I think I saw it through a reference to Audiogon on google when I was looking for information about speakers I was considering.
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After being thrown off of e-bay for my misleading ads and unscrupulous business practices, I needed a place to find more unwitting victims for my scams. The Pennysaver just didn't do the trick and people could actually see the stuff at my yard sales, so I arrived at Audiogon by process of elimination, if that's what you want to call it.
I was googling something regarding audio reviews and found the Audioreview web site. While browsing through some of the reviews (I think it was one written by Gunbei) I saw a reference to Audiogon and the rest is history. I've been a faithful member now since Feb. 2002. After just a few years of compulsively buying and selling gear on Audiogon, I ran up more feedback than most dealers and one day got an e-mail from the Audiogon staff that I had to register as a dealer and pay a higher rate. It took a few convincing e-mails to finally make them understand that I was just a pathetic, compulsive-buying audiophile. (o:
I purchased a CD transport and DAC (CAL Delta + Alpha, both of which I still own) off a local seller via eBay in 2001. When I arrived at his house to pick up th e goods, he showed me his new speaker find that he got off some obscure website called Audiogon. He asked me if I'd ever heard of it. "No, what's that?" I asked. He told me that it's a great website for getting nice gear.
That simple piece of advice over the years has cost me more money than this economic downturn has taken out of my 401k. But it's been fun.
I was at Yale a couple of years ago and a friend had a pair of Alon model 1 that he was looking to sell as he was going out west and his speakers wouldn't travel well. I went for a listen, he had a D-K amp and a Rega cd player. I had never heard anything like that in a home system in my life. He had me look up a review on A-Gon and it has been bookmarked since. The Alon's have brought me so much joy the last couple of years. What a great sounding speaker, it can run with the big dogs depending on what is upstream and the Black Orpheus cables (mandatory)
AudiogoN is not something I discovered. It has always been been here and is the soup from which all life emerged. Especially mine (audio wise, anyway).
That's a nice way of saying all my previous equipment was junk and AudiogoN put me on the good path by making good equipment obtainable. I recall it came up on an Google or Yahoo! search.
(This is quickly turning into a gathering of all the names I remember from when I first joined and haven't seen recently. Very nice!)
Around the turn of the century, when I was googling information on audio products, more than often an Audiogon entry from either sales, members' systems or reviews was bound to turn up. I found the discussions mostly included a wealth of information, arguments were matter of fact and the tone (well, in most cases) respectful. And, importantly, the discussions went in one direction at a time, not the continuous split-off of parallel universes at every stage and level of the replies "tree" that even Hugh Everett would have found confusing (please Audiogon, never ever change this).