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SINCLAIR MICROVISION TV MODEL TV1B, 1978
The Microvision TV1B was launched in the autumn of 1978, it was 4 inch x 6 inch and 1.5 inch high. Its predecessor the TV1A sold for around £230.00, it weighed 26 oz; this made it ounce for ounce more expensive than Silver. The picture could be viewed from a foot away. Functioning on VHF and UHF bands, it was the world’s first multi-standard receiver.
Donated by Allen Robert
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- I still have one of these in its case (not working unfortunately!) and used it regularly in the late 1990s in my cabin when I was a cabin steward for Stena Line on the Southampton-Cherbourg Ferry. It was fine until you got round the Needles and out into the English Channel and lost the signal! Kept me amused for hours and was a great source of the local news coming up the Solent.
.......... Tim Deacon, Southampton, UK, 10th of February 2012
- I still have one of these. I bought it shortly after it came out. I used to take it practically every where I went. It certainly came into its own when I went camping. If you held it about the same distance away from your eyes as you would if reading a book, the picture was superb. It was powered by AA batteries that gave you about 12 hours of viewing. It also came with an adapter so that you could connect it to an external aerial, although I never had a problem using the built in one. The only problem was trying to watch football on it or any program with sub titles as the screen proved to be a little too small. Overall this was (and still is) a great product, although I have suddenly felt quite old seeing as an exhibit in a museum.
.......... Tim Vanns, Watford, 21st of August 2010