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Aristona; Denmark

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Name: Aristona; Denmark    (DK)  
Abbreviation: aristona

Aristona, Danmark

Philips owned a lot of daugther companies, they often bought them because of better technology. The daugther companies I know about are Aristona, Erres, Dux, Hornyphon, S.B.R., Siera and Magnavox. Most of the companies are or were selling Philips equipment with another nameplate on it, sometimes the design or color was also changed a bit. It was mostly the cheapest Philips equipment they were selling that way. So they become a sort of budget brands, but with good quality equipment. Aristona was in Holland formerly known as NSF, who in the 1920s was a producer of small series of radio's and transmitting equipment. Philips bought NSF a few years later, and NSF produced the first Philips Radios type 2501 and 2502 in 1927. NSF also continued production under its own brand, the NSF-radios they produced were made from a Philips chassis with another case. In Belgium (were S.B.R. and Siera also came from) and in Germany, NSF sold it's equipment under the name Aristona. Aristona became more popular than NSF. Philips decided in the 1950s to rename it to Aristona. The company still exists in Holland, you can still buy here Aristona video equipment (they recently stopped with audio). All the NSF factories are renamed to Philips. The TV's, VCR's and DVD's look mostly exact the same as a Philips. But the price is lower. Erres was a same kind of brand like NSF. They have invented a lot of techniques. That's why Philips bought them. Erres was located in The Hague. The factory existed here untill 1985. They produced Philips computers and telephone equipment, this also happened with NSF. The audio/video were produced at the Philips factories in Eindhoven. And later in other countries.The Erres brand exsisted here untill 1990 in a Aristona-like form. Hornyphon is a Aristona-like brand from Austria.S.B.R. and Siera are also Aristona-like brands from Belgium, the S.B.R. brand still exists in Belguim. In Holland you could also buy Siera equipment. Sometimes in Holland, you saw a Philips, Aristona, Siera and a Erres TV standing next to each other in a Radio/TV store. That was funny, they looked all the same. Regards from Bob van Apeldoorn, The Hague, Holland.

Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
DK  51 AS31 UCH42  Chassis sieht aus wie Philetta 51 
DK  65 Eminent RA-303U UCC85   
DK  63 MD7234T AF102  Built-in FM unit DK53854. Connector for external power supply NG3972 (6 V). Diodes: 2 × O... 
DK  52 Klarinet 52 AS31A UCH42   
DK  55 Libelle RA412U UC92   
DK  51 Baryton AS25A UCH42   
DK  52 Baryton 53 AS33A UCH42   
DK  52 Troubadur 53 AS32A UCH42  Record changer Philips AG1010. Supply 220 V AC/DC or 100 V AC. Vibrator type 7905 provide... 
DK  62 B1820 OC171   
DK  62 V432D ECC85   
DK  41/42 Klarinet AS 138 UCH4  Betrieb mit 127V Wechselspannung möglich mit zusätslichem Spartrafo, siehe Aufdruch auf de... 
DK  70 V431DF ECC85