My first Sony experience is with my Sony Laser Disc Player



Looking back, I’ve only just realised that Sony had been actively involved in my life thus far. I guess what my dad said about them had really stuck –

“When you want quality, get a Sony.”

Hey, it rhymes!

I mean only recently, I’ve bought myself a Sony T70 camera and I’m very happy with it. No regrets, whatsoever. It’s worth all the centavos I paid for it.



I used to have a Sony Discman just before I graduated from university (don’t ask when). Although it had gone kaput a couple of years after, the earbuds – I still have them and use them in the office everyday. My iPod earbuds are just a few months old and now they’re useless.

After my mother arrived from visiting my Aunt and Uncle in England, she had brought me home the best hand-me-down ever.



A Sony Handycam, baby! Wut up! Bulky as it was, I was the most popular girl in class and with the relatives. I was invited to all the parties – as official videographer of course.


But when exactly did my love affair with Sony start?


Gather ‘round children! We’ll be playing a guessing game!



Does anybody know what this is?


What do you guys think it is?




No, it’s not a serving platter.




No, it’s not a mirror either (but I must say it’s rather effective).




And what do you do if you’ve got two?




Cymbals??? I don’t think so.



Ok, ok. No more jokes. It’s a laser disc of Terminator 2!




Yes, a laser disc. What the blurdy hell is that, you ask? Well, it’s the older version of a Video CD (VCD), children. Can you believe how LARGE they were?

Most people’s first Sony experience would be their television sets or music players. I’m sure my family also had those at some point, but when we bought a laser disc player, it opened a whole new world for me.

Back then, the only way you can watch movies was by playing them on Betamax or VHS players. It’s such a pain sometimes because the tapes get crumpled or dirty and then you will have to endure the dizziness that will ensue while you watch the screen go up and down. It’s rather annoying.



So when our Sony laser disc (LD) player arrived, it was like a gift from God! The sounds were so crisp that our hairs would stand on end. The shots were so clear, that I thought my poor eyesight had healed on its own. It’s the digital revolution, baby!

The only trouble was, the LDs were so expensive at the time.


So in short, we only had two movies to watch… repeatedly.


It’s sort of pathetic, but I know the lines to Terminator 2 and Bambi by heart.


What’s more embarrassing is that I thought Eddie Furlong was cute. See how limited my Hollywood exposure was? Jeez.

And just so there isn't any doubt that it's a Sony product we're talking about here...


This is the 1992 invoice for a "multi-disc player." (I wonder why it says "multi-disc" when it can only play one kind?)


It’s a shame that our laser disc player doesn’t work anymore, but my family really enjoyed our time with it. It had really opened my eyes as to how amazing technology can be and I'm still amazed to this very day.


It definitely gave significance in my life just like the Sony’s World’s First Smallest, Lightest and Slimmest Full HD Camcorder, which will allow me to shoot the next Terminator movie installment in all its HD glory –- or maybe just really good home videos.







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8 Comments:

tiago said...

LOL... Laser discs are the blu-ray discs of yesteryears! I remember the days they were the most coveted means of entertainment. I hate to admit it, but I even envied classmates who bragged about having them large platters, er, discs. Hehehehe... Nice post.

December 4, 2008 at 12:06 AM
eMz said...

damn, right! we felt like millionaires because we had them. hahaha

December 4, 2008 at 1:31 AM
Edelweiza said...

nice account! i enjoyed reading..promise. i liked it that you used a lot of photos, and with graphics to boot. i hope you win! :)

December 4, 2008 at 2:29 PM
eMz said...

edelweiza:

thank you sooooo much! ^_^

December 4, 2008 at 3:01 PM
aiMz said...

hey emz! i wasn't able to congratulate you yesterday at the event. you deserve the outstanding post award! kaaliw ang post mo! congratz!

December 7, 2008 at 9:35 AM
Jehzeel Laurente said...

ngayon ko lang to nabasa! hahhaha! astig ang entry mo! :D grabe may malaking plaka ka pang naka tago ^_^ whoaaa!

December 13, 2008 at 1:35 AM
Kelvin Uy said...

congrats emz..naks galing galing hehe

December 13, 2008 at 6:11 PM
michael (ph)ierce said...

wow, ngayon ko lang nabasa entry mo!

oh em gee! kakatuwa!!! di ko alam na may mala-flying saucer na VCD pala! kaloka

congats din! you almost won pala!
buti nalang may T70 ka na kaya sakin nalang binigay ung premyo..hehe :D

December 14, 2008 at 1:26 AM
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