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#281655 - 12/07/09 10:06 AM Re: Yikes, Dad wants a Bose! [Re: Adrian]
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Maybe a Tivoli.
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#281673 - 12/07/09 01:37 PM Re: Yikes, Dad wants a Bose! [Re: BobG]
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This type of discussion always gets us back to reality when individuals who comment in these forums and take more than a passing interest in this hobby unfortunately are still a relatively small minority of today's consumer electronics customers. People like your dad represent the "mainstream" who are subject to the whims of marketing like Bose who do it very well. WE ask "who in their right mind would spend $600 on a kitchen radio", yet many do.

I have to catch myself when I might be talking to a friend or family member who just purchased a new television monitor or surround system and I start talking about proper connections, setting it up properly etc. etc.

The vast majority of time when I mention something the "least" bit technical about it you can see their eyes start to "glaze over" and I know then it is time to shut-up!

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#281674 - 12/07/09 01:50 PM Re: Yikes, Dad wants a Bose! [Re: casey01]
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 Originally Posted By: casey01
their eyes start to "glaze over"

We need an emoticon for that!
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#281676 - 12/07/09 02:01 PM Re: Yikes, Dad wants a Bose! [Re: EFalardeau]
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This is close.
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#281677 - 12/07/09 02:02 PM Re: Yikes, Dad wants a Bose! [Re: Murph]
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I picture a drooling Homer when he's thinking of either beer or donuts.
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#281680 - 12/07/09 02:39 PM Re: Yikes, Dad wants a Bose! [Re: St_PatGuy]
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Now THAT one I've got handy!


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#281681 - 12/07/09 02:55 PM Re: Yikes, Dad wants a Bose! [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Perfecto!
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#281696 - 12/07/09 05:34 PM Re: Yikes, Dad wants a Bose! [Re: Ken.C]
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 Originally Posted By: kcarlile
Maybe a Tivoli.


As the resident fan of Tivoli products, +1. ;\)

And their radio receivers even have a little bit of that "old-time" radio feel to them; with the wooden cabinet, big analog tuner knob, and simple operation. He might like that, if he listens to the radio at all. And a complete Tivoli setup with Radio + CD + sub isn't much more than a B{l}ose Wave Radio. And it will (does, from experience) sound fantastic as a small Bedroom|Den|Office system. http://www.tivoliaudio.com/home.php

But....This is a tough one.

I can completely understand the, "Bose is crap. You must steer him towards something good," argument. I would make it myself, and have with several friends & family members over the years, usually with good results.

But having dealt with {grand}parents of that age, I can also completely understand the, "He's 85 and he wants a Bose system. Happiness is important," stance. If it's what he wants, then perhaps that's what you should get him. My grandfather always drove Buicks. Even during the dark days of Buick, when the competition was so much better. I used to ask, "why do you drive a Buick when you could get a Cadillac, or a Mercedes, or a Lincoln, or {whatever}?". With {whatever} being the latest luxury car that the likes of Car & Driver or Automobile had favorably reviewed. Because he always drove Buick's, and that's what made him happy. I used to not understand it, but I think I do now. That's worth something. Sometimes the superior choice isn't the right one.

But then again, friends don't let friends buy Bose. So ...
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#281702 - 12/07/09 07:37 PM Re: Yikes, Dad wants a Bose! [Re: PeterChenoweth]
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Very well stated, Peter,

I like the Tivoli idea, too.
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#281705 - 12/07/09 09:29 PM Re: Yikes, Dad wants a Bose! [Re: St_PatGuy]
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Your father is in his 80’s, and he most likely will never her the difference between the Bose system and an Axiom / receiver combo. For the matter, he might not hear the difference between either of these choices and a simple clock radio. Get the Bose, let him smile, at least he made the choice himself and that counts for something, particularly at this stage of his life. .
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