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 soundstage and imaging without DSP and rear drivers had been very good - natural, wide, and deep, clearly defined with tight imaging. It was a surprise to find that everything about the soundstage improved with the addition of the rear drivers and DSP. It was bigger, deeper, more spacious, more clearly defined, and depth acuity, the most difficult characteristic to achieve, went from very soft to noticeable. Imaging stayed every bit as solid and tight.
a sophisticated huge soundstage with pronounced layering and good image focus in a large listening window that remained stable over both width and height. . . . Mr. Colquhoun and Mr. Welker have produced a speaker system which goes for refinement in tonal balance, very wide dynamic range and low distortion. Add to that a well-focused immense soundstage and a slight softening in transient behavior and one remains outside the extreme transparency camp to be firmly on the musical enjoyment side. The big Axiom plays it big, brawny and engaging.
'The first thing that was apparent about the sound of the LFR1100 was its seemingly limitless dynamics and ability to play loudly with no hint of strain. I've had several speakers in my system that I've described as having exceptional power-handling characteristics, but the LFR1100 was the best in that regard by a wide margin. It could coast along at volume levels that, with most speakers of its size and price, would have had me worrying about damaging the drivers. . . But my timidity was probably misguided -- even at these insane levels, the sound was still crystal clear, without any of the compression or harshness associated with driving speakers past their limits.
'. . .their big, open sound, exceptional clarity, and massive dynamics are astonishing for a speaker of this size and price.'
'Our experience with Axiom's LFR-1100 speakers and ADA-1500-4 amplifier was one of brilliance, revelation, and total musical immersion, on par with some of the best listening sessions we've ever experienced. We tested this system from every angle - literally and metaphorically - and we had a near impossible time exposing a flaw.
'On top of that, the LFR-1100s' massive soundstage and vibrant power also make them the perfect system for large gatherings of folks who actually care about the sound - no more fighting over that sweet spot. (Audiophile party anyone?) If you're looking to step into a real home hi-fi system, we think purchasing the Axiom LFR-1100 and ADA-1500-4 is an investment you will never regret.'
I have been a musician for nearly 30 years. I have performed at too many venues to recall and I believe that I have a firm grasp on what music should sound like or rather what the artist intended it to sound like and I can say without hesitation that the LFR1100's are that rare breed of speakers that are capable of capturing the very soul of the music.
...twirling the dial never made the tone harsh. It just became more and more present. I've experienced a large sound stage before; even to the point where my room disappears completely. The LFRs made it sound and feel limitless. . . . I have never felt more like I was actually in a concert hall than I did listening to the LFR1100s.
Review byChris Eberle, Secrets of Home Theater And High FidelityRead full review