Pocket-Set Streaming TV and Cassette – the 80s Version

Did you know there used to be a device that tried to have both podcast and television in the 1980’s like today we have cellphones?

The SHARP JC-AV2 was built by a Japanese company, Sharp, Osaka in 1986. It was less than 8 inches in length and had UHF tuner, AM/FM stereo radio, autoreverse cass and a telescopic antenna. It used a light reflector for back lighting which made you see the picture on the mirror.

The headphone jack doubled up as a switch, so it cut power whenever headphones were not plugged into the jack to save battery power. It does not work well today since the analog frequencies that it picked up were eliminated by the United States in 2009 and United Kingdom in 2012.


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