Object of desire: a Bang & Olufsen Beogram 1800 turntable. This sleek, fully-automatic turntable looks dazzling in person.
The Beogram 1800 was simplicity itself to operate and changing cartridges was literally a snap.
The turntable's matching MMC4 cartridge. Photos courtesy of Howard Kneller, taken at Angry Mom Records, Ithaca, New York.
Before the Walkman there were portable reel-to-reel tape recorders, like this stylish, battery-powered early-1960s Grundig TK1 Luxus. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Hannes Grobe.
Here's one clean machine: a circa-1962 Fisher X-100B stereo integrated amplifier. It had 10 vacuum tubes and like many high-end integrateds of the day, offered a full complement of control and sound-tailoring features. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Joe Haupt.
Physics quiz: are these audio porducts rocketing toward or away from the Moving Sound galaxy? Philips ad, circa 1980s.Howard Kneller’s audiophile adventures are documented on YouTube (The Listening Chair with Howard Kneller) and Instagram (@howardkneller). His art and photography can be found on Instagram (@howardkneller). He also posts a bit of everything on Facebook (@howardkneller).