Origin Acoustics Updates Director Series and Composer LCR Architectural Speakers

Origin Acoustics

Origin Acoustics is the new company from the folks who founded Speakercraft and invented the in-wall speaker. After only two years, under the leadership of CEO Jeremy Burkhardt, Origin’s market share has grown dramatically. Now, the company is moving forward with a second generation of its Director series and Composer LCR collections of loudspeakers.

The new Director 3-way models have been redesigned to mount in shallow spaces, with as much as 2″ less depth than the first generation. Better yet, the company says it improved output sensitivity by an average of 3dB across the line, which cuts power requirements in half for the same amount of output. Impedance is now 6 ohms, down from 8 ohms.


Measurements showing the new D107 offers 3 dB higher sensitivity vs. the D106 it replaces.

Origin’s speakers don’t come cheap. These are high-end architectural speakers designed for performance and are typically sold through custom integrator channels, so typically you have to call for a quote. But, that does not mean they are not worthy of consideration if you seek gear that’s designed to perform at a high level while remaining essentially invisible. Architectural speakers have a unique set of considerations and challenges; Origin’s aim is to conquer them.

Origin’s 3-way Director speakers (10″, 8″, and 6″) allow you to pivot the assembly that houses the midrange and tweeter. Origin improved the mechanism, making it smoother as well as more secure. This allows you to aim the sound toward the listener, making these speakers ideal for high-performance 3D immersive audio rigs that support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

All of the speakers in the Director series are timbre-matched; Origin says no company offers more options, five in all from 3″ to 10″. The 3-way  10″, 8″ and 6″ models are the ones that received the revamp.

Origin notes that it paid attention to many details and nuances in its second-generation speakers. Rubber materials are used to strategically reduce reflections and resonances, and the speakers themselves are made with black aluminum and black Kevlar, another touch that makes ’em home theater-friendly.

The company touts improvements to the compression molded woofer baskets including superior acoustic neutrality. The basket and driver suspension are one unit, which Origin says contributes to better structural stability.

Tool-Less Installation is a patented mounting system that distributes the weight of the speaker and uses spring-loaded clips to secure the speaker and prevent rattles. The goal is to reduce drywall vibration as much as possible.

Nick Berry, executive vice president of Origin Acoustics, said “The new second-generation Director series and Composer LCR Collection is the result of our continued obsession to innovate and improve by advancing every aspect of each system. No matter how colossal the advancement, the products acoustic performance and installation ease are our top interests.”

These speakers feature paintable, perforated magnetic grills that allow for a discreet appearance upon installation.

The Composer LCR69, LCR67 and LCR65 are shipping now and the Director 10″, 8″ and 6″ models from Origin Acoustics will ship in the first week of May and will replace—not supplement—the first-gen products.


Here are the specs for the new models

Director D69

Tweeter Dome Silk DPSD
Tweeter Diameter 1″ (25mm)
Woofer Cone Kevlar
Woofer Diameter 6.5″ (165mm)
Woofer Dimensions 6.5″ (165mm)
Frequency Response 40Hz-20kHz
Impedance 6 ohm minimum
Recommended Amplifier Power 25 watts – 160 watts
Depth 4.57″ (116mm)
Diameter 9.61″ (244mm)
Cutout Diameter 8.75″ (222mm)


Director D89

Tweeter Dome Silk DPSD
Tweeter Diameter 1″ (25mm)
Midrange Dome Kevlar
Midrange Diameter 4″ (102mm)
Woofer Cone Kevlar
Woofer Diameter 8″ (203mm)
Frequency Response 30Hz-20kHz
Impedance 6 ohm minimum
Recommended Amplifier Power 50 watts – 200 watts
Depth 5.59″ (142mm)
Diameter 9.61″ (244mm)
Cutout Diameter 8.75″ (222mm)


Director D109

Tweeter Dome Silk DPSD
Tweeter Diameter .75″ (20mm)
Midrange Dome Kevlar
Midrange Diameter 4″ (102mm)
Woofer Cone Kevlar
Woofer Diameter 10″ (254mm)
Frequency Response 25Hz-20kHz
Impedance 6 ohm minimum
Recommended Amplifier Power 50 watts – 200 watts
Depth 6.22″ (158mm)
Diameter 11.26″ (286mm)
Cutout Diameter 10.375″ (264mm)


Composer LCR65

Tweeter Dome Aluminum
Tweeter Diameter 1″ (25mm)
Woofer Cone IMG
Woofer Diameter Dual 6 1/2″ (165mm)
Dimensions 7.48″ x 15.20″ (190mm x 386mm)
Frequency Response 55Hz-20kHz
Impedance 8 ohm
Recommended Amplifier Power 25 watts – 150 watts
Sensitivity 90dB +/- 3dB
Depth 3.74″ (95mm)
Cutout Dimension(s) 6.625″ x 14.375″ (168mm x 364mm)


Composer LCR67

Tweeter Dome Silk DPSD
Tweeter Diameter 1″ (25mm)
Woofer Cone Glass
Woofer Diameter Dual 6 1/2″ (165mm)
Dimensions 7.48″ x 15.20″ (190mm x 386mm)
Frequency Response 55Hz-20kHz
Impedance 8 ohm
Recommended Amplifier Power 25 watts – 150 watts
Sensitivity 90dB +/- 3dB
Depth 3.74″ (95mm)
Cutout Dimension(s) 6.625″ x 14.375″ (168mm x 364mm)


Composer LCR69

Tweeter Dome Silk DPSD
Tweeter Diameter 1″ (25mm)
Woofer Cone Kevlar
Woofer Diameter Dual 6 1/2″ (165mm)
Dimensions 7.48″ x 15.20″ (190mm x 386mm)
Frequency Response 53Hz-20kHz
Impedance 8 ohm
Recommended Amplifier Power 25 watts – 175 watts
Sensitivity 90dB +/- 3dB
Depth 3.74″ (95mm)
Cutout Dimension(s) 6.625″ x 14.375″ (168mm x 364mm)