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.

Astoundingly Inexpensive Turntables

Electrohome console
This brand new Electrohome HiFi system looks incredibly cool and I've wanted to mention it here for a while. But as the old saying goes, looks are only skin deep. I don't recommend it because you can get far better gear for much less.

If you're in the market for a budget turntable that offers decent quality with readily available replacement cartridges, check out the Audio-Technica AT-LP60 ($90 on Amazon). This belt-driven automatic table runs at 33 1/3 and 45 RPM and accepts affordable ATN3600L cartridges. It also includes a built-in phono preamp, just in case your modern amplifier doesn't offer a turntable input. 

The shockingly affordable Audio-Technica AT-LP60

Finding an affordable amplifier on Craigslist or Kijiji is fairly easy these days, but it's hard to find a better new deal than the Lepai LP-2020A+ Class-T mini amplifier (under $30 on Amazon) that we've raved about in the past. I no longer recommend Dayton Audio B652 speakers because of drastic component cost-cutting, but Sony SS-B1000 bookshelf speakers are an excellent compact replacement for under $70.

So there you have it. For about the same price as an all-in-one Electrohome HiFi system, you can own a belt-driven Audio-Technica turntable with Sony speakers and a surprisingly good Tripath-based amplifier. And if you can get your hands on a second-hand amp and speakers, you can put together a sweet vinyl playback system for under $100.


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