Sony Needs To Reinvent the TR-1825 Radio

The Sony TR-1825 Radio

The Sony TR-1825 Radio

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If you frequent the site you’ll know that I try not to reference the past when it comes to design. I try to look forward with the things I write about, not particularly concern myself with things from the past. But when I came across this radio by Sony called the TR-1825, I couldn’t help but be smitten with it. Back at the beginning of March Kyle posted about the Jambox, a tiny bluetooth enabled speaker that I couldn’t help but think of when I saw the TR-1825.

In my opinion the design of this tiny radio is timeless. If you updated the materials and the colorways Sony would have a product that could rival the Jambox. Small, portable and attractive, this tiny speaker would be amazing to throw in a backpack and bring to the beach. There’s something so appealing about the simplicity of a product like this. You slide it open, you get a speaker and two simple controls, that’s it. I think it would be extremely smart of Sony to reintroduce this product to the market with functionality like that of the Jambox. They could not only bring back a classic design but make themselves relevant in the stereo business again.

Here’s a quote about the radio from the Sony site:

Released in 1970, when Sony had become the first Japanese company to list shares on the New York Stock Exchange. Sliding the faces on this cubic radio reveals a speaker in front and controls on top, a unique design at the time. One version of its packaging commemorates the World Expo in Osaka, held in March that year, and many expo-goers picked up the radio as a gift.


4 Comments Sony Needs To Reinvent the TR-1825 Radio

  1. TreasureLA March 25, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    I’d buy one. I’ve never seen that before and I really dig it.

  2. Terence March 25, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    When I was a kid, Sony still had the aura from products like this, that they were a brand that signified well-designed, high-quality electronics. Today it seems unimaginable that they would release something like this.

  3. Jon March 26, 2011 at 6:37 AM

    The TR-1818 is also pretty cool.

  4. lee Gibbon February 2, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    i have a red and white one that my parents bought back in 70 or 71, when i was 8 or 9 years old. i’m now 53 and just put some batteries in it and it works great. phoned my mom and had her listen to it, she could here it as soon as she picked up her phone.That’s what we had to listen to when we were out camping. I’ve had it my office at home for years as a bookend the books stand up on there own so no wait or pressure on the radio. At least this is one item you can honestly say that lasts.

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