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Sep. 19th, 2008

Any recommendations for a small stereo system? One of those mini systems ideal for one moderately sized bedroom, not too expensive but that plays decent sound (especially since I listen to a lot of classical)? I'm tired of using my laptop as a stereo.


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Sep. 19th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
Well, you plug a pair of computer speakers into an iPod, see...

Edited at 2008-09-19 01:47 am (UTC)
Sep. 19th, 2008 10:36 am (UTC)
This would require (1) buying an iPod and (2) converting all my music to MP3. But (1) I'm not feeling particularly lemming-like and (2) I wouldn't be happy with the loss of sound quality due to the type of compression MP3 technology uses. As it is, the sound quality is okay when I plug my Sennheiser headphones into the laptop, so if I just wanted MP3 quality sound I could continue like this. Instead, I'm thinking something along the lines of this.
Sep. 20th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
As cheap as I am, I wouldn't want to spend that much money for a piece of equipment that divides its consumers so evenly.

But you know, this is what Consumer Reports reviews now apparently:

iPods & .mp3 Players
Home theatre systems

Apparently, big speakers aren't for music anymore, they're for explosions in action films.
Sep. 21st, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
It looks nice enough. I assume you've listened to one and find its sound quality reasonable.

The only additional feature I'd wish for would be memory, either an SD card or a stick. But I haven't even attempted to listen to music for years for a variety of reasons.
Sep. 21st, 2008 09:00 am (UTC)
Re: Radio
No, I haven't had the opportunity. That's one of the reasons I'm asking for recommendations here.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 07:53 am (UTC)
Re: Radio
That's something you should check out for yourself. Your ear is much more sensitive than that of most people and you are the one who'll have to live with whatever you get. Ideally, you should listen to it in your room.

Stores are flooded with stereo gear right now and it will only get worse over the next five months. Not everything being sold is high quality now that China has demonstrated that quality doesn't matter.

It used to be that you could go to the library and look up almost anything in Consumer Reports. Then they started reviewing only stuff sold in stores east of the Mississippi. Now their reviews are increasingly spotty and nobody has stepped in to take their place. Google on the model number; perhaps somebody has reviewed the model that interests you. I don't really trust reviews, though. I've seen manufacturers substitute junk components on equipment following a good review far too often.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)
Re: Radio
Of course the decision is ultimately mine, and I have done the web searches. There are folk on my friends list who are particularly knowledgable about stereo components, etc., and I was hoping for their feedback.
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