FLEETWOOD FZ696 'RHAPSODY' (1959)

The Fleetwood FZ696 was manufactured for C. & A. Odlin Ltd by Philips Electrical Industries of N.Z. Ltd in 1959.

Other radios based on the same chassis:

7-valve (mono) radiogram or 11-valve ('Stereodaptor' stereo option fitted) stereogram

Stereo option supplied with Sonormate Satellite Speaker and an extra knob on the control panel (5 instead of 4) for balance.

Also released under the Philips brand, although (as was often the case with Philips / Fleetwood models) the only real difference is the badge.

User manual Fleetwood_Rhapsody_FZ696_and_Philips_F6Z96A_User_Manual.pdf

1959 Philips F6Z96A 'Albert Hall'
Radio and Electrical, October 1959

Technical Information

Valves (7 or 11): ECH81, EBF89, EBC81, ECC83, EL86, EL86, EZ81 and Stereodaptor: EBC81, EL86, EL86, EZ80

Intermediate Frequency: 455kc/s

Frequency Bands: 3

Chassis Notes(most schematics can be clicked to download a full size version)

1959 Philips F6Z96A 'Albert Hall'

1959 Philips F6Z96A 'Albert Hall'

1959 Philips F6Z96A 'Albert Hall'

1959 Philips F6Z96A 'Albert Hall'

General Construction Notes for Philips Electrical Industries of N.Z. Ltd:

Philips early-mid century were probably the Google of their time - they had branches in many countries and a global brand that everyone knew - and were apparently happy to let engineers come up with new ideas and implement them.  Construction is often overly complex but very well engineered - although repairs can also take a complex path.  They used time-in-motion studies to find the most cost effective way to asemble sets and sometimes this means repairs can be nightmarish (if you've ever worked on a V7A Theaterette this will be all too aparent).  U suffix model numbers are transformerless (hot chassis) sets and great care should be taken, or the sets avoided altogether.

Philips model codes are complex - they are explained in-depth on the Philips brand page. 

Mullard codes: The model codes from Mullard sets (unlike their Philips counterparts) appear to contain valve count and date information.  For example, the model 525 is a 5-valve 1945 design.  The 2 appears to just be an identifier (most likely in case there were two models in 1945 with 5 valves, which there was - the 515 is the small 'Meteor' mantle set).

Fleetwood codes are often just a rearranged version of the Philips code.  For example, the FL374T transistor radio is a rearrangement of the Philips model L3Z74T.  Early Fleetwood codes were numeric with F on the end.  From about 1959 onwards the codes were much more like their Philips counterparts.  They start with F or FL (or sometimes FZ for larger consoles)...  These later codes also tend to end in a Philips-style identifier for the power source (A for mains, B for battery, T for transistor battery, etc - see the Philips brand page for more info on that).

Other documented models using this chassis (2 in total)

YEARMODEL NAME
1959 Philips F6Z96A 'Albert Hall'