The premise was simple… combine a radio with headphones and voila, two popular products become one! What came out of this wonderful experiment was a gadget that made the wearer look like a character from the Jetsons.
With two enormous ear-cans, rather obtrusive antennae, a balance dial on one ear, tuning dial on the other and a volume switch (with only three settings) on top of the bulky head piece, you had to be pretty committed to the whole “Martian who can’t live without FM radio” aesthetic to get around in these.
Created in 1969, they retailed for about $100 (over $500 in today’s money). Now, of course, they are something of a collector’s item and the longer you look at the RF-60 Headphone Radio, the more it seems possible they could make a total hipster comeback.