|Axiom M80ti Loudspeakers|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Floorstanding Loudspeakers|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Saturday, 01 January 2005|
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When getting into comparisons with speakers in the $2,500 and up price range, as I noted earlier in the review, I wished for a bit more bass control. I tried running more beefy amps, but with 95 dB efficient speakers, power wasn’t the problem. The solution is likely finding a subwoofer that can mesh with the Axiom’s prodigious bottom end. (Axiom currently has available the EP500 and EP600 subwoofers that are designed to compliment the M80ti.) Also, I am judging the bass performance of the speakers at an audiophile level, when for movies, a little extra bump in the bottom is considered by many listeners to be a very good sonic characteristic.
The lack of a retail presence for Axiom isn’t that big of an issue for me in terms of purchasing, because they are so liberal with their in-home demo program. For people who change speakers like they change underwear, the Axiom brand name doesn’t carry the brand recognition that Bose or some of the bigger boys do. In terms of resale, this might hurt you to the tune of 10 to 20 percent. However, I would suggest that buying and owning Axiom Audio speakers is similar to popping for an Audi A8L. A lot of people pop for a V12 BMW sedan, but for $40,000 less, the A8L customer gets a faster car with a lighter, stronger frame, more goodies and maybe even better service. This is the value proposition that Axiom offers, which allows it to favorably compete with speakers costing double the price.
The Axiom M80ti is a very good speaker and an unquestioned value at $1,240 per pair. Axiom Audio has managed to design and sell a speaker for much less than many comparably-performing speakers, due in part to their Internet-direct business model. What’s more convenient than ordering a speaker online, coming home from work and having a speaker package on your doorstep waiting for you? To top that off, if you aren’t in love with them, you can send them back or trade them in for other models. Clearly, Axiom puts their money where their mouth is.
I found the M80 speaker to be enjoyable and easy to listen to. The lighter finishes make the Axiom Audio M80 the perfect companion for a rear-projection DLP HDTV set in a modern décor scheme. If you are interested in dynamic, full-range tower speakers at a sub-$1,300 price-point, you will do yourself a favor by auditioning Axiom Audio M80tis. They have the sonic chops to reproduce sound that keeps up in quality with your high-definition picture. They are that good and, for the price, they are a steal.