Thanks for the response.
My buddy bought these from someone else, so I only heard them for a few minutes in his garage. Sounded great in there at minimal volume. He was more or less letting me audition these, as I have heard a few different similarly priced speakers and these sound the best, when the crackling isn't there! I auditioned the heavily praised KEF q900's, liked the Axioms way better!
Well that's a shame really. I know it would drive me bonker's, I am bit OC at time's. Really sound like the best bet is to box up the crossover and overnight it to axiom. Should not cost too much to do that.Axiom is pretty good to deal with from my experience.