Originally Posted by monomer
Yeah, I've noticed this too. My guess is its a prelude to the new 707's debut... its 'caused by the supply drying up (dwindling inventories) and this is also having an additional supplier benefit of conditioning consumers to a higher price expectation making the 707's price upon release appear quite acceptable. And the poor economy has most 706 owner's holding on to what they have and resisting any upgrading purchases thus making used ones also harder to come by. So supply is being choked off on both new and used units driving the asking prices up. It sorta sucks right now but if you do a diligent search I believe you can still find used and refurbs out there for under $500 and new for under $650... however my best guess is if you can hold out for another 3 months (after the release of the 707 and hopefully coupled with a slightly improving economy), more used 706's will enter the marketplace driving the prices to the sub-$400 level. Sigh... FYI, I just snagged a demo model 706 for $470... I guess it was a fair deal, nothing to brag about for sure, just last month I saw quite a few of these used units being purchased for ~$400... some of those right here on the AVSforum too.
Discovered Accessories4Less.com, which is an authorized seller of Onkyo refurbs, and it was $499 there. That's a good enough price for me. Comes with a 1-year warranty, and I believe (since they are an authorized reseller) I may be able to extend that out to three years through shoponkyo.com.
I'm sure the 707 will come along in two or three months and make me feel somewhat silly, but if the 606 is any indication, I won't need the kind of upgrades it'll offer. Plus, the aesthetics and finance committees have given the go-ahead now, and who knows if that might be rescinded in three months.
UPS reports Energy Take Classic speakers (aesthetics committee very excited about the size) are out for delivery as we speak, and FedEx should bring the 706 in a day or two. Should be a nice upgrade from my 10-year-old Kenwood HTiB receiver, sub, center and surrounds and 20-year-old Kenwood floor-standing L & R's. Went ahead and got this
to keep it running cool in my semi-enclosed cabinet. Any tips for installing/setting up the receiver?