1983 - The First Radio Console…This Changes Everything

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1983 - The First Radio Console…This Changes Everything

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1983 A500 420

A dealer from Oklahoma asked us why we didn’t make consoles for broadcast. We didn’t, really, because we didn’t know much about the market. Our emphasis was always on high performance, state-of-the-art, the-best-sound-you-could-make consoles, and that, in those days, was not synonymous with broadcast. But this dealer in Oklahoma, he was selling big sound systems to churches. And back then, broadcasting was taking off in the churches. And they wondered why they had these sound consoles that sounded so good, but the broadcasts sounded so bad. We thought about it and came up with a design. That’s our A-500. This is serial #2 of that design. We shipped it in 1984 to WGBH in Boston, it was on the air for over 25 years, and it was our launch into broadcast audio.

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