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Need a dirt cheap stereo receiver

Discussion in 'Home Theater Audio' started by dmspen, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. Feb 1, 2012 #1 of 27
    dmspen

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    I want to put some old speakers (25 year old Polk studio monitors) in my garage to good use. I'm gonig to mount them in the corners but I need a basic receiver to power them.

    Any suggestions for a place to get a good dirt cheap basic used stereo receiver?
     
  2. Feb 1, 2012 #2 of 27
    sigma1914

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    ebay or craigslist
     
  3. Feb 1, 2012 #3 of 27
    Herdfan

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    I've got a pair of those and they still sound great.

    Define dirt cheap.
     
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    lugnutathome

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    I've cleaned out my garage and basement of all the stereo receivers, cassette decks and the like so no joy here.

    Don "stereo? How quaint:p" Bolton
     
  5. Feb 1, 2012 #5 of 27
    Cholly

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    How high are you willing to go in price? You might try Fry's or BB for open box stereos. Otherwise, check ebay or local paper classified ads. You might also try local Goodwill or Salvation Army store.
    As to retail: B&H has a Pyle Pro PT260A AM/FM receiver for $73.33. Amazon has it for $72.91. Both offer free shipping.
     
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    CCarncross

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    Try the consignment shops in your area...
     
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    Scott Kocourek

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    I agree with the others mainly because receivers tend to be very heavy and end up being expensive to ship. A local tv repair shop may have something for you too.
     
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    WestDC

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    Nurseryman

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    Maybe open box at Best Buy?
     
  10. Davenlr

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    Your speakers woofers havent dry rotted after all that time?
     
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    My father just bought a surround Kenwood at the flea market for $60
     
  12. dmspen

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    Flea market...good idea. I went to the local Goodwill store and there was an old Sony stereo receiver for $20. The cord had been cut and knobs were missing. Pawn shops are expensive generally. Maybe garage sales coming up.

    Define cheap? Free! but probably less than $50. I've had 2 old receivers that I gave away...dumb me.

    Maybe I should take my current AV receiver and put it in the garage and get a new one! Boy, would the wife let me know about that!
     
  13. Getteau

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    I went through this a couple of years ago for my garage and my dad's garage. We wanted something that would let us play music in the garage and also power some outdoor speakers for the pool. We ended up spending around $100 and picked up one of the boom boxes/stereo's with detachable speakers from Wal-Mart because we also wanted to be able to play CD's and I needed an MP3 input. I could have done the MP3 input with a composite to headphone adapter, but the CD part is what forced us to go with the all in one solution (I had given away my Sony 6 disk CD player about a year earlier and was kicking myself when I ended up needing it again).
     
  14. Rich

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    I have a good Sony receiver, but the cost of shipping would be prohibitive. I did sell a couple of them on eBay when that model was new. Shame you don't live near me.

    Rich
     
  15. dmspen

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    I was born in New Jersey though...
     
  16. Rich

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    Good for YOU!

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    Polk Audio, from day one, has always used butyl rubber surrounds on their woofers. It's the funky foam surrounds that dry rot.
     
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    Maybe I'll pull the fronts off and look. Maybe I'll even hook them up to my system in the house to see if they are still viable.

    I got these from my brother in about 1985. He worked for Good Guys and bought them for cheap (floor models).
     
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    After scouring Craigs List for a while, I finally purchased a Sony receiver for $35. It's in good condition. The guy updated his home theater and the receiver went to his garage.

    Now I need to hook it up and figure out how to hook up my iPhone...shouldn't be too hard.
     
  20. Rich

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    You're gonna love the manual....:nono2:

    Rich
     

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