Martin Dellstig

Co-Editor, responsible for English version of site


My first contact with Carlsson speakers was when I was 10 years old. A class mate of mine (or rather his parents) had what I have later realized to be a pair of Sonab OA-5 MkII driven by a Harman Kardon tube amplifier. None of my other friends had a sound that good and the memory stayed with me for many years. Later on I met a person who had a pair of “Pop boxen” the DIY Carlsson speaker driven by a set of Sentec 77 units and once more I felt the same, here is a sound quality I don’t have at home. We then had a rather simple Philips Stereo.
The years went by and I bought my own stereo equipment but like so many first time buyers I looked mostly into “how many watts” and “how big are the woofers”. Later on I started to realize that quantity is not quality and have been replacing my equipment a lot of times, one component at the time. Still not with high-end stuff but with parts that I find agreeable with me and my music. I listen to a bit of everything, Rock, Pop music, classical music etc etc.
One day I suddenly came a cross a pair of speakers with the grill on top and I remembered the feeling from when I was a little kid, I said to myself: Hmm I should try this. This was my first contact with Carlsson speakers for 25 years. I brought them home and plugged them in into the stereo down stairs and that was it. When you get the feeling this is how it is supposed to be you just get hooked and there is no way out of it. On the other hand you don’t need a way out. Of course when I started to turn the up a bit I found the woofers to be “blown” but I got help from Per Gulbrandsen so this was fairly quickly resolved.
I have since then tried several of the Carlsson speakers. I have several different Carlsson speakers, OA-5, “Pop boxen”, V-1, OD-11, OA-14 and OA-50.
I am not a “golden ear” myself so my speakers tend to be restored to working order but not always upgraded to the maximum level.
My future plans for Carlsson speakers are a pair of home-brew OA-51, to upgrade my V-1 with tweeters and to fix my “nuggets”: I have two pairs off “pop boxen” with 800 ohms speakers to restore, these I will use with my “Idestam Almqvist OTL tube amplifier.
Regarding who I am I can briefly mention that I am 39 years old, married, have two daughters three and five years old. I work as a Quality Manager and spend what spare time I have divided between family, music, friends and “eat & drink”.
Like the rest of us at CarlssonPlanet we do our work here voluntarily and on our spare time but it is a very rewarding work.
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