M80 Floorstanding Speakers
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
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
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.
Should I Get The High-Powered Version?
The answer: it depends. See this video for advice on your specific set up:
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
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|Enclosure||Triple Vortex / Reflex|
|Max RMS Amp Wattage||400 Watts|
|Max Dynamic Amp Wattage||1600 Watts|
|Min Amp Power||10 Watts|
|Freq Resp +/-3dB (Hz)||34 - 20k|
|Freq Resp +3dB- 10dB (Hz)||28 - 20k|
|Impedance (Ohms)||4 Ohms|
|SPL in Room1w/1m(db)||94 dB|
|SPL Anechoic 1w/1m(db)||90 dB|
|X-Over||220 Hz & 1.8 kHz|
|Dimensions H W D (inches)||39.5" x 9.25" x 17"|
|Dimensions H W D (mm)||1003 x 235 x 432|
|Frequency Graph||Frequency Graph|
|Impedance Graph||Impedance Graph|
The M80 is, hands-down and in my experience, the best and most complete loudspeaker in its class!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Axiom’s M80 v2s combine brawn and beauty into a graceful and powerful performer that represents an outstanding value
'crystalline midrange and treble, superb sound-staging, and outstanding microdynamics.'