Eminent Technology LFT-VIIIa Di-Polar Ribbon Towers - Pair Floorstanding Speakers

4.7/5 (10 Reviews) MSRP : $1699.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hofbat a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I recently purchased a demo set of LFT-8Bs, hoping they would finally satisy my taste for 2 channel listening in our dedicated audio room. Previously, I have used Klipsch Fortes, Innersound Electrostats, Magnepan 1.6s, Magnepan 3As, and most recently Emerald Physics 2.0s. Each of these speakers had strengths and weaknesses.

The Klipsch had great tonal balance, but didn't provide the detail or soundstage of the others. The Maggies gave a big soundstage but lacked significant bass. Using a sub with them was problematic. Always too much or too little bass that didn't blend well. The innersounds were way too bright for my liking. The Emerald Physics seemed like the ticket. However, depending on the material, they went from truly lifelike to utterly lifeless.

So, after researching Bruce Thigpen's LFT-8s I decided to give it yet another try. While they are not perfect, they perform perfectly for my application. They offer truly full-range sound, with all the detail and soundstaging of the other planars. The integration of the convential cone woofer with the one-of-a-kind planar drivers reveals the best of both worlds, in my opinion. Also, you don't have to be positioned precisely in the middle of the speakers to get good sounding results.

As I write this review, I am listening to Wings Grreatest Hits. It's pretty amazing to hear nuances, instruments, and voices coming from the songs I've heard so many times before. The bagpipes on Mull Of Kintyre really are jumping out, as are the vocal harmonies and the background passages.

For the money these blow away all the other speakers I mentioned. I'm delighted to have discovered them.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2009



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by windman a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2008

Bottom Line:   
For the purposes of this summary I will assume that you are already both familiar with, and are a fan of the unique Planar/ESL “sound” It is important when considering any Planar or ESL to ensure that your musical tastes are compatible with the sound characteristics of this exceptional speaker design; as some musical preferences are better served by conventional “dynamic” box style speakers.

Having said that; if you are into Planars/ESL types of speakers the LFT 8’s are easily a best kept secret and provide a very viable alternative to some of the better known product offerings from well known companies such as Magnapan and Martin Logan to name a few. There are many proprietary and patented innovative ideas at play in the LFT 8 that ultimately produce a very exclusive and special sound.

The biggest downside to most conventional Planar’s is a lack of low end; and while separate or built in subwoofers are often the solution; they typically do not mesh well and often detract from the overall sound quality. ET designer Bruce Thigpen has actually designed and produced a custom very limited frequency 8” driver that sit in fully sealed and laminated enclosures that produce some of the most seamless and transient bass response you will find in a speaker of this nature. At times the bass is nearly on par with a compact column dynamic floor stander and certainly is very tight. Critics may still push for more bottom end; however one must understand that Planar’s thrive in the mid to upper frequency spectrum so the respectable low end of the LFT 8 is definitely worthy of mention.

As for the mid’s and high’s; in a word they are silky smooth; incredibly detailed and in spite of the massive imaging and soundstage courtesy of the di-polar aspects of the design; very accurate and natural sounding. Given the larger overall surface area of the planars there is also a fairly forgiving sweet spot if you are looking to get into more nearfield style listening. In a word; they are very pleasant and non-fatiguing to listen too. One other nice feature is that the tweeter has three ranges of crossover adjustment so you can better tailor the highs to fit your particular room; more important is that it can be toned down -6db in order to avoid sounding too bright; an important consideration again given the di-polar design of the speaker.

The quality of construction is very good; and the top mounted connectors are first rate and very flexible making them ideal for a range of different connectors. Sound Anchor Speaker stands are a must have and combine for a very solidly setup system. Looks are arguable; some like the 2001 Space Odyssey style monolith appearance while others do not; still given how good they sound once can grow to like them fairly quickly.

In short; they are a very nice sounding speaker. They are fun; flexible and entertaining and are a real pleasure to own. They are more “dymanic” sounding than most Planar’s; largely because of the respectable low end and overall smoothness and seamless transition over the entire frequency spectrum; whereas most Planar’s end up really standing out more towards the middle and upper frequencies. I would suggest that these are a fairly conservative and safe choice for a set of planar’s. If you are into the planar sound it is hard to find anything on these speakers to dislike as they do most things very well; in fact more than many planar’s even at twice the price. You really cannot go wrong with the LFT 8 and I recommend them strongly as a result.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by stade66 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I did not really plan to post my review here, but when I noticed Tucker's review below, could not resist. Not everyone will like certain speakers including VIIIA-s, but his "review" is full of so much nonsense that is simply laughable.

I listened number of other dynamic, electrostatics and planars up to about $3000 range. I had Magnepan MG 1.6 and Martin Logan Clarity in mind, but bought LFT-VIIIa and after close to 2 years am very happy that I did.

LFT-VIIIa were clearly one of the best speakers in this price range (and some).

If you are looking for speaker without colorations or boxiness, listen at the sane SPL levels, if you listen more jazz, classical, acoustic and vocal music as opposite to heavy metal-rock-pop, you should definitively put these on your list.
BTW, they do rock and even rap better than number of speakers in the price range, but you will need power.
Sound is effortless, open, without noticeable colorations, details were clearly heard but not thrown at you, without harshness, extended at bothe ends. Soundstage is fairly deep, tall and wide, but of course quite dependant of speaker placement and associated equipment.
Overall balance is remarkable, there is no part spectrum that sticks out.
It is punchy if provided with enough power, albeit you wont feel it like with most of the dynamic drivers (bass driver box alignment is toward perfect transient response versus midbas emphasis common to many box speakers).

Associated equipment:
Front end: VPI HW19MKIII-->RB250+Incognito+Technoweight-->Ortofon MC25FL-->Phonomena-->Harmonic Technology Truthlink
Pre/CD: MF CDPre24-->Harmonic Technology Truthlink
Amps: Rogue Stereo 90 (Mullard 12AX7, Stock 6SN7, SED 6550C) --> Cardas Quadlink 5C Biwire

BTW, I am not affiliated in any way with ET etc, etc, blah, blah.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Hollywood Sound



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peterpioli a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2006

Bottom Line:   
For $1699.00 these speakers are impossible to beat. Often compared to speakers that cost 3 times as much. For a great review, go to the Home Entertainment Reviewer website: http://homeentertainmentreviewer.com/eminenttechnology.html

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $1699.00

Purchased At:   Web



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by douglas a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2006

Bottom Line:   
First off I am also wondering what happened to the review I posted on these 3 years back???? It remained fo a couple of years and now it's gone. Makes me question the intergrety of this reiew site.

I picked these beauties up for$560 from a guy who had just moved to hawaii - I had to wire him the money. I think they are amazing for what they do. I gave up my acoustat model 3's paired with sunfire 13" signature for these based on the more pleasing sound. Yes, the woofer does bottom out on certain types of material at load volumes but I think the speaker pumps out enough volume for most people - actually helps keep me in check so I dont annoy the neighbors. At moderate to loud listening levels these speakers put out amazing tight conherent bass. On 1812 overture they are nothing short of astonding. BTW, I think the trade off of extension over loudness was a good one - better to receive some information at 20hz - 30 hz than none any day.

Haven't had any problems driving them with my 205w dynaco!

Anyway, I've come to realize that while many speakers just plain suck, among the good speakers there is not one that does it all. A single driver 4" fostex wins the race depending on room size, material, listing volume and personal taste. I guess that engineer guy (earlier posting) doesn't get this aspect of audio.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Price Paid:    $560.00

Purchased At:   sf bay area




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