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#403164 - 04/16/14 01:20 PM Official v4 Subwoofer Thread
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Since the cat is out of the bag on the new v4 subwoofers, I figured it would be a good idea to start an official v4 subwoofer thread where we can discuss these new products all in one place. I'll give a quick overview of what's new/changed/updated and then open the thread up to your questions/concerns/comments/etc.

So, what has changed?

ALL of the amplifiers are new. Although the amplifiers themselves appeared a few months ago in the v3 models, the full performance improvements and changes in analogue EQ (EP125/175/350) and DSP programming (EP500/600/800) have only now been implemented in the v4 models. All amplifiers now feature heavy-duty, panel mounted gold-plated input and output RCA jacks. No more 1/4" phono adapter or having to mix connections when daisy-chaining subs. The non-DSP models now only have RCA and speaker-level inputs, while full RCA and balanced XLR input and outputs, along with stereo speaker-level inputs can be found on the DSP models.

ALL of the woofers have been newly designed with higher linear excursion, higher power handling, and lower distortion. Higher power handling was required in order to make full use of the capability of the new amplifiers.

The non-DSP models now feature signature Axiom trapezoidal cabinets, revised bracing, and revised tuning/alignments. The EP125 and EP175 have grown somewhat in size and feature far greater low frequency headroom with longer ports for lower tuning. All of these models also utilize a newly designed pre-amp/EQ/limiter module that incorporates an "analogue biquad", essentially an extremely flexible parametric filter block that allows these models to now be nearly as linear as their DSP controlled big brothers. I would go so far as to say that, except in a head to head blind listening test, you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between an EP175v3 and an EP125v4! The EP350 has actually been reduced in size, and now features a triple vortex porting arrangement. I should also note that all of the non-DSP models utilize a unique bracing system that braces both the cabinet walls and the now much-longer port tubes.

For the DSP models, the EP500 has now also taken on the signature Axiom trapezoid cabinet shape and the EP600 has been reduced in height, falling between the heights of the EP500v4 and the EP800. The EP800 remains the same size (i.e. BIG!) but features revised bracing and a new, dual-chamber configuration. You can think of it as essentially two independent subwoofers in one cabinet. Now, the biggest change to the EP500 and EP600, that many of you have already noticed, is that all of the DSP subwoofers are now sealed, acoustic suspension designs. I'm sure that there will be many questions asking why we decided to go in this direction. The simple answer is distortion. At some point, ports have a tendency to make some noise, particularly with subsonic movie effects. There is also the issue that the woofer in a ported system becomes essentially unloaded below the tuning frequency of the ports. In order to EQ a ported subwoofer to be linear down to the lowest frequencies, we are asking a lot of the woofer in terms of excursion. With higher excursions, no matter how large the Xmax of the woofer, distortion increases. Sealed subwoofers have the benefit that they are constantly loaded by the pressure inside the cabinet. The required filtering is also more elegant and we are able to drive the woofer right up to the limits of the amplifier power available. The end result of all this technical talk is that, even though the EP500v4 has a smaller footprint and is a sealed box, it is capable of the same maximum output as the ported EP500v3 with less distortion.

To close, this project comprises an enormous R&D effort that took the better part of a year. We are very pleased with the results and hope that those of you that choose to buy or upgrade will be impressed by the results!

Cheers,

Andrew

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#403166 - 04/16/14 01:49 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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I would like to see some pictures of the new models up on the pole. wink

Congratulations, Andrew. Well done.
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#403167 - 04/16/14 03:21 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Andrew.. I was thinking about getting 3 of the new amps, for my older EP-600's all of which are the ported enclosure design.. Will the new amps work ok with the older enclosures?

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#403168 - 04/16/14 04:16 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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2 in 1 cabinet...
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#403169 - 04/16/14 05:23 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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I've been wanting to upgrade from my EP350 V3 to an EP500 for a long time now. Looks like now might be a good time that the EP500 V4 is available. Got an extra 2 week payday in May. Might just have to spring for one.

My EP350 is Cinnamon Beech custom vinyl. Now the hard part of choosing which finish for the EP500. (Hmmm. Vermont Maple vinyl with Burnt Sienna grill)

Probably relocate the EP350 to the back of the room to utilize 2 sub woofers.

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#403171 - 04/16/14 05:28 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Sounds exciting!

Thanks for the update, Andrew!

Will the pricing be the same?
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#403180 - 04/16/14 07:28 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Why were sealed designs not considered until now? That was one of the main reasons why I did not go to Axiom for my sub woofers.


Edited by Crimson Wrath (04/16/14 07:29 PM)
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#403181 - 04/16/14 07:28 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Originally Posted By: Andrew

The non-DSP models now feature signature Axiom trapezoidal cabinets,

Now this i would love to see.

Originally Posted By: Andrew
acoustic suspension designs. I'm sure that there will be many questions asking why we decided to go in this direction. The simple answer is distortion. At some point, ports have a tendency to make some noise, particularly with subsonic movie effects.

GET OUT!!
NO WAY THAT EVER HAPPENED!!

http://www.axiomaudio.com/boards/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=5356&site_id=1#import

smile


Edited by chesseroo (04/16/14 07:28 PM)
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#403184 - 04/16/14 08:12 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Looks like you guys have been busy, Andrew!!

Can you tell me/us what advantage there is in going to a dual chambre design on the EP800? does it increase cabinet pressure thereby reducing distortion vs a shared chambre?
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#403186 - 04/16/14 08:25 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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It will act as a co-located sub?
I just experimented with 2 pos subs and after stacking them the ceiling vibrates/resonates very very quickly (think blade of grass whistle).

Edit: The 800 would have been a beast before....


Edited by brwsaw (04/16/14 08:26 PM)
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#403191 - 04/16/14 10:58 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Probably need 2 amps to be equivellent to co-located.
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#403192 - 04/16/14 11:27 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Crimson Wrath]
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Originally Posted By: Crimson Wrath
Why were sealed designs not considered until now? That was one of the main reasons why I did not go to Axiom for my sub woofers.


Same here.
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#403197 - 04/17/14 12:36 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Great stuff, Andrew. I need more disposable income again!
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#403199 - 04/17/14 12:58 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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My favourite little monster sub - EP400 - isn't mentioned in the updates.

Anything new with that model?

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#403201 - 04/17/14 01:16 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: exlabdriver]
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Hi Exlabdriver,

I can speak to the EP400 for you. It is going to get some further modifications later this year. For now it does have the new amp in it like all the other new models and it was already a sealed design.
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#403202 - 04/17/14 01:32 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Cool. Thanks, Ian.

My, you're up late, ha!

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#403206 - 04/17/14 03:38 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: chesseroo]
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Originally Posted By: chesseroo
Originally Posted By: Andrew

The non-DSP models now feature signature Axiom trapezoidal cabinets,

Now this i would love to see.

Originally Posted By: Andrew
acoustic suspension designs. I'm sure that there will be many questions asking why we decided to go in this direction. The simple answer is distortion. At some point, ports have a tendency to make some noise, particularly with subsonic movie effects.

GET OUT!!
NO WAY THAT EVER HAPPENED!!

http://www.axiomaudio.com/boards/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=5356&site_id=1#import

smile

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#403207 - 04/17/14 03:48 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Originally Posted By: Andrew
...and revised tuning/alignments....

Do tell. smile
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#403213 - 04/17/14 07:21 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Ian]
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Ian, with only a 2 db max room SPL difference between the EP400 and EP500, why is the EP400 only recommended for smaller rooms? Is there still a big difference in capability between the two models for larger spaces, particularly for music only?

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#403215 - 04/17/14 08:08 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Thanks for the detailed info Andrew. It sounds like a major shift in design philosophy and I can't wait to hear some reviews from the first board members to try them out.

"analogue biquad"

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#403218 - 04/17/14 10:23 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: dakkon]
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Originally Posted By: dakkon
Andrew.. I was thinking about getting 3 of the new amps, for my older EP-600's all of which are the ported enclosure design.. Will the new amps work ok with the older enclosures?


The new amp can be made to work, but it will not result in any improvement in performance. The DSP would simply be coded to be identical to what you have now.

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#403219 - 04/17/14 10:29 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Originally Posted By: MarkSJohnson
Sounds exciting!

Thanks for the update, Andrew!

Will the pricing be the same?


Thanks Mark!

I believe the pricing will be increasing in line with the rest of v4 on April 23rd.

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#403220 - 04/17/14 10:36 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Crimson Wrath]
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Originally Posted By: Crimson Wrath
Why were sealed designs not considered until now? That was one of the main reasons why I did not go to Axiom for my sub woofers.


This is a difficult question for me to answer since I wasn't at Axiom when the original EP500 and EP600 were conceived. The EP400 and EP800 have, of course, always been sealed. Really my main focus in redesigning the subwoofer line was to identify areas where performance could be improved and then determine what would be required to achieve those improvements. New amplifier designs with far greater dynamic headroom and a new DSP engine then lead to the requirement for higher excursion woofers which then lead to the issue of port noise in the EP500 and EP600 at these new output levels. All of this together with the reduction in distortion by going sealed made the decision easy.

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#403221 - 04/17/14 10:40 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Adrian]
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Originally Posted By: Adrian
Looks like you guys have been busy, Andrew!!

Can you tell me/us what advantage there is in going to a dual chambre design on the EP800? does it increase cabinet pressure thereby reducing distortion vs a shared chambre?


The advantage has to due with the distribution of air pressure inside the cabinet and the interaction of the two woofers with this common volume of air. The separate chambers do result in higher absolute back pressures on each woofer than with a shared volume by removing this interaction. This then leads to a reduction in distortion at high output levels.

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#403222 - 04/17/14 10:45 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: brwsaw]
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Originally Posted By: brwsaw
It will act as a co-located sub?
I just experimented with 2 pos subs and after stacking them the ceiling vibrates/resonates very very quickly (think blade of grass whistle).

Edit: The 800 would have been a beast before....


Technically it is close to two co-located subwoofers. You can think of it as being nearly equivalent to two stacked EP500v4s. The amplifier in the EP800v4 uses two dedicated channels, so only the shared power supply keeps it from truly being two independent subwoofers in one enclosure.

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#403223 - 04/17/14 10:57 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: wschwartz]
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Hi wschwartz,

The EP400 requires a lot more amp power to achieve the same output at 20 Hz compared to the EP500 and the added power has to start being added at a higher frequency. This means the EP500 will play louder lower than the EP400 even though the SPL achieved in the higher frequencies of each is not dramatically different. It is one of those things that falls in-between all the specs but matters in the real world. I think to achieve more clarity of the real world performance we should make the EP400 specs more conservative.
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#403225 - 04/17/14 11:54 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Originally Posted By: Andrew
Originally Posted By: brwsaw
It will act as a co-located sub?
I just experimented with 2 pos subs and after stacking them the ceiling vibrates/resonates very very quickly (think blade of grass whistle).

Edit: The 800 would have been a beast before....


Technically it is close to two co-located subwoofers. You can think of it as being nearly equivalent to two stacked EP500v4s. The amplifier in the EP800v4 uses two dedicated channels, so only the shared power supply keeps it from truly being two independent subwoofers in one enclosure.



So, what is the advantage of a EP800 over two EP500 's
or is the EP800 made for those that want the high volumn and low frequencies, but do not have the space to place two EP500 up front ?
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#403226 - 04/17/14 11:58 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: fredk]
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Originally Posted By: fredk
Originally Posted By: Andrew
...and revised tuning/alignments....

Do tell. smile


Hi Fred,

The revisions centre around lowering tuning frequencies to take advantage of the larger cabinets (EP125/175) and the improved parameters of the new woofers. To give you an idea of the changes, I have attached the natural frequency response (no EQ) of the EP125v3 (in blue) and the EP125v4 (in green). There is an improvement of 5dB between 25Hz and 40Hz with the new alignment, meaning less EQ is necessary, resulting in much greater low frequency headroom.


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#403227 - 04/17/14 12:12 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: TroyD]
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Originally Posted By: troyd
Originally Posted By: Andrew
Originally Posted By: brwsaw
It will act as a co-located sub?
I just experimented with 2 pos subs and after stacking them the ceiling vibrates/resonates very very quickly (think blade of grass whistle).

Edit: The 800 would have been a beast before....


Technically it is close to two co-located subwoofers. You can think of it as being nearly equivalent to two stacked EP500v4s. The amplifier in the EP800v4 uses two dedicated channels, so only the shared power supply keeps it from truly being two independent subwoofers in one enclosure.



So, what is the advantage of a EP800 over two EP500 's
or is the EP800 made for those that want the high volumn and low frequencies, but do not have the space to place two EP500 up front ?


The EP800 will have the edge in terms of maximum output if the 2 EP500s are going to spaced far apart from one another. The EP800 is also able to be EQ'd to a lower cutoff frequency (12Hz vs. 18Hz for the EP500) for those that demand reproduction of ultra low-frequency information. In many cases two EP500s spaced apart will result in a more linear in-room response. It really comes down to your preferences and the space you have available.

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#403229 - 04/17/14 01:09 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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I'm assuming the freq graph for the EP500 is only an estimate and not an actual measurement. It looks too even.

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#403232 - 04/17/14 02:15 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Ian]
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Originally Posted By: Ian
It is one of those things that falls in-between all the specs but matters in the real world.


THIS is part of the reason why I love you, Ian.

And also part of the reason why some people periodically want to burn you at the stake.

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#403233 - 04/17/14 02:22 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Originally Posted By: Andrew
[quote=fredk]
The revisions centre around lowering tuning frequencies to take advantage of the larger cabinets (EP125/175) and the improved parameters of the new woofers. To give you an idea of the changes, I have attached the natural frequency response (no EQ) of the EP125v3 (in blue) and the EP125v4 (in green). There is an improvement of 5dB between 25Hz and 40Hz with the new alignment, meaning less EQ is necessary, resulting in much greater low frequency headroom.

Excellent Andrew. That's what I was looking for. Axiom's subs have been a weak spot in a lineup of exceptional value speakers.

If you have managed a similar change in response with a smaller footprint for the EP350 you will have a real winner on your hands.
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#403243 - 04/17/14 04:28 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: CatBrat]
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Originally Posted By: CatBrat
I'm assuming the freq graph for the EP500 is only an estimate and not an actual measurement. It looks too even.


Nope, it is absolutely a real measurement. The reason it looks so smooth is that it was measured as a near-field response inside the anechoic chamber. Because the EP500v4 is a sealed sub, the near-field response is equivalent to the 4pi response once the SPL is corrected for 1M and the radiating area of the driver is taken into account. Just for fun these curves were compared to the original pole measurements for the v4 subs and they correlate perfectly. The new DSP algorithm for response correction also helps! smile

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#403244 - 04/17/14 04:35 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Thanks Andrew. I was hoping that to be the case, but assumed it wasn't. I also noticed the price increase is to be on April 23, as you had mentioned. I was going to order on May 16, but will order tomorrow instead to take advantage of the lower price. I hope this will be worth moving my bill paying around in order to take advantage of missing the price increase.

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#403248 - 04/17/14 05:18 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Andrew, did you/Ian consider any opposed driver designs? not sure if I recall it was on the table or not about a year or so ago.
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#403252 - 04/17/14 06:00 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Ordered the EP500 v4 using the Trade-Up program. I almost forgot about that. Saved me a lot of money. Thanks Brent.

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#403267 - 04/18/14 02:07 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Adrian]
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Originally Posted By: Adrian
Andrew, did you/Ian consider any opposed driver designs? not sure if I recall it was on the table or not about a year or so ago.


I was hoping for an in-wall LFR subwoofer announcement.
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#403324 - 04/19/14 11:55 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Awwwww.....crap! I was quite intent on keeping my V2 and V3 stuff.

So how do the V4 500's compare to the V2's, performance wise? I have two EP500's in my room. What would a reasonable expectation be if I were to upgrade to the V4's, with respect to sound quality? My room is 12X18X9. M60s and a VP160 with three sets of QS-8's.
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#403329 - 04/19/14 12:40 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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I have a ep500 v4 on layaway.. getting my new inverted vp 180hp v4 Tuesday to replace the vp 180 v3 ... feels like xmas!!!

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#403398 - 04/21/14 12:45 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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My order for EP500 v4 just went through this morning. Vermont Maple with Burnt Sienna grill. 10 days and counting.

This is an upgrade from an EP350 V3, Cinnamon Beach with black grill. I purchased 4 years ago. Good price through the Trade Up program.

I come real close to ordering an SVS-PC12 Plus instead. But the Trade Up program sealed the deal for Axiom.

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#403443 - 04/22/14 08:24 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Considering recent conversations was "sealed the deal" an intentional pun?
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#403444 - 04/22/14 09:40 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Murph]
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Originally Posted By: Murph
Considering recent conversations was "sealed the deal" an intentional pun?


As in Sealed vs Ported? Nah. Just a coincidence.

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#403455 - 04/22/14 03:06 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Are there any reviews using the new EP500 v4 speaker yet?

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#403470 - 04/22/14 06:18 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: CatBrat]
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Looks like that will be up to you, Brian. Good to see that you held off until the V4s. wink
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#403471 - 04/22/14 06:27 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: SBrown]
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Got a 500 v4 coming also but the only comparison I can do is with my ksw-15.. so it's either WOW or disappointment

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#403476 - 04/22/14 06:58 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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I just ordered two 500's, along with some M80's and a VP160.
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#403478 - 04/22/14 07:09 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Ha! Custom finish?
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#403480 - 04/22/14 08:31 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Well of course. ... waiting for some different walnut samples to choose a stain color.
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#403495 - 04/23/14 01:56 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: michael_d]
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Originally Posted By: michael_d
Well of course. ... waiting for some different walnut samples to choose a stain color.

I love the wood choice there. Walnut is very nice. I've got a black walnut counter in the wine cellar. Damn dense wood. Took three saw blades to cut a 4 foot length.

So, some new EP500s sealed enclosures?
I look forward to hearing about what you hear.
I'm still pondering a sub replacement myself.
Never been truly happy with the EP350 (the old EP350 that is).
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#403499 - 04/23/14 05:56 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Your EP350 is like a v1 or v2, right? The v3 is much bigger and more powerful.
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#403501 - 04/23/14 08:04 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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I've been very happy with my EP350 v3. Lots of power and bass. But that was my first major subwoofer purchase. I haven't had a speaker upgrade in close to 2 years and now craving something new. I feel the bass is probably my weakest point and now really wanting an upgrade now that the new models are available.

Can't wait to watch the new Tron movie with the 500. This is the movie that gave the 350 the biggest workout.

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#403506 - 04/23/14 11:16 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: chesseroo]
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Originally Posted By: chesseroo
Originally Posted By: michael_d
Well of course. ... waiting for some different walnut samples to choose a stain color.

I love the wood choice there. Walnut is very nice. I've got a black walnut counter in the wine cellar. Damn dense wood. Took three saw blades to cut a 4 foot length.

So, some new EP500s sealed enclosures?
I look forward to hearing about what you hear.
I'm still pondering a sub replacement myself.
Never been truly happy with the EP350 (the old EP350 that is).


My QS8s are walnut. Very pretty. I built a couple book cases out of the stuff too. I just can't make up my mind which stain to go with. Looking forward to testing the sealed versions. Will report back.
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#403511 - 04/24/14 12:37 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: michael_d]
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Congratulations on the new subs, guys. Can't wait to hear your impressions of them.
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#403544 - 04/24/14 08:32 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
RobStewart Offline
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Registered: 04/02/14
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Greetings everyone - new forum member, here. I have been a proud owner of Axiom products for about a year, now, and am absolutely thrilled. I have posted some pictures of my room in the Gallery. I have a pair of m22s and EP400s right now (2.2 setup) with the ADA1000. Such a fantastic setup!

I just pulled the trigger on two EP500v4 units (trading up from the EP400s). And a pair of new tweeters for my m22s. I love the 400s but am hoping that I will be able to play the 500s a bit louder in my room (medium sized room). I am looking forward to hearing how the 500s compare.

To Andrew Welker and the others on the Axiom Design team, I wanted to say that I am so impressed by everything I have purchased from Axiom. Everything performs so well. I couldn't be happier smile!

Cheers!
Rob

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#403546 - 04/24/14 10:55 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Thanks for the heads up and glad to hear your trading up..lol
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#403547 - 04/24/14 10:56 PM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Loc: Tacoma
Welcome, Rob!
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#405964 - 07/05/14 10:49 AM Re: Official v4 Subwoofer Thread [Re: Andrew]
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Registered: 04/02/14
Posts: 5
Thanks brsaw and tomtuttle!

I wanted to give everyone an update. I have successfully transitioned from my two EP400v3 subs to my new EP500v4s. I was happy before the upgrade, and I'm still very happy now.

First off, I have to say that after doing the upgrade, I have all the more appreciation for the output that the EP400s are capable of. Anyone who requires a smaller sub due to space considerations would would be very happy with these smile!

As you might guess, the EP500v4s are capable of higher output without having to "work" as hard, as evidenced by less dramatic cone movement. Subjectively, I am fairly certain that I am hearing less compression, and deeper lows at louder playback levels with the 500s as well (for various possible reasons). To be fair, this was also a v3 compared to a v4 and so the new V4 amps may also be contributing to some of the differences I am hearing.

If you are trying to decide whether to go with the 400 vs the 500, I can tell you honestly from my own experience - having used the 400 regularly for critical listening for over a year - that the 400 is a fantastic sub that sounds much bigger and deeper than you would expect an 8" sub to sound. Whereas you could go with the 500 if you have the room for it, and require maximum loudness.

Cheers!
Rob

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