Originally Posted by jakewash
I have both Axiom centers and I hear no depreciable SQ when off axis as is the usual complaint. I have measured the VP100 to be 2db less and the 150 1 db less around 20-25deg off axis. But so far as a sound quality problem, I just don't hear it, they sound as good off axis compared to directly in front, only a touch quieter.
My experience was very different than yours as was that of the guys who reviewed the Axiom setup for Sound and Vision. Nousaine said:
The VP150 center channel exhibits significant off-axis lobing that begins as soon as the microphone is moved off center. Our averaging technique tends to obscure it's severity but it's easy to hear the sound change quality at any listening angle as one walks about the speaker.
The complete test results can be found here:http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/spe...er-system.html
Al Griffin had this to say:
The system's center speaker did a mostly fine job when delivering dialogue. A wide range of voices in 300, from the heavy-handed narration to King Leonidas's barked orders and the superhuman sound of Xerxes's utterances, came across as clear, natural, and unstrained. When I shifted to either side of my couch, however, clarity dropped off noticeably. Voices basically retained the same tone, but they sounded less crisp when heard from any position other than dead center in front of the screen.
His complete comments can be found here:http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/spe...nce-page3.html