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Correspondence between the modern and the antique calendar

Correspondence between the modern and the antique calendar

How was the correspondence between Anno Domini and Anno Urbis Conditae eras made? How are modern historians proving that this correspondence is correct?


It is much worse than you think. Every kingdom, tribe and city state in the ancient world had its own calendar and year count, and only the rise of large reams caused anything like a uniform dating system over a wide area.

in many societies it was common to date events by the rule of officials. Elected officials might begin and end their terms of office at the new year (which differed in different societies) but monarchs usually began and ended their reigns at different unexpected times during the year, and there were different rules for counting the years of a king's reign in different societies at different times. Using different ways to count the lengths of King's reigns causes the royal chronologies of Israel and Judah in the Bible to not add up, for example.

The Roman consuls usually ruled for exactly one year of the Roman calendar and thus it was usual to date events to the year of the consulship of X and Y. Lists of consuls, fasti, were kept to keep track of the years.

So, for example, during the consulship of Lutatius Catalus and Posthumius Albinus (242 BC) a young Roman aristocrat checking to see when he would be old enough to run for office who knew he was born during the consulship of M. Atilius Regulus and L. Julius Libo (267 BC) could check a list of consuls to see that his 25th birthday would be in the consulship of Lutatius Catalus and Posthumius Albinus.

The Greek historian Ephorus of Cyme (c.400-330 BC) began dating events by Olympiads, four year periods between ancient Olympic games.

The ancient Romans were certain of the day Rome was founded, April 21, the day of the festival sacred to Pales, goddess of shepherds, on which date they celebrated the Par ilia (or Palilia). However, they did not know the exact year the city had been founded; this is one reason they preferred to date their years to the presiding consuls over using the formula A.U.C. or Ab Urbe Condita. Several had been proposed by ancient authorities, and Dionysius of Halicarnassus records these: the Greek historian Timaeus, the first to write a history of the Romans, stated that Rome was founded in the 38th year prior to the first Olympiad, or 814 BC; Quintus Fabius Pictor, the first Roman to write the history of his people, stated Rome was founded in the first year of the eighth Olympiad, or 748/7 BC; Cincius Alimentus claimed Rome was founded in the fourth year of the twelfth Olympiad, or 719/8 BC; and Cato the Elder calculated that Rome was founded 432 years after the Trojan War, which Dionysius stated was the first year of the seventh Olympiad, or 752/3 BC.[4] Dionysius himself provided calculations showing that Rome was founded in 751 BC, starting with the Battle of the Allia, which he dated to the first year of the ninth Olympiad, or 390 BC, then added 119 years to reach the date of the first consuls, Junius Brutus and Tarquinius Collatinus, then added the combined total of the reigns of the Kings of Rome (244 years) to arrive at his own date, 751 BC.[5] Even the official Fasti Capitolini offers its own date, 752 BC.

The most familiar date given for the foundation of Rome, 753 BC, was derived by the Roman antiquarian Titus Pomponius Atticus, and adopted by Varro, having become part of what has come to be known as the Varronian chronology.[6] An anecdote in Plutarch where the astrologer Lucius Tarrutius of Firmum provides an argument based on a non-existent eclipse and other erroneous astronomical details that Rome was founded in 753 BC suggests this had become the most commonly accepted date.[7] Through its use by the third-century writer Censorinus, whose De Die Natali was the ultimate influence of Joseph Justus Scaliger's work to establish a scientific basis of ancient chronology, it became familiar.[7]

So ancient writers estimated that Rome had been founded in 814 BC, 748/7 BC, 719/8 BC, 752/3 BC, 751 BC, and 752 BC, as well as the 753 BC that became the official date.

In the Hellenistic and Roman world, many dating systems were used along with Olympiads, Consular dating, and AUC (Anno Urbis Conditae). They included the Seleucid era (counting from 312 BC), The Pompeian era in Syria (counting from 63 BC), the Spanish era (counting from 38 BC) used in Spain until 1381, the Era of Actium used in Roman Egypt (counting from 31 or 30 BC) and the era of Augustus counting from 27 BC the "foundation" of the Roman Empire).

Starting in ancient times and continuing down through the centuries and millennia, chronologists have tried to find the relationships between different calendars and year counts.

For example they compare king lists. If King X of Country A killed King Y of Country B in an event dated to the fourth year of King X's reign, and the Country B king list shows that King Y of Country B died in the 10th year of his own reign we deduce that King X of Country A became king in the 6th year of the reign of King Y of Country B.

They look for documents that date events in two different dating systems.

If an event was vary famous they look for records from different societies that date it according to different dating systems.

They find the dates recorded for ancient observations of astronomical events like eclipses, oppositions, conjunctions, etc. and compare them with the dates calculated by modern astronomers.

They use radiocarbon dating, dendrochronology and geological dating of earth quakes and volcanic eruptions to try to find scientific dating of historical events.

It is like a gigantic jigsaw puzzle that has not yet been completely put together.

For example, for ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia there are several rival chronological systems that date the earliest historical events centuries apart.

But the chronological system for the ancient near east and mediterranean is pretty accurate and securely established from about 500 BC or so.


Modern vs Classic Golf Equipment Tested: What Has Changed?

Golf equipment has changed dramatically over the past several decades. Manufacturers have hired top engineering talent and invested massively in research and development in an effort to win over consumers. Compared with the persimmon drivers and blade irons of old, there is now a real opportunity to get clubs that are completely dialed in for your particular golf swing.

While it’s almost impossible to quantify exactly how much performance has changed, I decided to do a fun little test with my SkyTrak launch monitor. I purchased a persimmon driver, blade iron, and some older golf balls off Ebay just to see what kind of numbers each would produce compared with my current equipment. The results were interesting, and shed some light on what modern golf clubs are capable of.

Golfers Did Not Have Many Options

I have spoken at length about the advancements in equipment with Woody Lashen, the co-owner of Pete’s Golf. His custom fitting business is considered one of the best in the entire industry by Golf Digest and almost every major OEM. He first started building clubs in the 1980s and since then has seen massive changes in technology and club design.

Back in the early 80s when Woody first started in the industry, there were no means of measuring club performance – it was mostly about how the equipment looked. The actual quality of the wood used on drivers was something people cared about, which is hard to believe considering today’s equipment. You bought a new driver because it was starting to wear out, not because there was a huge change in technology.

Overall, your options were limited. With golf balls, you had two choices – a ball that could go farther but not stop on the green, or you could get one that would spin more, but not carry as far with your longer clubs. Additionally, with irons, there wasn’t much variety. There were forged blades that offered little to no forgiveness, or enormous cast irons that were large and clunky.

Engineering talent had not flooded the industry yet, and Woody believes that the major change came when Karsten Solheim started designing PING golf clubs.

What Changed?

A lot of advancements have been made over the past several decades. The golf world has attracted top-level engineering talent from places like aerospace industry. These brilliant minds have been able to design, manufacture, and measure club performance better than ever. Every manufacturer is investing major dollars each year trying to push things forwards in order to capture market share.

As such, performance has increased quite a bit. Today’s golfer has endless options. There are literally thousands of combinations between shafts and heads that can be created. While this can be a problem on its own, what it does mean is that you can now get equipment dialed in for your specific golf swing. Back in the 1980s and before, this simply wasn’t the case. You had several options between your ball and clubs, and that was it.

So I decided to have a little fun and try out a persimmon driver, blade iron, and an older Titleist ball. I compared it against my current equipment just to see what kind of differences in ball flight they produced.

All testing was done with my SkyTrak launch monitor. You can check out my full review here, but this is a great product that will deliver accurate metrics for a test like this.

The Modern Blade vs The Classic

The test I was most interested in was comparing an older-style blade iron versus a modern one. Truth be told not too much has changed in the looks of a blade iron over the years. Many companies are still producing the classic forged blade that is a symbol of craftsmanship.

I purchased a McGregor Jack Nicklaus 7-iron from eBay, which is representative of a run of the mill blade iron that you could find in the 70s or 80s.

I play PXG irons, which offer the latest technology that the golf world has to offer. They have taken the classic blade design and completely transformed it by thinning out the face, adjusting weighting, and several other unique design features. The result is more distance, higher launch, and more forgiveness. I’ve been playing them for almost three years so I can certainly vouch for their performance.

The lofts on newer irons like the PXG are extremely aggressive – at only 31 degrees it would be roughly the equivalent of a 5-iron from that era. The 7-iron I was testing from McGregor would likely be the equivalent of my 9-iron. However, the stamped loft can be somewhat irrelevant. For this test, I was interested in how far the ball was traveling, and how high. Again, this was just a fun test to see how a 7-iron from decades ago would perform against the modern 7-iron.

The results were pretty dramatic.

SkyTrak data for McGregor 7-iron

SkyTrak data for PXG 7-iron

The PXG carried 176 yards, which is 23 yards farther than the McGregor. Additionally, the peak height was almost 12 feet higher, and it had a tighter dispersion around my target. So while the loft on the PXG is much lower, it has the ability to travel farther, straighter, and higher than the McGregor, which is what the technology claims to do. For an approach shot, you certainly want enough height to stop the ball on the greens, which is exactly what my irons are able to do on the course.

Additionally, the feel of my shots was almost night and day between the two clubs. Any slightly errant shot with the McGregor felt terrible, and the launch greatly suffered. Compared with the PXG there was certainly far less forgiveness on off-center strikes.

Persimmon vs The Modern Driver

When you look at drivers you’ll see the most dramatic changes in design and performance. The old adage on persimmon drivers was that you had to “hit it on the screws,” which requires a bit of precision since the faces of the club are so much smaller.

Modern drivers offer much larger faces, which allows golfers to increase their ball speed (and distance) on off-center strikes. Additionally, the lighter weight of the head and shaft makes it easier to generate more swing speed.

The persimmon driver I ordered had a 44″ steel shaft, which was the equivalent length to my driver.

I am playing a Titleist 917 D3 driver with an aftermarket shaft from Accra, so this is some of the best equipment that modern design has to offer.

As you would expect the results were fairly dramatic as well here.

SkyTrak data for persimmon driver

I was only able to carry the persimmon driver 219 yards for a total distance of 238 on average.

SkyTrak data for Titleist driver

Compared to 252-yard carry and 272 total distance with my Titleist, that’s a pretty significant change. Additionally, the ball speeds were very different – 139mph versus 151 mph.

Granted this isn’t a perfect test. I have heard some discussion that persimmon drivers cannot compress the modern golf ball the same way that they did for balls of that era. But since we can’t get a perfectly new golf ball from 40 years ago this will have to do.

That being said, I don’t think anyone would argue that modern drivers don’t offer more forgiveness and overall distance compared to clubs from decades ago. Trying to strike a persimmon driver perfectly requires quite a bit of skill!

Ball Comparison

The invention of the Pro V1 by Titleist marked a major shift in golf ball technology. It has allowed golfers to get the best of both worlds – longer distances with the driver and optimal spin conditions when you need them.

Many of you remember the wound golf balls from Titleist. Older balls are hard to come by unused, but I was able to purchase a box of DT Wound 100 that were never hit before. I have no idea how the balls were stored, and how they have decayed since then – but nonetheless, I was interested to see how they would hold up over time.

You can see just how different the insides fo each ball are. Wound golf balls have tons of rubber threads wrapped around rubber core whereas the modern ball has multiple solid layers.

They actually performed pretty well!

SkyTrak data for DT100 Sand Wedge

On my SW the wound ball had very close numbers to the Pro V1. The Pro V1 spun a little more, and the DT 100 felt incredibly softer at impact.

SkyTrak data for ProV1 SW

With my driver, there were some differences, but to be honest they were not as large as I expected them to be. I only lost about 10 yards of total distance, and still had pretty optimal launch conditions. Not bad for a ball that is probably more than 30 years old.

Wrapping It Up

I have learned a tremendous amount about golf equipment since I first started Practical Golf. What I can tell you with certainty is that the clubs and ball you play can have a large impact on your performance.

As you know golf is a very challenging game, and playing the wrong equipment will make it that much harder for you. On the whole, the clubs being produced now are very impressive. It would be difficult to argue that any golfer could pick up a club from 40 years ago and have better performance than one produced today. How much of a difference exists will always be up for debate.

That being said, I would suggest to anyone that is looking for performance gains to work with a knowledgeable club fitter that has equipment that can accurately measure your ball flight. I have seen it with my own eyes. By simply changing a driver’s head, one could add 25 yards in distance, or by adjusting an iron you can add more distance, height, and accuracy. There is a sea of options out there, but you want to make sure you have the right mixture for your swing.


History of the Conestoga Region

The Conestoga River (also referred to as the Conestoga Creek) is a tributary of the Susquehanna River that flows through the center of Lancaster County. The word 𠇌onestoga” probably derives from the Iroquois language, and is sometimes defined as “people of the cabin pole.” Before the arrival of European settlers in the region, the Conestoga𠄺 Native American tribe also known as the Susquehanna or Susquehannock–lived along the Susquehanna River.

Did you know? Though the term "Conestoga wagon" is sometimes mistakenly used as a synonym for "covered wagon," the name in fact only refers to the specific type of heavy, broad-wheeled covered wagon first manufactured in the Conestoga River region of Pennsylvania&aposs Lancaster County in the mid-18th century.

Around 1700, the Conestoga established trade relations with the colony that would become Pennsylvania, founded by the Quaker leader William Penn. As the fur trade moved out of the region, the influence of Conestoga declined, and many moved westward. In late 1763, in retaliation for Native American aggression on the western frontier during Pontiac’s Rebellion, a vigilante group known as the Paxton Boys brutally massacred most of the remaining Conestogas.


2. 1847 Issue Block of 16 of Ben Franklin

1847 Ben Franklin stamps (courtesy of Siegel Auction Gallery) The Boston Tea Party (Credit: Ed Vebell/Getty Images)

The year 1847 is a huge one for stamps: this was the first year that you could purchase stamps from the United States government and affix them to a piece of mail as a method to prepay for its delivery (the legislation was passed in 1845). These are examples of the very first U.S. Federal stamps. Naturally, a great deal of correspondence was exchanged before 1847—the United States Post Office Department was established in 1792𠅋ut those letters were mostly paid for by the receiver.

Benjamin Franklin, who along with George Washington graced the first stamps, has a fascinating history with the post, filled with intrigue. In 1775, upon his return from England, Franklin was named postmaster general of the independent colonies by the Continental Congress. But long before, the Crown had named him postmaster general of the American colonies in 1753, a post he shared with William Hunter. Franklin was fired from that job when, in 1774, it was discovered that he had been opening mail (between English authorities) and feeding the correspondences’ contents to his rebel friends—in what’s become known as the Hutchinson Affair.


Switch hook

The switch hook connects the telephone instrument to the direct current supplied through the local loop. In early telephones the receiver was hung on a hook that operated the switch by opening and closing a metal contact. This system is still common, though the hook has been replaced by a cradle to hold the combined handset, enclosing both receiver and transmitter. In some modern electronic instruments, the mechanical operation of metal contacts has been replaced by a system of transistor relays.


Days of the Jewish Week

Other than Shabbat, the name of the seventh day of the week, the Jewish calendar doesn't have names for the days of the week. The days of the week are simply known as first day, second day, third day, etc. Sometimes they are referred to more fully as First Day of the Sabbath, etc. Below is a list for those who are interested.

Day of the Week Hebrew Transliterated First Day (Sunday) Yom Rishon Second Day (Monday) Yom Sheini Third Day (Tuesday) Yom Shlishi Fourth Day (Wednesday) Yom R'vii Fifth Day (Thursday) Yom Chamishi Sixth Day (Friday) Yom Shishi Sabbath Day (Saturday) Yom Shabbat


Old Style and New Style dates

Old Style (or O.S.) and New Style (or N.S.) are terms used for calendar dates in English language historical studies, for two reasons. The first reason is that the method of dating that is most widely used around the world today, as the Gregorian calendar, was introduced into English cultures only in 1752. The second is that 1 January has not always been the first day of the year, while March 25th was the start of the year, or fiscal year, for many hundreds of years. Both of these conventions changed not very long ago, in historic terms, as just a few centuries ago. So when a date is given in a history book (or an old book), we need to know whether it is in the modern New Style or the traditional Old Style. During the time of the changeover, people would give both dates. Even today, when historians are writing about an event in those times, they often give the date as it was used at the time but also give the modern equivalent for your convenience.

In Europe and its colonies, the Julian calendar was used traditionally. Other countries used different systems: for example China, Japan and Korea used lunisolar calendars.

The reason for changing the calendar was that experts in the early 1700s realised that there is a mistake in the Julian calendar, that it adds too many leap years. This meant that the date of Easter was being calculated wrongly. So they designed a new calendar that corrected this error. Pope Gregory XIII had declared that this new calendar should be used from 1582 onwards. But only Roman Catholic countries accepted this ruling: Protestant and Eastern Orthodox countries refused to have the Pope tell them what to do. So even in Europe, the change happened at different times.

For example, it was not until 1752 that Great Britain and its colonies changed over to the new calendar, also changing the start of the year from 25 March to 1 January at the same time. [1] [2] [3] Russia changed in 1918, after the 'October' Revolution. [4]


Western-Chinese Calendar Converter

This converter does not work for dates before 1912 AD.

If the above applet does not appear, you probably need to update your browser. You can also use the previous version of the calendar converter.

  1. Calendrical Calculations: A book that describes algorithms for converting between many different calendar systems, including the Gregorian and Chinese.
  2. On-line version of Calendrical Calculations
  3. The mathematics of the Chinese Calendar: Excellent background information on Chinese calendar, including Mathematica packages.
  4. Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac: Has a chapter on different calendar systems, including information on the Chinese lunar calendar.
  5. The Calendar Chapter for the above book
  6. Site with good cultural and historical information about the Chinese calendar
  7. 2,000 Year Chinese-Western Calendar Converter (in Chinese)
  8. The Chinese Calendar: General background information
  9. NJ Star Chinese Lunar Calendar
  10. KAIROS Calendar Converter
  11. The Solar Terms
  12. CND Printable Chinese Calendars and Lunar Calendar Converter
  13. Chinese Lunar Calendar for PalmOS
  14. Utility that displays both the Gregorian and Chinese Calendar given a particular month
  15. Calendar Studies: Information about various calendar systems. Very thorough.
  16. DOS Calendar Converters
  17. Lunar, an UNIX Chinese/Western calendar converter. It also has a web-based interface.
  18. Gregorian-Lunar Calendar Conversion Tables (Years 1901-2100)
  19. Chinese Festivals and Holidays
  20. Dates of Chinese festivals
  21. Chinese New Year electronic greeting cards from 123Greetings.com.

I'm interested in hearing your ideas and suggestions for this tool. Please visit my guestbook with your comments. If you came to this page directly, you might also want to take a look at some of my other on-line Chinese tools.

The Western Calendar

The calendar system currently in use by the United States and much of the world is the Gregorian calendar. This calendar, based upon the length of the Earth's revolution around the Sun (and hence called a solar calendar) was instituted in October 15, 1582 AD by Pope Gregory XIII as a reform to the previously used Julian calendar. Under the Gregorian calendar, a solar year is divided up into 12 months of 30 or 31 days (with February having 28 or 29 depending on if the year is a leap year). This gives a year of 365 or 366 days. However, the true period of the Earth's revolution around the sun (measured from vernal equinox to vernal equinox) is 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds.

Over time this discrepancy would cause the official calendar to be out of sync with various celestial events such as the equinoxes and solstices. To rectify this, a series of leap years were added into the calendar. On a leap year an extra day is added to the end of February, February 29th. According to the Gregorian calendar, leap years occur in every year divisible by 4, execept those that are divisible by 100 but not 400. So 1900 was not a leap year, but the year 1996 was a leap year and 2000 will be. These leap years keep the calendar in sync with the solar year to an accuracy of about 1 day in 2500 years.

This system can be extrapolated backwards to produce dates previous to 1582. In that case, 1 BC is a leap year, as is 5 BC and so forth. My calendar converter can do this extrapolation back to 4713 BC, which is the start of the Julian period, explained below.

Month Days Month Days
1. January 31 7. July 31
2. February 28 or 29 8. August 31
3. March31 9. September 30
4. April 3010. October 31
5. May 3111. November 30
6. June 3012. December 31

Before the Gregorian calendar, the Julian calendar had been in use since it was instituted by Julius Ceasar around 45 BC. The principal difference between the Julian and Gregorian calendars is the frequency of leap years. Under the Julian system, every fourth year is a leap year. This causes an error of about 1 day every 128 years. When the Gregorian calendar was begun in 1582, this error had accumulated to 10 days. Hence, the last day of the Julian calendar, October 4, 1582 AD, was followed the next day by the first day of the Gregorian calendar, October 15, to rectify this error. Of course, it is possible to extrapolate the Julian calendar forward and the Gregorian calendar backward, to find a correspondence for days on either calendar, as the above converter does.

The Julian period is sequence of days starting at day 0 on January 1, 4713 BC of the Julian calendar. Each day after this can be associated with a unique Julian day. This system is useful in astronomy and provides a useful starting point for conversion amongst different calendar systems. The Julian day for December 31, 1996 is 2450449. Be careful not to confuse the Julian period with the Julian calendar.

The Chinese Lunar/Solar Calendar

The Chinese agricultural calendar is also partially solar though because 7 times in a 19 year cycle, an extra leap month (runyue) is be added to the year to bring it back into line with the longer solar year.

To explain the basis for determining when leap months are added, one must first understand the Chinese system of solar terms. 24 dates, made up of 12 principal terms and 12 sectional terms, divide the solar year into 24 periods that are based on the earth's position around the sun. These include the equinoxes and the solstices. According to the Chinese calendar, the winter solstice must occur in month 11 of the year. A lunar month in which a principal term does not occur becomes a leap (or intercalary) month and is assigned the number of the month that preceded it but is designated as a leap. If this happens to occur twice in one year, only the first month in which it occurs in a leap month. The Chinese new year itself starts on the second new moon after the winter solstice.

Chinese years, months, and days are also assigned a name based upon the Chinese system of the heavenly stems and earthly branches. In this cyclical system, each year, month, and day is associated with one of the 10 heavenly stems and 12 earthly branches. Each successive time period will have a new stem and branch, until going through the stems 6 times and the branches 5 times, to give 60 unique combinations. In the case of years and dates, this gives a continuous cycle for thousands of years. This is similar for months, but in the case of a leap month, it is assigned its previous month's branch/stem combination with the leap designation added. This is why the combination is so easily calculated for years and days, but requires tables or complicated astronomical calculations to find months.


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Best Vintage Speakers Review

Through thorough research, we have accumulated some data on vintage speakers. Our choices are made regarding their built, brand, and clarity.

Though we discussed our methodology of choosing what we chose. We hope you will not only find it useful but also informative.

1. Marshall Kilburn

Marshall Amplification, a legend itself in the industry had launched Marshall Kilburn- a vintage Bluetooth speaker. It’s retro, it’s classic and it’s full of everything that any music lover would demand. Because of both visual and audio performance, Marshall Kilburn climbed through the list of vintage speakers and stood out from rest of them all.

We will take you through a broken down analysis of why we awarded our precious #1 rank to this classic piece. Keep reading.

The Kilburn’s design or scoff will immediately take you through pure nostalgia. The first impression of it will remind you of Marshall’s iconic guitar amps, which the brand is popular for. A metallic frame with Marshall’s logo on the front and a woven grille will be a nice throwback for those of us who’d spend their youth playing instruments in the garage.

Two of the versions are there- The Black and Cream finish. The unit contains two tweeters and a single woofer the weight is 6.6 pounds entirely. The weight seems to be little more and we have to sacrifice the portability to gain the solid audio performance it gives.

On the same note, let’s see what the sound quality comes with. The power amplifiers contain a 15W Class D amplifier, and two Class D amplifiers- one for the woofer and another set for the tweeters. With a maximum sound pressure level of 100 dB and a frequency range of 62-20,000 Hz, it’s able to play almost genre of music with a complete taste of them.

Kilburn’s upper brass plates come with a control on volume, bass, and treble. I know you’re accustomed to digital control through remote controllers. But why don’t we look at the brighter side? An analog control panel will help you to be precise with what you want to listen.

Love traveling? What if your classic vintage speaker accompanies you in a stylish way? Marshall Kilburn comes with a guitar-inspired detachable leather strap that lets you carry it with style, wherever your journey takes you.

Maybe Marshall Kilburn isn’t the best specs in the game, but if you’re looking for a blend of vintage and modern acoustics, certainly it’s the best pick around.

Highlighted Features

  • Classic Marshall design and retro outlook with a script logo, golden piping, and vinyl casing.
  • Kilburn is an unrestrained stereo speaker free of cords and wires. The built-in battery life comes with 20 long hours of sound and thrill.
  • On the top of its brass plate, there are three different controls for volume, bass, and treble. Custom controls give a full freedom of choice.
  • A clear and loud sound that covers every frequency range from deep brass to extended highs. The range is 62-20000 Hz, to be precise.
  • Connects wirelessly via Bluetooth and occupies with every kind of Bluetooth enabled devices.
  • A speaker with the pure nostalgia for 80’s and 90’s.
  • Works with both AUX and Bluetooth input.
  • Powerful bass, shimmering highs, and good space sense.
  • Comes with two different finishes.
  • 62-20,000 Hz frequency coverage.
  • 20 hours of battery life.

2. LuguLake Retro

LuguLake Speaker had quite set the standard high with it’s wooden and metal combo outlook. The large speaker and a large volume knob- that’s what the frontal part consists of. A benefit of it is, controlling the volume would be certainly more precise and smoother. The complete control panel appears on the top, along with a strong handle. As the product weight is about 10 pounds, the handle must be strong enough, and the good news is, it is strong. Besides, it’s comfortable to hold.

The control panel is more detailed and functioned than most of its competitors and that’s what sets it apart. From left to right, you will find a DC input for powering up the speaker and charger. A toggle style power switch and AUX input is the next thing you’ll see.

As you know the frontal part of the box has a large speaker for audio output. Inside the grille, there is a ‘True Wireless Stereo Speaker’ that provides a 25W bass output. For high impact sounds and full-range coverage, this particular feature is something that you’d love to have. That’s what we call the best vintage stereo speaker.

A unique part of the specs list is the echo dial. What it does is, it indicated how much of your voice is affecting. That will be helpful in case you’re having a party where guests are supposed to play or talk.

Overall, we found the LuguLake Bluetooth Speaker a great pick for the money. It’s vintage in style, wide open in terms of controllability and gives a super quality audio output for any environment. What do you think?

Highlighted Features

  • Bronze colored metal details in structure, giving it a classic vintage-looking outlook.
  • Weighs almost 10 pounds as a single unit. But comes with a gripped anti-skid rubber handle to carry around easily.
  • 25W overall power output for strong and impactful audio output. Great bass and treble assist it for even better performance.
  • Wireless left the channel and right channel system control that works within 50 feet of range.
  • Multiple advanced level functions as- FM radio, Microphone Inputs, Remote control, High Capacity battery and so on.
  • Ear-delicious bass and treble.
  • Bronze metallic vintage outlook.
  • FM radio with antenna.
  • 10-in-1 rich functionalities.
  • Overwhelming audio output.
  • Bass reflex system for smoother music.
  • Easy carrying with antiskid handle.
  • Perfect for outdoor usage.

3. Lofree Poison Indoor Speaker

Want to take yourself back to the good old days of the 1950s? The Lofree Poison Indoor Speaker is the key to the past. Why do we say that? Well, this vintage speaker with classical aesthetics is a combination of the latest audio technology with an old-age retro vibe. Thanks to Lofree, the producer. Let’s have a more detailed insight of what it has got inside-

Note: Don’t forget to check the old speaker vs new speaker options before make your decision final.

The oddly named Lofree Poison Indoor Speaker is, hands-down, one of the most gorgeous looking Bluetooth speakers that we’ve ever come across. The design is inspired from the mid-century vintage FM radios, and a few fun details had been added to it.

It’s just about 1.2 lbs(0.5 kg) in weight and only 18 inches in length. It’s as portable as a DSLR camera and it strikes with a reasonable output within such a tiny size. The front conceals a grille with an FM tuner panel. And on the back, you will find a bass driver diagram with a floating cover. Alongside, there is a 3.5mm AUX jack, and a USB port.

Hooking up to any Bluetooth device is easier than ever with The Poison. No matter it’s an MP3 player, or a laptop or a Bluetooth enabled device, The Poison is one step ahead.

Through the 10W speakers with a dedicated bass driver, it generates a clear, crisply and pleasant sound output that covers both high and low-end frequencies. No matter you’re a hip-hop lover or fan of jazz or hip-hop, The Poison will rock you right away!

Moments ago, we’re talking about some fun details in the design. Well, the list includes a Chrome Grille on the front, an ornamental handle and a minimal control on the functions of it. Wherever you put it in the home, people will be surely whispering about such a beautifully crafted piece of art.

Highlighted Features

  • The poison is a mix of modern aesthetics with classic retro outlook. One of the most distinguished speakers we’ve found.
  • 10W powered amplifier with the dedicated bass driver. Combines into a soothing musical experience.
  • Bass enhancement system at the front and a super large diagram in the back. Reluctantly, it sounds vast
  • The radio speaker comes with a 10W amplifier which is decently enough for indoor music.
  • FM function with powerful sound and a physical rotator dial to control the frequencies.
  • A speaker that would take you back in good old vibes of the 50s.
  • Vintage looking outfit with rich modern specs.
  • Rich sound experience with large.
  • FM switching and FM dial indicator at front.
  • A perfect part of your home interior’s beauty.
  • Doesn’t do well with the heavier metal music.
  • Not a speaker that you can use in the open outdoors.

4. Tewell Retrorock

Tewell Retrorock Bluetooth Speaker is maybe, one of the easiest-to-control and cool looking vintage-style speaker in the market. If you don’t tell anyone, someone would surely think that you’ve swiped it out of your grand parent’s bedroom. But the smart features and specs made us realize that it’s nothing but an awesome piece of the speaker from Tewell. Thanks to the manufacturer though. Let’s get our groove on the broken down specs of Tewell Retrorock Bluetooth Speaker-

The retro rock is a state of the art when it comes to vintage-flavored modern speakers. It’s visual is highlighted by metallic fabric front side, a gold accent touch and finally, a leather casing- exactly what a speaker from 50s-80s. On the top of them all, it’s got a toggle on-off switch.

Now, the question is, does it brings the funk that the vintage speaker should do? Find the answer below-

It sports two speakers of 12W power each and a bass reflex system to assist with a killer bass. The resultant audio is crystal clear and comes with a well rounded, deep bass. Even a person who is not an ‘Audiophile’ will fall in love with the sound that comes through it.

It’s a non-battery operated device. So, you have to limit with indoor use only. although, Tewell offers a similar model that comes with the wireless and battery-powered operation. But keeping it powered up, you can collaborate with your smartphone, iPhone, laptop or tablet with almost no hassle. An option of using AUX cable is also provided.

Highlighted Features

  • With a leather coating, toggle switch, metallic front, and a golded touch make it one of the vintage speakers that we’ve ever come across.
  • Powerful audio output with 12W amplifier and a bass reflector mechanism.
  • One of simplest ever control panel ever manufactured. With a volume knob and a few other 4 controls, it’s pretty easy to use.
  • Connects through Bluetooth with any kind of Bluetooth enabled device.
  • 3.5mm AUX cable input and the connecting cable is made of Nylon braid.
  • Pretty much easy to use.
  • Compact and powerful design.
  • Leather wrapping with the metal front panel.
  • Works fine with Echo dot and similar smart gadgets.
  • Gold toggle switch and smooth control panel.
  • Extremely-budget friendly.

5. Owlee Scroll Premium Speaker Review

Presenting The Owlee Scroll Premium, a speaker with wondrous acoustics, and classic aesthetics. The antique vintage style outlook and a full-scale modern spec are what made it stood out of the crowd. For most of us vintage lovers, it’s something we’ve ever desired.

Let’s have a look at broken down insights of the features-

First thing first, let’s talk about the way Owlee’d designed this piece of art. The leather cover is an astounding blend of rich suede and sleek outlook, giving it an elegant vintage touch. Paired with that, Owlee Scroll Premium comes in an ultra-cool steel casing. The entire design is graceful and a pleasure to look at.

Owlee Scroll Premium is a speaker covered with vintage style leather and consists of every spec that an up-to-date top-notch speaker of 2020 should have. Centre of its specs is the ‘Spatial Sound Technology’, which created a natural sound effect that we use to hear around us.

Next, to the Spatial Sound, we can’t help mentioning the ‘Dual Passive Bass Radiator’ as another state of the art. This feature helps to turn the low-frequency sounds into exponential values of themWhat it all result is- a bigger sound from a smaller package.

The sound waves from Owlee Scroll Premium hit the audience from all angles, being combined with a distinguished pitch, tone, volume, and distance. No matter how much distant or close the audience is, it will certainly create a mesmerizing sound experience.

A handful of small but significant features of this speaker are the last things we’d like to highlight. A 20W power output, 9 hours of continuous playtime, a wireless range of 32 feet and a dynamic Bluetooth 4.0 NFC connectivity- that’s the other good things that come with this speaker from Owlee.
Hopefully, the speaker would check all of your requirement boxes and be the next speaker you’d fall in love with.

Highlighted Features

  • 20W power with 9 hours of playtime makes it one great choice for outdoor performance.
  • Compatible with all sort of Bluetooth and NFC enabled devices.
  • Digital signal processing combined with 3D sound technology.
  • Gets adapted any environment with the elegance leather cover vintage outlook.
  • Dual passive bas radiator for a wider and louder sound at any environment.
  • Full range listening experience.
  • Deep, rich and immersive 3D sound.
  • Wrapped in with vintage style leather.
  • 9 hours of playtime.
  • Dynamic wireless pairing.
  • Adaptable to any environment.

6. Marshall Acton M-ACCS-10126 Review

Marshall had been an iconic brand since the age of digital sound speakers had been at its dawn. On the same note, Marshall Acton M-ACCS-10126 is a mix of great sound, large counter part and of course a vintage outlook. Being #6 of the list, it deserved a thorough discussion of features, and here you go-

On top of all, let’s discuss the design for a while. It’s a solidly built 6.6lbs speaker with a couple of dome tweeter of ¾” each. With the tweeters, there is a 4″ woofer and retro style console. Apart from all these, what brings its classic vintage look is it’s Marshall Logo and woven speaker fabric.

The audio experience that Marshall Acton gives is both articulate and pronounced. How on earth this small sized speaker generates such powerful bass is really defying the nature of nature. The Analog interaction knobs will certainly remind you about the musical aura of the 80’s. 3 of the analuge interation knobs will let you to fine tune the exact sound you want.

There are two sound options in this vintage spekaer- the wireless connectivity and stereo jacks. From both of the connections, the sound quality seems to be pretty good. Starting from bas funk to rock and everything in between, the music will be enjoyed to it’s fullest.

The sound output is pretty good through the 40W Class D speaker and loud as well. With the knobs adusters, you can controll the trebble and bass of the music. In fact, Marshall Acton is the only Bluetooth speaker that I have seen with a treble and bass controller.

The last thing that we’re concerned is the price, and so far we’ve seen Marshall Acton completelty satisfies users for what they pay for. It’s a classic analog piece with an elegant vintage outlook, and it will fit great for home, office, and parties. People who’re particularly a fan of the retro styling will surely fall in love once again with it.


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