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Siegfried Linkwitz, famed speaker designer, passes away

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Had not heard this, sad news indeed. R.I.P.
 
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R.I.P.

Unfortunately, as we get older (I'm 76 y/o) we lose friends, acquaintances, and contemporaries every year. I wrote a post here at ASR on July 28 about Mr. LInkwitz' friend and former Audio Artistry loudspeakers business associate, Don Naples. While doing a bit of internet research for that post, I discovered that Linkwitz was suffering from terminal cancer. I encourage all who are interested in the man and his contributions to audio to read the below linked interview with Michael Fremer.

...Don Naples' speakers were designed by Siegfried Linkwitz, who like Amir, emphasizes having fun with audio. I never met the man, even though he was only a few years older than me - and like me - lived all of his adult life in Northern California. His website contains a wealth of information on his life, career, and involvement in the science of audio.

Unfortunately, it also contains a statement that Linkwitz is curently suffering from Stage 4 prostate cancer and in hospice care.

Here is a LINK to a July 18, 2018 Analog Planet post by Michael Fremer about his interview spring, 2017 with Linkwitz. As much as we joke about the unconventional LX Mini PVC pipe speakers, I wish I could have had an opportunity to listen to them, because they were designed and refined using real science. LInkwitz' work was indeed science based, and his website [LINK] is packed with interesting information. I find it fascinating and worth reading. I didn't get into the details, but Linkwitz seemed to be in the school of thought that MP3's couldn't possibly sound good, and like ASR, there is a juxtaposition of subjective and objective ideas and beliefs.
 

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That's quite sad. I found the designs he was making very interesting. I was quite itnerested in his lx521 and lx mini speakers
 
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I've belatedly learned of Siegfried's passing and am truly saddened. He gave his knowledge and time so generously to so many people. His LX521 speakers have expanded my musical horizons in a way that no other speakers have ever done and will continue to bring me musical enjoyment in the future. RIP Siegfried - you were a real innovator.
 

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RIP Siegfried.

One of the truly great goes ...

We need to see more young blood in this field ... Proper reproduction of something as important as Music cannot become a lost art ... The present state of High End Audio is appalling (to me at least). No advances, rehashing old and nonsensical ideas for consistently more money .. sideways move and poor designs are the norm in this sector...
Siegfried Linkwitz, however different his ideas might have been, did try and did apply Science to his designs. His interview with Fremer ( Thanks for the link BTW) was sweet: Here is a man on , literally, his death-bed, yet talking to an audiophile in a funny, self-effacing tone, remaining to the end enthusiastic about his craft ....
S.L. contributed a lot to the advancement of High Fidelity ... May he rest in peace...

His website http://www.linkwitzlab.com/ is a treasure trove of great writings and serious research about Audio reproduction. I will in a few weeks build at least the LX Mini .. if I like it then ....the LX 521.4 ...
 

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RIP Siegfried.

One of the truly great goes ...

We need to see more young blood in this field ... Proper reproduction of something as important as Music cannot become a lost art ... The present state of High End Audio is appalling (to me at least). No advances, rehashing old and nonsensical ideas for consistently more money .. sideways move and poor designs are the norm in this sector...
Siegfried Linkwitz, however different his ideas might have been, did try and did apply Science to his designs. His interview with Fremer ( Thanks for the link BTW) was sweet: Here is a man on , literally, his death-bed, yet talking to an audiophile in a funny, self-effacing tone, remaining to the end enthusiastic about his craft ....
S.L. contributed a lot to the advancement of High Fidelity ... May he rest in peace...

His website http://www.linkwitzlab.com/ is a treasure trove of great writings and serious research about Audio reproduction. I will in a few weeks build at least the LX Mini .. if I like it then ....the LX 521.4 ...
The engineers at Dutch and Dutch and Kii are young and using new ideas to great effect by all accounts.
I am satisfied with what I have and am too old to change now...
 
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Very sad!

I was at Burning Amp 2018, and, with all honesty... his speakers were the only ones that I really liked. I am a big fan of open baffle speakers, and have spent hours on his website. He will be missed.
 

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