Expanding the LFR Series

Posted by: Ian

Expanding the LFR Series - 10/27/13 01:04 PM

Since the launch of the LFR1100 it has received incredible accolades from owners and reviewers who have heard what this speaker can do. The concept of creating an omnidirectional speaker where there was total independent control over the front and rear sections has enormous advantages over both conventional front firing loudspeakers and the standard way in the past of trying to divide the signal analogue in the speaker itself for the front and rear.

Given the success of the LFR1100 Andrew and I decided it was time to both expand the line and come up with a solution to needing pre-amp outputs on your receiver (if you did not have a dedicated pre-amp already). The obvious way to expand the line was to add omnidirectional versions of the M60 and M80 models. The designs for these models, the LFR660 and LFR880, are now complete and we will begin shipping them in mid-December. Since we are also introducing High Powered versions of our M60 and M80 for mid-December, there will be High Powered versions of the LFR660 and LFR880 available also. You can toggle between the two versions on the product page for each. With the advent of these two new models we will phase out the standard powered version of the LFR1100 so it will be in the High Power version only like the M100.

Here is a shot of the LFR family from the front:

And from the rear:

One thing that came up numerous times with hooking up the LFR1100s was the need to have pre-amp outputs on your receiver to get the front left and right signal to the DSP not everyone has them. We wanted to solve this issue so we developed a DSP that had a High Level input that could be run from the speaker outputs of any receiver. Taking this one step further we also decided it would be sensible to offer an all-in-one unit that included the amplification. The obvious way to do this was to include the DSP in an ADA1000 amplifier (there is not enough space to do this in an ADA1250 or ADA1500 amplifier so they will still use the separate DSP either with or without the High Level input). We then decided to go even one step further and have a version that had a pre-amp built right into it. With this version you have 3 source inputs on the rear and a selectable switch for each on the front of the ADA1000 pre/power amp. There is also a volume control and balance control on the front. By selecting this DSP/pre-amp/amp option you have a ready to go stereo system. This now gives us five DSP options in Customize Yours for each of the LFR models as follows:

DSP1 High Level and RCA inputs, RCA outputs.

DSP2 XLR and RCA inputs, XLR and RCA outputs

DSP3 XLR and RCA inputs with Centre Channel input, XLR and RCA outputs with Centre Channel

LFR1000 DSP/Amp High Level and RCA inputs, Speaker level outputs

LFR1000 DSP/Pre-amp/Amp 3 RCA source inputs, Speaker level outputs

These models will also have a new 10-year warranty; double the current 5-year. To kick things off we are making a spectacular offer to anyone who places a pre-order between now and the end of October. LFR660 and LFR880
Posted by: CV

Re: Expanding the LFR Series - 10/27/13 02:08 PM

Great stuff, Ian. Congratulations on the new products!

I'm still waiting to hear more on the woofer upgrade for my LFR1100s. I ordered it, but I still haven't been contacted to send my DSP in for the update to get the ball rolling.

Since the LFR1100s are going strictly to the High Power version, would you recommend I go ahead and upgrade the rest of my drivers while I'm at it to die cast? I suppose that still wouldn't make them completely identical to the updated iteration, since I still have the old passive crossover. Perhaps more easily swapped-out crossovers can be part of the v4 designs?

I'm looking forward to reading what people think of the new models and accompanying DSPs. Keep the products coming.
Posted by: Chevy

Re: Expanding the LFR Series - 10/28/13 12:56 PM

Great stuff !!!
Posted by: Nachosgrande

Re: Expanding the LFR Series - 10/28/13 04:45 PM

Trying to grasp the cost/benefit of the floorstanding towers as the lines have expanded greatly over the past year or so.

M80's - The holy grail for many
M80 High Powered
LFR 880
LFR 1100

Can anyone who has heard the different models comment on the virtues of the expansion?
Posted by: terzaghi

Re: Expanding the LFR Series - 10/31/13 08:43 AM

Awesome news
Posted by: ClubNeon

Re: Expanding the LFR Series - 01/10/14 10:53 AM

I was just looking at the omnidirectional page http://axiomaudio.com/omnidirectional-speakers and noticed that link when you click on the picture of the LFR1100 goes to the M50 page (the link for the name is right).
Posted by: Ian

Re: Expanding the LFR Series - 01/11/14 05:20 PM

Hi Chris,

Thanks for noticing this. Steve will fix this on Monday.
Posted by: ClubNeon

Re: Expanding the LFR Series - 01/12/14 11:46 PM

I don't know if it's built from the same template, and will get fixed automatically, but the link is also wrong on the Stereo Speakers page.
Posted by: Steve H

Re: Expanding the LFR Series - 01/13/14 11:26 AM

Hi Chris,

Thank you for the heads up. Both pages you mentioned are now fixed.

Posted by: ClubNeon

Re: Expanding the LFR Series - 01/13/14 12:38 PM

Looks good. smile