Lansche Audio 5.1 loudspeaker Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Digital Sources: Ayre Acoustics C-5xeMP & DX-5 universal players; Apple G4 Mac mini running OS10.5.8, iTunes 10, Pure Music 1.83; Shuttle PC with Lynx AES16 soundcard & dual-core AMD Athlon processor running Windows 7, Foobar 2000, Adobe Audition 3.0; dCS Debussy, Logitech Transporter, Mark Levinson No.30.6 D/A converters; Empirical Audio Off-Ramp4 USB-S/PDIF converter; Ayre Acoustics QA-9 A/D converter for vinyl rips.
Preamplifiers: Classé CP-800, Ayre Acoustics K-5xeMP.
Power Amplifiers: Classé CT-M600, Lamm M1.2 Reference, MBL Reference 9007 (all monoblocks); Audio Research Reference 150.
Loudspeakers: BBC LS3/5a, Quad ESL-2805.
Cables: Digital: DH Labs Silver Sonic. AES/EBU: AudioQuest Coffee, Belkin Gold USB. FireWire: AudioQuest FireWire 400 (prototype). Interconnect (balanced): AudioQuest Wild. Speaker: AudioQuest Wild. AC: XLO Reference 3, manufacturers' own.
Accessories: Target TT-5 equipment racks; Ayre Acoustics Myrtle Blocks, VPI bricks; ASC Tube Traps, RPG Abffusor panels; Shunyata Research Dark Field cable elevators; Audio Power Industries 116 Mk.II & PE-1, APC S-15 AC line conditioners (computers, hard drive). AC power comes from two dedicated 20A circuits, each just 6' from breaker box.—John Atkinson

Lansche Audio
US distributor: Aaudio Imports
4871 Raintree Drive
Parker, CO 80134
(720) 851-2525

EVOnix's picture

Shame on you Stereophile for even promoting a product such as this.

John Atkinson's picture

Shame on you Stereophile for even promoting a product such as this.

I think you need to examine where you learned of the problems you mention that lead you to this conclusion, EVOnix.

John Atkinson

Editor, Stereophile

PS: the original comment to which I was responding seems to have disappeared? I must have hit "Edit" rather than "Reply." Apologies EVOnix. I have reinstated the text that was preserved. - JA

audiocaptain's picture

Just a quick comment on these as I had a pair of 4.1 in my listening room for over 6 months. 

They were very interesting speaker. I have not read the article so not to be influenced by the writers comments on a very similiar product. I can say the 4.1 is a discontinued product and the newer models impress me more which is a good thing as products should improve and not just change with time. We used some very interesting equipment many may not recognize including the Delta Sigma integrated amp from Italy. We also used Sino Speaker cable and the complete Reimyo CD system and all their associated wiring. The room has cork walls covered in drywall and 8 dedicated circuits of which two are 30 amp. The ceiling is a special material designed for studios and costs about $10,000.00 for a 25' x 19' room and features 95 percent absorption, the walls are 9.5 feet in height. No windows and a concrete floor covered in carpet 

Really Great Sound and something to spend time with. The End

Stereorealist's picture

It's always great to have technological pioneers create uber expensive sota equipment whose tech will later filter down to more "affordable" models or to the used-gear markets. Stereophile's contribution to the world is of course, to bring awareness, and inspire people to dream of hearing and later owning gear that appeal to their ears, someday.

The prices of such uber expensive equipment have risen in tandem with the widespread materialism, speculation, greed and inflation that affect the world today. For every realist who spends money wisely on pragmatic and worthwhile assets, there will be well heeled "audiophiles" who buy audio gear that depreciates at spectacular rates. For every What Hi-fi reader who pursues the greatest bang for the buck, there will be teenagers happy to amble along with their ipods, headphones, or modest home setup. Who's right? Who's wrong? Who's extravagant? Who's an audio cheapskate? Is the love of music really the motivation behind equipment chasing and tweaking? Can we never get enough of audio excesses?

Here's an insightful 70s song that speaks of materialism:

Hopefully, unstoppable global market forces and the winds of economic upheaval will bring equilibrium in favor of sanity.

soulful.terrain's picture


Maybe people just simply enjoy the fruits of their labor. That would be purchasing uber expensive audio gear.

soulful.terrain's picture

These sounded so sweet in Atlanta at Axpona. They were driven by B.M.C. amplification. Great combo!  Great write-up JA!

JItterjaber's picture

I have never heard these speakers. I just hope that more blog space is used for speakers that the next generation of audiophiles might buy. Still, thanks for the in depth review.

That being said, I think the audiophile community can learn from the Pro Audio industry - and vice versa....The companies that truly bring products that impress me are companies like Benchmark, CEntrance, and Hegel - creating innovative products that truly employ unique original designs. 

prices have become obscene, and I for one support those companies that understand this issue.

Cheers, young Hi Fi lovers unite -

gadgety's picture

I haven't heard this speaker but the Acapella ones. Indeed the ion tweeters make cymbals sound eerily real.

htnut3's picture

There's a number of these rare tweeters still made, this lists a number of them