You're right about the cost of the Integra Receiver. That was my only purchase of a used audio product from the Internet (no listening experience). I bought the unit almost two years ago in that range. No doubt, the Integra's have some great features - bass EQ was the one the steered me in that direction. Loads of current was a nice factor too. Glad your purchase worked out well.
Buying used without testing the equipment is a gamble, but I'm guessing the vast majority of the equipment is in good shape. It would be a major benefit to hear the product before buying if there is any question as to that aspect of performance - how it sounds. That might sound pretty dumb, but I believe that (unlike speakers) modern controllers and receivers are far less likely to produce a sound that isn't appreciated. Checking reviews online for operational and feature issues helps too. On the other hand, if spending a large sum of money for speakers, then listening is definitely pretty important.
Though my last three speaker purchases were done online with no prior instance of hearing them, they were new products and could be returned with little fuss. I didn't save much money, but then again - consider the price range. Polk Monitors, Polk Lsi, and Axiom. If I were spending at a level where I couldn't return or resell easily, then I would definitly be more cautious.
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