Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Melter, Apr 5, 2005.
Anyone ever bought some ex-demo gear? Is it worth a go or don't touch with a barge pole?
I bought my Rotel receiver and M&K speakers as ex-demo equipment. Not a day's problem so far! The Rotel receiver was bought with a 3 year gaurantee and the speakers with a 10 year gaurantee. This was from a reputable dealer.
As long as you make sure the item is in good condition (works properly; no damage that may hinder performance; smoke-free environment; any remaining warranty etc.) then you should be okay.
I think it depends on what you buy though, generally speakers will be more reliable than amps which, in turn, will be more stable than cd/dvd players.
Ex-demo items normally (but not always) have a full manufacurer's warranty so you aren't taking any risks on that front. They typically have slight imperfections cosmetically.
It's a great option to save money IMO.
As long as it comes with a full warrenty then go for it. If it doesnt then it is basically an expensive second hand peice of kit
Yea ex demo is the way to go, you'll probably get at least 7-14 days anyway but i wuld expect atleast 6 month warranty as they should be confident the stuff works now and will in the future.
Yep, I like ex-demo gear, especially if it is in good nick, i get it at about half the price or less so i'm happy whenever i get stuff like that. Haven't really had any huge problems yet and half my stuff is pre-used stuff. In fact, i have had more problems with brand new things out of a box than i have some of the Demo gear
But yeah, i always get full warranty on the stuff i get ex-demo.
I'd recommend you do the same.
not forgetting ex display goods
have had some real bargains saving hundreds of pounds - eg a cyrus centre speaker with a scratch on the rear panel £200 off
Thanks but I've had second thoughts now. Found the hyperfi site and noticed some great deals on there but as always I did a bit of research first and find that they get quite a lot of unfavourable comments about their advertising practices. I think I'll stick to buying my receiver new from a reputable retailer.
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