View Full Version : Anyone know this Emerson TV?


crt89
08-05-2016, 09:21 PM
I remember once when I stayed at my aunt's house, she had a weird TV set in one of the bedrooms. It was an Emerson, I'd guess 13" but possibly a little smaller. There was no remote. It had a woodgrain cabinet.

What was odd is there were channel frequencies printed on a line at the top of the screen (maybe all at top, but it seemed UHF was on one and VHF on the other), and when you turned on the set or changed channels, a green line would appear on the screen for a few seconds and line up with the numbers printed on the strip.

I seem to recall it only had a power button, channel +/- and volume +/- buttons, there were no direct entry buttons from what I can remember.

Has anyone seen this kind of TV? It always seemed unusual to me, and I don't recall any others like it. I believe I looked on the back and it was from 1985.

dieseljeep
08-05-2016, 10:44 PM
I remember once when I stayed at my aunt's house, she had a weird TV set in one of the bedrooms. It was an Emerson, I'd guess 13" but possibly a little smaller. There was no remote. It had a woodgrain cabinet.

What was odd is there were channel frequencies printed on a line at the top of the screen (maybe all at top, but it seemed UHF was on one and VHF on the other), and when you turned on the set or changed channels, a green line would appear on the screen for a few seconds and line up with the numbers printed on the strip.

I seem to recall it only had a power button, channel +/- and volume +/- buttons, there were no direct entry buttons from what I can remember.

Has anyone seen this kind of TV? It always seemed unusual to me, and I don't recall any others like it. I believe I looked on the back and it was from 1985.

I don't know if Emerson used that system, but I have small screen RCA's and GE sets that had that system.
IIRC, the VHF had the red line and UHF was green. It actually worked rather well. No remote!

Electronic M
08-06-2016, 12:15 AM
I had a no-name NTSC LCD portable or two with that tuning scheme...Decent for the application.

maxhifi
08-06-2016, 12:26 AM
I have a 9" RCA from '86 which does that

radiotvnut
08-06-2016, 12:43 AM
I've never seen an Emerson with that type of tuner; but, I've had a few 9" RCA's and GE's from the mid-to-late '80's that had it. They were popular motor home TV's.

crt89
08-06-2016, 09:30 AM
Now that you mentioned it, I do recall some of the older LCD portables having that scale across the top.

I guess not so uncommon, then.

Electronic M
08-06-2016, 01:11 PM
Say, didn't some brand use that for fine tuning indication in the 60's?

zeno
08-06-2016, 04:08 PM
Say, didn't some brand use that for fine tuning indication in the 60's?
IIRC GE used a tuning meter & Moto an eye tube ???
Someone else too. Just for FTing though.......
I do remember GE & RCA using the line along with a few
Jap & ROK sets. IIRC Sony & Hitachi ??? All foggy now.

73 Zeno:smoke:

dieseljeep
08-06-2016, 09:30 PM
IIRC GE used a tuning meter & Moto an eye tube ???
Someone else too. Just for FTing though.......
I do remember GE & RCA using the line along with a few
Jap & ROK sets. IIRC Sony & Hitachi ??? All foggy now.

73 Zeno:smoke:
The one that used the tuning eye tube was the hybrid Philco, around 1968. The only one that didn't use it was the el-cheapo roundie, from the same era. :sigh: