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What is the best audio purchase you have ever made?

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I would have to say my VAF I91's which I purchased about 10 years ago. Prior to them I had used mid range Yamaha speakers and they really opened my world to how satisfying sound could be.


Five moves later, 2.5 years ago I finally moving into my own home with a 4x6m living room, they had the opportunity to really open up and show their low end and it was like getting a whole new pair of speakers. I've built my entire system around them and then changed it again and they are the one thing I really don't feel the need to change.


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At the risk of turning this into a slightly different "Nostalgia for Old Garbage" thread, the best return on investment I got on audio gear was the $50 I paid for a pair of Aiwa SX-810s. 
 
I was 20 something, working at a Dick Smith, studying things I'd never use outside drunken party conversation, and until that point my audio experience was limited to a series of terrible roadside amps (15 watts and scratchy pots) and speakers from a dinky little Akai all-in-one.
 
I wasn't far from Vic Markets that day - intending to trawl Heartland Records for terrible German electro- industrial music - when I decided to to do the student thing and stop by Cashies.
 
"3-way is better than 2-way," I thought, "and whatever Music Power is, 80 watts seems like a lot!"
 
I was on foot, so after handing over half a day's casual pay, I tied the speakers up using the bell wire they came with and carted them around the city for half a day before catching the tram home. They were (and still are) thick, heavy MDF, it was a sticky summer, and I was in my 'black shirt and black jeans at all times' phase. It was a lot of work.
 
I got them home, hooked them to the DSE A2760 I'd bought with my meagre staff discount, and instantly knew I'd spent well. I mean, compared to my current setup the treble is tizzy and the bass flabby - but I'm comparing $50 to $2700. Back then I wouldn't have spent $2700 on a car, let alone speakers.
 
Years of music fly by. Eventually the DSE lost a channel and found its way to the bottom of a skip. Houses in which the Aiwas had resided were sold, renovated, or demolished. Friendships built as they pumped away at house parties slowly broke down the way friendships often do. But here the speakers sit - unassuming, unchanged.
 
When I find a suitably cheap amp to pair them to I might set them up again. Eventually, when my newborn daughter is old enough, I might give them to her. See if she can't blow them up with whatever is popular 15 years from now.
 
 
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Great story mate. This is the sort of experience within this hobby that we all want. A purchase of necessity that exceeds expectations. I have a similar experience with a $45 pair of Linear Design 12” 3 Way speakers that I bought as a throwaway for a 70s themed party. 5 years later and I still use them daily and enjoy them. Great stuff. Hope your daughter enjoys the Aiwas.

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Tell us how they end up Mack. One of my favorites as well.

I will mate. Really keen to get this done and get them “dressed” again. Thanks mate. M

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9 minutes ago, unclemack said:

I have a similar experience with a $45 pair of Linear Design 12” 3 Way speakers that I bought as a throwaway for a 70s themed party. 5 years later and I still use them daily and enjoy them.

Excellent. I don't think there's anything quite as fun as a big, old, efficient 12" belting out tunes, except maybe a big, old, efficient 12" belting out tunes while you enjoy a beer.

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Excellent. I don't think there's anything quite as fun as a big, old, efficient 12" belting out tunes, except maybe a big, old, efficient 12" belting out tunes while you enjoy a beer.

So true. I’ve also got a great pair of Jensen Model 6’s. 15” five speaker fat cabinet 70s gems. Not very refined but so much fun to listen to. M

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In high school in the 1980s I bought a second-hand pair of Beyerdynamic headphones. Plugged them directly into my CD player and listened like a king, bypassing the ghettoblaster that served as my "amp and loudspeaker"! I still think it was the best $50 I ever spent!

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My active SGR Illuminators, they can handle anything thrown at them without breaking a sweat.

But along the way finding source components which just keep making them better.

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