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Old 12th November 2013, 04:37 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm new to the forum and new to pretty much everything in it.

Basically I've just started a project. I purchased a vintage radio and I want to make it into a portable bluetooth speaker.

I've been told to just gut it and take apart a modern bluetooth speaker and put that inside, which I intend to do, but I would love to save the analogue volume control, and that's where I'm struggling.

Any advice would be very much appreciated.


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Old 12th November 2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum Supraman.

I can't help much with your project, but if it is an old tuned radio i would have reservations about gutting it. Bluetooth is also bandwidth shy for transmitting decent quality audio, you might look at just connecting it to something like an Airport Express.

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Old 14th November 2013, 10:22 PM   #3
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Hello and welcome to diyAudio.
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Old 15th November 2013, 01:00 AM   #4
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Welcome aboard. Have you started a thread on your project? Not even sure where it would go. Bluetooth, radio, speaker. Hmmm......
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Old 25th November 2013, 02:57 PM   #5
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Thanks for the welcome!

The speaker will be a gift from a friend who isn't a huge audiophile, so I think bluetooth should be fine. It's more a case of trying to find a bluetooth speaker to take apart and put inside that would be easy to disassemble and that I'd be able to make look nice when connecting to the outside.

The radio is this one: UXR-1 Radio Heathkit UK by Daystrom, build 1963 ?, 8 picture

I guess the key stuff I want from it is aesthetics, so if I can affix a nice power switch on the outside, and maybe a line in port, and the analogue volume dial would be awesome. Looking at current bluetooth speakers on the market though, they seem very compact units, I worry that if I took one apart I wouldn't be able to attach anything new to it.
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