PHILIPS MODEL 499 'ROLL TOP' (1949)

The Philips model 499 was manufactured by Philips Electrical Industries of N.Z. Ltd in 1949.

6-valve broadcast band tablegram

Fitted with a Garrard model S turntable (78 rpm only).

1949 Philips  model 499
Otago Daily Times, 26 November 1948

Technical Information

Valves (6): EF41, ECH41, EAF41, EAF41, EL41, AZ41

Intermediate Frequency: 455 Kc/s

Frequency Bands: 1

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

Service information Philips_499_-_6V_BC_AC_-_1949.pdf

1949 Philips  model 499

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

Model codes are explained on the Philips brand page.  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.