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#328710 - 11/16/10 10:23 PM Excited about my VP180
darbo Offline
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I have already sort of said "hello" by expressing a thought on the "shootout" thread, but want to attempt a better job of it in a fresh thread. Greetings! This Thursday, if things arrive per Fed-Ex's plans, I hope to be receiving a new Axom 5.1 speaker system: M80s, VP180, QS8's, and an EP500 in the stock black oak finish.

Powering the speakers will by an Emotiva XPA-5 connected to an Onkyo TX-SR706.

Besides being influenced by several glowing reviews of the speakers, another significant factor in my choosing Axiom speakers is simply the power that they offer. I feel I need big powerful speakers to tame my voluminous two-story living room that is also semi-open to the first and second floor halls. In the past I've wired up floor-standing speakers in that room, but the room's volume always seems to swallow them up. But, I've never had speakers that are of the quality, size, and power of the M80s, VP180, or EP500.

Speaking of powerful speakers, I am especially looking forward to the M80s and VP180. The idea of a huge center channel speaker really appeals to me. Apparently from what I've read, I have the members of this forum to thank for that idea.

So, that's where I am: eager to unbox and set the new speakers up. For those of you who have the VP180 already, what are your impressions of it thus far? Meeting or exceeding your expectations? Any "comb-filtering" issues that those on other forums swear it will have even though they have never heard it? [I have read Alan Loft's article on comb-filtering].

For those who have expressed warm welcomes to me already on the "shootout" thread, thank you very much. This appears to be a kind-hearted and good-natured forum.

#328711 - 11/16/10 10:44 PM Re: Excited about my VP180 [Re: darbo]
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And a proper welcome to you! Sounds to me like you've got a great system coming. Please give us pictures!
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#328713 - 11/16/10 10:48 PM Re: Excited about my VP180 [Re: darbo]
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David, welcome. You went right to the top to start, and in a couple days, God and FedEx willing, you'll be enjoying great sounds through your Axioms.

Enjoy the music, not the equipment.

#328714 - 11/16/10 10:48 PM Re: Excited about my VP180 [Re: Ken.C]
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Can't wait to hear your feedback once you have a listen. smile
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#328715 - 11/16/10 10:50 PM Re: Excited about my VP180 [Re: darbo]
Adrian Offline

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Hi darbo. Yes, the M80s can handle tremendous power, more than their rating of 400wts suggests. Axiom has tested these speakers at 700+ watts continously for 24 hrs and to give you some example how much power they are capable of, at the Axiom gathering which concluded at Ian's boathouse on Lake of Bays, the live band there was playing through 8xM80's and 4 Axiom A1400amps over the was loud AND clear!! if you give them the power you'll certainly have no problem filling your large room.

Some of Axiom's designs are different from the "accepted" norm such as dual tweets or slightly different arrangement of their drivers(as in the VP180) but they spend many hours blind testing various designs including the "conventional" ones and if the "unconventional" design sounds better in the blind test then that's what they go with. I personally like that fact myself. Axiom recently brought on board Andrew Welker who was the chief designer at Mirage. Have a look at some of his designs like the OMD 15's or 28's....certainly not "conventional" but brilliant designs.

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#328749 - 11/17/10 08:05 AM Re: Excited about my VP180 [Re: Adrian]
terzaghi Offline

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I'd be interested to know how the emotiva handles the m80's and vp180. I've heard mixed reviews about how it performs with the m80's.

#328780 - 11/17/10 01:39 PM Re: Excited about my VP180 [Re: terzaghi]
darbo Offline
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Originally Posted By: terzaghi
I'd be interested to know how the emotiva handles the m80's and vp180. I've heard mixed reviews about how it performs with the m80's.
I am interested to find that out too! I'll give it a work out and post my impressions of it. I'm hopeful that it's a good match, though I too have heard of some issues. Oddly, though, the only issues I have heard was with the XPA-2.

Anyone else have any experience running M80s and a VP180 with an XPA-5?


Edited by darbo (11/17/10 01:39 PM)

#328825 - 11/17/10 10:37 PM Re: Excited about my VP180 [Re: darbo]
Worfzara Offline

Registered: 07/25/05
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Loc: London area, Ont, Canada
You will love your M80/VP180/EP500 combo! This is my exact system. In my room, all seating positions do not suffer from any comb filtering.

VP180 is a sweet speaker, if you room can accomodate it. It is a huge speaker and I suspect many wifes will not like the "look" of it in standard living rooms. I don't have that issue, and yes I do have a wife.

I am interested how the emo will handle three 4ohm speakers.

Let us know.


Axiom M80, VP180, Qs8, EP500
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#329053 - 11/20/10 11:33 AM Re: Excited about my VP180 [Re: Worfzara]
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I'm curious to know why the Emotiva wouldn't be able to handle pushing the M80s... and it "sounds" like quite a few are doubtful (maybe?) that the Emotiva will be sufficient?

What is the recommendation of choice then? is it still two monoblocks (outlaw audio)?

My home theatre will be up and running soon and I'd like to get the most out of the epic80 and the ep800. I know I've asked the question in the past and that's what most suggested (2x outlaw audio mono200) but the was 2years ago... wondering if it's still the way to go.
- Majik

Epic 80 system
Ep 800
Denon 3808
Optoma HD20
extra QS8s (to come soon)

#329055 - 11/20/10 12:13 PM Re: Excited about my VP180 [Re: darbo]
PTPlayers Offline

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Shouldn't be an issue with that configuration .

I have run my XPA-3 hard in both 2 and ht mode with no issues , knock on wood.
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