Does Anyone Else Member the Golden Age of Audio Insults and Product Degradation?

My time in audio (and, video) goes way back.  How far back?  Does selling console stereos with ceramic cartridges mounted on record changers go back far enough?  Things were very competitive back then.  And, energetic and creative peddlers of consumer electronics didn't hold anything back.

Here's some examples from my memory.  Maybe you can add some of your own?

Maggotbox:  Magnavox

RCA Victim:  RCA Victor

Kindlingwood:  Kenwood

Soundshitty:  Sansui

Altec Lansing "Voice of the Outhouse":  "Voice of the Theater"

Karmon Hardon:  Harmon Kardon

And, who can forget?:  "No highs.  No lows.  It must be Bose."

Or:  "You can knock a Yamaha.  But, you can't Nakamichi."



I sold audio gear in retail for a couple of years in the early 90’s in the suburban Philadelphia market.  Here’s a few things I remember:

1.  NAD stood for “Not Always Defective”

2.  Sony ES stood for “Extra Sides”  (Our store carried the regular Sony line, but an audio store competitor a few doors away sold the ES line.  Anyone asking for Sony ES, we told them it was exactly the same gear we carried with Extra Sides.

3.  Customers always came in asking for Bose because of the incredible name recognition.  “No highs, no lows, than it must be Bose!”


In the later ‘80 when NEC was pimping video products, their failure rate quickly earned the reference of Never Ending Crisis