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1963 Admiral Playmate Portable Vintage Television

Admiral Playmate Vintage Television

Admiral Playmate Vintage Television Model P1110E

This 1963 Admiral Playmate P1110E portable vintage television has an 11-inch black & white screen and an ultra-slim profile. As a matter of fact, it was the smallest 11-inch TV manufactured at the time. The Admiral Playmate P1110E has an innovative design, with the picture tube poking out of the front of the cabinet in a bubble-like fashion. This allows the cabinet to stay so skinny, as there is no need for the extra bulk in the back to house the end of the picture tube. The dome-shaped picture tube also gives the Playmate a distinctive retro vibe that just looks swell. The following copy is from a 1964 sales ad: read more

Panasonic TR-930 CCTV Monitor

The Panasonic TR-930 CCTV Monitor is an affordable used alternative to costly security and surveillance video camera CCTV monitors. They were made in the '80s, so they have a history of consistent performance, and they have a cool understated style that's not unpleasing to look at, too! Need to know how to connect a coaxial or RCA signal to a BNC connection? Scroll down to find out how I got this beautiful image of Olivia Newton-John on my BNC input CCTV Monitor. read more

PANASONIC QUINTRIX SPACE AGE WHITE VINTAGE TV

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This Panasonic 1970s Space Age vintage TV has an ultra-modern white shell and a 12-inch color screen.

The Panasonic Quintrix II color model CT-218 vintage TV has picture-sharpening Quintrix technology...

...which "makes you feel like you're part of the picture" (as Panasonic said in 1978).It has a very cool retro Space Odyssey appearance, thanks to its 2-tone color scheme, off-white plastic cabinet and stylish flat pedestal base. The UHF and VHF channel displays are a pleasant back lit fluorescent green. It is, of course, equipped with classic old-school screw post terminals on the back so you can hook up your Atari 2600 or equivalent retro gaming console. This Quintrix II vintage TV was a pretty high-tech piece of equipment for its day. In addition to the standard UHF/VHF terminals, it also has a genuine coaxial cable input, a rare feature for a 1970s vintage TV. Use it to connect a VCR, DVD player, Nintendo NES, Sega Genesis, etc. The vintage TV is in working condition, though the front picture quality controls probably need to be cleaned, because they need a little "jiggling" sometimes to get the desired picture. Otherwise, everything is in excellent cosmetic and working condition. This 1978 vintage TV looks barely used and the cabinet shows only a few minor light scuffs. It measures 18 inches x 14.5 inches x 13.25 inches. read more

Panasonic TR-5100P Vintage Pop-Up Portable TV / Radio

Panasonic TR-5100P

THIS PANASONIC MODEL TR-5100P IS A NEAT LITTLE VINTAGE 1980s PORTABLE TELEVISION AM/FM RADIO WITH A VERY COOL 5 INCH BLACK & WHITE TV SCREEN THAT GENTLY POPS UP WITH THE PUSH OF A BUTTON. AS THE TV EJECTS FROM THE BASE, THE TUNING DIAL ALSO CHANGES FROM AM/FM TO UHF/VHF CHANNELS AND THE GREEN LED LIGHT SWITCHES TO THE RED. A MONO SPEAKER IN FRONT OF THE UNIT PROVIDES SURPRISINGLY GOOD SOUND QUALITY. ON THE REAR ARE SEPERATE CONTROLS FOR BRIGHT, CONTRAST, VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL HOLD AND HEIGHT. THERE IS ALSO AN EXTERNAL ANTENNA INPUT (A HOLE THE SIZE OF A SMALL HEADPHONE JACK). THERE ARE NO OTHER INPUT OPTIONS FOR CABLE, ETC. OTHER THAN A FEW MINOR SCUFFS ON THE OUTER SHELL, THE PORTABLE TV IS IN EXCELLENT, CLEAN CONDITION AND IS IN PERFECT WORKING ORDER. INCLUDES ORIGINAL AC ADAPTOR AND "RECHARGABLE" BATTERY THAT IS PROBABLY DEAD BY NOW (CHARGE LIGHT DOES NOT TURN ON WHEN TV IS PLUGGED IN AND POWERED OFF, AND THE BATTERY DID NOT HOLD ANY CHARGE WHEN TESTED FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES). THE CLOSED UNIT (WITH RETRACTABLE HANDLE PUSHED DOWN) MEASURES 13.5 INCHES X 7 INCHES X 6 INCHES AND WAS MANUFACTURED IN JAPAN IN MAY OF 1983. read more

RETRO RED 1980s VINTAGE COLOR TV

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This totally '80s red TV is the perfect monitor for retro gaming!

The Emerson EC10R vintage color television has an awesome red TV cabinet and radical retro style.

It has a bright and sharp 10-inch color screen, chrome push-button channel controls and volume slider, a chunky yellow power button, black accents and cool modern graphics. It has a quintessentially 1980s Contempo / Post-Modern appearance with simple geometric lines and smooth rounded edges (kinda like a giant Sony Dream Machine cube clock radio). It would make a great monitor for your classic Nintendo NES or Sega Genesis video game consoles, as it has convenient RCA video/audio inputs and outputs. However, you will need some sort of adapter for your Atari 2600, because the Emerson EC10R is so "futuristic" that it has neither a coaxial cable input nor old-fashioned screw-post terminals. A simple switch on the back changes the function from analog signal to A/V input signal, which overrides all the channel signals. There are plenty of knobs and switches that allow the user to dial in the desired screen image, including tiny fine-tuning dials that help to "program" and lock in analog signals for each individual channel (small plastic stylus instrument is factory-included to make the adjustments). We have not tested this or the TV's reception, as analog signals are no longer available in the U.S. Finally, there is a DC 9V input, so the unit can be powered inside an automobile with the proper adapter. The entire unit measures 11 inches x 12 inches x 13.5 inches. This Emerson EC 10R color TV was definitely used and shows some scuffs and scratches on the surfaces, especially on the clear acrylic protective screen cover (apparently did its job!). The cover is also missing the tabs that hold it securely to the unit, so it will need a few dots of adhesive when it arrives at its final destination to keep it from drooping or falling off. Finally, the screen does show a greenish haze in the upper right corner when the screen goes light. We really don't know what this means, but we did notice that the longer the TV was on, the less noticeable it was. We had it running for about 30 minutes, but it did not disappear entirely. Otherwise, the screen quality is crisp, clear and colorful, just like the physical appearance of this awesome Space Age red TV. read more

Space Age White Retro Televisions

Retro Television sets are an instant conversation piece for your Mid-Century Modern home decor style. The retro televisons of the 1970s have futuristic Space Age designs, and some are really far out. A favorite style has always been the classic white cabinet. They are clean and modern with genuine vintage style, and they were built to last. Check out our collection of white retro television sets and find some swank vintage TV sets for sale. read more

Space Age Retro Color TV Sets

Space Age retro color TV

Check out our collection of Retro Color TV sets!

Here's a blast from the past...a 1984 RCA color television that was made in the USA! This RCA model EJR330S vintage television was assembled with pride in Bloomington, Indiana, and it has a classic retro space age look. It has a fairly large 13.5-inch color screen, black and pewter silver cabinet, and shiny chrome-color accents. The only signal input is the old-school screw terminals, so its Atari 2600 ready, but you'll need one of those cheap 75-300ohm adapters if you need to connect a coaxial cable (which is what we used to test it). It is equipped with all of the fine-tuning settings needed to adjust for best picture quality. There is a mounting hole on the back for a for a removable antenna, but none is included with this unit. This vintage television is used, and shows minor everyday wear and tear, but is very clean and shows no signs of abuse or over-use. It has been tested and works great, but I cannot attest to the analog reception, as analog TV signals are no longer used in the U.S. Entire cabinet measures 18 inches x 15 inches x 13 inches. read more

QUASAR PANASONIC SPACE AGE WHITE VTG COLOR TV MONITOR

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Here's an odd one...this retro 1980s MPO color TV / monitor is actually a Quasar / Panasonic vintage television, customized and streamlined by MPO Videotronics for commercial/marketing applications. It was originally sold as a TV/VCR two-piece set that MPO labelled the 1010B. The VCR is long gone, but the TV includes the original padded carrying bag and MPO instruction manual. It has a 10.5 inch color screen and amazing space age 1980s contempo style. Basically, it looks like a television version of the classic Sony Dream Machine white cube clock radio. The TV originally had a standard beige / off-white plastic shell, but MPO refinished the entire cabinet with a whiter, paler color. The TV looks awesome, with a sleek no-knob design, smooth rounded corners, and baby blue accents. An elaborate control panel allows the user to adjust and lock the picture quality for each individual channel. It was cutting-edge equipment when it was manufactured, and has a "modern" coaxial cable/antenna input instead of the old screw terminals, so no 75-300 ohm adapter is required. The antenna even has a funky marble-size ball on the tip to add extra fun to the already bubble-like shape of the TV. The unit has been tested and works. The picture quality was quite blurry when tested with a VHS coaxial signal, perhaps some fine adjustments need to be made inside the panel (or on one of the five different adjusting screws on the rear of the unit!). Sound quality is perfect. We cannot test onboard antenna reception, as analog television signals are no longer used in the U.S. The protective acrylic screen cover has a few scratches, otherwise it is in excellent cosmetic condition. Entire unit measures 11 inches x 10 inches x 13 inches. read more

PORTABLE VINTAGE TELEVISION SETS

sony watchman vintage portable television

Vintage Portable Television sets have great style and functionality. Though analog TV signals are no longer used in the U.S., virtually all vintage portable television sets have some means of connecting a cable line, satellite or DVD/VCR/Game Console. Not only are they useful decorative pieces, but cable and satellite installers swear by these "outdated" devices as on-the-job display monitors! Scroll down to see our extensive collection of vintage portable televisions, along with specifications and reviews. You will also see the best examples of classic vintage portable television sets the web has to offer... read more

PANASONIC SPACE AGE MODERN WHITE TELEVISION

vintage space age white television

THIS AMAZING SPACE AGE WHITE 12 INCH VINTAGE PANASONIC BLACK & WHITE TV IS STILL IN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION FOR IT'S AGE. THIS 1977 MODEL TR-822 WAS BARELY USED AND IS COMPLETE WITH UNBROKEN ANTENNA AND THE ORIGINAL ACRYLIC PROTECTIVE SCREEN COVER, WHICH ARE USUALLY HEAVILY SCRATCHED, CRACKED OR MISSING (WHICH MEANS THEY MUST HAVE DONE THEIR JOB!). THERE IS THE FAINTEST YELLOWING PATCH ON TOP OF THE UNIT, BUT IT IS BARELY NOTICEABLE AND PROBABLY REVERSIBLE WITH THE RIGHT CLEANING TECHNIQUE. THE TELEVISION AND ALL CONTROLS ARE IN CORRECT OPERATING ORDER AND THE PICTURE AND SOUND ARE SURPRISINGLY CLEAR. THE ANTENNA WAS NOT TESTED, AS ANALOG BROADCASTING IS NOW A THING OF THE PAST IN THE U.S. IT ONLY HAS THE OLD FASHIONED SCREW POST TERMINALS ON THE BACK, SO YOU WILL NEED TO SPEND A FEW DOLLARS AT THE LOCAL ELECTRONICS STORE TO CONNECT A COAXIAL CABLE. IT HAS A RETRO FUTURISTIC SPACE ODYSSEY STYLE, ESPECIALLY WITH THE SLEEK SCREEN COVER. IT IS VERY CLEAN WITH BRIGHT SHINY KNOBS AND READY TO USE OUT OF THE BOX. THE ENTIRE UNIT MEASURES 16.25 INCHES x 11.75 INCHES x 11.25 INCHES read more