Before we listened to music on tiny wireless earbuds or small Bluetooth speakers, we needed larger, furniture-sized equipment to appreciate it. And that class of objects, due to their sheer scale, not only required more design work to execute, but also had an outsized presence in our living spaces.
Some fine examples of the intersection of music and design appreciation are on display in "Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design," a book put together by Gideon Schwartz. Schwartz is the founder of Audioarts, an ultra-high-end audio equipment showroom in New York, and he calls the book "an homage to exceptional audio design and method." Some samples: