Consider yourself lucky – you’re in the prime position to save $200+ on a pair of loudspeakers. How? In addition to owning a smartphone and being tech-savvy enough to read this sentence, all you need is the money.
Forget the expensive DJ equipment at the music store and take advantage of these “technologically speaking” websites: Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, or even Facebook Marketplace. You can find great prices on used speakers that don’t have any noticeable wear or tear. Plus, you can always upgrade the speaker components or add your own if you need to.
If you are unsure of what you are looking for, check out the list of loudspeaker models below and ask yourself: do I have enough money? If yes, go ahead and get a great deal on speakers. If not – keep looking!
The top 5 rules to get a nice megaphone speaker on a budget:
1. Make sure your speakers meet their original functionality expectations.
When buying a used speaker model, you want to be sure that the specs of the model are still applicable to your intended use. For example, if you are looking for an active subwoofer, make sure that it still has its suspension and amplifier (remember: you can always upgrade the components later if needed).
2. Know about powering your speakers.
Do not assume that your new loudspeaker will operate with its original power supply or receiver when it’s delivered. You need to make sure your new speakers have enough power to be heard. For example, if you are buying a 100-watt subwoofer in the list below, make sure that it is compatible with 1000W of RMS (1000 Watts per channel / 120 Watts per channel) power. To get an idea of how much the speaker needs to work and what the limits are, search for Power Requirements – Speakers.
3. Know your budget.
The best ways to get your speakers at lower prices is from private parties or from online auctions. You can find a lot of great used speakers for around $50-100 on the Internet. There are other great deals out there for around $200, and even more great deals for around $300 but these are the “cream” of the crop. So, if you can only afford a few hundred dollars (or less) – chances are there will be at least a few good deals that you can do with your hard-earned money.
4. it’s best to buy a pair of speakers.
Unless you are a DJ and need to buy only one speaker to fill the dance floor, it’s best to buy a pair of speakers. It will be easier for you to get a good deal on both speakers and you’ll have some spare parts if one speaker burns out. If you do need only one speaker, make sure that your wanted model is available in the Dual version (Duo / Stronger) or have both parts of the model separately.
There is one basic rule when buying speakers that can be applied to all scenarios: if you are buying a speaker pair, it’s better than buying just one speaker of the same model because – in most cases – you would be able to utilize one speaker as a spare or replacement if need be.
It’s important to remember that you will probably not be buying a brand new loudspeaker, so you need to keep in mind that the aspect of quality/performance is not always guaranteed.
Keep these 5 rules in mind when searching for and buying used speakers online. Having the money and knowing what speaker to buy without getting scammed are definitely the keys. Most people won’t be able to tell the difference between a new speaker and a used one, so be sure to read about the overall quality and performance of your new speakers before buying.
Remember that there is no such thing as a true “1-stop shop” for loudspeakers. You should also check out other places for used loudspeaker components such as eBay, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace and more. There are lots of great deals out there!
If you don’t have all the money but still want to get a pair of used speakers, you can:
1. Look for a used speaker with slightly damaged parts (not the main parts). For example, if you see a listing for a nice pair of speakers on eBay, email the seller and ask them about the damage. The seller may tell you that one of the speakers has been repaired (brand new) and is working like new. This way, you can get your pair of speakers at half price or less.
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