After purchasing the thing last year, it only worked well for a few months before the problems began.
After inserting any disk (DVD, CD, Blu-Ray), it would clunk, whirr & whine, and repeat for about 60 to 90 seconds. Then it would eject the disk, with a message that the disk was corrupt, or unreadable, or whatever.
We sent it to the nearest repair facility some 2,000 miles away in California, where it languished for a month or six weeks before they returned it. It worked reasonably well for another two months, until mid-January when it refused to read Blu-Ray disks; DVDs played just fine.
Then the iPod docking station stopped sending the music tracks through the amplifier. iPods would receive power, but the tunes continued to play from the tiny speakers in the iPod instead of the 7.1 channels.
Yesterday, we replaced that 'cadillac' system for a Sony unit at about one-third the price of the other. It has all of the same features, except it's a standard 5.1-channel playback.
All it cost me, other than money, was a couple hours of crawling around the living room on my hands & knees, re-routing the new speaker wires. I can safely say that I won't spend big bucks for the fancy units, ever again. And it was awfully nice to watch newer movies on blu-ray last night. :)
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It was 2 degrees when I awoke this morning. Finally, Alaskan weather returns.
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Regarding that warm spell which melted so much of our snow, there's news from the Iditarod HQ:
The official start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race may be moved from Willow to Fairbanks if trail conditions don't improve, race organizers said Saturday.
The ceremonial start of the 1,000-mile race to Nome is set for Anchorage on Saturday, March 1, and as of now, the restart is still scheduled for Willow on Sunday, March 2, organizers said.
However, trail conditions -- especially from the top of Rainy Pass in the Alaska Range to Nikolai -- may not be acceptable, according to an update sent to mushers and a statement posted on the race's website Saturday.
Iditarod organizers said they will decide by Feb. 17 if trail conditions will force a restart in Fairbanks on Monday, March 3. The Saturday ceremonial start would remain in Anchorage.
|ERIK HILL — Anchorage Daily News)|
As you can see, it's happened at least once before.