Your most disappointing purchase or audition?

I've had a few.

bought a Naim Nait 3. Loved it in the store. Returned it within a week- way forward at home

Brought home some CJ preamp to audition perhaps 22 years ago. Noisy as anything and a turn off transient destroyed a tweeter (though years later i bought a CJ 17LS2 which I thought was the finest preamp I ever heard in my home)

Auditioned a VPI table (HW19) in a store- the store just could not get the belt to stay on. Bought a Rega instead. This was in perhaps 1990.

Fortunately, I never really experienced buyers remorse say 6 months or more after settling on a piece of gear.

Finally, there have been too many speakers that got stellar write ups which I just didn't care for.
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Two amplifiers.

VAC PA 100/100 and Sonic Frontiers Power 2. Couldn't get rid of them fast enough.


Wilson Sophias. I really wanted to like these and they did some things well. But the midrange was too smooth and unnatural sounding. Moved them out pretty quickly.

Coincident Super Eclipse and Aerial 7B. Just too boring and mid-fi sounding. Not terrible, just so-so. Sold both of them again in less than a week.


If the post you referenced above by charles1dad is something you find offensive, you should probably find something else to do other than read and post in open forums. Your skin is way too thin and your feelings way too fragile.

"Magico Q5 (dead, lifeless, thin, analytic and far away from a reproduction of a real sounding tone)"

HA! Suck it ebm.....