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September 19, 2013

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Demetri

Just actual old restored radios with a line-in jack added. Am I missing something?

StarHalo

Yeah, looks like somebody just soldered in a jack and presto, "MP3 ready." The larger wood-bodied models will sound pretty good, other than that and build quality, these older units don't have any advantages over a current radio. And now that we're getting into the DSP era, the sound quality advantage is also receding..

Drive-In-Freak

Yep...tape the center tab on the volume pot, and you're set.
Old radios are fun and all that, and I understand there isn't much to listen to over the air anymore, but that's a bit too much of a hassle for just an amp and a (50+ year old) speaker, me thinks. Old paper caps to replace and extra tubes having to stay lit just to keep the heater chain intact.
I say if you're going to do that you may as well go all the way with it and just get yourself a part 15 AM transmitter (such as a Talking House or one of the Ramsey kits) so you can run whatever line level source you'd like (such as an MP3 player)though any radio.

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