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Vintage Pocket Radios

Published: May 10, 2021
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Before the transistor was invented, radios used vacuum tubes. Although portable vacuum tube radios were produced, they were typically bulky and heavy. The need for a low voltage high current source to power the filaments of the tubes and high voltage for the anode potential typically required two batteries. Vacuum tubes were also inefficient and fragile compared to transistors and had a limited lifetime.

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The pocket size of transistor radios sparked a change in popular music listening habits, allowing people to listen to music anywhere they went. Beginning around 1980, however, cheap AM transistor radios were superseded initially by the boombox and the Sony Walkman, and later on by digitally-based devices with higher audio quality such as portable CD players, personal audio players, MP3 players and (eventually) by smartphones, many of which contain FM radios.

Vintage Pocket Radios value and price guide

What's your Vintage pocket radios worth in 2022? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
general 1960s Rare SONY Six Transistor 1960s Rare SONY Six Transistor Orange 11/2021 $389
general Pair of Tiny Tooner 2 Tube Pair Of Tiny Tooner 2 Tube Pocket Radios 12/2021 $199
general Rare Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Rare Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Purple 12/2021 $200
general Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Wine Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Wine Silk 12/2021 $200
general 1950s Midgetape 300 Radio 1950s Midgetape 300 Radio Shack Pocket 10/2021 $79
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