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Old 30th July 2006, 03:53 PM   #1
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Default Are these DIY planars worth buying? I have to decide within two hours!

At a garage sale, a guy was offering a pair of DIY electrostatic speakers. They're about 4-5' for the panels, and include an unregulated power supply in addition to some output transformers. The asking price was 300$, but I offered 150$; I'm paying a grand total of 225$.

I asked him to set them up so I could listen to them first; he said to come back tomorrow.

Is this a good deal?
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Old 30th July 2006, 04:07 PM   #2
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Hi,
With so little information , it is very hard to tell. Are the panels made from perforated steel , or many wires ? If perforated steel , are they coated ? Do the panels consist of a few sections ? What brand the output transformers are ? What is the useable frequency range , sensitivity, etc ... ??

You should check if the panels don't arc at higher volumes.
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Old 30th July 2006, 04:43 PM   #3
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The panels look exactly like this one:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Electro-Static-A...QQcmdZViewItem
One has a small chip in the plastic, but that should not affect quality of sound. An additional pair of panels for the speakers is included.
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Hi,
These panels are built by Acoustat.They are known for good reliability.
If panels are in good condition and not defective , this might be a good deal.
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Old 30th July 2006, 08:20 PM   #5
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Hi,
These panels are built by Acoustat.They are known for good reliability.
If panels are in good condition and not defective , this might be a good deal.

I was able to hear the speakers today. Although they're a bit directional, the panels sound AMAZING, and on FM radio, too. (Local radio stations around here are lousy.)

He's throwing in an extra pair of Acoustat panels, too. From what I recall, these are worth about 200$ a pair.

Best of all, I think I may only end up paying 75$ for the lot.

I apologize for the lack of detail, but I was in a hurry. He opted to wait and think about it, so I have time to decide.
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