Most of us learned the hard way that correct speaker placement is half the battle. Yet still today most conventional speakers are designed to function best in anechoic chambers (rooms without sound reflections). But most of us in the real world live in rooms that have walls. To get optimal sound from conventional speakers demands precise placement far from the walls, followed by extensive sound treatment, such as absorbers and diffusers, leaving you with a narrow listening area and even less space to live in.
The Swedish Larsen 8 speakers, we heard at The Show in Vegas, are designed to eliminate early sound reflections be incorporating the listening room in their design process. The Larsen speaker has angled drivers flanked by absorption material and are designed to be placed against the front wall, all design innovations to eliminate early distorting sound reflexes, while taking the guess work out of placement. The speakers provided a wide listening area, with great sound in the off-center positions, allowing you to listen to music with your friends.
We found the Larsen’s sound to be very natural, musical and live like – and in a room without any sound treatment. The speaker vir-tually disappears visually and aud-ibly — leaving you with just the music. Very impressive sound!
Experience the Larsen speaker at THE NEWPORT SHOW May 30-June 1, 2014 in room 730 at the Hilton Hotel.
LARSEN 8 speakers: $6995. Two smaller models exists, starting at $1995.
US distributor: www.audioskies.com