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#22961 13-Jun-2008 16:05
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Hi There,

I was looking at purchasing a onkyo receiver from the US via amazon. NZ dont have the latest models, amazon will ship it to me and the US ones are heaps cheaper.

There must be some downsides here?


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  #137838 13-Jun-2008 16:26
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Major downsides are power considerations and warranty issues, I'd say.  Sometimes the models are different between US and here too.

P.S. Amazon will ship it here?  I guess it's not actually Amazon but one of those stores selling through Amazon?  What are you looking at getting and what's the price comparison?

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  #137879 13-Jun-2008 19:54
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You would ned to use a power converter plus the upscaling chip may not scale standard tv broadcasts very well as it is ntsc based.

I thought about importing as well, I posted a while ago about the price difference between here and the US with Onkyo. The price on Amazon was less than a third of what you pay here after converting currencies.

Either the importer or the distributor/retailer are ripping off NZ customers big time. I will never pay those sought of prices in NZ there is no justification for it at all.

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