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Antique Radio Cabinet Retrofit #2: The Components

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Blog entry by Pags posted 01-24-2015 01:33 AM 1976 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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At the heart of this system will be my 10 year old Marantz PM7200 Integrated Amp. It operates as both a Class AB and a Class A Amp. Class A operates much like the vacuum tube amps of yesteryear.

It will get mounted, face-Up in the front tilt-out panel.

The tuner is a high-end European brand table radio made by Tangent Audio called the Uno. I chose it primarily for its art deco style glass bezel tuner dial. Also because it is simply controlled. It produces an exceptional sound for a table radio, pulls in the local stations (both AM and FM) nicely, has an auxiliary selection for input from Apple Airplay for streaming music, and a stereo output jack in the back to input into the amp. It will fit very nicely under the console’s lid.

It has a glass bezel, and the knobs have a very solid quality feel to them when you turn them and sort of match the knobs style of old radios. It also has a tuning light indicator that glows or dims indicating how well your dialed-in which was common on old radios like the famous Zenith Magic-Eye.

You can’t buy the Uno anymore as Tangent Audio no longer produces them. C.Crane used to distribute them here in the USA. I found this one on eBay for $80.00. Crosley makes a look-a-like called the Solo. I don’t know if its the same thing or a cheap look-a-like.

Mounted in the base of the console will be an 8” sub-woofer.

A pair of stereo speakers will be external to the radio console and will site on shelves on the wall. I plan to rebuild the speaker cabinets to match the style of the radio console.



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#1 posted 01-24-2015 02:22 AM

Making progress! I used to have a Sansei 9090dB and I miss that amplifier. It was just SO clean. That Uno unit looks pretty sharp. Modern techology with a retro look.

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#2 posted 01-24-2015 02:23 AM

Double post.

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#3 posted 01-26-2015 02:00 PM

I have an Advent tuner/amp that I bought in 1972. Have been thru 3 sets of speakers, but the Advent still works great

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#4 posted 01-26-2015 04:23 PM


Making progress! I used to have a Sansei 9090dB and I miss that amplifier.


I have an Advent tuner/amp that I bought in 1972. Have been thru 3 sets of speakers, but the Advent still works great

A friend had the very same Sansei… they were popular and good. I remember Advent being pretty darn popular too. The technician repairing my Onkyo said that he thinks the audio components of the 70’s were the last of the ones worth repairing. With Audio equipment made after the 70’s… when they break, you throw them away and buy new.

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#5 posted 01-27-2015 02:13 PM

I hear you about the audio of the late 60s and early 70s. I also have the Sansui turntable that I got at the same time.
I also bought a pair of Cerwin Vega speakers that day. They were MASSIVELY heavy! But they lasted me till 1996, when the speaker cones finally gave up the ghost. I’ve gone thru 2 different sets of Radio Shack speakers since then. Neither has been anywhere near as nice sounding as those Vegas

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