M3 vs X5

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Rushca01

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M3 vs X5
« on: 20 Sep 2020, 12:20 pm »
Has anyone compared the m3 and the x5?  From what I can tell the only difference between the x5 and x3 is the larger powered sub.  My room is fairly large open basement area that also double as my “home theater”. 

Thanks!

Jprod

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Re: M3 vs X5
« Reply #1 on: 20 Sep 2020, 01:19 pm »
Has anyone compared the m3 and the x5?  From what I can tell the only difference between the x5 and x3 is the larger powered sub.  My room is fairly large open basement area that also double as my “home theater”. 

Thanks!
We need some clarification before we can help - M3 vs x5 or x3 vs x5?

TomS

Re: M3 vs X5
« Reply #2 on: 20 Sep 2020, 01:57 pm »
Has anyone compared the m3 and the x5?  From what I can tell the only difference between the x5 and x3 is the larger powered sub.  My room is fairly large open basement area that also double as my “home theater”. 

Thanks!
There is a significant difference between the M and X series in directivity, among other things, beyond the powered sub. One is not really better than the other until you consider the application. If you give Cllayton information about your room and how you tend to listen, he will guide you in the right choice. He definitely does not "up sell", so no need to worry about that at all. They're both terrific speakers, so it's hard to go wrong.

Rushca01

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Re: M3 vs X5
« Reply #3 on: 20 Sep 2020, 02:32 pm »
Yes, comparison is the m3 vs x5.  Only different between the x3 and x5 that I can tell is the larger sub.

My components are Mcintosh C2300 (pre), Mcintosh MC402 (amp), Schiit Yggy (DAC), VPI Prime table, and Node streamer. 

I don’t listen to classical, but most everything is fair game including EDM.

TomS

Re: M3 vs X5
« Reply #4 on: 20 Sep 2020, 02:45 pm »
Only different between the x3 and x5 that I can tell is the larger sub.

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Yes that is correct.

I was looking 100% at X3 (more is betta, right?) but after reviewing my room, listening habits, etc. he recommended going with the X5 instead. I sent him dimensions and several pictures of my listening situation, and then he called me to discuss and make recommendations. It's a very easy process, absolutely zero pressure. 60 day trial period, which is unheard of these days.

FireGuy

Re: M3 vs X5
« Reply #5 on: 20 Sep 2020, 03:30 pm »
Yes that is correct.

I was looking 100% at X3 (more is betta, right?) but after reviewing my room, listening habits, etc. he recommended going with the X5 instead. I sent him dimensions and several pictures of my listening situation, and then he called me to discuss and make recommendations. It's a very easy process, absolutely zero pressure. 60 day trial period, which is unheard of these days.

Aperion Audio also has a 60-day trial period, so not that rare.    I do however applaud both vendors for this generous time frame.

Jprod

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Re: M3 vs X5
« Reply #6 on: 20 Sep 2020, 04:43 pm »
There is a significant difference between the M and X series in directivity, among other things, beyond the powered sub. One is not really better than the other until you consider the application. If you give Cllayton information about your room and how you tend to listen, he will guide you in the right choice. He definitely does not "up sell", so no need to worry about that at all. They're both terrific speakers, so it's hard to go wrong.

Agree 100% with this statement.  Call him and he will guide you.  I described my room to him and sent pictures. He recommended the x5 and he was spot on worth the recommendation.  I have zero desire to  change  speakers ( until Clayton comes up with something better  :D)

Rushca01

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Re: M3 vs X5
« Reply #7 on: 21 Sep 2020, 12:45 pm »
I sent an email to Clayton, looking forward to his response!

mrotino332

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Re: M3 vs X5
« Reply #8 on: 21 Sep 2020, 03:04 pm »
Obviously talk to Clayton as he would know best.  I had spoken to Clayton and he recommended the X5 for my room size.  My reasons for the X5 over the m series were the AMT tweeter and the powered woofer.  In my opinion it's a great feature to be able to dial in the exact bass level for a given positioning of your speakers in your room so that was very important to me. Also my amp prefers 8 ohm loads and the m3 is a four ohm load.

Rushca01

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Re: M3 vs X5
« Reply #9 on: 21 Sep 2020, 11:42 pm »
Well Clayton replied, said the M3’s will be fine and room treatment should strongly be considered.

drhoon

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Re: M3 vs X5
« Reply #10 on: 24 Sep 2020, 04:19 pm »
What is the main difference between x and m series though? What does m do better than x and vice versa

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Re: M3 vs X5
« Reply #11 on: 24 Sep 2020, 04:54 pm »
I believe the X5 has an actively powered subwoofer, whereas the M3 is an all-passive design.  The X5 is quite a bit more efficient, so it can be driven by a lower powered amp.  Clayton also recommended both models for my room, but said the X5 is even better at eliminating the impact of the room than the M3, so room treatment might not be as critical with the X5 as it is with the M3.   

TomS

Re: M3 vs X5
« Reply #12 on: 24 Sep 2020, 07:54 pm »
In addition to the powered sub, the X series has an AMT vs the X100 dome of the M series. They're quite a bit different, though one is not necessarily "better" than the other.