Home theater system circa 2005. Sony Trinitron stereo TV, 36” screen, a flat screen', it weighed 280 pounds, Panasonic or Technics receiver and the ever present Cerein Vega R 30 front speakers. A Sony VHS/DVD player, a Panasonic home theater receiver and cable box.

  1. i did HT installs for circuit city and delivered so many of these. there was one sony that was a higher model. it was a crt widescreen (16x9) and flatscreen. It was absurdly expensive given what we have now

  2. I did home theater install work & delivery from fall of 1998 until spring of 2011 for a small mom&pop outfit who carried some higher end stuff (some of it was just meh imho) and when those Sony wega’s were at their popularity peak, there was some Saturday’s when me & my partner had a cubevan full of the 40” ones. I hated those things. They were nearly always going up to the 2nd floor, or to the basement.

  3. Oh boy . I owned the Panasonic 35 inch wide HD screen. Beautiful picture but the damn thing weighed a couple hundred pounds

  4. The console came fro Circuit City! I still use it but it's wobbly to move around. It still looks pretty dope though for being about 18 years old.

  5. Ha, I did home delivery and HT installs for CC as well. Sony 40” XBR was about the worst thing you could see on the delivery report in the morning.

  6. Yep it was a 34" I'm pretty sure, I had one later on when you could pick them up used pretty cheap only the higher end lcd/plasma screens had decent pictures. Loved that thing.

  7. The higher end widescreen ones were the 30" and 34" XBR9xx, the first models (the XBR910) were $1999 and $2499 respectively. They weighed like 200lbs and had better speakers than most modern soundbar/subwoofer combos.

  8. We had one, it was a 34" and we were a lot less gentle moving it out than moving it in. We bought it used on Craigslist because panels were definitely in by then and it was like $200 to us. I remember our son bapping it with a Thomas The Tank Engine and it didn't matter. An LCD would have been completely destroyed but that thing was at least physically unbreakable.

  9. Dude... I used to work as a delivery guy when those came out. People be asking us to carry those damn things up 3 flights of stairs. That thing was a BEAST!

  10. It was! I was so happy when I replaced it with a 42" flat panel TV! I couldn't get rid of that big pig fast enough. It took at least 3 people to move it or two big muscular guys.

  11. I bought that TV for my dad at Circuit City. It was a floor model 34" wide screen with a tiny chip in the screen for $650. I had my 12 year old brother to help me get it into his living room while he was away as a surprise(I was 24). Try as he did, my brother was next to useless and I ended up herniating a disc. But not before we got it up onto his TV stand. Just as we were sliding it back into position on his 15 year old Sears mdf stand it made a sickening cracking noise and just folded sideways and the TV slid up against the wall at a 35⁰ angle, pinched in between the collapsed stand and the wall. Ended up going back to the mall for a sturdier stand($175!) Putting that in and moving the TV, not once, not twice, but three times with my 12 yo brother. I couldn't afford it, it was my 1st real job, I gave myself a lifelong injury, potentially caused irreparable harm to the psyche of a twelve year old boy, not to mention a sizeable dent in the wall, but man. The look on my dad's face when he saw that screen turn on was so worth it. That was the best thing I ever got him and now I'm tearing up because it makes me miss him.

  12. My parents had a big projection tv that they used until 2008 when they got a state of the art Samsung flat panel 52" smart tv (I think) that I inherited when they moved back to the east coast. I still have it with my current home theater set up. It works fine and the picture is dope.

  13. To be fair, 36" feels huge on a 4:3 CRT. Not so much on the later 16:9 tubes, but something about that size and scale is kind of intimidating when you sit close to it. Between that and the weird depth of a phosphor image, it almost feels like you could fall right into it.

  14. As someone with a very similar setup, I would LOVE to see a vintage home theater sub get populated. There's something of a scene forming due to rising demand for this era of hardware for enthusiasts of old games and dead media formats, but it's still pretty disorganized. Which is fine! These things have to happen naturally.

  15. This was reasonably state of the art for 2005, I thought the Sony DVD/VHS player was a nice plus in the set up. The TV had a sharp picture for the time. My parents would come over and or some friends and we'd cook a meal and then watch a movie or something. Listening to music during that period was nice. It was before YouTube and Spotify and all that stuff, so the receiver had an antenna for FM reception, lol. I was glad to get rid of that TV though. Transitioning to a flat panel TV that was 5 inches thick and 30 pounds versus 280 pounds was a great thing for me.

  16. We had a VCR/DVD combo through this period until my toddler daughter killed it stuffing cheese puff balls into the tape slot. I picked up a Tivo series 1 in 2000, I think we might've gone to a series 2 by '03. I still have a Tivo, but I'm not sure I'll get a replacement with the next round of upgrades.

  17. Oh I forgot the Technics turntable on top of the right speaker. That's sitting in the garage on a shelf or at the storage place. There's a Velodyne sub woofer in the very left of the screen, which has ultimately been unnecessary with the Cerwin R-30 that bump really well on their own.

  18. I sold CV's D series (a step down from the R series). The Velodyne would not have been louder than the CVs. The Velodyne may have been a bit tighter, though, if you wanted to play music, but for home theater the CVs were great.

  19. I worked for Circuit City during this period delivering and setting up HT gear, and I fucking hated you for making me carry this fucking thing up 3 fucking flights of stairs.

  20. Not exactly surprising. A pair of 40 year old bookshelf speakers is better than the vast majority of sound bars.

  21. Those Vega tvs'. The cause of many installers back problems, like mine. Lol. Even the 27" were around 100lbs, and that damn 40" they came out with.... the crippler. I swear I installed systems exactly like this too back then.

  22. I think it was around 280 pounds give or take. The 'flat panel' in the front required a very thick glass panel which is a good part of what made the TV top heavy and difficult to maneuver.

  23. I had the same TV and it was amazing back then. During my move, I carried it into my truck without help, but couldn't get it up 3 flights of stairs into my new apartment. Needless to say, that TV spent more than a month in the back of my truck until I found a friend with a handcart... Classic CRTs...

  24. My best friend moved into a 3rd story apartment, his Dad was helping us. When we got to that damn tv he paid some moving guys doing another job $100 to carry it up. We all smiled when they said yes.

  25. Killed my back moving my JVC 36” flat CRT. So front heavy. So happy when I got my pioneer Kuro flat panel. Still heavy for a flatscreen but light compared to that JVC.

  26. I had the 32” Sony Vega it was HEAVY, I’m 6’ 185 lbs and needed help moving it. When we moved the mover was this ripped dude, no BS he threw it up on his shoulder asked my wife where it was going and proceeded to the 2nd floor like nothing! She looked at me like a complete pussy!

  27. Ever move a pioneer Elite? Rear projection 75”? After a light burned out, it is the best scaffolding, as long as you are working where it was delivered too. I’m going to look up how much that tank weighed…

  28. Hah! I had a Panasonic 35" around that time. Swore it was the biggest TV I'd own because it was as big as I could lift and move by myself.

  29. I had one of those probably up to within the last decade -- it was the first TV I bought after I got a new house, and served me faithfully until one of the color guns started to fail (so all my inputs started looking blue/green). It was an absolute unit of a CRT and lasted through three console generations (N64/Dreamcast up through Wii/PS3/360).

  30. I bought it 2nd hand from a co-worker and used it until 2009 give or take until I bought a 42" Phillips flat panel TV. Not only was the screen bigger but it weighed about 25 or 30 pounds if I remember right, a lot less than 280 pounds...and I could hang it on the wall...who would've thought.

  31. This was the era of me tinkering with mini speakers. We'd just moved house and my wife wanted something that wasn't as dorky as a pair of Bose 301s screwed into the wall with L brackets. I wanted a matched 5.1 rig instead of the mishmash of mains, center, and rears that I had at the time.

  32. Those TVs were to damn heavy. I helped a buddy carry one up to a 3rd floor apt. When he left he bought a flat screen and sold the old one on Craigslist. Solely so he didn’t have to carry it down.

  33. I snagged a 2001 36” SD XBR Trinitron off Marketplace for free a year ago. Had to use a furniture dollie to move the thing. Use it for my old consoles and RetroPie.

  34. Haha, it was a dope condo with 2 floors, 4 bedrooms, and 2 1/2 baths. It was built in the 60's and solid. We lived there for 6 years.

  35. Thank you. Our current Samsung flat panel is at just about eye level. I could not deal with having to look up all the time to watch TV, lol.

  36. I think I sold this system when I worked at Sears. I had the cerwin Vega E-315s, matching center and a Sony Dolby digital receiver and a Panasonic dvd player.

  37. I had the 36" WEGA. That was one of my second big purchases. This tv was bulletproof. Played excellently and had picture in picture. I didn't get the stand though (I think it was about a couple hundred bucks extra. I bought a Sony VCR (the one with the control wheel for slow motion and reverse) instead of getting the stand.

  38. My mom had one of those as her bedroom TV. When she let the house go back to the bank after her husband died (he was sooooo backwards on that house) the TV stayed. Fuck lifting those things!

  39. We had a 32" version of that tv, and also 32" and 35" "vertically flat" Trinitrons. They were heavy - but nothing compared to those 16x9 ratio HD tube tvs. Those were insane.

  40. It was nuts behind the console. TV, DVD changer/home theater receiver, VHS/DVD player, cable box...and things were a lot more primitive in those days, no HDMI if I remember right. It was a lot of work to get it all working correctly and the cable box crapped out about twice a year necessitating moving the entertainment center out with a 280 pound TV on top to replace the cable box. It was a huge pain in the ass, haha.

  41. I had the Cerwin Vega! LS12’s, LS8’s and LSc paired up with a technique receiver. It was ok for movies but it CRANKED the tunes. It’s been a long time since I listened to music and couldn’t hear myself scream. I used to run the towers outside and fill my whole yard with Outkast while doing a bbq or something. Dang, I need a system like that again.

  42. My roomie bought our Cerwin Vega's in 1998 and I've had them for about 18 years. We still live together. They are good for movies and such, but turn them up with music on and it's bumpin'. I haven't heard anything better tbh. A couple of friends have said, they're so big, they take up too much room, but smaller speakers that you can mount on the wall or put on the console...nah, I've listened to a bunch of smaller speakers and nothing sounds that full to my ear...I kinda like the retro vibe.

  43. I've upgraded it over the years. The console is the same as are the Cerwin Vegas, I'd probably never get rid of them, the Velodyne subwoofer remains, but the rest has been swapped out, I have a 52" Samung TV hanging on the wall and the old Technics receiver was replaced with an Onkyo 5.1 set up in 2014, HDMI is my friend. The old Panasonic 5 disc DVD player gave way to a dope Sony Blu Ray single disc player, the Sony VHS/DVD player sat in a cabinet in the garage for many years and a friend asked about it and I gave it to him, now they're worth $500-$900 on Amazon and mine was essentially brand new...the turntable is in the garage, I got rid of the cable box when I switched to YouTubeTV and cut the cable, lol. HDMI made my life a lot easier with connections too. Everything runs through the receiver and the HDMI out goes to the TV. It's an evolving system.

  44. Father in law had the 40 inch version. Had it built into his living room, when he moved 10 years later he specified it went with the house

  45. Wow. I can only imagine how beefy your entertainment console had to be. I had the same model, but in 27” as a kid and that thing was a beast. I still remember being pumped about how there was some stupid widescreen option you could select. I still don’t know what it actually did, maybe turned off the display for the black bars above and below the dvd picture. Not sure if it actually did anything, but I was pumped living on the cutting edge as a kid.

  46. The console had to be like an armoire that you would have in a bedroom. I didn't have or could afford a 3 piece wall unit that most people had in that era. That's how mine was. You could put it either in a corner or straight against the wall. The problem with a larger tv was that you had to put the chest somewhat off the wall by a few inches. Plus you would have to take the doors off the chest / armoire, due to the size. I think those things were only good for a 32'' . With the 36", we could not use the doors, or the slide out tray that the VCR or cable box would sit. Had to make the hole in the back bigger and shave off some of the front where the screen would be flush. But it was a very sturdy piece of furniture. Back then furniture was built to last.

  47. Had this tv. Took 3 of us to get it into the TV armoire unit. Had to reinforce the stand because you could see it wasn't going to hold that thing. Took some 2x2s for the middle support stained them to match. Then had some 2x4s for the sides. That thing wasn't going anywhere

  48. I can't believe this post. I took a pic of a 18 year old set up this morning and decided to post it...who would've though I'd have over 400 likes and a shitload of comments. I'm humbled...

  49. I had this TV, the Vega model with 1080i. That was a beast of a TV, the picture was absolutely amazing on it. It was so heavy though and my son was about 18 months old and was climbing out of his crib at 7 months old so I got rid of it. It was only a matter of time before he broke it and possibly killed himself in the process. He managed to break my neon signs and pretty much everything else around that time so it had to go.

  50. I wish I would've kept it now...in retrospect, my stepdad had rolling flat dolly's that it could be moved around on to some degree.

  51. Nice. Back in 07-08 my boss’s wife bought him a plasma flat screen and he brought in his old Sony TV just like that to give to whomever wanted it. So i got a bad ass top of the line(for being a CRT) free TV. Games on my PS2 looked so good on it and the built in speakers sounded incredible. When i first played MGS Snake Eater i thought there were actually birds on my porch lol

  52. I had 24" Wega. Connected my PS1 to it and it looked amazing. I remember saving up for a while to get the TV, well worth it. But heavy as hell.

  53. Pretty much my sentiments...I bought mine used from a co-worker and getting to to our townhouse was a pain in the ass. It took 3 decently buff guys to get it in the living room and I had to buy a console from Circuit City that could hold 300 pounds. It was a great device other than the weight (I think the glass in the front had to be about 3 inches thick to achieve the 'flat screen' effect which is what made it extremely top heavy. It lasted several years and it either started crapping out or I just decided to get a new flat panel TV and gave the beast to a friend. I don't remember but I think the picture started going. I have a vague recollection of it being thrown into a dumpster and making a thundering noise. I replaced it with a Phillips 42" flat panel that I could carry myself and it could be hung on a wall! That was new for the period. The Sony was am amazing piece of machinery though and the picture was just amazing. I ran across this pic yesterday morning, scanned it into my smartphone and posted it, just for fun. I had no idea it would get that much attention.

  54. Sony trini-ton. Mofos were so heavy. State of the art back then though. Upgraded to a Phillips plasma that doubled as a space heater. Now I enjoy the deep blacks of a Sony A80J.

  55. I passed on plasma because of the heat they emit. I got a 42" Phillps flat panel TV around 2009 or so, and never looked back. That fucking Sony was a ball buster to move...My brother had a plasma flat panel TV and the picture was incredible, he had a recent (at that time) AC/DC (I think) concert playing and you could see the pores in their faces, lol. It was too clean imo. He loved it and he didn't have to turn the heat on in the winter, lol.

  56. Love it. Those Sony TVs were great. Most people today don’t realize that the original “flatscreen” TVs were CRTs. When the flat panel monitor TVs came out everyone started calling them “flatscreens.”

  57. RIght! Never thought this post would get this much attention. I found this pic, which I scanned with my smartphone this morning and posted...it was in a pile of pics from the 2000's. Go figure...

  58. I was a wee teen in 05. I remember getting the x360 and begging my parents for a 720p display. Was shut down immediately.

  59. They were known as the Trinitron Wega KV series to be specific not Vega. You can Google it. I will modify my title for this. Thank you.

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