But can you get the Anthem for price of the 1020 / 2020 that Oldboy & BBB are getting?
You can't; but had I not recently replaced my receiver, I'd be very tempted to pay the difference. (Subject to audition. The EQ function sounds supremely effective.)
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The Anthem seems like a fantastic amp, and soundwise, probably superior to the Yammys, but it makes the Onkyos look pretty.
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You're not going to get it anywhere near that price though Oldboy, might be worth waiting a little longer.
They said to me that it was a mistake to put the 1020 as in stock on their website, but as far as I know, the £699 has been taken out of my account, so I am getting a little concerned, as I don't want to be waiting for ages, £699 light in my account.
They said they'd either ring me Monday, or when it was in stock with an answer to my query.
They took the £699 out your account......
I'd be tempted to drive down there and get that money back or walk away with an equivalent amp. Thats plain out of order. The advert should be removed if they are unable to deliver for the price quoted - imagine 10 orders would have netted them £6990 with nothing delivered only the cost of a phonecall to tell you what you already know.
as I said earlier I got mine for the price of the 2020 from a high st dealer who could not match the advert but came down by a considerible amount to the RRP £1000 all I did was print out the advert with the price on, they checked it out on the net ( it was out of stock then well over a month ago now) and made me an offer.
Get your money back!
(The EQ function sounds supremely effective.)
Hi strapped for cash
Anthem's room correction (ARC) is superb
All the best
Rick @ Musicraft
Musicraft (Derby), Specialist Hi-Fi/AV & Multimedia Dealer
good accurate audio monitoring and good sound reproduction to all
I've just checked, and the money hasn't actually come out of my account, but it's in limbo.
So it seems that they are holding it until they get a decision from me about the 2020, and they are not a dodgy retailer, so I'm sure I can trust them to return it straight away if I don;t take up the offer of the 2020.
I'm not over impressed with them, because if pretending they have stock is a deliberate act just to get money in the bank, then it's out of order.
I'll give them the benefit of the doubt for now.
Thanks Rick. I believe you!
Unfortunately I'm not in the market for a new receiver, having replaced my AVR just two months ago.
Did you go through the payment procedure on the website then? If so then I can understand why the money was taken but it's still not good that they took the money out of your account for a product they don't actually have in stock, I'm sure you will be refunded should you decide to not go through with a purchase though.
I know the price quoted by Creative is very hard to beat but after a month of waiting i'm sure you can all understand why I'm going to shop elsewhere and pay the extra to actually get the receiver I want rather than continue to be led a merry dance by Creative Audio, I'm going to shop around and see if I can get any retailer to drop their price to somewhere around the £1000-1200 mark and if so I will go for it and cancel my order from Creative. I'm at the stage now where i've lost all faith in Creative as a retailer and in their ability to actually supply the 2020 so i'm now looking at alternatives if I can't get the 2020 for a good price.
Many thanks for the suggestion regarding the Anthem MRX300 and at the £1100 price range it does fall into the same price bracket as what i'm prepared to apy for the Yamaha 2020 so I will see if I can get a demo of it as it's not something i've considered up to now but considering the difficulties i've had in getting a demo of the 2020 I don't hold out much hope of getting to hear one. I will consider it though for sure.
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I have given them the benefit of the doubt for a month now and it's got me nothing apart from continued excuses. I know the price is tempting but I would seriously consider shopping elsewhere as my experience over the last month is proof that they simply won't be able to supply the 1020 or 2020 at the prices quoted anytime soon (if at all).
I don't think they are deliberately holding your payment they are just waiting for you to make a decision. If I was to say I wasn't overly impressed with them that would be a major undersatement and I seriously doubt if I will ever shop with them again, if you can't deliver on your promises and prices then you shouldn't lead customers on and take their money in the first place.
Personally i'm happy to pay the extra cash and actually get the receiver than continue to hold out hope that Creative may one day be able to supply one.
I haven't actually set my heart on getting this receiver, and still have a few niggling doubts about whether it will fit where I want it to go.
They said they would let me know the answer to my question next week, if they don't, and then don't send the amp out, they've lost a sale.
Are you anywhere near derby oldboy? I know Rick has the anthem in and from his classifieds elsewhere I think he has stock of the yamaha too.
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In that case that's a very sensible way in which to proceed.
I'm just frustrated and annoyed that there never seems to be any definitive answers as to when either of the amps will be in stock and now having set my heart on the 2020 i'm just of the mind that the extra cost is justified to get one from another retailer to put an end to the continued waiting game with Creative.
Keep me up to date with how you get on with them and the answers you get next week, I really hope it's good news fingers crossed.
Unfortuantely I'm down south in Essex and dealers stocking either are extremely hard to find. I tried Sevenoaks which is the best dealer in my area and they had none of the latest Yamahas in the showroom for demo, might go back to see if they have the Anthem though.
It seems that unless I make a trip to London or up North then I have no chance of getting a demo of either of them, how come most of the dealers are based up North yet down here it's extremely difficult to find a good dealer that stocks higher end equipment??
Hmm, I guess you get theatres and we get hifi dealers, life isn't fair for anyone
I would much rather have HiFi dealers any day...not a theatre lover in any way shape or form. Swap??
I'd rather have a few of both!
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