Great question, sorry it took me so long to get to the party.
I first became aware of Axioms in the late 90’s when a local store was selling Epic Micros http://www.hometheatersound.com/equipment/axiom_epicmicro.htm
I remember listening to a demo of them and being totally blown away by the QS2s, not so much by the sound, as the demo was pretty terrible, but by the concept of having 4 speakers in such a tiny package. I left the store without buying regret by the way as I wish I owned a set of these miniature marvels)
In early 2000 I went into Toronto and auditioned a set of M3s. I loved them, the sound and the “look” was what I wanted.
Retired from work in 2004 and got a set of cherry M60s (I seem to be immune to the M80 chants), VP150 and QS8s. The decision was an easy one, I liked the product and after contacting Axiom on numerous occasions prior to the purchase I liked the “feel” of the place. My gut told me I was dealing with a quality product sold by quality people; time has proven that last statement to ring true.
In May 2004 I purchased Cherry Chestnut Semi Gloss M3s for my stereo setup, followed by the EP350 and VP150 (also in CCSG) in June. In late August I ordered the stands for the QS8s. All the CCSG purchases were from the Owners Club and look stunning and saved me quite a bit of money.
I have picked up each purchase at Axiom (now 4 visits) and must strongly recommend a trip there to anyone who is in the area. In my case it’s a bit less that a 3 hour drive and well worth the time and the 407 fee.)
I love the look of the Cherry Chestnut Semi Gloss finish so much that I will be also replacing my M60s and QS8s. Not sure what the M60s will be replaced with as my life now is in “total change mode”. I do know however that it will be an Axiom product.
So the short answer to “why Axioms?” would have to be “the QS series of speakers” That’s what initially attracted me. Now the answer to “why continue with Axiom?” well I think anyone who has been here for a while knows how to answer that one.
Oh yes, the quality of the forum members, both their advice and sense of humour is also a plus for me.