Absolutly purchase older models. Many a time the older models of most highend gear can sound and be built better than much of the new gear being built today. Their are many who believe that the Thiel CS5i's are better built and one of their best sounding speakers compared to their new lineup. I would go to the "Audiocritic" site and look at some of the recommendations you will see many older models, and that spending for the latest might be just a waste of money with very little in return. Also looking at older SS/tube gear much can be saved buy looking at older well built amps,preamps and Turntables,so good luck with the hobbie.
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