November 1957 Radio-Electronics
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio-Electronics,
published 1930-1988. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
In 1957, when these
communications-themed comics appeared in Radio−Electronics magazine,
home-based entertainment electronics was a big deal. Installing a major media
setup with a stereo system and/or a television served to prove your technical
prowess and hopefully set you up as the neighborhood expert. That fad continued
for a few decades, but by now even the most sophisticated equipment is
self-configuring and requires little more effort for success than setting it
where you want it in the room. Artificial intelligent (AI) uses Bluetooth and
WiFi to evaluate the surroundings and adjust accordingly. Your typical Walmart
system might not have that capability, but if you're shopping at Walmart for
your media gear, you're not really qualifying your setup as high end. These
comics do a pretty good job of conveying the mood of the era.
"Fine! Now a little more bass from the 15-incher in the corner!"
"You won't believe the realistic, life-like sound."
Posted July 18, 2022