Sales or clearances happening now


I noticed a HUGE sale at Cary Audio right now. My guess is that they want to keep cash flowing and that they were also going to offer some discounts at the (now cancelled) trade shows, so they budgeted for this, partly.

Has anyone else seen any major sales on gear in the last couple weeks?

[Caveat: I know there are many more important things happening, and that our country is in a crisis. I assume anyone reading this is doing so because they are not one of the people trying to save lives, and that they see reading or talking about audio as a way to stay sane. If this post devolves into something political, etc. I will unfollow End of caveat.]
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I have gotten emails from audio advisor and music direct showing sales on certain items. If you start a thread you can delete it. Go to profile discussions started and click on the little gear.
Don't apologize. Nothing that you say about sales on audio gear will make the health situation better or worse.
I have picked up some great deals from private parties, I think people are nervous and more flexible with price.
Thanks for the tips.
(I started another thread about this topic and it went south, fast. Weird, too, since anyone with the time to criticize someone for posting about audio clearly has the time to do *that*.)

There's an Octave integrated at 40% off.
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 Check out the PS Audio website.
Now is the time, if anyone has been itching to get that  BHK or Powerplant you've been dreaming about.

PS Audio is doing 20% of till the end of the month. Me thinks the end date will be extended.

I won't be surprised seeing more aggressive sales from all the audio distributors, due to the current situation.
If I were in buy mode, I would consider replacing my prehistoric PPP for a P12. It appears there's even a little more incentive with a trade in!
I can get one for $2999!!

Buy now finger twitching........naaa
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Take advantage of everybody’s bad luck.(That wonderful NOT!!)
Or help support a business that’s trying to keep its doors open by lowering their margins. There’s not going to be a lot of consumer spending going on for a while.

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@ebm I don't want to make things worse for anyone. Are you suggesting that it's better not to buy things that sellers have chosen to offer for sale?

Clearly, they are coerced by circumstances. I did not create these circumstances, nor did anyone here. Still, no one wants to take advantage of them.

But in order to decide that buying from them makes their situation worse, we'd need to know that they were actually doing something against their self-interest. But are they? Probably a case by case question, but how would one ever know?

Given all that, I think the safer course is to trust that sellers know what they're doing and why; then, it's just up to each of us to make our own decision.
most of us will be home to sign for delivered boxes...
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Seems to be sales everywhere. Unfortunately my business is at a standstill now, which started about a week/week and a half ago, so I certainly won’t be participating. I don’t see clients coming back anytime soon. 

I had to claw my way back after the housing crash, now this. Not good, and it makes me incredibly nervous.

But, at least I have good music to play on my modest but nice system. And I do nightly to escape from all the bad news.
A little over a week ago, I pulled the trigger on a DirectStream DAC Sr. I’ve always wanted on, so I figured why not.

I’m semi-retired planning for full retirement at the end of June.  Good Lord willing, I’ll make it to June and for a many more years afterwards.  I spend a couple of hours each evening listening to music, enjoying some of the fruits of my labor, while trying to block out all of the craziness going on in the world right now.   

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@hilde45,

You've done nothing wrong. There's plenty of buyers and shop owners who read this blog. You just may have started something, someone or some shop owners to getting really good deals right now. Nicely done!
PS Audio is giving great discounts and giving you fair  credit for old gear.
This is actually a good thread. Companies who are liquidating will be helped with their cash flow when people buy items that have put on sale. Fire sale, regular sale or any sale  will in turn allow our beloved audio companies to stay afloat, pay rent and more importantly pay the salaries of their staff until such time that the commercial market becomes normal again
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I am hoping that my local Vandersteen dealer will make a deal on a nice pair of Model Sevens for me say 80% off for me!  Dream on, Dream on!


This time is no different than any other bubble which blew itself up; it always takes the unforeseen event to stick the balloon; it was a pandemic this time around.   Those who have large amounts in the stock market get nailed, people who own that second home they bought at inflated pricing using equity from the paid off primary home get nailed, guys like a friend of mine who just had to buy his 1934 Garwood lake boat for $100k which he uses a couple of times a year will get nailed.  On and on in everyone of these cycles, its always the same.    But it means that you'll usually find a great deal on something which was out of reach before.
@slimpikins5 Good points. And those who are closer to retirement have it tougher than those who have a couple decades to go. And the poor, the homeless -- well, there's no better time to help.
I’ve been waffling on a PS Audio Stellar Power Plant, $1759 or something like that at 20% off. That’s about the very most I would consider spending on power. Any thoughts? (I also bought a DirectStream DAC late last year when they sold it for $3999 with the streaming card included, which seemed like a heck of a deal if still vastly more expensive than any single piece of kit I’ve ever purchased.)
@jfuquay Do you have any gear to trade in? They'd likely work with you.
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Hifiman is having an "Open Box" sale.
@hilde45 I’m not finding any special prices at Cary website re/preamps. Perhaps at a retailer site?  I found it.  Never been on their direct sales site.   thanks for that.
Personally, I smell a rotting rat with this event; the markets were in my opinion very overblown due to a decade of funny money pump and CEO's using it for buy backs to enrichen themselves.  Now they are at it again with more, much more unlimited printing and I cannot see any of this ending smoothly.  They are on air every day saying it's time to buy in as its the buy of a lifetime..... really?   If the markets were over-valued when at nearly 30K,  and now the economy is shut down (this no two week deal, my customers today are notifying me that they will remain closed until at least the end of May perhaps longer); then I think the markets are more over-valued now at the 20K level based on what future earnings will be.


I am not buying ANYTHING until I see some light, then I may consider a cheap plot of lake front property when I can buy it off of a bank who took it back.
I just went and ordered a Audioquest Niargara 1200 on my own dime because I'm going crazy staying home and see this as therapeutic. 

At least it will keep me busy listening for a couple of weeks.

All the best,
Nonoise
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Personally, I smell a rotting rat with this event; the markets were in my opinion very overblown due to a decade of funny money pump and CEO's using it for buy backs to enrichen themselves. Now they are at it again with more, much more unlimited printing and I cannot see any of this ending smoothly. They are on air every day saying it's time to buy in as its the buy of a lifetime..... really?   If the markets were over-valued when at nearly 30K, and now the economy is shut down (this no two week deal, my customers today are notifying me that they will remain closed until at least the end of May perhaps longer); then I think the markets are more over-valued now at the 20K level based on what future earnings will be.


I am not buying ANYTHING until I see some light, then I may consider a cheap plot of lake front property when I can buy it off of a bank who took it back.


Careful. People round here, too much (any) reality, they get triggered, and the mini-Mao's remove your post. 
@nonoise Me too. 
FWIW, this is not a post about over-trusting the stock market or spending one's retirement money on audio. It's just a post asking if people are seeing sales. This cigar is just a cigar.
I just bought more Audiomica cables so I'll have a complete loom. Great pricing but may take some time to come in for coming from Poland. 
millercarbon…………...
thumbs up!  :)

I do tend to get my reality checks every time we hit these events
Get over your persecution complex, millercarbon. For as much as you kvetch about stuff, the "mini-Maos" let you get away with a lot of sociopathic crud.
This is a good topic right now for a hifi thread.

ISn’t that why we’re here? Hifi?


Just had to order the PS Audio Stellar Phono. Too good a deal to pass up. 20% off. Then they gave me $500 for my old Phonomena that might sell for $200 if I’m lucky. $1499 for this phono pre is an astounding deal. It is fantastic! Fremer didn’t lie, just sayin’
Hilde45: re gear to trade in. I have the Musical Fidelity V-90 DAC that the DirectStream replaced, good for $300 on trade-in. But it’s been so good that I repurposed it with the little integrated amp/DAC I use for casual listening in another room. But you’re right, PS Audio is also allowing up to $440 on trade-in even with the 20 percent off price.
PS Audio has either figured out how to leap ahead of both new and used, or they're going to go broke. But, wow. Hard to beat. If you want their stuff.
All Countries around the world are going into a form of a Lock Down.
There are no clear guidelines as to how long these measures will be enforced.
Incomes for millions are being lost, and frugal usage of any monies is the only option for Millions of People.
The Coffers for the bulk of populations are as good as empty or empty.
There are not too many people at present salivating about their next HiFi
Purchase or to the next level searching out discounted offers.

Vendors are feeling the change in the market, as their products fall into the luxury item sector, and are definitely non essential.
This sector of the market is under threat of collapse, if the experinces being had by many continue for a extended period.
I am sure there are plenty of new communications about the available products, as there is a lot of time on individuals hands at present,
so a days gap fill, can easily be to make a enquiry about a product.

I don’t see the vendors experiencing the remuneration for their work,
so are looking to promote a stimulus to achieve new customers.
If a individual can afford to make a wanted purchase, and this might not have a real impact on their finances in the months to come,
as a result of all the economic uncertainties that could be met,
then I am sure the Vendor will be appreciative of the support on offer,
whether all are still in business in the near future to support any sales contracts ??, that’s for the buyer to consider.
A excessive discount could easily be a stock dump. ’Caveat Emptor’.

If a individual can’t be certain of their economic situation over the next week, month, year as a result of these unprecedented times, then I can only say, not any level of discounting will protect ones finances,
if the purchases being made are for absolute luxury items as under discussion.

I fall into the latter type with limited disposable income, I am going through a unknown period of lock down.
I have purchased a few Vinyl Albums to add to the period of extended available time, so, a mix of the old and the new, to experience, hopefully a few new musical encounters for the sake of it, will be much more beneficial than determining whether a new device was worth the money, to be shortly followed up with the search for the next wonder device.

For many at present the Populations of Countries are experiencing themselves as ’Humans Being’ and not ’Humans Wanting’.

Embrace the unique moment, the markets will return with a vengeance, and put all back into unnatural practices.
@pindac Wonderful post. Very grounding. Thank you.
Given the national headlines about this virus, I have to confess it feels insane to be talking about this stuff. It is so irrelevant and so fantastical. If I thought that talking about the virus or places to donate money here would make a difference here, I'd do that. But my sense is that people here are well informed and/or are not here for yet another dose of what is filling their brainspace the rest of the day.

Personally, I'm working very hard on trying to manage family, parents, academic department through this crisis. Posting about this stuff helps me divert, distract, stay sane for all the other aspects of my life.
PS is selling manufacturer direct only now, so the prices are down from list, but actually more than the big dealers were actually selling them for, so in some sense new PS gear costs more now...
Well, I decided to do my bit to save the economy and ordered the PS Stellar Power Plant. To trim the outlay I’ll trade in the V-90 DAC. Just seems like a good deal and a good time to spend the money since we’re all supposed to get a $1,200 check soon. But now I’m going to have to buy some good power cables since I’ve never been convinced they were worth it unless a power conditioner was also involved.
@pindac,

Thank you for reminding me that purchasing vinyl/albums are just as important and supporting to the audiophile selling community at large. There are many turntables to be purchased in these times to as they are for some their HiFI hardware of choice. And without albums/records....Those turntables would have nothing to play.

One of my favorite places to purchase vinyl is through Discogs....Where you can find stuff new and used you didn’t even know existed, let alone find that long sought after record of memory. And you can find some good tunes for not much coin. I hope this tip helps.
WyWires extended their anniversary sale. 40% across the board. Probably purchase something.
It’s not irrelevant to talk about passions. People make love even during wars, and better than ever, I heard.
My listening routine hasn’t changed much yet. As for upgrading, I upgraded last year so no need really. Sure, there is Gryphon Diablo 120 integrated here but it is too much for me at the moment and I won’t settle for less. And, yeah, I am not in the mood for upgrades, anyway.
WyWires, as all excellent cables, are overpriced, so 40% off sounds about right. I have his Platinum RCAs and like them a lot. Harmonically correct and sophisticated. Silver is good too but can’t compete, I have it as well but don’t use.