Much like legendary American industrial designers Charles and Ray Eames influenced all things midcentury modern, so too did Paul Klipsch impact high fidelity. Few, if any, modern audio engineers could profess ignorance of Klipsch’s groundbreaking folded-horn, corner-loading, three-way Klipschorn loudspeaker.
Since its introduction in 1959, the Ortofon SPU (stereo pick up) has remained largely unscathed from the ‘newer is better’ mantra that permeates much of society. Robert Gudmandsen’s 62-year-old design is still considered one of the most influential cartridges in high fidelity.
With modest service requirements needing to be addressed only after decades of use, the 54-year-old QUAD 303 power amplifier and its matching 33 control preamplifier are two of the most elegant hi-fi bargains to ever play music.
In 1976, Roy Gandy’s Rega Planar 3 turntable set off a battle – that rages to this day – for the hearts and minds of budget-conscious vinyl lovers. The design has been exerting influence over the direction of analogue playback for almost 50 years based around a following of users who think listening to records needs to be neither expensive nor exclusive.