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Restoring An Old Stereo, And Speeding Up An Android Phone

Old Stereo

Rollin in Wilmington, Delaware, listens on News Talk Radio WDEL asked:

“I was going through my father’s old stereo. He has a reel to reel, tuner, tape deck, record player. Some of them aren’t turning on all the way. I’m not sure how I can get everything working. Do you think it’s worth putting in the time and maybe the money to get them up and running? Do they sound as good as the new stereos that are out?”


Rollin, honestly, probably not.

The speakers themselves may sound just as good as modern ones, but the media won’t. Another issue that you’d probably run into very quickly is that being able to pick a song from an almost limitless library on a phone is nice, and having to deal with tape, vinyl, or anything else gets old pretty fast.

If you want to put in the work and fix them for the sentimental value, or because you have a large library of music on that media that you do enjoy then, by all means, do it. If you’re asking if it’s objectively worth the time and money, then… no, it’s probably not. You’ll probably get more enjoyment out of a solid modern speaker with bluetooth capabilities.

Shelby in Meadville, Mississippi listens on SuperTalk 102.1 FM asked:

Wondering if you have suggestions on how to speed up my android Samsung Rugby Pro. It’s less than two years old.


Shelby, your phone may not get a lot faster than it is. It was never meant to be a super fast phone, it was just meant to be really hard to break.

It’s waterproof, and shockproof, but it’s got a relatively slow processor. If you don’t mind having to set everything back up, you can restore to factory settings, that should leave it as fast as it was on day one, but at the expense of all of your media and apps.

Unfortunately, two years is a long time in the smartphone world

If you’re using an SD card, consider replacing it with a faster one, they are not all the same and the faster ones can offer far better performance, especially if you’re storing apps there.

Unfortunately, two years is a long time in the smartphone world, and it’s an even longer time when it comes to lower end phones, so there may not be much you can do, your phone may just be outclassed in a world that assumes that devices simply have more power.

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

Dave thrives on audience participation!

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