At Sound of Music, like most hi fi stores of the time, music was a serious thing. We spent hours and hours every week comparing different speakers using different music.
These listening tests were a revelation to me, because they showed that expensive did not mean great. I argued with the other salesmen -- who I think were more motivated by sales commissions than I was -- that the Advent Loudspeaker, which sold for $104 per speaker -- sounded better than more expensive speakers from AR, Altec Lansing and McIntosh. I thought the same about the Dynaco A25 -- a bookshelf-sized speaker that sold for about 75 bucks each as I recall. Another product in this category that we didn't sell, but which friends of mine owned, was the EPI 100, another pretty darned great bookshelf speaker.
Sure, there are other speakers that played a role in this, but I was never a "West Coast Sound" guy. East Coast all the way. We were very lucky that guys like Henry Kloss (KLH and Advent). Ed Laurent, M. Stauning (Dynaco) and Win Burhoe (EPI) did what they did when they did it. I'm very proud to have worked with two of those men. Henry, who I worked with at Advent and Cambridge SoundWorks, had more influence on my business career and product design philosophy than anyone else. And Win designed the very first ZVOX home theater system,..35 years after he designed the EPI 100.
Cheers to the guys that lead the way in designed great sounding audio products that real people could afford. You changed the world.
And a tip to the seven younger people who will eventually read this...a speaker system the size of a large candy bar, no matter how well designed, will never, ever be a high fidelity product. Grow up and buy something with a woofer in it!!!!!!!!!!!