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 Post subject: Zenith 1966 model x960
PostPosted: Oct Sat 20, 2012 12:11 am 
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I was given a Zenith model x960. Everything works and sounds great. I would like to know what it could be worth. Contact me at alyse.mooney@hotmail.com please. Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 1966 model x960
PostPosted: Oct Sat 20, 2012 12:30 am 
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Not worth much, but it is a great console, the top of the line for 1966. Features the sealed
air suspension speaker system, separate power amp and belt drive changer.

It's weakness is having Germanium transistors in the preamp that can become noisy with age,
this was fixed in the 1967 model using silicon transistors.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 1966 model x960
PostPosted: Nov Thu 26, 2015 11:01 pm 
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A zenith x960w Lund? Danish Modern cabinet in walnut can be worth up to $1,200 or so.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 1966 model x960
PostPosted: Nov Fri 27, 2015 1:32 am 
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The X represents the 1967 model year. However most of the 1967 model year was manufactured and sold in 1966 (in time for the Christmas selling season)

Yes, the X960 Lund is indeed one of the top end models. Though, I've not heard of any selling for $1200. Most late 60s, early 70s solid state stereo systems, even the high end ones are hard to sell at $50-100.

Have things changed?

btw, ignore the 320 watt specification. These amplifiers were probably rated at 15-25 watts RMS.

-Steve


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 1966 model x960
PostPosted: Nov Fri 27, 2015 6:43 pm 
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yes Steve, in certain circles, you'd be surprised what those are selling for. But it's mostly to do with the design of the cabinet more than anything else. This is one of the prime examples of a mid century modern console, which are extremely popular with some folks right now.

If the same electronics were in a Mediteranian or Early American style cabinet, it would be worth $50. But if it's a modern style, something else altogether. Partly due to the success of the Mad Men TV show but that's over and the popularity is still there. Probably because it's such a good looking piece.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 1966 model x960
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So, with that logic, my 1967 Danish Modern Zenith Color TV should fetch a few bucks? :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 1966 model x960
PostPosted: Nov Fri 27, 2015 10:23 pm 
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azenithnut wrote:

btw, ignore the 320 watt specification. These amplifiers were probably rated at 15-25 watts RMS.

-Steve


And it would be very likely to fry itself attempting to do the IHF test regime.

In reality, even 15 watts is a pretty decent power output for most purposes. An average listening level of about 1 watt is pretty loud, and the notion that you could achieve real-life dynamic peaks is absurd.

Brett


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 1966 model x960
PostPosted: Nov Fri 27, 2015 11:06 pm 
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true but many of the people in the market for that type of unit, will have absolutely no idea what that means. So it doesn't really matter.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 1966 model x960
PostPosted: Nov Fri 27, 2015 11:09 pm 
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[quote="azenithnut"]So, with that logic, my 1967 Danish Modern Zenith Color TV should fetch a few bucks? :wink:

-Steve [quote]

Actually no, no one will want to touch it with that cataract that's starting to develop...... :)

Just kidding.

You would think so, but it seems that modern console stereos are where the all the action is.


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 Post subject: Re: Zenith 1966 model x960
PostPosted: Dec Tue 01, 2015 3:28 am 
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The 960 series put out 25 watts RMS, I had the preamp/tuner and amplifier out of one tested at one of those McIntosh test centers back around 1990. They were rather
surprised and impressed, it tested out better than most of the Pioneer, Kenwood, Sony etc. receivers that came their way. They are great performing consoles and still
completely hand wired.
Interesting to note that the service manual lists it as 80 watts EIA, of course both EIA and IHF were flawed and bloated ratings also.

As noted by Gregg, they can sell for high prices in the right circles, I have seen a couple sell for over $1,200, probably for looks, but fortunately, they have the performance
to match the good looks.

Azenithnut, Your 1967 Zenith TV is beautiful, same model that Mr. Phelps had in his living room on Mission Impossible.


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