The early- and mid-70s were an amazing time for innovation in the home stereo industry. People were still making the transition from those giant pieces of furniture known as “console stereos” that featured an all-in-one entertainment unit: AM/FM radio, record changer, maybe an 8-track player and two speakers. The big thing was the component system with the amplifier, tuner, turntable, speakers and tape machines all connected together with patch cords. Cassettes were still looked down upon as a hissy, lo-fi medium by hi-fi snobs. There had to be something better.
Enter Sony’s Elcaset.
Learn more about both Elcaset and DCC at Atlas Obscura.