Spotted at Angry Mom Records in Ithaca, New York, a 1970s Kenwood KR-7070 receiver. Perhaps ahead of its time, it had a moving-coil phono stage.

     

    KR-7070, rear panel. Photos by Howard Kneller.

     

    OK, it was ahead of its time! An optional wired remote control was available for the KR-7070.

     

    How could I have missed this 2005 Weltron audio system? Maybe it just hasn’t landed on Earth yet.

     

    When I was a kid a friend a Wollensak tape deck, and I wanted it badly. 1961 Wollensak ad.

    When I was a kid a friend had a Wollensak tape deck, and I wanted it badly. 1961 Wollensak ad.

     

    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).

    One comment on “Remotely Possible”

    1. I had a Hole-in-the-Sak for nearly 30 years – the epitome of bulletproof design and versatility – literally built like a tank. It was the center of innumerable parties’ music & PA sound-reinforcement: it would take a mic, ceramic phono input, portable radio output jack – shorting inputs or outputs wouldn’t phase it. Tube-based lion just kept asking for more. And, after being tossed into & out of pickup trucks and trunks and sitting in the rain, would still record or play back music at the crush of the industrial-grade play key. Anyone who owned one (and HEFTED it) knows these truths! [Did I clearly convey it weighed a TON?]

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