Many years ago I published this article abt digging for ancient audio ephemera in Buenos Aires. Reader N. Dinapoli Farina uncovered some related materials and has shared them with us here. I believe that the magazine may have been called “Radio Chassis Television” and the scans below are all from the late 1950s. Click on the images for hi-res. Enjoy!
Above: Williamson style amp and power supply.
Fifteen-watt “Alta Fidelidad” amplifier.
Full-featured mono preamp
Super basic hi-z mic mixer
Here’s an odd lil curiosity for ya: in 1988, SONY made a tiny discman sized to play the ill-fated 3″ CD singles that had recently come on the market. The D-88 could also play regular sized discs, albeit with some… protrusion.
Sansui’s late-70’s line of hi-fi equipment is fairly collectible; I’ve had several of them over the years, and they generally sell for good money. My last pair, a tuner and integrated amp, actually went to a prop stylist for a film… I wish I could remember the name of the picture. Anyhow, aside from the usual amps, preamps, tuners, and integrated amps, Sansui also made this very unusual device during the ‘first-wave’ of home-music-production: The AX-7 ‘Audio Mixer.’ A four-input HI-Z mixer, the AX-7 was designed to allow the user more easily use multiple stereo tape decks to ping-pong tracks into a layered production. It also offered global spring reverb!
There is a good-looking example on eBay right now for $99 BIN, which is a great value just for the spring reverb!
Download an 8pp catalog/poster with specs on every Fostex cone, compression, and super-tweeter driver, and their cast and wooden radial horns, circa 1981:
I’d get carpal tunnel syndrome re-typing every model # in this thing, but trust me there’s a lot of info here… of use to whom, that’s another question i suppose.
Download the 6pp catalog introducing the KEF Model 101 of 1979:
Tiny speakers with high-performance, the 101 remains coveted 35 years after its introduction.
Download the 6pp catalog introducing the iconic B&W model 801 speaker system:
One of the few speakers that has seen extensive use in both pro-studio and audiophile environments, the 801 is high on my personal wish-list… someday I’ll replace my Dahlquist DQ-12s with these…
Download the original 4pp catalog for the Technics SB-10 “R&B Series” Honeycomb Disc Speaker System:
We’ve featured a ton of late-70’s Technics materials here at PS dot com, but I think this is the first of their period speakers we’ve described… and wow these things are unusual. The woofer and midrange use rigid flat diaphragms, and the tweeter is a “Leaf” design; check the download for deets on that. Anyone ever listen to these? Thoughts?
How y’all doing. Sitting here on the (what feels like) first day of fall, listening to a pile of weirdo 70’s UK punk LPs: The 999, Steve Harley, The Stranglers, and The Doctors Of Madness. What better match than some musty old paper describing some oddball British speakers of the era: Jordan Watts. This is the first of what will be many uploads of late-70s speaker ephemera, both HiFi and pro-audio. I have 100s of pieces of this stuff to go thru, and finally a free minute to do it. So get ready… and remember to check if Orange County Speakers has re-edge kits available for any foam-edged 35 year-old-speaker yr thinking of buying. Anyhow, download a complete late-1970s JORDAN WATTS hi-fi speaker catalog:
On offer: the Jordan Watts models Juno, Juliet, Jumbo, GT, Jodrell, Jupiter, TLS, Jericho, Centurion, Qubique, and Flagon.The Jordan-Watts speakers used a very unusual 4″ metal-coned driver unit that came in its own integral mini-enclosure. Even stranger tho are their Arabesque and Romanesque “Qubiqe” and “Flagon” models:
Download the original catalogs for the Technics SP-15, SP-10 mk2, SL-1015, and SL-1400 turntables:
I’m listening to some obscure 70s vinyl on an old 1200 as I type this, and I have a very similar heavy-duty vintage JVC unit upstairs; oh the 70s and its direct-drive mania. Pretty cool to see the 1400; I had a 1700 recently that I gave to a friend; the 1400 seems to be sorta a more pro 1700? Anyone?