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April 28, 2006

Options vs Value Adds

Thanks to the extreme kindness of Simon, I now find myself the recipient of a (spare) Cambridge Audio external DAC.

Only I've found that my 1994 vintage CD player doesn't have a coax digital out on the back. (The 1986 vintage one it replaced did have - go figure.)

So I'm looking online to find out how much it would cost to get a replacement with SP/DIF out...and although you can get optical out for around 70 quid, it's around 150 before you get the socketry I'm after.

Or I can buy a DVD player with it for around 30.

How strange that something essential on one commodity - because even a shitty DVD player might be connected to a shitty surround system - would be an extreme high-end value add on another...

Posted by Tom Dolan at April 28, 2006 09:45 AM


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