I'm thinking of a suitable headline for this experience; don't know how to word it:
Scary Moment in Tubeworld
Disaster in the Mancave
Listening Room Filled With Acrid White Smoke (exaggeration)
Anyhow, I was sitting there and doing some paperwork with the music on fairly low volume listening via speakers to Harry's Happy Four from 1925.
Suddenly a pop, the music cuts out, comes back and another pop! Silence. I turn around to see what's going on. White acrid smoke surrounds my receiver and the Little Dot! I immediately switch of all power. Oh no - did I finally kill my beloved Little Dot? Different thoughts flash through my mind - how much is it going to cost to ship it back to China? How will I manage without the beautiful music?
Slowly I try to find out what's wrong. Wait a second; the Little Dot works fine with headphones. Like wise the receiver works with phones, but no sound from the speakers. Where is the problem?
Call my retired engineer friend. I take the cover off the receiver - no visible signs of something burning. He tells me that the best way to find out is to use your nose and smell where the acrid smoke comes from. A smell test of the Little Dot does not tell anything. Now the receiver:
Yep, it does have a bad electrical burnt smell. I finally locate it to one side of the receiver. My friend tells me that it could be anything; perhaps a blown capacitor due to a faulty transistor. I call the manufacturer - they can't tell me anything over the phone. I find out that it is going to cost me around $200 for shipping and repair. Ouch...
The effects of AMWS start to set in. I can't even listen to the Little Dot because all the wires go through the receiver, and I am advised not to turn on the receiver since it could be dangerous.
Acute Music Withdrawal Syndrome - What am I to do?
My friend offers to take a look tomorrow but does not know how long it will take to get the parts etc.
Suddenly I remember that I have an old 1980's Sony receiver sitting in the house that one of my kids gave me some 15 years ago after the grandchildren had wrecked the stereo console. (Sony Slave - r u reading this?)
To make a long story short, it is a Sony Integrated Stereo Receiver TA-AX530. 110 Watts/channel. I worry about the warning of not using a DC (Direct Current) Amplifier. But it says Integrated, not DC. On the back are jacks for inserting an equalizer, and I plug in the LD into this circuit. Turn everything on, and then flick the equalizer switch on, ready to cut the power if something explodes.
Success! Whew, don't have to suffer from AMWS. Four speakers are working, but I don't know how to connect my two subs.
The sound is fairly good - warm beer vs champagne. I am happy again....