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  •  Buy used (21+ / 0-)

    Thrift shops and pawn shops are a decent alternative, although for microwaves there was a wattage race for a while, and frozen dinners have instructions written assuming 1100 watts.

    I agree with you, of course, about not having a choice. Even if one goes to an online retailer searching for made in America and willing to wait while it ships, there aren't choices.

    Then again, I will some day be in the position of needing to replace my hi-fi. I already know that no retailer knows what such a thing is. "You mean your media center?" No. "You mean your television speakers?" No. "You mean your mp3 playing computer interface with pods?" No. "You mean subwoofers and satellite speakers?" No. "But you plug your TV into it, right?" No. "Then, your phone?" No. "Uh, welcome to Best Buy."

    "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

    by The Geogre on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 01:10:29 PM PST

    •  That's hilarious. (8+ / 0-)

      I didn't realize my "stereo" was a "media center" until my 12 year old nephew called it that.

      I can see Canada from my house. No, really, I can.

      by DuzT on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 02:06:05 PM PST

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      •  I tried to buy speakers (6+ / 0-)

        You know... stereo speakers?

        I couldn't find them.

        No kidding. I went to the Best Buy and had the experience I related above. "Where does it plug into your television" was their first question. "Subwoofers" were their answer. I tried to explain to them that "media center" speakers were crummy and meant to vibrate and wobble but not reproduce, say, a concert room, and they stared at me and pointed me toward the reproduction sports car with car speakers in it for a demo.

        The really hard core audiophile things exist still. If one wants to spend a month's rent per speaker, one can get a truly wondrous speaker, but the old category of "hi fi" has vanished.

        Music was meant to be heard on a .75" neodymium speaker, wasn't it?

        "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

        by The Geogre on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 06:33:06 PM PST

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        •  Earbuds. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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        •  I have completely given up on CD and DVD (2+ / 0-)
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          players for my system.  Had 2 identical high end Harmon Karden CD units, both were replaced under warranty for an obvious design flaw and both died again just after the warranty expired. Think there was any offer of redress?

          I also blew through 3 DVD players in 3 years, the last one being Costco's cheapest model simply because assumed it was disposable. It was.

          This diary has really hit a nerve. i think the German model is the way to go. Give the manufacturers a painful incentive to make products that last.

          "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

          by annan on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 07:14:24 AM PST

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    •  Now you made me miss my 1960's Sears console (7+ / 0-)

      I bought it at a resale shop and it looked like a fine piece of furniture. Not so minor problem, the volume adjustment was raspy. Touch the knob and akk-akk-akk. Went to a Sear store help desk and ordered a replacement part (volume rheostat) for their brand name equipment. Received it within a few working days, installed it myself and it is likely still working well somewhere in Northern Illinois or Southern WI.

      Fine piece, it had AM, FM and played records too. And we were happy with that, that's all we had.

      •  We had a Grundig from early Costco (1+ / 0-)
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        It was a buyer's club in New Jersey, and so we got a Grundig, which we'd never heard of. The darn thing had one switch for power and another for AFC lock.

        Dang, but that console was beautiful -- Bauhaus design and superior performance at 15 watts.

        "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

        by The Geogre on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 06:34:50 PM PST

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