Originally Posted by pablo906
Where do you find great deals on used equipment. I don't really have a ton of time to dig through Craigslist every day, and I live in an area with a ton of hipsters that love vintage audio, so stuff doesn't stay around too long. The market here on vintage is pretty weird. It's easier and cheaper sometimes to import vintage Japanese stuff from Japan often than getting it locally, like my Technics SL1200MK2. I'm totally down to get some quality used gear, heck I'd love to find a late 70's early 80's Nakimichi Amp for example, but I've not seen one in the 5 years I've been keeping an eye out for it, so maybe I just am not looking in the right places. I check HifiShark semi often looking for odds and ends, but I don't think I've ever been successful in finding that deal.
I owned a set of Magnepan .7's that I basically got for a steal. I recently parted with those because my place is just too small for big floor standers. The wife has vetoed every single placement idea I've had. The compromise we came to is a good set of bookshelfs and a sub. I don't keep speakers more than 5 years generally unless they're magical like the Magnepans were, but those amps could be with me 10-20 years. That's why I want separates instead of a receiver or integrated. It's also why I was considering the Emotiva gear. $700 bucks puts it right in line with the speaker price. The amp is only 400 bucks about 65% of the cost of the speakers so it's a bit more balanced. Personally I'd love to grab the BMR Philharmonitors, but at 2k plus and a non existant used market that's unlikely to happen. So it leaves me with bookshelfs. The D7's are great but not mind blowing, The D9's are a step up but again, I just don't see them as being my 10 year love affair the Magnepans would have been. Were they perfect, no, but they were enjoyable to listen to, especially at that price point. I also have enjoyed a set of vitange Klipschorns that I got to use from a friend for a few years while he traveled the world. I guess I'm saying I'm a little spoiled and no that there is no replacement for displacement, but I'd love something that can give me that feeling of just loving to listen to them for a while to come, in a small footprint......which is tough.
Yeh, Magnepan needs a lot of space to sound good.
I just bought my pair of Alto Utopia from Audiogon:
I also look on ebay. Another brand I really like is Sonus Faber
You can send message to them and make offer. Like the pair of Alto Utopia was listed for $6800( not sure the exact asking price, around there) in Audiogon, I offered $5000, and we went back and forth, we ended up $5500. Then shipping and all. You have to make sure you look at the shipping cost. MORE IMPORTANT, BUY ONLY FROM US, I made the mistake of buying from Canada, it costed me another $351 to hire a broker to deal with all the custom and all. The total cost ended up to be $6351!!! But I am happy. I just got it 2 days ago.
One problem of buying used you cannot audition it. You just have to buy on faith. I know JM Lab Focal as I have a good pair ( Spectral 913.1) for 22 years. So I took the chance of the Alto Utopia. Also that's why I have no reservation suggesting to you. I listened to Sonus Faber and was very impressed with it. I own two pairs of Kef, one I got rid of is a pair of Uni-Q floor standing with dual 6" woofers, it was the higher end model of the Uni-Q line that time($1100). I also have a big bookshelf Kef and their top Reference series center channel. From owning these, I can tell you stay away from Kef. To me, they are mid fi quality only. I believe in buying the lower model of the most high end brand you can afford, not a higher model of some mid-fi brand. But that's just me. I don't like Klipsch because I don't like horn tweeter, they sound very artificial to me. There are a lot of high end brands, I just don't know them
, all I can keep saying is Focal and Sonus Faber that I actually have experience.
For Sonus Faber, I was impressed with the pair of smaller speakers called either Concerto or Concertino. They are really good and you can get them in really good price as it's like 20 years old.
I won't get into some of the really old stuffs, I limit speakers to about 20 years old and amps from the late 80s.
You live too far to come to check out my old stuffs. My Nakamichi PA-7 is sitting in the shed outside, it's the newer improved version of the famous Threshold S300 designed by Nelson Pass. The going price is about $800 to $900 last I checked on ebay. I am willing to sell it like $400, BUT I don't ship, I am not into selling, only if people actually come and pick it up. Or else, it will just sit there.....and it's ok with me. I design my own amps and I have amps coming out of my ears!!! My amps kicked the butt of the PA-7, so it's in the shed. I also have a pair of Kef bookshelf I paid over $500, hell I am willing to sell it for say $200 or lower. It's been sitting there for 20 years!!! Again, I never advertise as I don't ship, period.
Anyhow, That's all I can advice you, go on Audiogon and ebay plenty of speakers and amps, drive a hard bargain. Hell, if you don't like it, you can always sell it again, keep the packing and boxes so you can ship them out. I just don't want to get into selling, but that's just me.