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Old 11-08-2017, 06:55 PM
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Rescued a Sylvania Superset!

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.
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Old 11-08-2017, 08:31 PM
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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.
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Old 11-08-2017, 08:45 PM
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After I paid for it, I realized that I had gotten the set for 30% off. So make that $10.50.
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Old 11-08-2017, 09:50 PM
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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

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Old 11-08-2017, 10:21 PM
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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!
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Nice looking set. Stereo?
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:11 PM
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Nice looking set. Stereo?
Yes. With bass and treble controls.
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:23 AM
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I forgot to mention that this thing also has the dbx sound-system.
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:24 AM
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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?
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:32 AM
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Sometime ago I scrapped a roadside 80's stereo Sylvania. Early solid state/deltagun sets are about the only SS I'll take.
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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.
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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?
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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?
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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!!
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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.
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