Since the late 90s I have been something of an early adoptor for AV gear. With the imminent [I hope] arrival of my HD DVD player, along with the discovery of an old receipt I started calculating exactly how much early adoption has cost me, and how quickly (or otherwise) my gear fell in value (and rose in mainstream popularity).
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I'll admit I was slow to move to DVD: I was a Laserdisc fan, and held off getting a DVD player until I felt there was sufficient content. I got the Sony DVP S7700 which remained a reference quality player for a number of years (until progressive scan became the norm really). The player is solid, and still in use today: the only downer was the lack of region-free capability.
I bought a ReplayTV within two months of the first ads, but due to audio issues changed it for a TiVo. Hard to believe that a 10hr model cost that much. Of course I soon became addicted and subsequently bought two more.
My HDTV was a gorgeous Pioneer Elite Pro-610HD, a 56" CRT RPTV. DVDs looked great and HDTV (via antenna and DirectTV) was outstanding. The CRT is dead now for RPTVs, and I consider myself lucky to sell it recently for as much as I did. This remains the most expensive thing I have ever bought that did not have windows.
Which brings us to this week: I consider $500 for the very first ever HD DVD player a positive bargain, and look forward to many happy years with it. It will likely fall in value probably 15% a year if history is anything to go by, but I'll be smiling all the way.