At age 65, LPs not yet retiring.

It’s not unusual to hear a person about to play some music say they’re putting on a record, even if the format is a CD or an MP3 streamed from a music weLP Logob site.

If you’re stuck in this groove, you have Dr. Peter Goldmark to thank. On this day in 1948, Goldmark, an employee of Columbia Records, introduced the long-playing microgroove 33-1/3 phonograph disc. His invention allowed multiple and lengthy works to be recorded on a single disc, revolutionizing the recording industry.

Very few remember one of Goldmark’s later inventions. In 1955, he developed the Highway Hi-Fi, and persuaded Chrysler to install his record players in their cars. Although Goldmark’s Hi-Fi was balanced properly to account for bumps and curves on the road, the device did not work well in the Dodge and Plymouth models Chrysler put the players into. Adjustments were made, but long-term commercial success was not to be had.

Fast forward a few decades later, and the 6-CD changer became a common fixture in virtually every make of auto. We can’t imagine that anyone is still trying to play a hi-fi in their car, but nearly everyone has old LPs or tape cassettes that deserve to be heard again. Listen to those sweet, old sounds with The LP And Cassette To CD/Digital Converter. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this is the combination recorder and stereo system that preserves classic vinyl records and cassette tapes by recording them to audio CDs or converting the songs to MP3s.

We can help preserve your video memories, too. The VHS To DVD Converter easily transfers your VHS tapes to standard DVDs. Also a player, this device is ideal for those who have a library of both formats.

What’s next for the audio/video industry? Who knows, but we’ve sure come a long way from the days of Goldmark’s LP.

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