Saturday, April 17, 2021

Marcel Breuer Designed House + Altec 604C + Infinite Baffle

  

This beautiful mid century modern home aka the Snower residence was designed by Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer and posted by midcenturyhome, whose finely curated photostream I follow on Instagram.


Aside from my interest in mid century modern architecture, the Altec 604C mounted prominently in the living room caught my eye.๐Ÿ˜„


I've also seen a Fisher 50C preamp (bottom) at FLW's Fallingwater. Unfortunately, interior photography was prohibited there when I last visited. ๐Ÿ˜ž 


The Snower house + hifi installation was already brought to my attention in the comment section of architects, music and hifi  by a blog visitor many years ago. Thank you!

from Dwell.com

More Infinite Baffle Installations



I blogged about this installation before, but this picture offers another perspective of the 2-way horn speaker system installed in Case Study House #9 designed for John Entenza by Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen.

Scans from How to Build Speaker Enclosures


An office stereo hifi


John Hilliard's home hifi system



Hi-Fi system details

I'm pretty sure all these wall mounted speaker systems were formidable music reproducers! However, ever since soundstaging and imaging took precedence over sound quality, infinite baffle loading fell out of favor. ๐Ÿ˜”



6 comments:

  1. I have a book where they describe the speaker in that last picture...

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    1. Can you share some details?

      Thanks in advance!

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  2. Here's an article from Audio Magazine, March 1960, in which the system is described:

    https://imgur.com/a/Qz5KVdD

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