For our regular readers, who stormed at our Retro Accessories blog post, we bring you yet another accessory, this one by Joe Dobson, tagged as “Deco Blaster”. Dobson rolls in, a collection of beautiful old radios fitted with iPod docks from gear 4, which combine the “style and authenticity of yesterday with the technology and hi-fi of today.”
Apart from the iPod, the retro-style box consists of an aux input, easily connected with a lead (included) which allows any music device to be plugged in. In addition, the volume and iPod control is accomplished via the remote or with illuminated buttons on the speaker grill cloth.
Each Deco Blaster is unique as the radios are individually sourced. They are then paired up with the optimum iPod dock and re-engineered by hand. An extremely limited batch will be made in Europe in 2011.
Dobson, originally from New Zealand, left his native town back in 2009 along with his band, traveling to Berlin. He’s now in the South of France, killing time before he returns back to his motherland, where he’s spent a few months reviving old radios as Deco Blasters.
In the beginning, I bought 70 old radios off eBay all at once and have been working flat out to make these things. It takes about a day to make one. I sent one to Gear4 and they loved it so much they bought it straight away and are going to be helping me promote it.
1. Charges iPod / iPhone
2. Line-in port for use with other music players
3. Backlit touch controls – usable through the grill cloth on most models
4. Remote control
Deco Blaster is compatible with: iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (1st generation), iPod nano (5th generation), iPod nano (4th generation), iPod (3rd generation), iPod nano (2nd generation), iPod nano, iPod classic, iPod with video, iPod with colour display, iPod mini, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G.