Just to follow up. My system right now is NAD 304 and a cheapo JVC CD player. THinking about upgrading to NAD 370 and better CD player soon.
These are seriously contenders. I have turned many onto these and run a pair of the M3Ti myself. They are much smoother, detailed, less bright and dynamic than the Titans which I've also owned. They will reveal inferior equipment on the front end. I was leary of the metal drivers but they are absolutely smooth.
Get the black vinyl as the Boston Cherry looks like bad vinyl. They need decent heavy stands. If you want to skip the return policy deal, Audio Shoppe in Ottawa, Canada had some old price current stock with the M3Ti at $244 USD delivered 2 day priorty. I believe they are audioshoppe.on.ca, but you may have to search. Ask for Mark as he does the out of country sales. Good luck.
I bought a pair of the Axiom M22ti about five months ago. So far I've really enjoyed listening to them. The music is clear and focused. Though it won't shake your walls with subterrainean bass what it does have is fairly tight. You can get factory outlet versions (small cosmetic blemishes only) for just over $300. In my opinion, they are a great bargain. The only real comparison I have made with them is to my Paradigm Reference Studio 60s. These are floor-standers weighing about 70-80 lbs each. While the Axioms don't have the weight or slam of the Paradigms I thought they were a bit better on vocals. The Axioms also lack the shear scale the Paradigms can exhibit on symphonic works.