M80 Floorstanding Speakers

M80 Floorstanding Speakers
$2,189.00
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.

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 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 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
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 RMS Amp Wattage 500 Watts
Max Dynamic Amp Wattage 2000 Watts
Min Amp Power 10 Watts
Freq Resp +/-3dB (Hz) 32 - 20k
Freq Resp +3dB- 10dB (Hz) 26 - 20k
Impedance (Ohms) 4
SPL in Room1w/1m(db) 93 dB
SPL Anechoic 1w/1m(db) 89 dB
X-Over 200 Hz & 2 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
Weight (lbs) each 62
Weight (kg) each 28
Frequency Graph
M80 Floorstanding Speakers

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Customer Reviews
I did not realize that the speakers are biampable, which is a big added bonus. Overall I almost feel guilty about the $900 refurb store discount for one small unobtrusive bump.

I would like to think that I deserve the good karma, but probably not!

The amps are Rotel RB-1091, Class D monoblocks. They are high powered and are rated for 4 ohms. I am using hi-pass filters at 70 Hz and an effective Tannoy 10" subwoofer. (I might hi-pass them at 50 Hz after they break in a bit more.)
They sound wonderful on string quartet, symphony, fusion, heavy rock and bring out the best in whatever sound source is being used - even the satellite radio!

I was not completely happy with the speakers in my "second" system and I got these M80's to replace them. They might become my "first" system.

These are very special and perfect speakers. The huge discount was much more than generous. As soon as I win the next lottery I will be back for the M100's!

This does not convey my appreciation and gratitude, but thank you very much.
- Dave C., BC
I've had Axiom center and surround speakers for several years now and this past spring I was finally able to get a pair of M80's. The M80's are ridiculously clean sounding speakers. I listen to rock, jazz, techno and new age and each time I devote to sitting down and listening to music is as big of a treat today as it was when I first unboxed them. I use an Emotiva XPA-7 Gen 3 amplifier with a Marantz AV7705 pre/pro.

What you notice first about these speakers is the sound pressure levels. I've never had a set of speakers that delivered so much punch. After you get used to this feature, you start to realize how clean sounding they are. You notice new things in your favorite music tracks that you never knew were there. It's really a pleasure listening to these speakers. I don't use my sub when listening to music and I've never found a need to with the M80's. My brother-in-law was blown away by the sound and amount of deep clean bass.

Movies are incredibly immersive. I've started going back through my collection and re-watching movies I've owned for a while just to hear them through these speakers. It's amazing how different they sound. My center and surrounds I bought in the standard black finish, but when I seriously looked at purchasing the M80's, I opted for oak, in the caramel stain. They are absolutely beautiful. Not a flaw anywhere in the stain or finish. I love to listen to them with the grills off just so I can look at them. As a side note, kudos to Andrew Welker! I've had a pair of Mirage FRX-7's for years now and they still sound fantastic. I still use them in my basement system. Thanks to everyone at Axiom for building a wide range of high quality speakers. You are all great to work with and I hope to buy more speakers from you at some point soon.
- enem156
My new M80 HP's in maple were delivered at the end of last week and I just got them hooked up.

WOW! WOW!! WOW!!!

I know that they will take some hours of use to break in but already I love them. Thanks for helping me get these awesome speakers.
- Jeff
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
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