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The Top-Ten, Most-Influential Speakers of the Last 50 Years

03 January 2015 - 02:33 AM

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

KLH Six/AR-2a/AR-2ax

AR-1/AR-3/AR-3a/KLH Four/KLH Seven/KLH Seventeen

B&W 801 Series

KLH Six/Four/Five/Seventeen


Infinity Servo-Static/IRS

Altec Lansing VOTT

Altec Lansing 604 Duplex


KEF 104

KEF 107

Celestion SL-600


JBL Hartsfield

JBL Ranger Paragon

JBL L100

Jensen Imperial

Jensen G610B

Bose 901

Allison: One/Three/IC20/AR-LST

E-V Patrician

Stephens Trusonic

Electro-Voice Interface A

University Classic/Classic MkII

University 315C

Bozak B310B Concert Grand

Dahlquist  DQ-10

Rogers LS3/5A

Magnepan Magneplanar

Dynaco A25 Aperiodic


--Tom Tyson


AR-2ax Loudspeakers and Ann-Margaret

21 May 2014 - 11:16 PM

I was searching for some images of Ann-Margaret and I stumbled upon a couple of images taken in 1978 in her home.  The speakers in her bookshelf are painted to match the paint on the shelves.  These are early AR-2ax or AR-2x models (1965-1970 versions with the old-style "AR" logo and "a").


—Tom Tyson