Originally Posted by ehlarson
Take advantage of the good prices if you can. There is a lot of used/demo stuff going at bargain basement prices, not just Revels.
You aren't kidding. Just put together a new system consisting of:
Revel Salon 2s that were used for a whopping three weeks by someone who found his "Holy Grail" speakers immediately thereafter;
Plinius M8 pre-amp, barely used;
Plinius SB-301 power amp, dealer demo;
Ayre C-5xeMP dealer demo; and
custom Furutech interconnects, speaker cables and power cords.
Total cost to me: just under $26K. Total list: just under $50K.
There are of course warranty issues vis-avis the Plinius pre-amp and the Salon 2s, i.e. I don't have any. But I'm less than 100 miles away from Revel's Massachusetts facility, so at least if something blows I can box 'em up and get them there without shipping.
But if you are liquid and don't mind assuming a little risk for used equipment, now is absolutely the time to strike. I was told by the guy who sold me the Plinius power amp that business is starting to pick up for him out in LA, so I wouldn't count on the current doldrums lasting forever. There are all kinds of values on Audiogon to be had, as well as dealer demo bargains.