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post #121 of 144 Old 09-14-2006, 09:32 PM
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Got a paradigm cc350 and pair of mini monitors for 280. If I was to fleabay purchase them along with the shipping, they would have been well over 400 bucks. Very happy with the purchase. Thank god for Craigslist! Powered up the speakers with my ipod and T-AMP in the 7-11 parking lot after meeting the seller and almost wet my pants! Not the steals that other folks have but when your soul is stirred by audio bliss, you feel complete (until the next round of upgrade-itis!).
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Powered up the speakers with my ipod and T-AMP in the 7-11 parking lot

You know, that's a hell of an idea for a mobile test setup!
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I once picked up B&W PCS8 sub (you know the odd trapezoid sub with L&Rs that bolted on top) for $99. It had been lost in a dealers warehouse and looked a little worse for the wear, but still sounds great. As best I can remember the sub alone sold for $1200.
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3 months ago I picked up an M&K MX-2000 sub for the cost of a decent lunch.

I took it into M&K for a complete refurb.At under $300 complete,I now have a sub that retailed for $1895.00.
And yes,its a monster

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Aragon 4004, and Outlaw 7100 amps

Chase 18.1 Sub,and Velodyne DD15

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Pro-Ject debutte 3 turntable

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post #125 of 144 Old 09-15-2006, 02:44 PM
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Pioneer VSX-516K new for $159 last week. Not half bad.

I think my Insignias for $38 were pretty decent, too.
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4x new black Infinity Beta 40s for $374 (retail $1600).

Now I need a c360 to go with them but have a hard time paying more for the center than the beta 40s
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Lets see, I got the Infinity Beta 50 speaker system with 2 beta 50s, a C250 and 4 beta 20s for $600, it retailed for $2300, plus an IL120s subwoofer for $200 shipped that retailed for $900. I got a H/K 3480 receiver for $150 and it retails for $549, I also got my adcom GFA 5500 for $200 shipped, it retails for $1500. Oh and lets not forget the system I bought for my housemates, Bose Lifestyle 8 home theater, I spent $90 on it and I think it retailed for $1300, but somehow I didnt get quite the same bargain sensation from that purchase.
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Another deal I just picked up is an Onkyo TX-SR603x Silver for $180 while it still sells for $270 refurbished or $380 new. Originally retailed for $499.

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I don't know if you consider this a deal - and would actually like the input from the elders here
Klipsch rw10 (not RW10D) for 250.
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A couple years back when the local Ultimate Electronics was going out of business. I picked up a Krell KAV1500 (300x5) five channel amp. Regular price 10 grand, my price $2500
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Remodeler friend said he was building new casework in a house that had old stereo built in, told me to take it for free. Marantz 10B tube tuner, Marantz 7C tube preamp, 2 x McIntosh MC40 tube power amps - sold all on eBay for $4600.
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got the advent heritage center for 18 euros.
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got my B&W CM4s for under $860 were 1 month old and never hooked up (guy upgraded without even listening) they retail for $1500
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I just returned my rw10 - and purchased a BRAND NEW IN BOX - not damaged rsw10 for 400...
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Not sure how good this is with the new formats set to hit but, just picked up a demo Denon 3910 for 500. Full warranty and all.
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Thanks to Craigslist, I picked up the following:
Athena AS-B1 pair - $60
Athena AS-B2 pair - $50
30" silver alloy stands - $15
B2's were cheaper because they were missing the grills, but both pairs were NM.
Also picked up a brand new AS-C1 center for $60 on ebay to complete the package.
$185 to replace my second-rate Onkyo bedroom setup.
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Used pair of Carver Amazings for $400 off craigslist
Used pair of Polk SDA SRS 2s, plus a decent Klipsch center, for $200
Hafler 220 amp for $15

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I got the following online.

1 ERA Design 4 center channel brand new for $300. Retails for $500
1 Yamaha HTR-5790(110 Watts per channel x 7 20Hz-20Khz) $150
1 Rotel RB-985 (100 watts x 5) $331 total! no shipping because I picked it up locally.

And the best deal ever was that I sold an Athena WS-60, A Bose VCS-10 Center channel, 2 Bose 201 Series IVs, 2 Bose 161 surrounds, and a 3 year old Yamaha HTR-5660 for $580. That is most of what I paid for the other stuff. I would say that is a pretty good swap! Don't you think?
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I still like seeing the deals people get posting here. I just picked up another bargain. I picked up a NAD stereo receiver for $15 at a local garage sale. It was late in the day, shocked that i was the one to get it..

I thought the Denon HTR I picked up for $25 couldnt be beat, happily I was wrong.
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Just bought a new Arcam AVR300 a/v receiver for $1500CDN taxes included. It retails for $2500CDN plus taxes but the dealer had a special on that he was selling it for $2000CDN plus taxes. So with the deal plus trading in my Onkyo TX-SR701 receiver, which was 4 years old, and an old Acoustat Trans Twin Nova 200 power amp, don't how old that was but old, I was able to get $675 for both pieces. I think I made out okay and the Arcam AVR300 is unbelievable!!!!
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mythos one def tech bRAND NEW - at best buy for 400 $
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Just picked up a Denon 4802R flagship AVR in mint condition, along with a Sony Blu ray S300 player off Craigslist for $600 cash. Both work flawlessly. Also picked up two HDMI cables, 14 gold plated compression banana plugs, and a 25' subwoofer cable at monoprice for $55. Finally joined Blockbuster online for $9.99 3 at a time rentals for the BD player.

A man meets a genie. The genie tells him he can ask for whatever he wants, but his mother-in-law gets double of what he gets. The man says give me a million dollars and beat me till I'm half dead.
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I just found this old thread and thought I would ressurect it with some of my findings. I hope more of you add to this old thread, I'm sure there have been some new bargains since 2007.

I consider myself very fortunate in this category. I've always worked in post houses and when they get rid of stuff or upgrade, I'm right there waiting. I'm also a small local installer plus having friends or family giving you stuff is good too! Please keep in mind though that this happened over the course of 25 years, granted most of it in the last 15 but accumulative none-the-less. There was a lot more, this is just what I kept and still use regularly, all in perfect working order and in or near mint condition.

For my 2 channel system:

Sony A-7 DAT recorder, free from my brother-in-law
Akai 1722W Reel-to-reel tape deck, free from a post house I woked in back in the '80's (let's see, that would make me about...nevermind)
Onkyo AM/FM Tuner T-4010, $20 from a frineds record store
Acurus L-10 Pre-amp, free from a friend
Denon POA-2400A, $50 from a post house I worked in from '99-'10
Denon POA-800, (a spare just in case), free from this same post house
Cello Strings II speaker cables, free from this same post house (5 meter pair, hand made by Mark Levinson on location)
Cello Amati speakers (4), free from this same post house (the woofer surounds were shot but had them rebuilt and had to make custom grills since they were all missing)

For my theater:

S-VHS: JVC SR-V10U, free from this same post house
LD: PIONEER CLD-D604, free from a friend.
AC-3/RF DEMODULATOR: LEXICON LDD-1 - free from this same post house
HD-DVD: TOSHIBA HD-A30, free from this same post house
MUSIC SERVER: OLIVE 03HD, free from an install client
SEATING: IJOY-100 MASSAGE CHAIRS (4), with massagers removed, $175 for all four on CL (I installed shakers in each chair which I got for $75/pair)
BALANCE TRANSFORMER (forgot which brand), free from this same post house
SUB AMP: YAMAHA P2250 - $100 from this same post house
TACTILE AMP: YAMAHA P2150 - $100 from this same post house
SPEAKERS:
LCR: B&W FCM-8 THX Certified
SIDES: B&W SCM-8 THX Certified
SUBS: B&W PCS-8 THX Certified X 2 - $750 for the entire B&W package from this same post house
BACKS: B&W LM-1, free from this same post house
SPEAKER CABLES:
Cello Strings II speaker cables (3), free from this same post house (there were five sets, I used two in the living room for the 2 channel system and the other three here for LCR)
Monster Z Series speaker cables (pair), free from this same post house (for the subs)
RPG MODFFUSORS (2' X 4 X 6"') (2), free from this same post house
CDI: PHILIPS CDI-220, free from a previous post house I worked in from '90-'99

Thanks for reading and looking forward to new stories..

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I love 8 year old threads, so I'll play. Of notable mention ...

Focal Chorus 706V bookshelf speakers for $350 that were customer returns around Thanksgiving of 2013. Great sound for that price.

Definitive Technology Studio Monitor 450 new for $250ish as a closeout on Newegg. I replaced the cheap electroshitic capacitors and put a couple of dowel rods in each cabinet for extra bracing. A very good sounding speaker at the price I paid with upgrades.

Definitive Technology Studio Monitor 350 new for $150 as a closeout on Newegg. I also replaced the cheap electroshitic capacitors in these. They're in my kitchen and are used when I do housework or cook. Not a bad speaker, but definitively not as nice as the SM 450s.

Crown XLS 1500 power amp used for $250 shipped on ebay. I love these amps. I originally bought an XLS 2000 during the winter of 2014 to power a pair of subs I planned to build in the summer. I tested it out on my mains and it's stayed there. They really are good sounding amps.

Sony DVP-S7000 CD/DVD/SACD for $40 shipped on ebay. No box, paperwork or remote. This is a backup to my main Sony DVP-S7000, which cost $125 shipped. It did come with the box, paperwork and remote. I use these as transports into external DACs.

Denon DVD-2900 new in box for $100. A hoarder had bought this and set it in a corner and never used it. I bought it from the estate after he died.

Belden 14 gauge 6100UE in-wall speaker wire for 15 cents per foot. I bought a partial spool on ebay for cheap. I don't buy into the advertised benefits of boutique/esoteric cables or power cords.

I've found a few other deals, but those are among my best purchases that get used frequently.

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Acurus L-10 Pre-amp, free from a friend
I have one of those also. Mine wasn't free though.

1: Sony DVP-S7000 | Denon DVD-2900 | Laptop > Parasound Zdac > Denon AVR-5700 > Focal 826V | Def Tech BP 2000 | (2) AIY 15" Subs
2: Computer >
Schiit Übered Bifrost > Emotiva Control Freak > Crown XLS 1500 > Focal 706V | Def Tech SM450 | Velodyne F-1000B Sub

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