Originally Posted by LTD02
foh, ultralinear 200's obviously superior to jbl L100's :-)~
Depends on one's age, however in the 70's-80's there were HiFi shops all over. Most midlevel shops sold some type of "private label", house branded speaker, that is exclusive to them and unavailable by that name elsewhere.
This was the genesis of much of the audiophile myths that we're still trying to de-bunk today. Individuals go in, listen to every word the sales guy said, ... 'cause he's the expert. That said, there were still good audio guys around ... problem was sales commissions ruled, thus misinformation spread. Julian Hirsch and Stereo Review certainly didn't help any. The solid work was centered around AES papers, guys like Keele put out good work to read. Perhaps the best was Don Davis and Eugene Patronis, and their Sound System Engineering. I followed studio design, and all the advancements therein. Much I didn't fully understand, but I read and read until it soaked in.
Still today I rate Sound System Engineering, up there as the best ever. A close second is Tooles recent book, Everest's and Newell's studio design book.
Sorry, I digress. Those Ultralinear just put components in a box and sold them. No real engineering effort, but still decent for the time. I think it's cool they're still being used for playback