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How's this for color

post #1 of 12
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Good 'ol 70's TV, just "barely" solid state, simulated wood paneling, and on top of that, a Samsung prototype.

I just HAD to show this picture off, since this screenshot is used to show off home theaters here..

tvcolor.jpg

Full view: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v395/Evilweredragon/tvcolor.jpg

This post is meant to be a joke, but you gotta admit, the color isn't that bad actually, lol. It's pretty decent for it's age..

Another view of this TV: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v395/Evilweredragon/IMG_0624.jpg

Keep in mind, this isn't my nice living room TV that's 1080p. This TV is just my bedroom TV. But I did have this TV calibrated in it's white balance, so it is D65 (as close as it can get considering it's limited internal controls). But like I said, it isn't all that bad. It is 300 ohms RF only.
post #2 of 12
Yeah, I'd call this a miracle biggrin.gif
post #3 of 12
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I also have this. My Sony PVM vs this old TV.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v395/Evilweredragon/comparison.jpg

Both are D65 calibrated, but still don't look quote the same for obvious reasons.
post #4 of 12
I had a similar vintage 19" RCA 'knobber'/300 ohm that I tuned up the best I knew how...was good to practice on. I was surprised how good the ol' gal looked. Only problem was it picked up noise from the DTV converter box which I suspect was due to the fact that it wasn't designed to 'shield' against digital noise, probably the knob tuner; when I placed the converter box further away it cleared up. I donated it to a local charity with a detailed note about the converter box requirement and the need to fine tune channel 3/4 with the knob fine-tuner so that whomever got it wouldn't just toss it thinking it didn't work properly.
post #5 of 12
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Mine doesn't get any noise, but I have to make sure I use a good balun. I use a Blonder Tongue AM-60-550 RF modulator, tuned to UHF 27 (the highest it "legally" will go--it can do channel 37, even though not advertised to, but that's for astronomy use so I won't use it, just in case it does cause interference). These modulators were used in broadcasting, so they are nearly perfect in every regard.

This is my bedroom TV, so I had to calibrated it to D65 to the best it could, so that way it didn't look like crap.
post #6 of 12
UHF 27 vs. my VHF 3/4 could be it, frequencies and/or completely different tuners (at least on the RCA). Or maybe just the TV differences themselves although RCA made them pretty good back then. Not even RCA anymore > Thomson.
post #7 of 12
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I know that's what sucks, RCA hasn't been RCA since the mid 80's. I had a 90's RCA 13" XL100, which had no resemblance to the XL100's of the past. It died, and I had to fix it (faulty transistor that starts the power relay).

This old Samsung though, I gotta say, it does hold it's own against modern TV's. Of course it's NTSC though, but it isn't that bad.
post #8 of 12
Not knowing about this at the time I bought an RCA and a GE in '93:

A 31" and was ~$800 on sale at the time. The vertical geometry sucked, a tech came out and said it wasn't adjustable (fixed yoke) so they shipped me a Home Theater version replacement (they were out of the basic RCAs so a free upgrade); geometry wasn't perfect but improved, I don't think they could ever get 'em right. I was told back then that all the big tubes were Mitsubishi. Anyhow a few years later it blew a large ceramic cap in the HV to the pic tube. When I ordered the schematic stuff there was a batch of all these tech service bulletins, predominant issue was soldering issues and especially the microcomputer shield causing all kinds of weird problems. Excluding the cap I might have gotten a decade out of it before it died but that cap would count for the average joe. I cannibalized it for the chassis and such and its carcass (+tube) is waiting in que out in the garage for a trip to a recycle place.

A 27" GE (Thomson/RCA). It developed tuner issues right after warranty but the coax got yanked, although the problem didn't start when the coax got yanked; similar chassis as above but scaled down and there was a bulletin for tuner section soldering. I resoldered the connector and every component in the tuner section and it came back to life but tunes a little noisy, probably a cracked chip cap. Still have it and use it though as a picture&picture to my main TV, s-video or composite connections to a converter box bypassed the tuner issue. Color, geometry, overscan, and such got off over the years so I used it as tuning-learning TV; it's not too bad now but couldn't get the 'red' red (a little orange). The degauss circuit went bad, probably from turning it on/off too much when it had the tuner problem (that and slapping it would make it snap out of it - lol I was frustrated at the time). So if I move it to another position I have to jumper the 31" chassis degauss circuit to it and give it a turn-on pulse; I routed the 27" degauss cable connector through the back plastic for easy access. eek.gifbiggrin.gif
post #9 of 12
This reminded me of a pic I took from my Sony 32HS510 back in 2006, Great TV but shame it only lasted 3 1/2 years before failing.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Mathesar View Post

This reminded me of a pic I took from my Sony 32HS510 back in 2006, Great TV but shame it only lasted 3 1/2 years before failing.

It's a redhead thing! smile.gif
post #11 of 12
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It's a redhead thing! smile.gif

Maybe!

From what I found online the HS510 series had a common failure with the D-Board going bad, Apparently the replacement part was a revised board to prevent failure again but the TV would have to be re-calibrated after installing, I couldn't find anyone in town that would fix it without charging an arm & a leg for parts / labor & calibration.

But at least I have one good CRT left that still works, Sony 34XBR960N.
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by Mathesar View Post

Maybe!
From what I found online the HS510 series had a common failure with the D-Board going bad, Apparently the replacement part was a revised board to prevent failure again but the TV would have to be re-calibrated after installing, I couldn't find anyone in town that would fix it without charging an arm & a leg for parts / labor & calibration.
But at least I have one good CRT left that still works, Sony 34XBR960N.

Yeah they're not worth the repair costs and hassle, I see 'em on Craigslist dirt cheap. The issue becomes where to recycle the dead ones. Best Buy will take up to 32" free although these are different shape then what I think they intended for their requirements (i.e. some 32" 4:3 sets may weigh as much as these sets).

Nice, an N, I would like to find one of those vs. a 960 sans N but keeping a lookout for either one. Have come across a few 960 deals but always bad timing for me and those go quick. A poster on the 960 board said the N's are rare.
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