Retro Radio Dock: Playing MP3s in Vintage Style

Retro Radio Dock: Playing MP3s in Vintage Style

Range Govindan
Apr 13, 2009

A great looking dock is always needed. You need one in your bedroom, in your office, and they can be used almost everywhere else. The trouble is that most docks just look mundane and uninteresting. That's why I really enjoyed this BrionVega dock and radio combination. It's based upon a long standing design dating back to the 60s. This Italian designed item might fetch a premium price, but it will attract your eye, no matter where you set it down.

The neo-modern design of this Italian designed desktop radio is inspired by a radio that the same company made back in 1965. The BrionVega RR227 comes with a few technology updates. It has AM and FM tuners, and the ability to play MP3 or WMA digital audio files. It has a SD card slot, a USB port, and an AUX jack to connect your iPod or other media players.

The design is a modern-day update of Marco Zanusa and Richard Sapper's classic RR127 radio, which was created over 44 years ago. The radio has a unique design, enabling you to place it either horizontally or vertically. All the controls are still accessible, no matter which way it's placed. It's available in either black, white or red. Sound is produced via a 3-watt amp and it comes complete with a headphone jack. The whole thing runs on AC power or batteries, making it a portable dock as well.

Even though this item is pretty expensive, between $196 and $262, it is a singular-looking device. The original was made to look like a skyscraper and was extremely popular. It can make a nice decor piece in your office or your home, if you are willing to spend the money. I like how analog it looks, even though that most of the inside are digital. Otherwise, you could always find an old radio and convert it to modern-day use with a little jury-rigging. [via Technabob]

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