“It’s waiting for you! An exciting adventurous step, out into a completely new world of sound. Vivid. Intense and alive.”
I have, for your viewing pleasure, a healthy supply of vintage stereo advertisements from Europe, the US, and elsewhere around the world spanning the 1960s through the 1980s. We have everything from Andy Warhol sponsored Pioneer stereos to mod space-age flying saucer 8-tracks. It’s a vintage hi-fi lover’s dream. So, put on your headphones and buckle up, ’cause we’re turning it up to eleven! Enjoy.
The vintage sound system is awesome enough, but the amazing decor and groovy chick just sent this advertisement into the stratosphere.
Includes a built-in 8 track player – I’m sold.
“For the sophisticated lover… of music”
You’ll note that a lot of these advertisements were geared specifically for males. Considering the vast majority of stereo consumers in these days were men, it was a logical strategy.
From 1971 – Can you dig that clear plastic chair? The perfect furniture for relaxing to the new Herb Alpert record.
The mod space-age flying saucer stereo called the Weltron 2005 from 1970 has become a treasured item among vintage stereo enthusiasts.
As this page from a 1969 brochure attests, home stereos were often like pieces of furniture. Television were the same way – heavy and expensive, consumers who purchased these were definitely not anticipating a quick obsolesce.
In decades past, the home stereo (and television) was quite the investment – and, in the days before everyone had a wallet-full of credit cards, purchasing one was a big deal. It may be worth your while to do a little research beforehand and attend the Hi-Fi show.
I don’t think I need to remind you that, when the target consumers are men, the “sex sells” approach works like a champ. Just stick a pretty lady into your advertising, and it’ll all work out.
It wasn’t until the 1980s that homes began to have their TV’s hooked up to their stereo system.
This advertisement from 1983 demonstrates the true future of sound: “Compu-Edit” to record your records to cassette, and the proto-playlist via the “Compu Selector System”.
(L) “By the addition of just two speakers and the new Fisher TX 420 2-Channel/4-Channel Converter existing stereo equipment can be converted into genuine, discrete 4-channel system. Converter incorporates 8-track tape cartridge deck.” (1971)
(R) As you can plainly see, one country’s normal average everyday stereo advertisement, is another country’s pornography.
“Get a personal demonstration at your quality Pioneer Hi-Fi dealer. And while you’re there ask him for a FREE Blood, Sweat & Tears wall poster.”
Panasonic and Kenwood ads from 1970
What in God’s holy name is that mask in the CD cabinet? I’m thinking it’s supposed to be Mick Jagger?
An entire generation of X’rs were conceived to the sounds of the Boomer’s brand new stereo systems. Whether it was Barry White or Barry Gibb on the turntable, Hi-Fi’s in the 1970s were made for lovin’.
And on that note, we’ll take a break to turn it to Side B. Next up – boom boxes and other portable stereos. Stay tuned.