Radios

The Public Radio by Centerline Engineering

There’s not much time left to back this project (eek!), but it’s better to post it now than never. For radio monogamists, The Public Radio by Centerline Engineering is the perfect pairing. It’s a single station FM radio in a Mason jar, pre tuned to your favorite station. There’s only an on/off/volume button, an antenna, and the radio, all housed in/on a Mason jar. No complications, no tuning, just the one station you tune into most.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Mezzo Radio

Who’s this little guy? Designed by Ionna Vautrin for Lexon, this Mezzo Radio is a modern take on vintage radios. Measuring in at 5.5″ long, 3″ wide and 1.5″ deep, it’s a friendly size to tote around, so you’ll have your radio or playlist to keep you company whether you’re working in your kitchen or hanging out at a campsite. A silicone rubber case ensures durability and there’s an output for MP3 players, of course.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Flow Radio and Speaker

What is this odd, clear plastic box that looks like something familiar? Note the round speaker, and the dial on top.. that’s right, it’s a portable FM radio and amplifier, if you can believe it. The transparent casing enhances the minimalist design, with a light to indicate that the unit is turned on (green) or that the power is low (red flashing). Includes four AA batteries, or use an AC adapter (not included).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Tivoli’s Model One BT

Sure, Tivoli radios are an excellent choice for listening to your favorite stations, but now there’s a new version with Bluetooth® wireless. That means you can listen to all the songs on your iPhone or iPod (or any other device that allows Bluetooth pairing) wirelessly. There’s still the analog AM/FM tuner, so you can switch back and forth from regular radio to your music library on your device as quick your listening preferences require. Also, did you know Tivoli has a radio app?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $259.99
Available from: Tivoli Audio

Geneva WorldRadio

Let me tell you a little story. One of these showed up last week for me to review, and, as I’m not especially excited by radios, it sat in its box for approximately a day until my husband noticed it. Then, being an audiophile, he promptly started opening the box like a kid on Christmas morning, and asked me while doing so if I got to keep it. Nope, I said, I have to return it after I review it.

Next day after work, when it’s fully charged and ready for a test run, he starts messing with the touch controls and setting the time (on the digital color display) and then tuning the radio to various stations (you can stream all available Internet stations too). I’m mildly impressed, mostly because it’s a sleek little box with old-school boom box influences, and I like that sort of thing. The handle folds down nicely, the touch controls are perfect; all in all, it looks good.

That night, we set it in the living room to compare it with the speakers set up with the TV, which we sometimes use for an overall sound system during dinners and such. That’s where we both got hooked- the sound is actually pretty damn good. It fills a room easily with a warm, not-at-all-tinny sound, and the bass certainly feels as if it’s not encased in a small box. We could use this outside on the patio! We could take this on a picnic! I could use this in my office! he said. Etc., etc. And, of course, it has a built-in wireless Bluetooth receiver, so we listened to a bunch of favorite songs on an iPhone, easy as can be.

Now, if I was an audiophile, I would rattle off some more specs, maybe insert ‘awesome’ somewhere as an adjective, but I think it’s more telling to repeat what my husband said: ‘You have to figure out how to keep this thing, by hook or by crook. Can you just not return it?’ To which I replied that I would ask nicely, at least for some kind of discount. So, dear Geneva rep/PR person that sent me this WorldRadio, can I keep it? Or at least get some kind of discount? My husband wants to put it in his office. More specs and info below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.95
Available from: Geneva

Heritage G2 Internet Radio

Need an internet radio? Access more than 15,000 internet radio stations with the updated Heritage model from Revo. It provides coverage of DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting), DAB+, FM, and Wi-Fi internet radio, and there’s the docking for iPods and iPhones with the requisite wireless audio streaming as well. Not too shabby in the looks department either. More details below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Geneva XS Sound System

Don’t wet your pants just yet, the Geneva XS Sound System is not the cheapest thing around. However, it is small enough to travel with, and especially suited for such with a clamshell case that flips open. Never mind that, you’re thinking, get to the goods. There’s the digital FM clock radio and Bluetooth® for wireless audio streaming (of course) and then there’s the alarm clock and illuminating touch-sensitive controls. A rechargeable battery will keep you in business for five hours of play time. Okay, now you have permission to wet your pants.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: Geneva Lab

HiddenRadio

Maybe you saw this on Kickstarter a while back? Well, it’s now available for pre-order. The HiddenRadio is a wireless speaker and FM radio. Lift the cap to turn it on; the more you lift, the louder it gets. Pay $149.95 now, or $189.95 if you wait until after September 30th. More specs below.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $149.95
Available from: HIDDEN

Solarlink Radio

Can you think of a few situations where you might need one of these? Every time I see a wind up radio I think of 28 Days Later, and then quickly replace the thought with how handy it would be for particularly stormy days or camping.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

Cardboard Radio

Love this. It’s a cardboard radio by designer Christopher McNicholl and SUCK UK. At the end of its life, the cardboard can be recycled (just keep it away from water until then). For more details, visit SUCK UK. (I’ll keep my eyes out for a US retailer, fyi.)
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Purchase Information:

Price: £25.00
Availability: Buy Cardboard Radio here

The Buddha Machine

You might have heard of the Buddha Machine, but do you own one? The Buddha Machine is a small plastic box that plays ambient loops, sort of like an AM radio except with specific tracks. Music that comes from the Buddha Machine is intended to provide calm and inspiration for our fast-paced lives, and can be experienced through the built-in speaker or through headphones. Also, there’s a Buddha Machine iPhone app if you’d prefer it on your phone or iPod. See the youtube video below if you’re curious to see it in action before buying.

To learn more, visit FM3.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $26.99
Available from: Insound

Safe Radio

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, to the new eco-smart AM/FM radio from Elium Studio. Two minutes of hand winding gives you half an hour of listening and it can also be used as an MP3 amplifier. Maize bio-plastic and bamboo covering gives a nice matte finish.

Rechargeable on AC adaptor (not included).
Designed by Elium Studio, Pierre Garner, Elise Berthier, 2010
5.5″ x 3.7″ x 1.8″

Purchase Information:

Price: 55.00
Available from: Design Museum Shop

2B Ltd. Edition Vacuum Tube Radio

I don’t know much about radios, but I do know vacuum tubes are usually a good thing and this particular radio has those plus a heck of a nice look.

Its three vacuum tubes broadcast signals in big, warm, radiant sound. Watch the tubes at work through the open back. MP3 compatible.

Designer: Jonas Damon
Dimensions (inches): 12.75″W x 8.75″H x 7″D
Materials: Aluminum and MDF
Notes: MP3 compatible.

$350.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Squeezebox™ Boom

Hmm…sounds like a worthy candidate for a home digital music player (if you’re looking).

Introducing Squeezebox Boom: the compact all-in-one network music player that combines award-winning Squeezebox functionality with an integrated amplifier and speakers to deliver crystal clear sound—in any room in your home. At less than thirteen inches long and five inches high, Squeezebox Boom packs a big sound you’ll have to hear to believe. Simply plug in the power cord and connect to your wireless network. You can browse your digital music collection, tune to your favorite Internet radio stations, and access music services like Rhapsody, Pandora, Slacker, SIRIUS Internet Radio, and more.

  • High quality audio: bi-amplified design with high performance signal processor, class D amplifiers, and digital crossover
  • “Always-on” Internet Radio, powered by SqueezeNetwork, lets you tune in to Internet Radio streams even when your computer is off
  • True 802.11g networking
  • Seven-day alarm with snooze, auto-sleep feature

starting at $299.00,Buy it here.

(Thanks Vince!)

Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Availability: Buy Squeezebox™ Boom here

Singgih Kartono Magno Wooden Radio

Sustainably grown wooden radio which is compatible with your ipod.

“Singgih Kartono chooses wood for his radios not just based on aesthetics but on his appreciation of wood’s simplicity and organic vitality. The Magno radio combines the most current mp3 player compatible electronics with sustainably grown woods.”

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Purchase Information:

Price: $200
Availability: Buy Singgih Kartono Magno Wooden Radio here

 
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