Westlake Audio's Lc8.1 Speaker System

"Our goal is to build a reference monitor, rather than to produce the new flavor of the day," Westlake Audio's Glenn R. Phoenix told Stereophile. "Rather than boosting the bass or using multiple tweeters, we strive for reference neutrality." Hence the LC8.1 speaker system, which includes two top modules ($8000/pair) and two Lc8.1sw subwoofers with polypropylene drivers ($12,699/pair).

Optional are Westlake Audio "speaker muffs," which increase the area of the front baffle and reduce diffraction effects due to cabinet edge reflections.