Glad to be of assist and thnx for sharing your experience. I don't mind occasionally grabbing a bargain demo/open box from a local BB as you have 30 days to take it back at no charge. But your experience is just the sort of thing that has kept me from buying refurb by mail.
Yup you just can't beat jd @ AVS for exc service and price!
Despite repeated bouts of upgradosis I've successfully resisted because logic has prevailed. For my needs, as is the case for most folks, there is too little to be gained from replacing the awesome A100/4311 with any other current or past model.
We talked him out of it. After all, he is "Sound of Mind", isn't he?
True, true. My "crew" of on-line buds kept me strapped to the mast as we sailed past the siren islands of used AVP-A1 w/XT32 upgrade, 8801, 4520/3313 bundle and just yesterday we even cleared the shoals of the last NIB w/ fact warr Sherwood Newcastle 972 w/ Trinnov REQ deliv from AC4L for $500. Holding fast on the HT upgrades...
HOWEVER, I lent out my studio gear including my Event monitors from the desktop of my home office (where I'm spending increasing amounts of time working-or being distracted from work by the forums, he-he). So I picked up a fab pair of deserving -of-the-accolades-they're-getting KEF LS50s for the home office from jdsmoothie @ AVSSales.
My little desktop setup: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1432153/kef-ls50-owners/420#post_24115203
Hey JD - Happy New year to you.
Could you elaborate on the part I have bolded above? I have my Darbelt at the AVR end because it is difficult for me to provide power for it at the PJ end. Does it matter which end it is at?
Ah, right. OK - thanks. No issues with the Darblet here - other than the magenta 'flash' during handshake negotiation, which I understand is considered 'normal'...