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 Post subject: Please Help Me Identify The Year Of This Magnovox Astro
PostPosted: Oct Tue 24, 2017 2:12 am 
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Hello,

I've attached a photo of a Magnovox Astro in great working condition and shap that I came across today. Can you please tell me what year this is (1975?) and also any other information about this console? I noticed listening to it the right speaker was quite loud and had a good deal of base while the left speaker was much quieter. My guess would be different speaker configurations left to right?

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 Post subject: Re: Please Help Me Identify The Year Of This Magnovox Astro
PostPosted: Oct Tue 24, 2017 2:38 am 
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Hibs06 wrote:
I noticed listening to it the right speaker was quite loud and had a good deal of base while the left speaker was much quieter. My guess would be different speaker configurations left to right?


Wishful thinking but likely not. Was the balance control in center when you listened to the stereo? Did you listen to the radio or the phonograph? The model number should be found on the rear of the console, either on the back board or on the chassis. The model number should ID what year it was made.

A photo of the AM/FM stereo receiver panel would certainly help identify it's year.

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 Post subject: Re: Please Help Me Identify The Year Of This Magnovox Astro
PostPosted: Oct Tue 24, 2017 2:52 am 
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That is about a 1967 model, give or take a year. I would imagine there are some bad caps in the amplifier/preamp causing the sound/volume problems.


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 Post subject: Re: Please Help Me Identify The Year Of This Magnovox Astro
PostPosted: Oct Tue 24, 2017 3:04 am 
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orthophonic wrote:
That is about a 1967 model, give or take a year. I would imagine there are some bad caps in the amplifier/preamp causing the sound/volume problems.


Not hugely familiar with that problem. Is that easy to fix/expensive?


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 Post subject: Re: Please Help Me Identify The Year Of This Magnovox Astro
PostPosted: Oct Tue 24, 2017 3:18 am 
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Start by exercising the Selector switch and Speaker switch (if it has one). That might fix it.

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 Post subject: Re: Please Help Me Identify The Year Of This Magnovox Astro
PostPosted: Oct Tue 24, 2017 3:55 am 
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Hey everyone,

Here is a picture of the exact dials this console has. I didn't see any balance options between left and right. Does this mean there is something wrong with the left speaker? Does the left side have different speakers than the right or are they balanced?


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 Post subject: Re: Please Help Me Identify The Year Of This Magnovox Astro
PostPosted: Oct Tue 24, 2017 4:51 am 
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Speakers on the left are identical to those on the right. The problem with the left side needs to be narrowed down, by doing some detective work.
Did you have low volume on the left regardless of the sound source, radio or phono?

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 Post subject: Re: Please Help Me Identify The Year Of This Magnovox Astro
PostPosted: Oct Tue 24, 2017 4:24 pm 
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Model numbers only help to the extent someone else may have same model and can fill you in with details. Or some previous serviceman has the data, or some brochure helps. You should remove the back, and look for chassis numbers. Also look for little white labels with R???-???? or something similiar. These will normally have a date, e. g. 04/66.

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 Post subject: Re: Please Help Me Identify The Year Of This Magnovox Astro
PostPosted: Oct Tue 24, 2017 4:27 pm 
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My picture is of a Maggy ST654. Except for your knobs, everything--diamond shaped sticker included-- (in your interior picture) is identical. Left and right speakers are the same.

I bought this tube version in 1964. I'll bet yours is within a year of that.


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 Post subject: Re: Please Help Me Identify The Year Of This Magnovox Astro
PostPosted: Oct Wed 25, 2017 12:51 am 
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1965-67 model The Kronborg. Also available as The Kronborg Deluxe with 15" speakers. If you can find a model number such as 1-RP664 or 1-RP665 it would help to pin it down. Look closer at the knobs, one is definitely a balance control.

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 Post subject: Re: Please Help Me Identify The Year Of This Magnovox Astro
PostPosted: Oct Thu 26, 2017 12:44 am 
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rocketeer wrote:
1965-67 model The Kronborg. Also available as The Kronborg Deluxe with 15" speakers. If you can find a model number such as 1-RP664 or 1-RP665 it would help to pin it down. Look closer at the knobs, one is definitely a balance control.

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I'll try to get back to where it's at on Friday and take a picture of the radio/knobs. I'm almost positive it didn't have a balance control but maybe I'm wrong.


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 Post subject: Re: Please Help Me Identify The Year Of This Magnovox Astro
PostPosted: Nov Wed 01, 2017 5:23 am 
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My 1968 has it near the other controls, which i don't see yours as having. I did work on a 1958 maggie that had the control on the chassis, so that may be an option. I have no doubt that your stereo has one.....somewhere.

Also check vintagehifi, its a maggie website that is great.


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 Post subject: Re: Please Help Me Identify The Year Of This Magnovox Astro
PostPosted: Nov Sat 18, 2017 9:28 pm 
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That model screams 1965 and the balance control is on the chassis. On rare occasions though, one can remove one of the knobs and find the balance control hidden. If that's the case, it is adjusted with a slotted screwdriver. I would expect that the balance is off due to electrolytic capacitors that need to be replaced.


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