Nowadays, we have smart phones with music applications and software that allow us to listen to music anytime, anywhere. We also have several music devices specialized for music such MP3 player, Ipod…With those technologies, everything seems so easy and convenient. However, have you ever wonder how our seniors listen to their music before any things like phones and music players are born? You will be wow when you get to know those cool old music devices.
Victrola is a phonograph which is invented in 1877 with ability of mechanical recording and reproduction of sound. The machine is produced by Victor Talking Machine Company with the ideal of phonograph that looks like a piece of furniture rather than a sound machine. After the Victrola was introduced in August, 1906, it was immediately become a hit which encouraged the company to release many sizes and designs of cabinets with the price range vary from small tabletop models with $15 up to $600 for Chippendale and Queen Anne-style cabinets of fine wood with gold trim.
The original Victrola design had many faults in which the most problematic is deep cabinet. The music devices required to reach down into the cabinets to change the record by lifting the needle. However, the problem was soon recognized and fixed by manufacturer. The new model used a domed which contained turntable and tone arm sitting nearly the top of the cabinet. New design model was only produced only few thousands which made them valuable to collector nowadays. In present, victrolas is famous decoration furniture which can bring luxury and ancient feel to the house.
Table Radio Player
Table radio player is a small, self-contained radio receiver that were widely used during 1900s. Back then, radio was the common music device in house and music was played from radio programs during the day. Most of table radio player is limited by functions even some had compact discs or audio cassette players and clock audio functions. Later model may have CD functionality which allows the devices to play CD in the table radio. The device can be run on battery power and portable for its small size.
Nowadays, due to the growth and innovation in technology, table radio player is not widely used as before and preferred as a furniture rather than music devices. There are not many CD or cassettes for people to play on table radio. The limited function is also one of reasons why people switch to modern radio with dials and multi-function built in. However, for some, dials are so much cooler than buttons and the device can bring back all the good memory in the past when everyone gathered around to listen to their favorite radio programs.
8 Track Tape Player
Before CD was invented and the technology innovation for Internet with mp3 file, tape was the most famous music container over the world. 8-track tape, also known as Stereo 8 or eight-track cartridge, is a magnetic tape sound-recording technology that was popular in mid-1960 to late 1970s. The device was created by a consortium led by Bill Lear in 1964. The invention was belonged to Lear Jet Corporation. The 8-track device was innovation from 4-track cartridge.
The device reached its peak of popularity during the booming automobile industry. The 8 track tape player was preferred by its convenience and portability. However, with cassette taking over the industry with many innovation in functions and designs, eight-track cartridge became less common in homes and vehicles in the late 1970s.
The boom box is still cool music device up to now. The bigger the boom box is, the cooler the owner seems. Carrying a giant good-looking boom box on the shoulder is one of sign of coolness in the 80s. The boom box is a common transistorized cassette tape recorder/player and AM/FM radio. With the birth of discs, some models have CD player instead of cassette player in the old model. The boom box is loved because it has an amplifier with one or two loud speakers and a carrying handle to carry the boom box around.
Designed for portability, boom boxes can be run on batteries as well as by line current. The size of boom box dependeds on how loud and heavy bass the device can provide. The biggest can reach the size of a suitcase. With its function, boom box has closely related with urban society and has become one of icons in American hip hop culture. Until now, you can see boom box in the hip hop or B-boy/break dance video.
With the booming of MP3 players and smartphone where people can listen to any songs they want on Internet, the popularity of boom box is rapidly declined. In order to adapt with the growth of technology, some models have included connections for MP3 and digital formats using USB connector or Bluetooth.
It is a big mistake if Walkman is not on the list. This famous portable audio cassette/tape players in the late 1970s. The product is one of pioneers in changing music listening habit by allowing people to carry recorded music and listen to their favorite songs anytime anywhere they feel like through lightweight headphones. The music device is famous and loved over the world for the new experience.
In present, the music device is developed into many models in order to fit in the growth of digital platform. However, with many people, Walkman using cassette is represented for their youth.