Richtige Fernseher haben Röhren!

Richtige Fernseher haben Röhren!

In Brief: On this site you will find pictures and information about some of the electronic, electrical and electrotechnical Obsolete technology relics that the Frank Sharp Private museum has accumulated over the years .
Premise: There are lots of vintage electrical and electronic items that have not survived well or even completely disappeared and forgotten.

Or are not being collected nowadays in proportion to their significance or prevalence in their heyday, this is bad and the main part of the death land. The heavy, ugly sarcophagus; models with few endearing qualities, devices that have some over-riding disadvantage to ownership such as heavy weight,toxicity or inflated value when dismantled, tend to be under-represented by all but the most comprehensive collections and museums. They get relegated to the bottom of the wants list, derided as 'more trouble than they are worth', or just forgotten entirely. As a result, I started to notice gaps in the current representation of the history of electronic and electrical technology to the interested member of the public.

Following this idea around a bit, convinced me that a collection of the peculiar alone could not hope to survive on its own merits, but a museum that gave equal display space to the popular and the unpopular, would bring things to the attention of the average person that he has previously passed by or been shielded from. It's a matter of culture. From this, the Obsolete Technology Tellye Web Museum concept developed and all my other things too. It's an open platform for all electrical Electronic TV technology to have its few, but NOT last, moments of fame in a working, hand-on environment. We'll never own Colossus or Faraday's first transformer, but I can show things that you can't see at the Science Museum, and let you play with things that the Smithsonian can't allow people to touch, because my remit is different.

There was a society once that was the polar opposite of our disposable, junk society. A whole nation was built on the idea of placing quality before quantity in all things. The goal was not “more and newer,” but “better and higher" .This attitude was reflected not only in the manufacturing of material goods, but also in the realms of art and architecture, as well as in the social fabric of everyday life. The goal was for each new cohort of children to stand on a higher level than the preceding cohort: they were to be healthier, stronger, more intelligent, and more vibrant in every way.

The society that prioritized human, social and material quality is a Winner. Truly, it is the high point of all Western civilization. Consequently, its defeat meant the defeat of civilization itself.

Today, the West is headed for the abyss. For the ultimate fate of our disposable society is for that society itself to be disposed of. And this will happen sooner, rather than later.

OLD, but ORIGINAL, Well made, Funny, Not remotely controlled............. and not Made in CHINA.

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Note that if you don't find what you searched for, try it after a period of time; the site is a never ending job !

Every CRT Television saved let revive knowledge, thoughts, moments of the past life which will never return again.........

Many contemporary "televisions" (more correctly named as displays) would not have this level of staying power, many would ware out or require major services within just five years or less and of course, there is that perennial bug bear of planned obsolescence where components are deliberately designed to fail and, or manufactured with limited edition specificities..... and without considering........picture......sound........quality........
..............The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of todays funny gadgets low price has faded from memory........ . . . . . .....
Don't forget the past, the end of the world is upon us! Pretty soon it will all turn to dust!

Have big FUN ! !
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Thursday, October 3, 2013


The METZ  70TH73  NORDKAP-70S  is a digital 100HZ scan rate color television with many features in a high level tellye.

The METZ  70TH73  NORDKAP-70S  was first METZ 100HZ television with VGA Computer connector feature.

The METZ  70TH73  NORDKAP-70S  was first METZ TV with an enhanced high graphics menu control with windowing capability feature and with many remotely controllable advanced features based around  M2  a 16-bit controller based on Infineon’s C16x core is designed to provide absolute top performance for a wide spectrum of teletext and  graphic applications in standard and high end TV-sets .

The METZ  70TH73  NORDKAP-70S was first METZ TV 100HZ television featured and based around ITT / MICRONAS PRIMUS  Powerful Scan Rate Converter including Multistandard Color Decoder.
In the existing television system, a so-called interlaced scanning system is carried out. That is, one picture (frame) is transmitted by two vertical scannings (fields). This interlaced scanning system is considered in order to increase the number of scanning lines as much as possible in a limited frequency band without a flicker being perceived by a viewer.
However, in the CCIR system employed mainly in European countries, the field frequency is 50 Hz. By this frequency, the flicker can not be removed completely and the flicker becomes conspicuous particularly when the brightness of the television picture is high.
A 100HZ  TELEVISION In a known arrangement, the frame rate of a television signal is doubled by using a field store. In a first operating mode, each field of the television signal is entered into the field store in this arrangement and read out twice at twice the frequency. In a second mode, only every second field is entered into the field store and read out four times at twice the frequency. In an arrangement for converting an original picture signal representing a sequence of frames, each of which is composed of two interlaced fields, into a converted picture signal which has a double field frequency with respect to the original picture signal, is for doubling the field frequency, for the purpose of noise reduction, motion compensation and line flicker reduction.

100Hz digital scan,To improve the picture quality in a television receiver which displays the received television signal in accordance with the line interlace method, frame stores are increasingly used. The remaining system-related flicker disturbances caused by the line interlace method require different signal processing for stationary and moving frame sequences in known flicker reduction processes, in which the receiver switches from flicker-free to motion-correct 100-Hz field repetition rate even with a relatively slight movement. To reduce system-related line flicker disturbances with line interlace reproduction, the signals contained in the frame store are in each case divided by vertical filtering in the television receiver into a vertical high-frequency and low-frequency signal as determined by the position frequency, these signals are differently processed in dependence on movement and the processed high-frequency and low-frequency signals are reproduced with twice the vertical frequency in line interlace. The flicker reduction method according to the invention can be used in all television receivers in which the television signal is reproduced at twice the vertical frequency in line interlace,

It has 2 AV SCART Connectors, Digital Audio , Front bottom 8 digit led displays (last time seen), RCA AV connectors, SVHS jack Multistandard capability, SVM (Scan velocity modulation.), many other features.

A SCART Connector (which stands for Syndicat des Constructeurs d'Appareils Radiorécepteurs et Téléviseurs) is a standard for connecting audio-visual equipment together. The official standard for SCART is CENELEC document number EN 50049-1. SCART is also known as Péritel (especially in France) and Euroconnector but the name SCART will be used exclusively herein. The standard defines a 21-pin connector (herein after a SCART connector) for carrying analog television signals. Various pieces of equipment may be connected by cables having a plug fitting the SCART connectors. Television apparatuses commonly include one or more SCART connectors.
Although a SCART connector is bidirectional, the present invention is concerned with the use of a SCART connector as an input connector for receiving signals into a television apparatus. A SCART connector can receive input television signals either in an RGB format in which the red, green and blue signals are received on Pins 15, 11 and 7, respectively, or alternatively in an S-Video format in which the luminance (Y) and chroma (C) signals are received on Pins 20 and 15. As a result of the common usage of Pin 15 in accordance with the SCART standard, a SCART connector cannot receive input television signals in an RGB format and in an S-Video format at the same time.
Consequently many commercially available television apparatuses include a separate SCART connectors each dedicated to receive input television signals in one of an RGB format and an S-Video format. This limits the functionality of the SCART connectors. In practical terms, the number of SCART connectors which can be provided on a television apparatus is limited by cost and space considerations. However, different users wish the input a wide range of different combinations of formats of television signals, depending on the equipment they personally own and use. However, the provision of SCART connectors dedicated to input television signals in one of an RGB format and an S-Video format limits the overall connectivity of the television apparatus. Furthermore, for many users the different RGB format and S-Video format are confusing. Some users may not understand or may mistake the format of a television signal being supplied on a given cable from a given piece of equipment. This can result in the supply of input television signals of an inappropriate format for the SCART connector concerned.
This kind of connector is todays obsoleted !
TV signals are defined primarily the National Television Standards Committee (NTSC), the Phase Alternative Line (PAL) or the Sequential Couleur Avec Memoire (SECAM) systems, and used in different countries around the world. An analog TV signal utilizes mainly two or three RF carriers, combined in the same channel band. One carrier may commonly be amplitude modulated (AM) with video content, and the other may be frequency modulated (FM) and/or amplitude modulated (AM) with audio content. An analog TV receiver functions by performing a series of operations comprising adjusting the signal power, separating the video and audio carriers, and locking to each carrier in order to down-convert the signals to baseband. The baseband video signal may then be decoded and displayed by achieving horizontal and vertical synchronization and extracting the luminance and color information. After demodulating the received signal, the resulting baseband audio may be decoded, and left, right, surround channels and/or other information may be extracted.

 - The  METZ  70TH73  NORDKAP-70S  Features a multistandard PAL/SECAM/NTSC 3.58 & 4.43 CCIR B/G/H/I/L/D/K/M. The different coding processes, e.g. NTSC, PAL and SECAM, introduced into the known colour television standards, differ in the nature of the chrominance transmission and in particular the different systems make use of different colour subcarrier frequencies and different line frequencies.

The following explanations relate to the PAL and NTSC systems, but correspondingly apply to video signals of other standards and non-standardized signals.
The colour subcarrier frequency (fsc) of a PAL system and a NTSC system is fsc(NTSC) = 3.58 MHz or fsc(PAL) = 4.43 MHz.
In addition, in PAL and NTSC systems the relationships of the colour subcarrier frequency (fsc) to the line frequency (fh) are given by fsc(NTSC) = 227.50 * fh or 4•fsc(NTSC) = 910 • fh fsc(PAL) = 283.75 * fh or 4•fsc(PAL) = 1135 • fh so that the phase of the colour subcarrier in the case of NTSC is changed by 180°/line and in PAL by 270°/line.

The invention relates to a digital multistandard decoder for video signals and to a method for decoding video signals. Colour video signals, so-called composite video, blanking and sync signals (CVBS) (chroma-video-blanking-sync) signal is a signal comprising both the chrominance and the luminance component of the video signal. Therefore, the CVBS video signal may be PAL video signal, a SECAM video signal, or an NTSC video signal. are essentially composed of a brightness signal or luminance component (Y), two colour difference signals or chrominance components (U, V or I, Q), vertical and horizontal sync signals (VS, HS) and a blanking signal (BL).

In order to decode a video signal and restore a color image, a color TV set has to identify the color TV standard used at the emission. Conventional color TV sets are equipped with a system for automatically identifying the norm or standard of the color TV set used for the emission. The invention more particularly relates to an automatic method for identifying a color TV standard in a multistandard TV set.

Presently, the most commonly used color TV standards are PAL, NTSC and SECAM standards. For these three standards, each line of the composite video signal comprises a synchronization pulse, a burst of a few oscillations of the chrominance sub-carrier signal, then the signal itself corresponding to the image, comprising superimposed luminance and chrominance information, the latter information being carried by the luminance signal.

The characteristics of the chrominance sub-carrier in the various PAL, NTSC and SECAM standards are defined in the published documents concerning these standards and will not be described in detail here. However, the main characteristics of these various standards will be briefly reminded because these indications are useful for a better understanding of the invention.

In the PAL standard, the frequency of the chrominance sub-carrier is equal for all the lines, but the phase of one of the modulation vectors varies + or -90° from one line to another. The frequency of the chrominance sub-carrier is standardized at 4.43 Mhz. In this system, the burst signal is also shifted by + or -90° from one line to the next.

In the NTSC standard, the chrominance sub-carrier is equal for all the lines.

In the SECAM standard, one uses two chrominance sub-carrier frequencies which alternate from one line to another, at 4.25 Mhz and 4.40 Mhz, respectively. These two chrominance sub-carriers are frequency modulated.

The multistandard color TV sets must have distinct internal systems designed to decode the luminance and chrominance signals for each standard used.

Therefore, these TV sets have to previously identify the received standard.

Systems for automatically identifying the standard used already exist. Generally, for such an automatic standard identification, the systems known use the bursts of the chrominance sub-carrier signal that are present at the beginning of each line. In fact, these bursts are standardized and calibrated samples of the chrominance sub-carrier transmitted on the video signal and comprise all the characteristic information concerning the transmitted color standard. The information contained in these bursts represents the frequency, the phase of one of the modulation vectors and the frequency or phase variation of one line with repect to the next one.

- CTI Picture Improvements circuitry in which colour signal, e.g. the line-sequential colour difference signals (R-Y,B-Y), is processed by an edge steepening circuit e.g. a colour transient improver and/or a two-line delay line in which the colour signals from two lines are added. The delay line may be part of a drop-out compensation circuit in which the colour signal of line n is replaced by the signal present for line n-2. A CCD-line may be used as the two-line delay line, and an amplitude limiter included. ADVANTAGE - Increased picture sharpness and improved signal-to-noise ratio.

The METZ  70TH73  NORDKAP-70S is guided through graphical menu via remote.The present invention concerns a television system with apparatus for controlling a relatively large number of functions and characteristics with only a relatively small number of control devices.

Television receivers have a relatively large number of functions that are controllable by the user. Typically, these include turning the receiver on and off, selecting channels, setting the volume level and adjusting certain picture characteristics such as brightness, contrast sharpness (sometimes called "peaking"), color level (or saturation) and color tint (or hue) and in television receivers with stereo sound provisions, adjusting certain audio characters such as balance, treble and bass. In addition, with the increased use of digital signal processing and microprocessors, a large number of other control functions have become economically practical. Often a control device is provided for each function or characteristic.

In the case of television receivers with analog signal processing systems, potentiometers are provided for adjusting respective picture and audio characteristics in both increasing and decreasing senses. However, in television receivers with digital signal processing systems it is anticipated that each of these potentiometers may be replaced by two pushbutton switches for digitally causing the respective characteristic to be increased or decreased. Therefore it is anticipated that a digital television receiver will require even more control devices than a comparable analog receiver.

It is desirable for cost and for human engineering reasons to limit the number of user operable control devices. Thus, there has been the desire to provide control apparatus for controlling a large number of functions and characteristics of a television receiver with only a few control devices.

In the past, attempts to make multiple use of switches for controlling various functions in order to limit the number of control devices have been confusing to users. Thus, there exists a need for plural-function and characteristic control apparatus in which multiple use is made of control devices with little or no confusion to users.

In accordance with a feature of the present invention, in a television system, a programming switch and a plurality of switches identified by respective symbols such as numbers, the latter being normally used for channel or television signal source selection, are used to select various functions of a receiver for control. When the programming switch is operated by a user, a character generator produces signals for displaying a list or menu of various receiver control functions, such as the controlling of the picture and audio responses on an image reproducing device associated with the television system. In the menu, each one of the functions is identified by one of the symbols associated with the signal source selection switches. Thereafter, a particular one of the functions displayed on the menu can be selected for control by operation of the corresponding signal source selection switch.

In accordance with another aspect of the invention, after a particular function has been selected for control, a list or menu of characteristics of the selected function, such as brightness, contrast, sharpness, color level and color tint characteristics of the picture response is caused to be displayed. In the menu, each of the functions is identified by one of the symbols associated with the signal source selection switches. Thereafter, a particular one of the characteristics displayed on the menu can be selected for adjustment by operation of the corresponding signal source selection switch. After a characteristic has been selected for control, positive and negative sense adjustment switches common to all the characteristics can be operated to adjust the selected characteristic.
Bildwiederholungsfrequenz in Hz: 100 Hertz
Ton: Stereo

Bildverhältnis: 4:3 Format
Bildschirmgröße in Zoll: 28 Zoll
Bildschirmgröße in cm: 70 cm

The METZ  70TH73  NORDKAP-70S  have had a 2400 DM price in 2002 (Approx over than 1500 EUR / $).

One more comment about digital in 2000..............

Over the years we have learnt that one of the most important things in video/ TV technology is selecting the best system to use. We have also seen how difficult this can be. Prior to the start of the colour TV era in Europe there was an great to-do about the best system to adopt. The US NTSC system seemed an obvious choice to start with. It had been proved in use, and refine- ments had been devised. But alternative, better solutions were proposed - PAL and Secam. PAL proved to be a great success, in fact a good choice. 
The French Secam system seems to have worked just as well. Apart from the video tape battles of the Seventies, the next really big debate concerned digital TV. When it came to digital terrestrial TV (DTT), Europe and the USA again adopted different standards. 

One major difference is the modulation system used for transmission. Coded orthogonal frequency   division multiplexing (COFDM) was selected for the European DVB system, while in the USA a system called 8VSB was adopted. COFDM uses quadrature amplitude modulation of a number of orthogonal carriers that are spread across the channel bandwidth. Because of their number, each carrier has a relatively low bit rate. 
The main advantage of the system is its excellent behaviour under multipath reception conditions. 8VSB represents a rather older,  pre phase modulation technoogy: eight  state amplitude modulation of a single carrier, with a vestigial sideband. The decision on the US system was assigned to the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), reporting to the FCC. The system it proposed was approved by the FCC on December 26th, 1996. The curious date might suggest that there had been a certain amount of politicking. In fact there had been an almighty row between the TV and computer industries about the video standard to adopt, the two fearing that one or other would gain an advantage as the technologies converged. It was 'resolved' by adopting a sort of   "open standard"  we are talking about resolution and scanning standards here - the idea apparently being that the technology would somehow sort itself out.

 There seems to have been rather less concern about the modulation standard. 8VSB was adopted because it was assumed to be able to provide a larger service area than the alternatives, including COFDM, for a given transmitter power. Well, the USA is a very large place! But the US TV industry, or at least some parts of it, is now having second thoughts. Once the FCC had made its decision, there was pressure to get on with digital TV. In early 1998 there were announce- ments about the start of transmissions and broadcasters assured the FCC that DTT would be available in the ten areas of greatest population concentration by May 1999. Rapid advances were expected, with an anticipated analogue TV switch -off in 2006. So far however things have not gone like that. At the end of 1999 some seventy DTI' transmitters were in operation, but Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association estimates suggest that only some 50,000 sets and 5,000 STBs had been sold.

 There have been many reports of technical problems, in particular with reception in urban and hilly areas and the use of indoor aerials, also with video/audio sync and other matters. Poor reception with indoor aerials in urban conditions is of particular concern: that's how much of the population receives its TV. The UK was the first European country to start DTI', in late 1998 - at much the same time as in the USA. The contrast is striking. ONdigital had signed up well over 500,000 subscribers by the end of 1999, a much higher proportion of viewers than in the USA. Free STBs have played a part of course, but it's notable that DTT 's reception in the UK has been relatively hassle -free. In making this comparison it should also be remembered that the main aim of DTT technology differs in Europe and the USA. 

The main concern in Europe has been to provide additional channels. In the USA it has been to move to HDTV, in particular to provide a successor the NTSC system. There have been plenty of channels in the USA for many a year. For example the DirecTV satellite service started in mid 1994 and offers some 200 channels. Internationally, various countries have been comparing the US and European digital systems. They have overwhelmingly come down in favour of the DVB system. There have been some very damaging assessments of the ATSC standard. The present concern in the US TV industry results from this poor domestic take up and lack of international success. Did the FCC make a boob, in particular in the choice of 8VSB? Following compara- tive tests carried out by Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc., the company has petitioned the FCC to adopt COFDM as an option in the ATSC standard. Not only did its tests confirm poor reception with indoor aerials: they also established that the greater coverage predicted for 8VSB failed to materialise in practice. Could the USA have two DTT transmission standards? It seems unlikely. It would involve dual standard receivers and non  standardisation of transmitters. In the all important business of system selection, it looks as if the FCC got it wrong.
              ....................................   It is obviously wasteful to duplicate terrestrial TV transmissions in analogue and digital form. Sooner or later transmissions will all be digital, since this is a more efficient use of spectrum space. The question is when? It would suit some to switch off the analogue transmitters as soon as possible. 2006 has been suggested as a time to start, with ana- logue transmissions finally ending in 2010. All very neat and tidy. Whether it will work out in that way is another matter. Strong doubts are already beginning to be aired. 
 The government has, quite properly, laid down conditions to be met before the switch off occurs. Basically that the digital signal coverage should equal that achieved for analogue TV, currently 99.4 per cent of the population, and that digital receiving equipment should be available at an affordable price. The real problem is that there is a difference between a coverage of 99.4 per cent and 99.4 per cent of the population actually having digital receiving equipment. Why should those who are interested in only free - to -air channels go out and buy/rent a digital receiver? It is already becoming evident that this represents a fair chunk of the population. 
The ITC has warned the government that the 2006-2010 timetable is in jeopardy. Peter Rogers, the ITC's chief executive, has said "we need to persuade people only interested in watching free -to -air television to switch to digital. "
Unless we do, there will be no switch - over." Well not quite, because the analogue receivers will eventually wear out and have to be replaced. But that could take a long, long time. Meanwhile many people will expect to be able to continue to watch their usual TV fare using their existing analogue receivers. 

Research carried out by Culture Secretary Chris Smith's department has established that between forty and fifty per cent of the population expects the BBC licence to cover their TV viewing, which means what they get at present in analogue form. A substantial percentage of the population simply isn't interested in going digital. In fact take up of integrated receiver -decoders, as opposed to the free digital set -top boxes, has so far been very slow. 
Of five million TV sets sold in the UK year 1999 , only 10,000 were digital. There are important factors apart from overall coverage and how many people have sets. There is the extension of coverage, which becomes more difficult to achieve eco- nomically as the number of those not covered decreases. There is the problem of reception quality. And there is the question of domestic arrangements and convenience. Extending coverage to the last ten fifteen per cent of the population by means of conventional terrestrial transmitters will be expensive. Mr Smith's department seems to have conceded that other methods of signal delivery may have to be adopted - by satellite, by microwave links or by cable. The latter has of course never been economic where few households are involved. 
The frequency planners have been trying to find ways of increasing coverage even to well populated areas. There are so many areas where problems of one sort or another make the provision of DTT difficult. Satellite TV is the obvious solution. 
The time may well come when it is wondered why anyone bothered with DTT. Signal quality is becoming an increasingly important factor as the digital roll out continues. In areas where the signal is marginal, viewers could experience the extreme irritation of picture break up or complete loss like even todays. This is quite apart from the actual quality of the channel, which depends on the number of bits per second used. There is a maximum number of bits per multiplex, the total being shared by several channels. The fewer the bits, the poorer the picture in terms of definition and rendering. 

There have already been complaints about poor quality. The question of domestic arrangements is one that has not so far received adequate public attention. Most households 2000 nowadays don't have just one TV set that the family watches. They have a main one, probably, almost certainly one or more VCRs, and several other sets around the house to serve various purposes. What 'the percentage of households that have digital TV' should really mean is the percentage willing to replace all this equipment. It will be expensive, and people would not be happy if they were told to throw away their other equipment when they get a single nice new all  singing all dancing widescreen digital TV set. It fact there would be uproar. The move from analogue to digital is not like that from 405 to 625 lines, which went fairly smoothly.

In those days few people had video equipment or a multitude of sets. The transition to digital is not going to be smooth, and the suggestion of a switch off during 2006-2010 already looks totally unrealistic. Unless the government subsidises or gives away digital TV sets - and why should it? - people will expect their existing equipment to continue to be usable.  

So it's likely that analogue TV will be with us for many years yet. But that would be the end of analogue too. 



Metz: 70 Years’ of "made in Germany" quality

Customer-oriented and successful

Metz, one of the German electronic industry’s most independent and successful companies, celebrates its rich tradition as it enters its seventieth year. An amazing success story during a period when numerous well-known manufacturers had to concede to difficult market conditions and suspend business activity. In 1938 Metz began producing electronic equipment. During subsequent years Paul Metz led his company to a position of worldwide importance. The company currently focuses on three business areas: entertainment electronics, photo electronics and plastics technology. Numerous innovations shape both past and present and create a promising potential for the future. To date this has united the company’s development and production, which is still owner-led and based in Germany, guaranteeing a consistently high "made in Germany" standard of quality.

Back to the future

Metz was founded back in 1938. From this point in time, Paul Metz managed his company with untiring effort, always introducing new ideas to steadily grow the business. In 1947 he began producing radio sets. He expanded to other fields in the following years. And to this day Metz stands its ground successfully in the entertainment electronics, photo electronics and plastics technology sectors.

In 1993, Paul Metz died at the age of 82. Since then, his wife Helene Metz has continued with the company’s success story undetered. Entrepreneurial spirit combined with responsibility and committment to employees and society certainly characterise her management style; innovative ideas and excellent quality lay the basis for the positive evolution of a company. "My husband and I have always invested in the company and promoted its development. Independence was important to us. At the same time, we always attached great importance to excellently trained, highly motivated employees. And nothing will change these values in future."

Photo electronics: Metz flashguns attain world fame

In 1952, Paul Metz went in into the flashgun business and began marketing an emblematic trend-setting innovation in 1979 with the introduction of the worldwide single SCA adapter system which made it possible to attach Metz flashguns to cameras of all well-known brands and went on to establish Metz as one of the leading worldwide brands in this area. Since then, Metz flashguns have been exported to over 90 countries. The latest successful model was voted "the best flash unit in Europe" at the end of 2007. It was the world’s first flash to be equipped with a USB interface. The individual firmware for every version of the model can be easily updated via computer and internet by means of this interface.

Entertainment electronics: Metz - reliable trade partner

In 1955, Metz entered a business sector which later became its most important source of revenue - the production of television sets. This sector was further expanded in 1967 with the development and production of their own brand of colour TVs. Around this time, Metz began selective sales in the specialist consumer electronics trade, which forms a cornerstone of Metz’s service-oriented recipe for success to this day, ensuring the customer gets an additional service benefit as well as excellent products.
In 1990, the first TV set with Metz’s own 100-Hertz technology was introduced. The excellent, flicker-free image quality delighted both consumers and specialist publications.

In 1995, Metz came up with an innovation in the field of TV which continues to make the product line flexible, unique and successful to this day: The modular-built TV chassis was launched. From the turn of the Millennium, the first digital tuner was integrated. Another milestone came in 2005 with the introduction of their own-brand LCD-TV. Since then, flat screen TV sets with innovative technologies have been developed and produced at the company’s Zirndorf site with the "made in Germany" quality seal. At the same time the opportunity get into high definition television meant that in 2007 integrated HDTV modules were introduced into the Metz product range – unique worldwide – and which can also be retrofitted.
The Metz team always manage to weigh up the future realistically, as you can see from the current product range, which is constantly evolving and supplemented with new components that offer great marketing opportunities. Latest example is the implementation of HD panels with high resolution when operating in 100 Hertz DMC-technology and integrated hard disc recorder at IFA 2008. All TV sets of Metz offer the benefits of flexible retrofitting or exchanging of modules thanks to the Metz digital module concept, on which every chassis is based on.

Plastics plant: Metz - renowned partner for system solutions

Metz’s third line of business came about in 1957: The hi-fi furniture plant at Zirndorf went into operation making wooden cabinets for radio and TV sets. It expanded when it began plastics production in 1969. To this day, this sector represents another important constituent for Metz, especially in the production of its own high-quality TV cabinets. But renowned industrial partners also use the reliable production line at the German site with all its individual system solutions. The Metz plastics plant is the right place to go, from choosing suitable materials for a product concept, up to the provision of injection moulding forms. Complex techniques are used at the Zirndorf factory: interior gas pressure processes, thermoplastic foam injection moulding processes and ultrasonic welding and inmold technology, to name but a few.

Metz - traditional company on a solid foundation

After its formation, Metz went on to enjoy seven decades of continual success. At present, the company employs about 680 people, with a turnover of €129 million in 2007. The development, production and sales departments are grouped together on a 86,000 square-metre site. To this day, the company owes its positive development to the introduction of more innovative products and processes in all corporate divisions which play a large part making the products technically feasible and user-friendly.

"Our company stands on a solid foundation. Our planning for the next few years shows great promise; we will go on to further improve our core competences," says managing director Dr. Norbert Kotzbauer, who currently runs the company with Helene Metz. " Metz’s strength is the combination of excellent "made in Germany" quality, sure-fire future product concepts, clear marketing structures and absolute customer focus."

Review of key points:

  • 1938: Company founded by Paul Metz
  • 1947: Production of radio sets begins
  • 1952: Flashgun production begins
  • 1955: Start of black-and-white television set production
  • 1957: The hi-fi furniture plant in Zirndorf goes into operation
  • 1967: The beginning of colour television set production
  • 1969: Start of plastics production
  • 1979: Development of the SCA system for adapting cameras from different manufacturers to Metz flashguns
  • 1987: Transformation to a GmbH & Co. KG
  • 1990: Production of the 100-Hertz TV sets starts
  • 1993: Founder Paul Metz dies. Wife Helene Metz carries on the company
  • 1995: Start of the Metz module concept
  • 1997: The Paul and Helene Metz Foundation is formed
  • 2000: Start of the Metz digital module concept with the ability to retrofit future technologies
  • 2002: Ten-millionth Metz flashgun
  • 2004: A world first: Digital, adaptive flashgun MB of 28 CS-2
  • 2005: First presentation of developed LCD-TV equipment "Made in Germany"
  • 2006: Presentation of the first flashgun with an innovative USB connection
  • 2007: LCD-TV product line with HDTV reception and unique ability to retrofit HDTV
  • 2008: Wide LCD-TV range with high resolution 42” Full HD panels,
    100 Hz DMC-technology and integrated hard disc recorder.
  • 19 November 2014: Metz filed for insolvency.
  • January 2015: About 110 of the 540 employees will be laid off.
  • March 2015: Two investors were found. The company will be split in two. The TV business is taken over by the Chinese electronics manufacturer Skyworth as Metz Consumer Electronics GmbH, whereas the plastics technology and flash business were bought by the local Daum Group (Germany) to firm Metz mecatech GmbH. 298 of the employees will be taken over.
The company filed for insolvency in 2014 and backed up by new investors now refirms as two independent companies Metz Consumer Electronics GmbH and Metz mecatech GmbH since 2015.

 (Again one more more step ..........Europe=Africa !!!!!!!!!!!!)

Further notes and References:

"Contact person Archived 2011-09-25 at the Wayback Machine." Metz. Retrieved on 17 September 2011. "Metz-Werke GmbH & Co. KG, Ohmstr. 55, 90513 Zirndorf" "TV-Hersteller Metz ist pleite". 19 November 2014 – via Germany, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Stuttgart,. "Fernsehgerätehersteller Metz: Dem Niedergang folgt die Pleite".[permanent dead link][permanent dead link] "Wirtschaft". DIE WELT. Impressum
Titel der Sonderausstellung „Made in Franken. Von Hinterhoffabriken und Weltkonzernen“ auf der Website der Stadt Fürth, abgerufen am 29. August 2018 110 Mitarbeiter müssen gehen (Memento vom 22. November 2014 im Internet Archive)

Metz-Werke GmbH & Co. KG: Jahresabschluss zum Geschäftsjahr vom 1. Januar 2011 bis zum 31. Dezember 2011. auf




Firmenhistorie auf der Herstellerseite, abgerufen am 29. Januar 2016 (Memento vom 1. Mai 2015 im Internet Archive) (Memento vom 21. November 2015 im Internet Archive)

Barbara Ohm: Fürth - Geschichte der Stadt. Jungkunz, 2007, ISBN 3-9808686-1-3

70 Jahre Metz,, 11. März 2008

Metz hat Insolvenz beantragt,, 20. November 2014

TV Hersteller Metz ist pleite, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 19. November 2014

Nach dem Niedergang folgt die Pleite, Stuttgarter Zeitung, 22. November 2014

Hans Kratzer: Wou die Hasen Hoosn und die Hosen Huusn haaßn. Süddeutsche, 12. Januar 2017

Rundfunkmuseum: Metz-Schau endet., 18. April 2009

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