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    Default Whats the worst piece of gear you have owned that cost more than $400

    I always hear what was the best so I thought i would ask what the worst piece of gear you have had in your rig that retails for over $400

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    Bent Audio Passive Pre

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    Anything recommended by PFB


    Any amp with a broken binding post is a close second.
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    McIntosh MC-2100 power amp. Why people think that these autoformer-coupled amps sound a) "good" and/or b) "tube like" evades me. A harsh, gritty, grainy amplifier that sounds exactly like what it is - an early solid-state effort.

    Runner up: McIntosh C-28 preamp. Ugh.

    Now, please note - McIntosh has made some fine sounding and truly wonderful equipment over the years (e.g., the MC-225 stereo power amp, MR-78 tuner, etc., etc.). But the two above-mentioned pieces... not so much.
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    Any of the Yamaha "M" amps. Talk about no guts and lackluster sound. I'll never understand what people who praise them so highly actually hear. And the quasi- Class A trick circuit was a joke.

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    I know this will stir up some but it was the worst thing I have ever had in my systems.

    Emotiva XPA-2 Amplifier. I think I paid 600 for it or around there. I heard so many people say it sounded good so i tried it. It was so in your face and shrill I just hated it. Had it for almost a year. It had plenty of power but it didn't know what to do with it. Tried it on several speakers and none of them sounded right with it. Even my Monitor 7's sounded to bright and boomy. The mids were just gone. I was comparing it to a B&K at the time and I kept the B&K for a few more years. That Emo had to go. The only good thing about that piece from Emo is the resell value stayed up. I got almost all my money back. So I guess that is something.
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    I haven't had anything that was awful, but I have had some disappointments. Probably the most notable was a Harmon/Kardon preamp I had so long ago, I can't recall the model. I used it for like 3 days, and went back and bought (new) the same Yamaha Pre I had sold for it.

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    Maybe I've been lucky, but I can't remember a "bad" piece of gear I've had. Mediocre, perhaps, but almost "never" bad!

    Even my college AIWA (tiny boombox all of three watts x 2) with the metal tape selector had a nice sound and a response to 16Khz on metal tapes, as well as a decent FM section that got me through a lot of paper writing! Of course that was $199 in 1980 something? It even had stereo RCA INS and OUTS and outputs for external speakers? I eventually found that it could power some Minimus 7s (this was my 'only' system for many years!).

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    I bought a quad decoder preamp for LPs in the 80s. What a POS. Had to use specail LPs even. There was just no surround sound and then it broke.

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    hmm... probably some lower-level Klipsch speakers. I dont recall the model numbers, and I didn't pay 400 for them, but they retailed for way above that. They didn't do anything well... at least not as well as the many Polks I've tried.
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    Preamp: Audio Research LS-15
    Power Amp: BAT VK-500
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's

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    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz av8003
    Power Amp: Rotel RMB-1095
    Fronts: LSiM-705's
    Center: LSiM-704c
    Surrounds: LSiM-702's
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-NSD's

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    mine was a Yamaha Tx930 AM/FM tuner. After 4-5 silver faced earlier Yamaha tuners thought I'd try a digital newer model that thing just stunk no reception worth a darn. The other was a Sony 9000es DVD/SACD player those had THE WORST LASERS I can't believe i still see them sell for close to 300.00 on Ebay.

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    Okay, I'll be the first one to mention Bose!!! I had a pair of 901s that I could never get to sound really good. They were the second series and yes, I had the EQ and the stands. They always sounded hifi-ish, and not in a good way!!!!

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    Back in their infancy.........a new Sharp VHS VCR. Very bad performance, wired remote control and a $400.00 plus price tag. What a POS !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by decal View Post
    Okay, I'll be the first one to mention Bose!!! I had a pair of 901s that I could never get to sound really good. They were the second series and yes, I had the EQ and the stands. They always sounded hifi-ish, and not in a good way!!!!
    you probably didn't feed em very well.

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    Cambridge Audio 840A V2 integrated. Besides having functional problems, it simply did not sound good. Even the dealer that I retuned it to said it sounded "mechanical".

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    Polk RTi 12s... lol
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    Emotiva XPA-2

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    Quote Originally Posted by gdb View Post
    you probably didn't feed em very well.
    No, I feed them very well with 3 or 4 different set-ups. Everybody else thought they were great sounding. I packed them away and sold them 20 years later for $400.00. The buyer was happier than a pig in sh....!!!!

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    This is an easy one....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polkitup2 View Post
    Cambridge Audio 840A V2 integrated. Besides having functional problems, it simply did not sound good. Even the dealer that I retuned it to said it sounded "mechanical".
    You know what? Despite all the great reviews, I didn't like the Cambridge sound either. I purchased a 550A a couple of months ago from Audio Advisor at the clearance price of $399, and after a week of listening to it I sent it back for a refund. To each his own, but it wasn't for me...
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    Halcro ssp100 ht preamp. It defines the term "CLINICAL". It stayed in my house three days.
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    Good thing you parted with that Halcro. Getting it serviced would be a b!$ch...

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    Technics SU V6 integrated.Replaced with a far less expensive but vastly superior sounding NAD 3020B.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe08867 View Post
    I know this will stir up some ...
    It should'nt Joe since your opinion is atleast based on real experience.

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    I wish I could play this game, but I can not think of anything that qualifies as the 'worst'. I have been doing this since the early 70s and while I have gone through a lot, every thing has worked, and provided hours of enjoyment while in use. That includes TVs, and now home theater. Obviously, some gear works better than others, but for me that is not justification to call something the worst. For example, my Bryston DAC is better than the Benchmark DAC. Does that make the Benchmark the worst?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueFox View Post
    I wish I could play this game, but I can not think of anything that qualifies as the 'worst'. I have been doing this since the early 70s and while I have gone through a lot, every thing has worked, and provided hours of enjoyment while in use. That includes TVs, and now home theater. Obviously, some gear works better than others, but for me that is not justification to call something the worst. For example, my Bryston DAC is better than the Benchmark DAC. Does that make the Benchmark the worst?
    I think the point of this thread is to hear about the gear you couldn't wait to hear and then was thoroughly let down.

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    An Equalizer,,, not radio shack... something vox.. I think Audio Vox something like that.
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    A B&O 1900.
    Slobbered like a rabid dog at high noon in August over the 4002, couldn't afford that, so went with the 1900 for about $2xx back then (over $400 now).
    For the money, should have gone with a Garrard with a Shure 95 and spent the money saved on vinyl.

    The 1900 wasn't "bad" (a couple of days of dust on the platter would double it's weight ), but .... the 4002 got it's hooks in me and ..... I wasn't responsible for TT decisions made during that period.
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    I have a B & O 4002. Can't get it to track corectly and nobody works on them anymore. Sucks big time.

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    Chumlie, there's an outfit in Israel that works on them. Can't remember their name and I don't see anything in my "Favorites" that rings a bell, but .... I'll work on that.

    B&O stuff put a premium on "looks" which translated long term into proprietary, PITA gear to fix.
    Still ..... a properly working 4002 radial arm gliding over vinyl is ...... porn.
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