Thanks Bill. I've always bought 'high-end' gear, mainly because I thought it would be better sound-wise, and quality-wise. With all the failures in my gear, though, I think I've been misled.
A little history:
NAD integrated amp: Had to have it serviced twice in 8 years; one channel keeps dropping out. It's still doing it intermittently, so it needs replacing. Great sound, poor quality control.
Onkyo CD-changer: It's now died, but for the last year, it's had trouble closing the tray, and gives a "mecha err" message every month or so. Piece of crap.
Denon bookshelf unit: FANTASTIC sound, but I have to load a CD about 10 times before the system will read it. It will NOT read CDR's anymore. Skips if I just look
at it wrong.
Technics CD-changer: Stopped reading CDR's after about 5 years; started skipping all the time. And I know you're not supposed to do this, but it was a last resort, so I used one of those laser-cleaning CD thingies; it didn't help.
Sony CD-changer: Lasted about a month past the warranty. Pure garbage.
I'm just about done with so-called high-end brands; I have heard good things about Rotel, though, so I may look at their stuff. (some people never learn...
My wife says to just go to Best Buy and get a cheapie; when it breaks, I can just get another one; cheaper in the long run.