Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Audiotex Stereo Test Record

Back cover copy: Nothing more other than the human ear is required to use this highly efficient and accurate tool for setting up, adjusting, and evaluating stereo systems.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Soundscraftsmen Instructional Test Record

Back cover copy: A Soundscraftsmen Equalizer connected to your stereo system, this recording, and your ears are all you need to achieve perfectly balanced audio reproduction in your listening environment.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Popular Science Hi-Fi Test Record (1957)

Back cover copy" A unique band consisting of a repeated 300-to-20-cycle glide tone, with cricket markers sounded 50 cycles apart, makes this test record different from any other you have heard.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Orthophonic Frequency Test Record

Back cover copy: In order to avoid the necessity of taking meter readings over a wide range of voltages, applying correction factors, and plotting curves, this record has been recorded with the actual characteristics used in making RCA Victor records. This means that the output voltage will be the same at all frequencies when playing this record on a properly adjusted reproducing system.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Audiotex Audiotester (1959)

Back cover copy: This is the first full range High Fidelity Stereo and Monaural test record made in accordance with Official Standards of the industry. Both the trained audio engineer and technician, and the audiophile will find the Audiotex Audiotester indispensable.

Monday, August 15, 2011

This is High Fidelity (1955)

Cover copy: A comprehensive course in the principles of audio, with tests for frequency response, intermodulation, [and] resonances.

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Enjoyment of Stereo (1970)

Back cover copy: Of course, stereo is not an end to itself. We have called this record “The Enjoyment of Stereo” because, given the right conditions, stereo can add so much to our enjoyment of recorded music. And since it is worth taking a little trouble to ensure that these “right conditions” exist, we have devised five simple tests which you can use to make sure that your record player is giving of its best.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Audio System Test Record (1977)

Back cover copy: The Nautilus Audio System Test Record has been specifically designed to solve major problems that plague an audio system. No test equipment in necessary and the instructions are simple to follow. Your ears are the final judge in these tests, and the overall improvement to your system is audible and significant.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Stereo Review Test Record (1963)

Back cover copy: Nothing other than the human ear is required to use this highly efficient and accurate tool for setting up. adjusting, and evaluating stereo systems.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Stereo Spectacular (1963)

Back cover copy: This recording is a tour de force in precision audio engineering. Astounding situational stereo effects have been ingeniously conceived, meticulously recorded and reproduced to provide stunning and dramatic stereophonic effect.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Stereo Review’s Stereo Test Record (1969)

Back cover copy: Consists of half-octave warble tones that permit testing and adjustment of overall response of a stereo system and matching of frequency response of two channels by ear.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Seven Steps to Better Listening (1964)

Cover copy: This record will show you the way to achieve the best possible sound from any phonograph—regardless of cost, whether stereo or monoaural—through seven easy steps.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

RCOA Stereo Systems Test Record

Back cover copy: After careful study of all audio-test records now on the market — with view to incorporating their best features, and also to eliminate their frivolous, useless ones — the Record Club of America has created the definitive test record.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Give Yourself a Stereo Check-Out (1967)

Back cover copy: The aim of this record is to provide a means for the demanding listener to check record playing equipment without the need for such expensive and complicated instruments. With care it can remain a lasting tool, the standard of which will not change with time, whereas the equipment itself—and indeed the human ear—must certainly alter with age.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The “How” Sounds of Stereo

Back cover copy: Like any machine built for daily use, your record player should be maintained with periodic tuning. The “How” Sounds of Stereo is designed to help you perform this task easily, securely, and even enjoyably.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Sound of Sounds

Cover copy: This is a sound album. Sound means free from defect. Sound means robust. Sound is vibrational energy propagated by progressive longitudinal vibrancy disturbances. Sound is tone or noise of a specific character and quality. Sound means flawless. Sound means showing good judgement. Sound is that which is heard. Sound means firm and true in texture...to seek and/or emanate auditory sensations. This is a sound album.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Audio Obstacle Course (1973)

Back cover copy: Is your Hi-Fi delivering ALL the highs — and the lows — it was built to deliver? Are you getting ALL the sound you paid for? Is each component in your Stereo System pulling its weight?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Command Stereo Check Out (1960)

BAck cover copy: Here at last is a record that contains everything you need to get the fullest, most realistic reproduction from your stereo equipment.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

High Fidelity Demonstration Record (1953)

Back cover copy: This record has been prepared specifically for the demonstration of high fidelity audio equipment, and is recommended for subjective listening tests intended to check the various characteristics of a completely assembled audio system.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Realistic Stereo Test Record (1969)

Back cover copy: All of the tests contained in this record are inter-dependent, and it is therefore suggested that it be played through once completely before attempting to interpret the results which may be obtained from it. It is emphasized also that the purpose of records and record reproducing equipment is to give pleasure and even with the finest of equipment some degree of compromise will always be necessary.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

This Concludes Our Test

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