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    Default BBC Film on HiFi in 1959

    Probably been seen on AOS before, but don't you just love old TV material about HiFi. I still remember these shops around 1960 and trips down to them to see what was new........

    Beards and those black framed glasses are so in fashion today along with valves although the chassis are somewhat more elegant.


    https://www.whathifi.com/news/bbc-film-audiophiles-in-1959-masterpiece


    Enjoy......
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    I have seen this before.
    Wonderful...

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    Excellent ! love it, thanks for sharing

    Alan
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    Brilliant. Takes me back to the days when I longed for but couldn't afford a top notch Hi-Fi system. The shop interiors and the comparator at Largs Hi-Fi shop stirred up memories of being told to "come back when you have the money".

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    Not only was I born in this year but I lived around the corner from some of the big electronics component shops in London's Edgware Road (i.e. Smiths and Henry's). Smiths has been demolished to make way for a new development but Henry's still appears to be going strong if the current Google street view can be believed. I remember being fascinated by these places even before i developed a serious interest in hifi in my early teens. Yes, there was always a crowd of odd looking men gathered outside these two stores peering in lasciviously at the freshly installed valves, oscilloscopes, and various items of military surplus electronics. I remember that Henry's used to have a lot of kit designs such as hifi amplifiers. I also remember seeing the early Sinclair products given pride of place in the windows of these two shops.

    Neither of these stores sold much upmarket hifi gear but they were surrounded by a number of regular hif stores, not least a branch of Laskys.

    I wonder now what creations emerged from the components purchased in these two iconic stores?

    Geoff


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
    the big electronics component shops in London's Edgware Road (i.e. Smiths and Henry's)

    Geoff
    I was in Smiths and Henry's regularly. I still have my 1971 Smiths catalogue. It's a good source of info. RTVC were located in Edgware Road too, I bought a lot of speaker drive units from there and from the others.
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    Which Tannoy's are those, shown towards the end of the film?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
    Not only was I born in this year but I lived around the corner from some of the big electronics component shops in London's Edgware Road (i.e. Smiths and Henry's). Smiths has been demolished to make way for a new development but Henry's still appears to be going strong if the current Google street view can be believed. I remember being fascinated by these places even before i developed a serious interest in hifi in my early teens. Yes, there was always a crowd of odd looking men gathered outside these two stores peering in lasciviously at the freshly installed valves, oscilloscopes, and various items of military surplus electronics. I remember that Henry's used to have a lot of kit designs such as hifi amplifiers. I also remember seeing the early Sinclair products given pride of place in the windows of these two shops.

    Neither of these stores sold much upmarket hifi gear but they were surrounded by a number of regular hif stores, not least a branch of Laskys.

    I wonder now what creations emerged from the components purchased in these two iconic stores?

    Geoff

    Yes Henry's I remember well.
    Edgeware Road and Lisle Street were great places for picking up ex military radio communication stuff (I was also a radio amateur) and built quite a few radios etc... Simple happy days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by southall-1998 View Post
    Which Tannoy's are those, shown towards the end of the film?

    S.
    Tannoy Canterbury (?)
    Have you listened to this month's choice in the Album Club?

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    Quote Originally Posted by southall-1998 View Post
    Which Tannoy's are those, shown towards the end of the film?

    S.
    If I could see that clip I might be able to guess. But none of my browsers will play it!
    Mr. Tact!

    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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