Throwback Thursday

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SV Staff  |  Feb 02, 2017  |  0 comments
Sixty-six years ago this week, Los Angeles TV station KTLA made history when it broadcast the live detonation of an atomic bomb dropped in the Nevada desert, 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
SV Staff  |  Mar 02, 2017  |  5 comments
Photos: Early Television Foundation and Museum

Sixty-three years ago this month the first color TVs were offered for sale to the U.S. public.

SV Staff  |  Nov 03, 2016  |  1 comments
Long before the iPod and the Walkman there was a remarkable invention called the transistor radio.
SV Staff  |  Mar 01, 2018  |  0 comments
Sixty-four years ago this week, Westinghouse unveiled the world’s first color TV in 60 stores throughout New York. The Westinghouse H840CK15 had a tiny 15-inch screen and sold for $1,295 — the equivalent of almost 12 grand in 2018 dollars!
Bob Ankosko  |  Feb 11, 2016  |  1 comments
Way back in 1958 when stereo was a novelty, the comedy duo Bob Elliot and Ray Goulding released Bob And Ray Throw A Stereo Spectacular, a whimsical LP showcasing the marvels of two-channel sound.
Rob Sabin  |  Mar 29, 2018  |  5 comments
For decades, the cartoons of Charles Rodrigues poked fun at us and the hobby we otherwise take all too seriously.

In the very first issue of HiFi & Music Review in 1958, the magazine that became Stereo Review and then Sound & Vision, a gifted 31-year-old artist named Charles Rodrigues contributed the first in a string of cartoons that both celebrated, and made fun of, that odd bird known as the audiophile. It ended up being a long run that lasted more than 40 years.

SV Staff  |  Jun 15, 2017  |  0 comments
Photos: The Beatles Book Monthly, Johnny Dean

It’s 1964 and you’re the guitar player in a British group trying to comprehend your meteoric success in America that began with 73 million Americans tuning into the band’s debut performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

With your newfound fame comes fortune and the opportunity to buy things you never dreamt you could afford—like a...

SV Staff  |  May 17, 2017  |  2 comments
Almost a decade after Elvis Presley was dubbed “Elvis the Pelvis” for the “vulgar” act of gyrating his hips on national television, the FBI in reacting to an outcry from parents launched a formal investigation into the supposedly pornographic lyrics of the R&B standard “Louie, Louie,” written and recorded by Richard Berry in 1957 but popularized by The Kingsmen in 1963.
SV Staff  |  Jan 19, 2017  |  0 comments
Forty-nine years ago this month, Ralph Baer applied for a patent on a TV game system he designed that would become the first-ever home video game console.
Rob Sabin  |  Apr 26, 2018  |  5 comments
Julian Hirsch’s review of the Bose 901 in 1968 helped set off one of the greatest and longest-lasting audiophile debates.

There may be no singular product in modern audio history that has generated more accolades, derision, or pure controversy than the Bose 901 loudspeaker. Introduced in 1968 by a then four-year-old concern named after its MIT-educated founder, the 901 neither looked, nor sounded, like any speaker that had come before it. With its pentagonal cabinet that faced eight of its nine identical 4-inch, full-range drivers at the reflecting wall behind the speaker, its designer Amar Bose sought to have it mimic the way we hear in concert halls and imbue its sound with a giant soundstage and spatial realism that was unsurpassed.

SV Staff  |  Aug 16, 2018  |  5 comments
In 1972, three friends from Johns Hopkins set out to capture the wonder of the live concert experience and bring it home. With a handmade wooden logo, a passion for music, and keys to a ramshackle Victorian rooming house, a famous audio company was born. Can you identify the one or more of the three young lads in the photo?
SV Staff  |  Jun 30, 2016  |  0 comments
Forty-four years ago this week the iconic video game company Atari was founded by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney.
SV Staff  |  Nov 30, 2017  |  0 comments
Pong, one of the earliest arcade video games, had an inauspicious start 45 years ago this week when gaming pioneer/Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell and game designer Allan Alcorn wheeled a prototype of their first coin-operated game machine into Andy Capp’s Tavern in Sunnyvale, California to see how the bar’s patrons would react. It was an instant hit.
SV Staff  |  Jan 18, 2018  |  1 comments
Forty-five years ago this week, the King, donning his iconic white sequin-studded jump suit, made history in Honolulu when more than a billion viewers in 40 countries tuned into Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite, a live broadcast seen by the largest audience in the history of television.
SV Staff  |  Apr 07, 2016  |  1 comments
Back in April of 1973 when Martin Cooper made the first public call on a handheld cellular phone while walking down a New York City street, few could have imagined that the Motorola DynaTAC “brick” phone (shown here in prototype form) would evolve into a super-slim, do-everything pocket computer—a.k.a. the smartphone we take for granted today.