assuming i don't mind about going second hand surely for the money i'm going to be getting better equipment? There's a few C350s up at the moment and i'd guess they'll go for just under £100. I don't mind paying £200 if i have to for the Yamaha for example but if the C350s up to the job and is a decent amp then i might as well aim for that.
I appreciate everyone has a different opinion but to save me getting more and more confused: shall i put the C350 at the top of my list and then see how the auctions go over the next few weeks? or, would one of the other models suggested be a better target?
If you go for a second hand amp such as NAD C350 just bear in mind that if it goes wrong or theres a fault it will be harder to repair/replace compared to a new amp with warranty. However, you may find one thats hardly been used, which is brill. Good luck with the hunt for an amp.
Thanks for the advice Blackdawn. I have to say i'm left in no better postiion than before though as i'm now stuck deciding if i should go down the second hand route or buy new and get the added security of the warranty. I know very little about these things so to test anything second hand all i would check is that it works at reasonable volume etc. - after that i'd have little idea if it was okay. However, if the ad says it works fine then im inclined to believe that often this will be the case because as is evident from on here, there are lots of people out there constantly looking to upgrade their systems meaning a bargain can be had.
Ignoring the new vs old issue, between the Yamaha and CR350 which would you favour - purely on a sound and quality basis. The Yahama has very good reviews on here and the added bonus of the ipod combatibility (im not sure what that means though) could be very useful - and potentially save me spending more money on getting this connection up to standard. It would also be interesting to compare it to the vintage yahama cr600 i have on the go, which to my inexperienced ears has always sounded pretty good.
if there's going to be little difference in the two and both will be suitable for my requirements ill see what the CR-500 goes for and decide from there. As seems to be the case with these things, I guess if my budget was moving into the £200-250 mark then there may be even more second hand options to consider? decisions, decisions!
One last thing - there's this on ebay at the moment - i know it's still second hand but is this a good deal for the speakers etc? i can make use of them elsewhere/sell them to my brother who is looking to get a new system setup?
brand new Yahama is also up at £200 buy it now
i've realised i was getting my yamaha and NAD model numbers confused! anyway, the NAD C350 i had my eye on on ebay went for £140ish which was a bit more than i was expecting and certainly creeping into the territory of buying new.
I think the Yamaha seems like a very good shout - unless anyone else has any last minute alternatives or would say that i should go for second hand still?