Electronics from Europe/Asia

brettw22brettw22 Posts: 7,700
edited December 2002 in Electronics
Can you, or has anyone ever done this, buy/bought any electronics either directly from, or that were designed for, overseas. (follow that one?)

I wanna know if there would be any forseeable problems with that equipment. I have a buddy that's over in Hong Kong for a lil bit and have thought about askin him to shop around........just wanted to see what y'all knew about this one......
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  • jrauschjrausch Posts: 510
    edited December 2002
    Equipment is pretty much the same except the power over there is 220V. Make sure your friend checks the voltage requirements and checks to see if the warranty is valid in North America. I'm not sure if customs is a hassle though. I know G.I.'s tend to bring stuff back on military aircraft.

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  • brettw22brettw22 Posts: 7,700
    edited December 2002
    I don't have a specific model that I'm looking at, but i was scanning through a few sites really quick and one of them the power supply that's indicated is AC 230v, 50 Hz. That wouldn't work over here?
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  • phuzphuz Posts: 2,413
    edited December 2002
    That wouldn't work over here without a converter.

    Lots of overseas electronics do have voltage switches. I have a turntable from the UK that switches between 110 and 220v. All you need is a plug adapter.
  • brettw22brettw22 Posts: 7,700
    edited December 2002
    Any guesstimate on how much a converter would run if I was to buy a 220 unit?
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  • phuzphuz Posts: 2,413
    edited December 2002
    It's been a while since I looked, but I think they start at around $50 or so and go up into the hundreds.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 43,074
    edited December 2002
    Make sure that you can convert not only the voltage, but the Hz cycle too.
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  • weavercrweavercr Posts: 289
    edited December 2002
    Stick to speakers , no fuss about power, Coral is a good brand over there in the asian market. They used to make drivers for Sansui and JBL in the 70's.
  • RuSsMaNRuSsMaN Posts: 17,995
    edited December 2002
    You can always make it a 'laundry room' rig, and plug it in with the dryer.

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  • brettw22brettw22 Posts: 7,700
    edited December 2002
    Originally posted by RuSsMaN
    You can always make it a 'laundry room' rig, and plug it in with the dryer.

    :D Apartment dweller.........no can do......I know that ya don't have to deal with the whole power thing with speaks, but provided the receiver is doable and it'll work over here and is not so expensive, I might if the price is right......who knows....just a thought.
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  • kn505kn505 Posts: 366
    edited December 2002
    A friend of mine just came back from his Hong Kong trip. He bought some DVD movies for $1.50 each in Shang Hai.
  • audionuttaudionutt Banned Posts: 97
    edited December 2002
    It seams that over seas gear is way cooler then the stuff we get here.:(

    joe

  • Ron-PRon-P Spaceman Spiff Posts: 8,511
    edited December 2002
    I've felt 220v before, it's not that bad......really.


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  • madmaxmadmax Posts: 12,438
    edited December 2002
    If the item is low power then the converters could be reasonable but if you buy a power amp or receiver make sure it can be switched or wired for 110v/60hz because a large enough converter would cost a lot.
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  • jdavyjdavy Posts: 380
    edited December 2002
    I have been to Hong Kong and Main Land China just a few months ago. Here is a few comments:

    DVD movies for $1.50.
    True but not the quality of US releases and not all DVD-9's will play on our US region 1 players. However, they will play on virtually all computers.

    220 volts at the Dryer socket.
    220 plugs in HK and China are not the US twist type.

    KH & China = Great Prices.
    China does not have much in the way of high end machines but HK does. Prices are about the same as the US if not even higher.

    Conclusion:

    Skip the electronics and get some DVD's for your PC. If they work with your player it is a bonus. Hey what is $1.50 a throw. They even have titles that we do not have like the Indiana Jones series. Do not know if they are licenced by Lucas and Spielberg though.

    Have fun.

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