Not much is known about this early M&K three-piece satellite/subwoofer system (pictured above and below) found at Audio Classics, but it looks and sounds very cool.

     

    Here's a side view of the system's simple, elegant lines.

     

    And here's the system's V-1B subwoofer. Photos by Howard Kneller, from The Audio Classics Collection.

     

    A magic mirror television, 20 super-powered tubes, an FM/AM radio and the ability to play the sensational new long-play records? Admiral offered quite the audio trifecta in 1948.

     

    It's not a prop from The Outer Limits (or maybe it is)...it's the mighty Antennalyzer! Radio Craft magazine, May 1946.

     

    We've seen this Calypso portable phonograph before in Audio Anthropology in a different 1950s Motorola ad, but who can resist hi-fi in fiber glass?

     

    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).

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    1. That Admiral set would cost nearly $7000 in today's money, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics' online inflation calculator. A good-sized chunk of change for sure.

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