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TANDBERG TP41 (RSG 879)
Item Code: RSG 879
• Country: Norway
• Manufacturer / Brand: Tandberg Radio; Oslo
• Year: 1970
• Category: Broadcast Receiver – or past WW2 Tuner
• Main principle: to an article Super-Heterodyne (Super in general); ZF/IF 455/10700 kHz; 3 AF stage(s)
• Tuned circuits: 8 AM circuit(s) 13 FM circuit(s)
• Power type and voltage: Dry Batteries / 9 Volt
• Loudspeaker: Permanent Magnet Dynamic (PDyn) Loudspeaker (moving coil) – elliptical
• Model: Portable 41 – Tandberg Radio; Oslo
• Dimensions (W.H.D): 10.6 x 7.3 x 3.1 inch
Tandberg Portable 41 (sometimes referred to as Model 41 or TP41) is a beautifully styled 1970’s era portable radio hailing from Norway, in a deluxe wooden case.
It has a few unusual characteristics as we’ll discover, but overall it is one of the nicer radios in our collection because it offers excellent AM reception and sound. It runs on 6 D cells which provide very long battery life, or it can be powered by an external 12-volt power supply. Being a 70’s vintage European radio the Tandberg has a DIN connector for audio in and out, a Motorola type jack (a standard US car antenna jack) for an auxiliary antenna for all bands, a 12-volt input jack, ¼” headphone jack and a Euro-style speaker output jack. There was a car adapter for the radio once upon a time…many of these European radios with their dial faces on the top edge were designed for dual use in a car where they slid into an under-dash bracket and pulled out for use as a portable. There is a row of connectors on the bottom of the radio which made contact with the car adapter when the radio was slid into it to automatically connect to the car’s antenna, speaker and power. There is a dial light which stays on as long as you press down on the volume knob…this light is on full time when running on external power.
You will notice that the front panel is literally all speaker…a giant 9” x 5” oval shape far larger than that found in most portable radios. Backed by a powerful amplifier the Tandberg pours forth plenty of pleasing audio and the bass and treble controls have a wide range to suit the program material and your tastes.
While AM audio quality is good – very powerful and clean, the TP41 sounds even better on FM, with wide range frequency response, low distortion, excellent clarity, naturalness and pleasing overall tonal balance. You can get even more audio power when running on external power but it’s still very robust sounding on batteries.
The RF performance is excellent too. AM and SW are quite sensitive and selective although there is an approximate 4.5 – 6 MHz gap in SW coverage. FM, although not as selective as some of today’s better DSP-equipped portables is nonetheless relatively sensitive and good enough for most purposes…my usual stations all came in loud and clear.
Placed on your Drawing room shelf will give the corer vintage and elegant look.
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