The LFD LE MKIV SE integrated amp is a truly enjoyable amp to use. It brings back memories of earlier British classic pieces like Cyrus 2, the Onix OA-21/SOAP integrated combo and of course, Naim Audio. In our opinion, it is more authoritative sounding than the Naim and more firmer in its presentation than the Cyrus 2. The Onix OA-21/SOAP was the closest sounding to the LFD. Similarly, the LFD also does not spot a remote control feature on the unit and preferred a simple, high quality parts circuitry to achieve its musical prowess. Paired with the right speaker – like Harbeth, Spendor, Focal and Sonus Faber, the LFD can weave a magical presentation that you wouldn’t expect from a rather simple, almost “dull” looking piece like the LE MKIV SE. There are only three control knobs on the front – input selection knob, a source/mute/tape selector and the volume controller. Powering it up is via the toggle switch. When we had this paired with the Focal Mini Utopia, the sonic enjoyment from listening to this pairing is on par with similar setups that cost twice as much (at our asking price of under $5,000 now for the combo). The $6,300 MSRP on the LFD is a bit too extravagant (in our opinion) even for a top class 60W integrated but for under $2,000 now, this is a champ in the under $2,000 category and will easily outclass some pre/power combo in this category. It will undoubtedly join the earlier British Classics like the Cyrus 2, Onix and Naim as another great British integrated amp.
Cosmetically, the integrated amp looks good. Minor scuff marks from use but nothing major. We don’t have the original box but will securely pack this for safe shipping.