M80 Floorstanding Speakers

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M80 Floorstanding Speakers
$1,990.00
USD/single USD/pair

The legendary M80 loudspeaker, winner of dozens of audiophile awards and all-around powerhouse.

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Legendary performance

Axiom's M80 floorstanding speaker is designed for the audiophile who wants both precision and high SPL (Sound Pressure Level). The M80 is now available in two versions; standard and High Power. The latest High Power version is for use without a subwoofer, which is becoming very popular with the recent resurgence in 2-channel systems. The M80s, along with their bigger brother the M100s, shows off the best of what over 30 years of audio research has proven - you will be blown away by the clarity, detail, and stunning dynamics this speaker will add to your listening experience. It has unprecedented tonal range, all in perfect balance: from deep low bass, clear open midrange and extended nuanced treble. You'll hear the click of the castanets, the tinkle of the triangle, and the soul-stirring reverberations of the big bass drums.

"The Axiom M80 speakers were the stars of the show. Their effortless dynamic capability, almost liquid midrange, tight and deep bass, and their uncanny ability to disappear, had me shaking my head in disbelief. Was I really listening to a speaker of such small stature and price?"
-- Ray Adkins, Audioholics.com
M80 top-down view of the anti-standing wave cabinet design.
Aluminum Woofer

Dual woofers, dual midranges and twin tweeters - hear it all! That's 6 drivers in each M80 floorstanding speaker - 12 in a pair - for spectacular power handling up to 400 Watts (800 watts peak) and deep extended bass. From the tight snap of a bass drum to the shimmer of brushed cymbals, the accuracy of this speaker will astound you. The M80 transforms musical recordings into live performances in your living room, and brings definitive realism to home theater.

"While the "giant-killer" tag is overused in audio reviewing, this is one speaker to which it most certainly applies."
-- Doug Schneider, SoundStage.com

Jazz, classical, deep pulsing rock, or taut, tight rap - you will rediscover your music collection with the M80s. You'll hear details that used to be buried in the mix - the sound of fingers sliding up and down guitar strings, the quick breath in a jazz rendition, the completely effortless reproduction of male and female vocals that produce natural, smooth sound. The M80s create a three-dimensional soundstage with plenty of depth and width that envelop your whole room in the performance.

"I loved listening to -- no, make that bathing in -- the Axiom's rich low end. That a speaker of this modest cost can produce this kind of bass is nothing short of startling."
-- Jason Thorpe, SoundStage
M80s in custom finish Cherry with Chestnut stain.
Questions We Get All the Time

What brand of AV receiver should I consider to drive the 4-ohm M80 loudspeakers?

For rooms up to 4,000 cu. ft in volume (length x width x height), Axiom has found that receivers from: Denon, NAD, Outlaw Audio, Sherwood Newcastle, Harman/Kardon, Rotel, B&K, Pioneer Elite, high-end Onkyo ($800 and up) and high-end Yamaha ($1000-plus) are the most stable and will make these speakers sing. Buyers who have "great rooms" or those with cathedral ceilings or who want movie-theater-loud playback levels in such rooms should consider using separate outboard power amplifiers for at least the M80s.

What distance from the back wall?

A minimum clearance of 2 inches from the back wall is sufficient. If deep bass output is exaggerated, move the speaker farther out from the wall behind.

What distance from the side walls?

Avoid corners where possible and keep the speakers at least 1 foot or so away from the side walls.

Why 4-ohm Impedance?

The impedance is not chosen by the speaker designer. The impedance is determined by the number of drivers in the speaker (an M80 has six) and the complexity of the crossover network. To try and make the M80 an 8-ohm speaker would degrade its sound quality and result in power losses.

Benefits associated with 4-ohm Impedance?

Impedance is an electrical trait. If the receiver or amplifier is stable into 4-ohm loads, it will be able to "pull" more power, up to twice as much, from the amplifier than an 8-ohm speaker.

Why dual tweeters?

Dual tweeters (and dual midranges and woofers) are used in the M80's to greatly increase maximum power handling (volume) and lower distortion at very loud playback levels.

Specifications

All Axiom Tower Speakers feature:

  • Titanium Tweeters

  • Aluminum Woofers (and Midranges where applicable)

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

  • Vortex-ported cabinets to reduce port noise

  • 5-way gold-plated binding posts


Enclosure Triple Vortex / Reflex
Max Amp Power 400 Watts
Min Amp Power 10 Watts
Freq Resp +/-3dB (Hz) 31 Hz – 20 kHz
Freq Resp +3dB- 9dB (Hz) 25 Hz – 20 kHz
Impedance (Ohms) 4 Ohms
SPL in Room1w/1m(db) 92 dB
SPL Anechoic 1w/1m(db) 88 dB
X-Over 160 Hz & 2.3 kHz
Tweeter Dual 1"
Midrange Dual 5.25"
Woofer Dual 6.5"
Dimensions H W D (inches) 39.5" x 9.25" x 17"
Dimensions H W D (mm) 1003 x 235 x 432
Weight (lbs) each 54
Weight (kg) each 24
Frequency Graph Frequency Graph
Impedance Graph Impedance Graph
Enclosure Triple Vortex / Reflex
Max Amp Power 400 Watts
Min Amp Power 10 Watts
Freq Resp +/-3dB (Hz) 31 Hz – 20 kHz
Freq Resp +3dB- 9dB (Hz) 25 Hz – 20 kHz
SPL in Room1w/1m(db) 91 dB
SPL Anechoic 1w/1m(db) 87 dB
X-Over 160 Hz & 2.3 kHz
Tweeter Dual 1"
Midrange Dual 5.25"
Woofer Dual 6.5" HP
Dimensions H W D (inches) 39.5" x 9.25" x 17"
Dimensions H W D (mm) 1003 x 235 x 432
Frequency Graph

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"'crystalline midrange and treble, superb sound-staging, and outstanding microdynamics.'"
Jason Thorpe, SoundStage.com
Professional Ratings & Reviews
"Axiom’s M80 v2s combine brawn and beauty into a graceful and powerful performer that represents an outstanding value"
- Todd Whitesel, GoldmineMag.com
"Bass response is excellent, tight and extended . . . [The M80] is detailed without being overly analytical, clear and open without being too bright, and presents a soundstage that is both wide and deep."
- Andrew Marshall, Audio-Ideas
". . . a flattering, yet precise, sound stage . . . an airy, transparent top end, extending well out beyond audible range. The M80s are an outstanding value. . . You will not find loudspeakers that sound nearly as good as this, anywhere close to the modest price."
- Kevin Elliot, AudioWorld
"Axiom loudspeakers make you wonder why so many other loudspeakers are so expensive. They sound very clear and well defined - open, spacious and airy."
- A. Colin Flood, EnjoyTheMusic
"The M80s have the sonic chops to reproduce sound that keeps up in quality with your high-definition picture. They are that good and, for the price, they are a steal."
- Brian Kahn, AudioRevolution
"The M80 is a floorstanding speaker that can reproduce nearly the entire audible range, has outstanding clarity, is commendably neutral-sounding, can fill a large space with a vast soundfield, and can play to astonishingly high SPLs and never turn edgy, grainy, or distorted."
- Doug Schneider, SoundStage.com
"The M80 is, hands-down and in my experience, the best and most complete loudspeaker in its class!"
- John Potis, 6 Moons
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Customer Reviews
I must start that I am an audiophool (and I must add with no unlimited budget) since I was in pretty much in high-school. The speakers, generally, are the most subjective part of any system IMHO. Getting back, I've listened to systems worth more than my house - in awe - knowing that if I do not win the lottery I'll never have them and I've listened to systems worth tens of thousands that sounded way below my expectations. First, my system consists of two power conditioners and filters - one Monster HDP1800 separate for the sources, a Marantz TT15S1 turntable with a Clearaudio Virtuoso MM cartridge with a Yaqin MS12B tube phono preamp (non-stock tubes) and a Yaqin SD32A tube CD player with modified tubes and another power conditioner for the power section: a Parasound Halo P3 preamplifier with two Parasound Halo A23 amps used as monoblocks (400W / channel). Not a really high end system by any means but I think a decent one. I did experiment extensively, especially with the sources, as IMHO the sources are the most important thing in any system - 'garbage' will result only in 'amplified garbage'. Now the speakers...I am replacing two German manufactured speakers (more expensive than the Axioms but less power) that made any recording sound good. I was afraid in the beginning to order online as you cannot listen to them anywhere, but the in-home is the real deal because you get to hear them in your room with your equipment. That being said, they sounded very flat at the beginning and I was a little bit disappointed...But after putting them in place, on their spikes, and letting them 'run-in' or 'break-in' as you wish, for about 20 hrs I got the best sounding speakers I ever had...I know there is a debate about break-in ASO but I got in my opinion a definite improvement after a while. I realize that these speakers (at least for only stereo listeners) are not for everyone, they are 'transparent' (I am not into the audiophool lingo), they are very natural sounding but they are merciless to bad recordings. But... OMG with good recordings you will hear things on a familiar tune that sound different and much better in my opinion. These are definite keepers...The sound is balanced between the instruments and the speakers really come alive when 'natural' instruments are played...I would recommend these to anyone, I think they're really hard to beat in this price range (and some...)
- Gabriel L., ON
Great service and delivery. I'm happy to find out why there are few Axiom speakers on the resell market.
- Barry M., BC
The M80HP's are amazing - the bass response is deep and crisp, the mids and highs are clear, and easy to listen to, at all volume ranges (from very low to wall shaking). The music is uncoloured and clean - from rock all the way down to minimalist music, the reproduction is honest and unstrained. And, last, I have the custom wood finish, and the workmanship is flawless - they are a great looking speaker.
- Rick S., BC
What can I say? I love Axiom speakers! I am a research fanatic, and like many consumers I put in the time to get the most for my money. I take my music listening very seriously (I only listen to music, I don't own a TV) and have considered MANY other brands of speakers. Each time I have moved up to bigger speakers I have considered all the options and I always come back to Axiom. I am absolutely thrilled with my new M80s, they are everything I imagined they would be and more! And I really appreciated being able to get a real wood finish through your auction site for a great price (I love the Outlet as well), something I might not have otherwise spent the extra money for. Now that I see how beautiful they are with the real wood I would never go back! One thing I will say is there may be a market for a larger stand mounted speaker from Axiom. I am not afraid to mention that I have turned MANY people on to Axiom speakers, who are now proud Axiom owners, including several members of my family (too bad you don't give commissions!). The reason I mention the stand mounted speakers is that my Dad's living room does not have a good set-up for floor standing speakers, as there is a couch in the way. I think there are others who might be interested in a larger, heavier speaker that sits higher up off the floor, like with integrated stands? So that the drivers will not be obstructed by a couch or other furniture. I can tell you one thing, after my Dad hears my new M80s I think he may consider a total living room make-over so they'll work at his house! Ha, but again, he probably won't do it because of the way his space is set up. I see you are doing amazing things with your new floor standing models, how about a new flagship stand mount?

In terms of pure enjoyment and improving my quality of life, dollar for dollar my axioms - all the different models I have owned over the years - have been equal to the best investments I've ever made, period.
- David K., RI
very satisfied customer, great service
- Alfonso M., ON
I read a lot of good reviews. The price was amazing compared to the speakers they compare too. I am a first time buyer of Axiom audio products. I have now 3 speakers and love them. The sound clarity coming from these speakers is just amazing. I have been looking for this sound for years.
- Brody W., IL
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