If you are one of audiophiles that loves the crisp quality of high end stereo systems, then you should take a look at Audiogon. Expensive classified ads in newspapers and magazines were the only option for individual sellers and buyers; that, or trade your gear in to a hi-fi dealer.
But the Audiogon online community caters to the tastes of those who enjoy countless hours listening to their high fidelity stereo systems. One of the key features of the site is the Learn section. Once there, you will be able to learn everything there is to know about the many qualities of enjoying your audio like it was meant to be heard. If you are in the market for a high fidelity audio system, you will be able to find one through the site’s marketplace. This online store of sorts works much like eBay. Members post the items they have for sale, allowing other members to purchase them from the site. This will allow beginners to the world of high end audio to buy their first high fidelity stereo equipment at low prices.
If you’re looking for great sounding bargains, you’ll find plenty on AudiogoN. I saw a vacuum-tube Dynaco FM-3 radio offered for $139; a mint-condition Marantz 2220 stereo receiver for $245; an NAD 7100 receiver for $175; and a Dual 1019 turntable for $250. AudiogoN averages around 11,000 listings at any given time. High-end gear that originally sold for big bucks is rarely cheap, because good, quality gear, even when it’s decades old, retains its value. But even so, AudiogoN is a way to get the good stuff that would otherwise be out of range. I saw a Conrad-Johnson 16 LS vacuum-tube preamplifier that sold new for $8,000 listed for $3,500.
AudiogoN was founded in 1998 and now claims 295,000 registered members. Rates for sellers are just $6 for a classified ad (which runs 30 days); or $6 for an auction, that runs between 3 and 14 days. There’s also a one percent surcharge on the sale price. Buyers pay nothing for the service. Best of all, almost everyone reading the listings is an audiophile, which certainly isn’t the case for eBay.
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