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#3372041 - 05/14/14 11:01 PM My 1969 Sony Trinitron KV-1210U CRT TV (pics)
Robb. Offline


Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 326
Loc: Toronto Canada
Here's my 1969 Sony Trinitron model KV-1210U CRT TV. It was one of Sony's first ever Trinitron sets they made. I found this in my local Kijiji Toronto classifieds for $30.00 February 2014. It still works and looks like new ! The picture quality is simply amazing !
Made in Japan.
MSRP was $319.95 in 1969


Video: http://youtu.be/6KVEIk__A9M















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#3372063 - 05/14/14 11:21 PM Re: My 1969 Sony Trinitron KV-1210U CRT TV (pics) [Re: Robb.]
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Registered: 04/17/06
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Back then Sony Trinitron was the best color TV. Yours is a collector now.
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#3372071 - 05/14/14 11:33 PM Re: My 1969 Sony Trinitron KV-1210U CRT TV (pics) [Re: Robb.]
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Registered: 12/05/09
Posts: 14111
Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
That is a pretty amazing find!
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#3372081 - 05/14/14 11:46 PM Re: My 1969 Sony Trinitron KV-1210U CRT TV (pics) [Re: Robb.]
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Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 14660
Loc: Michigan
Wow! Makes me want one! Great find!
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#3372089 - 05/14/14 11:50 PM Re: My 1969 Sony Trinitron KV-1210U CRT TV (pics) [Re: Robb.]
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Registered: 10/23/05
Posts: 3991
Loc: 100km south of the border
Don't make things to last like that any more.
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#3372151 - 05/15/14 05:32 AM Re: My 1969 Sony Trinitron KV-1210U CRT TV (pics) [Re: Robb.]
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Registered: 11/29/03
Posts: 514
Loc: Ohio
A set that old with a picture so good leads me to think that it was stored under ideal conditions with little or no use for a long time. I had a 19" 1990 Sony that I kept until 2010 and saw heavy daily use. For the last 4-5 years the color went bad but I lived with it until I could replace it. Also had a 27 " '03 Sony that lasted 7 years until it just went <<blink>> and wouldn't turn on any more. Figured it wasn't worth fixing. Replaced both with 2010 Samsung LCDs ...have been satisfied with both so far.

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#3372217 - 05/15/14 07:26 AM TV history in a nutshell [Re: GrtArtiste]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 1743
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Hello, In 1973 I had a chemistry professor who went off on a tangent regarding nitrogen compounds and the SONY "try-ny'-tron" picture tubes came up. I remember him going on about them.

Magnavox had held the lead regarding picture/color quality. SONY took that accolade for a long time.

Our current set, a Toshiba flat fronted tube, was claimed to be king at the time (10-14 years ago) and still has a smashing great picture.
We're going to keep using that set even after the general population has receivers implanted into their mastoid bones.
Don't need all the gadgets the auto industry dreams up-don't need 'em in our living room either.
We like getting our money's worth out of things.

Besides seeing perfectly good CRT-TV sets sitting out on collection day, we've begun to see flat screens out there too. Kira

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#3372227 - 05/15/14 07:43 AM Re: My 1969 Sony Trinitron KV-1210U CRT TV (pics) [Re: Robb.]
MrHorspwer Offline


Registered: 12/18/06
Posts: 1084
Loc: Michigan
$320 in 1969!

According to the inflation calculator, $320 in 1969 is $2,000 in 2014 dollars crazy

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#3372244 - 05/15/14 08:18 AM Re: My 1969 Sony Trinitron KV-1210U CRT TV (pics) [Re: Robb.]
yougoJAY Offline


Registered: 06/07/13
Posts: 142
Loc: Lenoir, NC
Isn't that cool?! Every Sony product we have has lasted for years, decades more like it...Watching the news on a 27" flat tube Trinitron now, picture is awesome. We've had it since around 1995 or so. Constant daily use, it's amazing.
My old 1986 single disc Sony CD player, our 3 floppy disc Mavica cameras, our 3" CD Mavica camera, all used weekly and work flawlessly. They cost more but they (Sony) last forever.
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#3373530 - 05/16/14 06:21 PM Re: My 1969 Sony Trinitron KV-1210U CRT TV (pics) [Re: Robb.]
Rick in PA Offline


Registered: 01/04/03
Posts: 2535
Loc: Southeastern, PA
That's an incredibly nice find. 45 years old and it looks like it just came out of the box. Wow.
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#3373680 - 05/16/14 09:13 PM Re: My 1969 Sony Trinitron KV-1210U CRT TV (pics) [Re: Robb.]
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Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 326
Loc: Toronto Canada
Thanks smile
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#3376639 - 05/20/14 04:17 PM Re: My 1969 Sony Trinitron KV-1210U CRT TV (pics) [Re: Robb.]
Virtuoso Offline


Registered: 02/25/03
Posts: 2668
Loc: Cow town, NE
Good Stuff!

Our 32" Sony Wega bought in 2001 was $800+ but lasted over ten years before we replaced it, and it went through [censored]. Four toddlers (one tried to clean it with WAAAY too much Windex), hours of use a day; being dropped while moving, etc.

Picture quality was [censored] in 2012 but it did it's job beautifully under the circumstances.

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#3376682 - 05/20/14 04:53 PM Re: My 1969 Sony Trinitron KV-1210U CRT TV (pics) [Re: Robb.]
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Registered: 08/05/02
Posts: 12783
Loc: Silicon Valley
Talking about CRT, they last a long time.

I am still using a Samsung SyncMaster 19" CRT I bought in 2001, other than some minor color distortion at one corner, it is still working today as my primary monitor.
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#3376816 - 05/20/14 07:59 PM Re: My 1969 Sony Trinitron KV-1210U CRT TV (pics) [Re: PandaBear]
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Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 326
Loc: Toronto Canada
Originally Posted By: PandaBear
Talking about CRT, they last a long time.



A lifetime in fact ! grin2
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#3377029 - 05/21/14 12:09 AM Re: My 1969 Sony Trinitron KV-1210U CRT TV (pics) [Re: Robb.]
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Registered: 03/02/12
Posts: 5133
Loc: chicago, Illinois
My folks have a Panasonic 27" (semi flat) CRT set from 1995 that still has a very good picture and has been daily used the entire time they have owned it. Even the original remote works perfectly. LOL

I forgot what they called the semi flat tube they did have a name for it back then. The first Panasonic CRT based wide screen HD sets also had fantastic pictures as well. They were called the Tau series and came out in the early 2000s. 30 in was the typical size, and personally I find the CRT HD picture better than most LCD LED sets and it matches the Plasma sets, which I think are the best technology today.

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