Because of a few hiccups in my personal life, I find myself in the market for a new HT setup. Unfortunatley I'm on a slim budget so I don't have a fortune to spend. Thanks to some recommendations in another thread I've decided to go with an HK as my receiver as they sound like the best bang for the buck under $500. My question is, what do you all think of buying refurbished equipment? Or used? Harmon Audio has a few nice receivers in my price range but I'm a bit leery about buying refurbished equipment just because I have no experience with it. Any reason to stay away? As long as I'm posting let me ask opinions as well. would I be better off going with a refurbished AVR-225 for $298 or a new AVR-230 for $379? And I know this is the wrong forum but I was thinking of pairing the reciever with either a set of JBL NSP-1 speakers or Energy Take 5.2. Any thughts there either? Sorry for all the questions and thanks.