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Feb 1, 2007 12:00 PM, by Kari Taylor, senior associate editor

That was then

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This ad for the Concertone 800 reel-to-reel tape recorder was published in 1965. The unit was manufactured with six heads instead of the standard three. The six heads allowed the user to record or play four-track stereo tapes in both directions � without reel turnover. The device's Reverse-o-matic technology provided continuous music programming at the push of a button. The 800 was self-contained and featured twin speakers, two microphones, echo control, sound on sound and center capstan drive � all for less than $400.

Photo courtesy of Phantom Productions,

Do you remember?

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The Shure SM5 unidirectional dynamic boom mic was a fairly new product in July 1965. Its two-stage mechanical isolation silenced wind and boom noise from fast boom swings. No transformers or inductors were used so it could be used in extreme electrical hum fields. The classic styling from more than 40 years ago is still recognized today.

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Percentage of People Spending Less Time with a Medium Due to Time Spent Online

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Source: Arbitron/Edison Media Research, Internet and Multimedia 2006: On-Demand Media Explodes