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.

Pioneer SK-200 Curvy Lookin' Boom Box


Pioneer made a name for themselves long ago as a maker of somewhat higher end audio and video gear.  I'm sure that there's a lot of room to dispute just how great or near great they were, but personally I never associated them with a youth-oriented product like a boom box.

Pioneercontrols True to the Pioneer name, this is a nice unit.  The overall design is very smooth, moving past the mega-gunmetal on most boom boxes - instead adopting a stealthy aerodynamic mode with luxurious golden chrome highlights.  The knobs and switches are all inset, even the antenna tucks away inside the unit.  I'm always impressed with a boom box that includes RCA inputs and outputs as this one does, along with 1/4" headphone jack, mic jacks, and even a mic jack marked "mix mic" (there's a knob marked "mix volume" on top, so perhaps this is for DJ-ing over your mix tapes or the radio?  Neat feature.)

PioneerpluginsMost important is that the boom box sounds really good - better than many other slim-sized units from the time.  It gets much louder than its size would make you think.  Another stylistic touch is removing the usual rigid handle, instead offering up lugs for attaching the "Pioneer" branded nylon web strap.  All in all, a very classy radio - the kind that your girlfriend might even let you buy.

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