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On Becoming a Dinosaur

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On Becoming a Dinosaur

Post by Turkeytop » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:07 pm

One of the worst things about getting older is that things we’ve always taken for granted start becoming unavailable. Sometimes it might be the discontinuation of a familiar brand but often it’s the complete elimination of a product or service

My Kenwood stereo receiver has served me well for about 25 years. But it’s getting a little tired. The volume control is intermittent and the left channel seems a little distorted. So lately I’ve been thinking about replacing it. They don’t make them anymore. I don’t mean just Kenwood. It appears that nobody builds that kind of product.

Was in at Best Buy today. Everything is geared to Home Theatre or Blue Teeth. I have zero interest in Home Theatre and I don’t even know what Blue Teeth means. Told the sales guy I don’t want Home Theatre but it seemed beyond comprehension to him that someone wouldn’t want Home Theatre. Kept wanting to sell it to me. Demonstrating the thunderous speakers and the giant screens. I cleared out.

I only want to listen to music. It doesn’t have to be audiophile grade fidelity, because my ears are no longer capable of appreciating that. I just want a well-made product with decent audio quality and a good tuner.

I'm not keeping up with the times. I’m obsolete. Keeps on going like this, they may as well just push me into the hole and shovel dirt over me,



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Re: On Becoming a Dinosaur

Post by NS8401 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:14 pm

Turkeytop wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:07 pm
One of the worst things about getting older is that things we’ve always taken for granted start becoming unavailable. Sometimes it might be the discontinuation of a familiar brand but often it’s the complete elimination of a product or service

My Kenwood stereo receiver has served me well for about 25 years. But it’s getting a little tired. The volume control is intermittent and the left channel seems a little distorted. So lately I’ve been thinking about replacing it. They don’t make them anymore. I don’t mean just Kenwood. It appears that nobody builds that kind of product.

Was in at Best Buy today. Everything is geared to Home Theatre or Blue Teeth. I have zero interest in Home Theatre and I don’t even know what Blue Teeth means. Told the sales guy I don’t want Home Theatre but it seemed beyond comprehension to him that someone wouldn’t want Home Theatre. Kept wanting to sell it to me. Demonstrating the thunderous speakers and the giant screens. I cleared out.

I only want to listen to music. It doesn’t have to be audiophile grade fidelity, because my ears are no longer capable of appreciating that. I just want a well-made product with decent audio quality and a good tuner.

I'm not keeping up with the times. I’m obsolete. Keeps on going like this, they may as well just push me into the hole and shovel dirt over me,
Go buy a decent used one on eBay or learn how to rewire yours....



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Re: On Becoming a Dinosaur

Post by Turkeytop » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:26 pm

I guess I'm just not used to being a part of the market that is being ignored. We baby boomers had everything our way for so many years. They catered to our every want. Now we no longer matter.

Note to self. Get over it.



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Re: On Becoming a Dinosaur

Post by Bryce » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:37 pm

Knowing your a hands on kind of guy, you may want to hit ome pawn shops.


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Re: On Becoming a Dinosaur

Post by RayQix » Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:51 pm

I’d second the Pawn Shop idea but those are going to be similar things.... but just not as new.

My 25yr old Optimus (RadioShack) receiver is starting to have its issues.

Good thing it’s now my basement surround amplifier more than anything else.

Let us know what you do TT....


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Re: On Becoming a Dinosaur

Post by NS8401 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:37 pm

Turkeytop wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:26 pm
I guess I'm just not used to being a part of the market that is being ignored. We baby boomers had everything our way for so many years. They catered to our every want. Now we no longer matter.

Note to self. Get over it.
Millennials are the new boomers and about 4 million more than the total number of boomers at that.



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Re: On Becoming a Dinosaur

Post by Vic Doucette » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:49 pm

If there's an audio specialty store in your area (not a big box place like Best Buy), you might find something there.


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Re: On Becoming a Dinosaur

Post by Turkeytop » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:46 am

Bryce wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:37 pm
Knowing your a hands on kind of guy, you may want to hit ome pawn shops.


There's a certain irony here. Grew up and lived much of my adult life in poverty. Lived with hand me downs and second hand stuff. second hand clothes. Second hand bike. Second hand skates. Second hand radio. Hated it. Now that I'm at a point in my life where I can afford nice things, they're only available second hand, at pawn shops.



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Re: On Becoming a Dinosaur

Post by NS8401 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:59 am

Turkeytop wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:46 am
Bryce wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:37 pm
Knowing your a hands on kind of guy, you may want to hit ome pawn shops.


There's a certain irony here. Grew up and lived much of my adult life in poverty. Lived with hand me downs and second hand stuff. second hand clothes. Second hand bike. Second hand skates. Second hand radio. Hated it. Now that I'm at a point in my life where I can afford nice things, they're only available second hand, at pawn shops.
Second hand stuff can be quite good...



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Re: On Becoming a Dinosaur

Post by audiophile » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:10 am

This is probably what you are looking for:

https://www.amazon.com/Sony-STRDH130-Ch ... B006U1VH2S


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Re: On Becoming a Dinosaur

Post by Vic Doucette » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:36 am

audiophile wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:10 am
This is probably what you are looking for:

https://www.amazon.com/Sony-STRDH130-Ch ... B006U1VH2S
It is hard to tell with my cruddy eyes on my phone screen, but I am not sure if this unit has a phono input. If you have a turntable and want to keep using it, you'll want a receiver with a phono input.


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Re: On Becoming a Dinosaur

Post by Turkeytop » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:48 am

audiophile wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:10 am
This is probably what you are looking for:

https://www.amazon.com/Sony-STRDH130-Ch ... B006U1VH2S

That is what I am looking for. But part of being a dinosaur is that I don't shop online. I might be able to get one of our sons to do it for me.



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Re: On Becoming a Dinosaur

Post by Vic Doucette » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:53 am

If the other unit doesn't have a phono input, investigate the Onkyo TX-8020, which does. Available for about $200 on amazon.com.


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Re: On Becoming a Dinosaur

Post by 906XJ » Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:25 am

The Sony unit DOES NOT have a phono input. You'll have to buy a preamp in order to use a record player.



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Re: On Becoming a Dinosaur

Post by Turkeytop » Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:32 am

The only input I need is for my CD player. I would like to also plug the audio from my XM receiver into it but I can't. It doesn't pick up any signal in that room, so I have to keep it in a different room. I feed the audio from the XN into a low powered FM transmitter and broadcast it on 90.1 FM, which I can pick up anywhere on our property.



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Re: On Becoming a Dinosaur

Post by Vic Doucette » Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:51 am

Turkeytop wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:32 am
The only input I need is for my CD player. I would like to also plug the audio from my XM receiver into it but I can't. It doesn't pick up any signal in that room, so I have to keep it in a different room. I feed the audio from the XN into a low powered FM transmitter and broadcast it on 90.1 FM, which I can pick up anywhere on our property.
You aren't quite the dinosaur you make yourself out to be.


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Re: On Becoming a Dinosaur

Post by Vic Doucette » Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:39 am

Turkeytop wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:46 am
Now that I'm at a point in my life where I can afford nice things ...
I didn't grow up poor but had some really lean times after I went out on my own. Radio can do that to you.

My wife and I have done well and we now have more disposable income than we have ever had. Yet nobody seems to want it.

Unless you count pharmaceutical companies and insurers, no advertiser courts us.


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Re: On Becoming a Dinosaur

Post by NS8401 » Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:58 am

Vic Doucette wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:39 am
Turkeytop wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:46 am
Now that I'm at a point in my life where I can afford nice things ...
I didn't grow up poor but had some really lean times after I went out on my own. Radio can do that to you.

My wife and I have done well and we now have more disposable income than we have ever had. Yet nobody seems to want it.

Unless you count pharmaceutical companies and insurers, no advertiser courts us.
Which seems to be a dinosaur of a strategy that goes back to the 50’s and 60’s...



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Re: On Becoming a Dinosaur

Post by Turkeytop » Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:50 am

About 5 years ago I had a call from a Company that compiles the ratings for radio stations. When asked if I would be willing to be a participant, I said sure. First, she had to ask me some preliminary questions about myself, name, address, age etc. When she got to my age and I told her, she thanked me for my time but said they weren't interested in hearing from my age group.

Like Vic says, we're the generation that has money to spend. Our mortgages are paid off. Our kids are through school. And we have lots of free time. Why are they all chasing the millennials and ignoring what could be a lucrative market?



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