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Original cost of AX500A sub?
#334963 01/19/11 08:17 PM
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Does anyone happen to know the original retail cost of the Axiom AX500a sub-woofer? (400w 10" sub).

The only info i can find is through the vintage link :

http://www.axiomaudio.com/vintage.html

but that doesn't list pricing.

I have one, but i think i'm going to upgrade to a newer one so i'll be looking to sell the AX500a. I'm just trying to gauge how much it's worth now, and knowing the original price could help me work out a fair price.

Any ideas?

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Rui #334974 01/19/11 08:53 PM
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If it were me, I think I'd give the nice folks at Axiom a call and ask them. They'd be glad to hear from one of their early supporters, I'm sure.


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Adrian #335061 01/20/11 10:03 PM
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Subs have probably come a long way, so perhaps a better idea of price would be to compare it to similarly spec'd models from today's market?


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Subs have probably come a long way, so perhaps a better idea of price would be to compare it to similarly spec'd models from today's market?


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terzaghi #335063 01/20/11 10:04 PM
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Or, may you will find some axiom collector that will pay top dollar for nostalgic purposes?


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Re: Original cost of AX500A sub?
Rui #335158 01/21/11 03:15 PM
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Hello Rui,

For the record, I looked up the Axiom AX500A sub in the October 1998 Audio Annual Equipment Directory (I was an editor at that magazine at that time).

The suggested selling price was $999.00 Its frequency response was spec'd at 20 Hz - 120 Hz, +/-3 dB. There wasn't a mention of the internal amplifier power.

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Rui #335161 01/21/11 03:36 PM
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Rui,

Update from the Audio Sleuth. I went back to the Canadian Sound&Vision magazine "Audio/Video Preview 1996" (I was editor before I moved to "Audio" mag in New York) and checked the Axiom listings.

In 1996, there were two different versions of the Axiom AX500 subwoofer. One was passive (no internal amp) and listed at $599. It used the 10-inch aluminum-cone woofer.

The other Axiom AX500 was active and the internal amplifier was spec'd at 130 watts; that model listed at $899. That was typical power output of subwoofers of that era. Paradigm's largest sub in 1996 had an internal 120-watt amp.

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Re: Original cost of AX500A sub?
alan #335206 01/21/11 07:55 PM
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Thanks Alan!

it is a bit strange.

I just checked the sub and it says it's 165 watts. Perhaps they bumped up the specs after 1996? Strange that the 'vintage axiom' link lists it at 400 watts.

Anyways, anyone have any idea what a reasonable asking price would be if i sell it used? Seeing as the powered versions used to retail for $899-$999? I should also mention the amp on the sub makes a very low humming. You can't really hear it unless you're a couple of feet away, and i wouldn't consider it a serious issue, but obviously it would knock a few bucks off the asking price. I was thinking maybe $350??

I'll have to call axiom and get them to help me set up this sub with my new yamaha amp. I previously had it set up with a pioneer amp and i was happy with it, but i can't seem to get it matched with the yamaha. One of the reasons i was thinking of upgrading to a new sub was the new yamaha amp doesn't have a powered switch so i have to turn the axiom sub on/off manually....which is very annoying. i still don't understand why new amps axed the powered switch!

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I honestly don't think you're going to get anywhere near $350 for it.


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Ken.C #335208 01/21/11 08:06 PM
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I agree, you can get much better for $350 nowadays. I would suggest to keep it if you like it and use it on another setup in another room.


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