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some lady on craigs list wants to sell me a pair of acoustic energy 301's used and a used 307 center channel. She is telling me these are TOP QUALITY and wants top dollar for them. 300$ for all 3 speakers used. I know nothing about this brand but 300 sounds a bit steep for a center channel and 2 rear speakers. i told her 100 and she said i was crazy. Are these speakers really that HIGH END that she can get 300 for all 3 of them? What am I missing here?
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really? 27 views and no one has an opinion LOL

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Here's a review of the AE-300 bookshelf. List price was $699.
http://www.goodsound.com/equipment/ae_aesprit300.htm

If you're buying a center and surrounds, what are you using for front speakers? Your center should really match your main speakers.

If you know absolutely nothing about the speakers, why do you want them?

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check this out, found an old sale for AE 307 center, AE 301 surrounds and AE-300 bookshelf for $1200. Maybe she knows what she's talking about?

For Sale: Acoustic Energy Aesprit speaker set

L/R: AE 300 bookshelf
Center: AE 307
Surrounds: AE 301

Nice British speakers. Real cherry wood veneer. Center has a nick on top front edge, otherwise all in great condition. Purchased in Jan '03.

Located in San Diego, CA. Prefer local sale.

$1200 or offer

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thats why im asking you guys, i know nothing about these speakers. There is not a lot of info on the web about them. i guess its also kind of fishy that these speakers sell used for 1299 and she wants 200????? no such thing as a free lunch i guess
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You said $300 earlier, not $200. And it was $1200 for 5 speakers, you're only getting 3. The AE-300 bookshelfs probably cost more than the center and surrounds.

Based on the pro review I linked they compare favorably to B&W speakers which aren't cheap either. AE's are british speakers that probably aren't very popular over here. That's why you aren't getting any responses. Plus most of the reviews I see are from the early part of century. Those speakers are from 2003 or earlier. Another reason why she may be discounting them. The guy that was selling them used for $1200 was in 2005, so 5 years ago and they were pretty current then.

Once again, whats the point of getting them if you don't have matching AE fronts?

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thats why im asking you guys, i know nothing about these speakers. There is not a lot of info on the web about them. i guess its also kind of fishy that these speakers sell used for 1299 and she wants 200????? no such thing as a free lunch i guess

It's Craig's List man...you're going to have to take a risk if you think it's worth it.

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sorry 200 was a typo, yes she wants 300..... and yes you get what you pay for on craigslist i know this im just trying to figure this all out for myself....i guess my question should have been phrased like this... if they are in very good shape are they worth 300 used? and since they are not very popular over here i just want to know peoples opinion on them whether they are as "High End" as she is saying. She is telling me they are like the bentley of speakers. sdorry for the typo and confusion
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Since you may not have read the review of the AE-300 bookshelf...build quality, finish and performance justify their price. Comparison to Energy C-2 bookshelf.

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In comparison to the Energy C-2, which has been a mainstay in my system for so long, the AE 300 is clearly superior. The bass output of the C-2 is good for a mid-sized monitor and relatively clean. However, it’s no match for the prodigious output and definition of the AE 300. The Acoustic Energy trumps the C-2 in every aspect of bass performance.

The midrange of the C-2, again, while quite good for a monitor in its class, has met its match in the AE 300. To put it bluntly, the C-2 doesn’t hold a candle to the AE 300 in the midrange, as listening to the Rod Stewart CD clearly illustrated. On very rare occasions there is a slightly nasal quality to some of the vocals with the Energys, but that was never the case with the AEs. As a matter of fact, the AE 300 compared favorably on male vocals to anything I’ve heard at several times the price.

Once they had fully broken in, I found the high frequencies of the AE 300 to be more natural and extended than those of the C-2 as well. In addition, the AE 300 raises the bar a notch in the area of soundstaging. Where the C-2 is a credible performer in this regard, the AE 300 bests it with a more expansive and precise soundstage and a greater sense of depth than the C-2 ever had.





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Conclusion

Within its price range, the Acoustic Energy 300 will find few peers. The fine furniture-grade finish alone makes this speaker stand out in a crowded field of relatively similar mid-priced monitor loudspeakers. With video shielding as standard equipment, I suspect that this speaker would be equally at home in a theater or music-only system. The one and only slightly negative comment of any type that I can make is that I wish it had a little heavier binding post. This is really unfair though, since nearly every other speaker in this category uses similar or somewhat lower-quality connections.

There you have it. While $800 per pair may not be the cheapest speaker we’ve ever recommended, it represents money well spent in the Acoustic Energy Aesprit 300s. They exhibit no obvious flaws and perform satisfactorily in every category. If you’re looking for a speaker in this price range, the AE 300 should very definitely be on your short list.

Price of equipment reviewed

Acoustic Energy Aesprit 300 Loudspeakers - $699 USD per pair


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i did, i appreciate the link, but that isnt for the model that she is selling. it is the 307 center and the 301 rear bookshelfs. I do appreciate the time in pasting the link and dont want you to think i didnt read it
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sorry 200 was a typo, yes she wants 300..... and yes you get what you pay for on craigslist i know this im just trying to figure this all out for myself....i guess my question should have been phrased like this... if they are in very good shape are they worth 300 used? and since they are not very popular over here i just want to know peoples opinion on them whether they are as "High End" as she is saying. She is telling me they are like the bentley of speakers. sdorry for the typo and confusion

To me they'd only be worth it if you had matching Acoustic Energy speakers up front to match the center.

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which would be the 300's?? that makes sense to me! thanks
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AE is a quality brand speaker. I used to sell them a while back. I would consider them a laid back type of speaker. I haven't kept up on them recently, but they were always nice speakers.
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Also, sounds like she is pretty adament about selling them. Sounds like she has yet to sell them. So you know what that means....it means she has to drop the price if she wants to sell them. Fact is, if she can't sell them at the price she is asking, then they aren't worth what she is asking. If she wants to sell them bad enough she will take less.
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this is where ive been with this lady, she wanted 300 almost a month ago, and she wont budge from that number..... probably why she still has them lol.......

does quality brand mean "bentely" of HT speakers?
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Lol. Quality means good. Are they the Caddy or Bentley of speakers? That's probably strecthing it. But I'm telling you, there are more speaker manufacturer's than there are cars. I would say try to do a little research and since she hasn't sold them, make her what you think is a resonable offer and you will take them off her hands. All she can is say no. If she says no, then just tell her, that if she changes her mind, she has your number! Chances are, she will call back! Just make sure you can audition the speakers to make sure they are completley fucntional and in good condition.
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yea thanks for the advice, i just emailed her with my offer and she emailed me back and said she would rather sell them to someone who knows and can appreciate HIGH END audio equipment, and that obviously i dont because i wont pay 300 for the set lol!!!!! i really dont feel like i missed out on the deal of the century because as you said "quality means good". Even though there are way more speaker manufacturers then vehicles she was making it sound like these are the elite of the elite speakers and i should be thankful for her deal. no one has yet said that to me so i will assume that its for the better. funny thing is if they havent sold in a month there is probably a reason for taht!!!
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Lol. You did the right thing. She was pulling the used car salesman trick on you. And you weren't buying it. Good job. As a seller she lost on this one. If she really wanted to make a sell, then she should take what she can get and leave it at that. Especially in these hard economical times. Because like I said, they are only worth what she can sell them for.
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Are the AE-301s actually surround speakers or just small bookshelf speakers? I haven't seen a picture of one.

All the links I found with AE-307 and AE-301 surrounds are dead.

If she has those three speakers does she have two more bookshelf or towers to complete the system?

Never mind for a description of both speakers.
http://www.avland.co.uk/ae/ae301/index.htm
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Specifications for the Acoustic Energy Aesprit AE-301

HF unit 19mm neodymium tweeter with high dispersion diaphragm. Ferro fluid cooled and damped. Magnetically shielded.
MF unit -
LF unit 110mm mid/bass driver with 25mm coil, die-cast chassis, high-power, long-throw magnet system with lightweight alloy cone. Magnetically shielded.
Power Handling 70W max
Frequency response +/-6db 60Hz to 23kHz
Sensitivity 87.5 db/W
Impedance 8 ohms
Cabinet Real wood veneered. 12mm MDF wrap with 18mm MDF front baffle.
Terminals Gold-plated binding posts.
Weight
(excl. packaging) 3kg each
Dimensions
Width 140 mm
Height 260 mm
Depth 121 mm





http://www.avland.co.uk/ae/ae307/index.htm
Specifications for the Acoustic Energy Aesprit AE-307
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HF unit 25mm neodymium tweeter with high dispersion diaphragm. Ferro fluid cooled and damped. Magnetically shielded.
MF unit 150mm mid range driver with 32mm coil, die-cast chassis, high-power, long-throw magnet system and light weight alloy cone. Magnetically shielded.
LF unit 150mm bass driver with 32mm coil, die-cast chassis, high-power, long-throw magnet system and light weight alloy cone. Magnetically shielded.
Power Handling 150W max
Frequency response +/-6db 55Hz to 23kHz
Sensitivity 90 db/W
Impedance 8 ohms
Cabinet Real wood veneered. 15mm MDF wrap with 30mm MDF front baffle. High power, low turbulence, front firing bass reflex ports.
Terminals Gold-plated 2-way binding posts.
Weight
(excl. packaging) 8kg
Dimensions
Width 530mm
Height 170mm
Depth 196 mm


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I think you might both be right. You are making her a fair offer for someone who is looking for "speakers" she is asking for a price someone looking specifically for what she is selling would pay. Unfortunately for her that person might not exist lol

My review comparisons of Energy RC-70s to Veritas V6.3 http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...8#post21199418
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thats what I was thinking cowboy...... and no she does not have the front bookshelf speakers. It is just the 307 and 301's

Im not saying they are bad speakers i just think (and im NOT an expert) that she is crazy to be that firm on these prices and crazy for telling me they are like the best HT speakers in existance.
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You should email her back and tell her that you were going to use these for your "garage speakers" and that they are not capable of competing with your Revel Salon's. LOL.
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i sent her an email of that sort, its funny my friend works in high end audio and he is the one who asked me to post on here about them. I sent her somnething similar to that and she said i didnt know what i was talking about that they are seriously high end speakers. so i asked her why she was selling "the best speakers in the world for such a low price (as she saw it i still think its a rip off)" and she never responded back.
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I have a hard time believing the surrounds can go down to 60hz with a 4.5" woofer unless that's an incredible cabinet. Otherwise it would seem to be on par with an Energy RC mini bookshelf which has very nice build quality too. Power handling isn't that great on the 301.

The 307 center looks impressive though.

To the OP, what is your current setup? Receiver and speakers.

I would just skip buying from her.

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i have a yamaha rx-v663
i have two infinity rs-5's as fronts
i have a yamaha center channel, not sure the model but it has 2 5.25" woffers and a 1.25" titanium adjustable tweeter can hadle up to 150watts
polk sub not sure the model i believe it has a 12" woofer it is powered
and a set of nuance bookshelf speakers 10" woofers and silk dome tweeters

i wont buy anything from her, i told her to sell it to "someone who can appreciate high end audio" as that is what she stated she was looking for lol!!!!
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