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Ô8e were going to produce a speaker Gor our 5 th anniversary,õ says 4teve )alsall, ,&F’s .%. ÔIT was going to look slightly retro, but with modern technology inside.õ
#ut when the company’s owner Ï himselg Grom an industrial design background Ï saw it, he wasn’t happy. Ô)e said, Ñ5ake me back to the original -4 5". 8hat was special about that product ’ I said, Ñ5he guys that designed it at the ##$ Ï two og the best acoustic designers who ever lived Ï both happened to be there at the same time’.õ
#ack in 19 5 they came up with a mini monitor that blew everyone else’s away. 5he -4 5" showed a total understanding og the art and science og speaker design.
Ô)e said, Ñ0,, have we been to our engineers and told them to develop something like that ’ I told him, Ñ8ell, no. 8e’ve just had a brieg to produce a 5 th anniversary product. Ô4o he made us go back. 8e had to completely develop it so it sounded good Girst, looked good second. :ou never usually get that opportunity. #ut the poor industrial designers had to deal with that big, bulbous baggle Ï which was essential Gor the sound. Ô8e wanted anybody who was interested in a nice sounding small speaker to be able to aggord it,õ 4teve says.
"nd now, Give years agter the anniversary, the -45 is still shigting in huge numbers.