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Thank you for the sound

If you are a real music enthusiast, you can’t deny that a good speaker is of unprecedented importance. Just like any other technological innovation, speakers did not come by themselves. Once there were some very smart people who we have to thank today for using their brains to our musical benefit. We at Octavio share the same inheritance because no speakers equal no Octavio. We would like to honor this by thanking some important figures from over the years. We promise not to bother you with boring details!


Thank you, Alexander Graham Bell


Although it all started with Johann Philipp Reis, who put an electric loudspeaker in his phone in 1861, the real commercialization began in 1876. Alexander Bell was the first one to patent his improved version of the speaker, followed by Ernst Siemens a year later. Meanwhile Thomas Edison developed a stylus and diaphragm device that was used in the first talking pictures, named Wee Small Voice. However, this was not his most successful invention.


Thank you, Leon Gaumont


In the early 1900s cinemas began to use speakers as well. They would put speakers, developed by engineer Leon Gaumont, at the back of the screens. A few years later in 1919 Gaumont develops the Eglephone. A speaker that could amplify sound to 4 thousand people. Another striking device was the Magnavox, invented by Peter Jensen. This device used horns to amplify the sound and was used during Woodrow Wilson’s presidential speech.


Thank you, Walt Disney


Between the two world wars, the development of all kinds of speakers was at full speed. In 1940 Walt Disney launched Fantasound, three audio channels combined with 54 speakers, a whole new kind of sound system. There was also thought of the home user with the invention of the bookshelf speakers and the big gramophones were replaced by woofers and tweeters.


Thank you, Philips


Since the beginning of the 1960’s all consumer electronics became mobile. For example portable turntables with built-in speakers or pocket radios. In 1965 Philips developed a compact cassette tape that used a low fidelity monophonic speaker.


Thank you, Dolby


During the 1970s Dolby developed a noise reduction technology. This seemed to be so effective that it became the standard for noise reproduction all over the world. Even now, years later, we still use the same technics. Bluetooth speakers and NFC speakers are more portable and smaller than ever before, yet they provide us with a high definition sound.

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