I keep buying low-end home theatre systems and they keep breaking. Maybe I'm not actually buying the right thing?
I don't know anything about this stuff, and I'm actually probably using the wrong words for things. So sorry. I hope someone can wade through this and school me.
Over the past six years, I've gone through four low-end home theatre systems that look like this
. Every time, the DVD player quits working after a year or two. One time I took it into the shop, and they told me that it's not worth fixing a DVD player that cheap.
So this is frustrating. I keep buying this whole system, even though only a small part of it keeps breaking. As for my current system that's on its way out the door, I never even used the speakers that came with it. I just kept them in the closet and plugged System #3's speakers into System #4.
A unit that doesn't have a DVD player in it - and therefore doesn't have any moving parts - would be less prone to failure, right? Also, I now have two working sets of surround speakers, so I don't need to buy a third.
But when I go looking for a standalone receiver, there's a huge jump in price
. Is it not possible to buy a simple unit that I can plug my own AV sources and speakers into, for a price comparable to these systems with built-in DVD player and speakers? It would be great if I didn't have to spend more than $100 or $130.
My needs are small. I have a Wii, Roku, and Airtunes, all of which I have connected to a manual RCA switch that goes into my current system.