In the Christmas of 1926, everyone was hankering for a home radio set. To ensure that people go their money's worth, we included several pointers for picking a good set. These include:
1) Don't be duped by bargain sales for obsolete technology.
2) Test the tone quality. "In the early days of radio broadcasting, when all radio sets sounded like five-dollar phonographs, nobody worried about truthful reproduction," we said, but clarity became paramount after people got over the early novelty of voice reproduction.
3) Select a radio that will blend in with your home furnishings.
4) Invest on quality accessories. Avoid package deals, as the batteries and vacuum tubes included with bargain radios are usually bootlegged or broken. Opt instead for expensive, but fresh B-batteries and high-quality cone-type loudspeakers worthy of a quality set.
Read the full story in "If You Plan to Buy a Radio Set for Christmas"