In 18th century Vienna, Joseph Brodmann earned widespread acclaim for excellence in piano making and in furthering the development of piano soundboards. Among the friends and customers of the Brodmann house were Ludwig van Beethoven and Carl Maria von Weber.
Brodmann's protégé and son of a master carpenter, Ignaz Bösendorfer, became an even more famous name in the word of piano making, first taking over as owner of the Joseph Brodmann company when Brodmann retired, and then beginning his own company in 1828.
In 2000 the Bösendorfer company went on to develop a range of high-end loudspeakers designed by Hans Deutsch, who as been designing speakers since the 1960's. When Yamaha bought the company in 2008 they kept only the piano making division and the loudspeakers range was taken over by Brodmann Acoustics, who also continue to make a range of highly regarded pianos.
Joseph Brodmann's name is still the driving force behind Brodmann Acoustics' commitment to excellence. They believe that speakers need to breathe like instruments to reproduce life-like sound. Conventional speakers use filters and dampeners to correct distortion and unwanted resonance from inside and outside the cabinet. Deutsch´s designs minimise distortion in the first place. He carefully developed an extremely stiff speaker cabinet with custom designed drivers to specifically preclude additional dampening. This frees the drivers to follow the electrical signal without any need for correction. Controlled, resonating, acoustic soundboards complete the equation to create three-dimensional, true-to-life sound.
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