Vintage Audio Sites
We have tried to find links to other sites we think are cool, audio related or just plain fun to visit. Unfortunately, these sites can go down at anytime and since we cannot check each and every one all the time, we would like to ask that if you find a bad link to let us know. In addition, if you find a site that you believe should be added we would also appreciate it! Just send us a quick note at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, and have fun exploring these links!
AMPLIFIERS - INTEGRATED AMPLIFIERS - PRE-AMPLIFIERS
A guide to stereo receivers
vs integrated amplifiers
review of integrated amplifiers from the people who know
to buy an integrated amplifier and what to look for
AUDIO AND HI-FI
Hi-Fi Classifieds: Buy, Sell,
Fluence: Ultimate Audio's pick as one of the two best international high end audio
AV magazine on-line: Ultimate AV reviews and tests are known as the most exacting
in the industry.
audio timeline: from wax cylinders to DVD: from the Audio Engineering Society
Vintage Technology Association
what it is and how to record better audio
to store your audio equipment treasures
Audio glossary contains brief definitions of many of the audio and electronic
terms and acronyms used in discussions of sound mixing and recording. (PDF file)
Tips and tricks
to the highest fidelity binaural recordings in the world
and repair of audio equipment
of links for the audio enthusiast
price guide - Orion Blue Book online (requires subscription)
CASSETTE PLAYERS AND RECORDERS
Cassette deck buyer's guide
care and feeding of your cassette deck
new cassette that plays your MP3's
new IPod docking station that fits into your car's cassette player.
few tips to try before you take your cassette deck to the technician
CD PLAYERS - CHANGERS - RECORDERS
Find the best CD Players. Reader
and expert reviews, video reviews, compare prices.
D.I.Y. PROJECTS & FUN LITTLE TRICKS
Nixie Tube Music Visualizer.
(DIY instructable with video clip of one made)
Here's a DIY video that shows you how to make a super simple, pocket size transmission
you have inefficient headphones on your I Pod or MP3 player? This is a DIY project
to make an amplifier that fits in your pocket!
to record your records and cassettes to MP3 files
DIY - Cleaning and restoring, vintage knobs and potentiometers (YouTube video)
on vintage radios (YouTube video)
D.I.Y. how-to website. Videos, instructions, because sometimes you really can
do it yourself!
A site that offers reviews and recommendations of headphones from experts (and
headphone obsessed audiophiles)
list of quadraphonic headphone manufacturers and the model numbers.
MANUALS - SCHEMATICS - CATALOGS - USER GUIDES
archive of classic, often unobtainable hi-fi instruction manuals, service manuals
and schematics for amplifiers, receivers, cd players, tuners and tape decks from
Quad, Marantz, Pioneer and other manufacturers.
downloads of turntable, tone arm, cartridge and phono stage manuals, pictures,
technical information and articles.
service manuals (This is fee based)
guide to selling your vintage audio gear on line.
Audio Equipment value price guide (This is fee based)
guide to buying vintage audio equipment
database from a Japanese catalog (Descriptions for the most part in English)
Stereo Manuals - 70's audio-
original and reproductions.
Audio Amp Schematics
Online owner's manual
for Esoteric AI-10 digital integrated amplifier. (PDF file)
A photo collection of broadcast
MINI-DISC - PLAYERS & RECORDERS
Stereo: Its history and beginning.
and history of the Walkman
jargon and lingo glossary
Ads for Audio Equipment
of Marantz (pdf file)
treasure of Audio History
ODDITIES & FUN THINGS
A fun B & W video
called "Industry on Parade" about a transistor radio factory.
Musical Machine (a 15 year tube experiment)
records that really play!
most expensive stereo components.
knew it existed?
shop voices, the written transcriptions of things people have found recorded on
tapes they purchased from thrift stores. (There might be audio too, but requires
PHONOGRAPHS - TURNTABLES - NEEDLES - BELTS
cartridge / stylus FAQ:
Guide to Phonograph and Record Needle Buying.
downloadable turntable manuals
or turntable needles, belts, tape decks, reel to reel and even 8 track belts
Over 3000 solutions
for your phono, audio and accessory needs.
A to Z. Offers free belt matching.
A comparison chart of BW Broadcast audio processors
Quadraphonic discography - Just
about everything dealing with quadraphonic and surround sound. (unfortunately
last updated in '05)
Stereo- a short history
Discography - Links to recordings
list of Quadraphonic 8-Track recordings - listed by artist
digital stereo matrix
RADIOS ANTIQUE - VINTAGE
Tom Polk's Portable Tape Recorder collection,
bring up his pics for a nice little background info on the selection you made.
72,500 Radios. A searchable virtual radio museum where you can choose from several
different languages to search in,
radios and so much more, a gallery
resistors and schematic source for antique radios, this includes Canadian manufacturers.
radio equipment and memorabilia 1910-1950
RECORDS - VINYL
How to clean and store your analogue vinyl records
guide for rare vinyl
a million record auction results and a database search
archive of independent & underground records -
are your old records worth? General information on record buying, selling, values
of the vinyl album
record grading system explained in detail
record sources and archiving
Thomas Edison to the jukebox
the vertical and horizontal angles of the stylus tone arm
tips from Victor-Victrola on 78's
REEL TO REEL PLAYERS AND RECORDERS
Curing sticky tape problems
of magnetic recording
tape recording catalogs from the 1900's to today
to reel info spot
PARTS - NEW - OLD - REPRODUCTION
audio, video and speaker building components.
source for antique radio knobs, push buttons, dials, escutcheon plates, handles,
grills and small replacement parts and reproductions made to match the originals.
tips and advice for refurbishing the wood on your speaker boxes
for custom solid wood side panels made to order. (Reel to Reel)
A source for acoustic speaker grill
cloth and amplifier grill cloth:
FAQ's, Tutorials, and Calculators for Speaker Boxes, Crossovers, Filters, Wiring
your stereo: Setting things up so you can enjoy your music all around your home.
your stereo system: Getting the hiss, crackle, hum, scratch and pop out of your
listening pleasure. A popular Science article.
very extensive list of the best and most popular stereo articles
for your home stereo: Cleaning, protection, articles and How to's
the most out of your stereo system: Do's and don'ts to make your audio gear sound
World Tube Audio Portal, The ultimate tube audio encyclopedia.
Vacuum Tube "Hall of Shame" will help to educate tube buyers on some
deceptive marking and marketing practices that have existed in the tube industry.
Cathode Ray Tube Site. Electronic glassware, some history and physics instruments.
Be sure to check out the Geissler tubes!
with tubes: A site dedicated to passing on and preserving knowledge of vacuum
tube circuits and techniques.
vacuum tubes work
about electron tubes (vacuum tubes)
wanted to build a highly dangerous, inefficient, yet awesomely retro piece of
tube exchange. Buy, sell, trade, and exchange.
audio products: A site dedicated to all things vintage Luxman.
pictorial and written history of tuning indicators, meters and graphs.
8-TRACK PLAYERS - RECORDERS
Changing tracks on an 8-track tape
of the 8-track
track repair guide