My simple audio setup for my A/V system is crapping out. What should I do?
My A/V setup uses a simple bookshelf system that I bought in the late nineties. It can play CDs *and* cassette tapes! The auxiliary input shows up as "MD", for (IIRC) "MiniDisc".
But it does its job, filling my shabby little living room with satisfactory audio.
Problem: the CD player no longer works.
Actually, this in and of itself is not a problem, since I haven't played a CD on that system for years and years. The *problem* is that the CD player seizes up, over and over again, as the system searches for a CD that's not there. The servo noise isn't horrible, but it's noisy enough to be irritating.
So I guess I have several possible courses of action:
1. Get it fixed.
This is probably cost-prohibitive -- although really, if someone could just disconnect the CD motors and get it to stop whirring, that'd be fine by me.
2. Buy a receiver.
I could probably buy this receiver used for $150 or so. Then, I guess I could hook up my bookshelf speakers to that?
I could get a "home theater in a box" system for around $800, or I could get a custom setup for presumably a similar price. I'm reluctant to do this, though, because it throws an extra $600 at a problem I don't currently have. I've never thought, "These two bookshelf speakers are too quiet," or groused that the sound needed to be sharper or more surround-ful.
What should I do?
(Yes, besides "stop grousing about your yuppie, first-worlder problems." :) )
Mood: curious · Music: none