Year: December 1971
System: 625 Line
CRT: A66 120X
Original List Price : £434.00
Valves: Hybrid Valves and transistors
This 1971 Beovision is in immaculate show room condition and equally clean inside. The TV is a 3200 series chassis, the model being a 3618-SJ.
Research revealed this set replaced the 3000, its visually similar and has a near-identical chassis to the 3000. Apparently the reason for the model change was the use of an A66 120X, this being 1″ larger and the faceplate a slightly different shape allowing the screen to be pushed through the cabinet front rather than being mounted behind a mask. Other than that, the set appears to have remained pretty much the same as the 3000, with a large loudspeaker unit beneath the screen and a secret panel to the left of the screen behind which the convergence controls are hidden.
Some photos of the cabinet and internals
CRT Any Good?
Since getting the Beovision 3200, I’ve been curious as to the state/condition of the Philips A66-120X within. After being engrossed in a number of other TV set repairs and the Fergy project, today I finally got around to testing it.
For a change rather then using what everyone seems to use myself included, namely the B&K 467, I thought I would give the Leader LCT-910A an outing. I’m delighted, the tube tests 90% emission on all guns and the tracking is near perfect, a very good tube indeed.
Another interesting find was a little parcel stuffed under the wiring harness top right. When opened it contained a rectangular push button with part of it broken stalk protruding. A little investigation revealed it came from a switch mounted on and above the line cage. Pushing the broken end into the switch shoved its remains out the back of the switch body. But what was it for? Reading the service data shows its the colour killer switch. There’s most other manufacturers giving instructions like ground the base of VTxx to chassis via a 56K resistor to override the CK and B&O go and give you a proper switch, how swish. Going to have to find something suitable to replace it with.