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Larsen 8 is a heavy speaker compared to L6. The explanation is quite simple: It is a 2,5 way speaker with 2 pieces of 18 cm bass drivers from Scan-Speak in each cabinet. That’s it! Among the best you can get. The big brother in the Larsen series is well equipped all the way through. The two high quality Scan-Speak drivers, working together under 300 Hz inside separate chambers, create a deep, crisp and precise bass, all the way down to 23 Hz. Above it, a true and clean mid-range, topped off by a clear and transparent high quality Scan-Speak tweeter with great dispersion and fluidity. The stainless steel plate around the extremely light polymer membrane in the tweeter is uniqe and work . Because it is totally integrated , it reproduces the upper octaves with more body, an amazing treble character and a more linear frequency response. The legendary ScanSpeak drivers and tweeters used in the Larsen 8 are a real bonus. Normally you won´t find these elements in this price range.
The model was introduced in Sweden in 2008 but the big success waited until the introduction in US and the European countries. But then it came. Since 2015 we have got Editor`s Choice Award from The Absolute Sound. Six in a row and more chances left! That`s what we call sustainable sound design.
Larsen 8 took the step into the group “High-End-Speakers”. “Best in Show in Bristol 2017 and several other very pleasant reviews. With Larsen 8 we have boosted all the good qualities to a new level. Still placed flush against the wall and still with no need of a subwoofer. You get all the bass you want down to 23 Hz and a 3D-soundstage which is among the best you can get!
Autumn 2018 the version was changed to 8.2. Better bass element – 18W-8545 ver 01 – replaced the two and we got a better interaction between the elements and less distorsion.
|Bass driver||2 x 177 mm|
TNT-Audio, Lucio Cadeddu, 2018
My first encounter with the “ortophonic” technology developed by Larsen, when listening to the entry-level 4.2 model, has been quite a shock. I couldn’t believe what those speakers were capable of in terms of 3D imaging, considering their placement against the rear wall. These Larsen 8 play in a different league and improve every single area of the performance of the smaller sisters. I could happily live with these speakers: they make you forget your HiFi system and let you concentrate on music alone. If that’s what you’re looking for, give these speakers a chance, they’ll amaze you. They are incredibly fascinating smooth operators!
Stereophile, Art Dudley, 2017
So let me put it to you this way: The Larsen 8 isn’t for everyone. It’s for those who just want a pair of speakers that will last them the next 20 years or so, and will provide insight, enjoyment, comfort and ease, and the occasional thrill. If that’s you—and especially if you’re also the sort who wouldn’t mind getting off the audio merry-go-round for a while—the Larsen 8 is an easy recommendation.
Hi-Fi Choice, Chris Ward, 2017
This is a masterpiece of design, rooted in understanding empirical sound qualities and refined from detailed listening in real-world rooms rather than simply nodding to the received wisdom.
The Absolute Sound, Robert Greene, 2015
The Larsens, most impressively, really sound the way music actually does sound. The Model 8s are not just another try at making a speaker like all the rest except better, as so many high-end speakers are. Rather, the Larsen Model 8s are something special in their own right.
Positive Feedback, Larry Cox, 2013
The Larsen Model 8 speakers are very special performers with good timbre, a surprisingly extended frequency response and realistic imaging without requiring a large foot print hogging the middle of your listening room. The Larsen Model 8 speakers provide music lovers an opportunity to forget about gear and just enjoy music, highly recommended.
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