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  posted on 1/21/2010 at 09:07 AM
I'm in a situation where I need to re-do my music listening (and DVD watching) system from scratch. I just moved to France where the electrical standards are not compatable with my old US equipment. Since I'm essentially starting from scratch, I'm looking for ideas to balance cost with quality and convenience. The things I brought from the US that will work in France are my laptop with all my iTunes stuff, and my non-powered stereo speakers. Already bought a medium sized TV, but still need the rest. I should mention that my wife is not all that technically inclined and enjoys the simplicity of turning on the stereo and putting in a CD.

I figured there's got to be some good ideas among the people here. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

 
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  posted on 1/21/2010 at 09:18 AM
Usually in Europe you can buy a converter that lets you plug in US plugs (it converts the 220v or 240v to 120v for the US standard.

You just need an adapter for things like laptops because they are already rated for the 220v or 240v used in Europe.

 

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  posted on 1/21/2010 at 10:53 AM
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Usually in Europe you can buy a converter that lets you plug in US plugs (it converts the 220v or 240v to 120v for the US standard.

You just need an adapter for things like laptops because they are already rated for the 220v or 240v used in Europe.

That's what I was thinking. With a transformer and outlet adapter everything that worked in the US should work in France. I wouldn't invest in anything special unless you plan to stay there for a very long time.

 

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  posted on 1/21/2010 at 11:08 AM
a lot of modern components have a switch on the unit for the power supply to switch between
240 and 120 volts.

The new Oppo Blu Ray players will play just about any cd/dvd format. I would start with that.





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that my wife is not all that technically inclined and enjoys the simplicity of turning on the stereo and putting in a CD.


Get a Bose Wave or Acoustic wave system, they have a aux in for your DVD player.

the sound is amazing big for a table top system.

Don't know if they make a 240 volt version, so you may need a converter.

very simple to use hit the power button and then select the source. that's it.


good luck.

 

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  posted on 1/21/2010 at 11:17 AM
While eyes are on this topic, I would appreciate any advice on a CD player for my home stereo. My trusty Denon player has just died after 22 years. I don't think I want a multi-disc player, but am open to convincing. Thanks.
 

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  posted on 1/21/2010 at 11:38 AM
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While eyes are on this topic, I would appreciate any advice on a CD player for my home stereo. My trusty Denon player has just died after 22 years. I don't think I want a multi-disc player, but am open to convincing. Thanks.


get the oppo 983 dvd/cd player does all formats.

 

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  posted on 1/21/2010 at 02:44 PM
If you are lloking fairly high end, buy used. People are dumping some great stuff for dimes on the dollar, especially speakers and amps.

 

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