The introduction of the LFR1100 brought about a lot of questions about using a Broadband Digital Signal Processor (DSP) between your pre-amp and your main amp in other speaker models for the purpose of smoothing out small anomalies in the amplitude response. These are referred to as ‘High Q’ corrections to the response curves.
In many ways a speaker’s amplitude response curve could be divided into two Q groups:
• The Low Q, which deals with amplitude differences over a wide frequency band
• And the High Q, which deals with amplitude differences within a narrow frequency band.
Audibility of small differences in amplitude over a wide frequency band (Low Q) is very noticeable and needs to be carefully addressed in the design on the speaker. On the other hand, audibility of small differences in amplitude over a narrow frequency band (High Q) is not very audible. The DSP in the LFR1100 already incorporates this High Q correction across the frequency band. Low Q correction is done in using the passive crossover network located inside the cabinet.
In response to all these inquiries we have created a DSP component that is able to do this High Q correction to the M80v3, VP180v3, VP160v3, and recently announced M100. The graphs below show the difference in the Listening Window response to an M80v3. Since the correction applied from the DSP is concentrated completely in the High Q group we would recommend this product for the discerning audiophile only as the audibility of this correction will be quite subtle.
The other feature on the DSP for the LFR1100 is the Boundary Switch, which is used to compensate for having your speakers very close to walls or large cabinets. Even though the M80s and M100s are not omnidirectional the proximity to boundaries still does have an effect in the lower frequencies. For that reason we have included a Boundary Switch on the DSP for these models also which should be experimented with in your room as the effect of the rear wall proximity will vary from room to room.
We will have these DSP Correction boxes available at the end of August. For anyone purchasing one of these to be used with their current M80v3 and VP180v3 we will need you to provide us with the serial numbers as there have been modifications to them along the way. We have created a spot to do this during the order process. The cost of the DSP box will be $950 for your two main speakers and $1,260 if you wish to add another DSP in the box for your VP180 or VP160. We will be doing a pre-release promotional price of $690 and $890 respectively from now until the end of July. Broadband Digital Signal Processor