Posts Tagged: 1980

B&W Model 802 Series 80

From its inception in 1966, Bowers and Wilkins showed itself to be one of Britain’s great innovating loudspeaker manufacturers. It soon became famous for technologically interesting products, pushing forward the frontiers of design. This was crystallised in 1970 with the

B&W Model 802 Series 80

From its inception in 1966, Bowers and Wilkins showed itself to be one of Britain’s great innovating loudspeaker manufacturers. It soon became famous for technologically interesting products, pushing forward the frontiers of design. This was crystallised in 1970 with the

Mission 771/772

Mission Electronics was launched in 1977, with Farad Azima, his brother Henry and Stan Curtis as founder directors. Yet another exciting new British hi-fi company to come out of ‘Silicon Fen’ around Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire – the UK’s equivalent of California’s

Mission 771/772

Mission Electronics was launched in 1977, with Farad Azima, his brother Henry and Stan Curtis as founder directors. Yet another exciting new British hi-fi company to come out of ‘Silicon Fen’ around Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire – the UK’s equivalent of California’s

Aiwa M-301

“Refined to the essence of hi-fi perfection”, or so said Aiwa’s 1980 brochure for its M-301 microsystem. “The 35 Watt System: Refinement. Ingenuity. Performance”, it continued. It’s easy to laugh at the marketing hype, but look beyond this and it’s

Aiwa M-301

“Refined to the essence of hi-fi perfection”, or so said Aiwa’s 1980 brochure for its M-301 microsystem. “The 35 Watt System: Refinement. Ingenuity. Performance”, it continued. It’s easy to laugh at the marketing hype, but look beyond this and it’s

Sony TA-F35

Any British hi-fi magazine reader in 1980 would be treated to page after page of commentary and opinion – sometimes dressed up as fact, sometimes not – about how poor Japanese amplifiers were. This was particularly the case, they said,

Sony TA-F35

Any British hi-fi magazine reader in 1980 would be treated to page after page of commentary and opinion – sometimes dressed up as fact, sometimes not – about how poor Japanese amplifiers were. This was particularly the case, they said,

Heybrook TT2

By 1980 when the Heybrook TT2 came out, almost every major development in turntable design had already happened. We had got quartz-locked direct drive, but British manufacturers largely eschewed it on cost grounds. So most UK decks were variations on

Heybrook TT2

By 1980 when the Heybrook TT2 came out, almost every major development in turntable design had already happened. We had got quartz-locked direct drive, but British manufacturers largely eschewed it on cost grounds. So most UK decks were variations on

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Bang & Olufsen Beocord 8000

Compact Cassette, lest we forget, was a convenience medium. But it was a medium on a mission – to displace open reel as the world’s most popular recording format, and to do that it had to sound good. That’s why

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Bang & Olufsen Beocord 8000

Compact Cassette, lest we forget, was a convenience medium. But it was a medium on a mission – to displace open reel as the world’s most popular recording format, and to do that it had to sound good. That’s why

Marantz MA-5

Back in 1980, Japanese manufacturers were engaged in mortal combat trying to make the cleanest and most powerful transistor amplification yet devised. Whereas Sony and Yamaha had both recently gone down the V-FET route (with the TA-N7B and B2 respectively)

Marantz MA-5

Back in 1980, Japanese manufacturers were engaged in mortal combat trying to make the cleanest and most powerful transistor amplification yet devised. Whereas Sony and Yamaha had both recently gone down the V-FET route (with the TA-N7B and B2 respectively)

Dual CS 506

Back in the nineteen eighties, if you were serious about sound on a budget, then vinyl was your only choice. For most of the decade, Compact Disc was the province of the rich – in today’s terms, even the cheapest

Dual CS 506

Back in the nineteen eighties, if you were serious about sound on a budget, then vinyl was your only choice. For most of the decade, Compact Disc was the province of the rich – in today’s terms, even the cheapest