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In Reply to: RE: What type of speakers did audiophiles use in the 60s ? posted by J. Phelan on June 15, 2017 at 10:27:42
ESLs were used in the '60s but were - from what I remember - not that widespread due to cost (and durability issues).
The US market was dominated by AR, and later, KLH and Advent sealed dynamic speakers, along with Klipsch, Altec Lansing and JBL horns. The 3 former being known as representing the "East Coast" sound and the latter the "West Coast" sound. The former companies probably sold a lot more units as they were smaller in size and, I think, significantly less expensive.
Ah...so, for the up-scale market, it was horns first, followed by ESLs.
In addition, I over-looked the corner-horns of the 50s (Hartsfield, Patrician, etc.), which were still used in the 60s.
Depended on the type of sound you liked: acoustic suspension vs. horns (I still usually prefer the former and its descendants). The big AR & KLHs were highly regarded.
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