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.

Tube-based CD and DVD Players

Jolida dvd

I spend considerable time figuring out how to sneak electronics into the house. This is one of the reasons personal computers are such popular DIY gadgets -- it's easy to add an extra gigabyte of memory or a new motherboard without anyone noticing. I suspect this also led to the proliferation of tiny satellite/subwoofer speakers in the mid 1990s. Your partner's Financial Overload Meter goes into high alert at the sight of huge Klipsch tower speakers coming through the front door. But no one seems to care about those cute little cubes sitting on the shelf.

This is an incredibly long-winded way to admit that I couldn't figure out how to slip vacuum tube stereo components into the house. I lived in fear of my wife noticing an eerie glow from the "little light bulbs beside the CD player." Thankfully, Jolida understands my plight. They market a line of tube-enabled CD / DVD / AM-FM components that look suitably inconspicuous. Only you and I will know that a pair of ludicrously expensive 12AX7A tubes live behind that unassuming gray aluminum front plate. It's better that way, trust me.

Jolida JD 100A vacuum tube CD player
(approx $900)
Jolida  JD 700 vacuum tube DVD player (approx $1200)
Jolida  JD 402A vacuum tube AM-FM receiver (approx $499)


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