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The Wrong Decision

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Stuart Sweet, Nov 27, 2007.

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  1. RAD

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    Dripping...

    I remember the picture of the turtle flipped on it's back if you put the wrong side of a single sided disc on the player.
     
  2. countysky

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    :lol: I couldn't help but chuckle at the Sega Genesis thing because I remember when people would argue which system was better and I'd go out of my mind trying to convince people that the SNES was clearly better in every way. Sega Genesis owners were so loyal to the system and, while it's a good system in its own right, the SNES is just better - but you couldn't convince them! I mean, just open your friggin' eyes!

    Now, as much as LOVE Nintendo, and have been faithful to them, I felt a little burned by the Nintendo 64 compared to the Playstation. I was excited by the N64 at first, but then it became clear that the Playstation was a much superior system (although not quite superior graphically). Other than that, I'm usually so careful about my purchases that by the time I finally commit myself to buying a new gadget, it's already clear which is best. Everyone has already bitten the bullet.:D

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  3. Lee L

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    We had a player that would automatically flip the disc and my wife always loved to see the turtle when we would get the end of Disc 2 side A and there was nothing on Side B.

    Laser was awesome. It just seemed like so much more of an experience to watch a movie on one.
     
  4. Carl Spock

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    Nice thread, Stuart.

    Let's see. I had a Colecovision.

    And I was a whole hearted backer of Betamax. I sold everyone in my family one. They held that against me for 20 years. :HappyGree

    And I don't see anybody else here who owned a Sansui QS quadraphonic decoder.

    :grin:
     
  5. Talos4

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    Couple of items for me.

    Quad!!! Not Sansui but I did have a Marantz unit with four white/black square speakers that would look like Gateway boxes today!

    Beta, Still have a working machine and many tapes!

    Atari 400 and a 800 Had to play Star Raiders!

    And as long we're in TV related forum...

    SelecTV Broadcast OTA scrambled movies on a UHF station here in Milwaukee in the late 70's early 80's. Skinovision after 11:00pm. Needed a secret decoder box attached to the TV.

    Pre cable HBO. Picked it up via a small microwave antenna on the roof! Part time HBO service with WTBS, TLC and NASA filling the remaining programming. Another secret decoder box set up.
     
  6. dhhaines

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    I still have my 800 hooked up in the basement just to play Star Raiders. The neighborhood kids get a kick out of the antique! :lol:
     
  7. Stuart Sweet

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    I did have a Sylvania quadrophonic console with 8-track which (theoretically) could decode quadrophonic 8-track (16-track?) if one ever existed. I also had access to a quadrophonic open reel. I didn't purchase them though, they were inherited.
     
  8. Richard King

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    It's amazing what happened to many of those early "Quadrophonic" reel to reels. Musicians would buy them and modify them turning them into "studio" machines. This is where all the early Teac semi-pro stuff came from. Some guy got the idea to turn the record head into a playback head so you could record on each track in sync with other tracks. Teac took this and marketed a Model 3340 that had that modification built in. I ended up buying the second generation unit (3340SX) and then the 80-8. Teac of America then started the Tascam division to develop higher end semi pro and then pro audio equipment. They've come a long way baby. http://www.instrumentpro.com/C-TAS-HISTORY-1
     
  9. leww37334

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    Go easy on the Commodore, I still use a Commodore 64 monitor (Model 1702) with an H10 hooked up to it. :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
  10. Skates

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    Agreed. I still have my Pioneer DVL-919 and about 50 laser discs - I just refuse to get rid of them.

    But what made it a "wrong" decision was that I bought the Selectavision player a few weeks before they discontinued them. :rolleyes:
     
  11. TheRatPatrol

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    Don't remember the name of it, but when I was a kid we had an RCA VCR that was split in 2. One half was the tuner, the other half was the cassette player with a handle on it that could be hooked up to a camera. My dad never did buy a camera for it though. This was long before on screen menus, you had to manually program it from the front panel, and if you didn't press the "timer" button it wouldn't record.

    I also had the VCR Rabbit and the VCR Plus thing, does anyone remember those? You would enter numbers into it from TV Guide and it would send a signal out to your VCR and cable box to record your shows.
     
  12. TheRatPatrol

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    Wow never heard of that. Another product by Sony that never made it.
     
  13. RAD

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    Dripping...
    I had one of those (mine was from Maganovx). Try lugging that beast around with an external video camara Disney World for a couple of days, I had an indentation in my shoulder from the weight of it.
     
  14. Richard King

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    It was fairly short lived. I worked in a stereo department of a catalog store for a while and they got a few of these in. They moved very slowly out the door and were never ordered again. We stocked tape for a short while and the stopped even carrying that.
     
  15. Stuart Sweet

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    You were a kid in the early 80s, then. I remember the portapacks well. It was a decent idea, given how heavy cameras were.
     
  16. Cholly

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    Indian...
    PCjr - had two of 'em, upgraded their memory, added second diskette to one. Finally gave them to a charity.
    Bally Arcade - My youngest son learned programming on it!
    Atari 800 - He continued programming this baby and ran a BBS with it.
    Terk antennas - pure junk, overrated like Monster products are
    Magnecordette reel to reel tape recorder with 10 inch reel adapters. Nice unit, but monophonic and traded it for an Ampex stereo recorder.
    Eico 2 head stereo reel to reel recorder. Traded the Ampex in for it. Still have it.
    Early Sony 8mm Camcorder. Still have it, but batteries are almost impossible to get and it weighs a ton.
    Microsoft Windows ME -- horrific! Reinstalled Windows 98 on that computer
    Quantum hard drive on an ISA card -- wouldn't fit in my IBM PC/XT286
    Weathers phono turntable and arm. Should have kept my Rek-o-Cut turntable and Shure arm.
     
  17. Carl Spock

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    8-track was a preferred source for quadraphonic. It was still 8 tracks but it was discrete. The tape was played back with a four track head, one for each channel. The tape deck only went clunk-CLUNK once when it played, moving the head from one set of four tracks to the other.

    This actually could sound pretty good. Back in college I had a buddy - OK, he was my pot connection - who had an 8-track quad system in his frat room. It was in a loft over his bed. We'd sit up there and do bong hits while listening to the 1812 Overture, with cannon blasts from each corner of the loft. Bitchin', man.
     
  18. Carl Spock

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    I owned the Akai version of that. While I had the camera, I bought it because it was the first Dolby stereo VCR on the market, with a Dolby NR on/off switch right on the front panel. I could record in stereo! :cool:
     
  19. Stuart Sweet

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    I never had a quad tape to test, are you saying that instead of four stereo programs on the tape, there were two quad programs? So then the recording capacity of the tape would be what, 20 minutes?
     
  20. Carl Spock

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    ^ No, you could buy long 8 track tapes. Not all of them were 12 minutes long. I remember a 20 minute tape. There might have been longer. With albums only 40 minutes long, that was long enough.

    Otherwise, you've got it.
     
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