View Full Version : Pairing 170's/340c with Axiom QS4 surrounds?

09-29-2004, 03:43 AM
Do you mean "Axiom" QS4's? If those are what you meant, not sure how Axioms match sonically w/Ascends. I think the issue of direct radiating vs. dipole surrounds has been discussed somewhere on this forum. With discrete digital surrounds, the need for dipoles is not a requirement anymore, and may negatively affect the intended sound effects (no dipoles are used in actual movie theaters).


09-29-2004, 03:48 AM
i had the axiom setup + QS8. i didn't like the way dipole surrounds operated in a 5.1 setup. especially in my room.

if you are going to 'mismatch' any speaker in a system, let it be the surrounds.

Eddie Horton
09-29-2004, 06:02 AM
I've read good reviews of the QS series, but will concur with the above posts on the monopole vs. dipole issue, especially with modern movie tracks. I believe the old THX specs recommended dipoles, but monos do it for me. Add multi-channel music into the mix, and dipoles wouldn't work for me at all, but as usual.....YMMV.

09-29-2004, 08:36 AM
Oops, fixed axiom above. Thanks for the advice guys.

Ok, my next "small size" option is to use 200's instead of 170's for the surrounds.

What, exactly, do I give up with the smaller speaker?

09-29-2004, 09:30 AM
I have not heard the 200's but considering that they are going to do surround duty I REALLY doubt that you are going to give up anything at all. The only thing that might come into play is if you are considering hi-rez multi channel use then the 170's or 340's become more important. Also, if this is the case, then I would think that dipoles would not be desirable. I believe Curtis has said that Dr. Hsu (Hsu subwoofer's) prefers the 200's over the 170's.


09-29-2004, 11:44 PM
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I believe Curtis has said that Dr. Hsu (Hsu subwoofer's) prefers the 200's over the 170's.
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Randy, good thoughts, thanks. Can someone confirm the Dr. Hsu quote?

09-30-2004, 12:46 AM
With me.....he said it to me when I was demoing the Ascends at his offices 1.5 years ago. He likes the more forward sound of the 200's. You might be able to just call him and ask.


09-30-2004, 03:45 AM

Thanks! This makes me wonder if the much-better-WAF-for-the-space-intended 200's would be OK all the way around. What are your thoughts regarding using 200's vs 170's in a 15' square listening area? (Room is 15x20.)


09-30-2004, 04:18 AM
I'd still take the 170's.