JMLab is a great speaker and I almost bought them along with the Cobalt Sub! After listening to a set of M60 AXIOMS a friend of mine just bought, I changed my mind! The JM's are much brighter and weeker in the bass region (Chorus series) but none the less a great speaker. It is just that I like a diverse range in music that could go from Josh Groben to Metallica and the JMLab's do not like harsher music as well as the AXIOMS did! Also, the Cobalt Sub was 1595$(canadian) vs. 700$ for my HSU and the HSU blows it away easily!
AXIOM really surprsed the heck out of me for the price and they can go REALLY loud without straining. The only negative aspect I noticed was that they hate poorly recorded CD's.......but then agian, so do I!
I've only heard the new Chorus S series and it was very nice. They're neutral, very lifelike and transparent. It's hard not to like them with a good warm sounding amp. Also the build quality is better than most. I've never even seen a MA speaker so cant compare them.
I heard them once and they sounded very good but nothing in detail to give you information.
Spock of Vulcan
Can you audition the speakers at all? I had the chance to A/B my JMLab (original) Choruses against a number of other speakers before I settled on them. The JMLabs had the airiest treble without harshness or hardness of all the speakers I listened to. This is coupled with a quite nice warm quality. As I said though, it would be good if you had the option to try them out yourself in your space with your partnering gear and tunes.
I loved the JMLabs but absolutely ADORED the AXIOMS. For my ears, they were the JMLabs and more! Midrange is way better and they respond better to different types of music whereas the JMLabs seem to be more a classical music speaker since they have such incredible highs. To each his own.
I find the Electra series to be very even. Meaning not overpowering in one area or another. I have heard mostly the Electra line and that line is very good. Nothing is over done. They sound very pleasing to me. Not harsh or beaming. I have the 927be 901 center and the SW900 sub. More money but I think they are worth it.
I agree........The Electra is WAAAAAAAAAAY more money than I wanted to pay! Don't agree on your sub as I know there are better out there (HSU and SVS) that cost much less. My dealer even agrees here as he says JMLab is a main speaker company that was forced into making subs only recently and have not really spent much tme on getting them right.