General Electric M395 from 1972 - Network Music Streamer


This is a network music streamer where new electronics have been retrofitted into a General Electric table top radio from 1972. 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.

This radio is long and massive. It is definitely an old style table top radio and meant to be placed in a good position of the room and stay there. It also has a generous size able to fit many vacuum tubes and hold a decent loud speaker. There are however signs of new modern times, there was only solid-state electronics inside and the wood veneer case is made of particleboard instead of wood or plywood. The squarish front is dominated by the large and stylish frequency scale and a long line of buttons. To the right a big tuning knob. The red scale needle can still be moved even if it is of no use anymore. There is also a discrete green light indicating when the streamer is on. On both sides vertical bars spreading out to the sides. All wrapped up in a contemporary brown wood veneer.

Retrofitted, the original on/off button is still used for powering on or off. 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 wood veneer looks good and shiny. There are no bad marks, dents or miscolourations. However, the radio shows some minor wear and tear which its normal for its age, the most wear can be found in the corners which is almost unavoidable since the wood veneer case is made of particleboard, but no major issues. The front with its frequency scale and all the buttons and knobs are in excellent condition. Overall, the radio is in very good condition.

Weight: 2.7 kg Dimensions: 52 x 16 x 14 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 streamer. Start streaming . . .

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