Dwight, Ontario, Canada (February 2nd 2012) – Axiom Audio (http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/avdirectory/944-companies/1113-axiom-audio.html), long known as a leader in sound quality research, has added another center channel to round out its comprehensive center lineup. The company announced today the official release of its VP160 Center Channel, an innovative center speaker design that takes its cue from the M60 tower speaker, one of Axiom’s most popular products.
Designed to place dialog right in the center of the action, the VP160 Center Channel features the same 6.5-inch woofers, 5.25-inch mid-woofer, and 1-inch titanium tweeter as the M60 tower speaker. Using the same drivers gives the listener a seamless soundstage across the front array.
In order to match the kind of serious output the M60 floor standing speaker can provide, Axiom had to build a "monster" center channel. The VP160 weighs in at an impressive 43 pounds: not for the faint of heart! Because of its significant weight, the company does not recommend wall-mounting the speaker. Instead, they suggest putting it on a shelf or the dedicated stand available on their site, the FMS 160. Also included in the speaker are two signature vortex ports — corrugated ports exclusive to Axiom Audio that eliminate port noise — which allow even greater sound output from a smaller cabinet.
In an era where many loudspeaker companies produce smaller and smaller products, Axiom stands out as bucking the trend.
"We relentlessly pursue the most exciting audio experience we can provide," said Axiom founder and chief engineer, Ian Colquhoun. "Bigger speakers mean more emotion, more thrills, more explosions, more romance, more excitement. The bigger the cabinet, and the wider the range of frequencies you can provide to the home theater listener, the more realistic their experience will be."
By emphasizing the practical application of their ongoing research, Axiom brings unprecedented value to the marketplace, expanding on their ethos of high-end, high value sound with the VP160 Center Channel Speaker. The product is priced at $570, including shipping anywhere in North America (encompassing Alaska and Hawaii). It can be special-ordered in an inverted configuration for low placement under the video display (angling the sound up towards the listener) or in an in-cabinet version, for customers who are doing a built in wall of sound in their installation. The product can be shipped anywhere in the world that FedEx travels, and international pricing is available on their website.
Like all Axiom products, this speaker can be customized to suit almost any décor. Axiom offers 2 standard finishes (Black Oak and Boston Cherry), as well as over 100 customized finish options. If customers need a stain or finish that Axiom doesn’t carry, they can match a paint sample or wood sample to make a truly customized speaker. All the speakers are built to order in their factory in Dwight, Ontario, Canada.
Ian Colquhoun, Founder and President of Axiom Audio, created the company sparking a new period of progress in the annals of loudspeaker design with his work at the National Research Council lab in Ottawa, Canada. There he spent innumerable hours perfecting innovation after innovation. In 2005, Axiom installed its own anechoic chamber, a perfect replica of the chamber at the National Research Council, and became one of only a handful of loudspeaker companies in the world with such advanced research capabilities in-house.
The site maintains a home theater speaker forum where you can go to ask questions, offer advice or have technical issues addressed. If you’re interested in the latest information about any aspect of speakers, you’ll find it there. The experts at Axiom Audio are available six days a week to help you with your speaker questions and concerns.
One of the members of the Research and Development team, Debbie Swinton, offers a first look’ video of the VP160 Center Speaker on the company’s video center.
About Axiom Audio
At Axiom, we have one passion: scientifically proven superior loudspeaker design based on careful lab measurements and proven double-blind listening tests conducted in the Axiom listening room with a variety of listeners who do not know the price, brand, or model of the speakers they are comparing. This results in speakers of extraordinary musical transparency and realism. For more information, contact us by phone at 1-866-244-8796.
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