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#48852 - 06/10/04 10:35 AM Refurbished Electronics
Radspecv Offline
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Registered: 04/14/04
Posts: 62
Loc: Minnesota
I've seen alot of references to refurbs. Have you guys had luck with these items? I'm specifically looking at a Denon 3805 from Dakmart, refurbed by Denon, with warranty. I've always been into buying new but, in looking at how much all of this Home Theater stuff is going to cost, I'm thinking I might want to save some bucks where I can. Also, what's the typical history of refurbed units? Are they returns or just production fallout that had to be reworked? The 3805 I'm looking is called B-Stock, which makes me think it's just got some defects/blemishes, like Aziom outlet items. But then it says it's been refurbed, which makes me think it's a return. It's probably just my limited exposure to these terms. Any info is appreciated. Thanks.


#48853 - 06/10/04 10:47 AM Re: Refurbished Electronics
Ajax Offline

Registered: 12/30/03
Posts: 6289
Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
I have only one experience with a refurbed unit (6 disk Onkyo DVD/CD player from ecost) and it has performed flawlessly, with no visible defects. There is PROBABLY no more risk in buying a refurb than a new unit (maybe less), because whatever the problem was with it, it has been addressed and checked out.

B-stock is a different issue, I believe. To me "B-Stock" implies it may have some cosmetic defects, either because it was returned, or got banged a little in shipment or storage. However, it should be guaranteed to operate as though it were new.

Were it I, and I needed to save the money, I'd take the chance. The Denon 3805 is tempting, isn't it? Nice unit.

Some here have dealt with Dakmart (I haven't). Hopefully they'll comment on their experiences.

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#48854 - 06/10/04 11:43 AM Re: Refurbished Electronics
bigjohn Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 3016
Loc: San Angelo, TX

i bought a refurb/b-stock receiver from i got the onkyo 701 for $439, which retails for $799. it still came with the 1-year factory warranty, and has performed flawlessly.

in fact, other than any visible defect(scratch,dent) i would say that buying a refurb/b-stock is a better machine that comes straight off the assembly line.. heres why.. all the refurb/bstock have been thoroughly gone over by a tech to ensure they are wkng properly. that 'hands on' mentality makes me think they are even better than units off the line.

and i inspected my refurb unit from top to bottom, and i could not find one scratch or dent on it.. i couldnt be happier with my refurb purchase, and you should have no reservations about doing it yourself.


#48855 - 06/10/04 12:09 PM Re: Refurbished Electronics
Lorenzo1000 Offline

Registered: 02/07/04
Posts: 537
Loc: Winterpeg
I had previously purchased a refurb 3803 from Dakmart and had no problems with them or the receiver. One thing I would recommend though is to call them direct to make sure they have them in stock. They don't often update their website so even though the 3805 may be listed they may not have any available at the moment.
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#48856 - 06/10/04 12:26 PM Re: Refurbished Electronics
spiffnme Offline

Registered: 04/01/03
Posts: 5219
Loc: Los Angeles
fyi..., and are the same company - and they're generally a bit cheaper than Dakmart. (All three are authorized Denon refurb sellers)

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#48857 - 06/10/04 12:27 PM Re: Refurbished Electronics
BrenR Offline

Registered: 12/10/03
Posts: 3602
Loc: Winnipeg MB Canada
One thing about refurb electronics - someone pours over them and troubleshoots them - they get a thorough going over, moreso than even a new piece coming off an assembly line. A receiver is a perfect refurb item - no moving parts like DVD transports or VCR heads, nothing with a measurable lifespan like a TV tube.

Bren R.

#48858 - 06/10/04 06:43 PM Re: Refurbished Electronics
Ray3 Offline

Registered: 02/02/04
Posts: 2845
Loc: Rochester, NY
Pete, I think you'll find alot of godd experienes here and on AVS Forum with the Denon refurbs. (I love my Denon DVM-4800 for $319!). As Bren points out, these things get a second going over and the problems that mainfest themselves The reason they are being refurbed) are tackled & fixed. I like the idea of second time around - make it better.

#48859 - 06/11/04 08:48 AM Re: Refurbished Electronics
Radspecv Offline
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Registered: 04/14/04
Posts: 62
Loc: Minnesota
Thanks for all of the feedback, guys. Those were the responses I was hoping for. Looks like I finally get to order my system.


#48860 - 06/14/04 05:48 AM Re: Refurbished Electronics
davecircle Offline
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Registered: 04/02/04
Posts: 16
not to throw cold water on your warm and fuzzies, but my dvd2200 from ecost is defective (purple color in progressive mode - kind of an important issue!). it makes me wonder how thoroughly these things are looked at prior to reselling them.


#48861 - 06/14/04 08:43 AM Re: Refurbished Electronics
Radspecv Offline
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Registered: 04/14/04
Posts: 62
Loc: Minnesota
I ended up looking into the ratings of Dakmart and got cold feet - they're ratings suck. I ended up going to Ultimate Electronics and getting one for $50 more than the Dakmart refurb. Not a bad deal, I think.


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