What even makes the difference possible?
It sounds dry, but in two words, superior technology. It's ironic, isn't it, that superior technology, which is itself devoid of warmth and soulfulness, is required to make this warm emotional connection between music and our souls?
The details are discussed on the technical pages of this site, but suffice it to say here that our combined expertise in electrostatic speaker development, acoustics, electronics, and cabinetry is unparalleled,
The JansZen Nine-J is still an item.
The original KLH Nine is regarded as among the best speakers of all time.
We have been upgrading pairs from our collection of originals, and obtained a few more recently.
We equip them with our modern tweeters and dozens of other improvements that bring them into the modern age, We also finish them with real linen grill cloth, and furniture grade finishing of the solid walnut frames.
The sound is perfectly lovely, natural, and uncompromised. You'll hear your music as the performers intended, with simply no "recorded sound" signature. Not to mention the appearance far exceeds the original.
Everyone knows electrostatics make the best midrange,
and midrange is where the magic is . . .
But an effortless, natural experience only happens when everything is done to perfection, not just the midrange. Before that exquisite midrange can work its magic, you'll need deep, commanding bass, fastidiously clean treble, instant transient response, coherent phase fidelity, and seamless driver integration. JansZen speakers deliver it all with finesse.
So, if you close your eyes while listening to JansZens, then at first you'll be fascinated by the sense of envelopment. That will soon evolve into transfixing enjoyment, and that enjoyment will last, with 0% fatigue and 100% desire to stay put.
Your enjoyment will at least partly stem from your sense of being literally present at the original performance. There's no artificial sparkle, deliberate voicing, resonating cabinet parts, or any other artifice or gimmickry. This is the real real, just as the artists and recording teams intended. You'll be absolutely there in the musical moment.
You'll get this experience from the upcoming Lotus electrostatic headphones, too, except unlike other electrostatic headphones, you can go anywhere with them. These are completely self-contained, and you can drive with just a cell phone or portable player. There's no interface device needed. It's a world's first.
Not to stop at remarkable sound, our designs disprove every criticism of electrostatics that you've ever heard -- beamy, unreliable, won't rock, not enough bass, poor bass integration, physically imposing, stand far out into the room, good only for dry climates, etc. -- none of these applies to ours. Skeptical? Check our testimonials.
I'm David Janszen, son of audio pioneer, Arthur A. Janszen, who invented the first commercially practical electrostatic in the early 1950's. By luck of training, experience, family heritage, and inclination, I have the privilege of having and using a trove of arcane expertise for something I like and care about -- designing speakers and headphones that give music lovers the ultimate in musical pleasure.
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Lotus Headphones (upcoming)
Carmelita/zA1.1 Stand Mount