Originally Posted by quietmouse
I went to a local store and played with the Canon R42. I brought my own card so I can bring the video back home for viewing on my own TV.
I was surprised that the R42's picture was just as good as my vintage Canon HF11. How is this possible? It's only a little over $400 now.
Compare this to the almost $1000 that I paid for my HF11 a few years ago.
My HF11 is actually working perfectly, but I'm just having that itch to try something new, with a new 4-year warranty.
Funny story... My AV receiver went out on me after about 20 years... I am not quite the "money is no object" audiophile, but I was also not the person looking for a $99.00 receiver either...
I started to search for a replacement... In 1990, I spent about $1,000.00 for the receiver... So naturally, I decided that this was my price point, and I started looking for AV receivers that cost around $1,000.
Later, someone asked me why I wanted to spend so much on a receiver... I told him that AV was important to me...that I knew whatever I bought would last probably 10+ years, and that I didn't want to skimp...
He laughed and told me that what I described is like saying you want to spend $2,500 on a computer today because your spent $2,500 on a computer 10 years ago... Fact is, you can get a more powerful, more capable receiver for less money... And I did... I ended up spending about $600 for a nice Yamaha AV receiver that's still serving me well now...