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Old 05-16-2007, 01:32 PM
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Zenith spent a lot on R&D, but not much of it seemed to make it into products. Sure, they invented wireless remote, but their remote sets consistently lacked features compared to RCA. Instead of being a reason to buy a Zenith, it turned into a reason to go with their main competitor.

I agree that Zenith's hand wired chassis hold up better for us to restore, but I think that it would have been better for Zenith if they had modernized sooner. They cost more to make and weren't significantly more reliable over their normal service life. Even in 2007, I've never personally seen a circuit board based tube set with significant heat damage. On the other hand, I have seen Zenith hand wired sets with serious factory assembly errors, arcing tube sockets, and cracked soldering to the chassis. Hand wiring also made it harder to add complex circuits like full featured remote control.
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Old 05-16-2007, 03:40 PM
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When I was a kid, and you could still count on finding these things in the trash, I didn't even bother taking the RCA sets home because they'd (PC boards) crumble in your hands. Maybe people watched more TV in MI because the weather sucks, and they spend more time surfing in CA?

As for remote features, what did the RCA offer over the SC 600? If it was color/tint, I couldn't imagine those stepper functions being that useful anyways.
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