Last week, I decided that I was fed up of not having any way of listening to my music anywhere other than the living room. Unless of course I used my laptop, but the speakers are a bit crappy it has to be said. That and I enjoy listening to CDs while I take a bath or get dressed in a morning. And when cleaning my room, and my laptop provides too much distraction with Twitter and Facebook and I forget what it was I was supposed to be doing. So I decided it was time I got a small boombox for the bedroom.
At first I had gone to Argos and saw a cheap and, what I thought would be, cheerful little Bush device. It was shiny and black and really suited the mood of the room. At £26.99, I also thought it was a reasonable price. I brought it and took it home, plugged it in and chose a CD. I pressed Play and was about to enjoy listening to a CD that I enjoy. Linkin Park's "A Thousand Suns". The sound wasn't the best, which I thought was a little disappointing, then at random it started missing out tracks. Now anyone who knows this album will know that all the tracks blend together to create a deep and well thought out concept. I had assumed it was an accidental knock on the program button so at first wrote it off as such.
It carried on doing this and it bemused me. The next morning, it refused to play at all. I would put a CD in, it would spin for a few minutes and then either come up with the wrong amount of songs (said a 6 track CD only had 3 tracks) and then played as though it was underwater?! I was thinking WTF? And I had assumed that in my haste I had forgotten to keep the box. I was glad to have found it, I must say. I took it back today and the cheeky sod at the desk asked me if I wanted "The same again?". I declined, as politely as one does when you want to call the guy a cheeky little shit! I was glad when he offered me (very apologetically) my money back. And with it I did spend about £7 on my guinea pigs so that they could have some new toys.
Luckily I had brought a new CD player from Tesco. This one was about £5 more than the other one, but it had an Ipod dock, a remote and I knew I would be able to trust it, as I have had some Technika stuff before now and it hasn't been half bad, OK so it isn't THE best there is, but on a budget and for something I only wanted to listen to in bed or in the bath, it certainly does the job.
2 years ago