Back in the days when Hi Fi ruled the audio world, the pursuit of the ultimate sound quality was a near singular vision among the best of the speaker manufacturers. It was truly an analog art-form in a pre-digital world and a list of favorite models from that era makes for a long walk down memory lane; Acoustic Research’s small and mighty AR 18 or their way big brother the AR 9, Infinity’s Reference Standard IRS-IIb (heavenly), Ohm’s Walsh 4, Definitives, DCM… insert your favorite memory here, the list goes on and on.
Designers of that day combined the best of minerals and materials, some quite exotic and expensive, into lovingly crafted analog sound producing statement pieces. And while cost was a constant tradeoff against craftsmanship in this analog world, short of live musical performances, these designers crafted some of the absolutely most astounding speakers to be enjoyed right in the comfort of one’s living room.
Today however, the speaker manufacturer’s world has been totally rocked by the digitization