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Home > Classifieds > AstroNOT Classifieds > Electronics (Stereos / DVD players - etc) > Classified #439154

For Sale: Stereo Speakers Linaeum Tower-not Rat Shack. [SOLD]

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This is a pair of Linaeum Tower Speakers made by the Linaeum company. The Linaeum tweeter was licenced and made famous by Radio Shack in the 1990's. The tweeter has very low inherent distortion.

This speaker is a small floor standing two way with a 6" woofer, 28"H x 8"W x 9.5"D. They weigh in at 44lbs shipping weight for the pair. I have the original manufacture's box.

Sound quality: as a certified, make that certifiable, audiophile I think I must be nuts to sell these...except I have a pair of Linaeum 10's. Linaeum made audiophile level speakers for about 10 years before they were bought up by another company, AURA, who wanted to use the tweeter technology to make mass market home theater speakers. After a very short period of time, AURA's parent company was bought up by another company who wanted one of the parent company's other company's. The new owners had no use for a speaker company, and shut it down.

The last Linaeum line-up included the $2500 10's that I have. Clue, they weight about 75 lbs each. The 10 was a full out assault on a great 2-way with an 8" woofer. J. Gordon Holt in Stereophile Home Theater praised it as about the only speaker you will ever need, unless you need the deepest low end for dinosaur footprints or Organ recitals.

Then there was the "8" which I think had an 6" woofer and cost $1500? And finally the Tower, a value speaker (I'm getting to the sound quality, eventually...) that cost $800.

Okay: the sound: very clear, open, (that nice dipole tweeter), cohesive, balanced--(why am I selling these, oh, I need the money). I'm guessing the low end extension goes down to at least 45, and is 'useable' to the upper 30's. It throws a nice soundstage-a realistic soundstage not an audioweenie hyper-located one. The woofer ports are in the front, allowing you to put it against a wall. And the dipole rear-wave in that position still works. These will work better out in the room, what speaker wouldn't, but they don't suffer from rear wall placement. From a distance of 8+ feet the speakers tend to disappear and blend nicely. You can move your head, or seating position, left and right with minimal change in sound.

A few more buzzwords: musical, balanced, if I had not heard deeper extension into the low 30's I wouldn't miss it.

Comparisions: Vandersteen 1, these are a little punchier and less laid back than the Vandersteens. As if the Vandersteens were in row 30 and these put you in row 10. Sonus Fabre (Concertina? their smallest one from a few years ago), I think I like these better. The Sonus sound great, but eventually I realize it is 'tricking' you into not missing lowest base, by having a fast articulate bass that is there, and little extra zip or punch. This Linaeum does does not have a zingy treble or zipping sound, unless you are playing zingy CD's. I could use some kind of button to press to depress the balance on zing CD. Or just shoot some engineers. The bass in the Linaeum is fast and articulate, but natural when needed--as in loping jazz bass.

Limitations: Wagner, Massive Attack, recording of trains...various youth oriented quasi-music whose aim is distortion, not playback. Hey! I grew up on Grand Funk and Stravinsky, man!

Use: I've had them a few weeks and they have less that 10 hours of time on them. Near new, with original box, factory floor spikes.

Pics: taking pics of anything black is a challenge. They look a little darker than the pics. My other choice was too dark to see much.

Price $400 There is nothing you can buy new at this price that comes anywhere near this good. (end of ranting)

Shipping: I can ship these for actual costs via Fedex in the US. Too many issues shipping outside the US with shipping cost, customs, damage-I just won't do it.

Local pick-up fine.

Paypal, MO, checks if you have some good ratings.

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