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We use the term *70's Audio* to represent the *mindset* and the well-deserved nostalgia regarding the overall build-quality of mainline consumer audio products that many people think reached a zenith in the late 70's and early 80's. Prior to about 1981 or so, most audio gear was not stereo-on-a-chip, light-weight, black-plastic (black plague) boxes.
You know the kind we mean.
By the 1990's, if you push a button control, they scoot across the shelf. This is "convenient." Use one hand to hold it still and the other to push the button. Vintage /Classic audio equipment was generally heavy, with massive power transformers and extensive use of brushed aluminum and other metals. Some even had machined metal knobs. Most used an extensive amount of discrete components and could actually be repaired as opposed to thrown in the trash if a problem developed.

These remarks should not be construed to mean that no companies produce high quality audio gear any more. They do. The problem for most folks of average means is that the price of the "good stuff" vastly exceeds their ability or willingness to pay.

Today, most folks concentrate their home entertainment budget on video and home theatre gear (and ipods). The audio portion of this stuff may sound OK, but if one simply wants to listen to some music, it often doesn't compare well with the dedicated audio gear of yesteryear. You can find more information on this topic in Rick's 70s Audio article and in Anthony Young's (Reference Sites fame), Classic Cars, Classic Audio article written for publication on our site.

We initially started our business to concentrate on documentation for audio products produced before that general decline in overall build-quality. Our manuals and brochures were mostly from the early 1970s through approximately 1985. Things have changed and now, we have thousands of manuals for models produced in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and right up through the turn of the century.

Quality is not a buzzword.
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