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When introduced in early 1926, the Hyperion (also referred to as the VE 15-1 in advertising catalogs) was Victor's high-end "entertainment center". The Hyperion included an RCA Radiola 28 radio in combination with an electronically amplified phonograph, making it one of the very first fully electric radio/phono sets. It was also one of the first phonographs on the market to use a paper-cone speaker (Victor's other radio-phono combination sets of that era paired RCA radios with phonographs that used electromagnetic-driver horns, or acoustic Orthophonic horns).  The cone-style speaker was an expensive product at that time; within a few years, it will become commonplace on virtually all radios and phonographs. The Hyperion was one of the most expensive models in the Victor product lineup in 1926. The large cabinet used a figured Walnut veneer and with elegant trim details.
The Hyperion sold for $900.00 new, which equates to about $13,000.00 in today's money. Due to the rapid advancements in electronics and speakers during the mid-1920's, it rapidly became obsolete, and production was phased-out late that same year. Unsold stock of this model continued to be marketed and sold by Victor dealers through 1927, and were likely being discounted by that time.
Approximately 2,100 Hyperion phonographs were produced, making it a relatively rare model. However, they are very expensive to restore today, due to the difficulty in finding some of the early electronic components.

The current survival database shows the earliest existent Hyperion to be s/n 525 and the latest to be s/n 2244

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