nebroadwe: From "The Magdalen Reading" by Rogier van der Weyden.  (Default)
I've had the same CD shelf system since, oh, 1995 or so. The CD player died about five years ago, I guess, but by then I had hooked up the DVD player to the AUX channel so I didn't really mind. Lately, however, the speakers have been intermittently spitting and hissing like disgruntled cats, so I decided it was time, time enough, and indeed high time for an upgrade. I considered one of those Bose Wave things -- a friend's dad has one and it sounded nice and took up very little space (always a consideration in a house where book storage takes priority). After some research, though, I decided I could get something just as nice, possibly sturdier, and almost as small for a hundred and fifty dollars less. So I went with a Denon DM-38, which arrived on my porch yesterday. The speakers were a bit of a hassle to set up and are going to be even more of a hassle to take down if I ever have to move them, but that's my only complaint. It's smaller than my old system but puts out just as much noise ... and it has two AUX channels in the back, which means that I can plug both the VCR (yes, I still own a working VCR) and the DVD player into it without having to use an intervening widget. It also has a USB port; I haven't tried my iPod in it yet, because my iPod is elderly and a wee bit cranky ("I don't understand these newfangled gadgets! Back in my day, you had your gig and you were grateful for it, not begging for more memory every six months ...") and the Denon, while too polite to snigger openly at it, did regard it with an air of mild condescension. ("Black and white screen, eh? How ... charmingly retro."). Or perhaps I've simply read too many of Diane Duane's more recent Young Wizards novels:
"Come on, you guys,” [Kit] said in the Speech. "All I’m asking for here is a little cooperation -- "
"No surrender!" shouted the remote.
"Death before dishonor!" shouted the DVD player.
Now I just have to figure out what to do with the old shelf system, which has responded to potential obsolescence by ... wait for it ... working. No more hissing, but a sly wink and a nudge in the direction of a possible loose connection at the back of the DVD player, know what I mean, know what I mean ... Argh. I can't throw it out if the tape deck and radio still work; my thrifty German ancestors would gather 'round and haunt me. So now I'm trying to find a place for it in the guest bedroom, which may involve buying the small computer desk I've wanted for a while. As if I need to be spending more money right before Christmas. Ah, well. If the Denon lasts fifteen or twenty years, I'll be happy enough.
nebroadwe: From "The Magdalen Reading" by Rogier van der Weyden.  (Default)
Today the digital-to-analog TV signal converter I ordered arrived. It's very ... small. A lot smaller than it looked in the picture, which means that all the rearranging I did to make room for it by the TV was unnecessary, but bedoggoned if I'm going to rearrange everything back. Living as I do on top of a hill, I can still use my old rabbit ears to pick up digital signals; in fact, not only am I getting a clearer picture (no more visual echoes!), I don't seem to have to twiddle the antenna when I switch from everything else to that one channel coming from thirty degrees the other way. I've got a spiffy new antenna in my sights anyway, just because, well, it's the twenty-first century, but it's nice to know I don't have to make that investment.

I'm not getting many more channels, but I did add a pair of independent stations that seem primarily devoted to "paid commercial programs" (i.e. advertisements), three subdivisions of the local independent religious broadcasting station (including one that appears to show nothing but Christian pop videos), two local all-weather all-the-time channels, QUBO, and the Olympics rerun channel (NBC's Universal Sports channel, that is). I admit it: it was fun listening to the women's gymnastics all-around final again (including "Break the Sword of Justice" in the background of Shawn Johnson's vault) while I made applesauce cake. But I still think I'll be getting more use out of my DVD player than I will out of this widget.


nebroadwe: From "The Magdalen Reading" by Rogier van der Weyden.  (Default)
The Magdalen Reading

August 2014



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