While we have a definite sweet spot in our hearts for analog radio, there are times when only a digital upgrade is required. One of the disadvantages that this update can have is the complexity. For example, the more software-conscious among us could base their build on the Music Player Daemon and use a web interface for control. But that’s not everyone’s idea of having a good time, and in particular, an older user of your gadgets might really appreciate a simple, tactile user interface. that’s the situation [Blake Hannaford] I was inside, building an Internet-powered radio for someone else.
The solution was to take a familiar analog radio, the Tivoli Audio Model One, and give it a digital makeover. Now, before you worry about ruining the purity of a vintage radio, keep in mind that the Model One is a faux classic, made in 2000. No antiques were damaged in the making of this gimmick, and the exterior is essentially stock. : the only visible modification is the glued tuner label.
Inside is a Raspberry Pi Zero, the Adafruit Audio Bonnet, and a 3D printed bracket to connect a variable potentiometer to the tuning knob. The original volume knob and speaker are reused. What [Blake] says, sometimes all you need is pitch and volume. Plus, reusing the speaker means the whole unit still sounds great. Sometimes simple is best.
While you’re here, check out our previous coverage of these styling tricks and conversions.