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Review: Lipinski Sound L-70 Monitor
By Russ Long for Pro Sound Network 03.02.2015
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Respected audio engineer Andrew
Lipinski founded Lipinski Sound
Corporation in 2003 originally for
the purpose of developing tools to
better his own work as an
engineer. This has resulted in a
broad product line that includes a
500 Series microphone preamp,
compressor and equalizer along
with several speaker and amplifier
designs—all of which have been
widely embraced by top engineers
around the world.
I’ve been a fan of Lipinski monitors
since first hearing them in Jim
DeMain’s Yes Master Studios (http://www.yesmasterstudios.com)—a Nashville-based, Carl Tatz-designed mastering
room—a decade ago. Their performance is nothing short of stunning. Several years later I had the opportunity to
audition the Lipinski L-609 mic pre and L-629 compressor and again was impressed. All of this said, I was excited about
the opportunity to review the L-70 monitors, which have been as impressive as anything in their price range ($3,995
each) that I have ever heard.
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Features
The L-70 measures 17.5-inches high by 10.2-inches wide by 14.1-inches deep. The two-way, 40 lb. enclosure includes
one 1-inch (25 mm) Neodymium Ring Radiator tweeter and one seven-inch (180 mm) Glass Fiber Mid-Woofer, both
custom-built to Lipinski specs by Danish company Scan-Speak. The amplifier, which is built into the top of the enclosure,
is elastically suspended to isolate the electronics from any vibrations. The design incorporates a pure Class A, low-order
electronic crossover and a Class-A three-band EQ that allows the speakers to be fine-tuned to the room’s
acoustics—most often in addressing room problems such as floor/ceiling resonance. The speakers are bi-amped with a
pair of 4 Ohm, 100 W amplifiers with capacitor-free, all discrete, patented circuitry in the class A signal path. They have
a 63 Hz-20 kHz, ±1dB frequency response (40 Hz-40 kHz, ±3 dB).
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I’ve spent the past several weeks mixing on the L-70s and—besides providing extremely accurate monitoring—they
have been truly inspiring and quite enjoyable to use. The work I’ve done on the L-70s translates notably well into the
real world.
In addition to the time I’ve spent mixing with the L-70s, I spent several hours auditioning several of my favorite hi-res
album references—DSD versions of James Taylor’s JT, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Elton John’s Goodbye
Yellow Brick Road. The L-70’s imaging is stunning—possibly the best I have ever heard. Its mid-range is clear and
smooth and, to my ears, completely void of any coloration induced by the speakers themselves.
The low-frequency response of the speakers is remarkable for a box utilizing only a single seven-inch speaker in a
sealed enclosure; it faithfully reproduces audio into the 60-70Hz audio range, but if in need of earth-rattling
sub-harmonic response, it’s worth considering adding Lipinski’s L-120 self-powered subwoofer ($4,495 each) per L-70.
Summary
If you have never had the opportunity to experience the pristine quality of Lipinski Sound products, now is an ideal time
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to seek out the L-70. It is the ideal showcase of this aspirational company’s dedication to audio quality. This L-70 pair
has been a pleasure to work with and enjoy.
Lipinski Sound | http://lipinskisound.com/products/l-70-self-poweredreal-reference-monitor/
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