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Bob Ankosko  |  Oct 27, 2023  |  First Published: Oct 26, 2023  |  3 comments
There’s something magical about the majestic stereo receivers of yesteryear. Apart from being magnificent examples of industrial design, they’re dead simple to operate while offering a full complement of features to ensure a great, though decidedly old-school, music listening experience.
Bob Ankosko  |  Apr 21, 2022  |  9 comments
KLH is well known for the amazing acoustic-suspension speakers it sold in the 1950s and ’60s, but did you know audio legend and company co-founder Henry Kloss also designed a series of music systems?
Bob Ankosko  |  Feb 03, 2022  |  2 comments
We jump into the audio time machine and head back to 1961 to revisit an early stereo receiver designed by hi-fi pioneer Avery Fisher.
Bob Ankosko  |  Nov 11, 2021  |  1 comments
In this edition of Sound & Vision’s Audio Time Machine, we highlight the Marantz Model 2500, one of the most powerful receivers of the late 1970s.
Bob Ankosko  |  Aug 19, 2021  |  12 comments
We go back to the Bicentennial year of 1976 to revisit a top receiver from a largely forgotten hi-fi brand.
Bob Ankosko  |  Jun 17, 2021  |  3 comments
KLH, the iconic audio brand co-founded by audio visionary Henry Kloss in 1957, is well known for the great sounding two-and three-way acoustic-suspension speakers it designed and built in the 1960s and ’70s. All had simple names — Model Four, Model Five, etc. — and featured unassuming but nicely finished wood-veneer cabinets. What you may not know is that KLH also introduced the first full-range electrostatic speaker — the legendary Model Nine.
Bob Ankosko  |  Feb 18, 2021  |  3 comments

Coveted by audiophiles and DJs, the iconic turntable is still going strong half a century later.

It’s rare for any piece of audio gear to remain in production for more than a few years, let alone a turntable that not only survives but continues to evolve for the better part of five decades. The Technics SL-1200 turntable and its many iterations have been in production for 43 of the last 49 years, an extraordinary feat by any measure.

Bob Ankosko  |  Dec 24, 2020  |  1 comments
In this edition of Sound & Vision’s Audio Time Machine, we highlight the JBL 4412 studio monitor, a mid-’80s evolution of famous 4300 Series monitors that once dominated recording studios.
Bob Ankosko  |  Sep 10, 2020  |  0 comments

In this edition of Sound & Vision’s Audio Time Machine, we highlight the Marantz Model Eighteen, the iconic brand’s original stereo receiver.

Bob Ankosko  |  Aug 13, 2020  |  3 comments
The Quad Electrostatic Loudspeaker (a.k.a. ESL-57), revered by critics the world over as one of the most natural sounding speakers ever built, may well be the most beloved speaker of all time. Here's why.
Bob Ankosko  |  Jun 04, 2020  |  1 comments

Mainstream audio came into its own in the 1960s-70s. At the heart of every “stereo” was an indispensable predecessor to the modern day AVR — the receiver. Simple by today’s standards, the receiver of 40 years ago combined two channels of solid-state power, a preamp section with switching for a turntable and tape deck, and an AM/FM tuner in an impressive looking component with a gleaming faceplate featuring a prominent tuner display and a row of knobs, switches, and buttons.

Bob Ankosko  |  Apr 09, 2020  |  1 comments
The Fisher SA-1000 tube amplifier is a sight to behold with its stately gold faceplate and signature tube cage. The amp also happens to be a legendary piece of audio gear that dates back to the early days of hi-fi.
Bob Ankosko  |  Mar 19, 2020  |  9 comments
Every now and then something really special comes along. Like finding a 50-year-old piece of audio history, never used and sitting in its original sealed box, complete with the original packing, owner’s manual, and shipping label.
Bob Ankosko  |  Mar 06, 2020  |  4 comments
It’s always interesting to see what new treasures turn up at New Jersey-based vintage hi-fi specialist SkyFi Audio. There’s certainly no shortage of gear to drool over — like the 1963 Fisher SA-1000 tube amp. Or the Nakamichi Dragon we spotted on the “just arrived” list.
SV Staff  |  Jan 31, 2020  |  3 comments
SkyFi Audio, the New Jersey-based company specializing in vintage audio and reconditioned high-end gear, is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a nod to one of the titans of hi-fi’s Golden Age.