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JVC Videosphere

Published: May 16, 2021
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The JVC Videosphere is a CRT television model 3240 that was shaped in the form of a UFO space helmet. It was first introduced in 1970 and was sold up until the early-1980s. It was popular for its modern design; the alarm clock base was an option, most units have a plain base. The set was inspired by the helmets worn by the Apollo 11 astronauts, the first men to walk on the moon in 1969, just one year before the TV made its debut. Videospheres were produced in large quantities in white, red, black and orange in the 1970s with a grey colored model also released in the 1980s. The design of the videosphere is said to have been inspired by the film '2001: A Space Odyssey' though the videosphere's shape in itself remains as one of the most iconic examples of the early 1970s design ethos.

JVC Videosphere

Versatile and portable

This portable television is considered one of the most iconic electronic devices of the late 20th century. It combines the period’s preoccupation with space exploration with modern plastic and acrylic materials perfectly suited for the Videosphere’s space cosmic aesthetic. The TV was designed to be highly versatile and mobile. It rotates 360° on its square pedestal for viewing from any angle, and the chain affixed to the top of the device allows it to be mounted from the ceiling or hand-carried from one location to another. Additionally, the device could be powered by a cord plugged into any household outlet or, when used remotely, by a rechargeable battery.

In art & culture

The Videosphere in art: TV Buddha is a video sculpture by Nam June Paik first produced in 1974. In the work, a Buddha statue watches an image of itself on a TV screen, a JVC Videosphere. The screen's image is produced by a live video camera trained on the Buddha statue.

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What's your JVC Videosphere worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
JVC JVC Videosphere Model 3240 JVC Videosphere Model 3240 Space Age 07/2021 $ 405.97
JVC Mid Century Modern 1970 S Jvc Mid Century Modern 1970 S Jvc 07/2021 $ 359.57
JVC Orange JVC Videosphere Model Orange JVC Videosphere Model 3241 Space 07/2021 $ 338.69
JVC JVC Videosphere Model 3240 JVC Videosphere Model 3240 Space Age 09/2021 $ 230.82
JVC JVC Videosphere Model 3240 JVC Videosphere Model 3240 Space Age 09/2021 $ 346.81
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