Axiom's newest speaker is here! The LFR1100 is the brainchild of Andrew Welker and Ian Colquhoun, this omnidirectional wonder solves the problem of typical bipole or dipole speakers: they typically provide incredible depth of soundstage, but images tend to be ill-defined and washed-out.
By using a sophisticated DSP to tailor the response of each complement of drivers, front and rear, Axiom was able to overcome this bipole/dipole limitation to create the first omnidirectional speaker that preserves the spacious sound enthusiasts love, but with the same neutral tonal balance and pinpoint imaging for which Axiom speakers are renowned. The result? 2-D imaging is suddenly brought into a 3-D soundstage, immersing the listener and enveloping your senses.
Traditionally, bipole/dipole designs have been plagued by a persistent problem: the spacious presentation sounds great for a while, but eventually it becomes off-putting because you can't isolate soloists or pinpoint actions. Axiom met this challenge by innovating a way to apply psychoacoustic principals to create speakers that offer the best of both forward radiating and bipole designs. Extensive customization of the frequency response of the rear drivers, working in conjunction with a more subtle customization of the front drivers, creates a seamless soundstage with minimal roll-off at the top end, even at extreme angles away from the sweet spot. You'll still marvel at the sense of the speakers' soundfield opening up before you, but the image detail doesn't shift at all.
"The LFR1100 is absolutely crystalline in its output and the level of detail is just mind blowing. I cannot believe I am saying this, but it is literally like having the artist in the room with you. I know what you are thinking and I have heard that expression a million times as well only to be let down when I put it to the test, but in the case of the LFR1100 and my listening sessions it was true for me. The idea of having a true full-range speaker capable of delivering on its promise was foreign to me, until now."
-- Dale Rasco, HomeTheaterShack
This speaker provides serious sound power: the amount of energy radiated into the room from 11 drivers will blow your mind! The front baffle features three 6.5-inch woofers, two 5.25-inch midrange/woofers, and two 1-inch tweeters, with our signature vortex port in the bottom. The rear baffle adds two more vortex ports, two more 5.25-inch midrange/woofers, and another two 1-inch tweeters. If you haven't guessed already, it takes some serious amplification to drive these speakers! Four matched channels of amplification in total, in fact: right front, left front, right rear, and left rear all need to be powered separately and it makes these speakers truly sing.
Included with the speakers is a 4-channel, balanced DSP in a stand-alone case that sits between the preamplifier and the amplifiers. The DSP accepts the main right and left channels from the preamplifier and outputs right front, right rear, left front, and left rear channels for your amplifier. The speakers themselves have a slight outward mirrored angle to the rear baffle which designates them Right and Left.
The speaker has a nominal impedance of 4 ohms, front and rear, and a frequency response of 30 Hz – 20 kHz -3dB and measures 48 inches / 1207 mm tall.