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I've had a number of speakers in our large living/kitchen area over four decades, some over $10k. My wife doesn't want speakers too far out in the room. I've finally found the perfect speaker for that room and those restrictions, the Larsen 8.2. No need for subs either. The low bass on these relatively small speakers is amazing. I tried several amps, both solid state and tube. So far I'm getting the best synergy with Manley Snapper monos.
Definitely two things in their favor, that you don’t have to put them far out in the room, and the "wife/partner acceptance factor".
The Larsen 9 is really gorgeous ... I’d put them in any living room. I was told by the distributor that a client has them in his large-ish modern open floorplan home’s living room, because he likes to cook and they throw a wall of great sound from the LR to the kitchen. Sweet spot is huge. That appeals to me. I could see having a smaller second system in another listening room with front firing speakers for a more traditional presentation with specific imaging and soundstaging.
I owned a pair of Larsen 4.2 for a bit over five years. A very enjoyable sound, don’t be put off by its different looks, or even somewhat odd sound at first. They certainly do deliver the goods, and I am sure the more expensive models just add to it.
If it weren’t for moving on up to Duevel Venus Omni’s, I would still more than likely still have the Larsen’s. Well recommended for those that do not want a room intrusive speaker.
Over sensitivity to poorer recordings is a sign the timings off a bit in the system to my thinking. Detail is pulled out of context and it can sound quite impressive but the music itself is less engaging, If the music carries you with it the recording quality is of less importance, though you’re still aware of it. I’m not talking about masking a bad recording but getting to the music it contains. Who needs a system that tells them most of their collection is crap?
It would be disappointing to find Larsens fall into the former camp, they look so promising.
One of the things that impressive most about my Larsen 8.2 speakers is how great they sound with my many mediocre rock recordings (played on both very high quality analog and digital source components). I have not experienced what others above have; that they only sound good with the best recordings.