Electronics were practically non-existent by today's standards but those that existed were out or reach to main stream Americans. For instance, the first microwave available to the masses was marketed by Amana and the cost of this basic 2-button microwave was in the $500 range. Most microwave ovens well into the late 60s were unaffordable conveniences that only a few thousand people owned.
For those who lived through the 1960s as young adults, the biggest component of any bachelor pad included a stereo system with "high-fidelity" speakers. The prices were exorbitant for basic bookshelf speakers and reaching into the thousands of dollars for space-hugging floor to ceiling speakers.
By comparison, electronics have become more powerful, miniaturized and mostly affordable. The quality of the products has increased as well and so has the storage capacity of computers and handheld devices.
When it came to portable music, a small $200 dollar transistor radio was the most basic and "affordable" choice. The perks included portability, exclusively AM stations and one speaker for mono-sound. Recorded music consisted of vinyl record albums played in the standard, and expensive, two-speaker home stereo system.
Television sets were heavy things that dominated the family's living room much as they did in the late 1950s. CRT television sets in color were available but expensive to own. Programming was not as varied as it is today and people spent more time socializing than watching TV.
The average cost of a television set was less than $300 but this was a huge expense for people earning under $6,000 a year. Note: Television sets did not include a remote control and physically getting off the couch to change the channel, turn the set off or adjust the volume was necessary.
Reception was spotty in some locations and weather factors would completely eliminate transmission. Manually adjusting the indoor antenna or climbing on the roof to restore picture to the set was very common.
In the 1960s and early 1970s, computers were clunky things that took up a lot of space and could only be purchased by corporations. A home computer was unheard of and the same thing can be said for a simple toner printer or a fax machine.