Originally Posted by Gaolee
Why buy new?
My sentiments, exactly. $500 will buy a whole helluva lot more in the secondhand market than what's available new. Couple of prime choices (IMO):
*MTD anything (Czech or Korean)
Sound / play great out of the box with no immediate need for upgrades
as is frequently the case.
In all fairness, I did see an Indonesian Soundgear 505 for not more than your stated budget. Nice bass for the $$.