Originally Posted by LVIV73
"Damage speakers by underpowering them"lol I havent heard this one before,this audio stuff is as comlicated as computers.
I wont be playing them loud,i care more about quality at low to medium levels.
So you are saying that for betas to sound good they need to be played at highrr volumes?My Denon 391 plays fine without distortion on volume little bit over half way,any thing after that is not good.But I never play my music over half volume,so should Betas be fine?
And were can I buy them?I been searching and I found one only one place that has them new for $700 a pair-which is way over my budget and probably way more than they supposed to cost.
Anyone know any other places I can buy them from for normal price,or maybe some one here has extra pair they want to sell?
Honestly buying used isn't too bad of an option, even from ebay. For me when I consider a speakers condition it comes down to 3 elements: 1) what shape do the drivers *appear* to be in; 2) does the seller claim all the drivers *work*; 3) what shape are the cabinets in?
1) If the drivers look clean (no dents/bruises/cuts), that means they should play cleanly. I'll tell you from experience that these CMMD drivers mark up very easily, so if you get good pics of each driver and you don't see anything, if they do in fact work - they'll work just fine. Even with some blemishes, mine still work without issue.
2) If the seller says the speakers work fine, - meaning all the drivers and they look clean - you shouldn't have any problems. (Also, consider whether they offer returns in case something doesn't work correctly. Make sure they get good insurance on the shipping.)
3) The only other thing that will affect sound is the shape of the cabinet. If no bad dents or significant scrapes in the cabinet then the integrity of it should hold true. Try to find out if the seller ever removed drivers for any reason. This could mean something hasn't worked right or maybe they just effed with it.
I think your amp will be fine, as atari1980 discussed. Something built in the 80's has more balls than anything built today, so as long as you don't purposefully try to find the stressing point of the speakers, they'll be fine. Just stay patient and you should come out alright. Where are you located? I know a few posts back someone said they might want to replace their setup, which might leave someone wanting to sell their Beta's. Just a thought!