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#420215 - 08/29/16 10:03 AM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: corduroy41]
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No worries, and if you want to read and see history, search for "Axiom Factory Visit - Circa 1990" and "Axiom Brochure - Circa 1989"...as well as simply factory tours, as many have been there over the years.
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#420220 - 08/29/16 07:20 PM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: BBIBH]
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Originally Posted By BBIBH
No worries, and if you want to read and see history, search for "Axiom Factory Visit - Circa 1990" and "Axiom Brochure - Circa 1989"...as well as simply factory tours, as many have been there over the years.


Will do.. thanks!

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#420221 - 08/29/16 09:13 PM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: corduroy41]
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1000-2,3,1500-3
100,160,QS10x2,800,M5x2,M3,M50 v4
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#420230 - 09/01/16 04:49 PM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: Mojo]
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Originally Posted By Mojo


Yeah, these print ad seller guys are kinda wacky. But I guess there's a market for everything these days.

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#420388 - 09/20/16 01:15 PM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: corduroy41]
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Welcome corduroy41. Those are very early AX5s you have. I would say around 1984. The original 1981 version did not have an aluminium cone subwoofer in the rear. I did design them at the NRC using all the technology we had at the time. Those were the early days of understanding the family of curves and the affect they had on Double Blind Listen Test results. Julian Hirsch gave them an outstanding rating back in the day and noted that they were “the flattest loudspeaker he had ever measured”. What we are producing today has all the latest technology built in relating to the family of curves that has been discovered over the past 33 years by ourselves and others. We have also made big improvements in the available dynamic range. So an upgrade to a current model is something you may want to consider at some point. When you are ready let us know because we would give you a trade up value for your AX5s to put in our museum. It is also worth noting that not all speakers available on the market today will sound better than your AX5s; there is still a lot of disregard for the family of curves in speaker design, even today.
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#420396 - 09/20/16 07:30 PM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: Ian]
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Originally Posted By Ian
It is also worth noting that not all speakers available on the market today will sound better than your AX5s; there is still a lot of disregard for the family of curves in speaker design, even today.


Like anything made by Wilson Audio.
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M2 coming
A-LFR/1000-8/500v4x2
1000-2,3,1500-3
100,160,QS10x2,800,M5x2,M3,M50 v4
had v2
N2,N3 maybe

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#420730 - 10/17/16 10:00 AM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: Ian]
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Originally Posted By Ian
Welcome corduroy41. Those are very early AX5s you have. I would say around 1984. The original 1981 version did not have an aluminium cone subwoofer in the rear. I did design them at the NRC using all the technology we had at the time. Those were the early days of understanding the family of curves and the affect they had on Double Blind Listen Test results. Julian Hirsch gave them an outstanding rating back in the day and noted that they were “the flattest loudspeaker he had ever measured”. What we are producing today has all the latest technology built in relating to the family of curves that has been discovered over the past 33 years by ourselves and others. We have also made big improvements in the available dynamic range. So an upgrade to a current model is something you may want to consider at some point. When you are ready let us know because we would give you a trade up value for your AX5s to put in our museum. It is also worth noting that not all speakers available on the market today will sound better than your AX5s; there is still a lot of disregard for the family of curves in speaker design, even today.


Thanks for the reply Ian! It's been a while since I've had the time to follow up with this thread.

So yesterday came about and I typically fire up my stereo to listen to the ever popular Psychedelic Psunday on Q107 out of Toronto. I'm enjoying away for the first few minutes but something wasn't right. The tweeter of the right channel is acting up. I ran though the usual checks.. loose connections, flaky speaker wire, bad amp channel.. no luck. Tried a spare set of speakers, and yep.. the tweeter is cooked. I've since emailed the customer service contact and hope to hear about a replacement. But this got me thinking. Maybe an upgrade is in order.

I'm hard pressed to upgrade these speakers only due to how nice they sound, when fully functioning of course. What's a natural upgrade path or comparable model here? I've been eyeing the M80's, but I've never heard them. I just don't know where to go from here.

On a side note, I'm considering a trip up to Bracebridge this coming weekend. I'm sure I could find the time to bring them by if this is at all possible.

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#420731 - 10/17/16 10:11 AM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: corduroy41]
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I was in a similar position with the AX3's I mentioned. I traded them in on M80's and I can tell you the new lineup is light years ahead of the AX line......
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#420732 - 10/17/16 10:24 AM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: BBIBH]
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Originally Posted By BBIBH
I was in a similar position with the AX3's I mentioned. I traded them in on M80's and I can tell you the new lineup is light years ahead of the AX line......


Yeah, that's what I'm gathering from all the info I've read. I'm sure if I get around to listening to the M80's I'll break that sentimental bond to these AX-5's.

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#420733 - 10/17/16 11:41 AM Re: AX-5 Reference Monitors [Re: corduroy41]
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You'll quickly re-purpose the AX-5s as firewood after listening to the M80s.
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M2 coming
A-LFR/1000-8/500v4x2
1000-2,3,1500-3
100,160,QS10x2,800,M5x2,M3,M50 v4
had v2
N2,N3 maybe

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