View Full Version : Rescued a Sylvania Superset!


TUD1
11-08-2017, 06:55 PM
Decided to go on a shopping spree today and buy stuff I don't need with money I don't have. Hit up 4 shops, and nothing. About ready to call it a day and go home, when I decided to go to one more shop that I rarely go to. At the very back, all sad and lonely, I spied a console TV marked $14.99. I felt so sorry for it, since I know nobody would have bought it. Turns out to be an April 1987 Sylvania Superset. I remember hearing the name Superset on here a few times, anybody have an opinion on these? I'm going to go pick it up tomorrow.

mr_fixer
11-08-2017, 08:31 PM
Great Picture and Impressive looking cabinet. How could you go wrong for $15.
$15 is less than the sales tax on a Walmart cheapo flatscreen tv.

TUD1
11-08-2017, 08:45 PM
After I paid for it, I realized that I had gotten the set for 30% off. So make that $10.50.

mr_fixer
11-08-2017, 09:50 PM
Do you know what is amazing? I looked up old newspaper ads for that rca i found on monday, it was on sale for $399 in 1976, using a inflation calculator that is the same as $1594 in 2017 money , I found an ad for a 80's Superset in the deluxe cabinet similar to yours for $700+ which is around the same $1600 today. both sets lasted more than 30 years yet if you spend $1600 today the thing will have croaked within 10 years max use. Just my 2 cents worth, Mike

dishdude
11-08-2017, 09:57 PM
Nice looking set. Stereo?

TUD1
11-08-2017, 10:11 PM
Nice looking set. Stereo?

Yes. With bass and treble controls.

TUD1
11-08-2017, 10:21 PM
Do you know what is amazing? I looked up old newspaper ads for that rca i found on monday, it was on sale for $399 in 1976, using a inflation calculator that is the same as $1594 in 2017 money , I found an ad for a 80's Superset in the deluxe cabinet similar to yours for $700+ which is around the same $1600 today. both sets lasted more than 30 years yet if you spend $1600 today the thing will have croaked within 10 years max use. Just my 2 cents worth, Mike

Dang. Now I feel even better. I saved $690!

TUD1
11-09-2017, 11:23 AM
I forgot to mention that this thing also has the dbx sound-system.

Marco-nix
11-09-2017, 11:24 AM
Very nice lookin' set but unfortunately. i don't like Sylvania. However the set has a great picture . Is it not the brand where the CRT becomes so weak that we hardly see the image anymore?

Electronic M
11-09-2017, 11:32 AM
Sometime ago I scrapped a roadside 80's stereo Sylvania. Early solid state/deltagun sets are about the only SS I'll take.

TUD1
11-09-2017, 05:08 PM
Finally got the set home and set it up. The picture tube was on the weak side, so I used the trusty CR70 and it brought it back almost to brand new.

TUD1
11-09-2017, 08:02 PM
One very weird thing about this set, is that it does not turn all the way off when you push the power button. I can faintly hear the horizontal running, and there is a very quiet sound through the speakers. What gives?

TVTim
11-09-2017, 08:33 PM
Looks like a great catch.

The set looks great and has a nice picture now. I'm impressed that it has all the tone controls too.

Enjoy it!!

Findm-Keepm
11-10-2017, 12:46 AM
One very weird thing about this set, is that it does not turn all the way off when you push the power button. I can faintly hear the horizontal running, and there is a very quiet sound through the speakers. What gives?

It's the standby supply - I used to have the training nomograph for the SMPS in your set. Philips addressed the low level oscillator noise with "it's normal."

What is the specific chassis?

TUD1
11-10-2017, 12:49 AM
I forgot to check the chassis number. I probably won't be inside it for a while either, unless something breaks. It's set up in the living room as our new daily watcher.

sampson159
11-10-2017, 09:17 PM
these sets were the end of an era.sylvania was no longer a factor by this time.most people were still watching the great chromacolors or xl100s and these sets didnt move well.very good picture and decent sets.for the money you paid,this is a real bargain

TUD1
11-10-2017, 11:20 PM
Gave it a true test this evening while I ate my pizza...

consoleguy67
11-11-2017, 10:17 AM
So that's why I feel this way!!

TUD1
11-11-2017, 10:48 AM
So that's why I feel this way!!

???

Dude111
11-11-2017, 10:50 AM
Decided to go on a shopping spree today and buy stuff I don't need with money I don't have.


I hear ya buddy... ITS HARD ISNT IT??


Congrats on your superset :)

TUD1
11-11-2017, 11:23 AM
Thanks, and yes. I have a horrible habit of spending every penny I have before I even have it. My area is an estate sale free zone at the moment, or else I'd probably be there spending money.