Tips for buying used loudspeakers include carefully inspecting units to ensure they show no signs of wear or damage, listening to the speakers to confirm audio quality, checking connections to verify compatibility, verifying the intended purpose for the speakers, and ensuring they fit in the space available. These tips can help prevent unexpected problems that may otherwise occur after the sale.
Used loudspeakers may not be in the best shape, and a careful visual inspection of all wires, magnets and covers can help ensure buyers understand the current condition of the units. Freestanding speakers may also have damage on the cases or feet that may prevent them from balancing properly, requiring additional attention. Buyers should always ask for a demonstration of the speakers and pay close attention to any strange sounds or noise, which may be a sign of additional problems.
Shoppers should check to ensure that the speakers have all the necessary wires or connections for setup and ask the seller about previous use of the loudspeakers. Some models made for vehicles or integration with smaller sound systems may not function as well in living room sound systems or meeting spaces. Potential buyers should also keep a tape measure handy to verify that the loudspeakers fit in the available space in a car or home theater. Particularly large loudspeakers may require extra care to get into tight doors or through hallways.