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sakhavi

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Hi gang - does anyone have a strong opinion about purchasing factory-refurbished or B-stock equipment? If the warranty is the same as in a regular purchase, and the price is 50% off or more (I'm looking at Denon universal DVD players at this point, but the question applies in general), is there any practical reason not to prefer the cheaper option?
 
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None what so ever, Esp. with Denons relability and quality
 

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Denon makes some of the best DVD players on the market, however if you spend a day reading post's at AVSforum.com and reviews at Audioreview.com you will notice about 30% of Denons plays develop some problem and/or shut down after a year to two years. I am not trying to stop you from getting a Denon, I am just trying to make you aware.

I was very close to selling my Pioneer DV-59avi to get the Denon DVD-3910, if we weren’t so close to Hi-Def DVD coming out I would get the DVD-5910, but I cant justify spending $3000.00 on a player this late In the game. If I were going to get a Denon player, I would definitely get the extended warranty to make sure if something were going to happen I would be covered.

My 2Cents :D
 
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I say go for it if it is under full warrenty. Check to see if it is a authorized Denon dealer first.
 

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EricE said:
I say go for it if it is under full warrenty. Check to see if it is a authorized Denon dealer first.
YES! Make sure its an authorized dealer, for sure.

Which player is it?
 

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I have a Denon DVM-3700 that I bought as "B-stock" from an eBay seller. It's been a very reliable unit. I have bought many things that are "b-stock" and have had excellent luck except with one NAD tuner. In fact, from a high-volume (compared to high-end producers) company like Denon, you are usually better off in that you know that your specific unit has been fully tested, as this is standard procedure for a refurb unit. With first run units, they usually just pull a few off of the line from time to time for quality control. I would go for it.

BTW, I've really liked the quality of my Denon, both as a DVD player and as a CD-transport. I recently bought a Theta David which betters my Denon significantly, but retail on the David was $4500 and retail on the Denon was "only" $1200. (Of course, I got the Theta used on eBay for $700 and paid only $300 for the Denon refurbed on eBay, too!

Good luck!
 
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Thanks, all. I currently have my sights on the Denon DVD-3910, which is $1499 on Crutchfield.com, $899 on Dakmart.com with a 1-year warranty and $729 on MacMall with a 90-day warranty. I guess the remaining question is whether 9 months of additional warranty are worth $170. Ah, audiophilia on the cheap...
 

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sakhavi said:
Thanks, all. I currently have my sights on the Denon DVD-3910, which is $1499 on Crutchfield.com, $899 on Dakmart.com with a 1-year warranty and $729 on MacMall with a 90-day warranty. I guess the remaining question is whether 9 months of additional warranty are worth $170. Ah, audiophilia on the cheap...
Crutchfield.com is a grate company to do business with; they have grate people to deal with.

“I guess the remaining question is whether 9 months of additional warranty are worth $170?”

9 months for $170, are you joking? I guess they really stand by the quality of their refurbished payers.
 

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sakhavi said:
Thanks, all. I currently have my sights on the Denon DVD-3910, which is $1499 on Crutchfield.com, $899 on Dakmart.com with a 1-year warranty and $729 on MacMall with a 90-day warranty. I guess the remaining question is whether 9 months of additional warranty are worth $170. Ah, audiophilia on the cheap...
$1499 is "B" stock from Crutchfield? Sounds like new MSRP.

Brand new from Audiogon - $1000, and on EBay - $930. Not sure if authorized dealers or not and if warranty is good with buying from them. Neither are B stock. There are B stocks on Ebay from autorized dealers.

Dan
 
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