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A look back....big news from 20 years ago...

Post by Dr. Radio on Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:46 pm

Sad, but inevitable. Hard to believe it was 20 years ago this month.

http://articles.latimes.com/1995-07-18/business/fi-25111_1_zenith-electronics-corp


Your thoughts? Memories of Zenith growing up?

Please, let's not turn this into political discussions
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Post by Bill Cahill on Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:25 am

A very sad saga, indeed. Now, everything is owned by Korea, China, and, Mexico, with a little N Vietnam thrown in for bad measure.
The only chance we would have here is to start producing our own things, again.

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Post by Doug Burskey on Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:36 pm

It's sad that it had to come to this, and to a proud company like Zenith. I'm shure  Commander McDonald has turned over in his grave more than few times!

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Post by Guest on Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:46 pm

My memories;

The quality goes in before the name goes on.



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Post by Guest on Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:49 pm

Zenith was the inventor of subscription television and the modern remote control, and the first to develop HDTV in North America.

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Post by 75X11 on Sat Jul 25, 2015 5:36 pm

It just seems like businesses, like living organisms are equipped with a death gene that cuts in at a given time and the company ceases to hold the leading edge and loses relevance and their patronage. At least we have memories of the greatness of everything in the American century and we are the advocates of that history in this hobby we pursue.
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Post by scottb on Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:57 pm

Back in 1971 when our RCA 19" B&W TV died, my parents bought a Zenith Chromo Color 25 inch TV.
I remember coming home from school and watching the Flintstones on it. I felt like I was at the drive in movie. In 1995 my Mother was so sick of commercials, she wanted a mute button on a remote control, so they got another new TV. They moved that TV to a screened in porch. I turned that TV on last July 4th and it still has a perfect picture, never been serviced!!
I have never looked at a schematic for that TV, but I know it had an instant on switch in the back, that I know kept voltage on the picture tube filament but did it keep other components at a lower power so the picture was instant? They did something right to have that old TV still working!!

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Post by Wildcat445 on Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:31 am

I would have to give credit for remote control to both Zenith and Magnavox. My understanding is that the Zenith Space Command system and the Magnavox Phantom Control system are close cousins. Phantom Control was introduced in 1959 on Magnavox Concert Grand stereo instruments, as well as a Home Theater instrument.

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Post by 75X11 on Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:37 am

That system used acoustic signalling, didn't it ?
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Post by Wildcat445 on Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:48 am

Yep. There are different frequencies for each function. VERY basic functions, I might add. I am studying up on Phantom Control as we speak. It is down the line a bit on my restoration, probably next year, but I know zip about the system. It uses reeds that vibrate when you press a control button. That signal is processed by the amplifier and sent to the appropriate motor. The motor operates the control. The knob on the control still turns, and that looks freaky. It is really pretty simple, yet horrendously complicated at the same time. This system would be on a tiny chip on the back of the power switch if it were built today. You are on the right track, though.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:52 pm

How about "You can be sure, if it's Westinghouse."??

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Post by 75X11 on Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:11 pm

"Progress Is Our Most Important Product"
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Post by Bill Cahill on Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:15 pm

"Our only product."

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Post by Wildcat445 on Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:07 am

My dad used to say "You can be sure of getting crap with Westinghouse." I have no idea why he disliked Westinghouse.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:08 am

Their radios were o.k., but, some of their TV's, well..........................

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Post by Doug Burskey on Wed Jul 29, 2015 10:15 am

My dad worked for Westinghouse and would get an employee discount. The first color TV we had was a Westinghouse and the back was off more than it was on, it was trouble from day one. We put up with for about 4 or 5 years. Then he replaced it with a RCA XL-100. Some of Westys electronics was OK, but not in the league of Zenith.

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Post by Wildcat445 on Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:47 pm

My dad must have gotten a Westinghouse clunker sometime, because he had zero use for anything with the name Westinghouse on it.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:14 pm

The sad thing is my Aunt Mabel had a 21" table model Westing house I'd like to find due to the style, though I'll admit it was broken more than working.

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Post by Wildcat445 on Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:30 am

I have one Westinghouse radio, a little four-tube clock radio. It is a cheap little thing, but cute as a bug's ear. It is a fairly good performer for a four-tube radio. If you have a good, long antenna. It is surprising that Westinghouse TV's were such garbage, considering their close relationship to GE and RCA. One would have assumed that there was some sharing of technology, but apparently that was not the case, with TV's anyhow.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:34 am

RCA sold information. Zenith jealously hid it. GE never was thought of very highly... Motorola had their own system..
Westinghouse, well................................

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Post by Wildcat445 on Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:42 am

It appears that if RCA sold information, perhaps Westinghouse should have bought some of it.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:47 am

It might have helped..................
RCA dis a lot of licensing out............
Westinghouse, they were just Westinghouse. I like some of their radios..................

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Post by Bill Cahill on Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:51 am

In the early years, I think Admiral did it best. They knew how to take enough quality parts to make something less expensive work like an expensive set. When they first broke into television in 1946, Admiral made one model figuring they would go bankrupt. The public fell in love with them instantly. They were lower priced, yet, performed well, with a crisp, bright picture.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:57 am

When I first fixed my 20X122 10" Admiral, after replacing bugs such as bad micas, and, way out of tolerance resistors, until it broke down, again, isn't old age wonderful?, it had a beautiful picture.............

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Post by Doug Burskey on Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:10 am

My brother had one of those GE portable color TV's 10 inch picture I think Used the conpactron tubes. The flyback went bad after a year Had it repaired and after that it always worked well.

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