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Eighties Prices

Discussion in 'Home Theater Audio' started by Cholly, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

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    I ran across a newspaper insert from sometime in the 1980's the other day. It's an ad for Hart Electronics in Vestal, NY, which closed a few years ago. It's interesting to see the prices on gear from that period.

    Polk Audio RTA11T tower speakers: $425 each
    Polk Monitor 5 Jr. bookshelf speakers $150 each
    Panasonic CTJ-2770R 27 inch color TV w/remote - reg. $950, sale $699
    Sony 27 inch Trinitron Stereo Monitor/Receiver - Regular $1120, sale $899
    Panasonic PV-320 VHS camcorder - Reg. $1550, sale $1147
    Panasonic PV4760 4 head Hi-Fi MTS Stereo VCR - Reg. $700, sale $519
    Sony CDP750 Remote Control CD player with 4X Oversampling - Reg. $370, Sale $288
    Sony STRAV450 AM/FM Stereo Receiver with Remote Control, 35 watts/channel - Reg. $300, sale $197
    Onkyo TX82 AM/FM Stereo Tuner/Amplifier with Remote, 45 watts/channel - Reg. $360, sale $299
    NAD 7240PE AM/FM Stereo Receiver, 40 watts/channel - Reg. $478, sale $429
    Technics SAR921 80 Watt Remote Control AM/FM Stereo receiver (40 watts/channel) - Reg. $300, sale $186
    Technics SLBD35K Fully automatic Stereo turntable - Reg. $150, sale $99

    Those are just a few of the many items in the 8 page ad. Of course, those prices are in terms of eighties' dollars! :grin:
     
  2. Brandon428

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    Technics SLBD35K Fully automatic Stereo turntable - Reg. $4150, sale $99

    That's what I call a discount!
     
  3. Stuart Sweet

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    I worked at a place that sold some home theatre gear in the early '80s and I remember the VHS VCRs going for $699 and that was a steal! Keep in mind we were renting a whole house for $175/month and you could still get a decent car for $6,000.
     
  4. CKNAV

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    These prices are not from seventies. They are from 1987. For starters there were no CD players of HiFi VCR's in the seventies.
     
  5. Cholly

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    Thanks for the correction. The ad was undated, and senioritis set in, causing me to think it was the 70's time frame. :eek2: :bowdown: :bang
     
  6. Richard King

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    Title changed to reflect senioritis. :)
     
  7. Richard King

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    I worked in a place that sold some stereo equipment (the term "home theater" hadn't been invented yet) in the early/mid '70's that carried no VHS decks at all (VHS also hadn't been invented yet). I was there when we took delivery of our first Sony Beta machine though ($1250 - timer optional).
     
  8. Cholly

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    Thankew!:D
     
  9. bertman64

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    I got my first VHS VCR "on sale" for 729.99. A JVC with not 2 heads but 4 and not a wired remote but a wireless! My 1st DVD player was also a JVC with a built in dolby digital decoder all for only 400.00 or so! Last year I got my 1st HD DVD player on closeout for 99.00: the Toshiba A30 and just got my 1st blu-ray, a Sony BDP 300 factory refurbished for 164.00 so I'm not the big spender I used to be or maybe just smarter!
     

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