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are diy (kit) speakers worth anything?

15 years ago I built a pair of mini-monitors from a kit. The kit was called "GR Research A/V-1". The enclosures are well made from mdf with veneer (zebrawood sides and bubinga fronts, dyed blue and cordovan). Well I only used them for a few years before losing interest in the hobby, so they've been in bubble-wrap ever since.

Think these are worth anything? I just want to get them into the hands of someone who'll appreciate them!


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give them as a wedding gift.

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To people who remember them, yeah, sure. I remember GR Research. They still exist, they still make XBL^2 woofers. I still like XBL^2 woofers. Those AV-1s use the non-XBL^2 M130 rather than the M130X but they were supposedly pretty good for the price (I haven't actually heard the kit myself).

To people who don't know the company, I wouldn't expect much.

That said, if your boxes look good, that would help.

Used audio gear does generally sell at a pretty significant depreciation so I wouldn't expect a huge offer but yes I think they could sell. You will definitely need to take some photos.


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give them as a wedding gift.
I actually agree that DIY speakers in nice cabinets make a great gift if you know someone who would appreciate them. Many people appreciate home-made stuff a lot more than store-bought.
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Its tough to sell DIY speakers, they usually sell for about the 50-75% the retail cost of the parts. I would guess around $100 would be reasonable for the AV-1 but it could go for less.

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Overall audio equipment generally has poor resale compared to initial cost due the high markup. There will always be some exceptions to the rule so I usually just sell to friends who need stuff for cheap or use it as trade for something else. DIY I'm assuming will be tougher unless you sell it to someone who understands the value of DIY and who can hear it/buys it sight unseen with trust.
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a just curious . . .

couldn't find them on e-bay. . .

found a glowing review from 2002, all words, no charts /graphs/ response curve, basic stuff you can get with REW.

fire them up and test them, you might be surprised . .

we don't get many opportunists like this . .

otherwise if received as a "gift", knowing them as vintage, I'd be inclined to look them up.

Look, dear, what somebody dumped on us . . .

all sounds too iffy for that

so run REW

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I ended up giving away my Paradox 1's.

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Thank you all for replying to my question.

That's kind of what I was expecting, that they're not even worth the original cost of components. Maybe I'll list them for sale and see if anyone's interested.
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^ consider also; Vintage Audio /speakers on e-bay

my old dynaco A-25's, when refurbed, -nice - if you can find a buyer .

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Why don’t you just use them ? I mean, a modest bedroom or garage system with a little sub and inexpensive stereo receiver would be a good setup.
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I’ve seen people go to Etsy and try to sell kits. Doesn’t look like much sales happen.


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Why don’t you just use them ? I mean, a modest bedroom or garage system with a little sub and inexpensive stereo receiver would be a good setup.
I would, but my living situation isn't conducive to having a listening space, unfortunately. These days I just stream music through a laptop or TV and say "good enough" lol. Someday I'd like to get back into the hobby....but not now
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