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#432172 - 05/12/19 01:14 AM Finally Sat Down and Listened to LFR1100s +.2
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WOW! I have only used the LFR1100s for home theater, until today. Bunch of audio nuts got together and listened to the Harbeth 30.2s, Audio Research Reference separates, Nordost speaker cables and interconnects. Marantz SA-10 disc player, (and 2 x EP500 subs) system. (No vinyl today) Sounds great (and it should, you could buy a nice car for the cost of this system).

[Little back story - I was very happy with my dad's refurbished/recapped Harman Kardon TA5000x - Klipsch Forte - Rotel disc player, upstairs system, until the HK started smoking. No fire extinguisher necessary. Took it to Tom the Tube Guy to fix it. Swapped in the Antique Sound Labs MG SI 15dt integrated tube amp. - Back to the present]

Today, we rolled some tubes in the Antique Sound Labs 5 watt per channel single end triode amp (Holy Grail tubes - Telefunken ECC803s) with a pair of Klipsch Fortes. Better than the GE longplate 12AX7S. Great, but not nearly as great as the Harbeth system.

Everyone was ready to go home, when we decided, let's try out the LFR110s. It's in a home theater system, Marantz 7703 preamp, Integra Research BAT RDA7 monster amplifier, a 2 channel Marantz amp, Oppo UDP 205 disc player, an EP600 and big HSU sub.

Unwrapped and put on "Best Audiophile Voices" (XRCD), listened in 2 channel plus subs. WOW!!! What took me so long?

The soundstage is huge and imaging precise. Big, rich and accurate sound. Everyone LOVED them. What a sweet, accurate, full, yet propulsive sound! Mid range is exceptional. The tweeters received praise from all for the beautiful highs. These are big, complicated speakers which speak with one voice, they are coherent. These are good! REALLY GOOD. Substantially better than the Klipsch/ASL system.

I am so happy!

Ian, what a wonderful speaker you and Andrew have made!!!

Thank you.
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#432173 - 05/12/19 01:30 AM Re: Finally Sat Down and Listened to LFR1100s +.2 [Re: 2x6spds]
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Nice! Do you have the v3 or v4?
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#432175 - 05/12/19 01:42 AM Re: Finally Sat Down and Listened to LFR1100s +.2 [Re: 2x6spds]
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I don't know Mojo. I took some pix of the labels, says "AXIOM, under that, "LFR1100," under that "Serial ? 4...1004." Speaker wire blocked what came after the first "4."


Edited by 2x6spds (05/12/19 01:45 AM)
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#432176 - 05/12/19 01:46 AM Re: Finally Sat Down and Listened to LFR1100s +.2 [Re: 2x6spds]
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Do the tweeters have a metal mesh over them or a plastic focusing lens?
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#432178 - 05/12/19 02:09 AM Re: Finally Sat Down and Listened to LFR1100s +.2 [Re: 2x6spds]
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Looks like black metal mesh.
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#432179 - 05/12/19 02:13 AM Re: Finally Sat Down and Listened to LFR1100s +.2 [Re: 2x6spds]
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Cool! Those are v4. Yes, the highs, mids and lows are outstanding! All drivers were enhanced and so were the cross-overs. Enjoy, Phil.
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#432180 - 05/12/19 09:02 AM Re: Finally Sat Down and Listened to LFR1100s +.2 [Re: 2x6spds]
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2x6 - It is a wonderful feeling when your $12,000 system sounds great after auditioning a $40,000 system, isn't it?

The 1100's are quite the speaker, and don't need mega buck amps to drive them. Welcome to the club!
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#432183 - 05/12/19 11:54 AM Re: Finally Sat Down and Listened to LFR1100s +.2 [Re: craigsub]
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Hey Craig

I do feel guilty when I permit myself to think about how much I spent on that system. I try not to let that get in the way of how much I enjoy the Harbeths. But, the Axiom system has really excellent sound quality and cost a lot less.

The LFR 1100s are a lot more speaker for the money than the Harbeths. The LFRs with rosewood cost about the same as the Harbeth Anniversary 30.2. The Harbeths give you a flexi cabinet, one (almost) 8" driver and one tweeter. You know what you get with the LFRs - a whole lot of speaker.

Sound quality is very subjective, but they are both truly great speakers. The Harbeth system uses tube amp and preamp and mostly vinyl. The Axioms are driven by solid state amps and use a pretty nice solid state preamp/processor sourced by CD/SACD, blu ray ... they sure fill the room with great sound!
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#432184 - 05/12/19 11:58 AM Re: Finally Sat Down and Listened to LFR1100s +.2 [Re: 2x6spds]
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I would like to see Axiom make a larger bookshelf with an 8" driver and the new tweeter. If Ian and Andrew could match the sound quality of the Harbeth for a lot less money, that would be a gift to the audio world.
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#432185 - 05/12/19 12:24 PM Re: Finally Sat Down and Listened to LFR1100s +.2 [Re: 2x6spds]
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Phil, that is a Bryston mini-T you are talking about. It also has a mid-woofer.
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