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Good hi-fi speakers were HUGE
Good hi-fi speakers were HUGE
Before Acoustic Research developed the acoustic (or air) suspension loudspeaker system in 1954, good bass reproduction required large cone or horn woofers, resulting in large systems like the Klipschorn, shown on the left (52" high).  Acoustic Research's AR-3, introduced in 1957 and shown on the right, was bookshelf-sized (25" x 14" x 11"), and helped make home stereo systems practical.  Interestingly, as of March 2014, the Klipschorn is still in production.

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Posted by kluv42 at 11:38 am (PDT) on Mon September 18, 2017   
I had a friend who had Altec "Voice Of The Theatre" speakers.

Looked like he had a pair of refrigerators in his living room!  Sounded great, though...

He bought them with no cabinet finish, then added woodgrain veneer and front coverings himself at the insistence of his wife.  He used to tell me the original theatre gray and nothing covering the front at all made it look like they had been built by International Harvester :)

(But he really preferred 'em this way...  However, happy wife, happy life...)

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Posted by Bob Matthews at 3:02 pm (PDT) on Tue March 25, 2014   
The brand name "Tannoy" also comes to mind.

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