Can you live with your current speaker until you die?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by thomaskong, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. thomaskong

    thomaskong Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Washington State

    Yes I can!

    In my 40 years of audio history I had gone through around 15 speakers including

    ADS, Altec Lansing, Thiel, Canton, Apogee Duetta Signature(10years), B&W 801, Avalon Ascent, Wilson Audio Watt and Puppy6.

    I settled at Pacific Northwest area located just midway between Seattle and Vancouver BC around 6 years ago.

    It has a nice western view of Bay and Pacific Ocean with 2 acres lot.

    I could play music loud during midnight with no problem to my neighbors as long as I close the windows.

    With vaulted big space, my Lansche 4.1 speakers makes a beautiful voice out of classical, Jazz or even new age music.

    StereoTimes --

    I had been living with the speaker since 2007.

    I do not claim that Lansche 4.1 is the best speaker in the world.

    But with clean and pristine treble out of plasma tweeters and pretty good bass out of 2 10 inch driven by internal active amplifier and high efficiency (99db spec, but I believe it to be around 93db), it is hard to find better speaker with overall merit for my house.

    The only catch is that it can stop working since it is an active speaker( plasma tweeter and active bass unit).

    But I keep having good communication with Henry Dien of Lansche Audio who upgraded plasma tweeters twice at reasonable cost.

    I may upgrade the front end including amplifiers from time to time but I will keep my speaker as long as it works.

    I can happily live with Lansche 4.1 speakers at my present house for my life unless serious health issues happen to either me or my speakers.

    How about you gentlemen and ladies?

    Had any one of you found the speaker for your life?
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2018
  2. phish

    phish Jack Your Body

    Biloxi, MS, USA
    That's all beautiful.
  3. Jimi Floyd

    Jimi Floyd Forum Resident

    Pisa, Italy
    No, I am planning a change.
  4. Colin M

    Colin M Forum Resident

    I would love to switch to Electrostatic but need to switch house first.
    mdm08033, timind and The FRiNgE like this.
  5. Bingo Bongo

    Bingo Bongo Music gives me Eargasms


    That's the plan, unless I win a big a$$ Lottery!
  6. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host

  7. Opeth

    Opeth Forum Resident

  8. manxman

    manxman Forum Resident

    Isle of Man
    Yes, very easily. To reach the next level of performance I would need to spend a minimum of £250,000 on equipment and even then I'm not sure I'd better what I've got without heavy use of room treatments. I may, however, be on the verge of upgrading my rear speakers if I can get the deal I want.
  9. timind

    timind phorum rezident

    Westfield, IN USA
    Could I? Yes.
    Will I? No.

    Although I love my current speakers, they are too small for the room I just relocated to. I'm searching for a replacement speaker which I hope is my last real speaker purchase.
  10. Hifi Kenny

    Hifi Kenny Forum Resident

    How do you when you are going to die? If you are planning a one-way trip to Dignitas, no is an easy answer. If you are planning to hang around for more than a decade, maybe is probably a more realistic answer. On the other hand, given the 'Murican gun laws, some crazy shooter or mad cop could blow your brains out tomorrow.
    Aardvark23 likes this.
  11. Shiver

    Shiver Forum Resident

    Yup. Can only ever see me getting a better version of it.
  12. Mike-48

    Mike-48 A shadow of my former self

    Portland, Oregon
    Yes, I am happy with my Janszen Valentinas (formerly known as zA2.1), and I could live with them for the rest of my days. Like you, I appreciate clean treble, which they have, in abundance. They sound more like live music than any other speakers I have had, and they interact less with the room than most.

    The Janszens also are reasonably compact, so they should work when and if we downsize. If eventually I go into assisted living or a nursing home, all bets are off.

    In a few weeks, I'll be 70 years old, so the "rest of my days" means something far different to me than it does to someone who is 29. And, of course, I'm at a different stage of financial life than a 29-year-old, as my career is (mostly) behind me. So when people answer, it might be nice to hear their ages.
    RONENRAY, Gramps Tom, SirMarc and 2 others like this.
  13. thomaskong

    thomaskong Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Washington State

    Thanks Mike for your detailed opinion.

    You also live in the Pacific coast area.

    I hope you enjoy your system with full satisfaction.

    WapatoWolf and Mike-48 like this.
  14. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

    Katy, TX
    I good with my back end. As long as the Cronus Magnum and Maggies last, I good with what I have. There's a bigger change I go with improvements on the front end.
  15. thomaskong

    thomaskong Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Washington State
    It is my pleasure to get response from the guest of the Forum Mr Steve Hoffman

  16. Eigenvector

    Eigenvector Forum Resident

    Southeast PA
    Yes, I could but I likely won’t. I don’t change equipment often (even less in the leaner, recent years) but I have a speaker problem. I can’t even count how many pairs of speakers I’ve owned and I’m still looking at more.

    Fortunately, I’m broke so none have come home with me recently. Yet......
    SirMarc and timind like this.
  17. thomaskong

    thomaskong Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Washington State
    I am a happy user of Cronus Magnum for 7 years. I expect it to be good match with Maggies.

    Digital part keep improving fast, my EMM Lab Dac 2 was one of the best about 8 years ago, but I also consider updating the DAC.
    JNTEX and The FRiNgE like this.
  18. The FRiNgE

    The FRiNgE Forum Resident

    That is nice system you have and a spacious, pleasant environment. I am satisfied with my present near field setup, especially my current living space isn't really large enough for any other setup. I'm a speaker builder/ hobbyist, so my near fields exude stimulating and beautiful sound. (although they are revealing of source quality) I miss my electrostatics and large music room.
    Gramps Tom and SandAndGlass like this.
  19. thomaskong

    thomaskong Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Washington State
    About 11 years ago I enjoyed the same speaker in near field for 1 year with 8W SET amplifier.

    But after moving to the present house, it was hard to drive it with low powered SET.

    I am also interested in Electrostatic but they require big space for placement.
    The FRiNgE likes this.
  20. KWJ

    KWJ Forum Resident

    I could live with what I have for the rest of my life no problem.
    The Pinhead and mdm08033 like this.
  21. Dubmart

    Dubmart Forum Resident

    Bristol, UK
    I'm happy with my ATCs they've been in my system longer than anything else, compared them to a lot of other high end speakers, nothing was better, just different, not likely to be able to afford to replace them, if I could I'd likely just get newer active ATCs.
    timind likes this.
  22. punkmusick

    punkmusick Formerly 4011021

    I do, provided they last for about 50-60 years from now. I'm 43 and plan to live many many years.
  23. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Forum Resident

    I guess; it ain't gonna be that long.
  24. thomaskong

    thomaskong Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Washington State
    I have a friend listening to 90 years old Western Electric speakers which still works fine after some repair.
  25. TheVU

    TheVU Forum Resident

    Hoping to make the move back to Maggie’s soon. I have enjoyed my Silverline Sonatina II’s, but some 3.7’s would be nice.
    cporcp, mdm08033 and The FRiNgE like this.

Share This Page