Review: Axiom Loudspeakers M-80ti Speaker

Category: Speakers

These are my first pair of expensive speakers. Before, I used some nice (I thought) 3 way speakers from Sears and bestbuy, which cost in the neighborhood of $200. They were the typical 3 way rectangular box speakers with cheap crossovers and even cheaper drivers. Not worth mentioning.

The Axioms are in a completely different league. The SPL is far greater with two of these and the Counterpoint than with four of the others and a Technics 50x4 SS amp. Keep in mind that the others had 12 inch bass drivers, and these are ported 6inch I believe.
The purity of the sound is far greater. I can actually hear the full sound of an instrument now, but I did not know that earlier I was missing so much. The detail is impressive.
Power handling is amazing. Even with two compared to four speakers, the db level is greater, with no apparent distortion or muddiness. I can turn them up until my ears hurt, but nothing happens to the music except that it gets louder. Actually, I begin to hear even more of the detail, as you would expect. I believe that the drivers in this cabinet may actually want lots of power to perform best. This might be a good thing, but it might be a bad thing too. I don't believe that I hear as much detail with the speakers turned to a very low power.
Soundstaging is good, although I believe it will get better when my new speakers wires and IC and Phono IC are burned in. I just got the whole system together, and only the amp and speakers are burned in.
The looks are great, and though I have the cherry which everyone says is not the best, mine have no flaws and look great (to me).
I am using the speakers on a carpeted slab in a big room-- 22' x 20' by 10'. These have no problem filing the whole room with great sound. How they compare to others in their price range I don't know, but I feel confident that I got a very good deal (I bought mine used with 200 hours on the drivers, from someone I trust) for a few hundred less than the retail. I certainly would recommend these at the retail price, and if you can get them at the scratch and dent or used prices, well, it's a no-brainer.

Associated gear
Counterpoint SA-100 Hybrid Tube/mosfet amp, Straightwire MR-24 Spkr wire, MAD Pearl IC, Parasound PPH-100 Phono, Rega P3 with modified RB300, VdH Phono wire

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