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Would you buy 2nd hand speakers?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by Xstyle, Nov 24, 2004.

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  1. Xstyle

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    Would you buy 2nd hand speakers???

    If yes, how do you know how much more life they have left in them?
    i.e. they could look ok and sound ok for a little while, but because they have been pounded over some time... how long will they last??
     
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    I voted yes, but I think I would only buy them from somewhere vaguely reputable and where I could listen to them first. Also, I personally would only buy speakers second hand that were at most a few years old, and I would prefer to have a copy of the original receipt, but obviously this isn't always possible.
     
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    I've bought 2nd hand speakers. Buy from someone you trust and you can't go far wrong.
     
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    I've mostly sold speakers secondhand but they're relatively easy to check. As there aren't many moving parts in them little wears out and damage is easy to see or hear. Look at the drivers and surrounds for damage and the boxes too. Listen to each driver to check it's working and then turn them up to hear if there's any crackling or rubbing noises. Things can go wrong but there are also plenty of speakers decades old that still work fine.
     
  5. Xstyle

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    Artcoustic Multi:
    http://www.artcoustic.com/download/DF-Multi.pdf

    This speaker is £1300 retail
    It has been used for a year by the Frank Skinner.
    He had 3 in his house, and felt it was not needed.... so I am able to buy this for £750 from the dealer, with 12 months warranty.
     
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    All my speakers were bought used and still work fine after 7 or 8 years. I recently bought a centre speaker (KEF100c) on ebay and it sounds great and hasn't a mark on it. Check the sellers feedback score if you go that way, though.........
     
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    If you said "NO" ... whats the reasoning please?
     
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    Have you any reason to think that Frank thrashed the speaker?
    Otherwise just decide if it does what you want for the right price.
    Or is there some other reason you aren't sure about the Artcoustic?
     
  9. Xstyle

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    I love the Artcoustic speaker!!!

    Even if Frank thrashed it ... he had 3 running... so they all would have taken the load, therefore it should be fine.

    and at HALF the price with a warranty, I'm warming up to the idea!
     
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    I've bought them form Freeads papers, car boot sales and even the dump!!
    A gentle movement of the cones and inspection of the driver surrounds and tweeter domes will tell you quite a lot - if there's no scraping or fraying in the material then there's a good chance they'll be OK.

    Of course it doesn't tell you if they're going to sound any good...............

    Adam.
     
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    I,ve brought new and old.Economy is the only major difference that i see and sometimes used speakers can have scratched boxes,which of course does not alter the sound.The subject of age is a bit of a teaser for me.All new speakers generally need to be broken/run in before you start to annoy the neighbours :) Do you start age from purchase date or date they become broken in (or proper usable)I read on a forum that 1 guy said that he didnt feel that his speakers were ready(run in) for 4 years and so he could say that they were 2 years old rather than 6 years old.It caused quite a stir :laugh:
     
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    Yes I would buy second hand.

    Providing I could see and hear them first.
     
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    Definitely - in fact I bought my current speakers (Harbeth Compact 7ES-2) second hand for £850 (£1500 new) - they were in immaculate condition and can't be that old as the ES-2's only came out a couple of years back.

    You just get so much more for your money buying used.

    Same goes for amps really - I picked up a Bel Canto eVo2 power amp for £1.3K whereas the new price is £2900 - and there's not exactly many moving parts in a power amp.

    CD/DVD players are a different matter however.

    Matt.
     
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    I have voted yes as I've bought used speakers in the past [twice].
     
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    My whole speaker set up including sub is second hand, all from forum members. All absolutely mint, at around 50% cost of new ones. I can honestly say I would never even consider buying speakers new, unless it was, say, an SVS sub which you rarely see second hand, or something really esoteric.
     
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    Just bought the Mission FS2's package (speakers & sub) 2nd hand...!
     
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    Speakers can last for many years, easily outdoing their electronic counterparts.

    However, I would always demo second-units as some people really do let their speakers rip which can cause damage.
     

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