Marconiphone Model 701 television receiver

Made:
1936 in England
maker:
Electric and Musical Industries Limited

Marconiphone Model 701 dual-standard (240/405 line) television receiver with built-in radio, 1936.

A Marconiphone 701 dual standard (240/405 line) television receiver, made in 1936.

When this set went on sale, the BBC television service was still broadcasting using alternate systems on alternate weeks. With this set you could watch both the EMI system broadcasts on 405 line and the Baird system transmissions on 240 line. Despite its huge cabinet, it only had a 9 inch screen which was mounted vertically and viewed through a mirror. A large glass magnifying lens built into the front of the cabinet made the picture seem slightly bigger. The cost of this set when new,120 guineas, (equivalent to over £20,000 in today's terms) meant that very few were sold. The company rapidly brought out a simpler and cheaper model.

Details

Category:
Television
Object Number:
1994-5024
Materials:
bakelite, brass (copper, zinc alloy), electronic components, glass, mahogany veneer, metal (unknown), paxolin, wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
overall (top open): 1450 mm x 950 mm x 610 mm, 123kg
type:
wireless receiver
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford
status:
Permanent collection

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