Simply switch the radio on and the pairing modus starts, open settings on your phone or tablet and connect via bluetooth with the radio. Listen to music from your favourite APPs like Spotify, Soundcloud, or connect it with Amazon Alexa.
The Bush DAC90 radio was introduced in 1946. The best selling valve radio in Great Britain. The radio was also available in a cream coloured Bakelite cabinet. I've converted it into a great-sounding, powerful bluetooth speaker using customised components. Simply connect your phone (or any other bluetooth device) with the radio and you have an amazing quality speaker housed inside a design classic. You can use the original switch to turn the radio on/off, then use your bluetooth device to control everything else.
How I did it
I removed the original speaker replaced it with a matching 100W JBL speaker. I bypassed the tube amplifier with a class D amplifier and Bluetooth module, installed new LED light and rewired the radio. The radio now operates on 12V (low voltage) with an external power supply and is adapted to work in any country.
You can here it play on Youtube
I've left the original valve radio in good and complete condition - but please note this model only functions as a bluetooth speaker, not a radio.
Dimensions: (WHD) 32.5 cm x 23.5 cm x 19.5 cm
Weight : 5 kg
Voltage: This Radio has been converted to 12V low voltage with external power supply and can be operate in any country.
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GE 202 radio, converted into a Bluetooth speaker. If you are looking for one of a kind, this is a radio you will not find every day. It's in great condition and with all its original components!
What I have done:
I rewired the original speaker with a new 12V bluetooth amplifier, fitted orange coloured LED lights and rewired the on/off switch. Now you can listen to music, podcasts or radio from any connected bluetooth device, like your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Please note this radio works on Bluetooth only, the tube radio is preserved but without function.
You can hear it play on Youtube:
It is great sounding and a beautiful eye catcher.
You can find more information about the restoration and how it works on our website: http://www.wireless-classics.com
Dimensions: (WHD) 28 x 20 x 20 cm / 12 x 7 x 7
Weight : 3 kg
Voltage: 12V with external power supply
This is a rare 1955 Ferguson 352U radio, a must have for any collector. I think it would be sad to see it hidden on a shelf, so I decided to convert it into a great sounding bluetooth speaker. All original components have been preserved and if rewired it would still work.
What I have done:
I replaced the old speaker with a quality full range Visaton speaker and rewired the on/off switch. Please note this is now a bluetooth speaker only the radio is not working. I bypassed the tube amplifier with a class D amplifier and bluetooth receiver. Now it works on 12V low voltage and can now be operated in any country and on any network with the supplied 12V power supply.
Just connect the (included) power supply, switch the radio on and you can pair the radio with your bluetooth device like your smart phone, tablet or Alexa. It is very straight forward.
You can here it play on Youtube:
As with all my radio conversions, 6 months warranty included.
Dimensions: (WHD) 12 x 9.5 x 5.5 inch / 30.5 x 24 x 14 cm
Weight : 5 kg
Voltage: 12V low voltage with external power supply and can be operate in any country.
Condition: The case is in great condition given the age. There is a small dent at the front and a hairline crack on the right, but it has been properly fixed and is neither an issue structuraly or visually. Please see the pictures for detail.
About the brand
Ferguson is one of the older electronics companies, alongside Ultra, Dynatron, Pye and Bush in the United Kingdom. It was originally an American–Canadian pre-War company making radio sets for the U.K. market based upon contemporary American models. After World War II, it became Ferguson Radio Corporation, making radio receivers and, later, televisions. Later still, it became part of the British Radio Corporation. It was taken over by Thorn Electrical Industries in the late 1950s, but the Ferguson name continued to be used by Thorn, and its successor Thorn EMI.
Throughout the company's early history, Ferguson products were very popular across its wide customer base. By the early 1960s its wide product range included a most comprehensive range of audio and TV equipment. Small, battery-operated portable transistor radios to solid oak 6 ft wide hydraulic lid radiograms sporting fully automatic stackable Garrard turntables, multi-channel radios and 2-foot-wide stereo speakers were commonplace in many UK households. Open reel tape recorders and hi-fis followed
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Beautiful 1950s Roberts RMB radio in vibrant red. Lovely wooden case with all original knobs and buttons. These were the raw models for our portable radios - just a bit more solid and durable than radios nowadays. This was a lucky find and I am glad that I was able to convert it. Given the age it is in very good shape and with plenty more life left. AM radio stations are almost gone and even FM radio stations becoming replaced with streaming services. So to bring this one back to life, I decided to convert it into a bluetooth speaker.
You can hear it play on youtube:
What I have done:
I transformed this 1950s RMB into a very powerful bluetooth speaker. I replaced the tube amplifier with a modern Class D amplifier. For the sound, I designed and manufactured a wooden speaker cabinet to fit into the radio and housing a 30WRMS/160W full range speaker. The result is very impressive with clear highs and powerful bass. A real feast for Eyes and Ears!
Dimensions (WHD): 32 cm x 26 cm x 17cm
Voltage: 12V powered with external power supply (included) and works in any country.
When Harry Roberts founded the Roberts Radio Company in 1932, Leslie Bidmead sold his motorbike to pay for their small factory. Initially, production was modest but their expertise and a loyal and skilled workforce quickly established them a reputation for high quality products. In 1944, H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth was featured in the film, ‘Heir to the Throne’, where she can be seen switching on her Roberts portable radio. (Source: https://www.robertsradio.com/uk/news/history-roberts-–-our-timeline-events)