Classic turntables may get all the glamour, but the shortwave radio deserves a place of prominence in the home of any audiophile. For a stylish way to surf the airwaves, try this stunning late-1950s Trans-World T-9, produced by Philco. Beautiful chrome knobs handle tuning, tone and band selection, and the package comes with a world map, logbook and 12 pages of schematics.
Its 1.2m antenna can pick up tunes, blast right-wing talk radio, or catch up on the endless, mysterious recitation of Russian numbers. It runs on six D batteries, so it's portable — technically speaking. But at well over 9kg, it's probably not the best carry-on item for your flight on Eastern Airlines.
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