|Outlaw Audio LFM-1 Plus Subwoofer|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Subwoofers|
|Written by Andrew Robinson|
|Thursday, 01 February 2007|
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Music and Movies
I kicked things off with the soundtrack from the movie Pi, and the Massive Attack song “Angel” (Astralwerks). The track opens with a hauntingly dark bass line that through lesser systems and/or subs simply fails to register. In fact there have been several times that I’ve looked at the clock on my CD player and gotten almost a full 10 seconds into the song before hearing anything, and often it’s the lower midrange that one hears first. With the LFM-1 Plus in my system the music started as the clock struck one. The bass was deep, plodding and rolled along the floor stalking me in my listening chair. It was articulate and I was able to hear distinct changes in the melody as the song builds towards the first verse. When the other elements finally chime in the LFM-1 Plus didn’t over power them, blending seamlessly with the Reference AV system. The Reference AV speakers are incredibly fast, accurate and transparent, and the LFM-1 Plus proved up to the challenge, in fact it almost seemed tailor made for the system.
Moving on, I switched to something a bit more upbeat and went with Maroon 5’s album, Songs About Jane (Octone). The song “Harder to Breathe” is a rather good sounding recording for a genre that seems all to often mixed for the iPod generation. The bass guitars and drums were beautifully detailed. The LFM-1 Plus with its 350-watt amplifier at its disposal proved resolute in simultaneously rendering both the lowest registers of the bass guitar and the kick drum with equal fever. Both instruments were distinct, clearly intelligible and lightening quick. The kick drum was incredibly impactful with a good amount of air and decay between strikes. I could clearly hear every pluck of the bass guitar strings with an appropriate amount of reverberation all the while remaining incredibly musical. Through the LFM-1 Plus the song gained a little oomph and heft that I missed with other subs.
Listening to the track “Shiver” the pairing of the bass guitar and kick drum once again proved a magic combo. The LFM-1 Plus is extremely agile for sub of its size and power rating. Truthfully, the LFM-1 Plus’s output belittled several other subs that I had in the house, even those costing three to five times as much. I’m amazed at how Outlaw is able to achieve such levels of performance given the LFM-1 Plus’s price point and rather modest power rating.
Moving onto multi-channel music I inserted Ray Charles’ album, Genius Loves Company (Monster Music). I skipped ahead to the bonus track, “Unchain My Heart” performed, a-cappella, by the R&B group Take 6. Drums and such are one thing, but vocals are another beast all together. Through the LFM-1 Plus lower registers of Take 6’s vocals were life like in their richness and air. The LFM-1Plus had excellent extension and blended beautifully with all of the various vocal elements. It was a truly seamless presentation. From the lowest lows to the upper most frequencies of the LFM-1 Plus’s range, its performance was simply staggering and effortless. At full volume the bass never became boomy or bloated nor did it ever threaten to over take the rest of the musical spectrum.
I ended my evaluation of the LFM-1 Plus sub with the global warming box office hit, The Day After Tomorrow (20th Century Fox). Skipping ahead to the tornado sequence the LFM-1 Plus dished out all of the destruction and mayhem I could handle. The various sonic goodies roared to life through the LFM-1 Plus, shaking my walls, my light fixtures, even the fillings in my teeth; all the while remaining destructively detailed with zero signs of strain or breakup. No matter how hard I pushed or should I say punished the LFM-1 Plus I couldn’t get it to break a sweat. When I chaptered ahead to the flood sequence the wall of water seemed to not only be rushing over New York but my floor as well. Not to say that the bass was confined to the floor, it wasn’t, there was just so much low bass information that the LFM-1 started with the ominous buildup and piled it on from there, mowing me down, wave after wave. It was immense…and kinda cool. I watched it twice.
Without a doubt the LFM-1 Plus subwoofer is one of the best subs I’ve ever had the privilege of hearing. Its seemingly endless depths to which it can reach is nothing when compared to how effortlessly it seems to get there. Its impact is tremendous, as is its detail, however, it’s the LFM-1 Plus’s musicality that ultimately impressed me most. This is one damn good sub.