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In Reply to: RE: Those darn measurements ! posted by A.Wayne on June 24, 2017 at 17:26:14
Yup. Back in the day, horn makers had other markets -cinema, live venue, recording studio. But they still made cone-speakers for the masses.
Besides a lack of new horn companies in the 70s, the use of transistor-amps hurt as well. Since horns were so revealing of early transistor sound. (Unless the horn fan scooped-up a tube amp from the 60s).
Then, the ESL. Audiophiles had another choice by the 70s -when ESLs came down in price and improved their durability problems.
I'm still surprised, though. To use an ESL, you had to use a high-powered/harsh sounding transistor amp. But audiophiles made their choice, only to back-away from ESLs (eventually).
J. Gordon Holt thought the Servo-Statik was 'best ever' in 1968. By the mid 80s, he was using studio monitors (waveguide-horn type). His reference speaker for the rest of his life.
I was able to get rather amazingly good sound from ESL with SET amps in a modest sized room. Far better than the same ESLs with the usual suspects of SS amps...
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