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The Absolute Sound's Illustrated History of High-End Audio, Volume One: Loudspeakers

The Absolute Sound Has Finally Completed the First Volume of the Definitive Behind-the-Scenes History of the High-End Audio Industry

This Coffee Table Book is Equally as Beautiful as it is Fascinating

Get Your Limited-Edition Pressing from the First Printing While Still Available

"This epic book is a 'must-have' for all audio enthusiasts."
– Robert Harley, Editor of The Absolute Sound

The Absolute Sound's Illustrated History of High-End Audio is a revelatory document of the history of high-end audio in a series of three graphic-rich coffee-table books. The first of the three, Volume One: Loudspeakers, presents the development of high-performance loudspeakers from the earliest experiments to today's high-tech designs. The book also includes new interviews with the founders of iconic manufacturers who recount their companies' histories and evolution from garage-based experiments to global leaders in the speaker industry.

"To say that this book is a MUST HAVE for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of the history of our hobby/sport/disease, or how we got to where we are today, would be the grossest of understatements. I've been in or around this industry since I was 14 years old, and I find that I learn something new every time I open it!"
—Greg Weaver, Positive Feedback, Issue 74

Lavishly illustrated with many never-before-seen archival photos, The Absolute Sound's Illustrated History of High-End Audio showcases the key technological developments, landmark designs, and revolutionary technologies that transformed the first primitive loudspeakers into today's modern high-end industry. Written by the editorial staff of The Absolute Sound magazine, which was founded in 1973, one of the world's most respected magazines to cover high-end audio. Many of the book's contributors have been writing for decades, and bring their unique experience and insight to high-performance audio's rich legacy.

Let The Absolute Sound lead you on an exclusive tour of the birth of high-end audio's most iconic and revered speaker manufacturers and their products. Packed with the amazing stories and images--including many never-before-revealed and private photos that have never been seen anywhere.

This absolutely stunning 320-page deluxe hardbound book is nearly the size of an LP cover and is beautifully illustrated with rare archival photos of the company founders, their workshops, and early products. In addition to in-depth profiles of major manufacturers, they have included shorter pieces on many other companies that helped shape the high-end industry, as well as new TAS commentary on the most influential loudspeakers of each era. And to make the book truly definitive, The Absolute Sound writers and editors have added a series of features on landmark technological developments, trends, and the overall history of high-end loudspeakers.

This impressive book includes:
  • The most significant loudspeaker designs of the last five decades
  • Profiles of 44 of the high-end's most influential loudspeaker manufacturers
  • Exclusive new interviews with the founding fathers of the high-end loudspeaker industry
  • Never-before-seen archival photos, many from the founders' personal photo collections
  • Richly illustrated timelines and commentary on landmark speakers and technologies
  • Lavish photos of the most beautiful, state-of-the-art loudspeakers
  • Classic and new TAS insights on the world's most iconic loudspeakers
  • And much, much more!
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