Founded in Brooklyn New York 2009 by audio engineer, artist, and electronics expert Brian Kenney. 3rian (pronounced "Three-rian") achieved notability with being the first to successfully merge antique radio technology with today's state-of-the-art audio electronics.
"There is something fascinating that happens within a tube," says Brian....
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When studying sound engineering, specifically the mastering aspect... I learned about the three major advances in audio reproduction... The first being tube technology, second solid-state (transistors), and third digital.
When sound engineers first switch their gear over to solid-state, and set up their microphones and levels as they usually did with their tube gear, they were at first confused at why their recordings sounded different, almost lifeless... like it was missing something... as it turns out it was! What they discovered was that something unique was happening within an audio vacuum tube. It's called harmonic distortion.. This harmonic signal is what creates that "warm" feeling when listening to a recording... As a result engineers started using tube warmers, tube preamps, and now digital plug-ins to emulate this lost element. It is safe to say that almost every commercial recording that you have ever heard has been run through a tube circuit at some point within the production process.
From the moment of learning this I became extremely interested in tube technology, and wondered why there was not a commercially available tube amp option for consumers and music lovers. Thus began my journey into creating what we now know as 3rian Radios.
Our goal is to supply our clientele with one of a kind, fine-functioning antiques, repurposed for every day use. We have developed a reputation for selecting only the most desirable and fashionable antique and vintage tube radios for our collection...
Each and every one of our radios has been disassembled, cleaned, refinished, rewired with new components, and tested to ensure a long, beautiful, proper-functioning-life. Once restored the radio is then converted to play your MP3’s through your choice of either a Bluetooth connection or a discrete direct line-in installed on back of the unit.
We will be pleased to hear any comments or questions that you may have. Thank you for taking an interest in our collection!
All 3rian radios now come standard with an iPod/ MP3 Bluetooth connection, and a simple to operate switch installed on the back of the radio.
To use, power your radio on, wait for the tubes to warm, then flip the selector switch up to enjoy the radios original functionality, or switch down to activate the Bluetooth connection + upgrades.
Installed On back
*USB Charger & Line-in extra
This upgrade is our most popular choice, allowing you to safely connect almost any audio device to the back of your radio with a direct line-in wire
When Purchasing Both Upgrades!
USB Charger Upgrade
Transform your radio into a true docking-station with a USB charger. Charge your MP3 device while playing music. Even charge when the radio is off.
Do you want to have a RCA jack installed instead of the standard headphone jack line-in? How about a line-out to plug into your house system? We can customize your radio any way you'd like! Send us a message with your ideas
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