a shootout article I recently read. They were the least expensive of the competitors, but the reviewer was so impressed with them that he felt the need to reevaluate his position on sub $500 speakers.
Choosing the finish of the wood is awesome. I've grown somewhat OCD about the appearance of just about everything and would not, as you say, want to drop a couple of boxes into my place. Thankfully veneer paper always stands firm as an option. My Beta 22 looked like one of those recycled galvanized metal napkin holders when I bought it. I applied a few sheets of faux-wood vinyl paper and it looked right at home.
The B & W PM1's are beautiful. Just like you said they can easily stand in place of furniture pieces. The reviews I've been reading place them in the lukewarm bin. "Good, but not great". "Impressive but there are better choices".
What I'd really like to know is whether floorstanders are superior to bookshelves in all circumstances? I would have no problem bringing out a pair of speakers on an as-needed basis and then removing them when I finished. Under those conditions I can set up in just about any way I would need. I guess I don't want to shortchange myself because of space constraints. I've been reading that rooms smaller than 10 X 10 are not ideal for the big boys. At what point are the conditions right for a floorstander? Is it 20 feet? 25? I'm passing up a BHSE for my Stax for these speakers and so the room for disappointment is sadly enormous.
Mbritt you mounted your speaker on a concrete beam, which is obviously well above your height. Is there a rule with the level of mounting? I remember reading that eye level is ideal. If this doesn't matter that could prove valuable. I have plenty of mounting room at around 7 feet on a wall. I've made an appointment to audition several setups this week at a boutique spot. Hopefully I'll come away with a direction towards which I can go.
Edited by ericfarrell85 - 1/17/13 at 8:03am