The history of HiFi

Posted on July 25th, 2011 by Sonos Staff in Infographics, Music In Culture, News

Remember HiFi? Giant, analog-loving systems that people gathered around to hear the latest music in rich, encompassing stereo sound. Lately, it’s hard to come by. Recent technology has reduced the size of music players and “speakers” to the nth degree in order to offer a more portable–and personal–listening experience.

Certainly, this advancement has been beneficial for on-the-go music enjoyment, but it also spurred a degradation in audio quality, as well as discouraged the social element of music enjoyment and discovery. All is not lost, however. HiFi for the home is on its way back. But where did HiFi come from–and where is it headed? Take a look at the infographic below for some answers.

Posted on July 25th, 2011 by Sonos Staff in Infographics, Music In Culture, News

  • http://www.blogemmanuel.com/ Emmanuel

    great work !

  • Richardn

    A realy nice summary but surely the invemtion of the tranisistor should get a mention

  • http://tommix.papper.fi Tommix Helsinki

    You totally forgot about the phonoautograph from 1857.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phonoautograph

  • Josh J Hall

    One quick thing, I’m fairly confident that Marconi lost the patent case to Tesla (who actually invented the radio several years prior to Marconi’s filing).

  • Quad Audio Boy

    Brilliant!!

  • Stefan

    is there a chance to get this (and maybe also other infogfx) as a download to print it out?

    • http://sonos.com Sonos

      The highest res we have is available by clicking the image. Not poster quality, but will make a passable print!