Axiom Audiobyte Audiophile Computer Speakers - Audiobyte Amplifier and Subwoofer

Article Index
Axiom Audiobyte Audiophile Computer Speakers
Audiobyte Amplifier and Subwoofer
Audiobytes Overview, Specs and Test Setup
Testing the Audiobytes and Final Thoughts

Audiobyte Amplifier:

The Axiom Audiobytes include the amplifier pictured below and connect to this with 1/8" stereo jacks as well.  The cables that connect the amp to the speakers and to the subwoofer are all male-male 1/8" stereo mini-jack cables.  While Axiom may get some flak for this move, I think it's brilliant and works well for the speakers that were designed for the amplifier.  The front of the amplifier is adorned by a plastic volume knob and is the only control on the front of the unit.

 Front Of Amp
Front Of Amp

 

The rear of the amplifier is more interesting than the front for sure.  At the left side of the back are the main output jacks including left, right and subwoofer.  The main 1/8" subwoofer jack is for a subwoofer like the Audiobytes EPZero passive subwoofer, but if you're looking for more bass there is also a powered subwoofer output.  Also on the back is a USB port to charge your iPod or other USB device.  The USB port is located just above the 1/8" input which accepts virtually all media players.  Axiom includes a high quality male-male cable for connection your media player or computer through the headphone jack or main line out.  I was happy to see that the amplifier has a power switch and a selector to choose between 110v here in North America as well as 220v for use in other parts of the world.  Power is provided to the amplifier through the use of a standard PSU cable that should be familiar to computer users.

Back Of Amp Close
Back Of Amp Close

 

Audiobyte EPZero Subwoofer:

Axiom sells the Audiobytes without a subwoofer but we found that alone they sound a little weak without some additional bass for well-rounded music listening.  If you mainly listen to instrumental music such as symphony or opera, you'll find the two full-range satellites more than adequate.  However if you like to listen to a wide variety of music including some hip-hop, country, rock or pop, the subwoofer helps bring the bass up to a more noticeable level.  The subwoofer itself is pretty large when compared to the satellite speakers and measures 12.4" tall, 7 7/8" wide and 14.5

 Sub Front Profile - Grill
Sub Front Profile - Grill
Sub Rear Profile
Sub Rear Profile

 

The grill on the EPZero is attached using a post and socket system instead of magnets.  Because of the 1/8" stereo jack cable system the back of the subwoofer is very uneventful.

 Sub Front Profile - No Grill
Sub Front Profile - No Grill

 

The subwoofer uses dual 6.5" drivers and shows room response from 25Hz to 150Hz.  It's got pretty decent specifications and on the next page we'll see how it sounds as we test these speakers.  There are three "modes" for the subwoofer to use - flat, half & full.  This is essentially a volume know that is low, medium and high.

On the next page we'll take a look at the specs, our test setup and give these a listen.