Not a fan of 1 to me one of the worst horn speakers.Some additional candidates for greatest hifi product of all time. I’m restricting myself to stuff that’s still being made decades later.
1. Klipschorn loudspeaker: now on its 8th decade, the Klipschorn is the longest continually produced loudspeaker on the planet. Even today, the principles that governed its design are so forward looking that they stand out as a monument of brilliant design. These include high efficiency for low distortion; corner placement that allows placing them in smaller rooms; and an elegant finish that unlike most of the hideous monstrosities that pass for loudspeakers these days makes them far more attractive. Paul Klipsch, along with U.K.’s Peter Walker, remains the most creative American genius of loudspeaker design in my book.
2. Denon 103 moving coil cartridge: the Denon is the world’s longest continually produced moving coil cartridge and still revered by many six decades on. At a time when moving coil cartridges are climbing into the mid five figures, the Denon remains a bargain at less than $400. It’s no nonsense design coupled with a response profile that’s far more neutral than many of the obscenely priced cartridges with a rising top end makes the Denon a contender.
3. The Linn Sondek LP-12: Surely the greatest turntable of all time, continually produced now for five decades, the LP-12 remains a testament to simplicity and elegance. At a time when turntables are being produced that weigh in the thousands of pounds and need a forklift to move around, the LP-12 is based on the principle that high mass is not only unnecessary for making a good turntable, but can actually impede the sound. The LP-12 defined PRAT — pace, rhythm and timing — as the fundamental essence of good vinyl sound.
Quad 57 serial numbers stop in the 50,000 range, I reckon far fewer are still in service. BTW, Wayne Piquet is deceased. I spoke with Sheldon a few weeks ago, he's backed up 6-mos. on rebuilds but has a few pairs of 63s ready for sale. Kent just rebuilt my 5th pr of 57's, his lead time was about two weeks.
(....) The recent Chinese produced Quads are a complete disaster. They tend to fall apart due to poor gluing. Ask Kent for horror stories. Strangely enough, my 50 year old 57s have been the most reliable of any Quad I have owned. As long as they are not overdriven they last forever, it seems. (...)
If you manage to get someone who solves the gluing problem, the ESL63 are extremely reliable - I have several pairs with perfect mylar. My long term retiring dream - building the SME modified ESL63 system - four ESL63, each is cross braced by almost one hundred pounds of brass machined bars.
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great pic. But much as I admire ARA’s love for Quads, I can’t understand his rationale for this design. The entire rationale for the design of the 63 was to minimize the room effect by eliminating the directivity effects of moving coil designs where you get uniform directivity. In a planar design, at low frequencies you get 6.3 dB directivity. ARA wanted to neutralize that by putting two 63s at right angles to each other. Not sure this design makes sense to me. But I have never heard it so perhaps it sounds fine in a large listening room like ARA had. Peter Walker, bless his soul, was concerned about how the 63 would sound in a normal listening room like the average Brit listener had access to.
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