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Author Topic: What Is The Most Beautiful Radio Ever Made (In Your Opinion)?  (Read 357444 times)
SWL2002
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« Reply #195 on: August 21, 2014, 05:09:50 AM »

My vote goes to the Robyn T-240 D Executive CB Radio

http://radiopics.com/CB_Radio/USA%20CB/3-Base/Robyn/Robyn_T-240D.htm



Yes that is a beaut! As much as we may hate to admit it, a lot of the Chinnken banders were cool looking!

I always preferred the Teaberry Model T version, which is basically the same radio but in black.
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« Reply #196 on: September 15, 2014, 03:23:28 PM »


Not ready for sale yet but without a doubt it will be one of the most Beautiful Radios.

ICOM 7850

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« Reply #197 on: September 15, 2014, 06:31:34 PM »

I still vote for the Kenwood TS2000 in all it's variations!



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« Reply #198 on: September 16, 2014, 03:42:07 AM »

I still vote for the Kenwood TS2000 in all it's variations!


Looks like a bloated pig.
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« Reply #199 on: September 16, 2014, 02:04:24 PM »

I still vote for the Kenwood TS2000 in all it's variations!


Looks like a bloated pig.

Mean  Shocked The 2000 certainly is polarizing.
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« Reply #200 on: September 23, 2014, 06:38:55 PM »

Out of all the HF radios I have ever had, I think the most visually pleasing is the FT-107. Why? It was so different. It didn't look like every other radio. The cream color face with Amber LED readout was beautiful.
The ugliest, is the Swan 350D, I owned it for 24 hours, I couldn't stand to look it the thing. Don't get me started about it functionally, operationally.
I've also owned a 7800, 7700,7600, all of the 756 series. Those were more like lab test gear than radios, very business like. Like a three piece suit with sensible tie.
I've had 5 Kenwood 830's, they are a mix of business and pleasure.
Heathkit, butt ugly, but get the job done.
FT-1000D, I've had two. Nice, but not "beautiful".
These are my opinions, yours may differ, but it won't change mine...
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« Reply #201 on: October 10, 2014, 03:20:57 AM »

Another good looking radio is the FT102 station lineup.

For receivers  I would also add the

Telefunken E18000

http://alerter.co/e1800a.htm

Also the TenTec RX340

The IcomIC9500 RX also has good styling, Icom in general has got  very good designers that know how to design a radio that is appealing to your eyes.
Maybe Icom uses ladies to design their radios. They seem to  know what good design  taste is!
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« Reply #202 on: October 16, 2014, 04:55:51 PM »


Not ready for sale yet but without a doubt it will be one of the most Beautiful Radios.

ICOM 7850



AMEN,hands down the ICOM 7850 is the GRAND CHAMPION!

Clayton
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« Reply #203 on: March 21, 2016, 10:30:39 AM »

Transceiver :  Ten-Tec Corsair II . Pure functionality.
Receiver : TMC GPR-90. They work well too .
Transmitter: Johnson Viking 500 . Hands down winner.
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« Reply #204 on: March 22, 2016, 08:02:39 PM »

The most beautiful:
Icom Mil Spec IC-781 with the light beige front panel
 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/IcomIC781/info

The most ugly:
Kenwood TS2000 
I cant stand the front panel. The middle droops down, looks like it was in an oven and partially melted down.   Grin Grin

Bob
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« Reply #205 on: March 24, 2016, 10:36:25 AM »

My vote is for the ICOM 7800, Kenwood TS 940 SAT or Yaesu FT 1000 series (D, MP and MP MKV)

I agree.

Owned the 940, beautiful radio. Currently have the Mark V Field, another real radio. Haven't had a 7800, but wouldn't mind.

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« Reply #206 on: March 26, 2016, 08:07:32 AM »

Some excellent choices out there!
I had an elmer who was running a Hallicrafters SR-2000 Hurricane in the late 60's and I was mighty impressed! - 2KW Pep and good looks to boot,
I have to agree with other posters regarding the TMC GPR-90.
I do like the Yaseu FT 1000 MP D V series.
But would throw in for clasic beauty the RME 4350 with that beautiful spun metal tuning knob, a friend had one and i lusted after it !
The business like RME 6900 a very good performer in its time.
And lastly the Racal RA 17 great history, performance and looks.

The butt ugly -well the Knight Star Roamer did'nt do it for me - looks wise or performance, one of my first receivers, don't miss it at all.

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« Reply #207 on: March 26, 2016, 11:17:52 PM »

 :DThe Best looking Rig in my shack is my Homebrew Transceiver --Hi!.

As far as commercial rigs go- my KW Atlanta from the 1960's certainly looks nice.
Lovely vernier dial-LOOKS like a real radio.
The FT-ONE also has an appealing look with all the knobs and switches.
And don't forget all the Kenwood Hybrids, 520, 820, 830 etc.--they OOZED quality!.
(Vfo's were as smooth as butter)

The IC-7700 probably is nice looking when it is working , lots of BLING factor.
(Probably the best looking of the bunch!.)

Also nice looking and my favourite to operate is the TS-870s.
(This rig is an enigma even today) Grin

73 de William
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« Reply #208 on: March 28, 2016, 10:03:27 AM »

The Murphy B40D

Rare, and just a beautiful set.

For a transceiver,  Icom  IC781.   Even more so with the original CRT display.

There really are some beautiful radios out there.

--Shane
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« Reply #209 on: March 28, 2016, 11:03:16 AM »

The Halicrafters prototype, by Raymond Lowey. It was kept in Lowey's design studio, as it never went into production, but just check it out. How cool is that? Grin http://www.sothebys.com/content/sothebys/fr/auctions/ecatalogue/2016/20th-century-design-n09474/lot.282.html

The Halicrafter's models, S 38A through S-38L did go into production, and those were one of Raymond Lowey's iconic designs. The S 38 dial was sold under other names, such as "Lafayette".
 http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/Njk0WDk0OQ==/z/~OUAAOSweW5VGG0i/$_1.JPG

Great looking receivers, unlike the Normende SW receiver, which screams 1970s styling with it's bright colors, and white plastic case.
.http://www.furniturecollectables.com/objects/pictures_large/DSC01081.jpg

Those were also Lowey designed, along with dozens of corporate logos, from Nabisco, to Lucky Strike, to Exxon, TWA, Studebaker, Shell Oil, BP, and the paint scheme for Air Force One. Lowey also designed several locomotives, cars, buses, appliances, pencil sharpeners, some furniture, and scores of other items from coke machines, to cookware.


More Raymond Lowey radio designs, for broadcast radio:

http://41.media.tumblr.com/a2e82c1ceea515272e2121690a944511/tumblr_mz18zzg9va1rpgpe2o2_r1_500.jpg
http://40.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mcfbeqDQOm1rjca23o1_500.jpg
https://theinvisibleagent.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/radioaddisonalabasterwredtrim1665212382.jpg?w=460&h=316
 

Ham radio transceivers are all pretty utilitarian, with an ever increasing number of dials, switches, & buttons. Modern designs seem to take a back seat to busy looking, with modern transceivers.

The Yeasu  901 & 902 were kind of cool looking. They ran the 6146Bs like their hybrid Kenwood counterparts. The Kenwood 820/830 was also a nice looking transceiver. Personally, I like the looks of the Yeasu just a little bit better. I always liked the way the Kenwoods sounded, on either end, compared to the Yeasu. I am not a fan of the drop down V thing on the Yeasu 201s. The 901 has a nice symmetry to it.
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/gjRAmSq-mIY/maxresdefault.jpg



If we delve into broadcast radios, Fada, B&O, Coronado, Bendix. There are lots of beautiful radios from the prewar golden age of radio, and into the late 1940s.

For console stereos, I give the Kuba Tango a solid vote. https://www.google.com/search?q=kuba+tango&biw=1149&bih=639&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwib47qy8ePLAhVJ92MKHV_MCPYQsAQIJQ#imgrc=sRgy4teZ1P-BnM%3A
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