I've finally bought myself a small stereo unit for the study.
I've been meaning to get one for ages, but have just always prioritised other expenditures as more important. Last week, however, I decided it was time, and with my trusty and faithful friend by my side we went and checked out all the Hi-Fi supermarkets and electrical retailers.
With our combined four ears we listened as salesmen played us demo discs and gave us facts and figures - most of which we ignored because I had a fair idea of size and sound I expected for my price range.
I don't need iPod docks, and MP3 players, or multidisc stackers, or flashing lights. I do want some kind of tone controls, three ways speakers for a bit of dynamic range, and something that doesn't look like it was designed by the same people who design teenagers' sports shoes.
I finally found something I was happy with - a compact Panasonic with bass and treble controls and a great little sound for the unit. This is just a small unit for my study - I'll save the big money for the bigger, better unit for the living room.
And so as I type this I have some music playing here at last, and my wife is happy too.
She doesn't have to listen to my 'crappy' music anymore.