Thursday, October 11, 2012

People My Age Should Not Be Allowed to Buy Certain Electronic Things

Even from Crutchfield, which is a really fine vendor.

I had been rockin' along with my '98 4 Runner and its OED radio for a number of years, and then a really fine classical radio station WPBI "Classical South Florida" appeared at 89.7.  That place on the dial is where WMCU "Spirit FM" had lived since Genesis and whose sale by Trinity International University still is a bitter memory among the faithful.  So I've been consoling myself with really beautiful music from that spot on the dial since then.

While the OED radio may have been fine for CCM, it was lacking for Bach, Mozart, Elgar, Vivaldi, and so on.  Crutchfield, after a few bumps along the way, helped me with a Kenwood eXcelon KDC-X496 CD-Receiver with USB Interface together and a pair of Polk Audio 6.5 inch Slim Mount Coaxial DB651s speakers ("Marine Certified" I guess because I might leave the windows open on a rainy day).  It makes beautiful Classical South Florida music.

I haven't the slightest idea how to do anything else with it.  I did learn how to turn it on.  Then, through the miracle of trial and error, I found 89.7 FM.  Beyond that, the way you tune the thing is a complete mystery.

The radio has this single relatively large volume control button that also can do other things.  It is surrounded by some tiny little buttons which have symbols that I cannot see when I am driving because I have my distance glasses on.  Even if I could see them, I don't know what they mean.  Sometimes I hit one of them inadvertantly and I lose 89.7.  So I will spend the next several minutes trying to turn the radio off,  and then the next several days trying to figure out how to get back to 89.7.

With the unit came a remote.  Yes, a remote.  It is similar to the one you get with a TV, except it is much smaller.  It has a keypad plus at least 9 or 10 other buttons on it.  I have no idea.

(Yes, there is a little "Quick Start Guide" that came with it, and a manual on the internet.  But who has time to read those things?  And then, who, after reading them, will remember what he read?  Thus, the title of this post.)

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