Ad: Micro TV Breakthrough (Sep, 1979)

In a comment on Flat Screen TV in 1958 MilanMerhar says:
“Sinclair Radionics introduced its “Microvision TV1A pocket TV” in 1977 using the same side-scanning technology as described for the Aiken tube.

The major technical problem such designs have is severe geometric distortion, the compensation for which greatly complicated the analog scanning circuitry of the day. In fact, Sinclair claimed it had taken them over ten years to perfect that aspect of their design. “

I don’t know if this model uses that tube design, but it’s pretty interesting none the less. Sure does look a lot smaller from the front, doesn’t it?

Micro TV Breakthrough

Remember the $400 Sinclair Micro TV? Here’s the story on the greatest TV value ever.

That Sinclair TV shown above is small-the smallest TV in the world.

And when it was first introduced last year, it made history. So did its high price-$395.

Our company never sold the unit for two reasons: 1) It was being promoted as a pocket TV and we felt it would not fit in most pockets and 2) We felt $395 was too high a price for the unit regardless of its quality, size and features.

But we were wrong. Thousands of them were sold and it was selected as one of the most exciting new products of the year.


A few months ago we purchased a Sinclair TV and discovered another feature we didn’t like. The unit included a 220-volt converter for European operation. This meant that every American who bought the set had to pay extra for the converter even though very few Americans would be taking their TV to Europe.

So we came up with an idea. We went to England and purchased thousands of sets directly from the factory without the converter. We were also able to save money by eliminating the normal mark ups by importers, wholesalers and distributors.

We can now offer you the unit for only $249.95 and if you want the 220-volt converter, your cost is only $19.95 extra.


JS&A would be offering the exact same Sinclair TV at a price less than Sinclair’s actual wholesale price in the United States and we would still make enough profit to pay for the cost of this advertisement.

There is one feature we liked very much about the set. Its rechargeable batteries are built into the unit. Larger portable TV’s offer $60 optional rechargeable battery packs that must be purchased separately. Ours is built in and included in the price.

The Sinclair TV comes complete with an American AC adapter and charger, ear
phones, carrying case, rechargeable batteries and a built-in antenna for both VHF and UHF. It
also comes with a cigarette lighter power converter, so you can watch all your favorite TV channels from your boat, plane, motor home or car without even using your batteries.


We were well aware of Sinclair’s advanced electronics and quality features. But what we found particularly exciting was its picture tube. Even though the 2″ (measured diagonally) tube is small, the TV’s resolution resembles that of a clear sharp photograph. You can even read small telephone numbers when they’re flashed on the screen.

The Sinclair unit is offered in this advertisement with the same accessories available in the $395 system with the exception of the 220-volt power converter.

The Sinclair is also convenient. You can take it on trips and entertain your children while you fly or drive. You can keep it on your desk at work and monitor the latest news or stock market reports. And you can view the soap operas as you work around the house. We even took ours to the ball game to watch those instant replays.


But don’t expect to carry it in your pocket-it won’t fit unless you have big pockets. The unit measures 1-5/8″ x 4″ x 6-1/4″ and weighs just 28 ounces which includes the built-in batteries.

The TV is serviced in the United States by Sinclair’s service-by-mail facility. If service is ever required during its one-year limited warranty, just slip it in its handy mailer and send it to them for repair. Your solid-state unit should operate for years without a problem, but if it ever needs repair, it’s good to know that service is an important part of our program.

For $249.95, the Sinclair Micro TV is worth your test. Order one from JS&A. Take it with you on a trip, bring it to your office, or carry it with you around the house. See how clear and sharp the picture is and how closely it resembles a black and white photograph. Then decide if you want to keep it. If not, no problem. Simply return your TV within 30 days for a prompt and courteous refund. We just want you to prove to yourself, the miracle of space-age electronics before you decide.


Sinclair Radionics is one of England’s largest electronics manufacturers and JS&A is America’s largest single source of space-age products-further assurance that your modest investment is well protected even though the unit is offered at such a bargain price.

To order your Sinclair Micro TV, simply send your check for $249.95 plus $3.00 postage and handling (Illinois residents, please add 5% sales tax) to the address shown below or credit card buyers may call our toll-free number below. But please act quickly.

The Sinclair TV is an outstanding product that was priced too high. If you felt like we did and you waited, your timing is perfect. Order a Sinclair Micro TV at no obligation, today.

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  3. Steve Hodges says: June 8, 20086:15 pm

    I bought one of these tvs in 1981. The internal batteries are dying. Can I buy spare batteries for the set?

  4. jayessell says: June 9, 20083:15 am

    Are the batteries removeable?
    Either way, there are Laptop battery repair centers.
    They saw the battery case open, replace the generic cells, and glue it shut.
    Usually cheaper than the manufacture’s batteries.
    No harm in asking if they’ll tackle your project.
    I’m sure they’ll try the screws before resorting to the saw.

  5. jayessell says: June 9, 20084:18 am

    Charley, forgive the theadjack.
    It DOES concern a tiny TV.

    Sometime around 1978 to 1982 I would visit my friend in Waltham MA.
    Just outside of the city was a convience store/drugstore where I would stop for a soda.
    They had tiny TVs for sale. ‘World’s Smallest Trinitron’. 2.5″ or so.
    It was in a shoebox shaped box. Garishly colored. Streamlined except for the end with the screen.
    I thought it would be cool for a Sci-Fi film prop or two for stereoscopic TV. (Binoculars!)
    They were $250 (1980s) or so each so I didtn’t buy any.

    Decades later I remember seeing it and I check eBay. No. Vintage TV websites. No. I correspond with a TV collector and he assures me they never existed! Sony says their smallest Trinitron ever was 4″!
    I know what I saw!
    I can only surmise a Time Travel Paradox.
    Can any of the readers collaborate my story?

  6. boyd diez says: August 3, 20088:58 pm

    I collect a lot of small Sonys and I don’t recall there ever being a 2.5 in Trinitron although there were 2.5 inch handheld color LCD units (watchman)that were sold JDM (Ja[pan Domestic Market).

    The closest unit I know of is the Sony KV-4000 / 4100 series that had a tilt up base and a microcassette recorder built in.


  7. jayessell says: August 4, 20085:47 am

    I still think Time Travel Paradox.
    Could that explain ghost and UFO sightings?
    Maybe the world isn’t exactly the way we think it is.

  8. boyd diez says: August 25, 20087:16 pm


    Maybe they weren’t by Sony. Friends at Panasonic tell me that they actually made a 2.5 in color crt model at around that time. Even their sister company JVC made one too but the ones I saw were japan only.


  9. jayessell says: August 25, 200811:03 pm

    Panasonic is a strong possibility.
    It did have similar electronic tuning.
    (A green bar at the bottom of the screen.)
    It’s just that Trinitron = Sony.
    The rounded corners sounds like what those wacky
    guys would do!

    (Are there Men In Black for time travel?)

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