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Old 22nd Mar 2020, 9:41 pm   #1
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Default Minim TV1000 sound tuner

I would appreciate advice from anyone who knows this device. I rediscovered it in my loft and probably got it many years ago in a charity shop but never used it.I do not have any manual. It powered up with the twin tuning lamps and I connected an old powered indoor uhf/vhf aerial and plugged in headphones. I tuned by turning the inset screws and the indicator moved across the dial but I could only hear mush and did not receive a sound signal. Thanks Steve
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Old 22nd Mar 2020, 9:51 pm   #2
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Did the mush vary as you tuned? If the aerial is working you should hear peaks of noise as you tune through the digital TV channels. Unfortunately there are no analogue TV channels left in Western Europe
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Old 22nd Mar 2020, 10:08 pm   #3
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Yes, there's no analogue signal to listen to now.

There were a number of limited production TV sound tuners in the 70s that people could connect to their hifi systems. You needed something like that because the TVs of the period were almost all live chassis. There were also kits, and I remember I bodged something together using a UHF tuner head that was used with a band II FM tuner in a dual conversion fashion.

Once VCRs became common then you could just take the audio output from those.
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Old 22nd Mar 2020, 10:40 pm   #4
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You could test it with the analogue output from an SD Sky or Sky+ box if you have one and a dish, but it's really just for interest.
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Old 24th Mar 2020, 12:52 pm   #5
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Thanks for the explanations; this was probably a 70s period piece as you suggest and no longer has a useful function. Does anyone want this a Museum piece? I'm happy to send it for the cost of postage. Steve
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Old 24th Mar 2020, 2:52 pm   #6
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Default Re: Minim TV1000 sound tuner

Another possibility is it might have been used by a blind person.

On the broad subject of TV sound without vision, I recently bought a couple of vintage reels of 1/4 inch tape to use with a KB reel-reel machine I have. Whoever originally owned the tape liked to record the family sitting round drinking tea, playing cards etc, but at one point he or she records the TV, and I can date the event exactly, the main evening news on BBC TV, Sun 20 October 1963 the day Alec Douglas-Home announced his new cabinet after he became PM the day before, following Harold Macmillan's resignation.
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Old 26th Mar 2020, 6:43 pm   #7
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Yes, audio out of TVs was rare even in the eighties, though common enough on VCRs. Or at least in my limited experience. So I obtained a surplus tuner, meant to add on to a portable video recorder to allow it to to record TV. A bit of digging inside identified the audio output allowing me to feed it to my stereo.

Edit, it must have been the tuner / timer Philips VR2120 I used.

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