Step 1: Find a Vintage Radio
Step 2: Buy an Internet Wi-Fi Radio and Take It Apart
Its not cheap though and goes for $300. I shopped around a little and was able to get one for $260. The other one out there is this one and is slightly cheaper www.reciva.com/joomla/index.php?page=shop.product_details... but I needed to be able to attach a knob to the volume control for the retro look as opposed to an iPod like volume control
Now take the radio apart
Step 3: Paint the Buttons
Step 4: Drill Holes in Bezel
Step 5: Mount the Display
Step 6: Radio Grille Cloth
It turns out there is a web site called www.grillecloth.com/ that sells the same grille cloth patterns used in vintage radios. It costs about $10. They also include a nice guide on how to install which involes using spray on starch to make the cloth stiffer and then ironing it.
Once ironed, then spray some glue and glue it in.
Step 7: Mounting the Speakers
Step 8: Motherboard
Step 9: Test
Step 10: Final Install
Now the hardest part of the whole project, negotiating with the wife for a place to put in the house. After some discussion, the radio now has a nice home. Despite the small speakers, the sound is actually pretty good. It also has an audio out so I'm later planning on hooking up to a central sound system for the house.
Acoustic Energy also released a new firmware which you update wireslessly which is pretty cool and one very nice feature is you now can configure your favorite Internet radio statics on their web site www.reciva.com which will then automatically download to the radio. This is a very nice feature because there are over 5,000 Internet radio stations in their directory and even though its sorted by location and genre, its a big overwhelming to navigate through and is much easier to do on the web. You can also add your own radio station URLs on the web site which will then download to the radio which comes in handy if you have a local favorite radio station that is not in their directory. Recently they've also added a podcasts so you can listens to podcasts too.