There are fantastic pre-owned bargains out there. We all know this. That said, many budget-end enthusiasts just don’t know to what extent the system components work well together - if at all! In short – is there system synergy? Who knows?
- Hi. I'm Howard Popeck - features editor. Truthfully ... I get bigger kick out of assembling systems based on pre-owned bargains (many of which I have had direct personal experience with) @ £200 than I do systems @ £20k using brand new kit.
- Obviously I'm not saying a £200 system gets anywhere near close to the thrill of one @ £20k BUT more often that not, a £200 system can sound really good and for many – truth be told – it's sufficient.
- So every now and then (if I spot pre-owned items which I know work well together) I'll show you a 2-channel system that punches far above its weight and for one lucky owner might save them many hundreds of £s compared to buying new.
- For simplicity I won’t include interconnects nor speaker cables nor stands; I will on your behalf focus on the ‘boxes’.
Important note: The nature of these bargains means that some will not stick around long – sometimes only for a few hours. It really is first come – first served at the sub £200 for a complete system end of the market!
I hope you enjoy the experience.