Axiom vs ProAc

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  • 03-08-2004, 02:35 PM
    Dogg
    Axiom vs ProAc
    Hi guys,

    I'm living in Begium (Europe) therefore I can't hear the Millenia M80ti... it's a shame as it seems that it is highly praised here...
    I did recently listen to the ProAc Studio 125 which are quite surprising to me... (just 1 tweeter and 1 driver but what a sound!)...

    The thing is that I'm building an entire system from scratch so here's what I do have in mind...
    CD source will be an Arcam CD93
    PreAmp could be a Musical Fidelity A3.2 or a Rogue Audio Ninety Nine
    The Amp will be a Musical fidelity A3.2 or a Rogue Audio Studio 90...

    The system that was initialy planned was the CD93+MF PreAmp+2*MF PowerAmp (bi amping)+Studio 125
    Now that I've heard about those tubes amps (Rogue) and Axiom... I'm no more 100% sure about my choice...
    What's your opinion for the all system (I know that I also need to consider Interconnect and speaker cable)?
    What's your opinion on speaker side?

    Thx for your opinions ;)
  • 03-08-2004, 07:34 PM
    bturk667
    First off, it would be helpful if we knew what your budget was. So take my, or any, suggestions with a grain of salt. That being written, I like the ProAc Studio 125's very much. I do not particularly like the sound of Musical Fidelity's solid state equipment. Since ProAc's are tube friendly, I say go with Rogue! Have you thought about the Rogue Audio Tempest Integrated amp? This way you save some cashso you can by a better source component. Say, the Arcam FMJ CD33; retails for @$2500. U.S..
  • 03-09-2004, 04:19 PM
    Dogg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bturk667
    Since ProAc's are tube friendly...

    Could you please explain...?
  • 03-09-2004, 06:50 PM
    bturk667
    They are an 8 ohm speaker, and their impedance is fairly flat. This makes them tube friendly. Their sensitivity, on the other hand, is a little below average, I believe @87db. If you like to listen to your music loudly you might need an amplifier with a wattage output about 60 wpc or higher.

    I would seriously audition the Tempest. I really liked what I heard through a pair of Legacy speakers, who by the way are harder to drive than the ProAc's. The legacy are a 4 ohm speaker, but they more sensitive, @94 db.

    Good luck, and do not rush into your decision.
  • 03-09-2004, 08:27 PM
    Haoleb
    the M80's are great speakers, but dont seem to sound best with tube power amps,. Their high sensitivity makes them ideal but their 4 ohm impedence makes them less than ideal. They like SS power and they seem to like alot of it. Instead of the musical fidelity which is probbly a little over rated you might want to look at the NAD C372 integrated. Its supposed to be quite a bit better than the older C370 and has 30 more wpc with a total of 150 wpc.