Audio equipment priced at $20 in 1977 $5.69 in 2022

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Prices for Audio Equipment, 1977-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for audio equipment are 71.56% lower in 2022 versus 1977 (a $14.31 difference in value).

Between 1977 and 2022: Audio equipment experienced an average inflation rate of -2.76% per year. This rate of change indicates significant deflation. In other words, audio equipment costing $20 in the year 1977 would cost $5.69 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.54% during this same period, inflation for audio equipment was significantly lower.

Price Inflation for Audio equipment since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2018 (-13.87%), 2017 (-8.28%), and 2005 (-8.20%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1977

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Audio equipment, over time, for $20 beginning in 1977. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1977$20.00-
1978$20.602.98%
1979$21.313.44%
1980$21.782.23%
1981$22.493.24%
1982$22.741.14%
1983$22.36-1.66%
1984$21.79-2.58%
1985$21.05-3.38%
1986$20.45-2.83%
1987$20.741.42%
1988$20.66-0.41%
1989$20.690.16%
1990$20.770.38%
1991$21.101.57%
1992$21.04-0.26%
1993$20.93-0.52%
1994$20.91-0.10%
1995$20.52-1.85%
1996$20.23-1.45%
1997$19.83-1.97%
1998$18.99-4.23%
1999$18.22-4.07%
2000$17.87-1.89%
2001$17.21-3.72%
2002$16.36-4.94%
2003$15.50-5.26%
2004$14.71-5.08%
2005$13.50-8.20%
2006$12.78-5.32%
2007$12.07-5.60%
2008$11.50-4.73%
2009$10.91-5.14%
2010$10.56-3.22%
2011$10.06-4.65%
2012$9.37-6.91%
2013$8.90-4.98%
2014$8.48-4.79%
2015$8.03-5.29%
2016$7.63-4.94%
2017$7.00-8.28%
2018$6.03-13.87%
2019$6.080.81%
2020$5.98-1.64%
2021$5.68-5.01%
2022$5.690.18%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Audio equipment:

Year1977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI89.70092.37795.55497.685100.846101.992100.30097.70894.40891.73893.03892.65492.80093.15494.61594.36993.87793.78592.05490.72388.93885.17781.70880.16277.17773.36269.50065.96960.56257.33854.13051.56848.91947.34245.14042.02139.92738.01436.00334.22631.39327.03827.25626.81025.46825.513

Adjust audio equipment prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1977 * 1977 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Audio equipment was 89.700 in the year 1977 and 25.513 in 2022:

25.513 / 89.700 * $20 = $5.69

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1977 has the same "purchasing power" as $5.69 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Audio equipment).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Audio equipment in 1977. In addition to audio equipment, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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