Throwback Thursday

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SV Staff  |  Oct 06, 2016  |  0 comments
Sixty-six years ago this week AT&T Bell Laboratories researchers John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley were granted a U.S. Patent for a device that would become a fundamental building block of modern electronics for decades to come—the transistor.
SV Staff  |  Sep 29, 2016  |  7 comments
My how times have changed. Fifteen years ago in the September 2001 issue we reviewed Samsung’s Tantus 32-inch HDTV Monitor. It was the early days of high-def and, yes, those clunky vacuum tube TVs that dominated TV for half a century were still around.
SV Staff  |  Sep 22, 2016  |  0 comments
Twenty-five years ago this week a little-known band from Seattle called Nirvana released their second album, Nevermind.
SV Staff  |  Sep 08, 2016  |  0 comments
Eleven years ago this week, Apple introduced the ultra sleek iPod Nano. The Nano was a replacement for the hugely popular iPod Mini, which drove the number of iPods sold from 2 million to 10 million by the end of 2004, just 12 months after it was introduced.
SV Staff  |  Sep 01, 2016  |  1 comments
Fifteen years ago Al Griffin and David Ranada teamed up to conduct a double-blind listening test with a half dozen $300-a-pair bookshelf speakers. (Gotta love those Sam Sisco caricatures!) Models from Acoustic Energy, Boston Acoustics, Jamo, KEF, Monitor Audio, and NHT were set up in two groups of three with each stereo pair situated so the “listener only had to turn his head slightly to bring the sonic image of each pair into focus.”
SV Staff  |  Aug 25, 2016  |  4 comments
A promising new movie format called DVD was the theme of the August 1998 issue of Stereo Review, the 40-year-old magazine that would take on a new identity six months later with the debut of Sound & Vision.
SV Staff  |  Aug 18, 2016  |  1 comments
Say what you will about Abba but the ‘70s pop band is able to lay claim a small but significant piece of tech history. The Swedish group’s final studio album The Visitors was the world’s first commercially produced CD when it rolled off the production line 34 years ago this week at the Philips/Polygram-owned CD manufacturing plant in Langenhagen, Germany.
SV Staff  |  Aug 11, 2016  |  3 comments
When Music Television, better known as MTV, launched 35 years ago this month—12:01am on August 1, 1981 to be precise—the idea of a 24-hour video music channel was foreign (as it is again today) yet fascinating as we got to see beloved pop heroes “playing” music against often outlandish video sets.
SV Staff  |  Aug 04, 2016  |  1 comments
Enjoy this multi-part collage recalling long-forgotten audio brands, represented here by iconic advertising of the day.
SV Staff  |  Jul 28, 2016  |  8 comments
True, the VCR has been effectively dead for years but that didn’t stop Japan-based Funai Electric from selling more than 750,000 VHS machines last year. Where they sold ’em and who bought ’em is an interesting question but none of that matters anymore as this surprising vestige of the past comes to an end.
SV Staff  |  Jul 21, 2016  |  0 comments
Nakamichi (October 1977), Nikko (December 1974), Optonica (March 1979)

Last week we presented a selection of iconic ’70s-era advertisements from long-forgotten brands with names that fall in the first half of the alphabet (A–M). Our favorites included the Carver ad showing a young Bob Carver hamming it up, Garrard’s “Improve Your Hearing for $200” turntable ad, and the iconic Maxell ad depicting a listener getting “blown away.” Here we pick up where we left off, starting with classics from Nakamichi, Nikko, and Optonica. Watch for Part 3, our final installment, next week.

SV Staff  |  Jul 14, 2016  |  0 comments
Akai (July 1977, art by Charles Bragg), BIC (1975), Carver (1980)

Enjoy this multi-part collage recalling long-forgotten audio brands, represented here by iconic advertising of the day.

SV Staff  |  Jul 07, 2016  |  1 comments
Few products have the power to single-handedly change the course of history. Thirty-seven years ago this month Sony introduced a portable cassette player that would forever change the way we experience music on-the-go.
SV Staff  |  Jun 30, 2016  |  0 comments
Forty-four years ago this week the iconic video game company Atari was founded by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney.
SV Staff  |  Jun 23, 2016  |  1 comments
Electricity. The force behind everything readers of this magazine cherish. Try to imagine a world without it. Impossible. 264 years ago this month Benjamin Franklin—inventor, entrepreneur, and one of America’s founding fathers—hypothesized that lightning was an electrical phenomenon that could be transferred to another object and set out to prove it by flying a kite during a thunderstorm.