Vintage Sounding

Vintage headphones

These hand-me-down cans have been languishing unloved for decades. The original owner’s pipe smoke smell has finally half-lifed so put them on for a listen.

Very comfortable to wear and quite a smooth old school sound I guess. Smooth, not fatiguing or over emphasised at either end of the spectrum with some mid frequency colour action that actually helps make vocals sound reasonably natural.

I’m guessing these headphones date from the mid to late 70s?

Make? Er…Eagle? No idea. Made in Japan anyway. At least the cable isn’t’ coiled as some vintage phones are.

I was going to pass these on but they might be a keeper.

If anyone knows for certain when these date from or who made them then please let me know.

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Tape Archive: From Beyond The Grave

SpidermanSome years ago I digitally cleaned an old vinyl record that had seen better days. It was scratched and worn but I was able to get most of the worst clicks and pops out. After all that work on someone’s behalf I find that the recordings are now available via i-Tunes and there are mp3 versions out there with the accompanying storyboard comic included.

The original: Spiderman – from beyond the grave-a Rockomic was released in 1972 and is a quiteSpidey-In well made audio drama featuring Marvel’s Spiderman with period original 70’s music tracks embedded along the way.

Here’s part of the semi-cleaned up vinyl version anyway which is a bit of cheesey fun on headphones.

A smaller 1.5Mb sized AAC+ audio encoded* version is available here.

* AAC+ files require Songbird, VLC or Orban plugin(Windows only) for optimum playback. Quicktime and i-Tunes will playback only at half bandwidth (low-fi audio only).

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