Consumer electronics have been an integral part of our lives since the heyday of radio during the 1920s and ’30s, the widespread acceptance of television in the 1950s, and the craze for hi-fi audio systems in the 1960s. A parallel to these innovations was the miniaturization of electronic devices, also in the 1960s, when tiny transistors replaced bulky vacuum tubes.

Today, most serious audiophiles still prefer tube components, particularly when it comes to amplifiers. The sound is warmer, they claim, although definitive data to back up this preference is tough to come by. But tubes or not, vintage stereo components such as receivers, tuners, and speakers can be interpreted as a rejection of today’s digitized culture, in which entire libraries of music and video can be toted around in a device smaller than a pack of cigarettes. Stereo buffs would much rather surround themselves with walls of vintage vinyl records, a high-quality turntable to play them on, and perhaps a reel-to-reel tape deck for that rare “Betty board” of the Grateful Dead at the Academy of Music in the spring of 1972.

CB and ham radios represent another class of vintage electronics that have been replaced by current technologies. In the 1970s, CB radios were favorites of long-distance truckers, who used the Class D “citizen’s band” created in 1958 by the Federal Communications Commission to warn each other of hidden highway patrol cars up ahead. An earlier incarnation of amateur communications over public airwaves was the ham radio, which took off after World War I. Unlike CBs, which generally have a range of no more than five miles, ham operators around the world can communicate with kindred spirits beyond the range of their transmitters via networks of repeaters that pick up signals before sending them on their way.

Transistor technology itself is collected in the form of transistor radios and devices such as eight-track tape decks and cassette players, from bulky boomboxes to more elegant devices such as the Sony Walkman. More recently, as the pace of digital technological innovation has accelerated, some people have sought out the first few generations of iPods made by computer pioneer Apple.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

The Vintage Knob

The Vintage Knob

The Vintage Knob is an extensive resource on all types of audio electronics organized by manufacturer, from Aiwa to… [read review or visit site]

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Mcintosh Mc-275 Vintage Audiophile Power Amplifier Mc275 Amp 1960’s Original!!!Sx-1980 Pioneer 31 Year Old Receiver Top Of The Line The BeastJbl L100 Vintage Hi-fidelity Stereo Speakers L-100 Century Burnt Orange GrillesThorens Td124, Td 124, Sme 3009 Transcription Turntable & TonearmMarantz Model 9 Tube Amplifiers Pair Matched Stunning Sound Appearance NineVery Special Jbl L65 Audiophile Speakers With 124a Woofers Exc Cond 2203 JubalDynakit St-35 Tube Amplifier __ Original __ Dynaco St35 American IronV 72 Pre Amp Siemens, (telefunken, Tab, Maihak) RecappedRare Fisher X-1000 Stereo Integrated Amplifier Beautiful Cosmetic El34 RepairVm 50's The Voice Of Music Hifi Tube Amp Record Player Mid Century Modern Works!Beautiful Near Mint Working 1966 Mcintosh Mc275 Amp All Original Collector GradeTa-4151-a Western Electric Field Coil Speaker Telephone Jensen Ta 4151a CoilV 72 Pre Amp Siemens, (telefunken, Tab, Maihak) RecappedVintage 1975 Mcintosh Mc2105 Mc 2105 Stereo 105w / Channel Power Amplifier300b Se Tube Amplifier With All Hirata Tango * We 91b Type * Vg+++ * No ReservedMarantz Model 6300 Very Nice ConditionMcintosh Mc-2505 Stereo Power Amplifier 50w/ch Output Autoformers Super!H.h. Scott Stereo Master Type 299-b-copyright 1959 Tube Amplifier-no ReserveNear Mint Vintage Altec 353a Stereo Amplifier Pre Amplifier Tube Lansing 12ax7 !Gorgeous Vintage H.h. Scott Stereo Master Amp 299d Integrated Amp Tube Hi-fi Vintage Conrad Johnson Pv3 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier NrOld Antique Wood Airline Vintage Tube Radio - Restored & Working W/ Tuning Eye Dynaco Dynakit Stereo 70 Glass Tube Amplifier With Dynaco Mullard Glass TubesOne Pair Fisher The 200 Tube Power Amplifiers Close Serial Numbers Exc Work CondEmt 930st TurntableVintage & Rare H.h. Scott Model 280 Mono Tube Amplifier PairMcintosh Mc-2100 Stereo Power Amplifier - Works Well. Looks Less SoVintage 1950s Emerson Bakelite Old Rare Color Antique Retro Atomic Radio Plays Super Clean Magnavox El84/6bq5 Stereo Tube Amp Painted Amplifier Works PerfectAltec Valencia 846b Vintage SpeakersMarantz 140 Power Amplifier Stereo AmpVintage Marantz 2245 ReceiverPioneer Sf-850 3-way Electronic Crossover 6/12/18db/oct Super!Beautiful Pair Restored Eico Hf12 Mono Integrated Tube AmplifiersEmpire 298 Troubador 3-speed Transcription Turntable2x Goodmans Axiom 80 Fullrange SpeakerMarantz 2245 Stereo Receiver, 45w Rms, 1971-76 Very Clean, New Lamps, Full Test!Western Electric 124c Tube Amplifier All Original & Excellent Playing ConditionKlipsch Cornwall Speakers Mint Condition The Best!!! Walnut With Cane GrillsKef Reference Series Speakers Model 101 Type Sp 1122Pioneer Spec 1 Pre Amp 70s Reknowned Vintage Audiophile Cyber Monday Special!!Quad 303 Power Amplifier. Boxed With Instruction. 99p StartVintage Old Executone Art Deco Tom Thumb Midget Wood Antique Tube Radio~beautiful~ Vintage Marantz 6300 Direct Drive Turntable Record Player A+ Cat's Whisker Galena Crystal Wireless Set Receiver 1922-24, Marconi-eraMarantz Original Wooden Cabinet For 2325 2330 4300 4400 Receiver Walnut CasePioneer Stereo Receiver Model No Sx-1050Fisher X-100 Vintage Tube Stereo Integrated AmplifierVtg (1963) Realistic Stereo Tube Amplifier 40/a 40a Vintage Yamaha Natural Sound Yp-211 Belt Drive Turntable W Lid& Stanton Cart.Stereo Turntable Pioneer Pl-530 Classic Vintage 1970's Record PlayerVintage 1920s Old Rca Westinghouse Radiola Senior Type Rf Antique Tube Radio Fisher Kx-200 Integrated Stereo Tube Amplifier 7591 OutputsDual Turntable .. Golden 1 .. For The Audiophile .. German .. Excellent PlayerVintage 40s Motorola Art Deco Old Bakelite Mid Century Automotive Antique Radio Acoustic Research Ar-1 Speakers. Pair. Sold As Is.Marantz Model 19 Stereo Receiver 1969 2270 2500 Thorens Td 3001-near Mint Condition!Rare Pair Of Vintage Goodmans Twin Axiom 8 Full Range Speaker Drivers Vintage-infinity-infinitesimal-reference-standard-speakers