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Latest M80 v2 Tower Speaker Review
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Andrew Marshall, editor of Audio Ideas Guide, recently posted his review of an Axiom Vassallo Series real-wood M80 v2 tower speaker here: http://www.audio-ideas.com/reviews/axiom-m80.html

Among the compliments, he noted:
“The M80 v2 is a very easy speaker to listen to for long periods of time. It is detailed without being overly analytical, clear and open without being too bright, and presents a soundstage that is both wide and deep.”

"To have this kind of aesthetic luxury for this price is quite remarkable, and its execution superbly realized.”


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alan #252916 03/21/09 04:19 AM
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Excellent review and measurements, Alan. Unfortunate that Mr. Marshall wasn't aware of Joe Vassallo's passing, but his comments can be applied to Joe's spirit which lives on at Axiom in the craftsmanship of the beautiful wood speakers named in his memory.

Besides the excellence of the response curves, one interesting measurement result was that at no point in the audible range did impedance drop below 7 ohms.


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JohnK #252961 03/21/09 06:00 PM
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Another positive review. I must say it's nice to see Joe Vassallo honoured by naming this series of speakers after him, he seems to be a kindred spirit of sorts from what I've read of him.


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JohnK #253052 03/22/09 02:49 PM
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Hello JohnK,

Thanks for your thoughts and yes, it is unfortunate that Andrew wasn't aware of Joe's passing.

The discrepancy in the impedance measurement is odd; I don't have an explanation for it other than it may be attributable to different measurement methods that Andrew uses.

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alan #253260 03/23/09 03:07 PM
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Great review. No surprise to us M80 owners. \:\)

One thing I found fascinating was that Andrew offered technical reasons as to why one should leave the grills on.

I go through phases - sometimes I want the grills on, sometimes off. But it's always seemed that after a couple of weeks with the grills removed, I change my mind and put them back on. Then they'll stay on for 4-5 months until I decide to take them back off again. Rinse, lather, repeat. I usually come to the conclusion (again and again) that the SQ is just a _tiny_ bit better with the grills on than off, even though I visually prefer the M80's grill-less. That review seems to confirm that I'm not nuts (on this, anyway).

Cool stuff. Thanks for the link, Alan!

Edit - n/m, was going to make a comment about the impedance dip and recent conversations about this. But I see that the *top* line in the second graph is impedance, not the bottom. Doesn't look like it ever drops below 7ohm to me.


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PeterChenoweth #253314 03/23/09 09:53 PM
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The recent impedance issue was below the graphs starting point 10-20 hz and on original M80Ti's.


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jakewash #253326 03/23/09 11:15 PM
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Jay,
What is/was the 'recent impedance issue'?


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davekro #253331 03/23/09 11:57 PM
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some ninja guy and amp company that starts with E claim that the Axioms dip well below 4 ohm.


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SirQuack #253334 03/24/09 12:11 AM
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Well, if the M80 is crossed @ 80Hz, according to Mr. Marshall's graph, the amp would never see below 7.5 ohms.

Alan, you mentioned that Mr. Marshal's impedance readings differed from Axiom' for an unknown reason. What are your OEM impedance specs from 80Hz and up? For stereo listening, what would the impedance numbers be below 80Hz down to the 34Hz range?
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