Audio expert Peter Mapp had fun measuring a Western Electric 560 loudspeaker from 1926. Read on to learn more about this speaker and the data collected.
The photographs below show a vintage balanced-armature loudspeaker dating back to the 1920s. It belongs to an ex work colleague, who has had it stored in his attic for several decades, having been bought by his father in the 1920s. From the pictures it can be seen that the unit says ‘made in England’. Western Electric subcontracted Standard Telephones & Cables Ltd (STC) to make various products for them for the European market (mainly telephone based equipment). Although having predecessors dating back to 1883, STC itself was founded in 1926. This particular model of Western Electric loudspeaker was made between in 1924 and 1928 and so, having been made in England, this particular unit dates from between 1926 and 1928 and so is around 92-94 years old.