Tag "audio equipment"
What’s New IN ELECTRONICS – Sony Walkman (Apr, 1980)

Of course the Sony Soundabout was later renamed the Sony Walkman.


Hi-fi for joggers

You don’t have to jog when listening to stereo music from the Sony Soundabout cassette player—but you could. It’s small, lightweight, designed to go anywhere, and produces high-fidelity stereo through its specially built headphones. Price: $199.95.

This is Sony (Aug, 1962)

This is Sony


Sony Stereo Tape Deck 262-D —4 & 2 track stereo recording and playback tape transport to add tape to your existing hi fi system. $89.50. (Also available, not pictured, the new SRA-2 stereo recording amplifier for the 262 D. $89.50.) • Sony Sterecorder 777-S—All transistorized professional 2 or 4 track stereo recorder featuring the exclusive Sony Electro Bi Lateral playback Head. World’s finest tape recorder. $595.

Bombshell Mikes Make Permanent Record of Conference (Aug, 1932)

Bombshell Mikes Make Permanent Record of Conference

WITH the aid of a new electrical system making use of a battery of bomb-shaped microphones and a switch board, the recording of minute but important details of lengthy conferences is now simplified to a considerable extent. In addition, greater accuracy in the transcription is obtainable.

Radio’s Second Childhood (Jan, 1954)

Radio’s Second Childhood

Although nobody wants to return to the horse-and-carriage days, radio’s very first baby, the crystal set, is making a comeback.

By Henry M. Lewis, Jr.

UNLESS you’re an avid collector of antiques—a forgivable exception—you’d probably never think of entertaining your guests with that squeaky old Gramophone that’s gathering dust in the attic.

New Movie Reel Records Sounds for Talkies (May, 1929)

Patent #1846055


New Movie Reel Records Sounds for Talkies

ONE surface of this new movie reel records pictures and the other sound waves. It is the latest invention of Frederick W. Hochstetter, Pittsburgh, Pa., and is expected to be of great aid in the further development of the “talkies.”

Material composing the reel consists of fabric which has been made fireproof. It is photographically light sensitive with special emulsions of great reflecting qualities.

NEW in SCIENCE (Dec, 1952)


Hydrofoil Bus is claimed by its German inventor to be the fastest passenger boat in the world. In a demonstration on Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, it carried 32 people 50 mph. Motor is 350 hp. Hydraulic wings lift it high in the water.

Mail Pushcart replaces the usual mailbag for Irving Wonnacott of Oak Park, Ill. Local post office tested several models to ease delivery of magazine and periodicals, decided on this one. It holds more than bag, saves wear and tear on postmen.



Nathan Van Cleave is a top man in radio music whose improvements in his home recording machine grew into a prosperous business.

Photos by Bradley Smith

WHEN Nathan Van Cleave started playing trumpet at 8, he never dreamed he’d be conducting a band at 14. When he left Illinois University and came to New York, he never thought in a few years he would be sitting in Carnegie Hall and listening to one of his own compositions being played. When he started to experiment with sound reproduction to improve his music for radio audiences, no one could have ever made him believe he’d wind up with a flourishing manufacturing business. But it has all happened!

SOUND ON A SPOOL (Aug, 1945)

Turns out that there were two drawbacks to using wire.  Although playable today they had a tendency to tangle leading to breaks.  Second, due to the short period recorders were made the equipment to play them back is very rare according the this Library of Congress webpage.


Now you can record anything you want to— easily and cheaply.


HAVE you ever wanted to recapture a radio program—a great symphony, a historic speech, or perhaps a new tune that has been eluding your memory? The chances are that you have never been able to do it because recording equipment has always been so costly and complicated.

The modern wire recorder has changed the amateur recording outlook entirely, however. It is now possible to record anything you like at a cost of only a few pennies or a full hour’s recording.

AMPLION – The World’s Standard Loud Speaker (Jan, 1924)

AMPLION – The World’s Standard Loud Speaker

A few practical points about Amplion supremacy:

The Amplion requires no power amplifier—no battery. You simply attach it to regular head phone connections.

The diaphragm is made of a special alloy, found to have no equal after years of experiment with all other materials.

Look who’s talking! (Feb, 1969)

I can’t help but hear Bruce Willis’ voice when I see this ad.

Look who’s talking!

Sony/Superscope tape recorders

A tape recorder is your child’s first word. The very first. With all the hesitation, all the warmth, all the charm and all the sense of accomplishment captured exactly as it happened. Forever.

It is a bedside fairy tale to lull a growing mind to sleep at the end of a busy day. Or capture the fun and games of a seven-year-old’s birthday party.