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Lipinski Sound L-70 True Reference Powered Monitor

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.
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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 a decade ago in Jim DeMain’s Nashvi l le-based, Car l Tatz Des ign PhantomFocus System mastering room at Yes Master Studios (yesmasterstudios.com). 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.

FEATURES

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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 low-order electronic crossover and three-band EQ that allow 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 fully Class A signal path. They have a 63 Hz to 20 kHz, ±1dB frequency response spec (40 Hz to 40 kHz, ±3 dB).

IN USE

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 Hz to 70 Hz 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 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.
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Russ Long lives and works in Nashville, engineering and producing for a wide variety of music and film projects.