This 1981-1983 Mitsubishi vintage color television is marked as model CS-1971, featuring a large 19-inch picture tube and remote control that fits in a special holding slot in the front panel when not in use. The 19-inch “Diamond Vision” screen uses the same technology that “brought gigantic TV screens to sports stadiums”, and has a faint blue-ish gray color when not in use.
Unlike 99% of all TV sets, the speaker is located on the left side, rather than below the dial/control panel on the right. This layout gives the CS-1971 a slightly wider cabinet than most 19″ sets, and the woodgrain finish continues across the whole face.
It has a green LED display and silver push-button channel/volume controls, but also has a great feature that lets you manually “fine tune” the channel to add or remove snow and distortion, similar to the tuning knob on old TVs.
A working vertical hold knob is located behind the lower front panel, as well as an array of color and picture quality settings. Its equipped with old-school UHF/VHF screw-post terminals, but is also “cable-ready” with built-in 75-ohm coaxial input. Its equipped with twin dipole “rabbit ear” style antennas and a UHF hoop antenna. Assembled in the USA, this particular unit was manufactured in November, 1981.
Here’s what Mitsubishi said about it in 1983: “From the Ballpark To Your Living Room! MGA Mitsubishi gives you Diamond Vision with Remote Control! The same technology that brought gigantic TV screens to sports stadiums now makes home TV a whole new ballgame! Diamond Vision’ gives you up to 40 times greater color range, so you’ll notice a 19″ diagonal picture that’s almost three-dimensional! With the set turned off, the screen looks blue instead of gray. When you turn it on, you get unsurpassed color performance, with random-access keypad and remote control convenience! It’s cable-ready for up to 105 channels. $670.00”. Entire unit measures 25″W x 17″Hx 19″D.