Move aside youngsters. My first audiophile speaker was an Acoustic Research AR-2, purchased in 1957 for the princely sum of $89 (that got you a cabinet in unfinished pine; I "finished" my speaker by wrapping the cabinet in black Contac paper, which made for a rather handsome appearance).
AR and its offshoot rival KLH were just beginning to make a splash in the high-fidelity world. A few years later (1959) they would be boosted to more prominence by a seminal Consumer Reports test of loudspeakers (back then CR actually did credible audio testing). CR found only four loudspeakers worthy of being called "high-fidelity" - the AR-1, AR-2, KLH-4. and KLH-6. They dissed such big name brands as University, Bozak, Electro-Voice, Jensen, Hartley, James B. Lansing. Needless to say, the report caused an uproar in the speaker industry, but it put AR and KLH on the map.
Of course $89 was a lot of money back then for a struggling college student. This speaker was for my first real "high-fidelity" system - a mono system. The buzz about that newfangled stereo thing was just beginning to take hold among audio hobbyists (can you believe that when stereo was first introduced in the mass market, the salesmen called the second channel speaker a "slave" unit).
That system got me started in a hobby that has gone on for 50+ years. Spent tons too much money, but had a ball all the way. Still an audiophile, but very happy with what I have, and don't plan to buy much more.