Originally Posted by p0opstlnksal0t
If say I found one for 1000-1500 would that be a decent deal?
depending on what features it doesn't have that you'd later regret not having later
if that makes sense.
look, I still own & use mine. I use it along with a newer SC-68 that I've integrated into a combination. there are 3 main reasons I haven't tried to sell it
- it has legacy connections & capability (ILInk/PQLS) that have been dropped in new models, no matter who the mfg is
- I can still use its amps by connecting the preamp outputs from the SC-68 into the SC-09's multichannel inputs
- I paid around $6000 for it in May 2008 and probably would lose quite a bit selling it used. I've seen some for < $3K go unsold on ebay, audiogon. And I'm not willing to take that much of a loss
it's a tank, extremely high build quality and robust amps. if you value that, can find someone selling for $1000 or so, and won't miss newer features like height/width channels, 3D TV, 4K TV, internet radio, Pandora, etc. then it certainly wouldn't be a "bad" purchase. I hate to say this, but I wouldn't spend $2000 for one & I own it.
it's up to you what you value...but I'd also seriously look at the SC-68 and the new top model, SC-79, will be out very soon. the new models don't have the total power capability of the SC-09 but you can add external hi powered amp later if you wish. do you need multichannel analog inputs to connect a player like the Oppo 95/105 player & use the player's analog section? if you do, the SC-09 has them & you can add MCACC & processing to them. the SC-68 still has them but no MCACC can be added. so there's decisions on your part about what you'll use & what you won't that only you can answer
the SC-09's display is awesome, its build is awesome, and it really is separates quality in one box. but it's still 5 yrs old
I know I won't be selling mine anytime soon, mostly because of its value in today's market but I also have the luxury of being able to afford adding a new AVR to my gear collection so that I could get some new things. if you want 3D for example, you'd have to get a player with 2 HDMI outputs, connect 1 to the SC-09 for audio and the 2nd directly to your TV to get the 3D. What it does, it does extremely well plus had the most powerful amps put into a receiver. the SC-09 & Denon 5308 were the last of the true flagship receivers. just go in knowing what current features it won't do, especially some of the networked & media file capabilities available now.
hope this helps in some way.