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About this project

We're dusting off the vintage radio and giving it a chance to sing again. 

Introducing Boe Vintage Radio Bluetooth Speakers, bluetooth 4.0 connected speakers built from beautiful vintage radios.

Radio number 1
Radio number 1

Beautiful objects have been built to produce music throughout history.  Some continue to be used for decades or centuries, while others collect dust, as their methods of producing sound become obsolete.  Throughout the last century, millions of wonderful, unique AM radios were produced around the world to proudly sit on tables, bookshelves and mantles from, yet when was the last time you turned one on? We're dusting off the vintage radio and giving it a chance to sing again.  Introducing the Boe Vintage Radio Bluetooth Speaker.

Play all the tunes with bluetooth 4.0 connectivity
Play all the tunes with bluetooth 4.0 connectivity

Old meets new

These beautiful musical relics deserve a chance to shine again.  We're bringing them back to life by replacing their aged electronics with a brand new 8W bluetooth 4.0 amplifier.  This transforms obsolete radios into beautiful universal bluetooth speakers, ready to play any music your heart desires. Mixing old and new not only produces completely unique bluetooth speakers, it is also environmentally friendly.  As the only new components are the circuit-boards and power supply, every Boe Vintage Radio Bluetooth Speaker produced is one less vintage radio in landfill and one less new speaker produced.

Radio number 1 at home
Radio number 1 at home

 How to use

With an unlimited number of unique styles, there is a Boe Vintage Radio Bluetooth Speaker for every room of your home, office or workshop. Each converted radio comes with a brand new amplifier and power supply for reliability and peace-of-mind, and an original speaker for that classic sound.  Simply plug it in, turn on your phone's bluetooth and turn up the tunes! The amplifier runs bluetooth 4.0, so will work with a huge range of devices.  No special apps needed, just connect and hit play.  

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Go for a Cruise  

Take your Boe Vintage Radio Bluetooth Speaker with you wherever you chose with our optional 'Traveler Cable'. Simply plug the cable into your speaker, and attach to any portable USB power supply(phone battery backups, car chargers, anything with a 1.5A or higher USB output) and you can take your music with you! By connecting to your existing power supply, we're avoiding making unnecessary batteries, making our speakers more affordable and more environmentally friendly.

Music where you want to be
Music where you want to be

Why we do

Boe Vintage Radio Bluetooth Speakers are our first product range in our effort to breathe new life into beautiful old objects. At Boe we love the look of 1930s to 1970s mantel and tabletop radios, but with their aging electronics and AM only reception we don't have a use for them. Bluetooth speakers are popping up everywhere and we love their convenience, we don't want yet another throw-away electronic device.  We decided to fill two needs with one deed, giving old radios a new life and getting a bluetooth speaker without the waste.

Use your new bluetooth speaker anywhere you want to be
Use your new bluetooth speaker anywhere you want to be

What We Choose  

We carefully hand pick every radio that we convert. All our converted radios proudly show the battle scars of a life well lived. They have chips or scratches, marks or fading, but they are solid and they are beautiful. Every one tells a story, and with our conversion, every one now has another lifetime to live. We all have a story to tell, so too should our possessions.

Where we find them
Where we find them

One for you (Rewards)

If you want to be one of the first in the world to get your hands on one of our bluetooth speakers, check out our first 5 builds below.  All 5 are available in the rewards section.  

Looking for something different? Grab yourself a voucher that you can put towards the perfect one when it becomes available online.  

Love surprises? Pick the 'Surprise Speaker' reward, and not only will you get a discount over the retail price, you will also receive one of the first speakers to be built, delivered to your door, and the style will be a complete secret until you open the box!  

Already have a beautiful old radio collecting dust? If it is of a similar size and style to the ones shown here we can convert it for you. Grab our 'Have your radio converted by Boe' reward, and when the campaign is over you will be able to send your radio to us, we will convert it and return it to you.

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Our world view

Our goal is to produce a range of products across all fields that blur the line between new and secondhand by offering the best of both worlds.  We want to produce products that are so good that people will want them regardless of their age or environmental credentials, not because of them. Your support will help us to finance the testing, compliance and certification of Boe and of our beautiful Vintage Radio Bluetooth Speakers, so that we have the opportunity to offer you more amazing, unique, re-created products.  

Meet the crew

The Boe team with one of our other re-creations
The Boe team with one of our other re-creations

We're just two blokes from Melbourne Australia with a passion for using our design and engineering skills for good. We don't want to take over the world, but we would love to change the world, one re-imagined piece at a time.  We want to continue creating new ways to bring old devices to life, and we would love you to be involved in our journey.  If you want to see more of what we've been up to until now, check out our website at Boe or on Facebook

Boe bluetooth speakers are proudly made in Australia, and are designed to meet Australian legislation.  We are happy to ship our radios worldwide and can provide power packs to suit European and American power sockets, however please note that we have not undertaken product testing for any specific requirements relating to countries outside of Australia.

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 What Comes Next?

You won't have to wait long to receive your reward with Boe.  We have sample radios built already and have our testing house lined up.  All of our suppliers for parts are lined up and we have access to a great range of donor radios to fulfill Surprise Speaker pledges.  With no overseas manufacturing to undertake, and no tooling to make, we promise you won't be waiting long to get your hands on your reward.

Speakers 1 to 5 will be the first to ship, followed by Surprise Speakers.  We promise to fulfill every Surprise Speaker pledge before we make any available to the general public through our website.  As soon as we have radios up on our website we will notify all voucher pledgers to give them first pick of our bluetooth speakers as they become available.  Website retail price is intended to be $249.

 

 

                            

 

 

          

 

 Stretch Goal

Love our Vintage Radio Bluetooth Speakers? Help us reach $15,000 and we'll include a Traveler Cable free with every 'Be Number 1', 'Be One of the Few' and 'Surprise Speaker' reward.

                  

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Check out the pledges and put your name down for a Boe Bluetooth Speaker today!
Check out the pledges and put your name down for a Boe Bluetooth Speaker today!

 

 

Risks and challenges

Every radio is different.

Hundreds, if not thousands of different models of mantel and tabletop radios were produced during the '50s, '60s and '70s. Because we are not using the original electronic components, their variety is not a concern. We have carefully selected a bluetooth amplifier board that is compact enough to fit in any case, with the volume control and power connection on separate wires so that they can be located wherever the case requires. The volume control has a nice universal fittng so that we can reuse most original volume knobs, while the power connection has been selected to fit unobtrusively where the original power cord exited.

Electrocution?

In the interests of safety we decided to keep high voltages out of our speakers. All speakers are 12V only, with the power being converted down from 240V by an off-the-shelf powerpack. To make things even safer we've kept soldering to a minimum, and a fuse is included in every conversion. By not using any old electronics other than the speaker we mitigate any risks that could occur through old failing electronic components.

Compatibility

We chose to operate with bluetooth 4.0 connectivity to maximise compatibility. No additional apps or cables needed, just turn on bluetooth on your phone, select the speaker and hit play!

Compliance

Australian Standards compliance is one of the tasks that will be undertaken with the money raised in this campaign, however we are confident that we will pass with flying colours. Our power source is already approved, our bluetooth module has been FCC tested and our 12V, 8W per channel amplifier is low enough powered that we are advised it should be a walk in the park.

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    Good Vibes

    Every little bit helps! Thanks for being part of our story and helping us bring new life to old radios. We will be sure to send some good vibes your way and keep you up to date on our journey and future products.

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    Want to see your name up in lights? How about on the inside of a radio instead? Pledge $25 and we'll name one of our bluetooth speakers after you! You'll see your name on one of our speakers for sale through our website and we'll write it on the inside of the case when we convert it.

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    Do you already own a beautiful old radio that is gathering dust? Want to have it turned into a kick-ass bluetooth speaker? We'll do it for you! So long as your radio is of a similar style and size to those shown in this campaign we can build it into a one-of-a-kind bluetooth speaker for you with the purchase of this reward.

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    Can't wait to get your hands on a Boe Vintage Radio Bluetooth Speaker? Love surprises? Let us chose a vintage radio just for you and convert it to a killer bluetooth speaker. We will select a radio, kit it out with one of our bluetooth amplifiers, package it up and ship it out to you.

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    Want to be a true trendsetter? Grab yourself one of the first 5 vintage bluetooth speakers to be built by Boe, as seen in this Kickstarter campaign. You ca chose from radios 2, 3, 4 and 5, each of which will come with a signed certificate by the builder authenticating them as one of the first 5 Boe Vintage Radio Bluetooth Speakers built. Check our images before you select this reward to make sure your favourite radio is still available. Want to own radio number 1? Check out our "Be Number 1" offer.

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