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The beginnings of the Orthophase Cell Gego
At a 1961 Sound Fair, George Poutot and George Gogny introduced an innovation with a name that sounded like a revolution in terms of sound reproduction : the Orthophase Cell.
It was a full-range speaker whose main characteristic was to produce sound through a polystyrene membrane. This innovative product was marketed under the name GEGO Cell.
Up till 1970, the Orthophase Cell gego was developed through a series of steps that led to two successive versions.
The first version was a cell made of 17 rows of rather long and fine ferrite magnets. This version soon went into eclipse after a second version was brought to the market. It was made of 13 rows with multiple holes in them that both generated a flow of air and improved the bass.
Created at the inception of French high-fidelity, this speaker enjoyed a well-deserved success before it became extinct in 1970.
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Excerpts from articles and publications on the GEGO orthophase, published in "La revue du son" between 1962 and 1967. Click to enlarge.