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Radio.jpg
Game The Sims, The Sims 2, The Sims 3 and The Sims 4.
Buyability Buy mode, Build mode[TS4]
Price in game §99 - §3000
Object type(s) Fun
Size Varies
For songs in The Sims series games, see Songs in Simlish.
For information on the radio stations, see Radio stations.

A stereo is an object found in all four main Sims games. Stereos range from inexpensive "boom box" units to expensive "audiophile" systems. A stereo provides fun for Sims, and Sims can dance with each other to meet their social needs. In all games, Sims will wake up if there is a stereo playing music in the same room, unless they have the heavy sleeper trait.

The Sims[]

Stereos in The Sims can only play four radio stations. Sims can change the station at any time and can dance to them, but otherwise they remained fairly basic. Sims must walk up to the stereo in order to turn it on or off, or to change stations. House Party introduced a jukebox and a DJ booth that can play five more radio stations; however, these stations were never made available to other stereos.

Stereos[]

Pack Image Name Description Price Fun Size
(Base) TS1-Boombox.png "Down Wit Dat" Boom Box From A-Town to SimTown there ain't no SWEETER deal than the "Down Wit Dat" CD-DAT boom box. Get those slacker Sims dancing STUPID freaky without spending mad bank. This little box is all you NEED to make all the other Sims in the hood wanna chill out and party at YOUR crib. §100 2 1x1, surface
(Base) TS1-ZimantzStereo.png Zimantz Component Hi-Fi Stereo Who says the days of the vinyl LP are dead? Even the major media outlets now report that analog LPs sound "warmer" or that they have more soul than the "crisp" and "antiseptic" sound of CD systems. Solid state, hand tuned, vacuum tube electronics. Modern triode amplification. Simulated plastic wood resistant to scratching, tagging and raps. §650 3 2x1
(Base) TS1-StringsTheory.png Strings Theory Stereo The product of a joint venture between the Sim Institute of Techiness and the Landgraab Corporation, the Strings Theory stereo system utilizes an entropy logarithm to produce mass excitations of an audio data string particle with zero mass and two units of DJ spin. Supersymmetry of phonic bubbles produces music SUPERIOR to live performances. §2,550 5 2x1
House Party TS1LL-WurlHurl.png Wurl 'N' Hurl Retro Jukebox They say you shouldn't dwell on the past...but apparently "They" can't afford the new Retro Jukebox from Wurl 'N' Hurl! Rediscover the "Good Old Days" and bask in the nostalgic ambiance cast by the mesmerizing color columns and bubble tubes. Fully backward AND forward compatible! The patented, microprocessor-controlled, audio product delivery system, combined with the fully restored plastic and chrome detailing will make Sims rock around the clock!!! §1,199 3 1x1
Superstar TS1SS-GigaFiStereo.png Musicphile Giga-Fi Stereo When you already own the best equipment but you're still not quite satisfied, the only answer is to upgrade to the best of the best. Offering 23 discreet channels, 250 Watts per channel into 8 ohms, this is the single most powerful piece of home audio hardware that has ever been made. Supports most multi-channel decoding systems. Able to play almost any format of music media, including radio, CDs, LPs, DVDs, DATs, and other acronyms. §1,672 5 1x1

Speakers[]

In House Party and Superstar, speakers are 1x1 "stacks" which are placed on a floor or on level terrain. By default, they are turned off, and the player can click on each "stack" to turn it on or off. These speakers can be used to extend the range of an existing stereo in the same room, although Sims cannot dance to these speakers.

In Hot Date, two wall-mounted speakers were introduced that can only be placed on community lots. These speakers play a station unique to that type of speaker which can only be heard if the currently-selected Sim is in the same room as the speaker. Similar speakers playing different stations were also introduced in Unleashed and in Superstar.

The Sims 2[]

In The Sims 2, Sims can work out in front of stereos, which improves the body skill. Sims can "Listen to Music" while relaxing in bed, if a stereo is in the same room. Unlike The Sims, Sims will use a remote to control the stereo, but must still be in the same room as the stereo to control it.

A bug introduced in Bon Voyage causes Sims to start dancing on the spot when they are instructed to dance near a stereo, even if they are not in the same room as the stereo. A mod by Cyjon fixes this behavior.

Funky the Snowman only plays its own radio station. The set of songs played is different in the Holiday Party Pack (2005) and the Happy Holiday Stuff pack (2006).

Stereos[]

Pack Image Name Description Price Rating Size Recolors
&BG
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Compact Stereo by Lo Fi Audio.jpg Compact Stereo by Lo-Fi Audio §99 Fun: 7 1x1
surface
N/A
&BG
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TS2-FunKadelic.png Fun-Kadelic Frequency Stereo System from Kauker Inc. §375 Fun: 9 1x1 Silver (default), Black.
&BG
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TS2-SomaAudioGeek.png Soma AudioGeek TK421 Tower System §2,550 Fun: 10
Environment 2
2x1 N/A
&SP03
The Sims 2 Glamour Life Stuff Icon.png
Pampered Sounds Stereo.jpg Pampered Sounds Stereo §3,000 Fun: 10 2x1
&EP02
The Sims 2 Nightlife Icon.png
Dancing Fiend Jukebox §1,100 Fun: 9
Environment: 2
2x1 Red (default), Green, Teal.
&EP07
The Sims 2 FreeTime Icon.png
Hi Fi with Vintage Turntable.jpg Hi-Fi with Vintage Turntable §1,300 Fun: 9
Environment: 2
2x1 N/A
&SP04
The Sims 2 Happy Holiday Stuff Icon.png
Funky the Snowman.jpg Funky the Snowman §99 1x1

Speakers[]

In The Sims 2, speakers are wall-mounted, and are always considered to be on. The Neukum System Wall Speaker functions like residential lot speakers from The Sims: House Party and will extend the range of stereos. They are available on both residential and community lots. These objects cost §400 and take up of 1x1 grid space.

Most wall speakers are exclusive to community lots and play only one radio station. Players cannot change the station it plays and Sims cannot be told to dance near it. The station the speaker plays can be identified by the speaker's color and by its name. The only radio stations without associated speakers are College Rock and Jazz from The Sims 2: University.

In Bon Voyage, vacation locals can do the hula or slap dance near a community lot speaker autonomously.

Pack Image Name Description Availability Rating Recolors
&BG
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Neukum Systems Wall Speaker Buy one of these compact, two-ways speakers for any stereo to hear the room-rumbling sound that can only come from downward-slanted subwoofers and a plaster-cracking 200Hz bass driver. Yet, this speaker still promises silky, subtle, warm undertones and outstanding fidelity for every note, whether it's classical or techno. The Neukum Systems Wall Speaker looks as good as it sounds and is designed for easy placement on virtually any wall. Residential lot. Fun: 3 Available recolors: paneling (default), yellow, ash, blue, white, red, green.
&BG
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"Glo Stik" Techno Community lot. Fun: 2 N/A
&BG
The Sims 2 Icon.png
"En Fuego" Salsa Community lot. Fun: 2 N/A
&BG
The Sims 2 Icon.png
"The Badunkadunk" Hip Hop Community lot. Fun: 2 N/A
&BG
The Sims 2 Icon.png
"Art of Darkness" Heavy Metal Community lot. Fun: 2 N/A
&BG
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"The Cold Train" R&B Community lot. Fun: 2 N/A
&BG
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"Bubblegum Sugar" Pop Community lot. Fun: 2 N/A
&EP02
The Sims 2 Nightlife Icon.png
"Isorhythm" Classical Community lot. Fun: 2 N/A
&EP02
The Sims 2 Nightlife Icon.png
"Hep Cat" 50s Rock Community lot. Fun: 2 N/A
&EP03
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"Happy Shopping" Store Soundscape Community lot. Fun: 2 N/A
&EP03
The Sims 2 Open for Business Icon.png
"Totally Rad" New Wave Community lot. Fun: 2 N/A
&EP04
The Sims 2 Pets Icon.png
"Yee Haw" Country Community lot. Fun: 2 N/A
&EP05
The Sims 2 Seasons Icon.png
"Seasonal Solstice" New Age Community lot. Fun: 2 N/A
&EP05
The Sims 2 Seasons Icon.png
"Right On" Jam Band Community lot. Fun: 2 N/A
&EP07
The Sims 2 FreeTime Icon.png
"Cor3Nerd" Indie Wave Community lot. Fun: 2 N/A

The Sims 3[]

Unlike previous games, Sims no longer need to walk near the stereo to turn it on or off, or to change stations; all such interactions occur instantaneously. In addition, players can now control the volume of stereos. A stereo provides the "Enjoying Music" moodlet; on normal stereos; this is +20 with a +10 bonus on certain Sims if it is playing their favorite music genre.

Sims can work out in front of stereos. Some stereos improve the athletic skill, but the Showtime stereos don't.[clarification needed]

A Sim with high handiness skill can perform the "Wire House With Speakers" upgrade, which causes the "Enjoying Music" moodlet to follow Sims around the house and likewise prevent them from sleeping (unless they have the Heavy Sleeper trait). Unlike the buy mode speakers in earlier games, this upgrade affects the entire house; the player cannot choose which rooms will have speakers.

Stereos[]

Pack Image Name Price Fun Size Description Notes
&BG
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TS3-AudioLite.png Audio Lite by LoFi Audio §150 3 1 x 1/2 If you're worried that top tier audio isn't factored into your budget, the Audio Lite is exactly what the doctor ordered. Two speakers are all it takes for a good time, especially two speakers sold at the right place. Portable.
&BG
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TS3-18DiscStereo.png 18 Disc Stereo System from Albacore Audio §475 3 2 x 1/2 Come swim in the fresh, often salty sounds of this deluxe 18 Disc Stereo System from Albacore Audio! With pricing that doesn't smell fishy and sounds quality that's never washed out, you always know you're getting your hard earned sanddollar's worth.
&BG
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TS3-AudioExplosion.png 85g Audio Explosion from Landgraab Industries §1800 3 2 x 1/2 Bring the concert home with the Audio Explosion! Featuring sound blasters so intense we had to cap them now peak, and a sound quality so sharp it could put titanium, this is the blistering edge of home entertainment technology. Your ears deserve the 85g.
&SP01
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TS3HEL-BeoWuuf.png BeoWuuf Stack §2400 3 2 x 1/2
&SP03
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TS3OL-RockNRock.png Rock 'n' Rock Stereo §175 3 1/4 x 1/4 Portable.
&EP04
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Easy Listening Stereo.png Easy Listening Stereo §200 4 1 x 1/2 Portable.
&EP04
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Cat Stereo.png Purr Purr Purr Stereo §200 4 1 x 1 Portable.
&EP04
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Slim Digital Stereo.png Slim Digital Stereo by McKible Technologies §200 4 1 x 1/2 Portable.
&EP04
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Big Daddy Sound Aire.png Big Daddy Sound Aire §590 3 2 x 1/2
&EP06
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Portably Portable Music player.jpg Portably Portable Music Player by Muze Inc. §300 3 1/4 x 1/4 Tired of carrying that boombox around on your shoulder? Ever wish you could drown out your significant other's talking with something more pleasant sounding? With a breakthrough in portable electronics, now you can! No longer do you need to be home to rock out to your favorite tunes or tune out unpleasant noises. So put on the headphones, crank up the volume, and be prepared for a new way to listen to music. Portable, can't improve athletic skill.
&EP06
TS3ST Icon.png
Megabox Classic Jukebox.jpg MegaVox Classic Jukebox §575 4 1 x 1 Nothing else rocks like a jammin’ jukebox! This vintage MegaVox music machine is packed full of your favorite 45’s and ready to pump out the tunes. No matter where you plug it in, an instant party is just a few button pushes away. Like they used to say: “Turn on the MegaVox and hold on to your sox!” Can't improve athletic skill.
&EP06
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BassBoom Jukebox of the Future.jpg BassBoom Jukebox of the Future §1,195 4 1 x 1 The BassBoom Jukebox is loaded with top secret features from three different governments. Brought to you by The Future, the thumping bass and stunning light effects will blow your mind - Boom! Can't improve athletic skill.
&EP07
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Diatrode Crackler.jpg Diatrode Crackler §680 4 1 x 1
&EP07
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Phonograph Life Statement.jpg Phonograph Life Statement §935 4 1 x 1
&SP08
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StereofonicSupercabinet.png
Stereophonic Super Cabinet §495 3 2 x 1
&SP08
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BoominBox.png Boomin' Box §1,550 3 2 x 1
&EP09
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Wumpbox.png Wumpbox Stereo by Optimal Construction §215 4 1/4 x 1/4 A stylish, lightweight stereo ideal for teens and college-bound students. Specially-modulated speakers project gorgeous sound while dampening the bass notes. Blast your jams without enraging parents or nosy neighbors. Portable.
&EP09
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OnlyTrustVinylStereo.png Only Trust Vinyl Stereo by Secret Bohemia §480 4 1 x 1/2 You don’t own CDs, MP3s, cassettes or 8-Tracks. If it wasn’t bought in a paper sleeve in a musty old record store, it’s not real music.
&EP11
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Oryx Tower Stereo.jpg Oryx Tower Stereo by Arasika Industries §1,950 3 2 x 1/2 Fill any room, home or mountain range with thunderous sound from the Oryx stereo! Circular speakers broadcast at high volume while vibrating like the prongs of a tuning fork.
&Store
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He's a live wire radio sims 3 store.png He's a Live Wire Radio §200 4 1/4 x 1/4 Get an earful with this 1920's style stereo. Portable.
&Store
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The benet phonograph sims 3 store.png The Benet Phonograph §400 3 1 x 1 "A life without music is a life without life." These were the eternal words that began Victorian countess Lady Benet's letter that she sent out in search of the greatest music player ever to be created. The winner of this classic challenge has been recreated, down to the last detail, in this phonograph. Go ahead, give your ears the royal treatment.
&Store
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Retronik lectronik by phonokronik sims 3 store.png Retronik Lectronik by Phonokronik §450 3 1 x 1 Today's consumer music systems may satisfy the audiophile's desperate need for fidelity, but visually they're "sci-fi" and elctro-repellent. By comparison great-grandma's gramophone was a work of art, but without MP3 or wireless support- a sentimental relic from a savage and tragically unconnected era. Enter Phonokronik: Yesterday's style stuffed with tomorrow's technology- today!
&Store
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Refined and vine'd stereo sims 3 store.png Refined and Vine'd Stereo §500 4 2 x 1 Music has never been sweeter with this vineyard inspired noise box! Remember to keep your pinky out while you prance and dance the night away.
&Store
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Ante up the volume stereo sims 3 store.png Ante Up the Volume §525 3 2 x 1 After you win big, gather your friends for the loudest, rowdiest, after party ever! It's never a gamble to have this stereo bumpin' pure fun out of its ace speakers! Dance your legs crazy all night - you'll be at the top of every Sim's social list!
&Store
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MK's PB & Fizz Stack Tower sims 3 store.png MK’s PB & Fizz Stack Tower §550 4 2 x 1 Rock some sweet tunes from Mike’s indestructible tower. Guaranteed to be more sturdy than the tower of empty soda cans on his desk.
&Store
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Sound check smasher sims 3 store.png Sound Check Smasher §590 4 2 x 1 Sounds so close to the real thing, audiophiles cry.
&Store
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X-j-4s0m3 sims 3 store.png X-J-4s0m3 §1,875 4 2 x 1 Be careful turning up the volume too high, you wouldn't want to cause a rift in space time, now would you?
&Store
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NeonNightsStereo.jpg Neon Nights High End Stereo §1,900 4 2 x 1 Is your current stereo night rocking enough? Feel the need to drop some killer beats? Well Ford has got you covered with their new high end stereo system! Dance like never before! Was part of a free Ford Focus Store set that is no longer available.
&Store
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Radio wavestreaming condenser sims 3 store.png Radio Wavestreaming Condenser §1,900 4 2 x 1 Pick up and play any rhythm or any beat you want to jive too. Just be careful not to overclock it... we wouldn't want to disturb our extraterrestrial neighbors.

Speaker[]

Satellite Speaker by NuSound
SatelliteSpeaker.jpg
How does sound reach this amazing speaker? Magic, that's how! Turn your home into an audiophile's dream with one of these in every room. As a bonus, this fantastic speaker is compatible with stereos of all makes and models. Don't have a stereo? No problem! But don't expect the Satellite Speaker to make a sound...
Game The Sims 3: Showtime
Buyability Buy mode
Price in game §125
Object type(s) Electronic
Size 1x1 (wall)

A speaker in The Sims 3: Showtime carry the same purpose as in the previous game. Each speaker can be individually turned on and off. Their power can also be upgraded with a certain level of Sim's handiness skill. Despite the Satellite Speaker's description, Audio Lite stereo is the only one that doesn't seem to transmit the music through the speaker.

The Sims 4[]

Stereos can be turned on manually (using a remote) with the "Listen To" interaction, or instantaneously with the "Turn On" interaction. Listening to a stereo grants Sims a +1 happy moodlet, and music lovers have the option to "Listen Deeply", which will instead grant them a +2 inspired moodlet. Once a stereo has been turned on, Sims can dance to the music that is playing.

Sims can upgrade stereos via the handiness skill. There are three upgrades available on almost every stereo and residential wall speaker: "Super Reception", "Better Components" and "Firaxium Wiring". "Super Reception" adds more radio stations to cheaper stereos, "Better Components" will make it so that stereos break less often, and "Firaxium Wiring" will make it so that stereos never break.

The Lin-Z Smart Speaker is a voice-activated home assistant that Sims can interact with. In addition to playing music, it can also toggle all the lights in a room, tell jokes, play trivia, and call certain services, such as a maid, a repairman, a gardener or a pizza delivery person.

Tiny Living Stuff features two entertainment centers that combine a television, a bookshelf and a stereo into a single object.

Stereos and residential wall speakers[]

Pack Image Name Price Fun Size Notes
&EP02
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Cafe Wall Speaker §120 1 1x1 Must be placed on a wall.
&BG
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Kaboom Box §150 1 1x1
&BG
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Residential Wall Speaker §200 1 1x1 Must be placed on a wall.
&SP15
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Amp Stack §225 1 2x1 This was initially a decorative object. Patch 91 turned it into a stereo.
&FP01
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Holiday Wall Speaker §250 1 1x1 Must be placed on a wall.
&BG
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GrammyFone Old-Fashioned Music Player §290 1 1x1
&EP03
TS4 City Living Icon.png
HiFive Fidelity Stereo §300 1 1x1
&SP08
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PlumBot Box §350 1 1x1
&BG
TS4 Icon.png
Mini Audio Blaster §530 1 1x1
&GP02
TS4SD Icon.png
Slick Beats by DJ Sudoku §720 1 1x1
&BG
TS4 Icon.png
Lin-Z Smart Speaker §730 1 1x1
&BG
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Tower of Power Floor Speakers §745 2 1x1
&GP02
TS4SD Icon.png
Good Vibrations Wall Speaker §820 2 1x1 Must be placed on a wall.
&EP03
TS4 City Living Icon.png
Blast from the Glass Floor Speakers §950 2 2x1
&EP08
TS4 EP8 Discover University Icon.png
RWS3000 - By Pythagoras Audio §975 3 2x1
&GP07
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The Soundtastic Fantastic Royale §1,000 3 2x1
&BG
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Rock of Ages Retro Stereo §1,030 1 2x1 Unlocked by reaching level 4 of the entertainer career.
&EP06
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GrammyFone Radiogram §1,200 9 2x1
&BG
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Jumpin' Joe's Jukebox §1,480 4 1x1
&BG
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The Landlord Whisperer §1,880 4 2x1
&SP16
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Media Marathoner All-on-the-Wall §2,260 2 1x1 Must be placed on a wall.
&SP16
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Media Marathoner §2,890 2 2x1

Community wall speakers[]

Community wall speakers are intended to only be placed on community lots. However, they can also be placed on residential lots by changing the lot assignment to a community venue, placing a speaker, and changing it back[1], or by placing a room from the library or gallery that includes a community speaker.

These speakers differ from their residential counterparts in that they only play a single radio station, they are always on (and cannot be turned off), and the only interactions available are to listen to the music or dance to it. They also cannot be upgraded. The only radio station without an associated speaker is Talk Radio from City Living.

Pack Image Name Price Fun Size Notes
&EP11
TS4 EP11 Cottage Living Icon.png
Cottagecore §120 1 1x1
&GP07
The Sims 4 StrangerVille Icon.png
Strange Tunes Wall Speaker §120 1 1x1
&BG
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Venue Wall Speaker: Alternative §120 1 1x1
&EP09
TS4 EP9 Eco Lifestyle Icon.png
Venue Wall Speaker: Americana §120 1 1x1
&SP02
TS4PPS Icon.png
Venue Wall Speaker: Backyard §120 1 1x1
&SP06
TS4RGS Icon.png
Venue Wall Speaker: Baroque §120 1 1x1
&BG
TS4 Icon.png
Venue Wall Speaker: Blues §120 1 1x1
&BG
TS4 Icon.png
Venue Wall Speaker: Classical §120 1 1x1
&EP01
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Venue Wall Speaker: Easy Listening §120 1 1x1
&BG
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Venue Wall Speaker: Electronica §120 1 1x1
&SP17
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Venue Wall Speaker: Focus §120 1 1x1
&BG
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Venue Wall Speaker: Hip Hop §120 1 1x1
&EP10
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Venue Wall Speaker: Japanese Folk §120 1 1x1
&GP03
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Venue Wall Speaker: Jazz §120 1 1x1
&BG
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Venue Wall Speaker: Kids §120 1 1x1
&GP06
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Venue Wall Speaker: Latin §120 1 1x1
&GP06
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Venue Wall Speaker: Latin Pop §120 1 1x1
&BG
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Venue Wall Speaker: Lullabies §120 1 1x1
&SP17
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Venue Wall Speaker: Metal §120 1 1x1
&GP02
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Venue Wall Speaker: New Age §120 1 1x1
&SP10
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Venue Wall Speaker: NuDisco §120 1 1x1
&BG
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Venue Wall Speaker: Pop §120 1 1x1
&BG
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Venue Wall Speaker: Retro §120 1 1x1
&BG
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Venue Wall Speaker: Romance §120 1 1x1
&EP04
TS4 Cats and Dogs Icon.png
Venue Wall Speaker: Singer-Songwriter §120 1 1x1
&BG
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Venue Wall Speaker: Spooky §120 1 1x1
&BG
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Venue Wall Speaker: S-Pop §120 1 1x1
&EP05
TS4 Seasons Icon.png
Venue Wall Speaker: Summer Strut §120 1 1x1
&SP07
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Venue Wall Speaker: Tween Pop §120 1 1x1
&BG
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Venue Wall Speaker: Winter Holiday §120 1 1x1
&EP03
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Venue Wall Speaker: World §120 1 1x1
&EP07
TS4 EP7 Island Living Icon.png
Wall Speaker: Island Radio §120 1 1x1

Notes and references[]

  1. The lot must be unoccupied.
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