I'm looking for a receiver for a small Manhattan studio apartment (440 sq ft incl. kitchen, bathroom, & closets). I plan to purchase B&W 601S3's for the front speakers, 600S3's for the rear, ASW600 Subwoofer, and the smaller 600 series center speaker. I am seriously considering the Yamaha 740 - are there better choices at that price point ($500 - $600)?
Eardrum, If I may ask, what dont you like about refurbs?
Mike D: How are you setting up so many speakers in a small space? How are you "hiding" them? I ask because I have a similar sized Manhattan apt that I would like to put a ht in, but I don't want speakers as eyseores.
The same reason I dont like to buy used cars. You inherit someones else's headache. To buy a refurb off the web is crazy. The last thing I want to do is send a high end product back and forth through the mail. The only time I would consider a refurb is from a reputable local dealer whom I had a relationship with and offered the same warranty on it as if it were new. It better be priced signifigantly less than a new product also.
Refurbs are often worth considering. You usually get the same warranty. Refurbished product is often better than original, yet lower in price. Sometimes you settle for fewer accessories. If the original product was good, the refurbished is as good or better, but sometimes a little slimmed-down. Buy from someone who has been around for a while.