Serving the greater Ft. Worth area, Tarrant, Denton, & Wise Counties since 1992.
Some Interesting Facts
- The resolution on televisions was 220 _ 440 at best. Now new TV's are 720 to 1080.
- Laser Discs were on the way out and DVD's were not on the map yet. But VHS was definitely in!!! In 4-head stereo.
- Satellite systems costs were $1000 _ 3500. Depending on features. The dishes were 10 feet in diameter and required a city council vote in some towns (Trophy Club).
- Big televisions were 52" and weighed a ton. They took up a lot of space and had to have cabinets built around them.
- In-ceiling speakers were what you bought from Radio Shack and sound like a tin can.
- Recording was done on a Hi-Fi 4-head VCR.
- Universal remotes were mini-computers and took a degree to operate.
- A/V receivers featured "Dolby surround sound" in four channels.
- Great audio speakers were towers - literally. Subwoofers were end tables.
- Mounting a TV on the wall, was cutting a hole out of the wall, making a shelf on the backside, and then sliding a "tube" TV in and masking it with a frame.
- Whole house audio was either a boombox, your 2 channel hi-Fi in the bedroom, or a $10,000 system.
- CD's were for computers only. Cassette tape players were a must for any family room system.
- One big television per household, with maybe an older bedroom television and/or kitchen television.
- All local programming was off of aerial antennas installed either in the attic or on top of the house. Every house had an antenna. And the channels were FREE!!!!
- Telephones were wired!
- Computer networking was for big corporations.
- Fiber was the type of material you were sewing with.
- Plasmas were used by the military and cost in the tens of thousands.
- LCD was on microwave.
- DLP hadn't been heard of yet.
- Laptop was board with a cushion under it to set your book on top of to read.
- World Wide Web was for computer techies who still used DOS.
- CB Radio, Shortwave Radio was still very popular. Especially with electronic buffs and truck drivers.
- Two-channel amps were the most expensive amps and still had tube circuits - a must for an avid audiophile.
- New movies came out once a month at the video store and had a 6-8 month lag time behind the movie theater. The tapes costs $60 to $80. And they were tapes!
- Sports was on two channels _ ESPN and sports-southwest.
- Movies were on two channels HBO and Showtime _ unless you had satellite and then you got east and west feeds.
- You could catch "raw" feeds from national events/disasters/live sports on satellite channels _FREE.
- Wall plates came in two colors _ white and ivory. And you either had a TV outlet or a phone outlet. Not both in one.
- Volume control was a knob on your TV.
- Remotes were "clickers".
- Radio was AM and FM.
- Televisions lasted as long as the family dog. Now they have expiration dates.
- Great family entertainment was making a bowl of popcorn and everyone sitting in the family room watching a movie.
- Electronic games consisted of playing Mario Brothers on the Nintendo hooked up to the old 19" tube in the kids room.
- There might be one "cordless" phone in the house
- Mail actually took a week to get and came to a box outside your front door.
- Contacting someone actually meant talking to them on the phone _ live.
- To research something, you went to the library.
- You actually used the phonebook to find someone.
- You read a newspaper or watched the 6 o'clock news to find out what was going on.
- You looked through the paper for sale ads on televisions or checked the yellow pages for the nearest dealer.
- The only "Big Box" electronic store was Incredible Universe in Arlington owned by Radio Shack. There were 2.
- There were TV repair shops to take your TV to. And weren't they lovely too.
- Companies actually answered the phone at their offices in their city.
- Electronics were still being built in America.
- "TV in the car" meant you were transporting it from one place to another.
- Televisions were major purchases. You went to the store, choose a color and style and size, purchased it with either cash, check, or your credit card (you only had one, remember), and then had it delivered because it was so big!!!!