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  1. Choreboy

    Choreboy Guest

    For Christmas I visited relatives with a Bose stereo. The tuner/CD
    changer feeds audio through a cord to the subwoofer, which has the
    amplifier.

    A CD has jammed in the changer. The way to open the case is not
    obvious. Bose says it would void the warranty, but they will charge
    $200 plus shipping to fix it.

    Would it be better to replace that component with another brand of tuner/changer?
     
  2. NSM

    NSM Guest

    | For Christmas I visited relatives with a Bose stereo. The tuner/CD
    | changer feeds audio through a cord to the subwoofer, which has the
    | amplifier.
    |
    | A CD has jammed in the changer. The way to open the case is not
    | obvious. Bose says it would void the warranty, but they will charge
    | $200 plus shipping to fix it.

    Most skilled techs should be able to do that for less.

    | Would it be better to replace that component with another brand of
    tuner/changer?

    I doubt it.

    N
     
  3. TCS

    TCS Guest

    tuner/changer?

    Yes. The unit isn't as good as a $150 panasonic sold at target/walmart/kmart.
    The $99 RCA minisystem (also with a changer) is also a superior unit.
     
  4. NSM

    NSM Guest

    | On Sun, 26 Dec 2004 02:36:03 -0500, Choreboy <>
    wrote:
    | >For Christmas I visited relatives with a Bose stereo. The tuner/CD
    | >changer feeds audio through a cord to the subwoofer, which has the
    | >amplifier.
    |
    | >A CD has jammed in the changer. The way to open the case is not
    | >obvious. Bose says it would void the warranty, but they will charge
    | >$200 plus shipping to fix it.
    |
    | >Would it be better to replace that component with another brand of
    | tuner/changer?
    |
    | Yes. The unit isn't as good as a $150 panasonic sold at
    target/walmart/kmart.
    | The $99 RCA minisystem (also with a changer) is also a superior unit.

    But is it compatible with the powered woofer? BTW, I'm surprised to see
    anyone use 'RCA' and 'superior' in the same sentence!

    N
     
  5. TCS

    TCS Guest

    The rca and panasonic have two properly sized woofers and stereo.
    The bose is monofonic at frequencies you'll notice. Only a subwoofer
    should be mono; the woofer(s) shouldn't.
    Only compared to bose. If you find someone who'll take $1500 for the RCA,
    it'll be just like the bose -- you'll have that special feeling of pride that
    comes from spending way too much.
     
  6. Choreboy

    Choreboy Guest

    With this model, the music center is powered by 12 volts. The amplifier
    for the three speakers is in the subwoofer compartment. I haven't
    studied the signal cable. If it's left/right/ground, I'd be looking for
    a tuner/changer whose line level could be adjusted by remote control. (I
    have a CD player like that.)
    This is a Lifestyle 20 bought in 1999. They bought four reconditioned
    units, each of which quickly failed. The store finally gave them a new one.

    Now that the changer has jammed, Bose says they will refuse to fix it if
    it has been opened. They will charge $200.

    I told them about the cheaper alternatives. They said, "But everyone
    tells us how good it sounds." I certainly haven't told them that,
    although the Bose is an improvement over what they had before, a pair of
    speakers with enormous bass resonance that colored and distorted everything.

    With the Bose, they aim one speaker into the living room and the other
    down the hall. I have aimed both speakers into the living room to see
    how good it can sound. I haven't been awed.

    Epinions has two reviews from 2000. One was from a teen whose parents
    had one. He said every teen should have one because he could turn it up
    loud enough to hear throughout the house. The other owner had his fail
    in thirteen months. He had sent it in to Bose three times, and the
    speakers still hissed and whined.
     
  7. RotorBalls

    RotorBalls Guest

    Interesting that you'd have the exact same problem I'm having right now
    with the lifestyle model 20. The changer was changing disk when one
    became stuck. You can hear the motor humming when plugged in as it's
    trying to ready the disk and the manual eject button on the bottom of
    the unit will not eject the cartrige enough to get it out because of
    this. I'm sure there's some special tool to remove the plastics from
    the unit, but a work around would be nice. I've dissasembled more
    complicated electrical components than this so I'm sure I could fix it
    once the plastic is safely removed.
     
  8. TCS

    TCS Guest

    I hate stuff like that. I hate not knowing if applying more pull on the
    plastic would take it apart -- that it was simply snapped together, or
    if applying more pull would break the damn thing.
     
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