Sound equipment is expensive, but it is also an investment. Purchasing new sound equipment may be ideal, but buying used sound equipment is often more realistic. If your budget does not allow you to purchase the very best sound equipment new, do not lower your quality standards; look for used sound equipment instead.
Buying used sound equipment is a great way to get the quality you want without spending a fortune. There are a few tips to follow that ensure you are getting a great deal and not wasting your money.
Look for top-quality names. Since you are saving money by purchasing used equipment, you can afford the best brands.
Listen carefully for clicks and buzzes in the equipment. Use a test CD with a full-range sweep tone to make this process easier. Used speakers need to be tested on both high and low volume levels to ensure their clarity.
Check all switches and controls on amplifiers and other sound equipment to ensure they work properly. Worn or dirty controllers often display a scratchy sound when they are used.
If possible, have the dealer open the case to inspect the equipment's parts for leaky capacitors, burned resistors or any signs of rust or corrosion.
If you take the time to properly inspect the sound equipment, buying it used is a great way to save money. If you are unable to visually inspect the equipment before you make the purchase, be sure you have a warranty or a product return policy with which you are comfortable.