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Ancient Stereo Headphones

It’s hard to imagine a world without headphones and ear buds, but there was once such a time.  It wasn’t until Koss introduced the first audiophile ‘phones in the 50s that people began to understand the pleasures of private listening.

Those first headphones were awfully clunky and heavy with some weighing up to five pounds(!!!) And chances are a cheap pair of today’s ear buds would have given these things a run for their money went it came to sound quality.

As part of our efforts to put together the museum exhibit, The Science of Rock’n’Roll, we’ve been acquiring artifacts.  Look what we found:

 

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2 thoughts on “Ancient Stereo Headphones

  • I remember in the late 70s when they made something like that to listen to the radio. High tech at the time

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  • Those first headphones were awfully clunky and heavy with some weighing up to five pounds(!!!) And chances are a cheap pair of today's ear buds would have given these things a run for their money went it came to sound quality.

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