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Today I went down to Richer sounds and for less than  £150 picked up a rather nice 22 inch samsung tv and DVD player(remember them) for my 10 year olds bedroom or as i like to call it the disney dvd wharehouse.now my point being my first widescreen tv (crt) cost well over £1000 and a pioneer dvd player over £350,hooked it all up and I cant remember my old set up ;ooking this good.Everybody must have stories on how much they paid for stuff in the early days  of  AV and now even the budget stuff is pretty good for the price you pay.

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Wow how far back do you want to go.....

Early 1990 my grandfather took me into Currys or Dixons, I forget which now and Purchased my first ever Hifi Pioneer system, The Tape deck, Equiliser and CD deck where all in one and the LP deck was separate. The speakers were 350W in power as I vaguely recall.

I loved that system! Cost £450 back then.

I fell in love with Hifi back then and I remember the incredible feeling of looking at system separates in Currys and dreaming of one day owning them.

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I agree. As a young man in 1992/93 I purchased a new Philips 28" NICAM Stereo flatscreen TV for my bedroom (stll living with the rents). NICAM Stereo flatscreen TVs were cutting-edge technology back then. I mean it even had two SCART sockets and S-Video. Seem to recall it cost me about £600 or maybe more. The Akai HiFi Stereo editing VCR I bought the year after was knocking-on-the-door of the same price as well, it had manual record levels, frame-by-frame cueing and editing, and a built-in NICAM Teletext receiver.

These days we've never had so much for so little.

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In 1997/8 i bought a 21" panasonic tv with nicam stereo and teletext for about £300, then ten years later i bought a 46" panasonic plasma tv for £1200-£1300 which i still have & is in my signiture i also got a deal with the tv rack when i bought the tv. Smile

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Remember paying £1,100 for a 32" Sony Wega CRT back in the 90's - was a great TV in its day but doesn't come anywhere close to what you could get nowadays for the same money

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I remember when my dad got a state of the art vhs...it was the latest one out,smaller than previous units and came with this new fangled remote control...on a wire :O

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GSB wrote:

I remember when my dad got a state of the art vhs...it was the latest one out,smaller than previous units and came with this new fangled remote control...on a wire :O

 

at least he chose VHS - my uncle went for Betamax! (HD-DVD anyone??)

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Looking at it from the other perspective...

You still have to pay a lot for quality-built gear which is largely hand-made.  For example, back in the day, even a Linn Sondek was achievable if you had a half-decent job and you saved-up for a bit, but to buy it now it's  'home-improvement loan' money. It's robotic production lines and cheap labour in China that have brought down the price if mass-market electronics. Same with cars too.

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mr malarky wrote:

GSB wrote:

I remember when my dad got a state of the art vhs...it was the latest one out,smaller than previous units and came with this new fangled remote control...on a wire :O

 

at least he chose VHS - my uncle went for Betamax! (HD-DVD anyone??)

It was to replace the betamax...a ferguson i think...was bigger than my avr...we had to sit on the ejector just to close it! :shifty:
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mr malarky wrote:

GSB wrote:

I remember when my dad got a state of the art vhs...it was the latest one out,smaller than previous units and came with this new fangled remote control...on a wire :O

 

at least he chose VHS - my uncle went for Betamax! (HD-DVD anyone??)

My now father-in-law deceased (is that how you type it?)   went for betamax on all his friends advice.... goes to show you eh ?

We used to go along to the local  shop (the better one) to hire tapes at that time..... many a title on the VHS were not available on betamax... most annoying back then ... lolz

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GSB wrote:

mr malarky wrote:

GSB wrote:

I remember when my dad got a state of the art vhs...it was the latest one out,smaller than previous units and came with this new fangled remote control...on a wire :O

 

at least he chose VHS - my uncle went for Betamax! (HD-DVD anyone??)

It was to replace the betamax...a ferguson i think...was bigger than my avr...we had to sit on the ejector just to close it! :shifty:

 

ah, the old "top loaders", built like tanks and just as noisy! 

 

:grin:

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Alantiggger wrote:

mr malarky wrote:

GSB wrote:

I remember when my dad got a state of the art vhs...it was the latest one out,smaller than previous units and came with this new fangled remote control...on a wire :O

 

at least he chose VHS - my uncle went for Betamax! (HD-DVD anyone??)

My now father-in-law deceased (is that how you type it?)   went for betamax on all his friends advice.... goes to show you eh ?

We used to go along to the local  shop (the better one) to hire tapes at that time..... many a title on the VHS were not available on betamax... most annoying back then ... lolz

 

 

Give it another few years and there'll be a thread on here reminiscing about those strange shops in the town that you used to be able to rent films from...

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mr malarky wrote:

Alantiggger wrote:

mr malarky wrote:

GSB wrote:

I remember when my dad got a state of the art vhs...it was the latest one out,smaller than previous units and came with this new fangled remote control...on a wire :O

 

at least he chose VHS - my uncle went for Betamax! (HD-DVD anyone??)

Lolz, very good    ROFL                                            (hope not though  ((hehe))  )

My now father-in-law deceased (is that how you type it?)   went for betamax on all his friends advice.... goes to show you eh ?

We used to go along to the local  shop (the better one) to hire tapes at that time..... many a title on the VHS were not available on betamax... most annoying back then ... lolz

 

 

Give it another few years and there'll be a thread on here reminiscing about those strange shops in the town that you used to be able to rent films from...

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Wow GSB, Ferguson is a name I had forgotten about!

Phew is another....Grundig  :grin:

 

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mr malarky wrote:
Give it another few years and there'll be a thread on here reminiscing about those strange shops in the town that you used to be able to rent films from...

Give it another few years and there'll be a thread on here reminiscing about those strange shops in the town that you used to be able to buy HiFi from...  :cry:

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MajorFubar wrote:

mr malarky wrote:
Give it another few years and there'll be a thread on here reminiscing about those strange shops in the town that you used to be able to rent films from...

Give it another few years and there'll be a thread on here reminiscing about those strange shops in the town that you used to be able to buy HiFi from...  :cry:

NOOOoooooooo !

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