That's Interesting, I have seen a lot of negative comments on here about Music Direct in the past year. Maybe they are getting their act together.
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In years past when they represented the brands I’ve grown to love, I ordered a LOT from MD as well 2005-2009. In those years I received GREAT customer service, attention and advice from Mark S., Roger S., and Jason R. With the exception of the cables and power conditioning I utilize today, they (and in particular Mark S.) are responsible for pointing me in the direction of Esoteric, Legacy and Edge (now Maker Audio) that I have utilized ever since. This advice came at a time when I was auditioning a long list of other high-end brands and put me on a path to a sound that I was looking for at price points that delivered great value. Kudos to MD!
I had a similar experience with Music Direct. I ordered a refurbished Peachtree Decco and when it arrived the right channel was stone dead. After trying the usual diagnostics I called customer service.
With no questions asked they shipped another unit and asked me to ship back the original one when the replacement arrived and I determined it was working properly.
When it did arrive I saw that it was a new unit, not a refurb, called customer service again and was told, "Oh, we didn't have any more refurbished ones so we sent a new one."
My experiences with Music Direct have been great so far. With CDs and LPs there was never any kind of a problem. Everything was packaged well and shipped quickly.
Recently I bought their store demo Elac Debut B6 speakers and they were almost new. They shipped them fast via FedEx in the factory box. The speakers work with no problems and when I called Music Direct for some questions on the speakers Adrian one of their reps was really cool to me. Answered all my questions and was pleasant. I'd definitely buy a store demo from them again.
jedinite24---Danny Richie at GR Research is offering a modestly priced replacement x/o for the Elac, which improves it's frequency response. For details and a discussion of it's merits (the speakers designer, Andrew Jones, participates in it), they are available on the Audiocircle GR Research Forum.
Thanks for the heads up bdp24. I'm pondering the upgrade after reading some of that discussion over in AC. There is a youtube video though where a reviewer compared both that is deterring me from making the change. I guess time will tell. One thing I found with these Debut 6 speakers in my system is that they like Class D amplification more than push pull tube amplification. I paired them with my Jolida 502P with Tung Sol KT150 tubes and the sound wasn't as lively to me.