Philco 16RX Chairside Radio with Remote Speaker (1933)
New PHILCO with electrical remote control.. radio's greatest convenience!
Philco's 16RX utilized their newly introduced
state-of-the-art type 16 chassis, housed in
an elegant Queen Anne style tuning cab-
inet paired with a matching remote loudsp-
eaker. With the sound cabinet situated acr-
oss a room and the tuning cabinet placed
beside an easy chair, a listener could oper-
ate the radio and enjoy quality sound while
remaining seated. Here, at last, is true
radio convenience, Philco proclaimed.
The 16RX, introduced in July of 1933, was
initially priced at $175 in the East, though by
October this had increased to $195. The set
continued Philco's line of admirable model
16s, comprised up until that time of the 16B,
16X and 16L, each of which had debuted a
few weeks earlier.
The 16RX followed the trend of the 14- LZX
and 19-LZX Lazy-X models introduced back
in January of that year. I can find no evid-
ence that Philco used the word Lazy-X in
promoting the 16RX, however, electing to
use Remote Control along with RX instead.
The 16RX used a very similar style of tuning
cabinet to the 14-LZX, though it substituted
a swivel top in place of a lift-up center pan-
el. The 16RX also dispensed with cooling
vents at the top of the front and rear faces
of the cabinet, giving a cleaner appearance.
In their 16RX advertising Philco proclaimed
that with PHILCO Remote Control you enj-
oy not only radio's finest reproduction,
but radio's greatest convenience. As it
happens, these claims were truly justified.
The 11-tube model 16 chassis was Philco's
finest creation to date, both in terms of tone
quality and shortwave reception. It offered
15 Watts of class-A audio with bass-comp-
ensating four-point tone control. Its 5-band
tuner featured dual IF stages, shadowmeter
and squelch control. The sound cabinet us-
ed their new auditorium loudspeaker mount-
ed to a large inclined sounding board, with
echo absorbing screen to the rear. Never
before such glorious tone and perform-
ance, continued the rhetoric.
The 16RX utilized Philco's code 123 five-
band type 16 chassis. This was a variation
on the code 122 chassis employed for the
16L and 16X floor models. One difference
was that the code 123 chassis employed a
dial with markings inverted to support view-
ing from the opposite direction to the 16L/
16X models. It also had different mounting
hardware. Schematic, courtesy NostalgiaAir.
The tuning and remote sound cabinets were
interconnected using a long 4-strand flat ca-
ble, serving to route high tension between
the units. It was intended for this to be threa-
ded beneath a carpet - an approach that
would not pass muster with today's safety
For further details on the 16 series, see my
16B, 16L, 16B, 16B, 16X (early '34) and
16X (late '34) pages.
|Every feature of the marvelous 16X is included in the
16RX, plus the convenience and enjoyment to be
obtained through PHILCO Remote Control
Nov 26th 1933, San Antonio, Tx
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|..enjoy the full beauty of PHILCO tone from the
separate speaker cabinet across the room.
Radio unrestored, as found.
Sept 28th 1933, Wisconsin
|..every latest feature in radio.. PHILCO patented Inclined Sounding Board and
Auditorium Speaker... provides reception as if the artists were present in