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iphone 5 charging station with speaker from vintage radio test equipment

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This is Dolby. Dolby is a iphone 5 docking station built from a 1963 EICO Signal Tracer. . It was originally used to test radio equipment. Our inner mad scientist went a little nutty when we spotted this piece, and thus began Dolby's transformation. (insert maniacal laughter here)

To create Dolby, we started by disassembling the unit and removing all the old, defunct electronics. In it's place, we've installed a 10 watt amplifier that drives a 4" Scosche speaker. For it's size, this piece is surprisingly powerful, plenty for an average room.

A new volume control was installed, but the volume knob itself is original. On the control panel we've also added a chrome toggle for the speaker power and a red LED jewel light as a power indicator.

To dock your iphone 5, we've installed a docking tray on top that is wired to charge your device whether the power is on to the speaker or not.

Cosmetically, this unit is in great shape, maybe the nicest EICO we've had yet. We just gave it a good cleaning and left it original. The leather strap handle was missing, so we've replaced it with a section of well worn leather belt.

Dolby is ready to rock, so get on your lab coat and get ready to yell "It's alive!"

A little history:
While we rarely build the same dock twice, we have built 6 of this model. In 2012, the original Dolby was featured on the Gizmodo website and we were blasted with traffic. Since then, we've built a few of this model each year. This is by far our most popular piece.

iphone 5 charging station with speaker from vintage radio test equipment

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