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Console TV to Stereo Cabinet

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Thursday 17 July 2008 at 07:36 am

Zenith Computer Space Command Remote

Growing up we had the cool TV. A Zenith Space Command System 3 console TV with Space Phone. I have no idea how many times I pressed the channel changer on that remote. I watched a good many hours of Gilligan's Island and the Brady Bunch. This TV was very good to me.

One of the cool features of this TV was the Space Phone, a low-fi speaker phone that was built into the TV. While watching TV, the whole TV would ring and interrupt the audio of whatever you were watching. I'm pretty sure the speaker phone was single duplex, meaning only one end could be talking at a time; otherwise the other party would be cut off. When dialing the phone, the phone number would show up on the screen in a black box. All these features could be controlled by the "computer space command" remote. The microphone was on the TV, so you needed to make sure you talked loud. Friends were always impressed to sit around and talk to a TV, an experience that truly made you feel part of the future. (Note: if on the other end of the phone conversation your feelings were more of annoyance and frustration because the audio quality of the call was so poor.)

Well, this TV had a good run. It eventually ended up in my parent's basement in my Dad's exercise room, and after some time, the TV did go out. When this happened, my Dad impressed me and did a little console TV recycling.

My Pop decided to make a stereo cabinet out of the old console TV. I thought this was a good idea, so we took some before and after pictures to show the world.

The TV before:

Space Command System 3 Zenith TV with Space Phone

After carefully removing the guts of the TV, and creating a shelf to match the console cabinet, my Dad ended up with this stereo cabinet / TV stand.

Console TV Turned Stereo Cabinet

We may not have the Space Phone anymore, but at least we have the memories.

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I’m the Pop mentioned above. That TV gave us so many years of good service. It was a disappointment when the picture suddenly went bad. Wasn’t worth having it repaired. Somewhere I have the invoice as to what I paid for it but I can’t find it right now. In 1981 I think I paid about $1,600 for it which included a huge Zenith beta VCR. It served us well until about two years ago. Brings back good memories.
Dean Nelson () - 31 07 08 - 19:41

I have that TV! I pray to GOD that it NEVER goes out. Oh the sadness! The most epic remote ever.
Little Miss Green () - 05 05 09 - 12:51

That is awesome. My uncle recycled his old console unit as well. However he put a newer cable ready set in place of the tube.
Matt Kendrick () (URL) - 05 08 09 - 16:33

Do you still have the remote by any chance? I have the same model Television, but sadly cannot use the Space Command Phone System. This model is a jewel. The sound from the speakers is warm and full. Nothing beats it. Let me know about the remote. Thanks, Tom
Tom L. () - 20 12 10 - 21:28

Thanks for this awesome post :)
William (URL) - 15 04 12 - 21:16

Thanks for this awesome post :)
William (URL) - 15 04 12 - 21:17

My father had that TV too…We loved it!!!
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