Is it worth putting time or money into this CD player?
November 22, 2009 5:59 PM   Subscribe

Cheap CD player hisses. Worth the trouble to diagnose or fix?

I have a stereo that I received as a thankyou gift for making a charitable donation. It is Insignia brand, which I guess is the house brand at Best Buy. When I play a CD, there's enough of a hiss to make it unpleasant to listen to.

Is there an easy fix for this, or should I just chalk it up to "you get what you pay for" and see if Goodwill wants it?
posted by lakeroon to Technology (5 answers total)
 
Is it a boom box or a headphone thing?

Anyway I doubt it's worth much, you can get an mp3 player for like $35 that will store music from hundreds of CDs now.
posted by delmoi at 6:31 PM on November 22, 2009


It's a shelf type thing with two speakers that attach by wires. But I suspect the answer is still going to be to ditch it!
posted by lakeroon at 7:19 PM on November 22, 2009


Maybe it's a ground loop. Perhaps your wall socket is miswired.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 7:29 PM on November 22, 2009


Is it possible Best Buy would take it for exchange?
posted by 6550 at 8:36 PM on November 22, 2009


I'll try it in an outlet in a distant room and see if that helps - thanks. Interesting idea about trying to work out an exchange with Best Buy - who knows, maybe they'll actually stand behind their product!
posted by lakeroon at 11:19 PM on November 22, 2009


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