Larsen 9 Loudspeaker


Top Of The Line: Larsen 9

Like all Larsen speakers, these are designed to go against the front wall.

Big Ear Stereo is the only Ultra High Fidelity dealer in Arizona to offer this option.

“This Larsen speaker is the best we have developed so far.”

The Larsens offer a unique sound that to my ears is unusually true to actual music. You will have not heard anything else much like the sound—except of course in live music.” Golden Ear Award 2020

Robert E. Greene – The Absolute Sound, August 2020

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Continual improvement and deep knowledge about Stig Carlsson´s ortho acoustic principles is still a big part of the mission behind our product line. But this time we even made exclusive choices of all material you find in L9. With a flavor from the Nordic furniture tradition the outfit is smooth and soft and they are easy furnished as all earlier Larsen-models: Flush against the wall is the receipt.

This placement combined with the unique positioning and angle of the drivers, flanked by absorbers, creates a rich and deep three-dimensional sound stage, far more detailed and with better ambience, than the existing Larsen models. The two basses, working together under 300 Hz, perform a deep, attacking and precis bass, with very low distortion, all the way down to 22 Hz. The high frequencies are performed with clearness and excellent spreading, very low distortion. The plate around the tweeter is the same as Larsen 8.

On Larsen Hifi we have never understood the need for a separate subwoofer. Using the backwall as a part of the listening room the ortho acoustic way offer as much bass as you want. And furthermore, with this model we have a depth and a layering of the sound which is amazing. Enjoy!

Larsen speakers, imported from Sweden, are unique in that they are designed to be placed right against the front wall (the wall you face) solving most of the placement challenges you have with conventional speakers. For music lovers that prefer not to have speakers placed away from the wall or those with smaller rooms that don’t have the flexibility to do so. Larsen speakers have remarkably low frequency response for their size and a beautiful sound quality. One of our favorite brands and many reviewers agree.


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The History Of Larsen Speakers

Surface reflected sound from boundary surfaces is a part of the recording and listening process. They cannot and should not be avoided, because this reflected sound adds timbre and fullness to the instruments and voices of the musicians.

Stig CarlssonConventional speakers are designed for, and tested in, an anechoic chamber. Meaning an echo-free room with absorbent material on all surfaces, a room without sound reflections. Which is why conventional speakers sound dull, lacking richness and color, in a “normal” room, thus creating a huge discrepancy between stated and real performance.

Larsen speakers are designed and constructed to thrive and perform phenomenally in a “normal” room by using the surface sound reflections to its advantage and thereby enriching the listening experience, instead of degrading it.

Larsen speakers are designed to stand flush against the wall, using the wall to create a deep and full bass from a relatively small cabinet. This placement, combined with the unique positioning and angle of the drivers, flanked by absorption material, virtually eliminates the wall behind the speakers, thus eliminating early sound reflections from interfering with the initial direct sound from the speaker.

John Larsen, the designer behind the Larsen speaker, worked with Stig Carlsson for sixteen years until Stig Carlsson’s death in 1997.

Stig Carlsson was the inventor of the unique acoustic design principle, which is used in the Larsen speakers. A patented design developed by Mr. Carlsson when he created speakers for Sonab in the sixties, resulting in the Sonab OA-4, 5 and 6. In the seventies he created the legendary Sonab OA-12, 14, 116 and 2212. Roy Allison and Peter Snell worked on similar ideas, trying to create speakers that could incorporate the effects surface reflections had on the sound quality of the speakers. In 1980, Mr. Carlsson created his own speaker line, Carlsson Ortho-Acoustic, once again, improving on the design of the Sonab speakers, creating such fantastic models as the Carlsson OA-50, 51 and 52 that were produced until 2006.

John Larsen’s own brand, Larsen, applies the principles invented by Mr. Carlsson and has improved upon these innovative design principles once more, culminated in the creation of the Larsen 8.

Ljudpanoramat i Larsens högtalare är fantastisktThe Larsen speaker is a genuine Swedish product, made by Larsen HiFi in Skillingaryd, Sweden, with help from local suppliers. The loudspeaker designer Anders Eriksson has designed and improved the electro acoustic part and John Larsen created the external design.