WIFI vintage Record-Player!
Over the years, we've found only a handful of Imperator record players. This high-end brand produced only a limited number of each of their units.
Upcycled into a custom 2-way connected speaker, this device is part of our High Fidelity range. It contains a 100W class D amplifier combined with a 12cm 80W woofer and a 20W tweeter (the original speaker had a power of 1W!). A digital filtering allows to obtain a very flat response curve, for a balanced high-fidelity sound. Particular attention has been paid to the bass: the bass is dynamic (its level is increased at low volume) and a switch activates the Superbass function to give more weight to the bass according to the taste of the listener and the type of music.
Find more information about digital filtering and the sound of our units.
The device also features noise filters to suppress electronic noise from the WIFI card and electrical activity in the room.
On the rear panel, knobs allow you to adjust the tone to correct the quality losses of aged vinyls.
Find more information about our High-Fidelity line.
This device can be used as a "simple" record player with a very good sound: turn it on, start the rotation of the turntable, place the sapphire on your vinyl record and enjoy the music.
Flip the back switch and turn it into a WIFI and Bluetooth connected speaker. You'll be able to use your phone or tablet to play your playlists, your favorite music platform and any radio or web radio stations and their podcasts.
Find more information about WIFI features.
Moreover, in this mode, the signal of the turntable is digitized and transmitted to the WIFI module. Our system allows you to broadcast your vinyl records to other WIFI speakers in a synchronous way! This makes this antique one of the most advanced record players in the world (more information below: multiroom systems).
The device is also equipped with a Bluetooth connectivity to broadcast tracks stored on your phone (MP3 ...) or sound directly from the Internet (Youtube ...).
- 80W 12cm woofer and separated 20W silk dome tweeter
- 100W class D amp
- Digital filtering (crossover, attenuation, leveling) for a high-fidelity response curve
- Dynamic bass and Superbass features
- Noise cancellation filters
- WIFI connectivity: broadcast your digital music and music platforms from your smartphone.
- Multiroom ready: broadcast your vinyls and your playlist to your WIFI speakers in perfect sync!
- Bluetooth connectivity
- WIFI / Bluetooth remote
- LED backlighting
- Original on/off switch and volume control by turning the knob
- Low voltage power supply, it can be used anywhere in the world, regardless of the mains voltage characteristics (220 or 110V, 50 or 60 Hz). Shipped with the appropriate transformer.
- Dimensions : 43,5 x 31 x 28 cm
- Supplied with detailed manual (setup and operation)
It is completely original and keeps almost no traces of its long history:
- a few light scratches on the varnish.
As you can see on the pictures, it is in excellent condition!
At least one other of our systems is required for synchronous WIFI broadcasting. Our record players and turntables can be associated with our range of WIFI speakers or with our radios. We also sell a WIFI converter that converts your audio system into a WIFI speaker via a simple jack plug.
More information on multiroom broadcast.
The turntable is a completely rebuilt Philips AG 2140, as well as the motor. The needle, the cartridge and the drive wheel are new. It can play 33, 45 and 78 rpm. The turntables of that time were designed to play mono and stereo records, so the swivel cartridge contains two adapted sapphire needles and allows the playback of modern recordings.
History of the radio
Imperatorwas a high-end branch of Reela launched at the dawn of the 40's. Reela manufactured radios from 1942 to the 1980s. Their innovative design, rooted in the Art Deco movement, quickly allowed the company to grow to occupy an important place in France and in North Africa. Their first factory was located on Rue des Pyrenees in Paris, it moved to the 18th arrondissement in 1950 and other factories were opened, while Reela, in addition to its own models of radios and record players, manufactured radios for other brands. In the late 1950s, Reela diversified into television and car radio models, and the venture continued until the 1980s.
Philips was founded in 1891 by Frederik Philips and his son Gerard. The father, a banker, financed the acquisition of a factory in Eindhoven, where the company began to manufacture electrical components. After a difficult first few years, during which they almost went bankrupt, Gerard's younger brother Anton joined the company. As an engineer, he quickly brought fresh ideas to the table and the business grew rapidly. In the following years, the family laid the foundations for the multinational electronics company. In the 1930s they marketed the very popular "Chapelle" radio, and in 1939 the first electric razor.
After World War II, Philips produced vinyl turntables that we love for their robustness. The company contributed a lot to the Art Deco movement, seeking to move away from the natural lines of Art Nouveau into more abstract modern forms. After 1960 came the tape players, then other technologies.
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