Originally Posted by R Swerdlow
On Audiogon, a little discipline helps. When I was shopping for a 2-channel amp to add to my older Denon receiver, I looked for prices that were roughly $1/watt. So a used 2-channel 200 wpc amp (RMS watts at 8 ohms) cost me $400 plus shipping
Learn to avoid the brands that are in fashion with the more-money-than-sense crowd.
$1 per watt for one
channel (total cost) is an even better goal to shoot for
. And yes, it can be had.
But as far "fashionable brands"? I could not agree more with you. In fact, many of you are perhaps younger than Me (52), so you may not be familiar with actual..."age worthiness". Hell, I don't pretend to be myself, as I only purchased "X" amount of audio gear between the early 70's and mid 80's. Me? I have a dbx BX2 that should arrive tomorrow; it is a sister amp to one I've owned from "back in the day". 250x2...and as dependable as you can get (exact same...Audio Dynamics B-200 branded dbx BX2 amp) made the same year at the same place. My current 24yr old AD B-200 kicks nicely, and this amp is was purchased for $250 (inc S&H). But if you look/search/compare...you'll see that I'm paying a normal price for this amp. What you don't know...is that this amp has a great track record, despite most people not even knowing dbx even sold anything but high-line processors.
I learned a lot as a younger guy; don't waste your money with eye candy that your mind (hearing) cannot possibly process the difference between when compared to lower priced equipment. Many of you would be surprised. LOL, I used to subscribe to Stereophile mag....what a joke. Not only expensive, but a bunch of snobs doing their best to explain and complicate what your hearing isn't even capable (seriously!) of processing. Bob Carver was an "author' of such subscription. Maybe you don't appreciate his take..or his equipment..or dbx gear...and that's all totally cool with me....as I don;t care...and will continue to watch the countless generations walk into the same high-end game. And oh, I sued to sell this stuff ...back in the mid 80's.
But what I can all but guarantee you all (the youth here) is that you don't need to pay thousands
of dollars to have a system that totally kicks butt. I LMFAO when I see a comment like, "If you're on a budget...just get this.." and the damn "this" costs $3,500! LOFL! A lot of pretenders here. But to be fair, there's also a lot of people with a lot of money.....but without a clue.
Guys, study human hearing ability....documented longevity on older stuff you might be interest in, etc... But do yourself a favor; don't buy some 20+yr old equipment that you're only buying because of a "name". I'm only "semi-comfy" with a well known (to me) dbx amp being delivered to me tomorrow, because I also have no idea how hard it's been ridden! Still, I at least have a reference to go from.