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 Post subject: Re: Why aren't new radios beautiful?
PostPosted: Sep Sat 18, 2021 10:07 pm 
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Not sure if they’re really considered “radios”, but I personally think the best examples of how ugly and dull modern designs for electronics in general, are the smart speakers of today like the echo and echo dots. Despite having two of them, they’re still downright ugly. Like a tootsie roll stood on end, or a hockey puck. Sure they have great features, but they sure aren’t something I want to display. More like try to hide.


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 Post subject: Re: Why aren't new radios beautiful?
PostPosted: Sep Sat 18, 2021 10:26 pm 
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Yes, and it makes the Corvettes (along with the Camaros) cheap looking.

What?!! Blustar1, I challenge and defy you to be able to tell what a finished, painted object is made of just by the look of it.[/quote]



Ha! I didn't make that remark out of jest. In fact, one couldn't help but notice all of that cheap looking red plastic on a new Camaro that was parked on the church lot only two years ago. Actually, there were tons of plastic on that Camaro's exterior, and that sure didn't appeal to me (or likely anyone else for that matter). In fact, there was so much plastic on that beast that the bumpers almost scraped the pavement. My 2005 Jaguar XJ8L does have plastic bumpers, but it would be a far cry from that new Camaro. In fact, I was actually at a loss as to why that certain party even purchased it. Grant you the Camaro was perhaps a fast car, but I don't think that I personally would want to be caught dead in it.[/quote]

Nice Jag! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Why aren't new radios beautiful?
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Ed in SoDak wrote:
This one was offered alongside the one in Amazon that Bluestar linked to. They tried - to me it looks more like a car radio deeply inset into a wood-grained plastic case with a small speaker. But hey, it's got bluetooth! :roll:
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They did try.

But most of the "retro" radios are cheaply made, and they rely on designs of the past.

I'm willing to bet if some consideration were given to innovative styling along with high level quality, the thing would be on backorder in short order.

Commander Zenith hired industrial artists to design the Transoceanics, all the way to the last model.

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 Post subject: Re: Why aren't new radios beautiful?
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Not sure if they’re really considered “radios”, but I personally think the best examples of how ugly and dull modern designs for electronics in general, are the smart speakers of today like the echo and echo dots. Despite having two of them, they’re still downright ugly. Like a tootsie roll stood on end, or a hockey puck. Sure they have great features, but they sure aren’t something I want to display. More like try to hide.


They could make this in 1947.

When a companies pride in their product counted for something.


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 Post subject: Re: Why aren't new radios beautiful?
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Keeta wrote:
Not sure if they’re really considered “radios”, but I personally think the best examples of how ugly and dull modern designs for electronics in general, are the smart speakers of today like the echo and echo dots. Despite having two of them, they’re still downright ugly. Like a tootsie roll stood on end, or a hockey puck. Sure they have great features, but they sure aren’t something I want to display. More like try to hide.

They could make this in 1947.
When a companies pride in their product counted for something.
download/file.php?id=373370&t=1

Could also be that the designers were somewhat color blind. That design color style is ugly.

I think my Flex 6400M is gorgeous and highly functional and "modern".

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Ed in SoDak wrote:
This one was offered alongside the one in Amazon that Bluestar linked to. They tried - to me it looks more like a car radio deeply inset into a wood-grained plastic case with a small speaker. -Ed


That would be an easy "band saw box" using a car radio.


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 Post subject: Re: Why aren't new radios beautiful?
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wazz wrote:
Sorry but marketing would insist your "mid century modern" items are not a "thing", anymore, they are a niche specialty with a cult following, and tell you to buy old stuff if that is what you like. Bad taste is always in fashion is why.


I thought that the "beachboy" shirt pocket radio made a few years ago was actually pretty good looking. The recent Chinese knockoffs of the concept have been abominations.


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This is really stylish! I know at least one girl who would rate this as a birthday present)

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 Post subject: Re: Why aren't new radios beautiful?
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I really like my Crosley Solo. It's small and cute, and as I listen to monaural gear most of the time I don't miss stereo.

The grey-and-chrome look is very good with the modern aesthetic, and the tactile controls are sweet for those who like vintage. I may have to figure out how to add a dial lamp.



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 Post subject: Re: Why aren't new radios beautiful?
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This is really stylish! I know at least one girl who would rate this as a birthday present)


Now, that is cool!

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 Post subject: Re: Why aren't new radios beautiful?
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Dalton wrote:
Keeta wrote:
Not sure if they’re really considered “radios”, but I personally think the best examples of how ugly and dull modern designs for electronics in general, are the smart speakers of today like the echo and echo dots. Despite having two of them, they’re still downright ugly. Like a tootsie roll stood on end, or a hockey puck. Sure they have great features, but they sure aren’t something I want to display. More like try to hide.

They could make this in 1947.
When a companies pride in their product counted for something.
https://antiqueradios.com/forums/downlo ... 373370&t=1

Could also be that the designers were somewhat color blind. That design color style is ugly.

I think my Flex 6400M is gorgeous and highly functional and "modern".

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Nice looking radio!

I believe the incongruous colors on the bakelite are paet of the Seco art scheme.

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