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Setting up a Home Theater Speaker System that doesn't Dominate the Room Decor - An Experiment with Axiom Audio Speakers

Axiom

Over the past decade, we have seen the number of speakers in a home theater system go from 5.1, to 7.1 and beyond. This presents a problem in having the space to put all these speakers. Although it is nice to have large speakers that will play loud for the current deluge of high impact movies full of mechanical monstors and massive guns, putting nine or more speakers in the den where your home theater is, will certainly set off an argument with your significant other, even if the speakers are beautiful. So, I decided to put together a 5.1 system of small, but high quality, bookshelf speakers and a good subwoofer. You will be shocked at the visual change this produces, and yet, this system still has good surround sound (just not quite as loud), and it looks attractive in the room without seeming like it is the centerpiece of the den.

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Legacy Aeris Floor-standing Speakers Review

Legacy Aeris Floorstanding Speaker Review

Introduced in 2012, the Legacy Aeris speakers have become some of the most acclaimed speakers in recent memory. They are massive 4-way floorstanding speakers with dual powered 12” subwoofers in each tower. They are distinctive for many reasons with the most significant reason being their one of a kind room correction and time alignment capabilities.

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Bryston Model A3 Floor-standing Speakers Review

Bryston Model A3 Floor-standing Speaker ReviewThe Model A3 is the smallest floor-standing speaker in the new A series from Bryston. It is well suited for a two-channel system that requires a compact floor-standing speaker. It is capable on its own of full range music playback without a subwoofer. The Model A3’s sound is neutral and it can be driven to high SPLs without sounding strained. The Model A3 is detailed and accurate. Its sound quality will satisfy regardless of listening preferences.

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Dynaudio Excite Surround System (X38, X14, and X24) Review

Dynaudio Excite Surround System Review

The Dynaudio Excite line has been thoroughly updated for 2014. On hand for review is a fantastic sounding surround system anchored by the flagship Excite X38 towers, the bookshelf Excite X14s for use as surround channels, and the Excite X24 center channel speaker.

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Revel F208 Floor-standing Speakers Review

Revel F208 Floor-standing Speakers Review

From Revel’s Performa3 line of speakers, the F208 full-range 3-way loudspeaker is brilliantly executed. From the rock solid cabinet to its beautiful, automotive quality finish, the F208 is one of the best buys in the oversaturated speaker market. These speakers have wonderful neutral tonal balance, a 3 dimensional soundstage and a top-notch low end. Hands down one of the finest speakers we have come across in its price range.

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Revel Performa3 Series 5.1 Speaker System Review

Revel Performa3 Series Speaker System Review

The Revel Performa3 Series speakers offer a terrific blend of performance, quality, and value. In this review, I used the Performa3 Series speakers in a 5.1 configuration. The review system was comprised of a pair of Performa3 F206 floorstanding speakers, a pair of Performa3 M105 bookshelf speakers, a Performa3 C205 center-channel speaker, and a Performa3 B110 subwoofer. The speakers themselves are absolutely gorgeous, with a beautiful lacquered finish, pleasing lines, and modest physical sizes that should fit into most listening rooms.

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Paradigm Shift Soundtrack 2 (Soundbar and Subwoofer) Review

Paradigm Shift Soundtrack 2 Review

Paradigm upgrades their Soundtrack soundbar and subwoofer with Bluetooth, virtual surround, and an improved remote.

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GoldenEar SuperCinema 3D Array XL Review

GoldenEar SuperCinema 3D Array XL Review

GoldenEar has just expanded their SuperCinema sound bar product line with the introduction of the new SuperCinema 3D Array XL. While perhaps a little imposing, at a shade over 62 inches long, it has a depth of barely 3 inches making it perfect for wall mounting under your flat panel display

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Paradigm Millenia CT 2 Speakers and Subwoofer Review

Paradigm Millenia CT 2 Speakers and Subwoofer Review

The Paradigm Millenia CT 2 system is a set of speakers voice matched to deliver a complete music or home theatre experience without an A/V receiver or any additional amplification. The system utilizes Bluetooth technology to access music on mobile devices.

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Audience ClairAudient 1+1 Personal Reference Speakers (Monitors) Review

Audience ClairAudient 1+1 Personal Reference Speakers (Monitors) Review

The Audience ClairAudient 1+1 Personal Reference Speakers are small-footprint monitors, designed for small rooms or desktops where only a reference-caliber loudspeaker will do.

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Induction Dynamics ID1 Floor Standing Speakers Review

Induction Dynamics ID1 Floor Standing Speaker Review

The Induction Dynamics ID1’s are large 4-way Floor standing Speakers with dual subwoofers built in to each cabinet. The speakers are available in many custom finishes or they can be mounted in-wall if you are building a high performance custom home theater. The speakers measured well; low distortion and a full frequency response from 25 Hz all the way out past the limits of human audibility. But that was only one part of the story. Subjectively, these speakers had an articulate sound that remained smooth and non-fatiguing at all playback levels. And they showed excellent imaging properties, filling the room with all their lusciousness.

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