ORTOFON- 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY BOOK - COLLECTOR'S ITEM

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The remarkable history of a company

This book reveals the remarkable history of a company that for 100 years has always been in the business of acoustics. Indeed, for that timespan, Denmark itself, has been recognised as the land of acoustics, with many companies designing innovative products. The country retains that reputation today.

Ortofon has played a significant role in creating a rich heritage for Danish acoustics. We believe that enviable legacy is best protected and continued by the development of exciting new products and keeping Ortofon viable for the future. As you will discover in the book, the list of Ortofon’s famous and groundbreaking products is a long one.

Music historian Kevin Howlett has written this history of 100 years of Ortofon based on a firm foundation of exhaustive research in various archives and in-depth interviews with past and present employees from the 1970s until now. We are indebted to all the many friends and colleagues who gave so generously of their time to contribute to this book.

 

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CHAPTER ONE 1918-1945

ELECTRICAL SOUND
• PETERSEN AND POULSEN
• PATENT CASES

 

CHAPTER TWO 1946-1969

MICROGROOVE, HI-FI AND STEREO
• FROM CINEMA TO GRAMOPHONE
• HIGH FIDELITY
• LIVING STEREO
• MAKING THE CUT
• GOLDEN EAR RECORDS


CHAPTER THREE 1970-1982

ADVENTURES IN SOUND
 TARGETING A NEW MARKET
 THE MOVE TO NAKSKOV
 MORE MAGNETIC DEVELOPMENT
 SPEAKERS AND CUTTERHEADS
 THE MC 30 AND THE DIRECT CUT TEST RECORD
• THE GOLDEN EAR CLUB
 A CLASSIC AMONG THE MOVING COILS
 A DELUXE VERSION OF THE SPU
 THE CONCORDE ARRIVES
 PREPARING ORTOFON FOR THE 1980s
 GOLDEN EAR RECORDS


CHAPTER FOUR 1983-1994

TURBULENT TIMES
 THE ARRIVAL OF DIGITAL SOUND
 ANALOGUE VS DIGITAL
 THE BATTLE FOR THE HIGH END
 IMPROVING ON PERFECTION
 HANG IN THERE!
 DEVELOPING THE COMPANY INTO TWO BUSINESSES
 A FACTORY IN THE USSR AND PROBLEMS IN THE USA
 GROWTH IN THE SCAN MICRO BUSINESS
 LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE
 GOLDEN EAR RECORDS


CHAPTER FIVE 1995-2004

THE VINYL PRESERVATION ACADEMY
 VINYL SURVIVAL
 THE PRO-JECT CONNECTION
 THE MOVING COIL ANNIVERSARY CARTRIDGES
• OK COMPUTER
• A CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP
 GOLDEN EAR RECORDS

 

CHAPTER SIX 2005-2018

STATE OF THE ART
  A NEW CHAPTER
  THE VINYL REVIVAL
  THE SPU ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS
  ORTOFON MICROTECH
  A CENTURY OF DOING BUSINESS
  GOLDEN EAR RECORDS

 

Golden Ear records

Throughout the book, there are overviews of Golden Ear records released during the last seven decades. Ortofon’s origination of the phrase ‘golden ear’ is described in detail in Chapter Three. In brief, when developing new models of cartridges, Ortofon engineers have always relied on particular albums to evaluate the potential of prototypes. 

Ortofon’s Chief Officer of Acoustics and Technology, Leif Johannsen, and the author, Kevin Howlett, have made their Golden Ear choices based not only on the musical excellence and significance of each LP, but also the high quality of its sound. In addition to many well-known audiophile classics, there are some esoteric personal favourites in their selection.

The number of Golden Ear titles was limited to 100 for this book. Of course, many more could have been highlighted.

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