Want CNET to notify you of price drops and the latest stories?

Swap your old hi-fi for cash

Stereo Buyers offers cash for your hi-fi equipment. Adam Wexler buys high-quality audio in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, though he occasionally accepts shipped equipment.

Steve Guttenberg
Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg has also worked as a high-end audio salesman, and as a record producer. Steve currently reviews audio products for CNET and works as a freelance writer for Stereophile.
Steve Guttenberg
2 min read

Adam Wexler, who was always into hi-fi equipment, started hanging around high-end audio shops when he was just a kid. By the time he was in college, he was selling a local shop's traded-in components and speakers.

He wasn't just into it for the money; he wound up with a really cool hi-fi on the cheap.

Adam Wexler with some recent buys, but what about that trippy green tube amp? Stereo Buyers

After college, he worked for a couple of stores before landing a sales-and-design position gig with one of New York's top high-end dealers. Now with Stereo Buyers Wexler is ready to take it to the next level. He buys high-quality audio for cash in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, though he will occasionally accept equipment shipped to him.

Please understand: Wexler isn't interested in your Sony receiver, Marantz CD changer, or the Pioneer cassette deck you bought at a yard sale for 10 bucks 20 years ago. No, he's looking good stuff, high-end audio of any vintage, in good working condition. Tube gear, sure, and high-end solid-state amplifiers, turntables, tuners, speakers, etc. E-mail him a list of your gear, and he'll get back to you.

You can think of Stereo Buyers as your high-end broker. Wexler works with estate managers, as well as divorce and bankruptcy attorneys, and he will evaluate equipment value and help turn equipment into cash for clients. He also collaborates with a number of high-end audio shops and buys their traded-in equipment.

Naturally enough, Wexler gets a lot of calls from widowers and divorced women who need to sell their recently departed husband's hi-fi equipment. Wexler shows up with cash in hand, and if he likes what he sees, he'll box the gear up and drive it away. Nowadays, he's hearing from people who need to sell their equipment because they need money. Yikes!

He's come across a lot of really ancient gear from people who were going to put it out on the street. In some cases, the most desirable stuff doesn't even have to work; Wexler will have it repaired and then sell it.

BTW, that eye-popping green tube amp in the photo was made by Wexler's friend David Wang. He calls it "Trippy Amplification," and I want to know more about it. Could deserve a blog; we'll see.