Music has always played a big part in my life and I have sorely missed having any type of system to listen to CD's or even the radio once in a while. Since getting ripped off, Susi has been haunting Ebay, trying to replace our extensive music library. Even though packages seem to arrive everyday I shake my head in wonder as I finally told her - Uh, we don't have anything to play those CDs on. So she went shopping.
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Actually, it was a two-fold shopping trip. She wanted to get her mother some small music system because all she currently has is an old 8-track player and a boom box Susi got her for Mothers day. Uh huh - naturally while browsing Wallyworld, she found an inexpensive system for her mother and since it was so inexpensive, she got one for us too.
Truthfully, all we wanted was something to listen to CDs with an occasional trip to the radio. Especially with Christmas coming and all those glorious Christmas songs. What she picked up as an Emerson home audio system, 6 CD changer and cassette recorder, the MS-9700. And it was great, 6 CDs at once would put her mother in hog heaven.
It took her only 2 seconds to set the system up, longer to figure out how to get the CDs to load for all 6 compartments, but soon we were listening to wonderful music once again. Then she went back to Columbus for Thanksgiving.
In the meantime, the family Gungian was gathering in North Carolina for their Thanksgiving feast, with younger brother from Ohio staying at our home for two days, elder brother from Virginia would take his place for an overnight stay later in the week. Coming from a family of music lovers, I was delighted to offer this CD changer so we could enjoy both Christmas music and some fine Celtic CD's I had picked up.
Boom, boom, boom - the Emerson bit the dust. Sure enough, the first night my Ohio brother was here the CD changer froze up, grinding its gears unmercifully. Fear not, I said, I'll just break out the one Susi got for her mom and return this one to Wallyworld on Saturday.
Boom, boom, boom - day three and the second system failed as well, CDs trapped in an endless cycle and refusing to open to give them back.
I called Susi and told her I was returning both systems for a refund. She was thankful she had'nt given the system to her mother and had to listen to that for months afterward. Buyer beware, avoid the Emerson MS-9700!
Home I came with our new RCA RS-2635, 5-CD carousel changer, tape player/recorder and radio all in one. Picked up one for her mother as well. Granted, it was twice the price of the Emerson, but considering the headache she would have had taking it all the way to Ohio for Christmas and having it fail, worth the price to Susi.
The system is sleek and compact and has great clarity. It also has a remote, which we have stacked on the coffee table with our other endless supply of remotes (do they breed overnight?). Loading the CDs is much easier than it was with the Emerson. A front button slides the little changer out for easy loading. It even says Hello to you when you turn it on. When not in use, the system stays in stand-by mode but it is always ready at the flick of a button.
It has the common range of buttons for most units - on/off, open/close, tuner, tape, aux, equalizer, bass boost, volume, next, previous, repeat, disc skip, stop/eject, pause, clock. It also offers a 'sleep 'function which I've always loved on televisions. You can set the time you want the unit to play and it will automatically turn off when it reaches the preset time. This is especially nice if you turn it on while getting ready for work or to go out and if you want to listen to some tunes before sleeping and want the unit to shut off after you've nodded off.
The tape player offers the ability to record from a CD or from the tuner. This is nice having everything in one compact unit. Instructions for recording are simple as can be even for people like me that have trouble with electronics.
Sound quality is very good. The two speakers are compact in size and fit easily on any bookshelf. The entire unit is silver and black, very attractive. Set up with clock and speakers takes about 5 minutes. It comes with a multilingual users manual with simple instruction, cleaning instructions and warranty information. It carries a one-year limited warranty, standard with most electronic items.
Well the system wasn't available in time for brother Gungian to hear my great Celtic Christmas CD but I guess I'll have Susi make him a copy and mail it to him. Of course, if either of us would have been thinking straight, we could have played it on the computer system but by then both Gungian and I had been through enough electrical glitches and we were simply happy to spend the balance of the evening pouring over old photos and reminiscing about the past.
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