Great articles,keep em komin,thanks alot,Bob
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A lot of us enjoy things in life everyday that we take for granted.Yes I'm guilty of it too. The "acoustic suspension"speaker design may have been invented way before its time. If it wasn't invented by Villcher and sold with the help of Kloss and some friends back then,the idea might still possibly be shelved somewhere.Some just have brilliant ideas that are rejected because is was to modern in its day when ported speakers did everything they thought it needed to.These fine articles brought to us by Audiogon Bill helps us realize that our music we enjoy has its past.It just didn't come from nowhere.Next time we listen,think about the brilliant people that helped make it possible.I look forward to more of these enjoyable articles that help us appreciate these inventors.Thank You!
Wow. Thanks to you both.
Looking through the 1954 AUDIO magazines was eye-opening: many of the companies we take for granted were just getting started, like A.R. and Marantz (listed as S.B. Marantz, by the way). The presenters at the Audio Engineering Society convention included most of the greats: Harry Olson, John Hilliard,Paul Weathers, F.V. Hunt, Norman Pickering, Ben Bauer, H.H. Scott, Paul Klipsch,Arthur Janszen, Abraham Cohen...and on and on. Unbelievable.
Pretty much like the Yankees of that period! Do you suppose the conventioneers realized what a golden era they were living in?
Having been in this hobby/business since 1957 I remember these companies such as AR and the other menetioned quite well indeed. And for thier period of time where clearly pushing the design parameters of what could be accomplished. Sadly today most of these companies are nothing more than mere shells of thier once proud past and most of the product from them is from dubious off shore manufacturers. One that was not menetioned was Harman Kardon. Dr. Sidney Harman who many credit with the genesis of high end, with the Citation series of products. Although he started with Dave Bogen. But that's a story for another time.
It's good to look back at the founding fathers of audio and the products from these truly gifted people. Our debt of gratitude to them is boundless
Thanks Bill, these are the HiFi companies that I grew up with and it is always a pleasure to hear more about them. I often wonder why more modern speakers don't use the acoustic suspension design. Seems like most everything is ported these days. I remember when this idea was new and the sound even to my young untrained ears really was special.I remember going into the AR display room at Grand Central Station. Can you imagine today, a High End audio company appealing to the masses enough to justify a high profile store in Grand Central Station? Oh sure, that will be the day!
Among the many, many things that AR did - the AR turntable, to name a few, was give birth to the two way speaker in a small enclosure a la the AR-2A. The 2A led Kloss to design the KLH speaker and later, the Advent on which it is based. The goal of these speakers was to devote funds away from complex cross overs and drivers and devote funds to simpler, better sounding drivers and cross overs.