You probably know Braun best for its shaving products. However, the German company, founded by Max Braun, started off manufacturing radio sets in the 1920s.
Now nearly 100 years since the company was started and 28 since it pulled out of hi-fi altogether, Braun Audio is back with the reinvention of its LE speakers from 1959.
The new LE speakers, originally designed by Dieter Rams in 1959, will make their debut at this year’s IFA show from September 6th to 11th.
Indeed, Braun has a proud history of ground-breaking audio products. With iconic designer Dieter Rams as Head of Braun Design, 1956 saw the launch of the first Hi-Fi turntable system with a transparent plexiglass cover: the SK 4.
And in 1959 Braun introduced the world to the first mobile record player/radio combination with the TP 1. The model’s innovative radio-phonograph combination played 45 RPM records via a spring-operated stylus concealed within the casing.
The Atelier, in production from 1980 to 1990, was the first-ever stackable Hi-Fi system on the market. Notably, all its components manufactured over the ten-year production period could be combined optically and technically with any of the others.
Braun claims the new LE speaker range combines Braun’s audio heritage and craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology and connectivity.
Says Prof. Oliver Grabes, Head of Braun Design:
“This year we excitingly mark the return of Braun Audio with the reinvention of one of the brand’s most iconic ranges – the LE. At Braun, the hallmarks of heritage, design and innovation have always been at the company’s core.
“The reintroduction of Braun Audio now means the brand reawakens its relationship with the audio world and the importance that sound, and particularly music, has in our lives.”
You can see some great retro hi-fi products from Braun in this gallery below: