A few years back I purchased a TV. It came in a box. Recently I purchased a DVD player. It too came in a box. Simply placing the DVD player close to the TV did not let me watch DVD movies. I guess remote technology isn’t quite there yet. You still need a wire to connect the one to the other.
So I purchased a wire to connect the two. The silly thing cost almost as much as the DVD player. I’m sure it is a fine wire, all nice and shiny and coated and all. It even has some sort of filter on it to keep those pesky radio waves from annoying the video signal it will carry. It’s an Acoustic Research wire, so I sure it must be good, for any wire costing that much and being made by an outfit with “research” in its name must be pretty special.
But here’s the thing. The package it came in, ah the package. It required two different screw-drivers to open the package: a Phillips to un-screw two screws, and a long flat-head to pry open a couple of tabs. Unfortunately, inside the package was only most of the wire. Where was the rest of the wire? It ran inside a second, inner package which was affixed inside the primary package. It took a flat-head screw-driver and a pair of pliers to open the second package to free the last section of the wire.
Now I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty much used to being able to open purchases without resorting to numerous handy-person tools. Removing purchases from shopping bags is simple enough. Opening cardboard boxes is almost as easy, although sometimes tape must be cut first. Even the most serious and important products, such as automobiles and Argentinian corned beef cans, can be opened with a simple key within seconds. But not the package containing the Acoustic Research wire. I think that Acoustic Research should design a remote control which will open the packaging in which the wire is contained.