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February 25, 2014

Our Newest Flagship Model: The M100

Filed under: Audio Knowledge,Stereo,What's New — Andrew Welker @ 10:54 am

In today’s post, Ian Colquhoun and Andrew Welker explain the evolution of the newest Axiom speaker, the M100 floorstanding speaker, recently released from beta.

Ian Colquhoun:  The M100 is quite large and contains three 6.5-inch high powered drivers.  The whole goal behind this product came from the return to stereo out there.   We’re finding with a lot of our customers are looking for very high-powered, natural-sounding stereo pairs of speakers with large soundstages.

The M100 has been in development for four or five years now. Over that period of time, Andrew has developed a new woofer and a new tweeter, which were both a part of this project. We’ve found that people are returning to two-channel systems and sometimes using just two speakers in a very large space. We wanted to make sure that people could play these loudspeakers loud and clean, use big amplification, and have no compression happening in the bass whatsoever.

Andrew Welker: We started with what was then our flagship the M80, which has been around since the mid 90s. That’s not a speaker we ever looked at as having any sort of limitation. It has good frequency response, good extension, sounds great, can play loud . . . there really weren’t any major identifiable issues. But in most applications, our customers were using M80s in the context of a home theater system with a subwoofer.

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November 9, 2012

Get “The Skinny” on Designing Omnidirectional Loudspeakers

Okay, I admit it’s the skinniest video ever made! But you try to get these speakers in a frame with Axiom’s Andrew Welker, who designed the Omnidirectional LFR1100s together with Ian Colquhoun. Watch the video (filmed in Axiom’s anechoic chamber) or read the transcript below to find out what challenges are faced when you are designing loudspeakers with drivers on the front and rear panels of the speaker.

Andrew: Omnidrectional speakers are probably one of the more challenging types of designs that a loudspeaker designer can undertake. Part of the reason is that you have to deal with a lot of factors in terms of how the speaker interacts with the room, and how the different parts of the speaker interact with one another.

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September 26, 2012

iPhone 5, #firstworldproblems and #scuffgate

Filed under: What's New — admin @ 3:56 pm

Despite selling over 5 million new iPhone 5′s in the past week, catching flack for their botched Apple Maps initiative after scrapping Google Maps, it seems that people have pointed their ire that matches the wrath of 10,000 suns regarding the whole “scuffgate” issue where their the anodized aluminum body their using is easily scratched, “ruining” the immaculate look and design out of the box.

Take a look at what’s going on in the Twittersphere to get a glimpse of what people are saying right now about their problems regarding scuffgate.

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June 12, 2012

Sault Blues Update

Filed under: What's New — Tags: — Brent @ 8:14 am

Well, I made it but barely!  What  a great time we had at the Sault Blues Festival, with some unbelievable musicians coming in to make it a truly awesome event.  Can’t wait for next year!

Some coverage here for those of you who’d like to read about it:  Sault Blues Festival

If you’ve been thinking about starting one of these societies in your area, I highly recommend it!

Sault Blues Band

Brent Tombari at the Sault Blues Festival

Give me a little space baby!

 

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