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Table top am/fm radios

Discussion in 'New Gear - Performance' started by rxonmymind, Jan 19, 2018.

  1. WobblySam

    WobblySam Well-Known Member

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    I know they aren't the same, but that looks almost identical to the Radio Shack table radio that my wife had for about 16 years on her desk at work.. They rearranged the offices and she could no longer get reception.
    Anyway, nice looking radio.
     

     

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  2. illinoisteve

    illinoisteve Super Member

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    If you wanted a "vintage" look, you succeeded! While I don't doubt the tuning or sound quality of some of the posters radios, only some so far strike me as "vintage."

    To be, or at least look, vintage I think a table radio, needs to
    (1) have a very high KNOB-to-BUTTON ratio;
    (2) have either a wood (or wood looking) or a Bakelite (or Bakelite looking) case; and
    (3) it CANNOT have any sort of digital display.

    Of course a radio could look vintage and sound like crap (by today's standards), so obviously the vintage look can't be the only objective, but I think it's nice that you wanted that and found it!


     
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  3. sanford12

    sanford12 Old Stuff New Stuff As long as it's Good Stuff Subscriber

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    I love the older Panasonic's
    My favorite is/was the T100M with a beautiful reverse painted dial face. I'd still have it but was offered an obscene amount for it . Amazing radio
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    This RF-1600 is a cutie and it sounded very nice surprising me that it was better sounding than the 2nd gen Zenith Transoceanic solid state I had.
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  4. red 111

    red 111 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    IMG_1258.JPG tivoli PAL....played thru system as a stereo tuner
     
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  5. red 111

    red 111 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    my favorite .... still sounding great....purchased new in 1968...KLH model 21 IMG_1284.JPG
     
  6. FidgetMaster

    FidgetMaster Active Member

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    Nothing New sounds as good it's China pretty much and they always tried to copy this industry and got really good at it lol
     

     

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  7. the skipper

    the skipper Amateur Curmudgeon Subscriber

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    This, IMNSHO, is the best table radio ever. I still use the one I got in 1999 and would buy another (new) in a heartbeat.

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    Cambridge Sound Works Model 88. Small, easy to use and sounds simply wunnerful. I specifically wanted one without the CD because I know that, mechanical things being what they are, it would stop working, and I'd be stuck with a half functional unit.

    So, I used the RCA inputs on the back to plug portable units into it. It's great on the covered 10 X 30 deck. It's ability to fill that area with clean, rich sound is uncanny.

    But, in a similar vein, I just picked up one of these for $15.00. IT's about as "retro" as you can get. It ain't fancy but it serves well as my travel radio, And, it's surprisingly sensitive and does a remarkable job of filling a motel room with clean sound. Not component level hi fi, but better than one would expect.

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    https://www.target.com/p/jensen-am-...DQW4WeOKLEsQKj4UsqUaAjJ4EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

    But, forgive me father, I have sinned, but I just picked up an internet radio for the bedroom. All the smart TV's in my house have made me aware of how much I'm missing by limiting myself to local terrestrial transmissions.
     
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  8. nailer

    nailer audionerd Subscriber

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    KLH Model Eight, Tivoli Audio Model 1 and Sony FM/AM PLL Synthesized Radio.
     
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  9. rxonmymind

    rxonmymind AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Just got it home. My wife, the ever frugal shopper scored big on this. My original surprise gift to her was on a good deal for $110. She then found a better deal at ABT electronics for $75 only to be told it's on back order. Waiting a month and then they finally confessed they didn't know when it would be in. They graciously cancelled the order and refunded her the same day. Classy company.
    So desperate she needed sound found it in stock at Walmart online. I said Walmart?
    She said "Yup. For same price as ABT electronics PLUS $25 off for coming back". She hadn't bought from them in many years online. $50! Delivered in two days no less!
    Onto the actual radio.....
    First impression is.. HEAVY for such a little sucker. Pound for pound it would rival monster receivers. Ok maybe not. It weighs in just shy of 5 lbs.
    Here in the kitchen the radio with it's simple string antenna gets excellent reception. The sound is pretty good too right out of the box. But I'm easy and am sure once broken in it will bloom and sound better. Wife like the sound too.
    Highly recommended.
     

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  10. Splatter Pak

    Splatter Pak High-End Scrounger

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    No photo, but I have the Proton 300/301 combo, IMHO the best table radio ever made.
     
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  11. musichal

    musichal poet emeritus Subscriber

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  12. N8Nagel

    N8Nagel AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I have a Tivoli in the bathroom. I wanted to make a shelf for a small system and some speakers like Canton Plus S or Minimus 7s, but the design department strenuously objected to that plan.
     
  13. rxonmymind

    rxonmymind AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I see you forgot to read through fine print...:deal:
     
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  14. red 111

    red 111 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    +1 on the Proton300/301 being one fine sounding stereo radio 25WPC.
     
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  15. Splatter Pak

    Splatter Pak High-End Scrounger

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    Yes, it does sound good, but the 25 wpc figure may be misleading, since both units are bi-amped.
     
  16. restorer-john

    restorer-john Addicted Member

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    I have restored many dozens of early transistor radios, particularly National Panasonics, but they are all stored at the moment, including my Dad's National T100 which is in a condition like the pic above.

    This is my house radio:

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    150k-29.999MHz. FM/AM/LW/SW Direct entry, dial or search PLL. Stereo through headphones. Runs for about 5 years on a set of 6 D batteries and a few AAs for the clock timer.

    It's the one I will grab if there's an apocalypse. :)
     
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  17. red 111

    red 111 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    funny radios though......mine was always breaking ...fixed 2 times...still not working right.....but not as bad as a friend in the era before cell phones...when car service used 2-way radios & CBs...in the middle of the night the 301 speaker would broadcast everything....all night long.
     
  18. Splatter Pak

    Splatter Pak High-End Scrounger

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    I've had no problems besides a scratchy gain pot.
     
  19. scoloheros

    scoloheros Well-Known Member

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    I have several, some Bose and the rest here. Guess I need to dust, ...nahhhh, and don't mind the roaches.
    The Crosley was my grandparents, works but needs some work, nothing serious. It's in really good original condition.
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    I have three of these, good am reception. These am loop antennas work btw, a few diff brands on the market https://www.ebay.com/i/130391869586?chn=ps
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  20. Tom White

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    Looking at some of those pictures, I had to check to make sure you guys had not pilfered some of my radios. :D
    I have Two of the Sangeans (WR-11 and WR-2) and really like them. I don't care for the display on the WR-2. They could have done much better than that. Love the way the WR-11 looks in a dark room though. The glow from that radio's slide tuner takes me back to my youth.

    Also have the Boston Acoustics Recepter radio. It does put out a lot of bass. In fact, it puts out so much I needed to plug the back port on it a bit. Otherwise, a very nice radio.

    Now the bad. I've also had the Tivoli Model 1. In fact tried a couple different ones because they were so bad. AM reception is non-existent regardless of what sort of antenna you might try (built in or tune-able loop). Both AM and FM drift to a terrible extent. Got rid of that junk as quick as possible.

    Have also had the Sony listed, as well as some other Sony pocket radios, but this is about table radios.

    I have to say my favorite of the bunch is the Sangean WR-11. From the looks, to the sound, to the reception (terrific AM for sports radio) regardless of using the built in antennas or externals. In fact, the built in antennas can do a better job than many external ones.
    Again, that tuner glowing in the dark is a thing of beauty.

    Sorry for the poor quality of the picture. It does look better in person.

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