Interesting and well-written article about famous speakers and their influence on the high-fidelity speaker industry. What do you think are the most influential speakers; not necessarily the most famous or smoothest or those with the lowest distortion, but speakers that influenced the industry with changes over time.
Following is an incomplete [and random] list of several noteworthy and influential loudspeakers over the past 50-60 years. Please add to the list. It's difficult to know which ones would be the most influential other than, of course, the AR-1/AR-3/AR-3a series and how it completely changed the industry in the 1950s and 1960s. Prior to that, speakers such as the big Bozak B310B, JBL Hartsfield and Electro-Voice Patrician, among others, helped to change the industry immediately after WWII from a components-based setup to more factory-built designs. The Klipschorn was very influential, and the Altec VOTT and similar designs also were very influential. The Altec Lansing 604 coaxial was a very influential speaker, among others of this type. Quad's ESL was very important, early on.
The Advent Loudspeaker
Quad ESL Electrostatic
Acoustech/KLH Nine Electrostatics
AR-1/AR-3/AR-3a/KLH Four/KLH Seven/KLH Seventeen
B&W 801 Series
Altec Lansing VOTT
Altec Lansing 604 Duplex
JBL Ranger Paragon
Electro-Voice Interface A
University Classic/Classic MkII
Bozak B310B Concert Grand
Dynaco A25 Aperiodic