Give us an example of timeless design for an audio product.

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Some audio products never seem to get old and can hold up over years and decades. Give us an example of timeless design for an audio product.
Give us an example of timeless design for an audio product.
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n's picture

McIntosh MC-225, Garrard 301, Scott 222, and the Quad ESL-63.

selfdivider's picture

Garrard 301/401 & the Quad ESL 57, obviously. Thorens TD124 & La Platine Verdier. Rogers LS3/5.

MRED's picture

Vandersteen speakers and Quicksilver amps. Great values on their own but their synergy together multiplies their individual strengths!

Eugene Hand's picture

Halcro dm10 preamp (definitely not forgetting the phono stage). This single box unit is still a killer. This is one product that I think will be around for years to come and still sound great! And not forgetting my dear old LP12 Linn turntable. I've been with her longer than my former marriage—and she still gives me plenty, and I mean plenty, of enjoyment!

Doug in MO's picture

Klipsch Heritage speakers. The Klipschorn has been in production since 1946, the La Scala since 1963, the Cornwall since 1959 and the Heresy since 1957. All without a break except for the Cornwall. Can anything beat that?

Dimitris Gogas's picture

Sonus Faber loudspeakers.

Erik Bobeda's picture

Rega RB300

Prithviraj M.  Vedpathak.'s picture

Linn Sondek LP12

Randy Melton's picture

Linn LP-12 turntable, ARC SP-11 preamp, LS3/5a speakers, and Magnepan MG-IIIa speakers.

John Freeman's picture

AR turntable and the mid-'70s Onkyo Integrated amps.

Dismord's picture

Nakamichi Dragon cassette deck, remember them? Pass Labs Class A amps. KT 88 valves/tubes, Magnum Dynalab MD-90 FM tuner, Quad 57 speaker, and the Audio Research D 70 Mk II amp. Any acoustically well designed listening room.

Oliver's picture

MBL Radialstrahler 101: The pods are timeless, whether you have the old models without subwoofer or the new ones with subwoofer (101D and later). McIntosh Amp MC 1000: Typical McIntosh design at its best. No thrills, just power and quality. And the best for both: the sound is timeless.

Thomas's picture

Linn Sondek LP12 and the BBC LS 3/5a.

tea mug's picture

Linn LP12

Prashant Pathreeker's picture

McIntosh MC275

tck's picture

Universally, the Linn LP12 turntable is the foremost example of a timeless classic. But other products that have stood the test of time are the BBC LS3/5a in its many variations, McIntosh tube amps and many designs from Audio Research, most notably AR300MkII power amp.

Sam's picture

Oracle Delphi

G.C.  Van Winkle's picture

Vandersteen 2 (all versions) and Linn Sondek—I miss them both.

Meijer's picture

Rogers LS3/5a, Apogee Duetta, Krell KSA series, Quad 57, and the Linn LP12.

Sam's picture

Anything made by McIntosh.

D Nash's picture

Alternating Current! (AC). Wikipedia: "Audio signals carried on electrical wires are examples of alternating current." Without AC, your stereo won't work. Timeless indeed.

tom collins's picture

Klipshorn. Mac 275.

Wayne Cunningham ...Toronto's picture

I purchased my Klipsch Heresy speakers over 20 years ago—they still sound great. Also Kimber 4tc/ 8tc cables.

Steven's picture

Cary Audio 805 SET amps—how many other amps from every company had come and gone while the 805 has remained virtually unchanged in styling and approach? In their various incarnations: Watt/Puppy speakers from Wilson and the Naim Nait stand out as permanent members of the audiophile world.

Wiratorn R's picture

Mark Levinson 30.6/31.5 processor/transport combo.

Austin's picture

There are a lot of obvious products, but I think Simon Yorke's S7 deserves consideration. Incredibly simple implementation of the high mass approach without going overboard. Also, I think the 47 Labs Flatfish transport is certainly bound for classic status among those who appreciate the unique design.

Nodaker's picture

My little JBL speakers I bought back in 1984, still doing duty in the garage. I did have to fix the surrounds, but that was easy. Also, my Aiwa ghetto blaster purchased in 1982 still works—they actually used steel to build it!

Peter's picture

The Linn LP12, as you depicted above this very question. The Denon DL103/R/Zu, etc. Quad's "FRED" (ESL 63). SME & Linn tonearms.

attilahun's picture

McIntosh—classic blue eyes on a glass panel.

Mark L.'s picture

Ears that hear, a soul that appreciates, toes that tap.

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