I didn't have a lot of cash. And I didn't want to spend so much money on the equipment that I couldn't afford to buy any disks. On the other hand, I wanted the sound quality to be reasonably good. So what to do?
I called up my friend who is a hi-fi nut. (You're officially a hi-fi nut a nut when your preamp costs more than your car, and you only have seven disks to listen to.) My nutty friend made some shrewd suggestions, and following fairly closely to his recommendations I ended up with the following:
Sony produced a range of 200-disk jukebox CD players. Yep, 200!
The 205 is an inexpensive model that simultaneously suited my needs
and my pocket. And despite the low cost it sounds just great!
If you have not tried one, let me tell you that the ability to sit on the sofa and select disks from your collection without moving a muscle (or at least no muscles other than the ones in your remoco finger) is very cool! The one thing wrong with this unit is that it holds only 200 compact disks!
There is a solution, of course. Sony now markets 400-disk jukebox CD players, and they are stackable. So you can have two of them operating from the same remote controller. But since my collection (at time of writing) was heading rapidly for 700 albums, a pair of 400's would be a stop-gap solution at best.
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Messrs. Bowers & Wilkins have been known to make an excellent set
of speakers when they set their minds to it. And they seem to set
their minds to it quite a lot! Their 300-series is an excellent
speaker for those (like me) with a small pocket.
My 305's are not large, but they produce a big, crisp sound, with plenty of base, filling my house at low volume levels and entertaining the entire neighborhood with little effort.
And I'm not complaining about the price.