Put it in a wooden viking ship and set light to it
My NAD T775 Receiver: 1-25-08 to 9-17-14
Dead as a doornail. Does not respond to any stimuli at all.
Not quite fair to say it was a single receiver that lasted that long. It went to a US service centre twice, was replaced, then went into a UK centre for new boards and power supply. By the end it was probably just a random disjointed set of components spewing bizarre languages at me on the VFL display, turning on as and when it felt like it and playing music when the spirit moved it.
But we had some interesting times together. Me begging it to complete a full audyssey calibration, smelling the tang in the air from a blown amp section, our walks together to the UPS shipping office, that exhilaration when the on-screen menu graphics were upgraded from the state of the art for 1989 to 1997, the email exchanges with Bob Moran (who has my total respect for his patience and knowledge).
So yes, it played music like a champ when it agreed to be switched on, passed video through, usually without complaint, and the remote had nice squidgy buttons until I replaced it with a Harmony. And it was always nice to check in at this thread whenever my T775 inflicted some fresh outrage on my wallet
But mostly it was a sleek money pit, the biggest one of any piece of consumer electronics I've ever bought, whispering in my ear "your wife doesn't understand me" as I struggled to defend it against accusations of lemon-ry.
I've bought a Marantz to replace it.