1953 and 2012 – gadgets then and now
Since Her Maj took the throne in 1953, the world of tech has come a heck of a long way – and not just in in obvious ways like the rise of the Internet and putting a man on the Moon. Join us as we take a stroll down memory lane, looking at some of the finest 50s gadgets and their modern equivalents...
Turntables – Garrard 301 and Rega RP1
The Garrard 301, a classic British-made turntable, was introduced in 1954. Fondly remembered for their design and performance, restored 301s are still prized today by vinyl-spinning audiophiles – some of whom claim it produces better sound than a modern day turntable worth thousands of pounds.
The Rega RP1, launched last year, won’t cost you that much – in fact it can be had for around £230 – and our friends at What Hi-Fi? are in love with it. Not only is its modern minimalism a treat for the eyes, it pumps out audio that’ll have your ears weeping with joy (now there’s an image).