No software needed! No special device configuration needed!
Just plug in your Smart Speaker aka home assistant!
NOT INCLUDED. Works with:
Here's a link to Smart device info
YOUTUBE video here (Amazon Echo Dot demonstrated here as an example)
NEEDED: WiFi connection
DESCRIPTION: Switch from AM radio to auxiliary with rocker switch installed on back panel. Includes 3.5mm to mono RCA cable if you want to plug in your MP3 player; iPod, iPAD, iPhone, or Android directly.
LEAD TIME: Please allow 4-8 weeks turnaround time for upgrades. Please allow 6-12 weeks turnaround time during the holiday season.
Built in speakers
Number of microphones
Search Engine Used
Bing, Safari, Chrome
Internet of Things Hub
Internet of Things (IoT) App Supported
Amazon Alexa, Belkin WeMo, Harmony, Honeywell, Hue, Insteon, Nest, SmartThings, Vivint, Wink
Voiced Control App
AUDIO QUALITY: Although vacuum tubes reproduce analog signals very well, the audio signal is driven through a tiny 4 inch speaker cone. These radios were intended to be tabletop radios used in kitchens, on desks, etc. not as high fidelity home stereo systems. The vacuum tube circuitry functions as a digital to analog converter. The small digital fractions that comprise all digital music are effectively "smoothed" by the cathode-anode high heat electron flow through a vacuum tube. Through the same 4" speaker, the analog signal will sound more warm and organic. However, modern circuits have more sophisticated frequency equalization so the sound reproduction may be better balanced. Old radios tend to suffer from neglect and years of storage in questionable environments so the electrical characteristics of all the components will suffer drift from specifications to a greater or lesser degree.
MODIFICATIONS: Connected to 3.5mm audio cable through the back of the radio. Whatever plays through Smart device is played through the radio. The output of the receiver is input directly into the radio amplifier stage at a point in the circuit that allows the volume knob to continue to work as originally designed. My goal is make the placement of the cable and the radio/phono switch as inconspicuous as possible. The phono/off/radio switch switches the input between radio to phono settings. You can play the radio and switch to auxiliary and vice versa. You cannot play radio and smart device at the same time. It's either radio or Smart device. I strive to maintain the originality of the radio as much as possible. All electronic modifications are reversible to some degree. All vintage radios are different in physical and electronic characteristics. Modifying them to play modern digital devices will require a different approach for each radio. The modifications performed are not done by a machine. I perform these modifications myself using simple tools based on my years of experience and technical know-how. As such, there will be variations in the final result for each radio. Each completed piece with be one-of-a-kind original!
OPERATION: These old radios are not intended to be played for hours and hours without someone nearby. The input signal from your digital music device is input into the radio power amplifier stage. When you switch to auxiliary input the tuner circuit that produces the radio signal is cut off. You will not hear the radio and your auxiliary input playing simultaneously. Volume levels can be adjusted on the radio itself and on your Smart device. If there is a tone control on your radio, those can be adjusted as well. The volumes may not be the same, so you may need to adjust the volumes on the radio or your music player, or both. All the forward, skip, pause, volume, selection, shuffle, back, functions on your music player will continue to work as normal. This modification service does include a microphone installation.
ORIGINALITY: Once the radio is modified for auxiliary input, it cannot be reversed without replacement or restoration services or both. You know what they say about originality; "it's only original once."
RETURNS: This Smart device modification service is not refundable.
DISCLAIMER: Use only as recommended. Not responsible for damage to your music player, MP3, other device. Not responsible for damage to your radio as a result of using non recommended music player, input device, MP3, or other device.