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    Default Good German components (in Germany)?

    I've got a friend in Germany, and I'd like to help him upgrade his stereo equipment. I'm thinking of looking at the used market, and I was wondering if anyone here could help me with a couple of things:

    1. What are some brand names and/or specific components to look for? (Remember, I'm looking at the used market.) I'm just thinking of basics at the moment: amplifier, preamplifier, cd player and/or DAC, speakers. Price-wise, I'm looking for entry-level stuff: amp-wise, the German market's equivalent to an Adcom GFA-545 (low) or Parasound HCA-2200II (high); pre-amp, the German equivalent to an Adcom GFP-565, maybe something a little better, up to $400; cdp, something around $200-400; DAC, $100-300. Speakers, $300-500. Again, these are ideal used prices.

    2. Is there a German equivalent to Audiogon, Audio Asylum Trader, or Canuck/US Audio Mart? I assume there's a German ebay; are there German sites that anyone can buy from, without needing a certain number of posts etc.?

    I would do the research myself - I love the internets - but I'm really busy right now, and I'm in a hurry because I'll be seeing him soon (over there) and want to be prepared. He can't figure it out himself, because he's a musician (). Any help is greatly appreciated.
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    Revox B series equipment is very nice.

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    Tell him to check out Canton speakers.
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    Does said friend plan on staying over there as you can always find dual voltage gear that most of the GI's are selling before they transfer back to the states. I have a whole vintage set up of dual voltage stuff I bought when I lived over there. A lot of good deals to be found over there. A lot of that gear ends up in second hand shops. There used to be a lot of shops in the old section of Heidelberg that sold a lot of audio equipment.

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    Or just go to amazon.de amazons german site.

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    Go to www.hifishark.com

    You can select a country or region.
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    Or you both may want to try http://www.audio-markt.de/

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    Thanks for all equipment suggestions! I'm thinking we'll concentrate on amp and pre. He says he just found some nice "KS - Kuche & Co., Tertia D 70". Never heard of 'em. One of them might need some repair work, but he says they sound great.

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    Does said friend plan on staying over there as you can always find dual voltage gear that most of the GI's are selling before they transfer back to the states. I have a whole vintage set up of dual voltage stuff I bought when I lived over there. A lot of good deals to be found over there. A lot of that gear ends up in second hand shops. There used to be a lot of shops in the old section of Heidelberg that sold a lot of audio equipment.
    Look near US Army bases...That's a really good idea. Might even find some familiar brands with the right kind of plugs. We'll be in Berlin; a quick check indicates that most bases are on the southwest side of the country (makes sense). We'll see.

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    Go to www.hifishark.com

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    Thanks very much for that...should help.

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    Or you both may want to try http://www.audio-markt.de/

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    Plus, it's in German!

    Amusingly enough, he's been there for several years, and still doesn't speak much of the language (like I said, musician ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Face View Post
    Tell him to check out Canton speakers.
    I still hold the few times I've demoed Cantons Vento series as the best bookies I've heard, to date that is.

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