Most iPod docks are black or white, shiny, and modern, but the high-tech look isn’t for everyone. For those who shun modern clean lines, but love antiques and tasteful kitsch, a vintage radio might suit your iPod a little better than that dock that looks like a small spaceship. The craftsmen and antique-radio-connoisseurs over at 3Ryan come to the rescue with an astounding collection of unique vintage radios that can be customized into the perfect part-modern, part-vintage home sound system. The company hunts down the best tube radios from the 1920s all the way through the late 1960s, and each radio is disassembled, cleaned, refinished, and rewired with new components to ensure that it has a long, happy life as a new iPod dock. Each 3Ryan radio ($350+) comes with your choice of a top-mounted iPod dock or a more discreet line-in to play your tunes. Sound quality varies by radio, but the company says that you can look forward to a “crisp, clear warm vintage sound.” The company seems to be open to just about any customizations you could want, and they will even rewire your own vintage radio if you ask. They may not have Bluetooth streaming or a dual-alarm, but these radio-docks have charm and a one-of-a-kind feel that is sorely lacking from your typical dock.
Kelly Montgomery is a magazine journalism graduate from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communications. Before joining the team at Digital Trends, she wrote for publications including Oregon Bride Magazine, BestNewBands.com, and The Register-Guard. She was also a staff member of the University of Oregon's award-winning student publication, Flux. An admitted shopaholic who loves reading personal style blogs, Kelly is also a lover of lomography, traveling to strange places, late-night baking, music festivals, and graphic design. She makes a pretty mean mix CD, too.