VP180 Center Channel Speaker
It was an idea borne of Axiom fans on the message boards . . . a monster center channel capable of delivering spine-tingling clarity in voices, regardless of the size of room or distance from the screen. It had to be big, it had to be loud, but most importantly, it had to be accurate.
Enter the VP180 center channel speaker and, just to take it one step further, the VP180 High Powered version. This 60-lb beast thrilled our most critical listeners, Alan Lofft and Ian Colquhoun. Alan said: "As an especially critical center-channel listener, I'm excited by the music and dialogue accuracy of the VP180."
You've never heard or seen anything like this speaker before: a no-compromise center channel that will thrill you with powerful dynamics, bass extension and musical transparency. The VP180 unleashes a magical performance, offering the truest presentation of a movie or music soundtrack, exactly as the recording engineers intended.
This center is the perfect mate to Axiom's M80 or M100 tower speakers, or the LFR880 or LFR1100 omnidirectional speakers, but it can also be coupled with all speakers to deliver the level of high-fidelity and transparency your system deserves.
The VP180 uses six drivers: two 6.5-inch aluminum-cone woofers, two 5.25-inch aluminum midwoofers, and two 1-inch titanium dome tweeters in a horizontal array arrived at after months of listening tests to music and dialogue program sources, on- and off-axis. All this is contained within a ported, bass-reflex cabinet, with a 4-ohm impedance.
The VP180 cabinet is flat on the bottom side and tapered back on the top. The flat bottom works perfectly if your VP180 is right below or above your TV. If your VP180 is going to be well below the TV you may want to choose the inverted version available in Customize Yours at no extra cost. This will angle your VP180 upwards slightly pointing it at the listening position. The VP180 can be shelf-mounted, placed in a cabinet, or you can place it on our dedicated center channel stand under your screen.
Supercharge your home theater with the VP180 - audition it in your home theater with our 30-day in-home trial. Includes a five-year warranty for the standard version / a 10-year warranty for the high powered version, and free shipping!
Recommended with: M80, M100, LFR880, or LFR1100
Questions We Get All the Time
What size room does this work in?
Best For: Medium to large living rooms, great rooms
How much power does my receiver need for this speaker?
Power Required: Home theater receiver with 40 to 120 watts per channel
Where can I put this speaker?
Placement: Stand mounting, wall mounting or shelf placement above or below screen
Why 4-ohm Speakers?
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 of 4-ohm?
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 Centers feature:
- Titanium Tweeters
- Aluminum Woofers and Midranges
- Anti-Standing-Wave cabinets that suppress internal resonances which color sound
- 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)||36 - 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||150 Hz & 2.4 kHz|
|Dimensions H W D (inches)||9.25" x 39.5" x 17"|
|Dimensions H W D (mm)||235 x 1003 x 432|
|Weight (lbs) each||57|
|Weight (kg) each||26|
|Frequency Graph||Frequency Graph|
|Impedance Graph||Impedance Graph|
'I thought I had experienced a seamless front soundstage, but the VP180 redefined my perceptions in a big way.'