Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Affordable Turntable Preamp

Artpreamp
[Cool Hunting recently ran a blurb on the Crosley turntable I mentioned this morning. As pennance for accidentally rehashing old news, here's something you probably haven't seen.]

ART has just introduced the goofily named DJ PRE II phono preamp. This affordable aluminum wonderbox lets you hook an old-school turntable to any shiny new stereo system that lacks phono inputs (turntables require special RIAA-equalized inputs to make the treble-heavy sound captured on record acceptable to the human ear).

The unit offers switchable input impedance, adjustable signal gain and optional low-pass filtering to mask turntable rumble.  ART is well known for their pro recording gear and the DJ PRE II retails for around $50 at pro music retailers everywhere.

ART DJPRE II phono preamplifier - around $50

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