Playboy October 1970

Playboy, October 1970: Moving In Stereo

Fifty years ago this month, that venerable men’s magazine of many of our youths put out a “historic” issue, featuring its first pair of Playmates, the identical twins Mary and Madeleine Collinson. We thought this occasion – Playmates in stereo, as it were – might afford us an opportunity to take a look at what of the latest and greatest in hi-fi was being spotlighted and advertised in the pages of Playboy that month.

Retro Tech Spotlight: ELP LT-1XA

A few months back, we featured Koss’ classic Porta Pro headphones and asked if something could truly be “retro tech” if it was still purchased and used on the reg. Now we look at the ELP LT-1XA, the world’s first laser turntable, from the only company that makes laser turntables, a technology that has barely evolved in a quarter century, and ask, “Is it retro?”

ICYMI Album Spotlight: Watertown

Don’t worry, Retro Tech Spotlight isn’t going anywhere; it’s just moving to the middle of the month. We wanted to introduce you to a new monthly feature, the ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) Album Spotlight, where we’ll look at an album that didn’t get its just due at its time of release. To kick things off, we’ll look at Ol’ Blue Eyes’ penultimate album before his first retirement, a concept album curiosity penned by a Four Season and the original writer of “Dazed and Confused.”

Pioneer SX-1980

Retro Tech Spotlight: Pioneer SX-1980

In the late ‘70s, the people wanted more power, and by god, they would get more power. Thus the Receiver Wars were born. And that is how we ended up in 1978 with the Pioneer SX-1980, weighing in at 78 pounds with a whopping 270 watts per channel into 8 ohms. Boom.