Wadia is out of business. I suggest caution when buying used Wadia equipment since repairs may not be possible. cheers...
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The 850 sounds like a good deal, you probably won't lose on that one. I have an 860x though I have not tried the 850. Your remarks in regards to the upgradability to 861 is a valid one. The reports of 860 to 861 owners suggests that it is a substantial improvment. I have also owned the Resolution CD 50 and in my opinion it is not as good as the Wadia 860. Many of the features that separate the 850 and 860 are Digital inputs (an option on the 850) and the 860 has a more sophisticated display. The transport mechnanisms are diffrent as well. Good luck.
hgeifman--i was under the impression that wadia is not "out of business". but, instead is undergoing a re-organization. furthermore, i was told the new entity, to be managed by a number of former wadia-types, will honor outstanding wadia warranties and will service wadia machines out of warranty. is this different than your understanding? dated info perhaps? thanks.
stereohile has an article describing the wadia situation. it seems the planned reorganization (read: managmement buy-out and relocation to ann arbor, mi as previously reported) did not transpire. instead, wadia's controlling investor has purchased the ownership interest they did not already possess. operations have shut down as the owners look for potential buyers. no mention as to how existing product warranties will be treated. however, no new products will be introduced. i'm a pretty cynical guy and doubt the purchaser, who ever they end up to be, will be up to scratch. that said, levinson carries on in the tradition under which it was created without mark (now of red rose). perhaps there's hope yet.
Yea, Steve has an (at least?) intrim contract to manage all service and support for Wadia products during their "reorganization." He also does customized upgrades to all Wadia models that are proported to take them well beyond the stock, factory upgrades (which I assume he does as well at the moment). This, in a clear sense, could address concerns regarding the "non-upgradability" of the 850. He'd be happy to upgrade one.