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PAudio coaxial speakers are available in 8, 10, 12, and 15 inches:
Left to Right: BM8CXA 'Special', BM10CXA, and BM12CXA
Left to Right: BM12CX38, BM15CXA, and BM15CX38
As an example of the quality, the BM12CX38 weighs 31 lbs, has a cast frame, 4 inch voice coil, and 2 inch compression driver. It handles 600 watts RMS (woofer) and is 101 db efficient (in cabinets). The CX38 series of drivers, along with our 6.5 to 15 inch Audio Nirvana full-range and coaxial drivers ( Click Here ), are the best sounding speakers we've heard in 40 years in the business.
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U.S. customers can use our shopping cart to order our most popular models--
PAudio BM8CXA 'Special', the BM12CX38, and BM15CX38.
For other models, please email us for the total price with shipping. We ship worldwide.
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PAudio BM15CX38 (15 inch)
($895/pr plus shipping)
We have evaluated all of the many PAudio coaxial speakers, over a period of many years, in many different sizes and types of enclosures. We selected the best models to offer to our customers. These will cover almost any application and any budget.
The main variables are the size and acoustics of your listening room (i.e., how 'live' or 'dead' the room is), the types of music you listen to, your preferences regarding detail versus smoothness, and the electronics you intend to use your speakers with.
In addition to the question of which speaker is best for you, there is also the question of selecting the best capacitor. The value of this capacitor determines at what frequency the tweeter begins to play. It is essential to get this right so that it blends correctly with the woofer.
We really only offer two different 'types' of PAudio coaxial speakers. One type, the CXA series, uses a smaller 2 inch voice coil and one inch throat compression driver. The other type, the CX38 series, uses a massive 4 inch voice coil and two inch compression driver.
After 15 years of experience, we can recommend the combination that's best for you:
The PAudio BM8CXA 'Special' weighs 12 lbs, has a cast aluminum frame, 2 inch voice coil, and 1 inch compression driver. It handles 200 watts RMS (woofer) and is 98 db efficient (in cabinets). The woofer cone is paper. The accordian style pleated surround is treated cloth. The compression horn tweeter uses the woofer cone as the dispersion lens. There is an acoustically transparent dust cap to protect the tweeter, which uses a spun aluminum horn. We recommend running the woofer fullrange and using a single capacitor for the tweeter. We can advise on the best value capacitor for your system. DISCONTINUED. RECOMMEND AUDIO NIRVANA SUPER 8 COAXIAL INSTEAD ($350/PR).
The PAudio BM12CX38 weighs 31 lbs, has a cast aluminum frame, 4 inch voice coil, and 2 inch compression driver. It handles 600 watts RMS (woofer) and is 101 db efficient (in cabinets). The woofer cone is paper. The accordian style pleated surround is treated cloth. The compression horn tweeter uses the woofer cone as the dispersion lens. There is an acoustically transparent dust cap to protect the tweeter, which uses a spun aluminum horn. We recommend running the woofer fullrange and using a single capacitor for the tweeter. We can advise on the best value capacitor for your system. DISCONTINUED. RECOMMEND AUDIO NIRVANA SUPER 12 CAST FRAME INSTEAD ($298/PR).
The PAudio BM15CX38 weighs 38 lbs, has a cast aluminum frame, 4 inch voice coil, and 2 inch compression driver. It handles 600 watts RMS (woofer) and is 101 db efficient (in cabinets). The woofer cone is paper. The accordian style pleated surround is treated cloth. The compression horn tweeter uses the woofer cone as the dispersion lens. There is an acoustically transparent dust cap to protect the tweeter, which uses a spun aluminum horn. We recommend running the woofer fullrange and using a single capacitor for the tweeter. We can advise on the best value capacitor for your system.
PAudio Speaker Systems
Some of our 13 different cabinets for PAudio speakers.
Left to Right: 2.8 MkII, 2.8 Series 1, 1.3, Minimonitor, and Micromonitor
PAudio '13.6' cabinet with the BM15CX38
PAudio 'Open Baffle' with BM15CX38
Price List for PAudio Speakers
(with free cabinet construction plans, a parts list, wiring diagram, and setup tips)
Which Speaker Fits in Which Cabinet?
(16T x 10W x 8D)
(19T x 10.5W x 12D)
(32T x 10W x 11D)
|2.8 Mk II
(39T x 12W x 15D)
|2.8 Series I
(39T x 14.5W x 12D)
(Audio Nirvana 8 on top)
(39T x 12W x 15D) Mk II
(39T x 14.5W x 15D) Series I
(39T x 12W x 15D) Mk II
(39T x 14.5W x 12D) Series I
|For Center Channel:
(30T x 24W x 15D)
(44T x 18.75W x 14.75D)
(48T x 24W x 24D)
PAudio speakers are made by one of the largest 'professional audio' speaker companies in the world. They also happen to be the largest producer of speaker voice coil assemblies anywhere. But, until now, no one had discovered that they are also among the finest home audio speakers. Only our own Audio Nirvana full-range and coaxial speakers, or Lowther full-range speakers from England, can be compared with the various PAudio coaxial models Audio Nirvana page ............ Lowther page
PAudio power and dynamics are unrivaled by any other speaker in the world, at any price. The build quality is so superb and the magnets so heavy, that it is difficult for most people to even pick up the larger speakers (nearly 40 lbs each).......and that's without any cabinet. Many of the woofers will handle 600 watts RMS. And the larger compression driver tweeters have 2 inch throats and will handle 100 watts RMS.
We've heard most of the world's so-called greatest speakers--Wilson Grand Slamm, JM Labs Grande Utopia, Genesis 1, Dynaudio Evidence, etc. (all over $50,000/pr). None of these speakers come close to PAudios in a properly designed enclosure. It sounds ridiculous, but it's true. The PAudios just sound more like real music--like real people singing--than in these very expensive multidriver speakers.
A Little Bit About Ourselves
We're not just a business. We love music as much as you do. Our goal is to make great sound affordable for everyone.
We honestly feel that the Audio Nirvana, Lowther, PAudio, and Fostex speakers we sell are the finest in the world at any price.
Why Buy From Us?
Because of our experience with pointsource speakers.
We have been building speakers using full-range, coaxial, and triaxial speakers for more than 15 years.
What Do We Offer?
PAudio coaxial speakers with free cabinet construction plans, a parts list, wiring diagram, and setup tips from $395/pr
Custom design work so you can build cabinets to your own specifications or modify your existing cabinets--$25 (free with any purchase)
Guaranteed lowest prices
Why Are PAudio Coaxial Speakers So Good?
1. PAudio speakers are 'pointsource'.
--Imaging and soundstage are incredible because the sound comes from a single point in space.
2. PAudio speakers use huge magnets.
--Clarity, detail, accuracy, extension and realism are unmatched because of precise control of the cone and compression horn diaphram.
3. PAudio speakers are precision made with heavy, cast frames and stiff paper cones.
--Distortion is almost nonexistent and power handling is unmatched.
4. PAudio speakers are among the most efficient speakers in the world (over 100 db).
--They present a very easy load for any amplifier.
5. PAudio speakers--in our designs--use only a single capacitor for a crossover.
--The sound is as pure as possible and the speaker can be matched to your room by proper selection of the right capacitor..
The Magic Switch
One big advantage of a coaxial speaker is that the compression horn tweeter is separate from the woofer--but still coaxially located for pointsource sound. Because of this, it is possible to use different value capacitors to control the point at which the tweeter begins to play. Doing so can change the sound from 'soft, warm, and smooth' to 'clear, bright, and detailed'. You can do this manually by wiring in capacitors of different values. Or you can use the above 'single pull, triple throw' high quality switch to wire up three different capacitors at the same time. Select whichever one best suits the recordings you're listening to. It's like having three different speakers. This is not an 'L-pad' which just turns the tweeter volume up or down. This switch changes the crossover point to completely change the nature of the speaker. This is a 6 amp, high current, very high quality microswitch. We have them available for sale for $40/pr or $50/pr including three pairs of audio grade capacitors.
Which Speaker and Cabinet Should You Choose?
Generally speaking, a well designed larger enclosure is always better than a well designed smaller one. Similarly, a well designed larger 'driver' will also be better than a well designed smaller one.
As such, there are two main criteria in selecting the best PAudio speaker for you. One, what size cabinet do you want? And, two, which PAudio will work best in that cabinet.
Efficiency is so high--in all models--that you can pretty much ignore this variable. If your amplifier won't play PAudio speakers, it won't be able to play any other speaker.
All of our smaller enclosure designs will only accept the 8 inch speakers. The '2.8', will accept 8, 10, or 12 inch speakers. The '5.6' will accept 12 or 15 inch speakers. The '13.6' is designed for the 15 inch speakers. The 'Open Baffle' will work with any size PAudio speaker, though the larger ones work better.
We offer many different cabinet designs for PAudio speakers. With any purchase, we include a free plan, parts list, setup tips, and wiring diagram.
'Minimonitor' (19T x 10.5W x 11.25D inches or 483 x 267 x 286 mm)
'Monitor' (24T x 13.5W x 11.25D inches or 610 x 343 x 286 mm)
'1.3' (32T x 10W x 10D inches or 813 x 254 x 254 mm)
'2.8 MkII' (38.5T x 12W x 13.75D inches or 978 x 305 x 349 mm)
'2.8 Series I' (38.5T x 14.5W x 11.25D inches or 978 x 368 x 286 mm)
'2.8 Mk II Ambience' (38.5T x 12W x 13.75D inches or 978 x 305 x 349 mm)
'2.8 Series I Dynamic' (38.5T x 14.5W x 11.25D inches or 978 x 368 x 286 mm)
--Also Available in 'slimline' MkII style
'5.6' (44T x 18.75W x 14.75D inches or 1118 x 476 x 375 mm)
'13.6' (48T x 24W x 24D inches or 1219 x 610 x 610 mm)
'Open Baffle' (30T x 24W x 15D inches or 762 x 610 x 381 mm)
Which Enclosure Should You Choose?
As we said earlier, a well designed larger enclosure will always sound better than a well designed smaller one. If you have the space and can afford it, we recommend going with a larger design.
The '13.6' is our largest enclosure. It was designed specifically for the PAudio 15 inch models, but can also be used with the 12's. It's a very large enclosure that offers the ultimate in bass and dynamics. If it fits your room, then it's the one to have.
The '5.6' is a large tower enclosure designed primarily for the 12 and 15 inch models. It offers excellent bass and dynamics in an enclosure that isn't too large for most rooms.
The 'Open Baffle' enclosure will accept any PAudio model. It makes it possible to enjoy the larger PAudio drivers in a modest size cabinet. However, the bass begins to roll off below about 63 cycles.
The '2.8' enclosures are our largest and best sounding bass reflex designs to date, for the smaller size speakers. We have two versions. The original 'Series I' has a wide front baffle, but is not as deep. The 'Mk II' has a thin front baffle, and is deeper. The difference is mainly in the styling. We also offer a 'Big Port' version of the 2.8. This offers more mid bass at the expense of some low bass output.
The '1.3' is recommended if you have size limitations but still want a floorstanding system. It has maybe 10% less bass than the '2.8' models but--for most people--this is still enough.
The 'Monitor' (1.5 cubic feet) is our largest bookshelf system. Similar in size to the classic bookshelf systems of the 1960's and 1970's, it gives the bass of many floorstanding systems in a smaller package. As with all the bookshelf systems, they can be placed upright or on their side..
The 'Minimonitor' (.87 cubic feet) is really our smallest stand-alone system. It has full bass and dynamics and a satisfying overall balance. It has about 10% less bass than our '1.3.'
Want someone to build the cabinets for you?
Please note that we have discontinued building complete speaker systems. Our 'speaker only' business has been so well received, we no longer have time to make cabinets. However, we have joined forces with Frank Wyatt at Wyatt Woodworking:
Frank does wonderful work at very reasonable prices. He will sell you everything from kits to completely finished systems (we send the speakers directly to Frank for installation). He can work with inexpensive woods, to keep the price low, or do the most beautiful cabinets in exotic woods. Here's an example of some exotic 2.8 cabinets, in burl, that he made for a customer in Hong Kong:
Because we are centrally located in St. Louis, shipping costs in the US are very low. For our foreign customers, we can also ship at low rates with DB Schenker air freight service or FEDEX.
We're happy to share our experience with other enthusiasts. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.
All speakers are covered by the full factory warranty against original manufacturing defects.
You can purchase cabinet construction plans for only $25 if you wish to mount other brands of speakers. We will also include a parts list telling you just what you need and where to get it. You will also get an instruction sheet on setting up your speakers.
We guarantee your satisfaction. If you are unhappy with your speakers--for any reason--you can return them (in new condition) for a restocking fee of 10%. However, in 15 years of doing business, we can recall no one who has ever returned their speakers.
What Our Customers Have to Say
"In real world A/B comparisons, no speaker rivals the PAudios in "realism, clarity, accuracy, speed, truth of timbre, lack of distortion, phase accuracy, time delay, imaging, soundstage, and efficiency". I have personally heard Lowther drivers, which are nearly equal in everyway to the PAudios, except for the great amount of bass and dynamics that these PAudios can produce. This is the ONLY system I have heard that actually creates a 'holographic' 3D soundstage from a stereo source. The singer is actually in the room, along with all the other instruments, exactly where they are supposed to be--as if you were sitting first row center at a concert. At times I forget I am listening to speakers at all, its an amazing experience."--Scott Wertheim
"I set up the speakers last night. I was floored, for the next few hours, as I started to hear things on my records that I hadn't heard before. As far as power is concerned, the 1.3 cabs are more than ample for my 14 by 14 room. The presence and multidimensionality in the music are nothing I experienced with any system I've used earlier. Also, the switches are perfect for the variation in recordings. Many, many thanks."-- Daniel Lobanovsky
"Well, I've run up about 200 hours on the PAudio 18's so far, and the difference between them and any other speaker I've heard is staggering. Everything you said about these speakers is absolutely true. I won't be needing a sub as I find the bass output to be more than adequate, and the magic switch is indeed magic. I can't thank you enough."--Lance Weaver (from New Zealand)
"The 5.6 speakers, using the PAudio BM15CX38, drivers are awesome! Frank Wyatt did a great job building them to your specs. Beautiful walnut cabinets, really solid construction. Very natural sound, clean and open. They have that effortless quality, truly high-end. Excellent dynamics, and so efficient, they really bring out every nuance of the music."--Jonathan Young
"Wow, amazing (BM8CXA). I am wondering why do we have to live with this normal crap speakers stuff? I find myself playing louder than I should. And still I turn the volume up. The speaker is a very easy load to the amp. I have little listening fatigue. Time just goes by and it is hard not to put on another record and just listen. I find myself not working or doing something else. At proper (still loud) sound levels, the speakers deliver definition, imaging (on CD's that have that information) very sweet vocal performance and great dynamics. The bass is very dynamic. Has no hesitation in crescendos and the sound image does not collapse. The sound does not become muddy in complex passages."--C. Kabrell
"I am very satisfied with my set-up. The Arcam Solo drives the the PAudios easily and the capacitor configuration you built works well in the middle position. I found your website early on, in my months long research project on speaker design. I decided early on that I wanted a point source solution and I found myself going back to your site over and over again. The price/value frankly appears too good to be true, but the quality speaks for itself. Anyone considering your products should buy with complete confidence."--James Derby
"After months of silence, I thought I'd send you an update. First off, I REALLY like the PAudio's. Now, I have to make the cabinets look as good as they sound! My father has been in the audio industry (mostly high-end) for 40+ years. Growing up with him, going on to work in a few audio stores, and because speaker building is a hobby of mine, I can say that I have easily heard hundreds of speakers. It is my opinion that the PAudio coaxials are among the best sounding speakers - at any price. Thanks again for all your advice and for the speakers! It's been fun!"--Chad Phillips
"The detail is super. Time has given the speakers a sweetness that is just so pleasing to listen to. Overall, these PAudio speakers are great. At the price you sell them, what a steal. When I tell listeners that I made these speakers, jaws drop. When I tell them what I paid for the drivers, they donít believe me!"--Rob Parkhurst
"Now after listening to some "Yello" and Peggy Lee , along with some friends , you couldn't pay me to return them...they are now the reference speakers in my collection."--Les Hudson
"The PAudio 8 Minimonitor.....is a GREAT speaker.....rest assured, I'm SO impressed that I'll be buying more drivers.....and plans.....to build some "boxes" myself...."--W. Gordon Ray
"There is something very special going on here. They exhibit a very competent presentation across a broad range of complicated, demanding recordings, with no hint of congestion or over extension. I find that I can listen deeper into the mix, and hear things that were hidden before. Another very pleasing observation is that this.....produces a rather large sweet spot. In fact, it's not accurate to call it a sweet spot at all. You can almost walk around the room and get a feel for instrument placement."--Geoff Daniels
"The 8's, when I built them, were the most detailed sounding speakers I had ever owned. It's not like listening to boxes, as so many of my previous speakers sounded. For the money, these 8's couldn't be touched by anything I had heard for ten times the cost.
Then you sent me an email that mentioned the CX38 series. That left me wanting to know what I could be missing. The 8's were the best sounding speakers, by far, that I had owned and very few sounded better at any price that I had heard.
It has been a very enjoyable journey. I am loving these 15's. I am listening to more types of music, as everything sounds so wonderful. Jazz is so special, just like they are in the room with you.
My daughter came home from college and found me listening to some jazz with a female voice on it. She said she could hear someone singing and expected to see someone standing in the room singing, not a recording. She then said that see could see the singer if she closed her eyes. She sat down next to me and just listened to the rest of the song. She couldn't believe how real it sounded. It's like being in the jazz session with them.
How did you ever find these PAudio drivers? What a find."--Rob Parkhurst
"Absolutely bloody brilliant!"--Theo Hajicosta (from Australia)
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