You are looking at the first production pair of Hansen’s Grand Master, finished in Hansen black, introduced to international acclaim at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2010 and, since then, have lived in a pet free and smoke free environment driven by only the finest electronics.
These very speakers were the “objects of desire” at CES 2010 (see reviewer comments below) and were demonstrated with full Tenor electronics, Kubala-Sosna cables and dCs digital setting the world talking about a very big and very beautiful speaker that has captivated reviewers & audiophiles world-wide ever since!
Their beautiful finish is identical to the day they debuted in Las Vegas! Now they can be yours since I am downsizing.
Rated 9 Excellent condition only since they are 6 years old - Otherwise like new!
If you have the room size, you will never experience music as real as the Hansen Grand Master can reproduce for you!
There were only a few pairs made due to the extremely expensive cost of the composite cabinet. However all of the speakers are shared across the entire Hansen product line so future availability is not an issue.
Shipping available to anywhere in the world at cost.
This is what the audio press had to say:
THE GRAND MASTERS ARE INDEED GRAND…
“The Grand Masters are indeed grand. At 650 pounds and over six feet high, they make a hell of a visual statement. Hansen and I listened for a short time. Initial thoughts. Incredible soundstage (large, large, large) and very precise imaging, delightful timbral accuracy (you have to hear Sinatra’s Only The Lonely on these speakers!), and a well-nigh perfect seat at the musical event. I once wrote that ’sometimes, it only takes one note’. It seems the Grand Masters can capture one’s imagination immediately.”
Anthony Kershaw, Audiophlia http://www.audiophilia.com/wp/?p=3551
ROBERT HARLEY'S BEST OF CES…
“Although I’ve liked the sound of Hansen Audio speakers in the past, I was absolutely blown away by the stunning Grand Master. This $239k usd loudspeaker, driven by some expensive amplification from Tenor and a dCS Scarlatti front end, was absolutely magnificent on a wide range of music. I listened to my own music for more than 45 minutes, reluctant to give up the listening seat. The Grand Master had gorgeous rendering of timbre that was simultaneously lush, liquid, and highly resolved. The soundstaging was huge and beautifully defined. But it was the Grand Master’s complete sense of ease and composure during loud and complex passages that was its greatest achievement. The Grand Master appears to be a major accomplishment.”
Robert Harley, Stereophile http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/robert-harleys-best-of-ces-7/
WELL, STOP THE PRESSES…
"Well, stop the presses. This year Lars Hansen introduced a ... ten-driver, ported, three-way floorstander--THE GRAND MASTER. THE GRAND MASTER was indeed, grand. On everything from "Rainy Night in You Know Where" to "The International" it sounded simply fabulous, with wonderful balance, wonderful bass, wonderful dynamics, wonderful resolution, and (a scarcity at this show) wonderful musicality."
"... In fact, I was so shocked and smitten with its sound that I floated out of the room on a veritable cloud of delight and forgot to take a picture! Congratulations to Lars.”
Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound, CES 2010 http://www.hansenaudio.com/GRAND_MASTER/REVIEWS/review20x.php
THE GRAND MASTER GARNERED SOME SEROUS PRAISE…
The result of all these machinations is a frequency response specified from 15Hz (!) to 23kHz (±2dB) and a sensitivity of 90dB/W/m. And the price? $239,000/pair. That's some serious coin, but the Grand Master garnered some serious praise from the audiophile press at CES last January.
Scott Wilkinson http://www.soundandvision.com/content/hansen-audio-grand-master-speaker#3jDstLBJck2Fdfdx.97
STRENGTHS WERE ITS OVERALL ACCURACY, TIMBRAL INTEGRITY, TONAL BALANCE, AND THE RESULTING PRESENCE…
What a stunning sounding room! Joe Kubala and Howard Sosna have paired up with Lars Hansen previously, most memorably in 2010, when Lars introduced the Grand Master loudspeakers. While they constantly put together on of the best sounding rooms at this event, this year’s assemblage was perhaps the more remarkable yet.
This system's overwhelming strengths were its overall accuracy,timbral integrity, tonal balance, and the resulting presence. In this room, you were literally transported back to the venue and the time of the recorded event. Ambient information, imaging and staging cues, and the complex layering of compositions were effortlessly sorted out and presented with a coherence, articulation, and a voicing that utterly moved me emotionally.
There was an unavoidable magic and vibrancy in this room. I'm not sure I've ever heard more accurate voicing of a system as a whole. Sounds just launched into the space of the room, with such energy and vibrancy that you had to make a concerted effort NOT to dance…
FINISHES- Hansen Black Metallic or Silver Metallic
GRILLS - Driver protection grills included (to be removed during critical listening)
Factory Plywood Shipping Crates (please note that dimension & weight above reflect only 1 speaker so need to multiply times 2), Flannel Pyjamas speaker covers for shipping and day to day dust protection if desired, Double Wide Casters, Spikes & Speaker Grills. Optional pictures available on request (mysterious reviewer not included :-))
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