Produced in 1957, this small device is really beautiful.
I mean that is really very very nice to see, balanced, simple, yet brilliant and seductive.
It 's really a little jewel, on the other hand the Bulova produced just that, jewelry watches. So who better than Bulova could design a device so nice and appealing?
Was proposed in different colors, but all with knobs and golden grilles.
As I said for other restorations of these small Americans devices designed and produced 60 years ago their line is very modern even today.
In fact, the graceful line, and its balanced and small size makes it suitable to be inserted in a modern furnishngs.
This strong aesthetic personality is the main reason I restore this series of American production equipment.
There are modern appliances that copy or are inspired by these designs, but owning an original is another thing!
The sound performance of these radios are modest compared to the German giants on this website, however this small Bulova Model 300 sounds pretty good.
No deep bass and power wich shake the stomach, but enough to sound a room.
You can also connect a digital source, and play it wth this small Bulova.
This possibility will be discussed later in detail.
In addition to listening to your IPad or PC, this unit is able to receive a Medium Waves.
This device is powered by 120 volts supplied by an adapter to be connected directly to the local power supply.
It also comes with a connection cable with a 3.5 mm mini jack compatible with any modern equipment such as an IPod, PC, etc.
- Bluetooth receiver embed - The unit is equipped with a BLUETOOTH receiver powered directly by the receiver power supply. This makes it possible to control the amplifier from any external digital device as an IPAD, a Smartphone, or a sophisticated multimedia station. So you can hear your preferred web station or your lossesless file without cables on the room. Wireless Receiver can be equipped upon requests.
- Multi Platform Connection - A customized adaptation cable to connect any digital device as Iphone, Smartphone, Laptop, CD Player etc. will be provided with this radio. This special cable suits the different impedances between the modern equipment and the receiver. Furthermore the two stereo channels flow into one without increasing the load to the input unit.
1870 - Joseph Bulova immigrate to the USA. At the age of 19, he opened his own jewelry store in Manhattan, wich quickly distinguished himself with the quality and artistry of his work.
1912 - Joseph Bulova established his first plant committed to the production of jeweled wristwatch movements in Switzerland fabricating fine timepieces via assembly line.
1919 - Bulova debuted its first-ever complete line of men's jeweled wristwatches.
1920 - the Bulova Observatory was constructed in Midtown Manhattan.
The sidereal time refers to the stars instead of the Sun for the calculation of the time, eliminating the error resulting from the orbital rotation of the earth around the sun.
1927 - Lindemberg will be the testimonial for the Bulova watch Lone Eagle commemorating his legendary transatlantic flight.
1941 - First advertisement broadcast from the United States to the rest of the world: "America runs on Bulova time"
1945 - Opens in Queens the Bulova School of Watchmaking
1958 - Two years before Bulova unveiled Accutron to the public, the technology was used aboard NASA's Vanguard 1 satellite.
1967 - The new standard in precision timekeeping, Accutron technology was used aboard Air Force One.
2010 - The Bulova Accutron Limited Edition Spaceview 214 was released. A handmade replica of the original Accutron Calibre 214.
Courtesy of Bulova
Year of production: 1957
Superheterodyne IF: 455 KHz
6 AM Circuits
Dimensions (LHD): 13.25 x 8.75 x 6.5 inch
Net weight: 112 Oz
Tubes 5: 12BE6 12BA6 12AV6 50C5 35W4
DIGITAL SOURCE INPUTS
Using the special cable that I constructed you can utilize the device for use with any digital source such mp3 player, IPAD, IPOD, cell phone, PC etc.
Listening is absolutely charming, 60 years of technology separe the devices but the practicality of modern digital sources and the charm of the old valve radio blend perfectly giving a gratification not easily explained in words.
When the special cable is insert in the rear jackthe radio section will be automatically disconnected.
Using digital source sound is clean and pleasant.
This device uses a loaded antenna on the rear panel.
It's sufficiently efficient but extremely directive, so the position of the radio impact on the quality of reception.
The back panel is prepared to connect an external antenna.
In this case the reception would be perfect.
It was used an 8 inch loudspeaker performant enough despite its size.
The audio spectrum, which can be expected for transmissions in medium wave is sufficiently reproduced.
We are not talking of course of deep bass and treble bright, but only a voice clear and intelligible without fatigue.
The controls are really reduced to the essentials.
The left knob controls the power switch and volume, the right one controls the tuning.
Wanting to use the phono input you have to take care to tune to a frequency where there are no stations to avoid background noise.
FM aerial inputs.