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Old 26.08.2009, 17:31
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if i bought electronics i.e a hifi from US

.. and had it shipped over here, would it be ok just to change the plug and how would i go about doing this? whats the issues?

only doing it this way as it riduclously cheaper...
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Old 26.08.2009, 17:35
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Re: if i bought electronics i.e a hifi from US

You need to check the voltage. The US runs on 110v 60 Hz while CH is 230v 50 Hz.

If it's a TV the colour standards are different as well, it is PAL here while the US uses NTSC (Never twice same colour)
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Old 26.08.2009, 17:40
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Re: if i bought electronics i.e a hifi from US

It's possible only if it is multi-voltage. You cannot simply change the plug if is made for 110v. You can run it off of a transformer but sometimes grounding issues will create a hum on audio equipment.
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Old 26.08.2009, 17:43
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Re: if i bought electronics i.e a hifi from US

its a hifi and the bloke says he has sent 3 already, slight amendment to OP as i am in france - does that make a difference?

heres what it says

Connectivity:
Analog AUX in (Center/Station)
Analog Line-out (Center)
Headphone jack
FM antenna jack
802.11g Wireless LAN
RJ-45 Ethernet jack
120 VAC, 60 Hz power jack
USB port for portable devices
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Old 26.08.2009, 18:31
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Re: if i bought electronics i.e a hifi from US

Why not just buy it here?
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Old 26.08.2009, 18:32
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Re: if i bought electronics i.e a hifi from US

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Connectivity:
Analog AUX in (Center/Station)
Analog Line-out (Center)
Headphone jack
FM antenna jack
802.11g Wireless LAN
RJ-45 Ethernet jack
120 VAC, 60 Hz power jack
USB port for portable devices
Going by that specification, it's not going to work over here, as the power supply only accepts 120V.

You could get a 120V -> 230V step-up transformer, but that could pose issues as well. If the hi-fi has an integrated amplifier, you're going to need a fairly big, bulky (not to mention expensive) transformer to satisfy the power demands, and it could hum. If it doesn't have a built-in power amplifier, it'll have a lower power demand, but a lot of low-power voltage transformers use switched-mode techniques which introduce distortion into the power supply. Think of the power supply as being like the water supply with which you'll make juice (juicy music, in this case) - if it's dirty, the juice will be too.
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Re: if i bought electronics i.e a hifi from US

Make and Model...?

Let us price hunters find you the deal of the century in Switzerland
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Old 27.08.2009, 09:43
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Re: if i bought electronics i.e a hifi from US

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Make and Model...?

Let us price hunters find you the deal of the century in Switzerland
i'll take you up on that!

its a philips streamium wac7500 wireless thingy

price in interdiscount - Chf 1699
price in america - USD 279 ish

quite a large difference!
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Old 27.08.2009, 09:52
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its a philips streamium wac7500 wireless thingy

price in interdiscount - Chf 1699
price in america - USD 279 ish
Starting 1060.-chf. here http://www.toppreise.ch/prod_140492.html

£488 UK http://www.johnlewis.com/230512499/P...x?source=12362

Where did you find the USD price..?

Found it even cheaper via Amazon UK £424.99: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-WAC7.../dp/B001U3Y8KO
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Old 27.08.2009, 09:59
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Re: if i bought electronics i.e a hifi from US

you'd need two step-down transformers, it seems. Power supply is integrated not external, according to this:
http://www.p4c.philips.com/files/w/w...05_dfu_eng.pdf

CompUSA seems to have it for $200.

The big question is how much humming you like from your transformers - you can of course turn the volume up
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Old 27.08.2009, 10:04
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CompUSA seems to have it for $200.
CompUSA is still in business...?!?! I read last year they went belly up..! (yes I did just visit their site and am amazed to see it still there).

source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/14041...g_up_shop.html
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CompUSA is still in business...?!?! I read last year they went belly up..! (yes I did just visit their site and am amazed to see it still there).

source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/14041...g_up_shop.html
hmm seems that tigerdirect bought them out:
http://shopper.cnet.com/cd-players-r....html?&arAll=1 and click-thru the CompUSA one.

I can see why monkeyboy is tempted but it sounds like it could be a real arsepain. Cheapo transformers will probably melt over time (seen that with a wireless router) but moderate transformers (i.e. ones you can lift with one hand) will be ok. And cheaper in the ol' US of A.
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Old 27.08.2009, 10:19
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Re: if i bought electronics i.e a hifi from US

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Starting 1060.-chf. here http://www.toppreise.ch/prod_140492.html

£488 UK http://www.johnlewis.com/230512499/P...x?source=12362

Where did you find the USD price..?

Found it even cheaper via Amazon UK £424.99: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-WAC7.../dp/B001U3Y8KO
actually it was on ebay from a reputable seller and it included an additional base (the ones above dont include this..)
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Re: if i bought electronics i.e a hifi from US

There's one on eBay in the UK with a buy-it-now price of GBP270:

Philips Streamium WAC7500

I would go with that -- you'll save on shipping costs, and no need for a transformer.
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