SONY Portable TV – a TV designed for the executive (Oct, 1961)

According to this rather informative page on, this set was “the first mostly-transistorized portable TV that Sony sold in the United States.” Here’s a YouTube video of it in action.

SONY Portable TV – a TV designed for the executive

SONY Research makes the Difference*

Men who respond to time’s Imperatives—executives who must have news as it breaks . . . must be up-front on new entertainment or video messages… these are the alert decision-makers to whom a SONY 8-301W TELEVISION is vital, a standard desk accessory!

They appreciate its clear, distinct 8-1/2″ picture; its compact desktop size, its easy portability, its fine audio. They take for granted the superb, all-transistor electronic engineering; its adaptability to AC current, rechargeable batteries or car battery operation. They respect the mighty, though tiny, differences that make SONY 8-301W the world’s finest personal TV portable. The perfect executive gift, SONY TV is also available for Incentive Programs. Weighs only 13-1/4 lbs., (without battery). 8-1/2″x7″x9″. Price, including earphone and carrying case—$249.95; optional battery—$29.95 Prices slightly higher in Southern & Western States.

Also ask for a demonstration of the Sony all transistorized pocketable and portable radios.

SONY CORPORATION OF AMERICA 514 Broadway, New York 12, N.Y.

  1. quadibloc says: July 30, 20122:07 pm

    Thanks to that informative page, I now know I can accurately say that the Sony 8-301W was the first direct-view transistorized portable television set sold in the United States – the portables from Sentinel using vacuum tubes, the Safari not being direct view – and “transistorized” being correct, because it uses transistors, even if it still also uses two vacuum tubes for high-voltage work in addition to the picture tube.

  2. Hirudinea says: July 30, 20124:36 pm

    Thanks for the YouTube link, it has a nice picture for a TV of that age, but $250 for a portable TV in 1961 seems expensive, now I see why it was aimed at executives.

  3. Casandro says: July 30, 201211:17 pm

    Well Sony made a lot of nice sets though till the 1990s. For example only a few years later they made really nice colour TV-sets which not only works fine today, but also look decent by todays standards.

    Plus back then they simply made cool projects. In the 1960s they had consumer video tape recorders. Todays equivalent would be a TV-set which would use an ad-hoc meshed network to interact with other sets to be able to get the best reception.

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