Sony CD mult-player, potential surround amps and TV's
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I got talked into buying a Sony milti-player, due to stock availability. The Sony played 5 CDs and they seemed to have thought hard about the spec. When I got the player it was well built and sturdy. However when I tried to play a CD, there was something wrong. It also played up with the control of playback. I sent it back and the mail order retailer after an examination stated that it was a faulty chipset. I am sure however that I was just unlucky, but after years of Sony's inflated price tags I was left a little bemused to be honest.
This was the first experience with a Sony item, and having not being impressed with their musical ability in the first place I decided to buy a Yamaha single player.This was eight years ago and the machine has definately lived up to it!
My next purchases (when I get a new home of my own) will be a widescreen TV and a surround sound amplifier. The amplifier will most likely be a Yamaha or a Pioneer. And I hope a once in a lifetime buy as I don't need to crank up the volume the max (at least to not every day).
Top TV's I have seen (in the UK) have been the Sharp Aquos,(see other postings) Thompson Scenium and obvious choices like Panasonic, Philips Pioneer and Toshiba and Hitachi. For good value Sanyo (don't laugh) have a gorgeous designer 32" TV with a sleek stand and a built in hard disk. It's made in Britain and despite the brand name I am sure it would be a solid purchase, based on price features and attractive design.
Here in China if I needed a TV set I would go for a Konka or Haier,(Haier make many very attractive products here - but is little known in Britain) as a CRT high definition. The saving you get from a flat screen is phenominal. Also the picture is excellent, and lets all be honest the CRT is tried and tested. They should have got it right by now!
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