What's the worst bit of hifi kit you have purchased

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I purchased a set of Ascend bookshelf speakers based on internet recommendations. I hooked up these ugly plasticky boxes, excited and hoping for the best, and then...
They chewed up my music and vomited it out, dead and lifeless, from 100 yards away.
I couldn't return them fast enough.
 
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So what did they do with the mark ii that they are so universally liked while the original was so universally hated?
The first pair sounded muffled whereas the second pair I understand they sound clear, but I haven’t heard the second pair it’s just what I read.
 
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RoA

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Just thought of another 2 in addition to the Audiolab 8000S already mentioned. ( I obviously tried to block out from memory because I am still traumatised, 30 years after in one case ... .)

That would have been a pair of RTL TDL 3's. The biggest waste of MDF ever made? Huge, cheap and as far from a proper Transmission Line as it gets. It was sold cheap through RS. - Bad, low cost drivers in huge expanse of thin, Vinyl covered MDF. The tweeter was like a cheese grater, bass ... horrible.

The other (really) bad purchase, although not purely HIFI, was a Pioneer Kuro Plasma TV, purchased largely on the basis of WHS&V and others waxing lyrically about it at the time.

I could never get a picture I liked and the thing buzzed like hell whenever brightness increased. Speaking of which, the picture dimmed like crazy every time there was a large amount of bright screen content.

Sold it after 6 months at a considerable loss.

Far from the worst purchase ever but nevertheless something I'd rather not have bought ... a pair of B&W Formation Duo's Active Speakers, just recently.

Fantastic in some ways, bass, power and dynamics ... not so in others. Largely the usual B&W sound of bright upper mids and lower treble with boosted bass. There was a constant deviation from neutrality which imparted itself on everything and which started to grate after a while. Some of the traits were likely due to the class D amplification not helping.

Some Kef LS50 Wireless Meta's were superior in certain areas and I preferred them. However, they too had a signature which was ever present and did not conform to neutrality. Again, Class D powered to the mid/woofer ... .
 
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MrSinghsStereo

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custom modded Nordost Heimdahl 2 power cable for my Pioneer Kuro, and Nordost Heimdahl 2 2.5mm RCA to connect my AKSP1000 to my pre amp.
Did absolutely nothing for the sound/picture.
Monumental waste of money but managed to get around 85% of the cost back with a trade in
 

Gray

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custom modded Nordost Heimdahl 2 power cable for my Pioneer Kuro, and Nordost Heimdahl 2 2.5mm RCA to connect my AKSP1000 to my pre amp.
Did absolutely nothing for the sound/picture.
Monumental waste of money but managed to get around 85% of the cost back with a trade in
I will make sure to avoid those cables 👍
 

MrSinghsStereo

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Just thought of another 2 in addition to the Audiolab 8000S already mentioned. ( I obviously tried to block out from memory because I am still traumatised, 30 years after in one case ... .)

That would have been a pair of RTL TDL 3's. The biggest waste of MDF ever made? Huge, cheap and as far from a proper Transmission Line as it gets. It was sold cheap through RS. - Bad, low cost drivers in huge expanse of thin, Vinyl covered MDF. The tweeter was like a cheese grater, bass ... horrible.

The other (really) bad purchase, although not purely HIFI, was a Pioneer Kuro Plasma TV, purchased largely on the basis of WHS&V and others waxing lyrically about it at the time.

I could never get a picture I liked and the thing buzzed like hell whenever brightness increased. Speaking of which, the picture dimmed like crazy every time there was a large amount of bright screen content.

Sold it after 6 months at a considerable loss.

Far from the worst purchase ever but nevertheless something I'd rather not have bought ... a pair of B&W Formation Duo's Active Speakers, just recently.

Fantastic in some ways, bass, power and dynamics ... not so in others. Largely the usual B&W sound of bright upper mids and lower treble with boosted bass. There was a constant deviation from neutrality which imparted itself on everything and which started to grate after a while. Some of the traits were likely due to the class D amplification not helping.

Some Kef LS50 Wireless Meta's were superior in certain areas and I preferred them. However, they too had a signature which was ever present and did not conform to neutrality. Again, Class D powered to the mid/woofer ... .
I bought a Kuro KRP500 A in 2008 and it was still in use until 2021. Absolutely brillant picture . which model did you own?
 

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A few years ago, some like @Al ears will probably remember, I purchased an Electrocompaniet PC-1 CD player. Technically it was fine: Good detail retrieval, bass was quite well defined and tonal qualities was no issue. However, after a couple of weeks of getting used to the sound, it was really boring. I persevered with it for another couple of weeks... it was dreadfully unexciting, yet I couldn't pin-point why. After about a month I boxed it back up and replaced my cheaper Arcam CD73, which sounded more involving.
I had a similar experience with Beyerdynamic T5P Gen2s. Technically very good but, to my ears far to clinical and, a bit dull when listening to prog rock. The Focal Elegias solved that problem.
 

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I'm not going to be a popular boy, but for me and my room ATC scm19's. went straight back after 3days lifeless lumps in my room.
 

plastic penguin

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I had a similar experience with Beyerdynamic T5P Gen2s. Technically very good but, to my ears far to clinical and, a bit dull when listening to prog rock. The Focal Elegias solved that problem.
Strange how something can be good but also bad.

When I purchased the Exposure CD 2010 it really showed how lacking the Electro was. Yet the new price of the Exposure was half that of the Electro.
 

twinkletoes

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what were you driving them with?
Naim 200dr and tried a 250dr. But I couldn’t try there own amp at the time and that might have produced better resaults. But doubt it. Just not dynamic enough for me. In my room I just didn’t get what other people where hearing. It’s a shame I really wanted to like them.

PMC 2023 where a very similar case for me just
 
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My recent purchase - power conditioner (Eve 3 Polaris)....bought it at a discount and can't return it. The sound of my power amp became very "thin" after being plugged into the conditioner.
Previously I had everything plugged into a belkin surge strip and there was no problem. Now I have the power amp plugged in to the wall and the rest of the gear plugged into the conditioner. No improvement...just more mess.
 

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