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#90431 - 05/27/12 02:02 PM Worst Component you have used in your system....
XenonMan Offline
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Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 2637
Loc: Columbus,North Carolina
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.
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Music system
Model 990/7500/Magnepan 1.6 QRs/Technics SL1200 MK2/Aperion S-12 Subwoofer/OWA3/Sony NS75H DVD
APC H15 Power Conditioner

TV System
Large Advent Loudspeakers/ Polk center/Monoprice surrounds/Panasonic Viera 42 inch/Onkyo HT-RC260/Sony BDP S590/Directv


Home Theater System
Onkyo PR-SC886/Outlaw 7125 Klipsch RF-82 L/R,RC-62 center, RB-35 SR/SL, BENQ HT1075, Outlaw LFM1-EX/OPPO BDP-83/Directv
Harmony ONE
Blue Jeans and Monoprice interconnects
APC H15 Power Conditioner

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#90441 - 05/30/12 08:00 PM Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... [Re: XenonMan]
beyond 1000 Offline
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Registered: 06/08/11
Posts: 223
Loc: Vancouver, Canada
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.



Edited by beyond 1000 (05/30/12 08:02 PM)
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#90448 - 05/31/12 01:46 PM Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... [Re: beyond 1000]
KOYAAN Offline
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Registered: 09/04/05
Posts: 358
Loc: Sanford NC
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.
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990/770
Oppo BD83SE
Pioneer Elite DV-47A
Magnavox HDMR513h DVR/DVD-R
Sony DVD megachangers-2
Sony CD megachangers-2
Monster power centers-2
Sony 48" rear projection SDTV
Roku video player
JVC AL-A158 Turntable
Polk RT-2000s,CS-650,XS-650s,RT80s
LFM-1EX
Hsu VTF-1
12" Velodyne

Family room:
OPPO 970
Sony 32" direct view HDTV
Denon 3801
Rolk RMs

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#90450 - 05/31/12 03:36 PM Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... [Re: KOYAAN]
XenonMan Offline
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Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 2637
Loc: Columbus,North Carolina
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


Edited by XenonMan (06/01/12 05:58 PM)
Edit Reason: added link
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Music system
Model 990/7500/Magnepan 1.6 QRs/Technics SL1200 MK2/Aperion S-12 Subwoofer/OWA3/Sony NS75H DVD
APC H15 Power Conditioner

TV System
Large Advent Loudspeakers/ Polk center/Monoprice surrounds/Panasonic Viera 42 inch/Onkyo HT-RC260/Sony BDP S590/Directv


Home Theater System
Onkyo PR-SC886/Outlaw 7125 Klipsch RF-82 L/R,RC-62 center, RB-35 SR/SL, BENQ HT1075, Outlaw LFM1-EX/OPPO BDP-83/Directv
Harmony ONE
Blue Jeans and Monoprice interconnects
APC H15 Power Conditioner

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#90494 - 06/04/12 10:09 AM Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... [Re: XenonMan]
old_school_2 Offline
Gunslinger

Registered: 04/03/12
Posts: 82
Loc: Ann Arbor, MI, USA
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.
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#91579 - 10/17/12 03:06 PM Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... [Re: old_school_2]
Bwest1000 Offline
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Registered: 02/14/12
Posts: 6
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.

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#92397 - 01/17/13 12:23 PM Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... [Re: XenonMan]
73Bruin Offline
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Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 499
Loc: Torrance, CA USA
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.


Edited by 73Bruin (01/17/13 09:56 PM)
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Living Room 24x18 open 1/2 flight up to a raised dining room/hall 24x12
Outlaw 975 pre-pro running 5.1 system via HDS-42AVR
2 Ch Parasound HCA-1200II amp 205wpc for NHT VT-1.4 mains
Outlaw 750 for NHT VS-1.4 center and 2 NHT SuperZeros rears
Velodyne Servo FX-1200
LG OLED65C8PUA via HDMI from HDS-42AVR & to the 975 via ARC
Samsung BD-D5500 BluRay via HDMI to HDS-42AVR
Arris 6 Channel whole house DVR via Time Warner Cable via HDMI to HDS-42AVR

Family Room/Kitchen 24x15
Outlaw 1050
NHT SB-2 Main - Outlaw LFM-1 Compact Sub
Squeezebox v3 Classic
Visio 32" HDTV via Arris HD Cable Box

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#92404 - 01/17/13 06:48 PM Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... [Re: XenonMan]
XenonMan Offline
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Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 2637
Loc: Columbus,North Carolina
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.
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Music system
Model 990/7500/Magnepan 1.6 QRs/Technics SL1200 MK2/Aperion S-12 Subwoofer/OWA3/Sony NS75H DVD
APC H15 Power Conditioner

TV System
Large Advent Loudspeakers/ Polk center/Monoprice surrounds/Panasonic Viera 42 inch/Onkyo HT-RC260/Sony BDP S590/Directv


Home Theater System
Onkyo PR-SC886/Outlaw 7125 Klipsch RF-82 L/R,RC-62 center, RB-35 SR/SL, BENQ HT1075, Outlaw LFM1-EX/OPPO BDP-83/Directv
Harmony ONE
Blue Jeans and Monoprice interconnects
APC H15 Power Conditioner

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#92407 - 01/17/13 11:54 PM Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... [Re: XenonMan]
cogito Offline
Deputy Gunslinger

Registered: 03/04/10
Posts: 13
Loc: Janesville, WI
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.
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Marantz AV7702 mkII
Outlaw Model 7125, Outlaw Model 2200 (3)
Oppo BDP-83, LG UBK90 4k
LG OLED C8
Directv
Sony PS4 Pro/PS3
Polk Audio RT800, CS400, FX500
Atlantic 44-DA (4)
Sunfire True Subwoofer, Epik Empire
APC H15
Harmony Elite remote
Blue Jeans and Monoprice interconnects

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#92412 - 01/18/13 08:15 AM Re: Worst Component you have used in your system.... [Re: XenonMan]
S. Sharkey Offline
Gunslinger

Registered: 03/15/12
Posts: 78
Loc: Canada
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.
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Home Theater: Epson 8100, Onkyo 876, Outlaw 7125, Oppo 103, Speakers: Paradim Monitor 7, cc370, Totem Lynks x 4
2 Channel system: Oppo 95, Parasound Halo A21, Halo P7, Paradigm Signature S6
Bedroom: NAD C326BEE, Panasonic S97, Tannoy Revolution DC4, Energy Classics

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