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Arvin-Ford 17-A Automotive Radio Schematic
June 1935 Radio-Craft

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Arvin-Ford 17-A: A 2-way plug switch provides extreme sensitivity for country driving, and lowered sensitivity and reduced noise level for city driving. Tuning condensers and tuning mechanism float on rubber to prevent car vibration from detuning the set. Filter condensers are hermetically sealed. Noise-filter circuits are built into the set. The vibrator "B" unit is of the non-synchronous type; a type 84 tube supplies the required rectification. Field current for the dynamic reproducer is obtained by connecting the field coil directly in shunt with the car battery. A stage of tuned R.F. amplification ahead of the first-detector eliminates image frequency response. The oscillator circuit is tuned by a shaped-plate condenser.

Arvin-Ford 17-A

Remarkable improvements in car sets are indicated these diagrams of the new automotive radio receivers shown on the preceding page.

Arvin-Ford 17-A Radio Schematic, June 1935 Radio-Craft - RF Cafe

Arvin-Ford 17-A Radio Description, June 1935 Radio-Craft - RF Cafe


Arvin Radio: A Brief Overview and Historical Context

Arvin, brand of Noblitt-Sparks Industries, was a brand of car radios and audio equipment that was popular in the 20th century. Founded in the 1930s, Arvin quickly established itself as a leader in the field of automotive sound systems. Known for its quality and reliability, Arvin's products were widely used by American consumers and became synonymous with in-car entertainment.

At a time when radio was still a relatively new technology, Arvin's car radios stood out for their compact size and ease of use. They were well-designed and offered a range of features, including AM/FM tuning, volume control, and push-button tuning. Arvin also offered a range of other audio products, including home radios and portable speakers, that were well-received by consumers.

Over the years, Arvin continued to evolve and innovate, adding new features and keeping up with changing trends and technologies. The company's products were widely available through a network of dealers and distributors, and they were often featured in advertising and promotions aimed at the American public.

Despite its early success and popularity, however, Arvin faced increased competition in the latter half of the 20th century. New technologies, such as cassette tapes and CD players, emerged and changed the way people listened to music in their cars. Additionally, foreign brands entered the market and offered products that were more advanced and less expensive than Arvin's offerings.

Despite these challenges, Arvin remained a significant player in the automotive audio market for many years. However, as the company faced financial difficulties in the latter part of the 20th century, it was eventually acquired by another company and the Arvin brand was discontinued.

Today, Arvin is remembered as a pioneering brand in the field of automotive audio. Despite the challenges it faced and its eventual decline, its legacy continues to influence the industry and is still celebrated by many people who remember its products and the role they played in shaping the American automotive landscape.

In conclusion, Arvin was a popular brand of car radios and audio equipment that was known for its quality and reliability. Although the company faced increased competition and eventually declined, its legacy continues to influence the industry and is remembered by many people today as a pioneer in the field of automotive audio.

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