Technology moves on and audio and video equipment become obsolete. Well, if not totally useless then at least not worth the trouble of trying to make it adapt to new forms of listening and viewing.
When I do a walk-thru of a customers home in greater Cleveland to come up with a design based on his/her wants and desires a question I always ask is what sort of old equipment they have. I'm usually led to the basement where college dated gear gathers dust.
I take note of the makes and models of all these pieces in order that I may be able to incorporate some of it into the new design. Typically it's a receiver that I can use as an amplifier for another zone of sound. The important thing is that I'm showing them that I'm looking out for their best interest and saving them some money. I'm also doing my part in being "green".
If none of the equipment will work in the new design there's some other options. Before you simply throw it to the curb where the trash picker, in the beater pick up truck, will inevitably take it before the garbage men arrive, give these ideas some thought.
Maybe you can cobble together a system for the garage or workshop. Perhaps you have a child or relative in college that could use a system for their room.
There's also Craigslist, where you can advertise it for sale. Keep in mind that if it's something dated like a pro-logic receiver there is very little market for it and the sale price may not even be worth the hassle.
Another great idea is charity. There's plenty of nursing homes and senior centers that can always use decent working systems. They love old records and turntables too. The sound of music from long ago brings real joy to the elderly and is even therapeutic.
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