Where to purchase products??

thehalo8thehalo8 Posts: 127
I am looking for opinions on where to purchase speakers. I have bought speakers from http://www.brandnamez.com in the past, and have had no troubles with them. However, they don't uphold the Polk 5 year warranty.

I have noticed others suggested http://www.acousticsounddesign.com as a place to purchase home theater products. But they too do not mention upholding the Polk warranty. Both Acoustic Sound Design and Brandnamez offer extended warranties but you have to pay extra for them.

Another site I saw mentioned was http://www.sounddistributors.com The site states that they will uphold the manufacturer's warranty through their store. All you must do is keep the original box for shipping. I am planning on making my next purchases from here.

Sound Distributors sounds like the place with the best warranty offer. But Brandnamez is a little cheaper than the other sites. I just can't stand paying full retail for these products when there is so much mark-up on them. Please give me your thoughts and experiences with these sites, or any different sites you may have done business with. Thanks
Mains: Polk RTi70's
Center: Polk CSi40
Surrounds: Polk TC60i's
Sub: Polk PSW505
Receiver: Onkyo TX-DS696
TV: Samsung HLS 5687W 56"
DVD: Sony DVP S5300
Protection: Monster HTS 3600
Backup Battery: Belkin AP3080010
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  • TonyPTXTonyPTX Posts: 545
    edited January 2003
    Basic question here......assuming that you buy your Polk speakers from an authorized dealer, does it make any difference where you get them from? A 5 year warranty from Polk is a 5 year warranty from Polk not some other dealer. If your speakers malfunction, break, blow up, chances are you'll be calling Polk for help and not the original place of purchase. You can't expect one of these places to take back the speakers and give you a brand new pair just because Polk offers a 5 year warranty.

    I picked mine up from Circuit City. I hear Crutchfield is another nice place to get gear.
    Damn....8 lines...I've gotta put my sig on a diet now....
  • wlrandallwlrandall Posts: 440
    edited January 2003
    Agree with Tony, got mine at CC as well. Watch Crutchfield, they sell at retail until one of their big sales or closeout.

    Wally
  • Zen DragonZen Dragon Posts: 504
    edited January 2003
    Sounddistributors is a very competitively priced source, they also put a fair amount of their speakers on Ebay new, and if you look you can snatch them a few dollars cheaper than on their web-site sometimes, and they still come with the new warranty. I have a pair of LSI9's coming I just bought on Ebay Sunday from them.. 605.00 + 50.00 for shipping. Pretty good deal I think.
    Give a look on ebay before you buy from the web-site.
    The Family
    Polk SDA-1C's
    Polk SDA-2
    Polk Monitor 10B's
    Polk LSI-9's
    Polk Monitor 5's
    Polk 5 jr's
    Polk PSW-450 Sub
    Polk CSI40 Center

    Do not one day come to die, and discover you have not lived.
    This is pretty f***ed up right here.
  • thehalo8thehalo8 Posts: 127
    edited January 2003
    What is Sound Distributors name on eBay? I can take a look. I would like to save the $100+ by buying online, but I do not know if its worth the hassle if the speaker ever has a problem.
    Mains: Polk RTi70's
    Center: Polk CSi40
    Surrounds: Polk TC60i's
    Sub: Polk PSW505
    Receiver: Onkyo TX-DS696
    TV: Samsung HLS 5687W 56"
    DVD: Sony DVP S5300
    Protection: Monster HTS 3600
    Backup Battery: Belkin AP3080010
  • Zen DragonZen Dragon Posts: 504
    edited January 2003
    Here is a link showing their current Ebay auctions. You can get any other info about their profile off the link.
    http://cgi6.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewSellersOtherItems&userid=sounddistributor%40lvcm.com&include=0&since=-1&sort=3&rows=25

    They include a phone number on their auction site for any questions regarding warranty, give it a call and find out.
    The Family
    Polk SDA-1C's
    Polk SDA-2
    Polk Monitor 10B's
    Polk LSI-9's
    Polk Monitor 5's
    Polk 5 jr's
    Polk PSW-450 Sub
    Polk CSI40 Center

    Do not one day come to die, and discover you have not lived.
    This is pretty f***ed up right here.
  • phuzphuz Posts: 2,413
    edited January 2003
    If you buy from an authorized dealer then Polk will handle all warranty issues, and they will do it quite well. ;)

    If you buy from sound distributors or another place that is not an authorized dealer, then you have to work with *them* (not Polk) on warranty stuff. The items usually come with the mfgr. serial number removed, and a different serial number (for the seller) put on it.

    There have been a couple of good threads about this. Check em out if you can.
  • scottvampscottvamp Posts: 3,297
    edited January 2003
    authorized dealer - www.crutchfield.com (awesome service)
    black market - www.ebay.com (best prices but be careful)
    all ya need to know!!!!!!;)
    PS3 and HD Front Projection, life is good. Too bad Blu-Ray and the PS3 are already obsolete.....:rolleyes:
  • goingganzogoingganzo Posts: 2,797
    edited January 2003
    abc warehouse matches priceses off the net that is how i got a deal on my speakers.
    Gonzo's World
    BenQ 8700+
    115in screen
    PS3,X-Box 360 and Wii
    Sunfire Theater Grand III
    ADCOM GFA-7607
    four avalanch 18 subs 26.12l of displacement
    Crown xti 4000
  • joepatjoepat Posts: 1
    edited January 2003
    Circuit City is where i got mine. My local store has a one year upgrade policy where they give you a full refund on a speaker upgrade, not sure if all CC's do this?
  • thehalo8thehalo8 Posts: 127
    edited January 2003
    As bad as I may want to get my new center channel now, I have decided to wait on buying it. I am going to be purchasing it from CC, but I am going to wait until there is a sale. If I can get it for $50 cheaper than it is now, that will make me happier. I will just have wait, and check in on the store every week!!!!
    Mains: Polk RTi70's
    Center: Polk CSi40
    Surrounds: Polk TC60i's
    Sub: Polk PSW505
    Receiver: Onkyo TX-DS696
    TV: Samsung HLS 5687W 56"
    DVD: Sony DVP S5300
    Protection: Monster HTS 3600
    Backup Battery: Belkin AP3080010
  • TonyPTXTonyPTX Posts: 545
    edited January 2003
    Originally posted by thehalo8
    As bad as I may want to get my new center channel now, I have decided to wait on buying it. I am going to be purchasing it from CC, but I am going to wait until there is a sale. If I can get it for $50 cheaper than it is now, that will make me happier. I will just have wait, and check in on the store every week!!!!

    Don't forget that CC has a speaker trade in program. You have up to one year from original date of purchase to trade in the speakers you purchased (and get full credit for them) and use that credit for an "upgrade" to a new set of speakers. You can only do it one time though.
    Damn....8 lines...I've gotta put my sig on a diet now....
  • thehalo8thehalo8 Posts: 127
    edited January 2003
    So if I buy this years model, and 6 months later a new model comes out, I can trade in mine for the full price I paid for it to get the newer model?!?!?!? If that's correct; that is a one hell of a deal. You say I can only trade in once. Is that once per person or per speaker? Guess I am getting a little greedy :p
    Mains: Polk RTi70's
    Center: Polk CSi40
    Surrounds: Polk TC60i's
    Sub: Polk PSW505
    Receiver: Onkyo TX-DS696
    TV: Samsung HLS 5687W 56"
    DVD: Sony DVP S5300
    Protection: Monster HTS 3600
    Backup Battery: Belkin AP3080010
  • TonyPTXTonyPTX Posts: 545
    edited January 2003
    Yeah read up in their Policies and Guidelines section under Help & Service. It's called Speaker Trade In. Here is a little snip:


    One Year Home Speaker Trade-In Guarantee

    If you buy a pair of home speakers from Circuit City, you have the option of upgrading to a more expensive pair within one year paying only the difference in price. This allows you to get the speakers you need now, while saving for the ones you WANT later! We only ask that you keep your original speakers in like new condition to qualify for the exchange. This speaker trade-in Guarantee is a one-time privilege and may not be repeated year after year. Also, the Guarantee does not apply to car speakers.

    Commonly Asked Questions about our Speaker Trade In Guarantee

    How can you do this?
    Well, we buy and sell more home speakers than anyone else and we've discovered that many people would like better speakers but don't want to throw away the investment they have in their existing ones. We're happy to get repeat business, and when you decide to trade in the old speakers for newer, better models, you might want to upgrade to some better electronics down the road too.

    What do you do with the speakers I turn in to you?
    We discount them and sell them as open-box merchandise and someone else gets a bargain!
    Damn....8 lines...I've gotta put my sig on a diet now....
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