What’s Up With Monster Receiver Pricing?

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Matching pace with about everything else these days I'd bet. My buddy and I were just lamenting the cost of cool cars this morning.
 

JohnVF

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Even the middle of the line receivers are going up. My having almost given away most of my receiver collection is up there with when I almost, but didn't, invest in bitcoin at $700.
 

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The SX-1980 has always been a bit of an outlier as far as pricing but man..that's really getting up there. I remember when $4000 for one seemed a bit out there. It's the holy grail of somebody's youth, and nostalgia is big $$.

If it follows the path of my dad's model train collection it'll have a sudden steep rise followed by it all going off a cliff after every one into it reaches a certain age. With trains it was about 75/80 years of average audience age when things suddenly dropped.
 

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Wouldn't you have to be a pretty crazed noob to spend $7,000 US on an SX 1980??
You could get a stack of SOTA gear including a Benchmark power amp for that kind of monyas.
I don't think it's about performance. It's about what it is.
 
For most of the past week there's been a guy on my local CL (Albuquerque) advertising a Sansui 9090db for $300, which seems about what a 9090db ought to go for, but looking at the ad just now I can see it's no longer for sale. Don't know if the guy got his $300 or just got wind of how much the things are going for on Ebay. Hmm.
 
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JohnVF

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For most of the past week there's been a guy on my local CL (Albuquerque) advertising a Sansui 9090db for $300, which seems about what a 9090db ought to go for, but looking at the ad just now I can see it's no longer for sale. Don't know if the guy got his $300 or just got wind of how much the things are going for on CL. Hmm.
We've had a 9090db on our CL for $2850 that's been sitting there for months. Same with a regular 9090 that sits there for $1250. I bought the one I had for $300 back in 2006 or 2007 from a store, serviced, and it had sat on the shelf there for some time. Times have changed!
 

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A few weeks ago I sold a Technics SA700 locally to a guy for $1,200 and he didn't bat an eye. I'd ought it at a yard sale some years ago for $5. Bought me a nice Redboy TVC which has turned out to be the final needed piece in my main system puzzle.

They don't sound any better for costing more as far as I am aware.
 

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A few weeks ago I sold a Technics SA700 locally to a guy for $1,200 and he didn't bat an eye. I'd ought it at a yard sale some years ago for $5. Bought me a nice Redboy TVC which has turned out to be the final needed piece in my main system puzzle.

They don't sound any better for costing more as far as I am aware.
I didn't realize you sold it for that much. Nice work! Not that its not a nice unit but that's some good hard cash for a $5 investment (and whatever servicing).

I'm curious what I could sell my Citation Receiver for, even though I don't really want to sell it. It has a cosmetic blemish that hurts its resale value badly... the top tuner window is cracked. If it didn't have that i'd probably have sold it. They're pretty rare so parts units are scarce.
 

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I didn't realize you sold it for that much. Nice work! Not that its not a nice unit but that's some good hard cash for a $5 investment (and whatever servicing).

I'm curious what I could sell my Citation Receiver for, even though I don't really want to sell it. It has a cosmetic blemish that hurts its resale value badly... the top tuner window is cracked. If it didn't have that i'd probably have sold it. They're pretty rare so parts units are scarce.
Hey! I called dibs on that ages ago!
 

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In this post, I’m going to make some very broad generalizations, and no one needs to tell me about their favorite behemoth as a counterpoint.

I’ve had a mountain of vintage monster receivers in the last 15 years. I think they’re way overhyped and that the sale prices I’ve seen in the last two years are clinically insane.

If you like the look of vintage receivers, go for one in a secondary system that pushes fewer watts. That way, you won’t have so much money (or potential money) wrapped up in it. Or, buy just a vintage tuner, and most of your friends won’t even be able to tell.

There’s so much vintage gear that runs rings around monster receivers. And so much “used” gear that runs rings around vintage.

Of course, if I could find a line on another SA-7150, I might change my tune…
 

fiddlefye

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I didn't realize you sold it for that much. Nice work! Not that its not a nice unit but that's some good hard cash for a $5 investment (and whatever servicing).

I'm curious what I could sell my Citation Receiver for, even though I don't really want to sell it. It has a cosmetic blemish that hurts its resale value badly... the top tuner window is cracked. If it didn't have that i'd probably have sold it. They're pretty rare so parts units are scarce.
I took the SA700 over to Dennis for a thorough going-over and cleaning before I let it go as I absolutely did not want something I sold for that much money to come back with issues. He told me he wouldn't work on it unless I was planning on getting full market value for it. End of story. So I did.
 
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