Epic 80 500 Home Theater System

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Epic 80 500 Home Theater System
$4,470.00

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Serious bass for the serious bass lover: this system combines the exceptional clarity of the M80s with deep bass reproduction to well below 20 Hz. The Axiom Epic 80/500 system mates the new Epicenter EP500 DSP 500-watt subwoofer with the flagship Epic 80 system to gain a large increment in powerful deep bass output over conventional subwoofers. Additionally, listeners who expect loud, clean, and powerful playback levels of rock, rap, and classic orchestral bass in large rooms, and thrilling DVD movie playback will find it here.

The Epicenter EP500 subwoofer's custom-programmed Intelligent DSP controls every frequency from 16 Hz to 100 Hz, maintaining a smooth, flat response within 1.5 dB across the range. That means you'll hear undistorted, profoundly deep rumbles all the way to 13 Hz in typical rooms.

Large family rooms or "great rooms" with vaulted ceilings--4000 to 6000 cu ft.-- are all suitable candidates for the Epic 80/500 system. Unrivalled detail and clarity combine with tight musical bass in the M80 multi-driver main towers. They achieve high dynamic range and excellent, clean, high-volume performance with an airy, spacious soundstage and neutral, high-accuracy music reproduction. The VP150 center's five drivers have exceptional power handling and wide dispersion for extra-clear dialog intelligibility at greater listening distances in larger rooms. Coupled with the EP500 sub, the Epic 80 will handle many hundreds of watts per channel with music or movie soundtracks. Round the system out with QS8 quadpolar surrounds that deliver an astonishing sense of envelopment in the ambient surround soundfield with movies or music.

(Note: the M80 tower's impedance is 4 ohms. An A/V receiver rated to drive 4-ohm loads without overheating or shutting down is recommended; and big rooms call for a separate power amplifier for the M80 towers. Call Axiom for recommended receivers or amplifiers that will drive the 4-ohm M80s.)

Questions We Get All the Time

What size room does this work in?

Best For: Average to very large living rooms, great rooms, dedicated home theaters

How much power does my receiver need for these speakers?

Power Required: Home theater receivers that are compatible with four-ohm speakers; 50 to 400 watts per channel. Also consider separates.

Specifications
Owner's Manual M80 Owner's Manual
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Owner's Manual QS8 Owner's Manual
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Owner's Manual VP150 Owner's Manual
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Owner's Manual EP500 Owner's Manual
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"'seriously good performance'"
Al Griffin, Sound & Vision Magazine
Professional Ratings & Reviews
"What surprises me is the ability of the system to provide stunning ambient surround information at the same time it provides directional pans and effects.With the Epic 80, if you invite your friends over to listen to a well-produced DVD, you may just be able to charge admission!"
- Clint De Boer, Audioholics
"I can't say enough good things about the Axiom Epic 80 system -- it does so many things well with so few compromises."
- Vince Hanada, HomeTheaterSound
"While listening, I suspected that this system had to be a great set of speakers at nearly twice the price. If you're looking for an audiophile-grade speaker system without the audiophile price tag, you should definitely give this system a listen."
- Shamus Coghlan, Canada HiFi
"This system rocks! Whatever DVD we tested on this system it consistently played clean, with tons of detail at all volumes. These speakers can be played at dangerously high listening levels with no audible distortion."
- Brian Mitchell, Ecoustics
"The entire Epic 80 system is exceptionally clear and capable of impressive dynamic range. The EP500 can play gut wrenchingly deep and with great authority. I won't bother to wax poetic about the Epic 80 system because frankly, your ears will do that well enough once you hear them. Should you be in the market for a truly excellent speaker system, I think that all of Axiom's products deserve a very strong look. Highly Recommended."
- Dave Upton, Home Theater Forum
"From the very first firefight, I was immersed in incredibly intense gunfire and explosions that took place all around me. . . Sounds like rustling leaves, rain, flowing water and flapping wings literally occurred all around the room as I watched. I have watched this series several times and until now, never realized what a difference the experience could be with better audio"
- Chris Eberle, Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity
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I think this is my second review, but I just had to do it because I am still amazed by these speakers. I've had them for two years now and the sound these speakers put out ROCKS! I have six 300 watt amps powering these plus another sub. I have the worst home theater room anyone has every done a setup in. I don't mean it's ugly, but it is perfectly square, tiled floor, and two walls are plaster and these speakers still sound incredible. Recently I had the wires behind one of the surrounds cross and the amp tripped. I thought to myself, 'oh great there goes the speaker'. Nope, the amp blew instead and the speaker is perfectly fine. Lucky for me I had a spare amp to continue enjoying the sound.
- Michael D., MO
Being a lover of both movies and music, finding a solid middle ground that gave great punch for music and amazing lows for movies has proven to be challenging.

I compared this set to the AV123 Rockets and Polk LSIs. Definately more revealing thean both, the Epic 80 made no compromise between movies and music, lending itself easily to both formats. SACD in particular sings on this setup. I found the POLKs were too laid back for home theater, and the Rockets too thin for music. I have been excited to listen to my Axioms every day that I have had them (almost two years now!), and I cannot say that I have even considered anything else I have heard to date for less than TWICE the price I paid for these.

Ordering online was a breeze, shipping speed and packing materials we both top notch, and the fit and finish is BEAUTIFUL.

DO NOT HESITATE to demo these speakers, after all, you only live once. :)
- Dustin F., AB
I just got the system all put together and I am very impressed....words do not describe my excitement! This system is hands down the best sound I have ever heard. Still tuning it in for the room, but right out of the box it is amazing. My Emotiva DMR-1 loves these speakers. Thank you for your assistance and advice - the EP500 was definitely the right choice. Best regards,
- Bob R., ID
I've had some time to hook everything up and play with speaker placement. I am most impressed with the system I ordered from you. I read on the forums where some thought that the M80's were a bit too bright, however I don't have a problem. After shopping around a bit and listening to a variety of setups, I was amazed at how dull and lifeless the majority of speakers sounded until I got into the upper end (which had a handsome price tag to go with the presence the speakers could produce). I wound up getting my entire 7.1 speaker system (with an upgrade to the EP500) for less than what I would have spent for a pair of mains. Not only does this sytem rock, it does it with no effort. After watching 'Ray', this system literally left me holding the remote wondering who I'm going to invite over next. It's inspiring. I wanted to add a speaker placement tip which proved to me to be most helpful. Since there are so many unique parameters to every installation, I wanted a way to play with my surround speakers to see what worked best before punching holes in the wall. I (temporarily) mounted my four surrounds on adjustable light stands which are available at any hardware store (Loews, Home Depot, Ace hardware, etc). They're very steady with a tripod base and easy to move around. Also, they allow for an infinite height adjustment anywhere from 3' to over 6'). I ordered the wall mount brackets but after finding my sweet spots, I decided to mount my surrounds on stands at about 5.5' instead.
- Mark S., TX
I own a pair of M80ti's, a VP150, two pairs of QS8's, and two EP500's, not to mention Axiom Speaker cable and Subwoofer interconnects. You guys truly rule and are the best thing in Hi Fi, High End, Home Theater and Audio gear. In addition to that, your customer service is flat out second to none. Thanks for everything,
- Iceman
I purchased the Epic80-500 7.1 system and I must say this setup beats ANY comparible system I tested in the stores by a BIG margin. They're a great set of speakers and in a 'bang for the buck' test beat anything I could have bought locally at twice the price. You folks have done a great job. It also amazes me that it took only 4 days to get Axiom speakers from half way around the world but every other component has taken from between 3 and 14 weeks to get from the other side of Australia! Individually: - The VP150 produces crisp clear dialog and blends nicely with the M80's. - While the QS8's had to be ceiling mounted due to restrictions in the room they still manage to blend in very well and have a great frequency response. The envelopment of sound with decent DTS ES Discrete 6.1 soundtracks (e.g. Lord of the Rings) works really well and managed to almost sonically disappear despite the placement restrictions. I've watched movies where I've had to pause it several times as I swore that the tap was dripping in another room when it was actually on the soundtrack. - The M80's are brilliant from everything from music to movies and has a stunning response. There's nothing more I can say that Audioholics hasn't already. - The EP500 is far and away the 'star performer' of the system. The amount of clean, tight LFE that can be pumped from this baby is nothing short of incredible. The couch shakes, the windows rattle, the cat flees in terror and it's only at 14 volume! It's both tight and musical which is something that's really hard to find. In terms of positioning the EP500, it's interesting that while frequencies under 80Hz can't be localised, the shock wave can :)
- Scott L., Western Australia
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