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July 5, 2010

Redefining The Center Channel: Axiom’s Research Lab Releases the VP180

Filed under: What's New — Tags: , , , — Alan @ 12:10 am

At Axiom, we’ve been researching different driver arrays and enclosure designs for center channel speakers, following up with double-blind listening tests, and we’re now ready to announce the new VP180, a definitive no-compromise center channel that delivers the same extended deep bass, tonal neutrality and spatial transparency as Axiom’s critically acclaimed M80 and M60 tower speakers.

VP180 Center Channel with Dual Custom Aluminum Stands

VP180 Center Channel with Dual Custom Aluminum Stands

The VP180 uses six drivers: two 6.5-inch aluminum-cone woofers, two 5.25-inch aluminum midranges, and two 1-inch titanium dome tweeters in a horizontal array arrived at after months of listening tests to music and dialogue program sources, on- and off-axis.

The ported, bass-reflex 4-ohm (nominal impedance) VP180 has two 5.25-inch midranges in the center flanked by two titanium-dome tweeters. The two 6.5-inch woofers are at each end. This configuration produced the same deep bass, excellent vocal tonality and clarity, and extended high frequencies as two M80 towers, summed in mono and flanking the VP180 for the blind listening tests.

“It is truly the best center I have ever heard in my life!”
Sroode, Axiom Message Boards

As an especially critical center-channel listener, I’m excited by the music and dialogue accuracy of the new VP180. In fact, any owner of Axiom tower speakers or of other high-accuracy tonally neutral brands will be thrilled with the VP180’s powerful dynamics, bass extension and musical transparency. The VP180 specifications are essentially identical to those of the Axiom M80 tower speaker.

The VP180 weighs in at 56 pounds (26 kg) so sturdy support for this monster is mandatory. Dual custom aluminum stands are offered as a $240 option for the pair with shipping starting on July 15th. A magnetic grille and bi-wiring/bi-amping connections are standard.

Are you getting a VP180 “monster” center for your home theater? Weigh in on our message boards!

Alan Lofft was, for 13 years, Editor in Chief of Sound & Vision, Canada’s largest and most respected audio/video magazine. He edited Sound & Vision (Canada) until 1996, when he moved from Toronto to New York to become Senior Editor at Audio magazine.
Lofft has been writing about hi-fi and video professionally for over 20 years, ever since his first syndicated newspaper column, “Sound Advice”, began appearing weekly in The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest-circulation daily newspaper. In the late 1970s, he became a contributing editor, columnist, and equipment reviewer at AudioScene Canada, the leading national consumer electronics magazine at the time. Find out more about Alan in his bio.

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