M3 Bookshelf Speakers

M3 Bookshelf Speakers
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Best all-round bookshelf choice without a subwoofer; even better with a sub.

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The perfect all-rounder

The M3 is Axiom's most versatile and compact stereo and home theater speaker. Winner of the SoundStage! Reviewer's Choice Award and GoodSound! Product of the Year, the M3 delivers powerful bass, outstanding treble, and award-winning musical sound for under $400. Its powerful 6.5-inch aluminum-cone woofer and 1-inch titanium dome tweeter deliver crystal clear vocals, driving bass and shimmering cymbals. Hear what a difference 25 years of audio research makes in loudspeaker sound.

"I'm really in a state of disbelief because these little Axiom speakers have no right to sound as good as they do. They are an outright steal for the money!"
-- Doug Schneider, SoundStage.com
Top-down view of the M3 showing its anti standing wave cabinet.
Aluminum Woofer

Easy to drive, easy to place

This compact speaker works with virtually any amplifier - as low as 10 watts - but give it up to 175 watts for powerful sound output and it will really rock! You can use it with or without a subwoofer, depending on your musical preferences. An excellent choice as an all-round speaker in small to medium-sized rooms.

The M3s make great stereo speakers and are excellent performers as part of a 5.1-channel or 7.1-channel home audio surround package. If you're looking for a pair of speakers that you'll be able to build into a system in the future, the M3s are a solid choice. Reviewer Ian Masters recommends using lots of them:

"You could even use five or six of them in a home-theater system without breaking the bank. I'd call it a winner!"
-- Ian Masters, mastersonaudio.com

High tech, high-style

It's no mystery why they are the darlings of reviewers and consumers alike. Our proprietary vortex port eliminates port noise and increases low bass output and efficiency so all you hear is deep, clean and natural musical bass. The M3s' wide, smooth frequency response tells the tale: linear performance means whatever you play will sound clearer, crisper and more airy on Axiom speakers, results that we prove in double-blind listening tests against our competitors.

"good luck finding anything remotely as good for the price. I think they are better than any B&W, Klipsch, Infinity, Technics, Bose, JBL and Sony models I have heard in this price range."
-- A. Colin Flood, EnjoyTheMusic.com

Why not audition these speakers in your own home? The M3s come with a 30-day in-home trial, a five-year warranty and free shipping.

M3s in custom black high-gloss paint

If you would like to have your speakers painted to match your walls we can do it. The upcharge is $150 for your entire order for this option.
Call us at 1-888-352-9466 to get all the details

Questions We Get All the Time

What size room do these work in?

Best For: Small to medium-sized living rooms.

How much power does my receiver need for these speakers?

Very efficient: use with any receiver or amplifier.

Where can I place these speakers?

Stand mounting, wall mounting or shelf placement.


All Axiom Bookshelf Speakers feature:

  • Titanium tweeters

  • Aluminum woofers

  • 5-way gold-plated binding posts accept banana plugs, pins, bare-wire connections and spade lugs

  • Vortex-ported cabinets to reduce port noise

  • Anti-Standing-Wave cabinets that suppress internal resonances which color sound

  • Comes equipped with a fitting that accepts Axiom's Full Metal Bracket for wall mounting.
Enclosure Vortex / Reflex
Max RMS Amp Wattage 200 Watts
Max Dynamic Amp Wattage 800 Watts
Min Amp Power 10 Watts
Freq Resp +/-3dB (Hz) 65 - 20k
Freq Resp +3dB- 10dB (Hz) 60 - 20k
Impedance (Ohms) 8
SPL in Room1w/1m(db) 90 dB
SPL Anechoic 1w/1m(db) 86 dB
X-Over 2.5 kHz
Tweeter Single 1"
Woofer Single 6.5"
Dimensions H W D (inches) 13.5" x 8.5" x 8.25"
Dimensions H W D (mm) 343 x 216 x 210
Weight (lbs) each 12.7 lbs
Weight (kg) each 5.761 kg
Frequency Graph Frequency Graph
Impedance Graph Impedance Graph


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Customer Reviews
Got my M3s in 2002. Still loving them. Friends are always blown away. I'm a musician too. Unbelievable...and Canadian.
- Ted M
Just a note to let you know that we installed the Axiom speakers this weekend and they exceed my expectations. The speakers are powerful and the sound is so clear that I can watch our TV at lower volumes (which makes my wife happy) and still hear everything clearly.
Your help was also certainly welcome, friendly and patient. I would be happy to recommend your company to any and all.
- Arthur
Thanks, shipping was incredibly fast. I hooked up the speakers to my Rotel CD-player and a vintage Marantz receiver and they sound amazing. Stunning bass response and imaging from a couple of little bookshelf-sized speakers. I'm very happy I chose Axiom, and won't hesitate to recommend them to my acquaintences.
- Ian B., OH
What can I say but that I am extremely satisfied with the M3 speakers ! I believe they are absolutely one of the best small speakers around...and are an exceptional value for their very modest cost. Lots of excellent performance for the money and they make great home theatre speakers too! A big sound-stage in a very small package. Thank you AXIOM for producing such a great product at a great price!
- Dennis J., CA
The M3 is a wonderfully musical speaker. It has all the sound performance and quality construction that other high-end bookshelf speakers have but with half the pricetag! These speakers DEFINETLY allow you to have your cake and eat it too. Bravo Axiom!
- Lee W., Ottawa
I've known about Axiom's since about 1993...a punk friend of mine couldn't recommend his Axiom 3's (or 2's...it's been a while) any higher for sound reproduction. I've thought about Axiom's on and off when thinking about speakers ever since, but hadn't had occasion to buy. I was recently in the market for a pair of bookshelves to replace some floor models I have in a smallish room, and when I tested out some M3tis and bought them on the spot. So, there you go....the sales cycle on your products can sometimes be over ten years, but I'm happy to have finally purchased a pair of your excellent speakers. I'll be adding to the setup, when space and budget allow for it. (have driven by the factory in Dwight many times...on the way to the park)
- Ken T., ON
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