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My great-great uncle is 84 and he constantly listens to his radio when he is in his apartment. He has it running 24/7. It's a real pile of crap and most of the time he can barely get any signal on it. He is also blind, so I imagine the radio he has is kind of hard to use.

I would really like to find him a quality radio that will get a good signal, and be easy for him to use considering the fact that he is blind. Does anything like this exist? I would be willing to spend about $200 to find something good. I was considering getting a satellite radio and then paying the monthly service, but there isn't anything that doesn't have tiny buttons. This would be impossible for him to use.

*EDIT* I looked around a little bit at Worst Buy and PartsExpress. I found a cheap Insignia receiver from Worst Buy, and a cheap Sherwood receiver from NewEgg/Amazon. I am going to check out the Insignia receiver tomorrow at Worst Buy. This pair of MTX bookshelf speakers looks to be a pretty good bargain.
Edited by Greg121986 - 3/13/11 at 7:55pm
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First of all I have to say... what an excellent thoughtful gesture! wink.gif

Okay, you're gonna' have to consider a few things regarding this purchase...

  • Ease of use, less controls the better
  • Layout, once again a familiar layout will be best
  • Size of controls/knobs
  • Ability to use front socketed headset required?
  • Frequency receiving range, what does your Grand pa actually listen to?
  • Integrated speaker(s) - aka cable management
  • External antenna connection


If he doesn't listen to SW stations then a Crosley CR31 Companion Radio might just be the ticket, with it's straight forward UI and large front fire (full range) speaker thumb.gif

crosleyradiocr31pacompa.jpg
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I went with the Insignia stereo receiver for $99 and the Parts Express B652 speakers. For $34.50 with 6.5" mid woofer, they cannot possibly sound bad.
Edited by Greg121986 - 3/14/11 at 4:55pm
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I went with the Insignia stereo receiver for $99 and the Parts Express B652 speakers. For $34.50 with 6.5" mid woofer, they cannot possibly sound bad.

I have those speakers(bought for $25 back then) and they're worth every cents, even at $35. The sound quality cannot be matched by anything in that price range.
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I went with the Insignia stereo receiver for $99 and the Parts Express B652 speakers. For $34.50 with 6.5" mid woofer, they cannot possibly sound bad.


Sorry I thought you were looking for something easy to use (vision impaired & elderly) frown.gif
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Sorry I thought you were looking for something easy to use (vision impaired & elderly) frown.gif

I thought so too but good suggestion though..
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Sorry I thought you were looking for something easy to use (vision impaired & elderly) frown.gif

I did take your suggestion into consideration. But, I think my uncle will be able to use this receiver. The volume knob on this thing is HUGE, and that is really all he is going to have to use. There is also a knob for choosing pre-set stations and I will set it up so he can use that as well. I think he will be OK. He really only listens to one station anyway.

I am anxious to get the Dayton speakers. I hope to have this thing setup for my uncle by this weekend.
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I got everything and I must say I love these speakers for only $35.

But the problem is the AM radio signal. I know AM Radio is crap to begin with, but this receiver will not pick up ANY AM signal. This makes the entire thing useless because considering my uncle's age, he only listens to AM radio.

Does anyone have any recommendations for getting a clear AM radio signal? confused.gifconfused.gifconfused.gif
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