Casa Mia BM-709 from 1964 - Network Music Streamer


This is a network music streamer where new electronics have been retrofitted into a Casa Mia BM-709 radio from 1964. 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.

Casa Mia was one of many brands that was used by GoldStar to promote and sell radios. Other brands that were labelled in the front were Mamiye, Nobility, Raleigh, Dryco, Kitco, Sanco, Super Star and even some times GoldStar. Today the GoldStar name themselves LG Electronics. This shiny and glittering radio was produced between 1964 and 1975. That is quite a long run for a radio from the 60s.

It looks plastic, this is 100% plastic design at is best and the impressive front is just an extravagant orgy in plastic. All the translucently plastic is still clear and there is no hazing. The three elegant plastic chrome buttons are as shiny as they were when they were new. In the middle a bold silver coloured lengthwise bar announcing that this radio was built with the latest available electronics of its time. A rounded black plastic cabinet frames the radio. On top there is a small and discrete handle for increased mobility.

Retrofitted, the original on/off button is still used for powering on or off. The frequency scale is discretely lit up from behind by a dimmed LED light and it is lit when the streamer is powered. The scale needle can still be moved by the tuning knob to the right even if it is of no use anymore. The USB-port, the four speaker terminal posts, the slot for the mini sized USB memory stick which holds the software, RJ-45 port for LAN and the DC power input are all at the back of the unit.

The radio has been thoroughly cleaned and polished. The plastic is still shiny and looks good. However, the radio shows some minor wear and tear which its normal for its age, like hair thin scratches and in the back some slight signs of aging of the plastic, but no major issues. There are no cracks The front is in excellent condition. Overall the radio is in very good condition.

Weight: 1.4 kg Dimensions: 33 x 15 x 17 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.

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