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Kit you regretted buying

Discussion in 'audio' started by James, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. James

    James Lord of the Erg\o/s

    Mission PCM7000 - imported blind from overseas and almost put me off CDs for life.

    Linn Nexus - could never figure out why I didn't get rhythm & timing, even with an LP12 up front.

    McLaren A150b - the feeblest 75W integrated amp you couldn't give away. Easily trumped by a 5W triode.

  2. mudlark

    mudlark nearly half a clue

    My DAB tuner. It's not the tuner's fault, so no names, but the BBC.

    Digital TV gets a higher quality digital radio signal.
  3. Paul Mc

    Paul Mc pfm Member

  4. johnfromnorwich

    johnfromnorwich even my wife noticed the dif..

    Having had good experiences with my original Cyrus 1, I 'upgraded' to a Cyrus 8. Having failed to learn my lesson, I added PSXR and eventually SmartPower. Sold the lot, got a Glasshoue TVC / WAD6550 combo and never looked back. I still like the Cyrus 1 though.
  5. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    Too many to mention. Not that any were especially bad, just that I spent far too much time and money faffing about with sideways moves instead of sticking with (perfectly adequate) budget stuff or saving enough for 'the best''.
  6. Gromit

    Gromit Plasticine Dog

    Cyrus 2
    Cambridge 840A (got refund though)
    Celestion SL6 (what posessed me!)
    Goldring Eroica
    Icon MC34 A
    Monitor Audio R352
    Mission 737
  7. Rana

    Rana pfm Member

    A HFN inspired system, bought without demo-ing...
    MF A1 + MF Solid Core Cable + MF MC2 speakers = sleep city
  8. lindsayt

    lindsayt pfm Member

    Linn Karma MC cartridge.

    Bought 2nd hand for £170. Best sounding cartridge I've had so far. Great tracking - tip was like new.

    Only lasted 3 months before my toddler son broke the cantilever - presumably trying to copy daddy.
  9. prowla

    prowla pfm Member

    I regret buying my 92.
    Not because it's a bad piece of kit (it's actually rather good!), but because I really wanted a Nait and I got one of them a few days after and so never used the 92.
    It's available in classifieds.
  10. James

    James Lord of the Erg\o/s

    Two people fondly remember the A1 on the other thread. Isn't that interesting? FWIW, I have mixed feelings about the Musical Fidelity A100 I owned briefly, before it self-destructed. It was a choice between it and a NAIT2. I thought the NAIT looked too quirky, and Class A must be better than Class B, right? I now know better almost 20 years later.

  11. DSJR

    DSJR Between us and them

    The ONE item I should never have bought was a 1985 vintage pair of Black-ash 'briks..

    In 1985, Jimmy Hughes wanted to do an appreciation of 'briks and bought a pair of DMS's from Linn. he gave warnings but I bought them anyway (the article never got written as this pair sounded so bad). They screeched and quacked and I bought them anyway. I kept them for six months and passed them on, replacing them with NS1000m's, which I didn't care for overmuch either...
  12. aybee

    aybee pfm Member

    Phillips CD100 - the original CD back in nineteen eighty erm, that year CD was released. Almost put me off CD for life.
    Celestion SL600 - dull and expensive as I then bought a couple of different amps trying to get the speakers to not sound dull distant and lifeless, nothing worked.
    VTL 50 valve amp -used with the above. Absolute disaster.
  13. Nic Robinson

    Nic Robinson Moderator

    Ha ha - me too (almost). Phillips CD150. Converted me to vinyl. Never looked back!


  14. Gromit

    Gromit Plasticine Dog

    Me too too!! :D

    Mine was with the Philips CD104... had my Planar 3 at the time so sold both and got my first LP12 :)
  15. SteveS1

    SteveS1 I heard that, pardon?

    LP12 with a Basik arm - should have bitten the Ittok bullet. The LP12 was little better than a Rega 3 at that stage until the Ittok was added imo.

    Philips CD player - plastic, nasty unit. Might be the 150 by the sound of the last two posts. But you never see it now, it wouldn't have lasted.
    Mission DAD CD player - couldn't listen for long periods.

    Arcam DAB tuner - lasted about 20mins.

    Primare 30 - zzzzzzzzz.

    Otherwise most things have been OK.

  16. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Pioneer A400 discrete. The press at the time were drooling over it, I listened and was impressed, but in use it was always a bit boring. Replaced it with a Quad 33/303 then a 44/405. Sold it for half what I paid, and have been a devotee of quality second hand stuff ever since. Have since been burned with a few dodgy speaker buys...
  17. tomek

    tomek pfm Member

    1. Kolektor
    2. Triangle Comet
    3. AMC tube amp
  18. cromodora

    cromodora foshfishfie

    Dare I say it?...

    1. Avondale SPX1.
    Good sound from my NAC32.5 but there was an overlay of insistent buzzing.

    2. Benchmark DAC1.
    Great detail but lacks body.
  19. NeilR

    NeilR pfm Member

    1. TDL Studio 1 speakers: wobbly TL bass and sibilant metal dome tweeter.
    2. dpa gear: great sounding but didnt seem to last more than 5 minutes before going wrong.
    3. REL stadium subwoofer. Never managed to get the damn thing integrated properly.

    Thats all really.
  20. prowla

    prowla pfm Member

    My Meridian 207 converted me to vinyl in the 80s (I replaced it with an LP12)...

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