ULTIMATE

Ultimate was manufactured by Radio (1936) Ltd, they had various distributors. Currently there are 101 documented models.

Ultimate was the main house brand for Radio Ltd and one of the best-known brands in NZ.
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In 1932, reportedly 3100 Ultimate radios sold in NZ, approximately 20% of all radios sold in that year (according to their adverts).

101 Documented Ultimate Models
IMAGEYEAR MODEL CODE VALVES BANDS
1923 Ultimate RA1 2 + crystal detector  Broadcast 
1928 Ultimate SG4 'Screen Grid 4' 4
1931ish Ultimate model 856 'Senior Console' 8
1932 Ultimate model 417 'TRF' 4  Broadcast 
1932 Ultimate model 520 5  Broadcast 
1932 Ultimate model 523 5  Broadcast 
1932 Ultimate model 524 'Superhet Mantle' 5  Broadcast 
1932 Ultimate model 527 'Consolette' 5  Broadcast 
1932 Ultimate model 627 'Superhet Mantle' 6  Broadcast 
1932 Ultimate model 631 'Consolette' 6  Broadcast 
1932 Ultimate Short Wave Adapter
1933 Ultimate model 514 'JCL' 5  Broadcast 
1933 Ultimate model 521 5  Broadcast 
1933 Ultimate model 522 5  Broadcast 
1933 Ultimate 5LN 5  Broadcast 
1933 Ultimate model 621 6  Broadcast 
1933 Ultimate model 623 6  Broadcast 
1933 Ultimate 7L
1933 Ultimate model 829 8  Dual Wave 
1934 Ultimate 7LAW 7  Dual Wave 
1934 Ultimate AU 5  Broadcast 
1935 Ultimate CU 6  Dual Wave 
1936 Ultimate AAU 6  Dual Wave 
1936 Ultimate ACC 6  Broadcast 
1936 Ultimate AEU 9 + magic eye  All Wave 
1936 Ultimate AFU 'De Luxe' 10 + magic eye  All Wave 
1936 Ultimate CCU 6  Broadcast 
1936 Ultimate UU 5  Broadcast 
1936 Ultimate XU  All Wave 
1937 Ultimate BBU 5  Broadcast 
1937 Ultimate BCU 7  All Wave 
1937 Ultimate BDU 6  Dual Wave 
1938 Ultimate BWU 7 + magic eye  All Wave 
1938 Ultimate BXU 5  Broadcast 
1938 Ultimate BYU 5  Dual Wave 
1938 Ultimate EXP 7 + magic eye  All Wave 
1939 Ultimate CIU 5  Broadcast 
1939 Ultimate CNU 7 + magic eye  All Wave 
1939 Ultimate COU 6 (or 7?) + magic eye  Broadcast 
1939 Ultimate CPU 6 + magic eye  Dual Wave 
1939 Ultimate CUU 4  Broadcast 
1940 Ultimate EA 'Teleflick' 6  Dual Wave 
1940 Ultimate EB 'Junior' 5 + magic eye on some sets  Dual Wave 
1940 Ultimate ED 7 + magic eye  All Wave 
1941 Ultimate FA 6 + magic eye 5
1941 Ultimate FB 6  Broadcast 
1941 Ultimate FJ 5 + magic eye 5
1945 Ultimate RA 5  Dual Wave 
1945 Ultimate RB 5  Broadcast 
1945 Ultimate RD 4 + vibrator power supply  Broadcast 
1946 Ultimate RG 8 + magic eye  Broadcast 
1946 Ultimate RG 8 + magic eye  Broadcast 
1946 Ultimate RJ 6  Broadcast 
1947 Ultimate RL 6  Dual Wave 
1947 Ultimate RN 5 + vibrator  Broadcast 
1947 Ultimate RU 5  Broadcast 
1948 Ultimate RAA 7 + magic eye 5
1948 Ultimate RAC 'Minor' 5  Broadcast 
1948 Ultimate RAC 'Mitre' 5  Broadcast 
1948 Ultimate RAG 'Cargill' 6  Broadcast 
1948 Ultimate RW 'Snowden'  Dual Wave 
1949 Ultimate RAN 'Gypsy' 6  Broadcast 
1950ish Ultimate RG 8 + magic eye  Broadcast 
1951 Ultimate RAW 'Troubadour' 5 + selenium rectifier  Broadcast 
1951 Ultimate RAX 6  Dual Wave 
1951 Ultimate RBC 6  Broadcast 
1951 Ultimate RBD 8 + magic eye  Broadcast 
1951 Ultimate RBE 5  Broadcast 
1951 Ultimate RBG 'Minor' 4  Broadcast 
1951 Ultimate RBH 6 + magic eye 5
1951 Ultimate RBK 'Tawa' 5  Broadcast 
1952 Ultimate RBN 'Car Radio' 7 + vibrator  Broadcast 
1952 Ultimate RBP 'Hanging Horror' 4  Broadcast 
1953 Ultimate RBO 'Portable' 6 or 7 valve equivalent  Broadcast 
1953 Ultimate RBY 6  Dual Wave 
1953 Ultimate RBZ 'Linnet' 4  Broadcast 
1953 Ultimate RCG 6  Broadcast 
1953ish Ultimate RCI 7  Dual Wave 
1954 Ultimate RCE 'Baby Grand' 7 4
1954 Ultimate RCE 'Symphony' 6 + magic eye 4
1955 Ultimate RCC 7 4
1955 Ultimate RCJ 'Century' 5  Broadcast 
1955 Ultimate RCP 'Cygnet' 5  Broadcast 
1955 Ultimate RCP 'New Sorrento' 5  Broadcast 
1955 Ultimate RDG 'Sorrento' 5  Broadcast 
1956 Ultimate RCN 'Tyne' 6  Broadcast 
1957 Ultimate RDE Transistor 7 'Voyager' 7 transistors, 1 diode  Broadcast 
1957 Ultimate RDE Transistor 7 'Venturer' 7 transistors, 1 diode  Broadcast 
1959 Ultimate RDM 'Explorer' 8 Transistor ,1 Diode  Broadcast 
1959ish Ultimate RDR 'Autoportable' 8  Broadcast 
1959ish Ultimate RDR 'Grand Mantle' 8  Broadcast 
1960ish Ultimate RCN_2 'New Tyne' 6  Broadcast 
1960ish Ultimate RDG 'Argyle' 5  Broadcast 
1960 Ultimate REF 'Lynton' 5  Broadcast 
1961ish Ultimate Fairleigh 7 5
1964 Ultimate REQ 'Monterey' 6  Dual Wave 
1964 Ultimate RES 'Lonsdale' 4 + rectifier diode  Broadcast 
1964 Ultimate REU 4 + rectifier diode  Broadcast 
1964ish Ultimate REV 'Domino' 4 + silicon diode rectifier  Broadcast 
1965ish Ultimate model 525 'Nottingham'
1966 Ultimate Imperial 7  Broadcast