AM STEREO Capable Radios


Back in the 1980's and even into the early 1990's, there were indeed some radios available for sale in North America which were capable of receiving AM STEREO broadcasts.  Based on my own personal experiences and discussions I have had with various people about such radios, I have compiled a list (in alphabetical order) and included pictures (where available) below the manufacturer's name and model name or number of the unit:  


Lack of Precise Labelling Standards

All of the above listed radios have been confirmed to have AM STEREO capability. However, have you ever found yourself hunting around for old AM STEREO units, only to think you have found one, but weren't really sure?  Well, there's a reason for this, and that is due to the labelling which appears on the unit in question.

Specifically, it is somewhat difficult to sell a consumer something which he or she thinks they already have.  Complicating the situation is the myriad of receiver and tuner designations which currently appear on consumer equipment.  For instance, can you pick out which designation definitely has AM STEREO?

  1. AM/FM Stereo

  2. Stereo AM/FM

  3. FM/AM Stereo

  4. AM STEREO/FM STEREO

Actually, only with number 4 could you be reasonably confident that you are getting an AM STEREO capable radio.  Personally, I have always felt that there should be some kind of industry standard related to the disclosure of the AM STEREO capability in a radio.  In a nutshell, I feel that the whole are of precise labelling needs a good going over.  Anyone else, agree?


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