The kids are all-right; HiFi not so doomed?

MWalt

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I spent Christmas of '91 in a cabin near Gatlinburg and it was quite lovely.

My best system represents (good way of putting it) less than half of what yours does (let alone $50k) and yet it totally enchants me, just draws me right in completely. There is magic to be found at many price points with a little thought, experience, luck and experimentation.
I have seen pics of your stuff. I bet your best system sounds great-probably better than mine. Besides, I used retail numbers and counted crap like cables, etc. ;)
 

fiddlefye

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I have seen pics of your stuff. I bet your best system sounds great-probably better than mine. Besides, I used retail numbers and counted crap like cables, etc. ;)
I've not clue what the retail prices for most of my stuff would have been. What did a 1980 CJ MV-45 cost cost new? No clue. I paid $400 for it in '86. 75% or so of the actual financial investment in the system resides in the turntable, arms, carts and phono preamps - probably goes to show where my priorities lie... The only "new" pieces in the system are the Redboy TVC and SUT. Everything else arrived "pre-loved".
 

MWalt

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You could always adjust for inflation. My turntable is a JVC QL-7, my only vintage component left. What would that cost new in today's market? It's all relative I think.
 

fiddlefye

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You could always adjust for inflation. My turntable is a JVC QL-7, my only vintage component left. What would that cost new in today's market? It's all relative I think.
It is indeed all relative except when you open your wallet! I figure that the new price of the MV-45 was about $4,300 in today's dollars and that the price I paid would come to around $850, low end of the range they sell for now. Figuring it all out for every piece would be an interesting project...
 

JoeThePop

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You could always adjust for inflation. My turntable is a JVC QL-7, my only vintage component left. What would that cost new in today's market? It's all relative I think.

Although adjusting for inflation doesn't always work out. My Yamaha receiver cost me $488 new in 1987. Adjusted for inflation that is $1,198.
I can buy a more powerful Yamaha receiver (R-N303BL) today for $450. And it includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and an a DAC.
There's been a lot of advances in technology and manufacturing processes that have have led to a general drop in prices for a lot of electronic equipment.
 
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