RCA Victor Nipper IXA from 1957 - Network Music Streamer


This is a network music streamer where new electronics have been retrofitted into a RCA Victor Nipper IXA table top radio from 1957. Connect with Bluetooth and/or connect the streamer to your home Wi-Fi network and start streaming. It is not a radio anymore.

Connect the streamer to Bluetooth speakers or Bluetooth headphones, or just hook up some wired speakers as well. Stream music from your apps or attach a USB with some music. You can use your Spotify app as usual for streaming, or you can stream any music available on your iPhone or Android smart phone or music from your PC or Mac or Linux computers.

The expression “less is more” comes to mind when you admire this compact tabletop vintage radio. Its clean and sleek design, bright blue colour and all-in-one plastic case indicates it is from the late 50’s. The lengthwise plastic bars cover the entire front and the round shiny dial has its position at the right. At the lower left the combined on/off and volume knob can be found and just besides it a plastic roundel depicting little Nipper. Nipper was the long-time mascot of the RCA Victor Company, the dog that listens to his master voice. The design looked nice in 1957 and it still does.

The original on/off knob is still used and the big round tuning control moves smoothly around the station indicator. In the back you will find the USB-port, the four speaker terminal posts, the RJ-45 port for LAN, the mini sized USB memory stick which holds the software (not shown in the pictures) and the DC power input. A blue LED light in the front indicates when the streamer is on.

This radio has been thoroughly cleaned and polished. Overall, there are just a few visible scratches or marks consistent with normal wear and tear. None of the scratches are large, deep or bad. No cracks. The round dial is still clear, however there is some minor hazing and minor scratches. The light blue coloured plastic cabinet looks nice and shiny. Overall, the radio is in very excellent condition.

Weight: 1.5 kg Dimensions: 25 x 13 x 16 cm

The electronics of the old vintage radio is replaced with Raspberry Pi 4 single board computer, led lights, IQaudio Pi-DigiAMP+ class-D amplifier (2 x 35 W) and software, full-HD audio, up to 24-bit/192 kHz playback.

This is not a Bluetooth speaker, it is something better – it is a versatile Bluetooth and Wi-Fi music player. Start streaming . . .

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