Raspberry Pi revives broken vintage TV with new guts

Reviving a vintage Sony TV with a Raspberry Pi 4 while retaining its original aesthetics and volume knob.

Raspberry Pi revives broken vintage TV with new guts
Published by Ethan @ PC Game Spotlight 9 months ago

A Raspberry Pi 4 helps revive a broken vintage Sony TV, with the maker retaining the retro aesthetics and volume knob, and adding a new screen and volume buttons.

The Raspberry Pi powers the operation, connected to 3W speakers and a USB sound card.

The Raspberry Pi 4 powers the operation, but you could also use any other SBC or mini PC. The original screen was replaced with an LCD panel; new buttons were mapped to OSMC controls. The TV is currently set up to play your favourite movies on repeat, but I imagine it could be turned into a pretty good gaming rig.

Check out the original Reddit thread for a closer look at the project. You can also follow Joe_vs_the_Jalapeno for future updates and new features.

The maker said they plan to add an Ethernet port and 3.5mm audio jack in the works. Personally, I’d love to see a USB port added so I can add a wireless keyboard and mouse (and maybe a gaming controller) for easy navigation.

If you’re looking for a new TV, check out our guide to the best Raspberry Pi TV sticks. You can also get a great deal on a Raspberry Pi 4, or maybe the best gaming monitor for your Pi 4 setup.

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