Originally Posted by Sirquack
I've owned various Axiom models over the last 5 years. I was planning on ordering a pair of B&W 703's 5 years ago, but after auditioning some M60s' I was sold. One of the best bang for the buck in audio. Don't be discouraged by some comments above about the inner workings/design, simply not true.
I currently own M80v2's, VP150v2, 4 x Qs8's, EP600 sub, and 2 x EP350v3 subs.
Sorry if I offened Sirquack, I just report what I find. I did once hear that the M3 I tested is not one of Axiom's better products and that higher end models do have better crossovers. What disappointed me most about that experience is that based on technical information on their web site I had very high hopes, perhaps too high. Finding that dinky little 1st order network on the tweeter and nothing on the woofer simply wasn't what I was expecting.
As for their using low cost drivers, that can be ok. Realistically, the Dayton Classic 6.5" woofer is only slightly better than the Axiom and the Dayton and Axiom tweeters are probably about the same. Some very impressive designs have come from the DIY community using the Dayton drivers so while the Axiom drivers may be cheap, that doesn't mean they could not have made the M3 a good speaker. They chose not to put fourth the effort I assume to cut cost. From their web site it's very clear they have the knowledge and could probably build a fantastic speaker so my expectation was that they would be making the most of inexpensive hardware in an effort to offer a quality product at an affordable price. As you stated, "one of the best bang for the buck in audio" is what I was expecting. Maybe I just need to evaluate the M60 or M80.
So again, sorry if I offended. I see the Axiom models you own are higher end models than the M3. Given that it should be possible to make a decent speaker out of their drivers then perhaps they have in these models.