MCM Electronics vs Parts Express

I have dealt with both over the last 40 years, never had any problems with either.

MCM is a general parts supplier for the consumer electronics trade. SO is Parts Express, but PE concentrates heavily on speakers, while speakers are just one department at MCM.

I'd suspect the house brands are similar, very basic cheap speakers.
 
I used to use them a lot, mainly for Asian transistor types. I have to say as Mouser and Digikey now stock many current Asian types, I have had less reason to go there in recent years. I suspect my experience is not unique.

I also used to buy things like rubber belts and idler tires as used in tape decks, cassettes, VCRs, etc. But the repair of those things has all but vanished, so again, another thing they won't be selling me.

Shop supplies like solder, flux, chiller, contact cleaner, heat grease, etc are available anywhere.

I liked the company, but their core focus didn't seem to change with the times.
 
I used to use them a lot, mainly for Asian transistor types. I have to say as Mouser and Digikey now stock many current Asian types, I have had less reason to go there in recent years. I suspect my experience is not unique.

I also used to buy things like rubber belts and idler tires as used in tape decks, cassettes, VCRs, etc. But the repair of those things has all but vanished, so again, another thing they won't be selling me.

Shop supplies like solder, flux, chiller, contact cleaner, heat grease, etc are available anywhere.

I liked the company, but their core focus didn't seem to change with the times.

Agree. My orders, and all a long time ago, were belts for CD players and tape decks. I think I also picked up a few interesting looking MCM branded speaker drivers at one point. Maybe some generic surround foams to fix up rotten ones on old, obsolete speakers. They served their purpose at the time, but I can see how they no longer fill that niche. I go to mouser, digikey, and PE now, perhaps a bit of eBay. Sad to see it go, though.
 
I will miss the 55-2421 8 inch woofer. Lots of compact, deep, and cheap bass at $30.

Marc

cost less now.

idk about how much the shipping would be -
 

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