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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:06 pm 
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We all have, or have had, pieces of audio equipment that offer extraordinary value for the money, at both used prices and new. I'd be interested in hearing what those pieces have been for you. Mine are

Systemdek table $350 used - classic 3 point suspended sound
Thorens TD-160 (mint) $400 used - huge full sound, classic analogue
Denon DL-110 $120 (brand new) - gives many cartridges 2-3x the price a run for their money
Sansui T-80 tuner $40 used - very pleasant sounding old analogue tuner
Rega Fono, MM $225 used (UHF mag called this thing a reference quality sound) - damn good for the money
Celestion SL6s $300 used - classic British sound, can sound quite high end with good quality electronics behind them
Cyrus ll $200 used - punchy and very detailed sound
Rega Quattro speaker wire $20 new - very pleasant cable, doesn't miss much compared to the expensive stuff

All fantastic sounding pieces of audio equipment for very little money (relative to this hobby, that is)


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:09 pm 
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Tivoli Networks radio pair. Purchased from dealer demo for $99. Sold year later for $150.


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My Jbl / Altec horns...much less than $2k, but the most satisfying speakers I've owned by a large margin

Music Angle 'Marantz 7' clone - for around $200, it was a great pre, though I've moved on (I really should sell it!)

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:01 am 
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There is no better example of great value than Dynaco A25 speakers.


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Greatest value in the audio history Quad els 57!!!
In the late 50' was around 60 pound,today 50 years later between $1000-3000!!!


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:33 am 
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Rogers LS3/5a's..............I bought mine in 1970 for $700, used 'em for (gasp) 42 years, then sold 'em for $1400.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:31 am 
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Forte model 2 preamp for $200 - well made and nice sounding preamp with a decent phono section
Faroudja DV1000 DVD player for $300 - excellent sound, decent picture, built like a tank
Acoustat 2+2 speakers for $1400 - excellent sound (need I say more :wink: ).


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I'm not particularly proud of it but my whole system was a complete bargain hunt. Needs must...

Luxman TP117
Energy 22 Ref Conn
NAD 218 THX
Sony CA70ES
Technics SL-6 + OMP 30
DIY DAC

all for under $1K. Very happy until I save some $$ for upgrades (esp DAC).

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:08 am 
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mantisory wrote:
My Jbl / Altec horns...much less than $2k, but the most satisfying speakers I've owned by a large margin

I'll see that raise and raise ... My Tannoy Arden speakers (well custom/not so pretty boxes - no biggie), $1000 all-in (incl. crossover upgrade), ditto most satisfying speakers I've owned by a large margin.

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I'd add the Yaqin MS-300C (or MS-300B) tube integrated amplifier, or even better the similar unit but with EL34 driver tubes that was being sold by Grant Fidelity (rebadged) in their first year.


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A few pieces come to mind (at used or new prices even):

Grant Fidelity Tube DAC 11 ($350 new, ~$225 used) - really continues to impress me for what it can do at it's price

Pure i-20 dock ($100 new, less than that used!) - cheapest way I know of extracting a "pure" digital signal from compatible i devices, on board DAC is reasonable but send a digital signal to an outboard DAC and you can improve things (by a lot).

Burson HA160D ($1200 new (but now discontinued), ~$700 used) - a little long in the tooth with the rapidly evolving DAC market, but as a headphone amp or even a pre amp, it is excellent. Only niggle would be the often noisy stepped attenuator (I tend to try and not play around too much with it to avoid the annoyance factor, but given the variability in recording levels sometimes you just have to turn the tunes down or up!).

Musical Paradise MP301 Mk. 2 or 3 ($339 new, ~$225 used) - EL34 (and variants) based SET that really outperforms its price level (though a tube upgrade ($80-$100) from stock is really recommended, if not necessary).

KEF LS50 ($1500 new, ~$1200 used) - I'm a bit on the fence to consider this 'extraordinary' value, but few standmounts in this price range can sound so coherent and alive as the LS50, so while the value quotient is perhaps subjective, I think it still qualifies.

There's lots more but these first came to mind.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:55 am 
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I'm not particularly proud of it but my whole system was a complete bargain hunt. Needs must...

Luxman TP117
Energy 22 Ref Conn
NAD 218 THX
Sony CA70ES
Technics SL-6 + OMP 30
DIY DAC

all for under $1K. Very happy until I save some $$ for upgrades (esp DAC).


Glad to see someone else here who doesn't have a mortgage worth of gear. I don't think you have anything to be ashamed of in your system, it probably sounds quite nice. Some of mine is new stuff, some is used. For value I'd say my Pro-Ject 5.1 with Ortofon bronze that I got new for $700.00. Also my Mirage OM 10's that are in beautiful condition and cost me $250.00.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:17 am 
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Paradigm 5se mkii for $50. Excellent sound and made in canada. Considering the condition that I bought them in, I'm not sure I could spend $50 better anywhere.


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Ashly pro amp used , yes it has a fan to deal with but for a few hundred dollars a great value . Stunning power but with a control of the sound that might raise more than a few eyebrows .


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:34 am 
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Close to the Edge wrote:
There is no better example of great value than Dynaco A25 speakers.


The very first speakers I purchased in 1970. But, to be honest, I soon sold them and purchased Leak "sandwich" speakers which were much more open and dynamic sounding.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:45 am 
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From my personal experiences:

1) Pro-Ject Debut III (used) - I helped a couple of friends who wanted jump into the vinyl pool source these tables on the used market. The Debut III may be an entry level table, but I think it sounds much better than its price point suggests (under $300 seems typical for well maintained low-hour example with a useable stock cartridge....a bit cheaper than an equivalent Rega). They are easy to set up and simple to use. There are lot of aftermarket tweaks available if you want to hod-rod it in the future.

2) Quad L Series Speakers - I owned a pair of 21Ls for many years. I have since upgraded, but still think they represent an extremely good value (new or used). My 21Ls really didn't do anything wrong. They had a laid-back, non-fatiguing sound, but still very engaging with very good imaging.....excellent fit and finish/WAF too. I preferred them to many speakers costing 2-3x more. Their resale value was pretty decent as well.

3) Rega Apollo and DAC - Though neither is exactly cheap, I still think that both represent excellent value within their respective price class.


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