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As the title reads, I'm trying to figure out the best way for my LFM-1 EX's shiny top to avoid tons of scratches both from an overactive toddler and from a significant other who likes to use the top as a coffee table when it's not in use. I'm much less worries about the rest of the subwoofer, but does someone have a recommendation on how protect the top area? Maybe some contact paper?
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A nice piece of tempered glass, custom cut to size and shape with polished edges, supported by a few rubber disks.

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A nice piece of tempered glass, custom cut to size and shape with polished edges, supported by a few rubber disks.

Lol, then he will have to protect the tempered glass!

Can you just use some kind of fabric table cover? Have your wife pick out some kind of elegant cover for it, that way it will endear her more toward the beast.
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Barbed wire. A moat if you have room for it.

I thought shock collar or squirt bottle.

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Claymore's perhaps?

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Barbed wire.

That was my first thought, too.

In all seriousness, that's why I waited till my daughter was at least six before contemplating a dedicated 5:1 surround system. Sort of like Murphy's Law. ""The amount of time and effort you put into safeguarding your audio equipment is in direct proportion to the amount of damage that will eventually be inflicted upon it by an equally determined child." Going to call it "Smudge's Certainty Principle." biggrin.gif

On the other hand, remember Murphy's Volunteer Bush-Fire Brigade Law, "If it's stupid but it works, it ain't stupid."

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A nice piece of tempered glass, custom cut to size and shape with polished edges, supported by a few rubber disks.

Lol, then he will have to protect the tempered glass!

Plan B: A piece of plexiglass or Lexan.

None of these are nearly as fragile as your typical furniture finish. And if they get kinda messed up, get another!
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I used to use the black soft cloth bag that the sub came in as a cover for the sub. It worked perfectly and blended well with the rest of the sub. I have dual LFM-1 Pluses.

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It is plexiglass that can be polished.

I have a 4yr old, concern is not the finish, but if he turns any knobs or flips any switches. I could be in for a surprise if switched to max extension and gain turned up.
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That was my first thought, too.

In all seriousness, that's why I waited till my daughter was at least six before contemplating a dedicated 5:1 surround system. Sort of like Murphy's Law. ""The amount of time and effort you put into safeguarding your audio equipment is in direct proportion to the amount of damage that will eventually be inflicted upon it by an equally determined child." Going to call it "Smudge's Certainty Principle." biggrin.gif

On the other hand, remember Murphy's Volunteer Bush-Fire Brigade Law, "If it's stupid but it works, it ain't stupid."

It is amazing the ways kids or pets can damage A/V equipment, not to mention other things. Caught my kid's hamster trying to crawl into the port on one subwoofer. Had the hamster gotten inside the sub, might have been difficult to get it out, like when it crawled down into the furnace. From then on we had to place a plastic cup in the sub port anytime the hamster was let out, because the hamster kept going back to that darn port, trying to scratch its way up the side and climb in, lol. I later discovered the hamster had been chewing on various wires around the room when my router went out. A wonder it never got electrocuted.

I still suspect the reason one of the backlights on my TV went out, was due to an impact with a Nerf football. Fortunately it was under warranty. So when it came time to put together a budget A/V setup for the basement, I purchased with potential damage in mind. Went with the Andrew Jones Pioneer line of speakers for the fronts, partly because they had strong metal grills, making them for the most part impervious to impacts. But my new BIC F12 subwoofer, I am already looking at how to rig up some kind of protective grill/mesh to the front for driver protection.

For the top of your (OP) sub, I would vote for the plexiglas option. Particularly if a glass of liquid or plant pot might be placed on the sub, might be good to have protection from any liquids that might spill and damage/warp the sub finish.
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For the top of your (OP) sub, I would vote for the plexiglas option. Particularly if a glass of liquid or plant pot might be placed on the sub, might be good to have protection from any liquids that might spill and damage/warp the sub finish.

I'd like to point out that the top of the LFM-1EX is already plexiglass, inset into the chassis. It's pretty resistant to spills right out of the box, so long as the liquid does not make it to the edge of the plexiglass.

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Send an email to Outlaw CS and see if you can get a piece of the of the original one sided glue paper or what ever you call it. I imagine that you could find that at Michael's or any craft store, but I would try to get it from Outlaw first.
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Send an email to Outlaw CS and see if you can get a piece of the of the original one sided glue paper or what ever you call it. I imagine that you could find that at Michael's or any craft store, but I would try to get it from Outlaw first.

It wouldn't surprise me very much if that paper is put on the plexiglass by its manufacturer to prevent scratches in delivery, rather than at the sub factory.

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The paper is a PITA to get off.

Kids are going to break things. Tell her sternly not to touch it and yell at her every time she does. Make her cry. Eventually it will sink in to stay away.
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The paper is a PITA to get off.

Kids are going to break things. Tell her sternly not to touch it and yell at her every time she does. Make her cry. Eventually it will sink in to stay away.

To quote Bill Cosby, "I brought you into the world. I'll take you ou:Dt."

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