Murphy 'A104' broadcast receiver, c 1949.
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Murphy radio broadcast receiver, veneered in mahogany with gold plastic trim. Recognising a growing demand for 'high fidelity' sound, one British company, Murphy, switched its attention from producing cabinets for their visual attractivenes to designing them on acoustic principles. This model took advantage of the fact that fixing the loudspeaker behind a large wooden baffle improves the sound as well as producing a stylistic innovation. The set was designed by Dick Rusell who became Britain's first Profesor of Industrial Design in 1949.