58 thoughts on “Old Soviet TV Sets”

  1. I had had one of these (16-th from the top) in Poland just after the USSR has collapsed. It worked fine, my parent made a RC to this TV. It works even now at my grandparents’.

  2. I wish one day to save up for one of these great futuristic boxes. I been saving for 10 years and still not enough, i lose all my money to vodka and bribing Russian cops

  3. Yes, but as the capitalist devils were trying to brainwash Russians, they were brainwashing Americans. Soviet programming was better than endless advertisements for dishwashing soap and Pharmacutical products. It was all about getting our money. Now they want yours too.

    • Almost all components were produced in Soviet union.basically two types of electronic components,active and Passive.in active components they produced almost 90% of these components and in passive type they produced 100% of these components indigenously.active means ICs and all family of semiconductors and passive means,inductors,resistors,capisitors,transformers,power supplies etc.but the soviets used their mind very wisely,they copy or reverse engineered western and japanese components and circuits.but soviets failed to reproduced same size as original ones.if you closely look inside the old soviet electronic devices,you will find extra large components,in raw and crude state.but as they successfully done their all jobs,they achieve the desired results from these huge components.

      • Yes. And I also remember some years ago hearing that U.S. experts scoffed at the avionics in the MiG-25 because of it’s use of “outdated vacuum tube technology”. These same “experts” were later embarassed to discover that the Russian equipment had several advantages over western types. Russian electronics could perform flawlessly under the most extreme conditions,including EMP, and could be easily repaired in the field instead of replaced, thus simplifying logistics. They made the same mistake in underestimating Russian turbojet engines. The Russian engines could eat small rocks and other objects without missing a beat. Western engines were vulnerable to the smallest debris requiring that the runways be virtualy swept clean before operations. Since such measures would be impractical under combat conditions, who would have had the advantage?

        • You are right,few decade ago a defected Soviet pilot luchenko defect with their MiG 25 Foxbat in japan.Mig 25 was at that time world most secret and advanced plane.US and Japanese Engineers were very keen to see that plane since long time,when they examined and care fully analyze Foxbat,they stunned to see the Huge amount of vacuum tubes and their circuits based on these old technology valves.American were very impressed by using these valves and tubes.despite the big size and required more heat to the tubes,but Soviets control these difficulties.at the same time US and others used semiconductors, they still rely on that.finally government of Japan reassembled that plane and send him with AIRPORT charges and damage penalty of japanese airport! ! ! ! !.

      • I don’t really agree with your statement: “they achieve the desired results from these huge components.” The characteristics of consumer electronic parts was terrible!

  4. Zafarad, you are insane. The simple fact that there were any “status symbols” at all is proof that the capitalists didn’t need to brainwash us (I grew up in Moldova, moved to the US at 11). People are selfish, greedy and foolish: they want things, and they want those things to be better than their neighbours’ things, and that’s why the capitalists didn’t need to brainwash us. The party line of selflessness was an attempt to brainwash the Soviet proletariat away from humanity’s natural folly, but it was insincere because our “fearless leaders” were the most selfish and greedy of all. There was no Soviet Utopia; it was a beautiful idea, but it failed because the communists themselves were only human, not due to nefarious capitalist plots.

    • True, John. I just go a bit crazy whenever anyone says that the USSR was a Utopia until the USA screwed it up. My childhood wasn’t all that bad, but the greed and incompetence of local bureaucrats caused many more problems for the ordinary people than US interference.

      • The notions that “Russia was utopia until America screwed it” or “America was utopia except for evil Russians”, are both corrupt.
        Look, American people were not hell bent on destroying Russian people and vice versa, GOVERNMENTS were doing this business.
        Russian government and American government were doing the screwing and Russian and American people were just caught in the middle.
        We need to put aside petty squabbles of the past and move forward,
        TOGETHER.

  5. nice tv collection – i remember a few of them

    In Odessa, if you lived on the “high” floor next to the sea – sometimes you could get stations from Turkey (I am not sure about short range…)

  6. Reminds me of a Soviet TV set I have used once that had to be hit every 2 minutes for the image to appear (time to replace the ~15 vacuum tubes inside?) and manually calibrated over time (including phase adjustments). The “surge protector” (technical term: autotransformer) for it weighed 10kg and had such a loud hum that you had to turn the volume up to the maximum (the volume control only worked in a few position anyways) and barely received two channels-I had to connect extremely large roof-mounted antennas for it to receive anything (and this in a city!). The “instruction manual” included a full-size schematic of the TV with handwritten internal calibration instructions, printed with what seems to be a 1700s printing press on an old paper towel. Funny thing about the TV is that it worked on 4 different voltages!!!. I once peeked inside and the parts were mounted on sheet metal with a separate metal can for each vacuum tube-it looked like a ww2 military radio transceiver. And the year of manufacture? 1988. I’m sure it was still made until the collapse of the USSR. Surprisingly, it still works (although the image shifts when warming up and during the course of time due to deviating vacuum tube characteristics).

    • Dear Boris,
      its very interesting to read all these posts;
      I’m Angelo from Italy, I’m collecting old TV sets from around the world and memorabilia about old TV sets. I was recently able to find an old exUSSR TV set from 1956 (model KVN-49.4), this set was USSR made from 1949 to 1962 without big changes, it has a small 18cm diameter screen
      http://www.zilionis.com/oldradio/RUS/kvn-49-4.htm
      This model was made to be very cheep in order to made television popular, a sort of “people’s TV”. It could receive 3 channels and worked on 3 different voltages, the weight is HUGE for such small screen! and by all means you can say that was surely handmade! Would be nice to hear if someone still remember having see this kind of TV working.
      My very best regards and compliments for this nice forum!
      Sincerely Yours, Angelo (Italia)

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  8. Old Soviet TV Sets 21

    My grandfather had one VERY similar! The channels (6 only) panel can be pushed out, and the channel can be adjusted for more clarity! Very weird design! We opened it once, it looked like it was from the 1940’s in there! Vaccum tubes everywhere!!

  9. We had one very similar when I was little; black and white, three channels, and it had to warm up first. We had a big antenna on top of the house as well. When my parents finally gave in and bought a color TV I was thrilled! And one year for Christmas I got a little TV similar to the red one for my bedroom, but mine was black and silver. Good times 🙂

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  12. Greetings!
    Does any here know where I could buy a small soviet era TV, and have it shipped to Canada?
    (It is for a prop and doesn’t need to work)

    Any help is most appreciated.
    Brad (studio-era@hotmail.com)

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