If you like the sound of your Axioms, then you could always move-up in the Axiom line to M60's or M80's. Another good choice would be Meadowlark Swifts, especially for imaging.
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Thanks for the responses! Another thought, since I my room is only 13x11... I had thought about adding a subwoofer to my current system. Any particular subwoofers that can be recommended? Something preferable under $600. I am looking for a good compliment to my current system. Creek 5350SE, NAD C541, MSB link DAC, Monolithic Phono preamp, Music Hall MMF-5, and Axiom M3Ti's.
I've seen a few REL Q100E's on sale at A'gon for 600 or less. I've been using one for 5 years and can recommend it with confidence. I'm also running the Creek 5350, but am using Silverline SR 11's and SR 17's. I just saw a demo pair of the SR 17's advertised for 1500, maybe if you get a little Christmas money...
You mentioned you favor bass...Vandersteen model 1 would be a nice entry level speaker into the "hi-end"...they are about 1k new with stands....and a sub is more optional than necessary...they are also a time/phase design...which means they image very well...by no means a "party" speaker...but one that is very musical...good luck...
If you don't mind a "vintage" speaker, consider the Snell Type A. Superb imaging, and superb bottom end. There's a pair for sale here:
The asking price is well below your budget, but you'd probably have to spend a fair amount on shipping, which would put you back up near your budget.
Best of luck in your quest,
I am thinking of getting one since they got good reveiws. In what ways are you not satisfied with them?
Nice mid-fi system you built - you shopped wisely. Should sound pretty good.
You might want to add a sub. I upgrade my speakers many times searching for this mysterious sonic heaven. I found it in a Sony $95 sub SA-WM200 (with a small 5 inch woofer settelite bookshelves).
3 system gives you clarity in the mid and high, due to the bass eminating from a distance. I prefer it to a 3 way (2 way crossover sounds better than 3 way - phase shift). With a sub, you can have a 2way and a full sound.
I was listening to a setup like this with Athena speakers ($170 per pair) hooked upto a modest sony cd and a yamaha receiver - less than a 1k system! And I was mesmerised... This is what I had been searching for. Had me dancing on for hours on my feet.
Hope this helps,