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.