Saturday, May 12, 2012
Lidl 'Silvercrest' radio teardown
Usually Lidl stuff is fine. Not brands you'd normally recognize, but solid stuff none-the-less. So this was rather disappointing.
On powering up, the LCD was faulty. The top half of the display wasn't working.
So I had a look inside:
Apart from the grubby PCB (normal enough for low end electronics these days) there was a botched bodge capacitor (not connect on the left terminal) and a wire to the ferrite antenna nicked by a screw.
So I exchanged it for another. But thankfully decided to checked it out in the car before leaving. Radio #2 didn't even power up. So I tried #3 which did work fine. Two out of three failure rate seems a bit high... or maybe I was just unlucky.
The IC in the photo is a Sony CXA1691 AM/FM radio chip. Everything else looked like it was lifted right out of the 1970s. But hey, it's just a "transistor" radio...