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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Stephen Curling's picture

The disc player. Whether vinyl or Blu-ray it's still a disc that goes around and around. It's been around for decades and I expect it to be for a few more decades until solid state make it obsolete.

Tim's picture

BBC LS 3/5a, Linn Axis, and the Marantz CD-80.

J Fung's picture

MBL 101 loudspeaker. Denon DL103 cartridge.

richard p's picture

Vandersteen speakers, all of them.

Don Hollis's picture

The double Advent system is equal to many far more expensive speakers today. Because of the overall sound and value, I would consider this a timeless design.

Greg Edwards's picture

The early Mcintosh power amplifiers sold during the 1950s and '60s are beauties. Models like the MC240 and MC275 still sound and look great.

Josh's picture

RadioShack Speaker Cable. :) Digital products can't be "timeless" really because it is always changing and getting better (I hope).

Daniel's picture

Just about any Michell turntable, but especially the Gyrodec SE. It has the "wow" factor.

Jeff Glotzer's picture

1) Magneplanar speakers. Any model, ever. 2) Tannoy Dual-Concentric speaker drivers—It's in the English dictionary.

Paul Luscusk's picture

McIntosh MC275 tube amp. NHT Super Zeros. Both classics.

DJ's picture

Aragon 8008

OvenMaster's picture

Large Advent Utility loudspeaker

tonyE's picture

Linn LP12, Audio Research amps, Conrad Johnson stuff, Quad speakers, Dynaco preamps, Marantz receivers from the '70s (specially the quads). I suppose that you also got your Levinson, Krell, Bryston amps. A lot of the High End stuff is well built and will last years. Speakers will take some loving, but nothing with CDs and digital has held up because technology is moving very fast there.

Will's picture

Klipschorn and Klipsch LaScala.

Jacques Raymond's picture

Linn LP12 and Denon 103 are two that I own and enjoy just about every day.

Graeme Nattress's picture

Gyrodec, Quad II

Mike G's picture

The Rega P3 turntable.

DAB, Pacific Palisades, CA's picture

Marantz 9s. Flawless design; I'm the original owner of these gems, and they sound as good now as the day I bought them.

maurizio.michelino@gmail.com's picture

B&W 801, Transcriptor turntable, and the SME 3009.

Rod Clark's picture

Totem Model 1. Just as great 20 years later!

Søren Nielsen's picture

Ortofon SPU, Denon DL103, and the B&O Overture.

HudSonic's picture

QUAD 405 amplifier

michele surdi's picture

Tannoy speakers

JF, London's picture

Michell GyroDec, an absolute classic that has been around for years but still looks (and more importantly sounds) great today. The epitome of good design. PS I own an Odyssey which is perhaps the ultimate GyroDec in black and nickel silver!

mike eschman's picture

Naim NAC 72, Naim NAP 110, and the Linn LP12.

Jeff Day's picture

The Harbeth Super HL5 loudspeaker, the Garrard 301 turntable, the Thorens TD124 turntable, and the Western Electric 300B vacuum tube are a few of my favorite timeless designs, and remain as relevant and pleasing as they did when they first rolled out of the factories many years ago.

Matt's picture

The Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 2300-4000 range. Used in countless movies and is instantly recognizable beside the BeoLab 6000.

Thomas Gojdar (Hungary)'s picture

Linn Sondek LP12. Always a reference and a quality product. Sony TA-E77ESD/TA-N77ES, a 20-year-old design, but very linear sound and compatible with recent digital equipments.

Jocnat's picture

Magnepan speakers. I have tried other but always come back.

Colin's picture

I can think of several. One design that sticks out would be the Vandersteen 2. Richard Vandersteen's designs for the model 2 have hardly changed since they came out in the /70s.

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