M3 Bookshelf Speakers

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M3 Bookshelf Speakers
$498.00
USD/single USD/pair

Best all-round bookshelf choice without a subwoofer; even better with a sub.

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The perfect all-rounder

The M3 is Axiom's most versatile and compact stereo and home theater speaker. Winner of the SoundStage! Reviewer's Choice Award and GoodSound! Product of the Year, the M3 delivers powerful bass, outstanding treble, and award-winning musical sound for under $400. Its powerful 6.5-inch aluminum-cone woofer and 1-inch titanium dome tweeter deliver crystal clear vocals, driving bass and shimmering cymbals. Hear what a difference 25 years of audio research makes in loudspeaker sound.

"I'm really in a state of disbelief because these little Axiom speakers have no right to sound as good as they do. They are an outright steal for the money!"
-- Doug Schneider, SoundStage.com
Top-down view of the M3 showing its anti standing wave cabinet.
Aluminum Woofer

Easy to drive, easy to place

This compact speaker works with virtually any amplifier - as low as 10 watts - but give it up to 175 watts for powerful sound output and it will really rock! You can use it with or without a subwoofer, depending on your musical preferences. An excellent choice as an all-round speaker in small to medium-sized rooms.

The M3s make great stereo speakers and are excellent performers as part of a 5.1-channel or 7.1-channel home audio surround package. If you're looking for a pair of speakers that you'll be able to build into a system in the future, the M3s are a solid choice. Reviewer Ian Masters recommends using lots of them:

"You could even use five or six of them in a home-theater system without breaking the bank. I'd call it a winner!"
-- Ian Masters, mastersonaudio.com

High tech, high-style

It's no mystery why they are the darlings of reviewers and consumers alike. Our proprietary vortex port eliminates port noise and increases low bass output and efficiency so all you hear is deep, clean and natural musical bass. The M3s' wide, smooth frequency response tells the tale: linear performance means whatever you play will sound clearer, crisper and more airy on Axiom speakers, results that we prove in double-blind listening tests against our competitors.

"good luck finding anything remotely as good for the price. I think they are better than any B&W, Klipsch, Infinity, Technics, Bose, JBL and Sony models I have heard in this price range."
-- A. Colin Flood, EnjoyTheMusic.com

Why not audition these speakers in your own home? The M3s come with a 30-day in-home trial, a five-year warranty and free shipping.

M3s in custom black high-gloss paint
Questions We Get All the Time

What size room do these work in?

Best For: Small to medium-sized living rooms.

How much power does my receiver need for these speakers?

Very efficient: use with any receiver or amplifier.

Where can I place these speakers?

Stand mounting, wall mounting or shelf placement.

Specifications

All Axiom Bookshelf Speakers feature:

  • Titanium tweeters

  • Aluminum woofers

  • 5-way gold-plated binding posts accept banana plugs, pins, bare-wire connections and spade lugs

  • Vortex-ported cabinets to reduce port noise

  • Anti-Standing-Wave cabinets that suppress internal resonances which color sound

  • Comes equipped with a fitting that accepts Axiom's Full Metal Bracket for wall mounting.
Enclosure Vortex / Reflex
Max Amp Power 175 Watts
Min Amp Power 10 Watts
Freq Resp +/-3dB (Hz) 60 Hz- 20 kHz
Freq Resp +3dB- 9dB (Hz) 50 Hz - 20 kHz
SPL in Room1w/1m(db) 92 dB
SPL Anechoic 1w/1m(db) 88 dB
X-Over 2.2 kHz
Tweeter Single 1"
Woofer Single 6.5"
Dimensions H W D (inches) 13.5" x 8.5" x 8.25"
Dimensions H W D (mm) 343 x 216 x 210
Weight (lbs) each 12.7 lbs
Weight (kg) each 5.761 kg
Frequency Graph Frequency Graph
Impedance Graph Impedance Graph

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"'... the M3s are an outright steal for the money.'"
Doug Schneider, SoundStage!
Professional Ratings & Reviews
"The M3 is a remarkable little speaker for a very attractive price. You could even use five or six of them in a home-theater system. I'd call it a winner!"
- Ian Masters, MastersOnAudio
"Anybody looking for high quality, very low cost loudspeakers, should listen to the Axiom's - good luck finding anything remotely as good for the price. I think they are better than any B&W, Klipsch, Infinity, Technics, Bose, JBL and Sony models I have heard in this price range."
- A. Colin Flood, EnjoyTheMusic
"...phenomenal. In fact, from a passive two-way monitor, you can't really get much more performance regardless of price!"
- Srajan Ebaen, Goodsound
"I’m really in a state of disbelief because these little Axiom speakers have no right to sound as good as they do. They are an outright steal for the money!"
- Doug Schneider, Soundstage
"The performance left us speechless... The M3's would work splendidly in a two-channel stereo system or as the main speakers in Axiom's Epic Master home theater speaker system. With wonderful performance and very attractive looks, all at a great price, you can't go wrong with the Axiom M3 bookshelf speakers."
- J. Walker Clarke, Consumer Guide
"Through every type of music that I threw at them, the M3s performed far beyond my expectations and I am still taken aback by how clear they were . . . flawlessly articulated . . . absolutely amazing."
- Dale Rasco, HomeTheaterShack.com
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Awards
Customer Reviews
Great set of little speakers. I was impressed with how loudly these can play before I could detect any straining. Very well balanced and detailed. I have no problems recommending these to anyone who doesnt have alot to spend on speakers but wants something beyond the average big box offerings.

The Piano Gloss white that mine are finished in is also very nicely done and the metal tweeter assembly on the vassallo series is a nice touch I was not expecting!
- Brandon B., HI
I got these first then got the M22s. These are good - especially for the price, but if your wallet can afford it go up the food chain to an M22 or a floor stander. Some people like these cause the bad recordings don't sound so bad, like they can on the M22s. These are not slightly treble oriented like most other Axioms.
- Don K., DC
These speakers are great! The clarity is exceptional. These are far and away the best speakers I've ever owned.
- Melvin H., TX
I have had the M3's for 2 plus years now. Those little speakers are just down right pleasing. They really are a work of art. Backing them up I have an NAD 320BEE amp and C521BEE CD player. I can't help but to smile every time I fire them up. So far I have found nothing in their class that comes even close.
Truly amazed,
Jamie
Ont. Canada
- Jamie Doan D., ON
Very articulate, crisp and bright. Best money I've ever spent on speakers!!
- mark n., TX
Very low min power to drive these babies and get clear great sound. Terrific service too. Love my M3's and can't wait to buy additional Axiom speakers.
- Carmen C., DE
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