$12,000 Bowers & Wilkins 802D Speakers in Beautiful Ros...
$12,000 Bowers & Wilkins
in Beautiful Rosenut
This listing is for a very lightly used pair of B & W 802D Speakers with the Diamond tweeters.
We're offering these on consignment for one of our long time customers who bought Revel Ultima2 Salon2's from us to replace these. Our customer is a professor whom we've worked with for many years. He takes great care of his gear and actually a lot of his listening is done with headphones to avoid disturbing his wife and daughter so that contributes to the very light use all of his gear receives. He also has multiple systems. I've been seeing 802D's sell very fast for almost $10,000 lately but because these do have some very small flaws we've agreed with our client to set the price much lower. Hopefully that allows someone who can live with tiny flaws that are not at all noticeable in normal use to get a great deal while also allowing our client to get some money toward his latest round of audiophile purchases which include McIntosh amps, Verastarr stands, Verastarr Grand Illusion power cord, Timbernation rack, more Revel speakers for his office, Stillpoint Ultra isolation feet and more. So the price for these is $8,800 or best offer.
If you are like me then your audiophile journey probably began with coveting the infamous B & W 800 series speakers. Used in the famed Abbey Road Studios to master the Beatles albums and just about everything else imaginable. The B & W's are without question the most iconic of all high end audio products, not just speakers, but gear of any sort. Just like Pete Townshend smashing his guitars on stage or Jimmy Hendrix setting his on fire the B & W 800 Series speakers are a part of rock and roll history and a part of the history of every other kind of recorded music as well. The Diamond tweeters took the B & W brand to a whole new level of quality and musicality and have received an incredible array of positive reviews not only from big name reviewers in the pages of top magazines whose views are sometimes questioned but from users of all sorts around the world. In fact, I'm told by an industry colleague that B & W speakers outsell ALL OTHER brands of high end speakers PUT TOGETHER. I have no way to independently verify that and as far as I know such figures aren't made public but that is what I have been told, that B & W are so huge and so popular their speakers outsell all other high end brands added together. It's quite a massive achievement if true. Even if that is an exaggeration, the B & W's are clearly one of the most well known and popular speakers ever created and the 802D sit at the top of the food chain in terms of being utterly desirable for the modern home anywhere in the world. They are easy to place, they actually have little casters built in so they glide around on smooth floors or carpets and they both look and sound fantastic in almost any setting.
Reading the specs I see that they are 176 pounds. But when I unpacked them and set them up with my wife and son I never got the impression that they were all that heavy. They are just so easy to handle, the packing is so well thought out, everything about this product is designed to perfection. It reminds me of an Apple product, how when you unbox it every little thing is in its proper place and they have thought of so many things. I'll be very honest here that B & W's aren't what I own and that the reason these speakers are for sale is because I sold the gentleman a pair of Revel Ultima2 Salon2's. He actually bought the Salon2's more than 4 years ago. At the time he bought them he said that he planned to send me his B & W's to sell but he wanted to do some AB testing first with the Revels and make sure that he had indeed made the right choice. Well he quickly decided on the Revels for his room but then he found that he was missing some of the foam inserts for the B & W's to ship them properly. The B & W packing is a work of art and somehow a couple of pieces of it had gone missing. So he needed to order those from B & W and it just took him a long, long time to get around to it. I really wanted to sell these speakers but our policy is to be there promptly for our customers when they call and not to bug them when they want to take their own sweet time. Finally he ordered some McIntosh MC601 mono block amps from us and we said that we could pick up the B & W 802D's at the same time as the amps were delivered if he got the packing. At that point he sprung into action and got beautiful brand new packing materials. The packing system for these is really wonderful, they are uniquely easy to pack and unpack for a speaker of this weight. So, bottom line on these is that they have only been used for just over 1 year out of the 5 years since he bought them from an authorized dealer in 2010. He got his Revels from me in early 2011. So these are 5 years old but they are probably going to be the least used 5 year old pair of 802D's you could possibly find. Of course the B & W stuff is known for lasting forever, speakers that are 30 years old are still commonly in daily use. So 5 years old is a very young pair of speakers. When you factor in the light use it is possible they may not even be completely broken in yet.
We have created this photo montage to give you an idea of some of the beautiful and fantastic sounding consignment gear that we have up for sale on Audiogon. Our business mainly consists of helping our clients to make the biggest possible upgrades to their systems given their tastes and budget. Then we order them the gear they want. Usually that leaves them with an old piece of gear they no longer need themselves but which is still a very nice piece of gear for someone. Increasingly, clients are turning to us to sell their old gear. Everything in this montage is for sale now or else it just sold. So please click: "More from this Seller" above to see all our other listings. We have wonderful things from Audio Research, Grant Audio, Bryston, Conrad Johnson, Blacknote and more.
Plus, there's more info below about how to consign with us in case you have high end gear you don't need anymore and you're too busy to sell it, too famous to sell it, or whatever the case may be. We'd be pleased to discuss it with you. While I love talking with all the people from around the world who contact us about our sales a lot of our customers have told me that they either don't feel they have time to do it, they don't feel safe doing it themselves because they are too well known, or they just feel as if they'd rather focus on what they are best at and let us sell their gear for them. obviously if you make hundreds of dollars an hour (or more) at your profession then it makes more economic sense that you focus on that and leave selling your leftover gear to us. We're honored to have all this beautiful gear entrusted to us. We test it all thoroughly so that means we get to listen to it here in our own facilities and that is something we love to do.
And as a Buyer, you really get the best of both worlds when you buy these consignment items. You get the safety of buying from a trusted dealer who will support you with your purchase long after the sale is completed, which you won't get buying from regular Audiogon sellers. But you get the same cheap pricing that you could get buying from a private seller.
High End Zone is a family business. Stef and Heather are the parents, Isaac is our 14 year old son. She does the photography, specs, selling policies and reviews with help from Isaac, who is away at Duke University participating in a writing camp but helped on these listings before he left.
The last time we sold a pair of B & W's on Audiogon they sold to Australia for nearly the full retail price even though they were 8 years old. I was shocked but I understand the retail price is much higher in other places and used B&W's are hard to come by. It's amazing the number of "Wanted" ads for various models of them up on Audiogon at any given time. We are happy to ship these worldwide, we have all the facilities for palletizing them, strapping them down, shrink wrapping them, etc. We are also very experienced at handling international freight shipping and we get great discounts which we pass on to you. So please don't let the size or weight stop you from considering these if you live overseas. More than half of our Audiogon listings in the last few years have gone outside the US in fact.
I suspect we'd probably get more money for these if we did auction them again, B & W's tend to attract auction craziness more so than most products. But we're doing this as a straight classified listing, see our terms below. We don't have a Buy it Now button because we had trouble with pranksters who made accounts then hit the button and didn't pay. So we prefer to do business the old fashioned way. We've been on Audiogon since the beginning and made many friends here and we like to talk with the buyer and make sure that you understand our terms and feel comfortable buying from us. The asking price on these is $8,800. The last pair we saw listed was at $9,800 from a private seller but they were a bit newer so we hope you'll find this to be an excellent price from a trusted dealer with 100% perfect feedback since Audiogon began. We also have perfect feedback score on Ebay as well as, over 1,400, from selling this type of gear. You may feel free to make a lower offer and it will be considered but the way we do consignments is that we're not going to sell to lower offers right away, we're going to do our best to get our customer his asking price. If we were selling your gear we'd do the same for you! So if you think you can buy them for $8,500 please by all means make that offer and it will be considered in the order received and maybe you will get them. Naturally, if someone offers the asking price then that person will be the lucky one who gets to enjoy these in his or her listening room going forward and I really do suspect the seller can get his asking price in this case, there are so few of these on the market and these are so little used. It's unlikely that we'll take trades on these, since they're consignment, more on that way down below. But if you want to offer us something please feel free and we'll do our best to give a fair response.
I'll never forget the first time I brought home a pair of 800 series B & W's. My wife said "You better sell those quick!" And I said "Why? I was actually thinking of keeping them for us." She said "Absolutely no way, those things look like robots." She was adamant that those speakers be photographed, listed and sold immediately. They freaked her out. So when these ones came she told me she didn't think she'd like them. But she immediately found that B & W have learned their lesson, this isn't the 80's where audiophiles will bring in any weird looking thing if it sounds good. People demand that products also look sharp and fit in with their nice home decor. And these look stunning. There is no Dalek resemblance here and I could certainly keep these as far as my lovely bride is concerned. The Revels have a high wife acceptance factor (WAF) but I have to say that I think these may even be higher. And from any reasonable distance this pair look absolutely flawless but they do have some small flaws which are detailed below. We want to be sure you do not get any bad surprises if you buy from us so we go to great lengths to detail every little tiny mark we can find under bright lights. Probably none of it will detract from your pleasure but we know what a bummer it is to buy something you're told is perfect and find a mark on it so we never want this to happen to you.
In terms of listening to these, I have heard this speaker a lot before even though I had not owned them myself. I've heard them in my friend's audio stores and at trade shows. But it's always a revelation to hook something up in your home. And I think in the past that the one thing that I felt with B & W's which made me go more towards a Revel or a Lansche or another brand like that was that I felt like I was too far back from the music. It was not that it wasn't accurate or wasn't clear and musical, it was. But somehow I wanted to be closer to the action, I wanted to move up toward the stage a bit. And these 802D's have removed this issue for me. As soon as I toed them in correctly I was able to get very close to the musicians and I felt an intimacy with them that I've never felt with any of the B & W's before. It was almost like what I can get with the little Andrew Jones TAD speakers that just blow my mind every time I hear them but cost so much I cannot imagine actually paying for them. I felt like these got close to that kind of presence, something that is very, very hard if not impossible for a large speaker to do. These speakers are pretty big, but they really give you the best of both worlds. They have the power handling and the strength and they can play loud effortlessly on rock or classical or anything you want but they are also like a small monitor in the way that they image. You definitely can see and feel why these are used for mastering. Because you really cannot just use any speaker for mastering. I mean even some speakers I love that sound amazing in my home wouldn't be any good for mastering a record.
So the B & W's have to hold to a very high standard because of the fact that they will be used in all these studios. They can't just go off and make a speaker that sounds good, looks good and sells well. At most companies if you can tick those 3 boxes that would be hitting it out of the park. But they have to do it within certain parameters of accuracy that others aren't held to. And of course accuracy is one of those things audiophiles debate. On one side you have some people who say that it's the most important thing. And on the other are those who say no, the most important thing is that they love what they hear from their system and if it's different than it sounded in the studio then OK. I serve customers who feel strongly on both sides of the issue and I naturally don't want to have any of them mad at me. But as someone who has worked for musicians I also have great respect for their music being their art and just as my best friend who is a painter is absolutely fanatical about the quality of his paints and canvas and so on, I think that a musician who creates something does want it to be experienced the way he or she made it. And then maybe it's OK to remix it or tweak it or something but at least first experience the original as it was. So I come down more on the accuracy side of the fence but I do respect other views and I appreciate anyone being a member of our hobby even if he or she enjoys it in a different way than I do. We all hear things differently. But ultimately I think the loudspeaker is the single most important choice that we make in our systems. More than anything it determines what the character of the system will be. And then we can add and take away layers with different components and tweaks but the loudspeakers are really the most important decision, and investment, that we make. Of course they are often the part of our systems that is visible to guests and makes an aesthetic impact even when not playing as well.
One thing I've learned from doing theater design, which is something I began to study after we started High End Zone as a 2 channel company in the beginning, is the importance of the match between the playback system and the master system. So for example when the Motion Picture Academy orders new speakers for their main theater in LA then virtually all of the approximately 100 motion picture soundstages around the world order those same speakers and change their stuff out. Why do they do that? Because the sound engineers want to make movies that will sound amazing and win them Academy Awards for sound engineering. And they know their odds of winning that prize go up if they master the movie with the same speakers that voters will hear the movie played back on. That way, if there is a particular trait or characteristic of those speakers that makes them sound good or bad in response to certain stimuli they can hear it and work with it and master their movie to sound as great as possible to the ears that matter the most to them. Of course not everybody goes to that theater to review the movies, the voters are spread out. But there is a big concentration there and at the new one in New York as well. So if they can get an edge by buying the same gear for their sound mixing facilities they'll do it. And so I think purchasing these B & W's is a bit like that. You're investing in the same stuff that many of the records we love are engineered to sound best on. Of course not everything and live performances are different. But basically you're increasing your odds of a great match between the record, CD, or streaming track you're listening to and your system by using the speakers that are most favored by the studios.
I really love these beauties. I think they fit my room acoustics and my decor perfectly. I hope that they will also be a great fit for yours as well. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. My wife and son have teamed up to provide a plethora of photos, reviews, and specifications and then down below are all the selling policies, info on consignment and so on. Please forgive us for these things being long. We know some of you would like them shorter and to those of you we apologize. On the other hand when we do a short listing we get so many questions it leaves us sitting here til 5AM every night trying to answer and then we come in to another inbox full so we've learned to just try and anticipate the questions and put a ton of info info in for those who do want it. We appreciate you looking whether you read a little or a lot and hope that we can earn your business on this item or another one if this isn't the perfect one for you at this time. For our family listening to music together is a big part of life and helping other families to enjoy their music to the fullest gives us great joy. So enjoy looking at the gear, and enjoy listening to the music!
These $12,000 Bowers & Wilkins 802D Speakers are in excellent working condition and have been well cared for. They perform beautifully, are striking in appearance and as Stef said, they do have a few blems that are detailed in the pictures. The blems are only noticeable at certain angles and only one small ding is noticeable from the front at close range, all other blems are on the sides. You will see in the pictures below that the overall beauty of the finish is not affected. You will also see that we have done our best to detail to you the blems so that you will purchase knowing about them rather than finding out about them while unpacking. We know what it is like to buy used equipment online and we hope that by detailing the equipment as thoroughly as possible that our clients will buy with confidence.
This listing includes the pair of B & W 802D Speakers, the original manual, 2 sets of jumper cables, 3 midrange machined aluminum phase plugs, an extra midrange grill, 3 micro fiber cleaning clothes, a small bottle of silicone, and will be shipped in the original boxes.
B & W highlighted the following about these beautiful speakers in their manual: "The response of all B & W tweeters extends well into the ultrasonic region- important to realize the potential of SACD and DVD-A recordings. Now, the top models in the Series feature diamond dome tweeters. They're difficult and expensive to manufacture, but they take the response all the way to 80kHz in a smooth manner, superior to most so-called supertweeters. "
"Crossover design- getting the signal to the drivers with the minimum of degradation and blending them seamlessly together- has long been regarded as something of a black art. For this Series, our engineers have taken a sideways look at some of the traditionally held views of filter design and bent the rules a little. The result is imaging with unsurpassed perspective and stability." "The 802D features our legendary Nautilus tapering tube drive unit technology. First pioneered on our trailblazing Nautilus speaker, the tubes work like horns in reverse, minimizing colouration by soaking up excess sound energy from the back of the driver. So that all that emerges from the front is the most fully formed, focused and pristine sound."
Stereophile's reviewer, Kalman Rubinson seemed to thoroughly enjoy the 802D's. He had loved the loud and clean power of the B & W 801s of 1979, but longed for more "immediacy and engagement". After reading his review review of the 802Ds, I think it is fair to say that he found what he was looking for in the 802Ds.
"the quality of the low bass and midbass, where voices and overall tonal balance begin, was excellent. Cellos and basses, both orchestral and electric, had weight and impact but retained all their distinguishing overtones in appropriate balance."
"Regardless of the power amp used, the 802D exhibited degrees of detail resolution and clarity from the midrange up that could put some electrostatic speakers to shame. The speaker's generous bass helped it to engage me in a way that few speakers have, including B & W's own estimable Signature 800 or my reference, the Revel Ultima Studio. Perhaps this was due to the diamond tweeter's transparency without any glint or tizz. Cymbals, struck or brushed, had realistic initial transients and extended, detailed decays. There was no subjective brightness in the highs from any musical source, and the soft background hiss of FM broadcasts was extended, as with the other speakers. The 802D's upper-range transparency was as likely due to the seamless integration of its diamond tweeter with its midrange, both mounted in the unique Nautilus head unit, which blended their outputs into what seemed a single, indivisible sound source even when listened to from only a few inches away."
"All of these probably contributed to the 802Ds' open, wide, deep soundstage, which seemed almost completely disassociated from the physical structures of the speakers themselves. Especially in the upper midrange and treble, voices and instruments were magically arrayed in a large three-dimensional space that began well in front of the speakers. The 802Ds did equally impressive jobs with small jazz ensembles such as Ray Brown's, on his Soular Energy (DVD-Audio, Concord Jazz DVD2011), and small chamber groups such as Pavel Serbin's Pratum Integrum Orchestra on The Italian Album, a disc of music by Dmitry Bortnyansky (SACD/CD, Caro Mitis CM 0042003), revealing all the intricacies and interactions while simultaneously establishing their presence in the ambience of an actual performance space. In fact, so generous was the 802Ds' spatial rendition that switching to the multichannel tracks of the Bortnyansky hybrid SACD gave only a subtle increase in soundstage width and virtually no change in balance, resolution, or soundstage depth."
"Given sufficient amplifier power- and I'm sure they could have handled more than I had on hand- the speakers played very loud without any change in character or balance. All I had to do was find the musically appropriate levels and these babies delivered."
"And from the hair-raising helicopter to the careening voice overs and spine-tingling children's voices, the Pink Floyd excerpts pounded the room as if the walls had come alive with throbbing pulses. Any limits here were due solely to my own and my neighbors' tolerance."
"Unlike many more timid speakers that are characterized by a slight midrange dip (such as the original Kharma Ceramique 2), the 802Ds projected the music and the soundstage out in front of them. This made listening to them sound like listening in the nearfield even when I sat, as I do, about 12' back. I found this exciting, involving, and addicting, and though I expected it to become fatiguing, over the span of months that has not happened."
"The B & W 802D came to play. It brings the musical performance into the room, right in front of the listener, rather than opening a window on a performance happening in some other, more distant space. Such powerful immediacy without glare or stridency is thrilling and untiring."
The midranges can be listened to with or without the grilles.
Paul Messenger of "Ultra Audio" gave a thorough review of the 802D Speakers. The following are highlights, if you would like more of the technical details he discusses, then visit the review here.
"Diamond is the hardest material known to man, with the best stiffness/density ratio. This makes it good for tweeter domes, as it pushes the dome's breakup resonance up to the highest possible frequency, far beyond the limit of human hearing, generally accepted as around 20kHz. According to B & W, the diamond dome's ultimate resonance is 74kHz, more than an octave above the 29kHz recorded for the aluminum equivalent, and its ultrasonic behavior is smoother too, exhibiting superior self-damping."
The accessories include machined aluminum phase plugs for the midranges which adds a bit of refinement to the un-grilled midrange, as you can see in the picture below.
"Dynamic range was one of the 802D's most notable strengths, and the improvements over its predecessors in cleanness and clarity through the bass region were obvious. If the low bass was a little too strong, I perceived this only as a rather satisfying extra weight and scale; the 802D showed no tendency to supply unwanted thump or to thicken sonic textures."
"The 802D served music with unusually complex bass particularly well; for example, Skuli Sverrisson's highly complex and rapid programmed percussion on "My Compensation," from Laurie Anderson's beautifully recorded Life on a String [CD, Nonesuch 7559-79539-2]. On a lesser speaker this percussion tends to blur and become confused, but the 802D's outstanding start/stop abilities beautifully sorted out the polyrhythmic complexities; the whole track consequently made more sense. ..."
"An acid test of any loudspeaker lies in how well it discriminates between the different types of material it is fed, and the 802D was particularly effective at highlighting the different characters of various hi-fi media and the underlying quality of individual recordings and broadcasts. Vinyl's innate superiority was obvious, especially with examples of the genre that sound sensationally good, while previously obscure lyrics were made clear and intelligible. The inherent sweetness of FM broadcasts was also evident when listening to the BBC's better-quality transmissions. The 802D was able to make even the most unfamiliar and difficult material, such as contemporary classical and modern jazz, sound more interesting."
"The 802D delivers massive bass, vivid dynamic expression, tight timing, a fine freedom from boxiness, and an impressively wide dynamic range. B & W's diamond tweeter is noteworthy for simply getting on and doing its job without in any way drawing attention to itself, and the whole thing comes together with unusually fine coherence for a necessarily complex three-way loudspeaker." - Paul Messenger of "Ultra Audio"
Please note that while we are making the effort to detail all the flaws that you could find if you were sincerely looking for them, if you take a step or two away from the speakers the flaws are hardly noticeable, especially since most of them are along the bottom edge of the downward slope of the top ridge of the wood. As you can see here for the speaker on the left, the mark is hard to see, but is below the "O" in the watermark.
and here for the speaker on the right, above the space between the "D" and the "Z" of the watermark....
The speaker on the right also has the only flaw that is not near the top of the wood and these pictures detail that. The picture above and below this text are of the same side of one speaker. If you look closely at the watermark in the picture below, you will see marks near the "I" and the second "H" in HIGH as well as by the "N" in END.
What a difference it makes when you take the grilles off.
From a variety of angles it is hard to see this flaw on the right speaker, but up close you can see a small nick on the face of the right and around the corner from it is a slight rough spot in the finish.
The details on the cabling plate are nice and easy to use, whether you have a 4 ended cable or you need to use the supplied jumper cables. We are Verastarr and Synergistic Research dealers (as well as Wired World). If you want new speaker cables, we would be happy to help you find the perfect set to match your system and your budget. Contact us if you would like our assistance with this or any other aspect of your system.
These speakers not only provide excellent sound to your listening senses,
they are a work of art as well.
The last flaw we would like to point out is on the left speaker and appears in the following picture. Our client accidentally forgot he had rings on when he went to move the speaker, so please do remember to be conscious of how you handle the speakers to further protect the wood.
Free-mounted diamond dome tweeter
Kevlar(r) brand fibre cone FST(tm) midrange
3-way vented-box system
1x 25mm (1 in) diamond dome high-frequency
1x 150mm (6 in) woven Kevlar cone FST midrange
2x 200mm (8 in) Rohacell cone bass
-6dB at 27Hz and 33kHz
34Hz - 28kHz (+/-) 3dB on reference axis
Within 2dB of reference response
Horizontal: over 60 degree arc
Vertical: over 10 degree arc
90dB spl (2.83V, 1m)
2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m)
< 1% 40Hz - 100kHz
< 0.5% 70Hz - 100kHz
8 Ohm (minimum 3.5 Ohm)
Recommended amplifier power
50W - 500W into 8 Ohm on unclipped programme
Height: 1135mm (44.7 in) (not including feet)
Width: 368mm (14.5 in)
Depth: 563mm (22.2 in)
80kg (176 lb.)
The speakers will be shipped in their original boxes with custom molded foam and strapped to a pallet. The following accessories are included as well: the original manual, 2 sets of jumper cables, 3 machined aluminum phase plugs, an extra midrange grill, 3 micro fiber cleaning clothes, and a small bottle of silicone.
Feel free to contact us if you need to upgrade any of your cables, Tranquility Bases or other items in your system to the current spec at the same time through email at Sales@HighEndZone.com or by phone at 575.535.2280 and we'll be happy to assist you with a package deal for everything that you need. Thank you.
We have disabled the "Buy it Now" button on Audiogon because we had a whole run of people 2 years ago who agreed to buy then didn't pay. We prefer to do business the old fashioned way where we exchange emails like gentlemen and conduct a smooth and safe transaction for all parties. Because we don't own this we cannot take much less than the asking price for it. If you make us a low offer there is no way I am going to go to this gentleman and tell him that I have a low offer, that so and so really wants it but his wife won't let him spend more than X amount for it. I'll just ignore the lowball offer and wait til a better one comes in. However, if you want to buy this together with some other items, as part of a package deal, then that would be something we can discuss. Just let me know what items you want.
If you are the one who decides to purchase this item, thank you and enjoy! Our full store policies are included below the pictures, but for now I would like to let you know about a few of them. For payment, we are happy to accept a cashier's check, a bank wire or PayPal. If PayPal is your preferred payment method then please add the following percentage of your purchase and shipping price to your total to cover the PayPal fees: 3% for domestic buyers or 4% for international buyers. Also, since this is a consignment sale where the equipment does not belong to us but to our customer, we need to ask that the buyer promptly inspect and test the item upon receipt and report any problems found so that if there is a problem found we could withhold funds from paying our customer to deal with the problem. We don't think there will be any problem, but once we have paid him we won't have any recourse if any problem is found. So, please take the time to unpack and test as soon after the equipment arrives as possible. Our policy states that we will hear from you within 10 days of receipt if any discrepancy is found. However, what we really want is to receive your email saying how much this enhances your listening experience right away, just as soon as possible so that we know you are satisfied. But if there is any problem at all then we want to hear about that right away as well, so that we can make it right for you and make this a successful transaction for all concerned!
Also, because we're selling this for a client and have to give him the cash for it, we're not going to take trades unless you make us some trade offer that we consider to be so far in our favor that we can't resist putting in our own money to buy your gear. An exception to this that we would be willing to consider would be that if you want to buy this AND some other items that we sell then we'll try and make you a package deal for all of it. Since this is not ours we cannot discount it much, but we can give you an extra discount on other items we sell to make you a package deal. So if you want some Lansche speakers or Ypsilon amps or any of the many other things we sell, which are listed below, then please email us.
We would be happy to sell your gear on consignment if that would help you to purchase this or other items from the High End Zone. In some cases we might sell your gear on consignment even if you don't want to buy more gear from us, if the gear is very nice. Our most successful customers are very busy folks and we understand that if they spend hours answering questions from Audiogoners, that is thousands of dollars that they lost in terms of what they could have earned with that time. We do have some restrictions as to what we can sell because of the manufacturer rules about online sales and so on, but we do our best to help. We can arrange to have the gear picked up from your home or office, or in some cases we can even have someone come in and pack it for you. Then we will handle all the testing, photography, sales of the item and follow up after the sale. Since many people prefer to buy from a dealer and because we have 12 years of perfect feedback on Audiogon and Ebay with no neutrals or negatives ever we can usually get more for your items than you could get yourself. Depending on the exact item, you may net as much or even slightly more having us sell it. And once you factor in the value of your time, it's a clear savings to let us sell the gear for you. So let us know if we can be of service to you in that area.
We are truly appreciative of responsible Audiogon members, please make sure you are one of them before you make us an offer. If you have questions concerning the gear, the terms of sale, or if you need to upgrade any of your cables, Tranquility Bases or other items in your system to the current spec, please contact us through email or by phone at 575.535.2280. We will be happy to get back with you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your interest and may our gear help facilitate your ears meeting high quality sound with ease.
Here is the shipping info for the$12,000 Bowers & Wilkins 802 D Speakers
Each Box is:
52 inches tall X 20 inches wide X 24 inches deep
They will ship together on a pallet with a Total Weight of 400 lbs.
Origin: We ship from Gila, NM 88038 / USA
Please email us at Sales@HighEndZone.com if you are sincerely interested in purchasing this and have any questions. We may also be contacted by phone at 575.535.2280. The standard Ground Freight for these speakers, if delivered in the lower 48 states will be in the range of $600 to $800 depending on your distance from New Mexico. Please contact us if you are ready to inquire how much freight would cost for you and we will do our best to get you the best rate possible.
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We offer professional packing, prompt shipping with tracking info sent to you and a high level of customer service and support. We provide guaranteed quality and service. We think we are the perfect service for the customer who wants great savings but does not have time for all the hassle of putting together a system with pieces obtained from many different sellers. We offer one stop shopping for all your high-end needs.
The High End Zone, is a full service audio and home theater dealer offering superb gear at substantial discounts. That's our demo theater above, loaded with the gear that I love and the same gear that we love to sell, Runco, Revel, JL Audio, McIntosh, Anthem, Lexicon and more.
The High End Zone is all about listening to good music, talking to clients around the world by email, and helping people get the most joy out of the time and money they invest in their high-end audio and theater hobbies. If you're a successful individual, you and your family should be able to enjoy beautiful music and video in your home affordably, and the buying process should be fun, not a chore. We're dedicated to that and I hope we get the chance to sell you something that you and your family can enjoy together for a long time in good health, just as my family and I enjoy our several high-end audio and video systems!
Thank you for your interest, please do not hesitate to email us with your questions at Sales@HighEndZone.com or give us a call at 575.535.2280.
The Fine Print:
We accept payment by PayPal and wire transfers from anywhere in the world and cashier's checks drawn on US banks. We will also accept escrow if the buyer pays the fee.
If PayPal is your preferred payment method, then please add the following percentage of your purchase and shipping price to your total to cover the PayPal fees: 3% for domestic buyers and 4% for International buyers. If you pay by PayPal then your purchase must be shipped to the PayPal shipping address only, per PayPal's rules.
We may accept a personal check from long-standing Audiogon members, but it does delay shipping for clearance. Please ask before paying that way. If you desire to pay by some other means you do not see here then please email us, we will try to accommodate you if we can.
Our items are guaranteed to work properly and be in the condition we describe. If we make a mistake, if an item does not work properly, or if the item description is inaccurate, we'll offer you a full and prompt refund or exchange at our option and issue return shipping labels at our expense.
Please check your purchases promptly upon arrival. In general, our policy is that any flaw, damage, missing item, incorrect item, etc. must be reported to High End Zone by email no later than 3 days (72 hours) after that item is delivered. If you are not able to check the item yourself in that time frame, please make the necessary arrangements to have someone else make such a check for you in your absence.
All sales are final with no returns or exchanges allowed unless the buyer finds a defect and reports it to High End Zone within 72 hours after delivery. See below for special note on delays due to customs on international shipments. If the buyer finds a defect and reports it to High End Zone by email within 72 hours after the item is delivered then High End Zone will repair, replace, or refund at our option.
In rare cases we have allowed a return to happen for a 20% restocking fee. Any item that is returned to us due to any reason other than the item not working properly or not in the condition we describe, the buyer will be charged a 20% restocking fee. This includes sales where the buyer "changes his mind", where his wife beats him over the head for spending too much money, where some unforeseen crisis, financial or otherwise, strikes the buyer, his family, his friends/ business/ job/ pets/ favorite sports team/ etc. or any other reason that the buyer may seek to cancel the sale or return the item for some reason other than a mistake or discrepancy on the High End Zone's part. And this includes cases where the buyer changes his mind and wants to cancel the sale before he even receives the item, possibly before we even ship it. We are a small company and the moment a buyer commits to purchase one of our items we are redeploying our capital to get other items for our customers to buy. If you decide 2 hours or 2 minutes after you buy something that you don't want it anymore, chances are we've already spent the money to restock. So the restocking fee absolutely applies in all cases of buyers changing their minds, wanting to cancel a sale after it is agreed or returning an item for any reason other than High End Zone providing a flawed or incorrect item. This does not mean that we will agree to accept a return or to allow for the cancelation of an order where a buyer changes his mind. An order is a contract to purchase and we are setting aside the goods for you the moment you order them. You would never want us to accept a higher offer after we accepted yours and sell the goods to someone else, and we would never do that. By the same token, we expect you to follow through on what you have contractually promised to do and to pay for your item as agreed.
So for example, if a buyer who used PayPal were to apply to PayPal for a refund because he changed his mind about purchasing an item, then IF we did give that refund it would be less the 20% restock fee. So the moral of the story is, if you're not sure you want it, just don't buy, wait until you actually are sure, and then buy. It's the same as if you're going to buy a house, you don't sign the contract til you and your wife are sure you want the house and can afford it. I feel like an idiot for having to say this but we have had a number of people who think "I changed my mind." or "My wife says I can't buy the amp." just magically gets them out of a contract they agreed to with us. With no consideration that we have incurred costs above and beyond the listing fees. By taking it off the market we may have lost potentially perfect buyers and we will have to spend more on listings fees and so on. So, we have to be strict about this and ask that buyers please be conscientious here. We charge low margins, that's only possible if people follow through and pay for items as agreed. So while all sales are final and there are no refunds or exchanges unless you receive a defective item and report that within 3 days as specified above, IF for some reason we do agree to accept your return or cancel your order when there is no mistake or defect on High End Zone's part, then you agree to pay us the 20% restocking fee on your order.
In the case of items that are shipped internationally the buyer is responsible to make sure the item clears customs in a timely manner. We've had cases where buyers waited a long time to pay their customs bill, delaying the release of the item. The trouble with that is we need to know promptly if there is any problem with your item so that we can file a shipping claim if needed or withhold payment from a consignor or a supplier on a defective item, etc. So we now require that any item be picked up from Customs within 5 business days or less in order to preserve the buyer's protections for shipping damage and defective merchandise under our selling policies. We discourage the use of Postal Mail as it may be harder to meet this deadline using that shipping method. Generally FedEx will clear items within one business day.
We can sometimes make an exception to some of the above policies if you change your mind in order to buy something else that we can sell you that costs more. For example, if you make a deal to buy a JL f113 from us and then you decide that what you REALLY want is a Gotham g213, then we can probably work it out to make that switch for you without a restocking fee. That said, please don't buy if you're not sure that you want the item you are buying. If you need to check with your wife, your broker, your business partner, your kids, or the Supreme Court before you buy, please do that. The High End Zone cannot be held responsible for any case of wives beating their husbands for spending too much money on good gear!
The High End Zone is a full service home theater dealer located in Southwest New Mexico. While we are well established as the premier dealer in our small town market, we also serve many clients who have multiple homes or live in far-flung places. The world is increasingly a small place and I delight in talking with and serving clients from all continents and many countries of the world. Depending on your needs we are happy to just sell you gear (note some manufacturers may prohibit us from sending gear to certain places) or we can provide a full service experience including system design, acoustic design and construction, installation, programming, and more. We've done work for very high profile clients with multiple homes and we are also proud to serve many hobbyists who enjoy this hobby on a modest budget. No matter your budget, we'll strive to provide the products you want at a price that is fair with top shelf service.
Some of the many lines we sell include, but are not limited to:
Acoustic Sciences Corporation ASC Tube Traps
Capriccio Continuo (ATD)
Daniel Hertz (ultimate audio creations of Mr. Mark Levinson)
Extreme Media Servers
HB Cable Design
PHC (Professional Home Cinema)
Stewart Film Screens
*List includes lines we are factory direct with as well as lines we get through distribution or through our extensive dealer network. Most customers don't care whether we are factory direct if we provide authentic product and great service at a fair price, but if you care about this or any other issue, please ask us.
Unlike most shops that sell a very small number of lines that they are authorized for and will always try and talk customers in to buying just those few lines, we are willing to sell you virtually any line that you want. Obviously we make a lower profit if we have to get it from another dealer, but our goal is to provide you, the customer, with one stop shopping and top notch service. It's more like the business model of Amazon than the old school brick and mortar stores. We want the customer's business and we will try and earn it by providing competitive pricing and top notch service for you on whatever brands you want. Of course if you are not sure what brands are best for your needs and want us to provide expert analysis of what gear represents the best value for your dollar, we are more than happy to provide that too. We spend a great deal of time and money listening to and viewing a wide range of audio and video systems, as well as bringing in gear for long-term testing in our facilities. Most of the salesmen you might deal with in a home theater store do NOT have a high-end audio video system in their homes. I have 4 such systems, including Runcos in every nook and cranny, and I live with this stuff daily. So I truly know what works well and what is worth spending money on and what is not. And even if I used something for years and loved it, when I hear something better, that is a better value, I switch immediately. My main loyalty is to the customer and your satisfaction--I want you to buy not just one thing from us, but all your gear, for life, and to recommend us to your friends and family. To that end, I will strive to give you the best and most honest advice, fair prices and great service. And I'll try to get you any brand you want, ultimately your system needs to satisfy you, not me.
Our clients certainly enjoy their home audio and video rooms. We do as well and hope you'll also take pleasure and be inspired by the variety of these beautiful installations.
Some aspects of making an informed choice in an audiophile grade listening room or a home theater system are worth a little extra effort. We invite you to contact the High End Zone for help in making your choices, we will make the extra effort worthwhile.
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