View Full Version : Mid 1980s Sylvania Superset


tvcollector
11-07-2015, 05:22 PM
Went to the Habitat the other day, and I had to turn away, but then the think twice thinking came to mind, so I had to pick it up, due to the fact that it had the remote with it and was only $5 as they are selling TVs 2 for $5, and the main fact that my mother had bought one of these non remote (Volume on/off knob version) back in 1984 or 85.. Had the TV up till 1993 when the tuner gave out.. I've also got the 25 inch version with it's remote in storage also, It's got tuner problems also.. The channel goes out and I have to change the channel to get the channel again... This one had no sound it first, just slight crackle here and there, but after a few minutes of being on, it fully came back.. Must be electrolytics reforming in the sound amp.. Tuners in these things are that great... It's not able to pick up signal from the modulators all that great.. Where as any other TV and my Sony watchman picks up signal in that location crystal clear.. The only reason I really like these sets, is due to the fact growing up and having one..

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd458/vintageceilingfans/Sylvania%20Superset%20Mid%201980s/DSCF0633.jpg
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd458/vintageceilingfans/Sylvania%20Superset%20Mid%201980s/DSCF0630.jpg
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd458/vintageceilingfans/Sylvania%20Superset%20Mid%201980s/IMG_0429.jpg
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd458/vintageceilingfans/Sylvania%20Superset%20Mid%201980s/DSCF0602.jpg
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd458/vintageceilingfans/Sylvania%20Superset%20Mid%201980s/IMG_0438.jpg

TVTim
11-07-2015, 05:34 PM
Every now and then we all luck out. Today was your turn. Sure is a beauty. Enjoy it.

dieseljeep
11-07-2015, 07:03 PM
The HFH around here doesn't accept TV's anymore. Every so often, they offer recycling for TV's and computers.
The last time, the palletainers were full of LCD TV's and computer monitors.
Nothing lost. :boring:

zeno
11-07-2015, 08:18 PM
Still a strong pix on this set. They were common sets
especially the 25" table model. Hopefully its a C5 chassis
& not a C3. Good catch.

73 Zeno:smoke:

rcaman
11-07-2015, 09:17 PM
i sold those sets new. had a fantastic picture on them. reliable as well.

tvcollector
11-08-2015, 03:48 AM
i sold those sets new. had a fantastic picture on them. reliable as well.

I agree the tubes on these sets really hold up.. They really put off a fantastic pic to this day.. The only problem is the tuners on these set start to go.. I remember going to the tire kingdom that was in front of our neighborhood, and they had a knob tuning version of this set, and I remember the pic tube getting dimmer and dimmer.. I know sylvania sets from the late 70s into the early 80s had a great picture compared to other sets..

sampson159
11-08-2015, 09:25 AM
those were some really good performers.saw many in waiting rooms all over the city here.

ComboCompact
11-09-2015, 08:15 PM
Now that's a cool looking set. 19 inch? I don't recall seeing one before... certainly not in the wild. Great find, especially since it's like one you used to have, I can dig that. And a tip of the hat for rescuing it since I'd imagine the vast majority are now at the bottom of a landfill.

Bummer about the tuner though. I wonder if the receiver circuit could be rebuilt or "enhanced" for greater reliability.

radiotvnut
11-09-2015, 09:18 PM
If that's a 19" set, it's hard to say what chassis is in it without looking. Years ago, someone gave me one that looked like this and it used an E51 modular chassis. I've also seem them with the E32 single board chassis, the 19C3 chassis (my least favorite), and the 19C5 chassis.

tvcollector
11-09-2015, 09:27 PM
Looking through the small vent holes.. I see a single board... Aren't most of these mid 80s sets have single boards? I think that was around the time where most sets 19 inch sets were pretty much single board sets..

I've got another set that is from 1981.. An older version of the one in the original post:
http://vintageelectronics.betamaxcollectors.com/images/sylvaniatelevisionmodelcxa158wr_3.jpg

Findm-Keepm
11-09-2015, 09:41 PM
If that's a 19" set, it's hard to say what chassis is in it without looking. Years ago, someone gave me one that looked like this and it used an E51 modular chassis. I've also seem them with the E32 single board chassis, the 19C3 chassis (my least favorite), and the 19C5 chassis.

9th post, and we still don't know a model or chassis number. :sigh:

radiotvnut
11-09-2015, 09:48 PM
The older set looks like some hospital sets that were in use in my area.

The Sylvania and Philco names were bought from GTE by NAP in '81. For a few years, NAP kept some of the old GTE designs in production and some sets got a NAP chassis; but, the cabinet designs didn't change that much. That's why you need to pull the back to see exactly what's in it.

tvcollector
11-09-2015, 10:11 PM
9th post, and we still don't know a model or chassis number. :sigh:

Oh duh, maybe I should have posted these pics too when posting all the other pics..

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd458/vintageceilingfans/Sylvania%20Superset%20Mid%201980s/IMG_0450.jpg
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd458/vintageceilingfans/Sylvania%20Superset%20Mid%201980s/IMG_0444.jpg
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd458/vintageceilingfans/Sylvania%20Superset%20Mid%201980s/IMG_0440.jpg

tvcollector
11-09-2015, 10:20 PM
I found better pics of the other Superset

http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd458/vintageceilingfans/Sylvania%20Superset%20Mid%201980s/DSCF5926.jpg
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd458/vintageceilingfans/Sylvania%20Superset%20Mid%201980s/DSCF5965-PLCopy-1.jpg

Here's another one I have from 1983
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd458/vintageceilingfans/Sylvania%20Superset%20Mid%201980s/DSCF5854.jpg
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd458/vintageceilingfans/Sylvania%20Superset%20Mid%201980s/DSCF5871.jpg

Findm-Keepm
11-10-2015, 09:58 AM
Oh duh, maybe I should have posted these pics too when posting all the other pics..



Should you ever need it....(it's why I look for the chassis/model number ;))

tvcollector
11-10-2015, 06:54 PM
Should you ever need it....(it's why I look for the chassis/model number ;))

Thanks for the file.. It will come in handy one day..

wa2ise
11-11-2015, 01:43 PM
I had a set like that:
http://www.wa2ise.com/radios/sylvaniatv.jpg
It had a very nice picture. But the vert deflection failed in such a way that only half the picture was displayed. As I was out of town at the time, the set got tossed. :tears:

Captainclock
11-25-2015, 02:15 PM
Looking through the small vent holes.. I see a single board... Aren't most of these mid 80s sets have single boards? I think that was around the time where most sets 19 inch sets were pretty much single board sets..

I've got another set that is from 1981.. An older version of the one in the original post:
http://vintageelectronics.betamaxcollectors.com/images/sylvaniatelevisionmodelcxa158wr_3.jpg

My grandparents had a TV just like this one back in the early to mid 1990s, and its actually still in their chicken coop to this day. I would love to try and pull it out of there and see if I could restore it.

Findm-Keepm
11-26-2015, 11:38 PM
19c517

1980'sTVman
12-20-2015, 04:56 PM
That sure is a nice looking set!