Paul includes a brief history of recording and stereo development in his latest book. I found a really good way of learning the history of high fidelity and stereo by reading old copies of High Fidelity, Audio, Hi Fi Stereo Review, and Stereophile at this site:
There are articles on the fundamental aspects of our hobby and interviews with the great musicians in the 1950s.
I especially like reading the original reviews of the great recordings such as RCA Living Stereo.
I just looked around a bit, an impressive collection.
Thank you for posting. I will be reading these publications for years.
Thanks for sharing! I look forward to reviewing them.
“You often hear claims of loudspeaker response “from 16 to 20,000 cycles.” Even if this were practicable it would not, of itself, mean accurate reproduction. For full range is only one qualification of a high fidelity system.”
Fascinating to read about the early days of our hobby and how much of what we debate today hasn’t changed.
I can only imagine what the letters to the editor are like on the topic of subjective vs. measurable listening.
@tgttgt, thanks so much for sharing the link!