The Radiola

The Rice-Kellogg paper of 1925 was important in disseminating research on loudspeaker design. It resulted in the production of a loudspeaker design that drove most others out of the market within a few years. It published an amplifier design that was important in boosting the power transmitted to loudspeakers. In 1926, the commercial version was sold as the Radiola Model 104 loudspeaker with a 1-watt power amp. The power of this amp, and the extra terminals on the back of the Model 104 allowed attachment of a radio receiver, the Radiola 28.

"This combination of the Radiola 28 and the Radiola Loudspeaker 104 thus made available for the first time a complete batteryless radio receiver that could be operated like any other electrical appliance, merely by 'plugging it in.' The enthusiastic acceptance of this offering - even at the 1926 price of $250 for the 104 alone - indicated clearly that this was indeed what the public had been waiting for. This was also added fuel for the fires already lit under the development of new types of amplifier tubes especially adapted for a.c. operation, and the stampede toward their universal use in radio receivers gathered momentum quickly during 1926-1928. With the completion of the changeover to a.c. operation, the whole radio industry experienced the same kind of explosive release that follows removal of the key log in a jam, and into discard along with headphones and batteries went the last barrier between radio reception and a mass market that was soon demanding electro-acoustic transducers by the millions." (Hunt p. 81)


1926 RCA Radiola 100A
from Radiola Guy
1928 Radiola 60 with 103
speaker, from Radiola Guy
1928 Radiola103
speaker, from Radiola Guy
1929 Radiola 33 with 100B
speaker, from Radiola Guy

2001 by Steven E. Schoenherr. All rights reserved.

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