On Our Radar

On Our Radar

Written by Frank Doris

Quad ESL-57 electrostatic loudspeaker. it's missing its stands, but otherwise intact. One of the all-time greatest loudspeakers ever created; some would say, the greatest.

ESL-57, rear view. From The Audio Classics Collection, photo by Howard Kneller.

The fabled Mark Levinson HQD system. It included a stacked pair of Quad ESL-57 loudspeakers per side, with a Kelly ribbon tweeter in the middle, and two Hartley 24-inch woofers. The system cost $24,000 in the 1980s. (The original source for this image could not be verified as of press time.)

Doesn't everybody want an audio system with 16th century styling? 1969 Fisher ad for the Metropolitan M-299-IP console.

A spaced-out Lafayette Radio catalog from 1961. Courtesy of Martin Theophilus/the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording.

Howard Kneller’s audio and art photography can be found on Instagram (@howardkneller, @howardkneller.photog) and Facebook (@howardkneller).
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