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JBL L100 Classic

When the first JBL L100 was launched at CES 1970 in Chicago, few realised how popular it would be. A consumer version of the 4310/4311 professional monitors, it shared the same driver line-up, with strong Alnico V magnets. A simple

JBL L100 Classic

When the first JBL L100 was launched at CES 1970 in Chicago, few realised how popular it would be. A consumer version of the 4310/4311 professional monitors, it shared the same driver line-up, with strong Alnico V magnets. A simple

Ken Ishiwata, 1947–2019

The sad news comes that Ken Ishiwata, former brand ambassador of Marantz, has died aged 72 after a short illness. An immensely talented man, Ken was charming, modest and cultured in a way that stood out like a beacon in

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Ken Ishiwata, 1947–2019

The sad news comes that Ken Ishiwata, former brand ambassador of Marantz, has died aged 72 after a short illness. An immensely talented man, Ken was charming, modest and cultured in a way that stood out like a beacon in

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Dual CS606

It is hard to understate the decline of Dual, which had once been one of the largest manufacturers of turntables in Europe, with over three thousand employees working across several factories in West Germany, at the peak of that country’s

Dual CS606

It is hard to understate the decline of Dual, which had once been one of the largest manufacturers of turntables in Europe, with over three thousand employees working across several factories in West Germany, at the peak of that country’s

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Sony TC-K81

It’s hard to understate just how important Compact Cassette was as a format in 1979. The Long Playing record was now in the late autumn of its life – or so we thought – with ever more people buying pre-recorded

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Sony TC-K81

It’s hard to understate just how important Compact Cassette was as a format in 1979. The Long Playing record was now in the late autumn of its life – or so we thought – with ever more people buying pre-recorded

Hitachi HMA-6500

Back in the mid nineteen seventies, Hitachi’s development and productionising of MOSFETs (Metal Oxide Silicon Field Effect Transistor) played a massive part in the hi-fi world that was then just around the corner. The world wasn’t even fifteen years into

Hitachi HMA-6500

Back in the mid nineteen seventies, Hitachi’s development and productionising of MOSFETs (Metal Oxide Silicon Field Effect Transistor) played a massive part in the hi-fi world that was then just around the corner. The world wasn’t even fifteen years into

Wharfedale Linton Classic

Thirty years ago most audiophiles thought everything old was rubbish, and all we needed was modern technology and fresh thinking to shape our brave new world. Of course this was only true up to a point, and now we are

Wharfedale Linton Classic

Thirty years ago most audiophiles thought everything old was rubbish, and all we needed was modern technology and fresh thinking to shape our brave new world. Of course this was only true up to a point, and now we are

Tetsuya Itani

Tetsuya Itani is Technics’ Chief Technical Officer. Since 1980 he has been at the sharp end of an industry that has seen great change. Having joined Panasonic/Technics as a rookie straight out of university, he found himself working for one of

Tetsuya Itani

Tetsuya Itani is Technics’ Chief Technical Officer. Since 1980 he has been at the sharp end of an industry that has seen great change. Having joined Panasonic/Technics as a rookie straight out of university, he found himself working for one of