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post #31 of 142
Thread Starter 
It is a just a fun way to learn how people get good deals on audio and to let people share their deals people got on their equipment. I am hoping to learn a trick or 2,
post #32 of 142
I got an Onkyo SR602 for $250 with a 1 year factory warranty. Retail for new (also 1 year warranty) was $500. Mine was B stock with "minor cosmetic defects". I think the only defect was that it was B stock when there was nothing wrong with it. I use it with my 4ohm Dynaudio Audience 42 speakers across the front (all 4 surrounds are 6-ohm), and it is still going strong with >2mo of warranty left.
post #33 of 142
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Originally Posted by jonathanb3478 View Post

I got an Onkyo SR602 for $250 with a 1 year factory warranty. Retail for new (also 1 year warranty) was $500. Mine was B stock with "minor cosmetic defects". I think the only defect was that it was B stock when there was nothing wrong with it. I use it with my 4ohm Dynaudio Audience 42 speakers across the front (all 4 surrounds are 6-ohm), and it is still going strong with >2mo of warranty left.

The superstitous person in me would have left out the 2 month left on warranty part. I got a chill down my back when I saw that. Lol.
post #34 of 142
Well guys i think i have the best deal of all. One of my good friends worked for Sound Advice in there corporate hub,so he knew when stuff was going to be discountinued before anyone. So with that being said i will tell you my equiptment list and a total for it.

I have a...

Sanyo Z1
92'' screen
Klipsch KSF10.5's (fronts)
Klipsch RC3 (center)
Klipsch SS1 (rears)
Yamaha RXV995 (reciever)
Yamaha MX1 (amp)
Momitsu V880 (DVD player)
MonsterCable on everthing(Iknow but it was free)
APC UPS750 (surge/battery back up)
SVS PB10-ISD

And all total i have a little less than 2200$ in all:-)
Now that is a deal.
Everything was new except the Sanyo Z1 and the Momitsu DVD player!
post #35 of 142
MB Quart
(2) QLC 404, mains - $140 shipped. (uBid)
(2) QLC 104, bookshelf surrounds - $99 shipped. (eBay)
(2) QLC 304, centers - $60 shipped. (uBid)
NAD T751, $250, used.

This was sort of a crap-shoort on my part. It was hard to find any reviews on these speakers, but for the price I gambled. I'm extremely pleased with them, though it does take some volume for them to really shine. Just need to get a sub.

BTW, The NAD is a 5.1, I just bought the extra center because it was cheap.
--jaydillyo
post #36 of 142
MB Quart is nice stuff. You got some good deals. Get you a PB10 and youll be set.
post #37 of 142
My good deal was getting the Onkyo TX SR603X on a Fathers Day special $289.00 refurb unit, retail is $499.99 and a few days later at CC I found a set of open box
Polk 6750 speakers for $299.00, they retail between $499.99 and $599.99. All items work flawlessly. Not a bad deal on both items.

Regards,
Tex
post #38 of 142
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Originally Posted by Russdawg View Post

I traded 4 first class round trip tickets from Los Angeles to Sydney Australia for a brand new 61" Pioneer Elite Plasma that retails for over 10 grand. I fly for one of the majors and get free passes...Good deal for me!

You dawg!


Nice going!
post #39 of 142
This is kind of cheating, but...

Points for product when I was in retail netted me about $10k worth of free gear every year. I'd sell it for near retail, then use the money to get the gear I wanted from manufacturers through their industry accomodation programs. (usually about 80% discounts.)

3 years in retail and I had an $80k system for free. You know how hard it was to find renters insurance that would write a policy for me? They thought I was a drug dealer. (which I kind of was, in a sense.)
post #40 of 142
I think I need to find a job like that....looking to get out of food industry
post #41 of 142
1-yr. old Paradigm Servo-15 in cherry (msrp $1750) for $165 shipped. I bought it from a shop in Chicago via e-mails and phone calls, and when UPS shipped it, the box was damaged and the grille was cracked and ripped. UPS offered to sell it to me at the salvage price of $165 and I got a brand new grille from my local shop for free.

J.
post #42 of 142
I acquired my present 5.1 speaker setup while Phasetech was eliminating their Teatro line of speakers. I got 2 Teatro 7.5 VDT towers, 6.5 center channel and teatro 4.5's as rears for
just under$410. I know the Klipsch Synergy 10 subwoofer isn't the best but after all was said and done with I got it for just under $50 brand new. Not bad for a first 5.1 setup.
post #43 of 142
I did ok on my first system about ten years ago. I know it's not a new tv for free airline ticketts, but still not bad.

I got a
Pioneer Elite Vsx97 receiver Retail $2600 for $700
Pioneer Elite Cld 79 Laser disk player NIBRetail $1400 for $250..
And some Paradigm speakers all about half off, NIB. Then just sold them (they were ten years old) last year to my neighbor for what I paid for them back then.

Then just last year I got a Servo15 V.1 Real wood veneer NIB, Retail $1900 for $775. My dealer was like I just want them outta here. I was like, is there anything else you just want outta here?
post #44 of 142
Wow! Lots of great deals everybody has found. I have tons of time on my hands for shopping around so I am trying to become a bargain hunter myself. So far, from reading your posts, it sounds like patience is the key to finding that killer deal. Any other pointers would be helpful too. I don't intend to make my first purchase for another 6 months and it is a real motivator to read how successful at bargain shopping some of you have been!
post #45 of 142
WOW! This must be my lucky day. A guy just came in the office ans said " our truck just broke down on the way back to L.A. and the boss told us to sell the whole load of stereo equipment and speakers at or below cost to cover the cost of repairs". I can't believe the deals! 4 foot high SUPER SPEAKERS for only a hundred bucks! Great big amps with lots of knobs and buttons for only a couple of hundred bucks! I hope I can get all this great stuff in the house before the wife gets home.

Mike
post #46 of 142
Hmmm... for me this would be a toss-up.

Scored a pair of Wharfedale Evolution DFS surround speakers (new or possibly refurbished- however I doubt they were) on Ubid for $30. They were in a factory sealed box and I am 95% they were new. Of course shipping was another $25 bringing my total to $55. This is quite a deal because the MSRP on a set is $370.

- or -

Last year when BB had the open box special, somebody else mentioned the Pioneer 1014. They had it on close-out (down to $299) waiting for the 1015. Since it was open box the manager said they would knock an additonal 10% off. I pointed out there was no manual for it and the remote had glue all over the back, the manager said he'd knock an additonal 10% off. I went to pay for it and pulled out the 30% off coupon, and I think I ended up paying somewhere around $165 or so for it (when all was said and done). I went home, downloaded the manual and scraped off the glue from the back of the remote, and felt like I got an incredible deal.

I am hoping BB brings back the 30% coupon. I *really* do.
post #47 of 142
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Big Mike View Post

WOW! This must be my lucky day. A guy just came in the office ans said " our truck just broke down on the way back to L.A. and the boss told us to sell the whole load of stereo equipment and speakers at or below cost to cover the cost of repairs". I can't believe the deals! 4 foot high SUPER SPEAKERS for only a hundred bucks! Great big amps with lots of knobs and buttons for only a couple of hundred bucks! I hope I can get all this great stuff in the house before the wife gets home.

Mike

LOL. Way to work in the white van deals. Got a chuckle out of that. Kind of hard to leave those out of an audio bargain thread.
post #48 of 142
I was looking to upgrade from sats and found a website that had a great price matching program - Shoppersadvantage.com. Their deal is they'll double the difference between their price and an authorized dealer's. They were selling some BIC DV-84's for about (Can't remember exactly) $50 more then amazon so I bought the speakers and then used the price guarantee. Ended up paying $100/speaker and they were $170 at amazon.

I also found a price misprint at Amazon for the DV-64's. It said they were priced per pair when in fact it was per speaker. so, I got a pair for the price of one! And they were already the lowest anywhere on the net.
post #49 of 142
My best deal on speakers was purchasing a bose Acoustimass system for $1300 and another $200 for wall brckets etc.
post #50 of 142
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Originally Posted by directvfreak View Post

My best deal on speakers was purchasing a bose Acoustimass system for $1300 and another $200 for wall brckets etc.

A Bose Acoustimass system would not be a good deal even at $100.
post #51 of 142
Its not the greatest deal but I got an open Box 47in panny Rear projection retail for 2000.00 for 1750.00 but when it was delivered it wasnt an open box but brand spankin new. You know that tv is now 5 years old and I gave it to my son and it still hasnt had a prob yet and still havnt had to replace the lenses.
post #52 of 142
I'm calling the cops on you guys! I could never dream of getting the deals you guys got. I'm happy when the salesman throws me a bone and gives me 10% off list.

That said, I thought $40 for a pair of R-20s was a great deal. Sure, thats about what you'd expect to pay for them, but they sound a hell of a lot better than what I paid.

I did get a Velodyne SPL 1200 II for $999.00 without tax or shipping. Turns out it was a grey market item and Velodyne told me they would not honor the warranty. Well, I haven't had any problems with the sub (knock on wood) so I guess its a good deal until it stops working at which time it becomes a great disaster!
post #53 of 142
Best deals for me, although not as good as many of the deals listed, are:

Over three years ago I got a Proceed AVP-S Bryston 9B-THX combo, both in perfect condition (w/ box, manual, remote) from a local guy downsizing his system. He had the AVP (only) at a local store on consignment for $3,300CAD. I picked up the two for a grand total of $3,300CAD. I'm friends with a salesman at the the audio store and the guy I got them from had paid over $12,000CAD for the combo not even two years earlier. Have since replaced the AVP with an Anthem, but still have the Bryston (can't beat a twenty year warranty).

Other deals include:
- A Behringer mixer and an NAD 216THX for $200CAD - sold the Behringer, kept the NAD.
- Paradigm PW-2200 v2 for $500CAD.
- Magnepan MG12 with Ultralink speaker wire for $625CAD (just last week).
post #54 of 142
Employee discount 75% off what they cost at the store near me on my Beta 50s and then my Revel Concertas that replaced them. Not as big of discounts on the Revel stuff, but still very good. Wish I had the cash at the time for the Revel Studios.
post #55 of 142
Well, I thought I got a good deal but after reading some of these posts, I'm not so sure. Anyhow, I got a new-in-box Harman Kardon AVR635 for $399 from an authorized dealer.
post #56 of 142
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Originally Posted by BeerMoney View Post

Well, I thought I got a good deal but after reading some of these posts, I'm not so sure. Anyhow, I got a new-in-box Harman Kardon AVR635 for $399 from an authorized dealer.

Thats a darned good deal IMO. I got my HK 525 for $500 plus $50 shipping. And it was a refurbish no less.
post #57 of 142
I feel I got a good deal on my current speaker setup. I found them at a commercial theater supply shop that sells new and used cinema equipment.

They were pulled from a movie theater that had closed. I got two JBL 4675's for $900, three JBL 4670's for $1200, one JBL 4688 thx sub for $400, QCS MX2000a amp for $250, QSC 1700series1 for $150, and QSC 1400 series1 for $75.

I spent a day cleaning and touching up a few nicks and scratches in the speakers cabinents and now they look good and sound great. The 4675's go for around $2000 each new and the 4670's go for around $1650 each. Used MX2000's go for a minimum of $500 on ebay and when new were over $1000.
post #58 of 142
Right now I'm having to wait on getting my Yamaha/Axiom/SVS/Panny900 HT but I stumbled across a $40 HT!


KLH r5100 100X5 receiver.

JVC towers

2 SOny bookshelves I'm using as one center channel for now...


Not much but it's a steal and mych better than my MONO tv speaker that's going out!


got all my cables,speaker wire for roughly $50 @ Petra...short drive for me.
post #59 of 142
Quote:


This is kind of cheating, but...

Points for product when I was in retail netted me about $10k worth of free gear every year. I'd sell it for near retail, then use the money to get the gear I wanted from manufacturers through their industry accomodation programs. (usually about 80% discounts.)

3 years in retail and I had an $80k system for free. You know how hard it was to find renters insurance that would write a policy for me? They thought I was a drug dealer. (which I kind of was, in a sense.)

This is why I call my friends most of the time with "used" gear deals, because I get better deals on the new stuff. Most manufacturers make you sign a one-year no-sell contract, and I've always used them that long. Occaisionally, though, I will see stuff someone walks in with , or in the pawn shops or local papers where they are in a hurry to sell and the deal is too sweet.
post #60 of 142
Panasonic AE-900U
Axiom VP-150 Center
Axiom M3Ti pair
Marantz 4500 receiver
APC H15
Sony DVD Player (don't remember the model number) that puts out 5.1 discreet channels and plays SACD's

All for ~$2100
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