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Hi-Fi &.......Aireophonic?

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  • Started 10 years ago by Craig_Adams
  • Latest reply from littlesongs


  1. Craig_Adams
    Radio historian

    Does anyone remember "Aireophonic Sound"? Couldn't find anything on google. Was this the new name for high fidelity in broadcasting? Stereophonic, and for mono listening Aireophonic?

    THE OREGONIAN - February 26, 1959 - KVAN INSTALLING complete new engineering equipment. First section will be ready March 1, according to Station Manager, James Gunn. This will give "aireophonic sound", with better balanced level and increase fidelity in music. Sound will be adjusted automatically.

    Posted on August 24, 2010 - 08:30 PM #
  2. semoochie

    Gee, my mother's 46th birthday! It sounds like it had to do with "perceived" better sound on the radio. They may have just made up the name.

    Posted on August 25, 2010 - 12:33 AM #
  3. Craig_Adams
    Radio historian

    That also crossed my mind. I also thought this was possibly a brand name. Note the last sentence: "Sound will be adjusted automatically." That suggests a piece of equipment.

    Posted on August 25, 2010 - 01:15 AM #
  4. jr_tech

    Perhaps an early processor, similar to the CBS "Audimax I" (in 1959 also)?

    Posted on August 25, 2010 - 10:46 AM #
  5. littlesongs

    I was thinking of something along the lines of a Kahn Symmetra-Peak clone by a short-lived competitor. The patent was filed for on March 19, 1959, so the odds are good that other engineers cooked up their own ideas around the same time. As you can see from the brochure, these passive "magic boxes" were pretty popular with local broadcasters in their heyday.

    Posted on August 25, 2010 - 11:00 AM #
  6. jr_tech

    "They may have just made up the name"

    Seems like I remember a story about KMCM doing that. :)

    Posted on August 25, 2010 - 11:09 AM #
  7. littlesongs

    Another possibility is that the article was referring to something from the Aireon company of Kansas City. They were one of many aviation and electronics firms during World War Two. Aireon developed radio and sound gear for laboratories, amateurs, airports and railroads in peacetime too.

    The company may be most well-known for their brief run of unique jukeboxes in the 40s. One of their deluxe models even featured a television at a time when most people had never seen one.

    A more humble model of the Aireon "Canned Ham" was the popular centerpiece of the historic Savoy Billiard Parlor on Williams Avenue. Ed Slaughter should have been a giant in local radio. That was not possible in those days, so he reached an entire community of jazz lovers through his juke.

    Posted on August 27, 2010 - 07:43 AM #