Hobbies: Small-Fi

To purchase, assemble and operate a first-class hi-fi set, a man once had to have the patience of Job, the funds of Croesus and the genius of Edison. In order to find just the right amplifier (power unit), preamplifier (the one with all those knobs), turntable (where the records spin), tuner (hifi for FM radio) and speakers, he had to compare the wares of a large range of component part companies, shell out as much as $1,500, and spend as long as a week hooking all the parts together. The only alternative was...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!