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No one would recommend a radio with terrible sound, which is why the Crosley Solo comes with a high recommendation for its clear sound and fabulous design. Is it the best tabletop radio you can buy? Quite possibly, if not one of them.

Why We Like It – Crosley Solo Review

The Crosley Solo Radio has a charming look as if you went back to the early days of radio. The real surprise, though, is when you turn this little radio on and get a surprisingly good, crisp sound.

  • Gorgeous hand rubbed wood and brushed metal design
  • Clear, crisp sound
  • Simple and straightforward to use
  • No presets
  • AC adaptor plug is bulky


The Solo Radio was designed with sound quality in mind, and it performs as such. At seemingly any volume, the radio’s sound is crisp and clear. Even high volume doesn’t seem to distort the quality. Its tuner is precise so you can listen to FM radio and find your favorite FM stations with ease. If you want to mix it up a bit, there’s an aux input to play from other sources.


The first thing anyone will notice about this great little radio is its exterior design. Though it has a vintage, mid century modern look, it’s brought into the 21st century with sleek lines and brushed metal face. With three knobs, the Solo has everything you need to listen to the radio and nothing that you don’t. Of course the form just encapsulates its true design purpose, which is to have good sound.


At this price, there are several options you can go for if you’re looking for a high quality tabletop radio. The Sangean WR-11 Wood Cabinet is an option, though less of a unique design. The Crosley Solo looks a bit more premium, so don’t hesitate to go for it.

Crosley Solo Review Wrap Up

At this level of radio, this is where we separate basic radios like the Panasonic RF-2400D from, well, radios like this. The Solo is a no frills, “I love radio” type of radio. If you need something to tow the line between modern and traditional radio, then go with something like the Soundance SDY019, which acts as a bluetooth speaker as well. But, if you truly love radio and want it delivered with crisp, clear sound, then listen no further.

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Noah Staum

Noah has a special ability to discover stellar new products (read: spends hours online shopping), especially if they help people create, watch, listen to music, and improve quality of life. Based in Los Angeles, he’s worked with several global social apps and is the creator of nonormal.life and White Spot Studios.

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