What pieces of equipment have you purchased that you thought “wow, I can’t believe it only cost me that?” Obviously, people have different opinions about what constitutes cheap/good value/bargains and as we all know, cheap does not always mean a good value!
I have just made a purchase that has inspired me to start this thread but, thanks to a well known auction site, I have purchased a few items recently that have made me think ‘bargain’. These are, in chronological order of the purchase.
A mint Arcam A18 amplifier for £150. Not the best for driving larger speakers in big rooms but a really nice clear amplifier for smaller rooms and stand mount speakers - lots of features too. I use it in the office.
A pair of near mint Piega TS3s (needed a good clean) for £63 boxed. Great little speakers for the bedroom - made in Switzerland and very solid aluminium cabinets. The latest version, now with an AMT Tweeter, retails circa £900.
Mint Arcam Solo Movie 2.1 for £250. No this doesn’t do streaming but £250 for a CD/SACD/DVD/DVD-A player, 50wpc (8ohm) stereo amp, external DAC inputs (stream from Fire-stick equipped TV via SPDIF) and internal bass management including sub/speaker crossover settings was a bit of a bargain - goes really well with the Piegas in the main bedroom. IIRC it was about £1500 new.
VGC Arcam (a bit of a theme here) DV135 CD/DVD/SACD player purchased for £38 as a stop gap for my boxed away Naim CD5si. My 2 year old daughter discovered the Naim’s swing out CD draw and I feared for its safety. Truth is, though not as capable overall as the Naim, the Arcam is not a million miles off and possibly better in terms of bass performance? Certainly not in a rush to sell it on.
My latest purchases, which I am using as I type and are intended for my son as a bedroom system. The first components are a pair of Denon by Mission speakers for £20 - great for a bedroom - I am going to wrap them in something suitable - carbon fibre vinyl perhaps?
They will be linked with an absolute bargain IMO - a brand new AVA Media Maestro 50 ‘true digital’ amplifier purchased for just £23 and still in its shrink wrap. It only has digital inputs and converts from digital to analogue ‘just before the speakers‘ - apparently no DAC as such. It’s not a powerhouse but it really is clear and open yet smooth, even through the little Denon (Mission) speakers. It was even made in Manchester and comes in a very solid aluminium case.
Now I am not claiming that any of these will outperform most of the equipment that people own on here but the sound/features/quality per pound ratio of all of the items makes them all bargains IMO.
Has anyone got similar purchases they would like to share?