One of Axiom's most popular home theater setups in terms of impressive, even fabulous, performance for a moderate price. The critically acclaimed M22 bookshelf speakers serve as the main-channel speakers of the Epic Grand Master system. Highly praised by critics and customers alike for their transparent, highly detailed and neutral music reproduction, the M22's use dual 5.25-inch woofers and a 1-inch titanium dome tweeter—exactly the same drivers that the floorstanding M60 and M80 tower speakers use for upper bass, midrange and treble. That's why the compact M22's sound so remarkably similar to the big M60s and M80s, except for deep bass, of course. Paired with the EP175 subwoofer, the M22s' seamless presentation rivals that of much larger floorstanding speakers.
As long as your room is less than 2,400 cu ft., the M22's and the EP175 powered subwoofer together deliver thrillingly detailed, neutral and transparent movie soundtrack and music playback from DVDs, CDs, even from those amusing old LPs with their nice big, graphic cardboard jackets! The QS8 multipolar surround speakers each use four drivers, firing in four different directions, to deliver the ambient detail in music and the envelopment in effects and location sounds from Dolby Digital 5.1 channel movie soundtracks. Thunder, rainstorms and jungle scenes heard from the QS8s will put you in that environment—acoustically that is—so complete is the 5.1-channel surround sound envelopment.
And even if you want to enjoy multichannel music via your CDs through Dolby Pro LogicII, or High-Resolution DVD-Audio or SACD, the QS8s can do double duty. With four drivers in each QS8, the music reproduction is as thrilling and enjoyable as ambient soundtrack effects.
The VP100 center channel uses two 5.25-inch aluminum cone woofers identical to those in the M22's and QS8s for a seamless blend between center, mains and surrounds, with plenty of depth and a spacious 3-dimensional soundstage. Fronts, center and surrounds can be wall-mounted or stand-mounted.
The EP175 subwoofer, with its 175-watt internal power amplifier and 10-inch aluminum-cone driver, nicely extends the Epic Grand Master's sonic capabilities, producing deep, taut, and musical bass to below 30 Hz, with plenty of impact reserved for those blockbuster special effects. Whether it's the tight string bass of the Ray Brown Trio or the reverberant shocks of explosions, the EP175 sub smoothly blends with and extends the M22's high-fidelity range to very low frequencies in all but large rooms.
What size room does this work in?
Best For: Average living rooms, dedicated home theater rooms
How much power does my receiver need for these speakers?
Power Required: Very efficient - use with any 5.1-channel surround-sound receiver or amplifier
Epic Grand Master 175 Home Theater System
Base Price: $2,341.00