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Commodore 746 Stereo-Matic-Sound
Manufactured in Japan
Commodore 746 Stereo-Matic-Sound
Photos donated by Matthew Taylor.
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Despite the name, no, this is not really a stereophonic receiver, as its four built-in speakers are simply connected together in series-parallel. An external matrix decoder and amplifier was required to receive FM stations in stereo.

Neon indicator lamps beside the dial scales display the currently-selected band on this radio. This is shown in the pictures. Selecting the phono input turns both off.

On some early-production versions of the Commodore 746-—like mine-—these neon lamps are placed too high on the chassis and do not line up properly with the scale! The area beside the words “FM” and “AM” originally was covered over with opaque paint except for two clear, unpainted circles that the neon lamps had to line-up with. On these early-production 746s, with the lamps placed up too high, no light got through to the dial. This was a design flaw that Commodore quickly fixed in mid- and late-production versions.

Nothing can be done to fix the misalignment issue on these early versions, but as part of the restoration process, I did carefully sand off some of the opaque paint so the neon lamps would at least be visible in operation.

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