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LCD TV Goes Retro

by Paul Strauss
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Most of us are too young to remember when TV sets were made in wooden cabinets that basically were a standalone piece of furniture. While this was popular in the 1950s and 1960s, it largely died out by the mid 1970s. If you love the style of these classic televisions, but want today’s tech, check out this TV from Japanese electronics company Doshisha.

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This ’50s-style TV has a wooden cabinet, real working volume and channel knobs on front, and stands on spindly wooden legs. While its facade looks a bit like the cool, but fragile Bakelite of the era, I’m betting it’s just cheap plastic that’s been colored that way. Inside, it’s got a 20″ LCD screen with HDMI, AV and USB inputs.

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Sadly, the TV tuner won’t work outside of Japan though. Since the screen is flat, there’s also plenty of space inside for storing a video game console, discs, or other accessories.

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You can order one from Japan Trend Shop for the exorbitant price of $791, or over on Amazon Japan for ¥54,880 (~$516 USD) if you’re willing to deal with the hassle of ordering one directly from Japan. I love the design of this, but I think it would be way cheaper to buy an old TV cabinet, rip out the electronics, and retrofit it with a cheap modern TV.



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