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 Post subject: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
PostPosted: Jul Mon 30, 2018 5:17 pm 
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Hello,

I'm looking for recommendations for a late 60's/70's solid state tabletop AM/FM radio. Any suggestions? The Panasonic RE-7259 looks pretty sweet. Any Zeniths, Sonys, etc. That may have better sound?

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 Post subject: Re: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
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I owned one of these:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/ADVENT-MODEL-4 ... 1002977005

And they sound amazing. As in a BIG sound in a small package, plus its got a timeless design


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 Post subject: Re: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
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I had a RE-2759 I sold pretty cheap on eBay. It did sound good, but not as good as my KLH model 21. RE-2759 is a radio with a good speaker. Model 21 is a speaker with a radio built i, so it's a lot heavier. The GE SuperRadio FM sounds really good, too.

At $25, I do think the RE-2759 gives you the most bang for your buck. The others sound better but unless you're an audiophile, they don't sound 3-5 times better. In that context, there are several large 70s radios with wood cases that should be reasonable and sound good. For good bass, the heavier the better.


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 Post subject: Re: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
PostPosted: Jul Mon 30, 2018 10:11 pm 
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I have the Sony TFM-9450W

Sounds better than any other radio it's size, it has a 6 inch speaker. Early 70's easy to maintain.

Wood cabinet always sounds better.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Sony-T ... m570.l1313

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 Post subject: Re: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
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You might try the Proton 300. It's from the 80s but sounds awesome.

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 Post subject: Re: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
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My Kloss 88 sounds pretty good.

http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/e ... odel88.htm


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 Post subject: Re: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
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Rocco53 wrote:
I have the Sony TFM-9450W

Sounds better than any other radio it's size, it has a 6 inch speaker. Early 70's easy to maintain.

Wood cabinet always sounds better.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Sony-T ... m570.l1313


Thanks for the responses. Does the dial light up on the Sony TFM-9450W?


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 Post subject: Re: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
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Tensilversaxes wrote:
Rocco53 wrote:
I have the Sony TFM-9450W

Sounds better than any other radio it's size, it has a 6 inch speaker. Early 70's easy to maintain.

Wood cabinet always sounds better.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Sony-T ... m570.l1313


Thanks for the responses. Does the dial light up on the Sony TFM-9450W?

Yes, the numbers light up against a black background.

It's still the original bulb, hasn't burned out yet.


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 Post subject: Re: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
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If you can locate one, look for a TFM 9580. That one is even better than the 9450.

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 Post subject: Re: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
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jmsent wrote:
If you can locate one, look for a TFM 9580. That one is even better than the 9450.

You mean the ICF-9580? it has a ported speaker inclosure for bass reflex design.

I haven't heard that one to compare.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USNNIkn6ycs

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 Post subject: Re: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
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Indiana Radios wrote:
You might try the Proton 300. It's from the 80s but sounds awesome.

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Absolutely! Especially if you can find one with the accessory, separately powered stereo speaker included.

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I was given a 300-301 system some years ago. It is the best-sounding table radio I've ever heard.

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 Post subject: Re: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
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I also use a Panasonic RE-7500 from 1967. It's huge and sounds great with built-in equalizer.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Panaso ... 2012064603

Mine looks like this:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Panaso ... 2398199388


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 Post subject: Re: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
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Rocco53 wrote:
I have the Sony TFM-9450W

Sounds better than any other radio it's size, it has a 6 inch speaker. Early 70's easy to maintain.

Wood cabinet always sounds better.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Sony-T ... m570.l1313


I'm not sure of the model number, but I agree with the Sony. I'm looking at mine from across the room; it has four black knobs, and is otherwise styled like this one.

Out of all the radios in my collection, this is a prized one because it has a personal connection. I remember buying it new; I bought it at Memco, which was right across the street from Andrews AFB in Maryland. I wanted to buy a nice kitchen radio for my mom, for Christmas or birthday, don't remember which. Out of all the radios on display, this one sounded head-and-shoulders better than any of the others. She put it in the kitchen and listened to it for years and years -- mostly religious programs such as Dale Crowley (who had been on the air every day since 1920!). When my parents moved to Florida the radio came with them, and was used extensively in the kitchen there. It was replaced eventually with a Bose Wave Radio. They are now gone -- the Sony is in my shop and gets used occasionally. The Bose is in our bedroom, used as a clock radio.

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 Post subject: Re: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
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I have the Proton 300 with the additional 301 speaker in my office at work. It is indeed the best sounding table radio I've ever heard.


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 Post subject: Re: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
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Rocco53 wrote:
jmsent wrote:
If you can locate one, look for a TFM 9580. That one is even better than the 9450.

You mean the ICF-9580? it has a ported speaker inclosure for bass reflex design.

I haven't heard that one to compare.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USNNIkn6ycs


Yes, that one. Sorry for the confusion.

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 Post subject: Re: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
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DarrenWGaransi wrote:
I have the Proton 300 with the additional 301 speaker in my office at work. It is indeed the best sounding table radio I've ever heard.


A side question: Does the Proton 300 have an aux in for an ipod, etc.? I see a tape in but not sure if that would work.


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 Post subject: Re: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
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If you wouldn't mind considering a bit of a later model radio, the original Bose Wave Radio has a decent sound and reception. Made in 1993-94, IMHO they have a better sound than the later model ones with the disk players and other add-ons. I bought mine new, and it still occupies the prime spot in the kitchen/dining room on the counter as my daily driver. It has remote and alarm clock capabilities. These are starting to appear now in resale and thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales and such. It also has aux. inputs and outputs on the back.

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 Post subject: Re: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
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Tensilversaxes wrote:
DarrenWGaransi wrote:
I have the Proton 300 with the additional 301 speaker in my office at work. It is indeed the best sounding table radio I've ever heard.
A side question: Does the Proton 300 have an aux in for an ipod, etc.? I see a tape in but not sure if that would work.
The "Tape In" input can be used for any type of audio device but you may need to build a matching unit (described elsewhere in these forums) to boost the level from modern "ipod" style equipment.

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 Post subject: Re: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
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If you wouldn't mind considering a bit of a later model radio, the original Bose Wave Radio has a decent sound and reception. Made in 1993-94, IMHO they have a better sound than the later model ones with the disk players and other add-ons. I bought mine new, and it still occupies the prime spot in the kitchen/dining room on the counter as my daily driver. It has remote and alarm clock capabilities. These are starting to appear now in resale and thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales and such. It also has aux. inputs and outputs on the back.

Note that the early Wave Radios (particularly the AWR1-1W) tend to have issues with leaky electrolytic capacitors, often causing a nasty hum in the audio. I have two of them, and both exhibit said hum (I recapped the first one, which briefly solved the hum issue, but it soon came back; might be due to a broken trace on the board, or somesuch). Fortunately, they aren't too hard to work on, though you have to watch out for the traces on the board, as I mentioned before.

As far as nice-sounding table radios go, I have a Sony TFM-9440W, and though it too currently has hum in the audio, it sounded pretty good before the filter capacitor(s) failed. Not sure how it compares to the 9450W mentioned in this thread, but it too has a light-up dial. I also have a Panasonic RE-6451, which isn't as nice as the Sony, but still does a pretty good job.

And while we're mentioning Proton table radios, don't forget the clock radio version (of sorts) of the 300, the 320. I also have a couple of examples of its successor, the RS-420, including two different examples of the extension speaker which goes with it (the speaker-only RS-421, and the speaker/clock RS-422). Definitely newer than the thread subject, but still quite nice.
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 Post subject: Re: 1970's Tabletop Recommendation
PostPosted: Jul Tue 31, 2018 10:50 pm 
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I really want one of these proton radios AND a 70's era Sony. The Sony should be easy to come by and not too pricey. I may have to be patient for the proton.


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