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post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Hello there,

 

So I recently got a pair of audio technica ad700's and I already am thinking about upgrading. I love the style and fit, so logically I have been looking at the ad900x. I found a used pair on Amazon, and the seller who has good ratings stated that the phones are in "like new" condition with about 10 hours of use.

 

I'm wondering what peoples thoughts are about buying used.

 

1) Is there a big risk of getting counterfeit headphones?

2) Has anyone ever purchased used phones from Amazon?

3) I'd be saving about $40, would you suggest just getting brand new ones?

 

Thanks for the tips in advance!

post #2 of 5

It often depends on the headphone.  I know for a fact that Beats and some Audio Technica headphones like the ATH-ESW9a are sadly replicated.  These vendors are often unauthorized dealers coming from China.  If it were me I would buy them from an authorized Audio Technica dealer.  It is simply not worth the hassle if they are either damaged or fake.

 

You can type in your zip code here and see if there is a dealer near by:

 

http://www.audio-technica.com/cgi-bin/dealers/dealers.pl

post #3 of 5

If the price is good to be true, that is an indicator of a fake headphone.  

Blur made some good points already, i just want to add that the "For sale" section on this forum is a good place to buy headphones. Lot's of head-fier's with good rep sell their headphones on mint condition.  

post #4 of 5

I saw someone post on here that he bought Sony MDRMA900 from a store in Canada and he said he didn't think they sounded all that good so he thought they may be fake. Um, I was going to buy them from that store and now I am afraid to because of what he said.

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys! Ended up getting some new ones, didn't want to take the chance.

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