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Posted: 9/17/2009 4:27:45 PM EST
My VCR is still part of my home theater even though I haven't used it in years. Basically I'm too lazy to disconnect it from my system because I'd have to pull the TV away from the wall, shift the receiver around and fiddle with cables etc.

Anybody else still clinging to their VCR, 8 track tape player or whatever?
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 4:30:30 PM EST
I haven't had a VCR in years. I don't even own a DVD player any more. Just Blu-Ray.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 4:30:52 PM EST
Still have a VCR because it's one with the DVD player. I have a TON of VHS tapes, so it sees some use.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 4:35:12 PM EST
VHS tapes are like .75 cents for kids movies at Salvation Army. if you like blu-ray then be my guest and spend $20 on Disney cartoons. When they grow up and don't watch them I would have saved serious dough. DVDs for my own movies.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 4:49:16 PM EST
I have not one but TWO laserdisc players.

One is still installed in my system. The other is the spare.

I've got two DVD players and a Blu-Ray player, too. (One of the LD players counts as one of the DVD players, too, as it plays both. Pioneer Elite DVL-90.)

CJ
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 4:50:12 PM EST
VCR is still going strong, my man.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 4:50:17 PM EST

Originally Posted By beatjunglist:
VHS tapes are like .75 cents for kids movies at Salvation Army. if you like blu-ray then be my guest and spend $20 on Disney cartoons. When they grow up and don't watch them I would have saved serious dough. DVDs for my own movies.

Netflix FTW.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 4:50:31 PM EST
Still have a couple of working VHS players. Have a modest library of VHS movies. So yes it sees some use.
As long as its working I see no need to trash it.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 4:57:38 PM EST
have a vcr...its built into my tv
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 4:59:12 PM EST
I have 4 sony slv 595's, (vcr) I collected over the years when I saw vcrs were becomeing obsolete, parts are unavaliable, but that should keep me going untill the pinch rollers die.
I also have an old ntsc sharp projector and a bunch of large speaker systems, I had a linear 200 Amp but it was stolen from my storage unit.
I still have an old quad reciever, I don't think anyone brodcasts in quad anymore.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:00:36 PM EST
I have a VCR/DVD combo that ,oddly enough,I got last year.

Until then I didn't know they still sold VCRs.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:00:44 PM EST
I have three. One is in my DVR/DVD player, the other two are in storage.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:01:31 PM EST
Originally Posted By HellifIknow:
Still have a couple of working VHS players. Have a modest library of VHS movies. So yes it sees some use.
As long as its working I see no need to trash it.


Yep, same here...

My favorite VHS in my collection? Two tapes full of WWII-related documentaries from the good old days when the History channel wasn't interested in ice road truckin'...


Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:01:48 PM EST
i donated an old Mitsubishi VCR to my parent's church with a porn tape still inside of it...it was embarrassing
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:02:48 PM EST
Have a vcr only to use on occasions for watching and transfering my homemade camcorder recordings
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:04:00 PM EST
the greatest vcr I ever saw was a toshiba that had 7x play back, it fast forwarded the video but sampled and slowed the dialog so it sounded normal, it was a real trip.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:04:02 PM EST
Gotta lot of vhs movies.
Use it at least 4 times a week.
Have movies that are not on dvd.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:04:50 PM EST
I have a turntable, does that count?
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:04:52 PM EST
I have a friend with an 8track player
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:05:01 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:05:14 PM EST
Dude, I'm typing this on my IBM Selectric III.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:05:21 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/17/2009 5:05:58 PM EST by Uberjager]
I still have this from my highschool graduation which was in 1901.

J/K I do have a VHS player somewhere.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:42:37 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/17/2009 5:44:05 PM EST by MichiganMafia]

Originally Posted By 3-gun:
I have a turntable, does that count?

I'm no expert, but many audiophiles still use turntables because they claim the best sound comes from vinyl. I don't think they would consider a turntable obsolete.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:42:39 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/17/2009 5:46:47 PM EST by cmjohnson]
No, you don't. Neither Super 8 nor regular 8 millimeter film existed in 1901. Super 8 was introduced by Kodak in 1965.
Regular 8mm film was released on the market in 1932.


Try again.


As for turntables, yeah, they're alive and well in the audiophile market, where some people actually believe that power cords sound different.


But they do have some pretty impressive turntables to play with, if you can afford them.



Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:43:16 PM EST

Originally Posted By Uberjager:
I still have this from my highschool graduation which was in 1901.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f86/gatewaycityca/8mm_projector_may_2009_c_small.jpg
J/K I do have a VHS player somewhere.

That thing is cool.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:44:46 PM EST
Originally Posted By bob200587:
Still have a VCR because it's one with the DVD player. I have a TON of VHS tapes, so it sees some use.


Same here.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:45:31 PM EST
i have a dvd/vcr
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:48:58 PM EST
My computer sits atop an old cabinet style record player that has the 8 track, ( still works).
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:50:10 PM EST
I still get the occasional client who wants VHS recordings.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:50:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By 10mmPatriot:
Originally Posted By bob200587:
Still have a VCR because it's one with the DVD player. I have a TON of VHS tapes, so it sees some use.


Same here.


And here.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:52:04 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/17/2009 5:53:50 PM EST by simplemitch]
Still have a (very unused) VCR in my A/V rack.
I still have a good pile of vinyl, but no longer have a turntable to play 'em.

Also, FWIW, we still sell quite a few VCRS every month at the shop. They're getting hard to find, and no longer have integral tuners, but we sell 'em.

ETA: people are so hooked on VCR's still that we actually sell abandoned DVD/VCR units (from our service center) that have bad DVD decks. People don't care as long as the VCR still plays.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:53:11 PM EST
I no longer have an audio cassette in my AV setup (nor do I have an eight track ).
I also do not have a dedicated CD player, my video player does it all.
I still have LP's I like but I will admit that I've also retired my turntable.
I still do have a VCR (believe it or not) in my bedroom - Hmmm, I wonder why.....
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:53:33 PM EST

Originally Posted By cmjohnson:
No, you don't. Neither Super 8 nor regular 8 millimeter film existed in 1901. Super 8 was introduced by Kodak in 1965.
Regular 8mm film was released on the market in 1932.


Try again.


As for turntables, yeah, they're alive and well in the audiophile market, where some people actually believe that power cords sound different.


But they do have some pretty impressive turntables to play with, if you can afford them.


http://www.sales.highendpalace.com/C8P14.jpg

I'm guessing that costs a few bucks. I used to read some of the magazines like Stereophile so I know you can spend a pile of money on a turntable.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:54:39 PM EST
Heh. Anyone want some reel to reel gear?
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:57:07 PM EST

Originally Posted By AZ_Sky:
I no longer have an audio cassette in my AV setup (nor do I have an eight track ).
I also do not have a dedicated CD player, my video player does it all.
I still have LP's I like but I will admit that I've also retired my turntable.
I still do have a VCR (believe it or not) in my bedroom - Hmmm, I wonder why.....

I still have a case full of cassette tapes from when I was in high school in the 80's. Dunno why I keep them, they just collect dust.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 5:58:00 PM EST
I use a vcr, VHS tapes are dirt cheap. Kids watch a ton of used garage sale vhs disney tapes.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:00:18 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:00:55 PM EST
I still have an old Emerson VCR and yes the time is blinking. I haven't used it in years, but it is still plugged in and ready to use.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:03:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/17/2009 6:03:45 PM EST by cmjohnson]

Originally Posted By mnd:
Heh. Anyone want some reel to reel gear?



I own four Pioneer RT-909s and two Akai X360Ds, so I guess I'd have to say no.

Of the six, one of the Akais is in good working order. I DO use it from time to time. The other Akai is a parts unit for it.

The four Pioneers, I had plans to sell. But my buyer backed out. They all need work but it would
not be hard to get at least two perfect running units out of all four of them.





CJ

Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:11:21 PM EST
I have tapes that you will not be able to rent at block buster, or watch on hulu.
i was disstresed when our old video store whent out of business, have you ever seen the survivor?, you can buy it (now) but you cant rent it.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:11:35 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/25/2009 7:53:23 PM EST by AMHsix]
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Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:20:15 PM EST
Oh yeah, I guess you could count video games...
I still have an original NES,an Atari 2600, a TurboGrafx 16, and a Sega Genesis.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:22:09 PM EST
I still have my working 8 track recorder/player. I've got a few tapes I really need to convert!
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:22:48 PM EST
Still got one to play old VHS movies with. Some VHS movies have never been released to DVD
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:27:13 PM EST
Originally Posted By MichiganMafia:

Originally Posted By cmjohnson:
No, you don't. Neither Super 8 nor regular 8 millimeter film existed in 1901. Super 8 was introduced by Kodak in 1965.
Regular 8mm film was released on the market in 1932.


Try again.


As for turntables, yeah, they're alive and well in the audiophile market, where some people actually believe that power cords sound different.


But they do have some pretty impressive turntables to play with, if you can afford them.


http://www.sales.highendpalace.com/C8P14.jpg

I'm guessing that costs a few bucks. I used to read some of the magazines like Stereophile so I know you can spend a pile of money on a turntable.


There are turntables that top a $100K.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:28:40 PM EST
As far as people still using VHS.

You can get DVD players for as low as $40-50.

I haven't used a VCR in at least 10 years.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:33:43 PM EST
Dude. I still have a BetaMax VCR. And yes, every once in a long while, I'll plug it in to watch one of my old Beta movies. It still works, except it won't rewind any more, I have to do that by hand.

I'd still watch all the old shows I recorded on VHS if the VCR built into my tv wasn't fucked up. Now I'll have to save up money to buy all three seasons of Beast Wars on DVD, assuming I can FIND the DVD's. Ditto for Babylon 5.

I don't own a DVD player though, never have. I watch all my DVD's either on my laptop or on my Playstation 2. Occasionally I'll watch a DVD on the XBox or XBox 360 if the PS2 isn't plugged in.

I still own all my old video game consoles. An NES, Nintendo 64, Playstation, Playstation 2, XBox, XBox 360, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance SP, and even an Atari 2600, my very first game console. I even have a shitty-ass tv with the rabbit ears and UHF/VHF knob to play the older consoles on. I love that thing. The CLUNK CLUNK as I turn the knob to change channels (all 13 of them), the weird hum it makes as the screen warms up when I turn the volume knob to turn it on, everything about it is awesome and retro. I really need to dig it out of the closet and hook it up again.

I have my dad's pocket transister radio; I need to get some batteries for it. My mom still uses her pocket crystal radio (AM only) now and then.

I still have an old Apple Macintosh computer with grey-scale monitor. Wish I still had my old Apple IIE that was my first computer ever. And yes, the old Apple DOES still see use as data storage.

The only reason we got rid of our old rotary phone was because it was broken irreparably one day.

Not only does everyone in my family love vintage/retro stuff (my dad collects appliances from the 1930's to the 1950's, mainly radios, telephones, and recorders.), but we were raised by Depression survivors: we don't get rid of ANYTHING until it's broken beyond repair. If it's still servicable, we're still going to use it. If it breaks, we fix it until it can't be fixed any more.

Waste not, want not.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:40:38 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:43:46 PM EST
I have (and use):

Cassette players.
A working 8 track console.
Turntables.
VHS machines.
CRT monitors, one of them driven by a Pentium 75mhz!
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:45:11 PM EST
My combo DVD/VCR broke and I couldn't find a regular VCR to replace it so I dug the old Memorex VCR out of storage
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:46:40 PM EST
Originally Posted By 3-gun:
I have a turntable, does that count?


I gotcha beat. How about an actual Victrola?

Or a radio SET, which is bigger than most major appliances and made of wood? We call it our Walton's radio. It'd still work, if we replaced one of the vacuum tubes.

Ooh, and we have a 50's reel-to-reel recorder that uses WIRE instead of tape. It came with two blank reels and one that has a little girl and her mother saying the date (some time in 1956) and then reading a children's book. Really, really cool.

And a wind-up telephone, the kind that you lift up the receiver, wind it, and tell the operator who you're trying to reach.

All of it sees occasional use, by the way, minus the wind-up phone.

Shit, we're even into vintage cars. My has a '62 Ford Falcon that was the first car he ever owned (he sold it during high school and my mom tracked it down and bought it for him for his 40-somethingth birthday. Still has the original paint job and his and her initials carved on the inside of the trunk. And yes, it runs.) and I have a '73 Plymouth 'Cuda smallblock that doesn't run. Yet.

Even half my guns are ancient. I've got a Mosin-Nagant, my first handgun was a CZ-52, and I'm currently restoring a Mauser c96 I found in a pawn shop for $350.
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