Summary: When auditioning the Outlaw Audio LFM-1, I was continually
impressed by its performance. The most amazing thing was that it hit high sound-pressure
levels without audible port noise, which is usually where I hear performance deficiencies
at or near this price. Another remarkable feat was the LFM-1’s ability to blend well
with bass-deficient speakers such as the Magnepan MMG W/MMG C system.
Conclusion: Today's home theater is a lot more sophisticated than in days past. The speaker count has risen steadily, with many systems now employing seven speakers thanks to Dolby Digital EX, DTS ES, Pro Logic IIx, Logic 7, and other processing modes that generate surround back channels. The LFE channel on Dolby Digital and DTS tracks is a far cry from the days of Dolby Surround and Dolby Pro Logic, making a subwoofer (or more than one sub) much more important.