The other day I enjoyed a good giggle reading about Suzanne’s computer crisis (soon resolved) over at bizzyville. Then, yesterday morning, I had a technology breakdown of my own.
My overpriced alarm clock went pfft. Yep, my Cambridge Soundworks Radio CD 740, purchased in late March 2006, no longer keeps time at all. No alarms, no time display except “12:00 AM” that never advances, never retreats, and can’t be reset. I assume a chip inside has died. The radio and CD functions seem to be unaffected.
But I’ve been relying on this dual-alarm-equipped darling to wake me up in the mornings. And now that I’m working again, that’s important. Very important.
I need six to seven hours sleep at night, and often need a couple of alarms to get up and out of my nice cozy bed. Especially on a winter morning when the weather outside is very low on degrees. Like today. There are only three friggin’ degrees out there. Yeesh.
Speaking of needing sleep, Suzanne at bizzyville got her PC fixed and tells us about her new sleepytime ‘fly buddy, and the complications, here.
Back to my busted toy. I liked this thing so much I even blogged about it when I bought it. But a $350 piece of electronic equipment - something as basic as a radio, clock and CD player – should last longer than 21 months. Don’t you think?
I’ve emailed Cambridge Soundworks about my options with this horked-up gadget. Repair? Replace? At what cost? If I don’t like the answer, I’m off to the Bose store. For $350, they have a plain old Wave Radio II with no CD player but two alarms and great sound and aux input jacks. And since I rarely play CDs anymore except to get them into my iTunes library and onto my iPod, that’s just fine.
(Yes, I know you can buy a cheap clock radio, or a decent alarm clock, for a lot less than $350. I also want a good-sounding audio device to listen to in the master bedroom. Can’t stand tinny-sounding radios, and I’m spoiled by the good sound of the Soundworks radios and the Bose Wave radios. You literally get a roomful of great sound in a compact classy-looking little box.)
UPDATE: I talked with customer service today. The unit is “out of warranty” (sheesh, you’d think I’d learn to check how long warranties are before plopping down hundreds of bucks). Repair and return shipping will cost $65, plus what it will cost me to mail it to them for repair. That is just about one-fifth of the cost of the thing in the first place. I’m undecided right now. “Throwing good money after bad” is running through my mind. But that’s not accurate because it will get me a fully functioning clock/radio/CD player with great sound. So, do I ship it back and pay the $65? No need to decide tonight, anyway.