Posts Tagged: 1978

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Aiwa AD-6900

Although Compact Cassette was launched back in 1963, it wasn’t until the nineteen seventies that the format truly came of age. Indeed at the turn of this decade it was still very low on the evolutionary scale, being the province

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Aiwa AD-6900

Although Compact Cassette was launched back in 1963, it wasn’t until the nineteen seventies that the format truly came of age. Indeed at the turn of this decade it was still very low on the evolutionary scale, being the province

Sony PS-X40

The nineteen seventies was ‘the Golden Age of Vinyl’, and Sony played an important part in making it so. Although the specialist audiophile market was preoccupied with belt-driven British superdecks such as Linn’s Sondek and Dunlop’s Systemdek, the wider turntable

Sony PS-X40

The nineteen seventies was ‘the Golden Age of Vinyl’, and Sony played an important part in making it so. Although the specialist audiophile market was preoccupied with belt-driven British superdecks such as Linn’s Sondek and Dunlop’s Systemdek, the wider turntable

Sony ST-J60

The radical new 1978 range of Sony tuners was topped by the ST-J55 (£200), ST-J60 (£295) and flagship ST-J75 (£375). Stylistically these were a radical departure for the Japanese consumer electronics giant, with slimline proportions that were a marked contrast

Sony ST-J60

The radical new 1978 range of Sony tuners was topped by the ST-J55 (£200), ST-J60 (£295) and flagship ST-J75 (£375). Stylistically these were a radical departure for the Japanese consumer electronics giant, with slimline proportions that were a marked contrast

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Harman Kardon Hk1500

The comings and goings of corporate America don’t often intersect with the hi-fi world, but indelibly stamped Harman Kardon’s 1978 range. When company founder and CEO Sidney Harman was invited to become an undersecretary of the Department of Commerce in

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Harman Kardon Hk1500

The comings and goings of corporate America don’t often intersect with the hi-fi world, but indelibly stamped Harman Kardon’s 1978 range. When company founder and CEO Sidney Harman was invited to become an undersecretary of the Department of Commerce in

Kate Bush – The Kick Inside

Many viewed Kate Bush’s first single – Wuthering Heights – as a novelty record. Her striking and distinctive vocal style was nothing like anything else around at the time, making it easy pickings for satirists and cynics alike. Sadly, this rather detracted

Kate Bush – The Kick Inside

Many viewed Kate Bush’s first single – Wuthering Heights – as a novelty record. Her striking and distinctive vocal style was nothing like anything else around at the time, making it easy pickings for satirists and cynics alike. Sadly, this rather detracted

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Sony TC-K60

Costing Y80,000 (£300) in its native Japan when launched in 1978, this was a high end cassette deck with a difference. Indeed, for Sony it was an uncharacteristically clumsy attempt at bringing added convenience to the Compact Cassette format. The

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Sony TC-K60

Costing Y80,000 (£300) in its native Japan when launched in 1978, this was a high end cassette deck with a difference. Indeed, for Sony it was an uncharacteristically clumsy attempt at bringing added convenience to the Compact Cassette format. The

Aiwa AT-9700

Tuners are rarely objects of desire. Even the best examples of the breed struggle to arouse passions like, say, high end turntables or monster open reels. But Aiwa’s AT-9700 was different – ultra modern in the nineteen seventies sense of

Aiwa AT-9700

Tuners are rarely objects of desire. Even the best examples of the breed struggle to arouse passions like, say, high end turntables or monster open reels. But Aiwa’s AT-9700 was different – ultra modern in the nineteen seventies sense of

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Nakamichi 480

It’s easy to think of Nakamichi as a purveyor of frighteningly expensive esoterica. Thanks to its much vaunted Dragon and MusicLink ranges, the company achieved legendary status. Like Luxman, MacIntosh, Revox or Goldmund, its marque enjoyed guilt-edged, twenty four carat gold-plated

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Nakamichi 480

It’s easy to think of Nakamichi as a purveyor of frighteningly expensive esoterica. Thanks to its much vaunted Dragon and MusicLink ranges, the company achieved legendary status. Like Luxman, MacIntosh, Revox or Goldmund, its marque enjoyed guilt-edged, twenty four carat gold-plated

SME Series III

SME’s name precedes the brand itself. Everyone in the audiophile world knows it’s a superb company, with a fantastic heritage behind it. The quality of any SME product is assured, and it has never made a duffer. Or has it?

SME Series III

SME’s name precedes the brand itself. Everyone in the audiophile world knows it’s a superb company, with a fantastic heritage behind it. The quality of any SME product is assured, and it has never made a duffer. Or has it?

Linn Ittok LVIII

By many people’s reckoning the Linn Ittok was the world’s first super-arm. Originally manufactured for Linn by the Denon Parts Company of Japan (no relation to the electronics brand), it was designed by a Mr Ito to Linn’s specification back in

Linn Ittok LVIII

By many people’s reckoning the Linn Ittok was the world’s first super-arm. Originally manufactured for Linn by the Denon Parts Company of Japan (no relation to the electronics brand), it was designed by a Mr Ito to Linn’s specification back in

Sony HMK-80

In the nineteen seventies hi-fi boom, when every lifestyle magazine was telling people to buy large, unwieldy stereo separates, every self-respecting mass manufacturer offered the same thing in a single package. It was called a music centre, and admittedly the breed

Sony HMK-80

In the nineteen seventies hi-fi boom, when every lifestyle magazine was telling people to buy large, unwieldy stereo separates, every self-respecting mass manufacturer offered the same thing in a single package. It was called a music centre, and admittedly the breed

JBE Series 3

It’s all forgotten about now, but once upon a time there was an expensive – but certainly not exorbitantly priced – turntable that came along, challenged the best of the best and won. Well, almost. You see, the JBE was

JBE Series 3

It’s all forgotten about now, but once upon a time there was an expensive – but certainly not exorbitantly priced – turntable that came along, challenged the best of the best and won. Well, almost. You see, the JBE was