Tag "audio equipment"
Wired Radio (Sep, 1936)

This kind of thing is much cooler when Les Paul lives in your building.

Wired Radio

Musical programs now transmitted over telephone lines.

FOR many years the possibility of using electric light or telephone lines for transmitting “radio” programs has been considered. In the rather old “wired wireless” effect, the voice and music were to be impressed upon the regular house – lighting circuits at radio frequencies, and were then to be changed to audio frequencies.

Wire Recorder Saves Time by Handling Data on Photographs (Dec, 1950)

Wire Recorder Saves Time by Handling Data on Photographs

Photographers who do considerable work in the field can save time by using a wire recorder to keep track of pertinent information. Details and remarks can be recorded in a moment and then edited later when time is available. The recorder is set up in the front seat of the car, and the necessary 110-volt a.c. is supplied by a war-surplus converter carried in the trunk.

Robert H. Horn, Yakima, Wash.

The everything set (Jun, 1979)

The everything set

It’s a carry-along entertainment and information center—AM, FM, CB, public service, aircraft, and weather bands, three-inch TV, cassette tape—along with a built-in mike and sleep switch. Six D cells power it. It’s $249.95, from Sampo, 1050 Arthur Ave., Elk Grove Village, III. 60007.

Lecturer Controls All Demonstrations (Sep, 1936)

Lecturer Controls All Demonstrations

WHAT is called the most novel and original control system is now in operation in the Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College. Conceived by Professor George B. Dickinson, of the Department of Music, this unique system permits the professor to go through the whole routine without moving a step away from his lecture table, but cutting in the big organ, radio or phonograph, stereopticon, piano, etc., by merely pressing a button or closing a switch.

Phono-Film Reel (Sep, 1936)

Phono-Film Reel

A very efficient and cheap new method of sound reproduction


AS shown by the great number of electrically transcribed programs on the radio, which gave such a setback to the phonograph industry, broadcasting even today relies to a considerable extent on mechanical sound recording.

“Brain Music” Electrically Made (Feb, 1930)

I don’t think this is “Brain Music” so much as a pair of insane headphones made using people’s hands as drivers and paper as the diaphragm.

“Brain Music” Electrically Made

MUSIC heard clearly inside the brain although no sound waves were entering the stopped-up ears of the hearer, is a new achievement of the science of electro-acoustics demonstrated by Mr. Sergius P. Grace, assistant vice president of the Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Ecstasy. At a price that won’t cause too much agony. (Feb, 1972)

Ecstasy. At a price that won’t cause too much agony.

Before the ecstasy of listening to your new stereo equipment comes, alas, the agony of shopping for it —the frustration of wanting this feature, and that spec, and finding that your budget won’t quite cover it.

NORELCO presents the world’s second finest* pickup cartridge (Jul, 1958)

A few things stand out in this ad:

  • Norelco made adorable anthropomorphic record pickups that looked a bit like a svelte version of the Google Android robot.
  • I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an ad advertising the fact that a product is second best, without telling you what the better one is.
  • An address in the form of City, Something Else, State. Is odd. I wonder if this was because there was more than one city named Hickville in New York and before ZIP codes they needed a way to tell them apart.

NORELCO presents the world’s second finest* pickup cartridge

a new MAGNETO-DYNAMIC design by Philips of the Netherlands

*to find out which pickup cartridge is the finest and why the NORELCO is the second finest

Snapshots in Sound (Jul, 1958)

Nothing says “vacation” like lugging a fifteen pound tape recorder and pile of adapters around with you.

Snapshots in Sound

Relive your summer vacation with a record on tape

YOU’RE ALL PACKED and ready for that summer vacation you’ve planned for a whole year. You make a last-minute check. Got the bathing suits? Travelers checks? Suntan oil, guide book, maps, camera, film . . . ?

Didn’t you forget something? You took a camera, maybe even a movie camera, too, to make a permanent record of fun in the sun. But did you ever think of making a sound record of your vacation?

Beam “Mike” for Outdoor Films (Oct, 1930)

Beam “Mike” for Outdoor Films

Revolutionary in its scope and perfected to the point where it is believed millions of dollars will be saved in the production of outdoor talking pictures, the beam microphone pictured at the left is being used for the first time in the filming of a railroad epic in Montana. The microphone will pick up sounds only from the point at which it is aimed, thus permitting directors to give oral instructions during filming.