According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for audio equipment were 22% lower in 2020 versus 2016 (a $4.40 difference in value).
Between 2016 and 2020: Audio equipment experienced an average inflation rate of -6.02% per year. This rate of change indicates significant deflation. In other words, audio equipment costing $20 in the year 2016 would cost $15.60 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.83% during this same period, inflation for audio equipment was significantly lower.
In the year 2016: Pricing changed by -4.94%, which is above the average yearly change for audio equipment during the 2016-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2016 (1.26%), inflation for audio equipment was much lower.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Audio equipment:
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Audio equipment, over time, for $20 beginning in 2016. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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