M80 Floorstanding Speakers

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M80 Floorstanding Speakers
$1,990.00
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The legendary M80 loudspeaker, winner of dozens of audiophile awards and all-around powerhouse.

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Legendary performance

Axiom's M80 floorstanding speaker is designed for the audiophile who wants both precision and high SPL (Sound Pressure Level). The M80 is now available in two versions; standard and High Power. The latest High Power version is for use without a subwoofer, which is becoming very popular with the recent resurgence in 2-channel systems. The M80s, along with their bigger brother the M100s, shows off the best of what over 30 years of audio research has proven - you will be blown away by the clarity, detail, and stunning dynamics this speaker will add to your listening experience. It has unprecedented tonal range, all in perfect balance: from deep low bass, clear open midrange and extended nuanced treble. You'll hear the click of the castanets, the tinkle of the triangle, and the soul-stirring reverberations of the big bass drums.

"The Axiom M80 speakers were the stars of the show. Their effortless dynamic capability, almost liquid midrange, tight and deep bass, and their uncanny ability to disappear, had me shaking my head in disbelief. Was I really listening to a speaker of such small stature and price?"
-- Ray Adkins, Audioholics.com
M80 top-down view of the anti-standing wave cabinet design.
Aluminum Woofer

Dual woofers, dual midranges and twin tweeters - hear it all! That's 6 drivers in each M80 floorstanding speaker - 12 in a pair - for spectacular power handling up to 400 Watts (800 watts peak) and deep extended bass. From the tight snap of a bass drum to the shimmer of brushed cymbals, the accuracy of this speaker will astound you. The M80 transforms musical recordings into live performances in your living room, and brings definitive realism to home theater.

"While the "giant-killer" tag is overused in audio reviewing, this is one speaker to which it most certainly applies."
-- Doug Schneider, SoundStage.com

Jazz, classical, deep pulsing rock, or taut, tight rap - you will rediscover your music collection with the M80s. You'll hear details that used to be buried in the mix - the sound of fingers sliding up and down guitar strings, the quick breath in a jazz rendition, the completely effortless reproduction of male and female vocals that produce natural, smooth sound. The M80s create a three-dimensional soundstage with plenty of depth and width that envelop your whole room in the performance.

"I loved listening to -- no, make that bathing in -- the Axiom's rich low end. That a speaker of this modest cost can produce this kind of bass is nothing short of startling."
-- Jason Thorpe, SoundStage

These 4-ohm audiophile speakers will create ultra-clean, high-volume levels in large rooms. The standard M80s have optional bi-wire inputs and die cast baskets available in Customize Yours.  The High Powered version comes with these included.  Both versions have optional outriggers, carpet spikes, and a plethora of custom finishes available in Customize Yours.

M80s in custom finish Cherry with Chestnut stain.
Questions We Get All the Time

What brand of AV receiver should I consider to drive the 4-ohm M80 loudspeakers?

For rooms up to 4,000 cu. ft in volume (length x width x height), Axiom has found that receivers from: Denon, NAD, Outlaw Audio, Sherwood Newcastle, Harman/Kardon, Rotel, B&K, Pioneer Elite, high-end Onkyo ($800 and up) and high-end Yamaha ($1000-plus) are the most stable and will make these speakers sing. Buyers who have "great rooms" or those with cathedral ceilings or who want movie-theater-loud playback levels in such rooms should consider using separate outboard power amplifiers for at least the M80s.

What distance from the back wall?

A minimum clearance of 2 inches from the back wall is sufficient. If deep bass output is exaggerated, move the speaker farther out from the wall behind.

What distance from the side walls?

Avoid corners where possible and keep the speakers at least 1 foot or so away from the side walls.

Why 4-ohm Impedance?

The impedance is not chosen by the speaker designer. The impedance is determined by the number of drivers in the speaker (an M80 has six) and the complexity of the crossover network. To try and make the M80 an 8-ohm speaker would degrade its sound quality and result in power losses.

Benefits associated with 4-ohm Impedance?

Impedance is an electrical trait. If the receiver or amplifier is stable into 4-ohm loads, it will be able to "pull" more power, up to twice as much, from the amplifier than an 8-ohm speaker.

Why dual tweeters?

Dual tweeters (and dual midranges and woofers) are used in the M80's to greatly increase maximum power handling (volume) and lower distortion at very loud playback levels.

Specifications

All Axiom Tower Speakers feature:

  • Titanium Tweeters

  • Aluminum Woofers (and Midranges where applicable)

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

  • Vortex-ported cabinets to reduce port noise

  • 5-way gold-plated binding posts


Enclosure Triple Vortex / Reflex
Max Amp Power 400 Watts
Min Amp Power 10 Watts
Freq Resp +/-3dB (Hz) 31 Hz – 20 kHz
Freq Resp +3dB- 9dB (Hz) 25 Hz – 20 kHz
Impedance (Ohms) 4 Ohms
SPL in Room1w/1m(db) 92 dB
SPL Anechoic 1w/1m(db) 88 dB
X-Over 160 Hz & 2.3 kHz
Tweeter Dual 1"
Midrange Dual 5.25"
Woofer Dual 6.5"
Dimensions H W D (inches) 39.5" x 9.25" x 17"
Dimensions H W D (mm) 1003 x 235 x 432
Weight (lbs) each 54
Weight (kg) each 24
Frequency Graph Frequency Graph
Impedance Graph Impedance Graph
Enclosure Triple Vortex / Reflex
Max Amp Power 400 Watts
Min Amp Power 10 Watts
Freq Resp +/-3dB (Hz) 31 Hz – 20 kHz
Freq Resp +3dB- 9dB (Hz) 25 Hz – 20 kHz
SPL in Room1w/1m(db) 91 dB
SPL Anechoic 1w/1m(db) 87 dB
X-Over 160 Hz & 2.3 kHz
Tweeter Dual 1"
Midrange Dual 5.25"
Woofer Dual 6.5" HP
Dimensions H W D (inches) 39.5" x 9.25" x 17"
Dimensions H W D (mm) 1003 x 235 x 432
Frequency Graph

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"'crystalline midrange and treble, superb sound-staging, and outstanding microdynamics.'"
Jason Thorpe, SoundStage.com
Professional Ratings & Reviews
"Axiom’s M80 v2s combine brawn and beauty into a graceful and powerful performer that represents an outstanding value"
- Todd Whitesel, GoldmineMag.com
"Bass response is excellent, tight and extended . . . [The M80] is detailed without being overly analytical, clear and open without being too bright, and presents a soundstage that is both wide and deep."
- Andrew Marshall, Audio-Ideas
". . . a flattering, yet precise, sound stage . . . an airy, transparent top end, extending well out beyond audible range. The M80s are an outstanding value. . . You will not find loudspeakers that sound nearly as good as this, anywhere close to the modest price."
- Kevin Elliot, AudioWorld
"Axiom loudspeakers make you wonder why so many other loudspeakers are so expensive. They sound very clear and well defined - open, spacious and airy."
- A. Colin Flood, EnjoyTheMusic
"The M80s have the sonic chops to reproduce sound that keeps up in quality with your high-definition picture. They are that good and, for the price, they are a steal."
- Brian Kahn, AudioRevolution
"The M80 is a floorstanding speaker that can reproduce nearly the entire audible range, has outstanding clarity, is commendably neutral-sounding, can fill a large space with a vast soundfield, and can play to astonishingly high SPLs and never turn edgy, grainy, or distorted."
- Doug Schneider, SoundStage.com
"The M80 is, hands-down and in my experience, the best and most complete loudspeaker in its class!"
- John Potis, 6 Moons
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Customer Reviews
Outstanding dispersion and imaging. Great clarity and details. Just as good at low volume as at high volume (and they can loud!). A bargain for the price.
- Eric F., QC
I bought my first pair of M80's back in 2002 and was extremely pleased with their performance. I then had the opportunity to upgrade my speakers as I was putting together a Home theater system based on the boston cherry M80's that I had been using in my 2 channel system. I did look around a bit at other speakers as even as good as these are I know that there is better out there. It was just a question of how much more I would have to spend to get there. In the end I decided to stick with what I knew i would enjoy and bought another pair of M80's in the High Gloss cherry for my 2 channel system and am still a happy customer that probably says more about how much I enjoy these speakers than trying to describe their sound.
- Brandon B., HI
One of the best sounding speaker's I have heard, period. Excellent midrange and highs combined with nice tight bass. The only draw back is the 4ohm load and a somewhat dated/boxy look. The vinyl wrap is second to none for a realistic finish.
- Jason L., AB
Beautiful sounding speakers that can play insanely loud. Artists like Norah Jones and Jewel who have outstanding voices have never sounded better. Let them sooth your soul!!
- Cameron D., ON
The M80's are in for a hard life ... but apparently so are my ears. These speakers should be 3x's the cost for the quality
- Brendan J., ON
I've been listening to my M80s for about 5 weeks and can confirm that they fully live up to their reputation. The sound quality is stunning, providing audio that is both rich and detailed without any harshness or overemphasis. I use these for music, movies and gaming and can attest to outstanding performance across the board.

The VaSSallo wood option looks nicer than anything I auditioned at a retail outlet. The larger build of the M80s really shows off the high quality materials and craftsmanship. If you value exceptional looking speakers that match your living space, this option is worth every penny. And as always, Axiom's customer service was top notch. The personalized treatment you get is unbeatable.

Ultimately, I can't speak of anyone else's set up or room acoustics. But in mine, these speakers unquestionably validate all of the praise out there. I am definitely happy with this purchase.

Brian S., DC
- Brian S., DC
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