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been out of the loop for a while but in general do id speaker companies and front end gear still offer a better performance value then buying used name brand gear at half price?

in general which would yield more bang for the back:

internet direct or used name brand gear?

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been out of the loop for a while but in general do id speaker companies and front end gear still offer a better performance value then buying used name brand gear at half price?

in general which would yield more bang for the back:

internet direct or used name brand gear?

thanks

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If you want max value build your own, they're way better than anything you could buy!

Really..this depends on price point. If you are on an low budget, this is possibly true. For higher end stuff, the relatively higher manufacturing volumes of known manufacturers allow them better pricing on e.g. high quality crossovers etc., and this can make it a better value to buy factory made. Also, one have to think that the R&D invested and know-how among the serious companies beat out what one can make as a one off. Perhaps the companies like Salk, Ascend etc., can muster up relative higher value options vs. mainstream brands.
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From a subwoofer perspective I think new ID beats hell out of brand name used and half retail.

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would about 2 channel main speakers?

id or used half price name brands?

does id in general still outperform?
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would about 2 channel main speakers?

id or used half price name brands?

does id in general still outperform?

I think after all the auditions I've done in the last 6 months internet Direct companies seems to sound better then main stream speakers at the same price level. I think one big reason for that is cutting out the middle man, I went to a lot of home audio stores that marked up the price of the speaker quite a bit and that was a bit of a turn off for myself. But if you like a speaker stick with it, if you want to take a chance on a speaker that you can't really listen to you may be very shocked with it (good or bad) so far I haven't been let down but ID companies.
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I like used Klipsch Heritage myself. Great HT bargain for high sensitivity speakers.

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I think after all the auditions I've done in the last 6 months internet Direct companies seems to sound better then main stream speakers at the same price level. I think one big reason for that is cutting out the middle man, I went to a lot of home audio stores that marked up the price of the speaker quite a bit and that was a bit of a turn off for myself. But if you like a speaker stick with it, if you want to take a chance on a speaker that you can't really listen to you may be very shocked with it (good or bad) so far I haven't been let down but ID companies.
Just my 2 cents.

That pretty much sums up my experience as well. I auditioned "some" local speakers and then blindly bought the Level TWO HTD speakers and they sounded much better (to me) than anything in it's price level locally.

Of course there are crappy Internet Direct speakers as well but since there is so much information on the web, you should have a good idea before you even order them.
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If you look long and hard enough, there are some good used I.d. Speakers to be found as well. In my case it was a sub but I got a sub with dual 13" drivers and a 900 watt amp for $500.00

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i guess that would be the best bang for the buck, used id speakers.
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Great deals can be found in all retail area's, new and used. Some real stinkers too though if your not carefull and knowledgable.

Craigslist can be a gold mine if you're patient, and lucky. But be carefull. I've only met real nice people so far but there must be some nuts out there someplace.

Some of my best purchases were Infinity Beta 50's (grade 8+) $225/pr, Beta 360CH (8+) $75 and Integra 9.8 (8+) $400. Sold them all at a very nice profit.
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