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UPDATE: The third post down is where I detail where I go to find these kinds of deals. It is mostly common sense stuff but take a look if you also want to start piecing together a killer audio setup!

When people on here are buying audio equipment on a budget they always get directed to the same polk, energy, or audioengine speakers. Those are definitely a huge step up from your average Logitech set but you can do SOO much better if you go used.

This is what I am currently running:

CSW Tower II: http://www.audioreview.com/cat/speak...9_1594crx.aspx

BaseCube 10: http://www.audioreview.com/cat/speak...1_2741crx.aspx

Marantz SR7400: http://www.audioreview.com/cat/ampli...0_1593crx.aspx


Guess how much it all cost me? Grand total for this setup was ~$271. The Speakers and sub were purchased from ebay as part of a larger package, they were just over $200, local pickup, the Marantz was also an ebay buy that was $67 with shipping.

Unless you were gifted a system I dare say you would be hard pressed to put together a better sounding system for less. So everyone looking to step up to better sound do yourself a favor and consider used equipment.
Edited by Mygaffer - 10/28/11 at 2:47pm
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Finding these deals did take me a while. I will write some of the ways I look for good deals on used equipment.

First of all thrift stores can sometimes have amazing stuff. Not all thrift stores are equal and some of you will live close to thrift stores that stock garbage. I am lucky in that the Salvation Army next door to my work always has great stuff. Next to them is a Goodwill. I check them both out at least once a week, usually more. My thrift store finds include:
Cambridge Soundworks M80 Bookshelf speakers - $30 (had to get them repaired)
Cerwin-Vega VS-80 bookshelf - $25 for the pair, work great, lots of bass
Panasonic three way floor standing speakers - $30
HTiB sub - $10
Polk Audio M4.1 - $10 for the pair, these are vintage and actually have a great sound
PSB bookshelf - $15
There have been other purchases as well. Sometimes you can find receivers and amps although good ones tend to be less common.

The next place to hit up is Craigslist, just troll through all the listings, search for words like hifi, sub, etc., e-mail people with offers.

Then of course ebay, I find if you start with a general term, like just putting in receiver, and then watching auctions that are going to end can be a great way to find things that look they are going off cheap. The Marantz SR7400 for $67 was my latest ebay purchase, the auction went off for $22.50, the shipping was $45.

Anyway, I hope this helps some of you decide to go used hifi instead of new Logitech.
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Some peeps are set in their ways and are afraid of change and jumping to the unknown (for them) so they assume anything used is junk or is ready to break down so i agree 100% with you In the USA Craiglist is an awesome source of amps, receivers, speakers, subs and even on a shoestring budget one could hit a proper audio set up rather than go for awful boxed solutions hehe
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Yes, buying used is definitely a great way to get good deals, but there are of course no guarantees on what's available in each person's area. You can also get burned with faulty equipment. It's definitely worth checking out ebay/audiogon/forums for good deals on used stuff though
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