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September 7, 2010

1953 Radio upgraded and now plays MP3s

at 9:34 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Vintage Electronics


I had never heard of the system that this radio used to be used on. It was tied into the telephone system and received the audio programming over the phone line. Since this system has been discontinued the 1953 Radio was upgraded to play MP3s and FM Radio. The neat thing about the conversion is that it still uses all the original electronics to make the sound so it still sounds like it is from the 50s!

Thanks Muris.

“The idea is that the mp3 player and the FM receiver’s audio signals are re-modulated by using an AM modulator to keep the sound quality as it was. The radio now has IR remote that is actually from a car mp3 player (see the last image). The radio receives FM stations from a tuner PCB taken out from a working FM radio receiver.”




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2 Responses to “1953 Radio upgraded and now plays MP3s”

  1. Pouncer Says:

    I love when vintage devices are given new life with current tech, but still retain their original appearance.

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