How They Did It: The Radio

Ed Wenck
Nov 21, 2017

Imagine today’s technology put into a package that’s nearly 100 years old. That was the challenge presented by this home office that’s part of a mansion built in 1906. But that’s not all. The client wanted the room to mimic the look of a luxury railroad car from that same era.

Admit One Home Systems
had one option: find very early radio gear and speakers, pull the guts out, refurbish the exterior, and insert modern electronics. The result? Distributed audio and even video that is camouflaged so well that it is truly like stepping back in time — until the 4K screen lifts from its hiding place and the speakers come to life, providing a 21st-century experience.

This year-long project, winner of the 2017 CEDIA Award for Best Innovative Solution, inspired the following comments from CEDIA’s judges: “An incredible amount of patience and effort,” “incredibly clever,” and “this one really rocked.”

As the team from Admit One told us, the project took the better part of the year, and the first order of business was finding equipment from the right era that was in salvageable shape. After locating the speakers and separate radio unit, the rotary dials and original switches on the old amplification and control box presented themselves as perhaps the project’s biggest challenge — the integrator needed to find digital dials that would work with the vintage Atwater Kent equipment.

Admit One Home Systems

7513 Washington Avenue South

Edina, MN 55439



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1929 Atwater Kent Model 46 radio

1929 Atwater Kent Model F2 loudspeakers

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Lexicon DD-8

LG 32LA6200 TV

Morel MDT-29 dome tweeter loudspeaker

Nexus 21 TV lift

Pakedge PK-S24P8AV 24-port Gigabit switch

Peerless 4" HDS woofer loudspeaker

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

RTI XP-8S control processor

TP-Link PoE splitter

Uxcell 360 degree rotary encoder

Uxcell 1 pole 9 position rotary switch

1 Comment

  1. 1 Amanda Daniels 22 Nov
    I love the idea of giving a nostalgic, no, antique look to items with an up to date twist.  I’ve seen so many old radios, phonographs, and jukeboxes with updated internals.  It makes me smile to see things come back to life.



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