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Eminent’s LFT-16s are far from perfect: one look tells! Until they improve styling and finish the world isn’t going to beat a path to their door for them. But the UK industry threw out tone controls and much else long ago in the pursuit, they said at the time, of simplicity, purity and better sound quality, at an affordable price. Using this argument the LFT-16 muscles its way from bottom to top!

What you get here is sound quality quite obviously a step up on most else, at an affordable price. It’s a loudspeaker well worth hearing, something of an education in truth about what a good loudspeaker can sound like – and the truth is exciting to hear.

*googly - see Wikipedia

verdict four globes (4/5)

A unique loudspeaker with great sound quality at a low price. It is well built, but styling and finish are awful.


LFT-16    £1150

+44 (0)23 9225 7759

- pin sharp imaging
- super fast transients
- crystal clear mid/treble

- ‘tubby’ upper bass
- needs lots of power
- dreadful appearance

Comments (3)
3Thursday, 17 May 2012 22:22
What these speakers offer is a precise sound stage along with reflected sounds (more natural) too. (Many much more expensive spkrs are sadly devoid of those.) Even more so than it's big brother. The 8's lose the precision of the 16's. The bass to me is not an issue.
I couldn't care less what a speaker looks like. if you don't like them hide them in linen. Form follows function for me.
These things are phenoms!
LFT-08b etc
2Tuesday, 12 July 2011 17:10
Noel Keywood, publisher
Hi John,

The LFT-08b I reviewed in our January 2010 issue was better finished than the LFT-16, due to absence of floorboard! It's somewhat agricultural construction was obvious in the pictures I felt, but perhaps I should have been specific. In the final analysis though I forgive designer Bruce Thigpen just about everything for producing a truly innovative and better loudspeaker at a - relatively speaking - bargain price. Thanks for letting us know your view of them.
The red pen is being sharpened for Alvin!

best regards
Noel Keywood, publisher
Eminent LFT-16
1Tuesday, 12 July 2011 16:35
John Oakman
Hi Noel,
Floorboards indeed. Of course you're right, however the LFT 8B's (which incidentally encouraged me to buy a pair) are no better in terms of fit & finish & can only be intended for the 'enthusiast'.Maybe you were just being kind when you reviewed them (no mention at all of the f & f but then of course there is none) !

But what a loudspeaker.Totally rewired with your chosen brand of cable (Nordost here) (the stuff Bruce uses is - er - well wire. Bruce's capacitors I suppose have a use somewhere in the world of electronics(Mundorfs work wondrously), decent terminals rather than the throw away Chinese specials,etc etc & you have a loudspeaker to take on the world.Not to mention most important of all a design genius who is a joy to email & responds accordingly. The rotary sub up next for review ?????

Enjoy the magazine hugely & pleased to see Alvin on the team, but 'please' not too much composer pomposity. I'm sorry if Tchaikovsky has too much heart for him to handle. Perhaps he needs a pair of LFT 8B's in his life.

Best Wishes
John Oakman

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