|Leon Horizon LCR-515-A On-wall LCR Speaker|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers On-wall Loudspeakers|
|Written by Ken Taraszka, MD|
|Thursday, 01 March 2007|
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LCR speakers, to my ears, make some compromises in sonic quality. Loss of separation is one of their biggest problems. While the Leon Speaker Corporation has attempted to improve on this by electronically angling the sound plane 15 degrees out from center, the speaker sorely lacked separation. I found this system to have a hollow and boxy nature to its sound that was not to my taste, and found only a few passages where these sonic characteristics weren’t overtly present. Other publications disagree, but I don’t write for other publications and, after hundreds of hours of break-in and listening tests, these were unfortunately my findings.
The fit and finish of the grille cloth was unacceptable for a speaker at this price point, and the added height it gave to my HDTV detracted from the trendy look of a 16:9 display, making it appear more like a 4:3. If you mount this speaker above your TV, you will be unable to access the mount’s height adjustments with the TV on the wall, though other mounting options are available directly from Leon Speaker Co. which could circumvent this issue.
The concept of having all of your speakers neatly mounted in one cabinet is about as relevant as any issue pertaining to any speakers we have reviewed at AVRev.com in a long time. Breaking into the ultra-competitive world of specialty loudspeakers isn’t for the faint of heart and Leon has found an interesting niche. Unfortunately, compared to comparably priced on-wall offerings from the likes of Gallo, MartinLogan and Morel, the Leon LCR 515-A simply falls short. The fit and finish is sub-par and the sound simply didn’t get me there. Others have raved about the LCR 515-A, so by all means, if you are inclined, take a listen at a dealer. However, for my money, I would look for something different at this price point.