Music History

A New Blog Dedicated to a HiFi Pioneer

Unless you’re a hardcore student of the history of high-fidelity sound, you’ve probably never heard the name Edward Villchur before. But if you’ve ever enjoyed music through a set of speakers, you’re away of his work.


In the early 50s, Villchur invented a new type of speaker enclosure called the “acoustic suspension,” a design that allowed little boxes to produce big bass. Without this development, the evolution of home stereo would have never been possible.

Villchur’s speakers–most notably the AR-1 and the AR-3–revolutionized the way people enjoyed music in the home. And Villchur’s company, Acoustic Research, went on to become one of the best-known speak manufacturers in the world.


But there was much more to this inventor’s work than his speakers. His daughter, Miriam Villchur Berg, has just launched a blog that highlights some of her father’s many accomplishments. If you’re curious about the roots of today’s audio gear, give it a look.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

Alan Cross has 38296 posts and counting. See all posts by Alan Cross

Let us know what you think!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.