Worst Component you have used in your system....

Posted by: XenonMan

Worst Component you have used in your system.... - 05/27/12 02:02 PM

What is the worst component in your system? For me it was a URC MX-900 Genesis remote that a friend gave me for free. I quickly found out that in order to use it I would have to download the MX-900 editor software. Although this looks pretty straightforward, in actuality the software is not available on lie unless you are a professional installer or bough the remote from a dealer who is still in business. Even though the remote was free I threw it out because I didn't need another paperweight.
Posted by: beyond 1000

Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... - 05/30/12 08:00 PM

I don't really have a worst component in my current arsenal. All of my components are strong BUT my AVR (Onkyo 906) now used as a pre/pro has had an HDMI meltdown. The HDMI board was problematic for this unit and to get lossless audio I'm going 7.1 analog. Just waiting for the ever-dragging Outlaw 978.

I guess the worst component I ever owned was my first set of speakers....Soma SE-1500c. The foam surrounds fell apart. They sounded bad.

Posted by: KOYAAN

Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... - 05/31/12 01:46 PM

I've got a Magnavox DVR/DDR That's strictly general usage quality, but it's the only unit available with the functionality that I want and . all things considered, isn't too shabby.
Beyond that, my Polk speakers are probably my weakest link.
Though, tey're still too good to replace.
Posted by: XenonMan

Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... - 05/31/12 03:36 PM

You know you can get foam rebuild kits for almost any speakers. I have rebuilt my Advents twice and it is really easy.

http://www.newfoam.com/kits.asp
Posted by: old_school_2

Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... - 06/04/12 10:09 AM

Probably my NAD 517 CD changer. I purchased this before I purchased any streaming media players. IN fact, it was this unit that prompted me to move to the non-compressed wav-file-streaming world. I had no issue with the 517 per se, until one day, it just got very particular about playing certain discs. I cleaned its lens, looked for obvious issues with its internals, but couldn't really find any.

It got to the point where a disc would load and play successfully maybe 55% of the time, with the remaining 45% of the time the player sitting there like it was attempting to play the disc, but never quite accomplishing said task. This was odd, because I have owned various NAD gear over the years, and never had an issue with any of it - until the 517.

That was more or less when I decided to start converting my CD library to wav files, and streaming them via my cat5 network.

I haven't looked back since, and now the 517 just sits on a shelf.
Posted by: Bwest1000

Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... - 10/17/12 03:06 PM

I had a pioneer 5 disc changer, I think it was a DVD changer, that just seeminly disintegrate in there. I opened it up once it stopped working and there were gears everywhere, like it had been shaken. It was only about 3 years old and went directly to the trash. I guess it just didn't want to live with me anymore, or it was making a comment on what choice of DVDs I was choosing to watch.
Posted by: 73Bruin

Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... - 01/17/13 12:23 PM

Interesting question, especially over time. I would have to say that absolute worst was a Phase Linear Dynamic Tick and Pop filter that I purchased and returned in the 70's. It worked but got rid of a lot of music too. In my current living room system, it would have to be the TV and the DVD player.
Posted by: XenonMan

Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... - 01/17/13 06:48 PM

I used to have a Kenwood CD player about 20 years ago that had a 6 disc magazine which you loaded and then inserted into the player. I got the player as a door prize from a company picnic and didn't use it for about a year after I got it. Once I set it up I only used it about three times before the magazine would not eject. I finally had to disassemble it to get the CDs out of it and when I did I found several nylon gears inside stripped from trying to eject the magazine. I actually had it fixed under warranty at Circuit City but when I got it back it would get stuck at the end of a CD if the CD was more than about 40 minutes long and just go into a condition where it kept repeating the end of the track as jibberish. I threw it on the junk pile and bought a single play Sony that still functions today.
Posted by: cogito

Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... - 01/17/13 11:54 PM

For me it's got to be a Yamaha CD player from the late 80's. It lasted just long enough to get out of waranty then the disc drawer wouldn't always open. It would tease me first though, and then slam shut again, cruel player. This cat and mouse game went on until the player grew tired of me and wouldn't open at all.

At the time there was a local stereo store that I frequented and the salesmen would actually care about their customers. (Unlike today where the only store in town starts with a B and ends with Buy and the employees don't care and are even less knowledgable.) Because it was out of waranty the salesman couldn't fix it for free but he did feel bad for me and offered to sell another player at cost which turned out to be about 1/3 off. Even some of the specialty shops in the larger cities near my home have closed. I really miss spending an afternoon playing with the latest gear that I can't afford.
Posted by: S. Sharkey

Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... - 01/18/13 08:15 AM

That post made me LOL repeatedly! I had a Yammy from the late 80's too and it grew pouty, not reading or skipping at first until it was good and ready. I'd be kneeling in front of the Yamaha praying for it to work and trying one of those lens cleaning discs that the dealer suggested, but this changed nothing. Yamaha made some crap back then, they also failed big time in the mid 80's with car gear.
Posted by: XenonMan

Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... - 01/18/13 09:10 AM

They did make some great home stereo gear back in the 70s. I still have a fully operational integrated amp and tuner from 1976.
Posted by: the_h

Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... - 02/15/13 04:17 PM

Bar none the worst component. Have ever owned was an akai receiver I traded a marantz 2265 ( which i Later got back) to get this cool looking digital face receiver........... It blew up on 2 occasions and I had it repaired both times. This is the piece of gear that turned me into an audiophile it being so bad taught me a quality lesson I learned well. I recognized the sound quality difference but did not want to believe it. I was 17 when. Made the trade and 22 when I got the marantz back. A close second was a Vector Research CD player that every once in a while worked.
Posted by: beyond 1000

Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... - 02/11/15 08:20 PM

Radio Shack Peek Meter - To this day I have absolutely no idea why I bought it. Looked cool but had no use since even though it peeked to the max nothing else happened to the system.
Posted by: corsabrin

Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... - 02/12/15 07:36 AM

Sony Mini Disc player. I bought into the idea that mini discs were going to replace cassettes and the only recordable media at home. A very short time later, recordable CD's became cheap and that ended the mini disc.

Best Buy used to have a section of mini disc from artists and that quickly shrank down to one shelf and then disappeared.

I bought a combo deal of the home deck and a portable player and 10 blank mini discs. Worst. Purchase. Ever.

I still have the home deck and discs in a box in my basement and a few years ago I looked online to see if there was a market to sell the used deck and didn't find much.

That was the last time I became an early adopter of new technology!
Posted by: beyond 1000

Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... - 02/22/15 07:36 PM

Originally Posted By: the_h
A close second was a Vector Research CD player that every once in a while worked.


That was a blast from the past. What ever happened to them?
I looked them up and I guess they are into economic consultation and public opinion polls.
Posted by: cogito

Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... - 03/12/15 11:43 PM

I had the Radio Shack meters too, for the cool factor of course. I had them hooked up to a two channel receiver that had A/B speaker connects so naturally I bought a meter for each pair of speakers. Come to think of it they're still in use today on a system of leftovers put together in my parents basement that I left for them to use when I moved out decades ago. While they may not serve much function, they sure do last.
Posted by: beyond 1000

Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... - 04/29/15 07:31 PM

Holy smoke they still work? I guess the cool factor was why I bought it.
Posted by: Bill O

Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... - 01/10/19 10:54 AM

Cambridge Audio, junk in my opinion. Have owned 2 products with the CA badge, both terrible..