About this project
AxiomAir represents a revolution in wireless audio reproduction! It has all the features of Bluetooth and WiFi combined in one sound system without the problems of either:
Let's get creative
Because the AxiomAir is manufactured in our factory in Canada, we can create an almost endless variety of finishes to suit your decor. The body of the AxiomAir comes in two stock finishes: black on black, or white on white. Then customize the lid in wood grain, a solid color, or even a picture of your favourite person, place or thing – the choice really is yours! You can even have the entire speaker painted to match your favourite colour or room decor. The lids are also all interchangeable later so you can update your look anytime you like.
AxiomAir allows you to:
- play high-quality music wherever you are – AxiomAir creates its own hotspot so you can take the speaker to the beach, pool, or campfire.
- connect to its hotspot to stream music directly from your phone or use the interface to play songs on a USB drive.
- play high-res songs wirelessly – up to 24/192 – without compression.
- have multiple people connected at the same time.
- have AxiomAirs networked all over your home and control the music for each room from the AxiomAir interface.
- play songs located on your phone, tablet, computer, or network-accessible drive.
- plug in a USB drive and use the AxiomAirApp as a remote control.
- play directly from a variety of music software platforms.
- stream web radio and play high-resolution streaming music at full quality.
- keep the party going by adding an optional 9 or 18 hour built-in battery when you're not near a power outlet.
- use one of the three USB ports to keep your phone charged while you are out.
- add your own functionality. Coder? Then you'll be excited to hear that the AxiomAir uses a Raspberry Pi with our own Linux-based Operating System as its brains. It's an open-source, programmable speaker.
- customize the look to your individual style or room decor with over a hundred different real wood tops, colours and finishes.
- add the amazing Karaoke Module and Mini Movie Projector
How do you know you're getting a better-sounding speaker?
We've literally spent over 35 years researching sound and how to get the highest possible output from the smallest possible footprint. This research infuses every aspect of the AxiomAir.
Watch the Tech Talk Video
You've got the power
What does 150 watts of continuous output really mean? Continuous power is how much power is available to the speaker all the time. A lot of companies only list their peak power output – the level that can be attained for only fractions of a second. The peak power rating is generally 5 times the continuous power rating. So 150 watts of continuous output means the power to listen loud without distortion, the power to have an outdoor party, and the power to let the full dynamics of the music reach your soul.
Why No Bluetooth?
Bluetooth® is made to transmit voice from your headset to your phone - not to carry full-spectrum high-resolution sound. Using a Wi-Fi® network instead means you've got three times the usable range of Bluetooth®, you can play high resolution audio without compression, you can have more than one user at a time, and you can have them all over your home controlled from any device on your network (together or individually).
Wi-Fi® and the User Interface
AxiomAir can be added to your home network so that it's always available to play music in the house. What if you want to take out on the lawn though, and your network doesn't reach? No problem. AxiomAir broadcasts its own network for you to connect to, giving you the freedom of Bluetooth® without any of the compromises. Just join the AxiomAir hotspot and your phone or tablet can access the user interface. It's a mobile music hotspot.
If you've got a separate hard drive on your network with your high-resolution music files, you can easily access that hard drive from your AxiomAir with just a few clicks. Use the interface to easily add more devices to your AxiomAir network.
Drag and drop different songs onto your playlists – and drag and drop speakers into different groups that can all play the same music at the same time. Keep the party going from room to room.
The user interface was designed to be a convenient way to play any song in your user library, across as many AxiomAirs as you have in your home. Play in just one room or across all the AxiomAir-enabled rooms in your home.
We do. We're baking audio into the Pi!
We chose the Raspberry Pi – a micro-computer about the size of a credit card – as the 'brains' behind the speaker, and we chose to make the Linux-based operating system open source. What that means is that any developer can write an app for the Raspberry Pi. If we create new features from our end, you can easily update your AxiomAir by clicking the 'Update' button on the user interface.
Become the best sounding Karaoke singer
Add the optional Karaoke module with our proprietary feedback-killing circuitry and two microphone inputs. AxiomAir becomes your Karaoke machine, with music volume, microphone volume, and echo level all controlled from the user interface.
Make an impression on the group
Give presentations that sound better than anyone else's. No really – the Karaoke module also works for presentations, so your AxiomAir becomes a portable sound system that will broadcast your voice with crystal clarity and no feedback even in rooms with hundreds of people.
Take the big screen with you
If high-end audio can be portable, why not high-end video too? Create a movie-theater-to-go by attaching a mini projector to AxiomAir (sold separately.) You can share movies in the backyard, in the bedroom or at the beach. Use a ChromeCast® or Apple TV® to send movies wirelessly to the projector.
If you were to purchase a high-quality Digital-to-Analog-Converter (DAC), a 150-watt amplifier, the Axiom M3 speakers, a raspberry pi, and the power supply it would cost more than $1,400! By backing the AxiomAir you can have it for just $475 when you are one of the first 200 contributors.
Ian founded Axiom in 1980, and for over 35 years he has relentlessly pursued one goal: to amplify emotions by creating the most true-to-life audio experience possible. He was part of a decade-long research project at the National Research Center in Ottawa, Canada, that changed the way the world measured loudspeaker sound. Most weekends he can be found kicking around his anechoic chamber working on new sound reproduction ideas. Music is his life.
Andrew is a brilliant loudspeaker, amplifier, and digital hardware designer who has a broad knowledge of everything audio and a particular expertise in the science relating to the omni-directional psychoacoustical effects of loudspeaker reproduction. After graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering Andrew went on to join the R&D team at API (Audio Products International), where he worked for over 10 years. He joined Axiom in 2009 and has been the lead designer on the AxiomAir, fulfilling many personal wish-list items with this product: a portable, wireless speaker that an audiophile could be proud to own.
Michelangelo lives in Florence, Italy, and works passionately on marrying technology with music. A lifelong Maker, Michelangelo founded RaspyFi.com, the predecessor to Volumio.org. He focuses on the cognitive aspects of user interactions and physical computing, and he has been a world leader in freeing high-resolution music from traditional wired set ups so that it can be played from a smartphone, tablet or PC.
Vlad studied industrial design for 4 years in Uherske Hradiste and at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (a 6-year Master of Arts [Design and sculpture] degree programme). His experience spans a wide range of disciplines from office furniture and household objects to toys and consumer electronics. He is passionate about marrying the masculine and the feminine to create designs which are universally appealing.
John G Paton
Paton has been working with Axiom in various capacities since before its inception. He is a lifelong Audiophile and John and Ian built the very first pair of speakers together in the late 1970s. Little did they know at the time where it would all be 36 years later. His musical tastes are wide-ranging and eclectic and he has long recognized the ‘power of music and rhythm to creep into the secret places of the soul’. (H.T. to Plato).
Risks and challenges
Can We Deliver?
We've been designing and manufacturing high-end audio equipment for more than 35 years. We know what it takes to make a vision come to life, and we will do our best to deliver your AxiomAir on time and to spec.
Although we've spent over 3 years in development, there are always unforeseen difficulties that may arise. There could be unexpected issues with the software that would result in updates happening after the product has shipped. (Requiring you to update the speaker from the interface.) There could be delays with component supplies or delivery that delay the project overall. We pledge to keep you apprised of any unforeseen issues through regular updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Not a thing! But there are only 200 AxiomAirs available at $475; when they're gone, they're gone! You know what they say about early birds and worms!
The app is web-based so it's OS-agnostic - you can use it with any device.
AxiomAir supports FLAC, WAV, MP3, AAC, ALAC, M4A, OGG, and PLS
The weight is 16 lbs / 7.3 kgs.
Height: 10.25 inches/ 261 mm
Width: 19.5 inches / 497 mm
Top Depth: 6.75 inches / 172 mm
Bottom Depth: 9 inches / 228 mm
Full Tech specs are here: http://air.axiomaudio.com/tech-specs.html
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