Exceptional loudspeakers Elipson BS50 'chapeau chinois' (Chinese Hat) 1950's
These BS50 'chapeau chinois' vintage loudspeaker are of exceptional beauty and aesthetic importance, but unfortunately extremely hard to find. We could rephrase Justin Hayward saying "The chances of finding them on the market place are a million to one... But still, here they are!"*
The vintage Elipson speakers are in mint condition and are completely handcrafted in plaster. The typical 360° 'chinese hat' audio wave diffuser was patented in 1959/1960 ('brevet d'invention') by the french 'INPI' (Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle).
The company Elipson is the oldest loudspeaker manufacturer of France, founded in 1938 as Multimoteur. Elipson produced the subsequent decades loudspeakers, vinyl records, amplifiers and accessories. In 1948 Joseph Léon becomes managing director making Elipson one of the most important audio brands of the country and far beyond. Elipson becomes well known for its spherical and odd loudspeaker designs with superior sound quality. Elipson is active as a loudspeaker manufacturer until present (http://www.elipson.com).
* Justin Hayward poses "The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one... But still, they come!" in the opening track of Jeff Wayne’s 1978 concept album 'Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds', a rock opera based on H. G. Wells’s classic 1898 science fiction novel The War of the Worlds.
BS50 'chapeau chinois'
Diameter sphere 50 cm
BS50 'chapeau chinois' loudspeakers feature the classic french movie 'Une étudiante aujourd'hui' from 1966 by the internationally acclaimed and awarded film maker / director Eric Rohmer (1920 - 2010).