Audio Anthropology

    Nothing Short of a Miracle

    Issue 164

    Burmester Model 001 CD player. As a component that’s almost 20 years old, we’ll call it vintage now. It was a landmark upon its release, with a price of $14,000 in 2003! It can also function as a preamp, thanks to its 60-step volume control and multiple digital inputs and outputs. From Stereo Buyers, photo by Howard Kneller.


    Detail of the Model 001, showing Burmester’s impeccable attention to fit and finish.


    And now for a completely different design aesthetic…a 1960s Magnavox Astro-Sonic Stereo! 1/10-ounce tracking force! No turntable pitch distortion! From $198.50 and up!


    We wonder if QUAD influenced the design of these speakers. Thorens ad, circa 1970s?


    Dig this fantastic 1950s RCA “Living Stereo” video! From YouTube/Itapirkanmaa2.


    Howard Kneller’s audio and art photography can be found on Instagram (@howardkneller@howardkneller.photog) and Facebook (@howardkneller).

    3 comments on “Nothing Short of a Miracle”

        1. Probably never was in stereo. It’s kind of like TV commercials touting the vivid picture on color televisions seen in the commercial.

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