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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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February 20, 2014

Why We Make Our Own Drivers

Filed under: Audio Knowledge — Ian @ 11:44 am

Axiom’s new tweeter

In a recent post on our message boards, Message Board Member Eggman asked “Would you happen to know if Axiom makes all their speaker parts in-house? Just curious.”

It’s a great question, and it was followed up by MichaelTrottar asking “is that for a better sound quality….?”

There are two main reasons for manufacturing our own parts: sound quality and consistency.

The sound quality is achieved by having more options available to us when designing the finished product. If you are selecting your drivers from already available parts then you only have the crossover and the cabinet as variables that you can completely control in the design process.

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February 11, 2014

Speaker Placement Series Part 2

Filed under: AV Tip of the Month,How-To — Tags: , — Andrew Welker @ 6:07 pm

In our second installment of the basics of speaker placement and set up, we continue on the theme of bookshelf speakers and center channel speakers (see Part 1 here). For all you floorstanding speaker owners out there, don’t worry: future videos are going to cover the specifics of those types of products.

One of the things that we talked about in the last video was to try to get speakers mounted in a cabinet or a bookshelf as close to ear level as possible. But there’s always going to be some situations where you don’t have the luxury of doing that. In the case where you’ve got to have the speaker on a low shelf or the center channel on a low shelf in a cabinet, what you want to do is have the speaker tilted upward so that it is firing at ear level. One of the members of our forums actually tried this out on his center channel and found that he got an improvement in clarity when he made the change.

Note: If you purchase a VP100 or VP150, they can easily be flipped to accommodate angled placement. See this video by Debbie Swinton. For VP160s or VP180s, Andrew’s comments apply.

Axiom center channels can actually be ordered to have the angled section on the bottom of the speaker instead of top, which will have the speaker naturally sitting up at an angle. If, however, you’ve already ordered your center channel and you’re changing your set up or installation, you can easily buy something like a rubber doorstop to help angle the speaker up. My brother-in-law actually uses hockey pucks for this which also works well.

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January 22, 2014

Speaker Placement Series Part 1

Filed under: Audio Knowledge — Tags: , , — Andrew Welker @ 2:09 pm

Today we’re going to start a series of videos that covers the basics of loudspeaker placement and set up, and it’s going to be heavily driven by your input and questions that you have. On our forums under the “What’s New” section, you’ll see a thread that I started a few days ago that asks for input on what questions that you want answered, no matter how simple: we really want to cover off topics that you’re interested in or wondering about. Please post any suggestions there, or in the comments below. (Note: please pardon the sound of the dust collector in the background – hazard of having our offices attached to our factory!)

Today we’re going to start off with some basics of bookshelves and center channels. One of the biggest mistakes people make when they place a bookshelf speaker or center channel on a shelf is that they bury them in the cabinet. A lot of times this is for aesthetic reasons, but acoustically it’s pretty much one of the worst things that you can do.

What will happen with a speaker even an inch or two behind the front edge of the shelf, it will create reflections that will muffle the sound or destroy the image. You’ll get a very colored sound quality from your center channel or your bookshelf speaker.

What you want to do is make sure the speaker is sitting as flush as possible or proud of the front edge of the shelf in the cabinet. This will give you far better acoustic performance.

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