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Monday, February 16, 2015

Largest Radio In The World From 1936

What is believed to be the largest and most powerful radio receiving set ever assembled is the latest achievement of a well-known Chicago radio engineer. Designed for world-wide reception on all wave lengths, the mammoth receiver has a complicated circuit which employs forty tubes. Five separate loudspeakers, operating simultaneously, cover a wide sound-frequency range, and give exceptional tonal quality. The total weight of the receiver, shown below, is 620 pounds.Source: Modern Mechanix

According to this post on 20th Century Radio, in 1936 a Chicago engineer built what was believed to be the largest radio receiver in the world.  Capable of world wide reception and "exceptional" sound quality, the set had 40 tubes, five speakers and weighed in at a mere 620 pounds.

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