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Mike
January 22, 2014, 04:41 PM
If you are an audio dealer on Audioshark, would you kindly indicate so and list your brands in your signature? Thank you in advance.

Audioshark Admin


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slowgeezr
January 22, 2014, 05:44 PM
Great idea! I'd love to have a list of members who are dealers so that I can check for one here first!

Perfect Sense
February 27, 2014, 06:30 AM
Most certainly. I'm a Scandinavian dealer quite far from most participants on this forum (most likely), but still :)

Rhapsody
February 27, 2014, 07:38 AM
Greetings from Siberia........or at least it feels like Siberia!

joeinid
February 27, 2014, 09:51 AM
Greetings from Siberia........or at least it feels like Siberia!

+1

Boy does it feel cold. My home heating oil tank gets sucked dry way too quickly. :(

highEndguy
February 27, 2014, 09:57 AM
Too bad Joe, here I'm melting
:D

joeinid
February 27, 2014, 10:00 AM
Too bad Joe, here I'm melting
:D

It's okay, pretty soon we'll be complaining about the heat.

highEndguy
February 27, 2014, 10:20 AM
:)

Steve
February 27, 2014, 11:39 AM
Transparency on this forum makes it a WINNER for everyone regardless of your locale.

MtnHam
February 27, 2014, 12:12 PM
If you are an audio dealer on Audioshark, would you kindly indicate so and list your brands in your signature? Thank you in advance.

Audioshark Admin

My status as a Sound Lab dealer has been in my signature since day one on this forum. I became a dealer not because I expected to make a lot of money, but because of my enthusiasm and absolute belief in the product's ability to satisfy my desire for natural sounding music. Having been seduced, it made sense to be able to buy at wholesale, and help fellow audiophiles towards the light. When I speak (write) in glowing terms of Sound Labs, it is not as a shill, but as a true believer, even evangelist! I encourage AS members to come visit and experience SL's for themselves. Wine always included!

Mike
February 27, 2014, 12:15 PM
Thanks Tom. I sure enjoyed listening to them at CES.


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FRO
February 27, 2014, 02:24 PM
I am pretty new on this forum.
Been an Authorized Dealer for Purist Audio Design and Marigo Audio Labs for over 10 years.
Also Esoteric.
Thanks!

bpw
March 2, 2014, 11:23 PM
Done. Thanks, Mike!

Big B
March 3, 2014, 08:10 AM
I would like to thank all dealers for identifying themselves. It gives me the knowledge that you have probably tried what ever you are talking about.You have feedback from your customers. In your respective lines you are the specialist.
I would give consideration to a dealer on AS when purchasing.
Barry

Perfect Sense
March 3, 2014, 08:26 AM
Done - for now :)

still-one
March 6, 2014, 08:56 PM
This is something that should be required on all audio sites. Congratulations.

Design Audio Video
March 6, 2014, 10:24 PM
I think it's obvious with me!

BruceLet
March 7, 2014, 10:26 AM
I think it's obvious with me!

:coolyeah: …..and we're happy that you are.

MerrillAudio
April 11, 2014, 02:41 PM
Hi,

I am sort of a dealer. I mostly sell direct with some dealers - Rhapsody in NYC, Horizon Acoustics in Singapore, International Phonograph in Chicago.

Located in Bernardsvilles, NJ and listening room in Riverdale, NJ.

Currently amps, and pre, soon a phono stage and DAC pre for those who only have a DAC as a source.

Cheers,

Merrill

BruceLet
April 11, 2014, 03:06 PM
My wife thinks I'm a dealer….Shhhhh!

the professor
April 11, 2014, 03:15 PM
LOL!


My wife thinks I'm a dealer….Shhhhh!

mdkim
April 11, 2014, 03:57 PM
My wife thinks I'm a dealer….Shhhhh!

Hahahahaha!!!!!!!

NeilNZ
June 21, 2014, 08:30 PM
Even though I am a million miles away from most site members, I am happy to state my affiliations. Hopefully it will let people know I am not just talking through a hole in my proverbial about stuff!
Always though I come on forums as an enthusiast, not to push my wares :)

NorthStar
June 21, 2014, 08:36 PM
Some of my best friends are...audio dealers. :) ...And I was pleasantly mistaken for one in more than one occasion.

NeilNZ
June 21, 2014, 08:39 PM
We're not a bad bunch, well, except the dodgy 'sell loads of Mcintosh from your basement' types...

NorthStar
June 21, 2014, 10:08 PM
What I just said above is very true, ...just in case. :)

Golden Ears
July 1, 2014, 12:51 PM
My wife thinks I'm a dealer….Shhhhh!

Ha ha...MEEEE TOOO! My parents thought I was running a mobile DJ business..which I did but mysteriously all income went back to buying more gear. MY GF thinks I am trying to start a store..

I tune rooms for the hi-fi shows at RMAF, Newport, and The California Show, and CES. As a dealer I would shoot myself in the foot telling people everything- (the good and the bad about a product) so I would likely never make it as a dealer. Closest I'll ever get is selling off the Audio show demos (which is how I get paid in product- By Chapman Audio Systems, MIT, DH Labs, pretty much whatever stuff I set up to make the magic happen)....and as a result I always have too much gear. Selling the demo stuff, covers my show costs, and I end up with some extra- mostly it's just fun to see the traveling band of audio gypsies that do the shows. Similar to when i was doing sports competitions.

I also get flown around as a system tuner (pretty much I just micro adjust everything - might swap some stuff in or out) - which is really fun...except ...sometimes- the audiophile's wife erases some of my improvements.

Weird skill... I thought anyone with ears has it... but they don't. You should hear the painful sound I hear in a lot of room at many audio shows.....and this is the best the industry has????

Most audio shows people tell me I have one of the top 5 rooms at any price and often top one in my price tier. The fun thing is... if I want to buy any audio piece for a room , sometimes the manufacturers give me free reign.... so it's buying with zero anxiety.

I suppose once all my audio systems are done..DJ, Infinity reference standards, Home theater, car audio, outdoor and portable...

I will have to start a new hobby.

I live in Laguna Beach California

joeinid
July 1, 2014, 02:31 PM
Welcome Golden Ears!

the professor
July 1, 2014, 02:40 PM
Welcome to AS!

MDP
July 1, 2014, 03:30 PM
Welcome !!

MrAcoustat
August 11, 2014, 10:23 PM
Most certainly. I'm a Scandinavian dealer quite far from most participants on this forum (most likely), but still :)

Hi and welcome to Audioshark it is not you that is far it is ME :) you have very good lines even gear from Canada welcome once again.

MrAcoustat
August 11, 2014, 10:32 PM
My status as a Sound Lab dealer has been in my signature since day one on this forum. I became a dealer not because I expected to make a lot of money, but because of my enthusiasm and absolute belief in the product's ability to satisfy my desire for natural sounding music. Having been seduced, it made sense to be able to buy at wholesale, and help fellow audiophiles towards the light. When I speak (write) in glowing terms of Sound Labs, it is not as a shill, but as a true believer, even evangelist! I encourage AS members to come visit and experience SL's for themselves. Wine always!

Sorry but some speakers you have to be drunk to listend to BUT Sound Labs is NOT one of those speakers :) stats - stats - stats - always thinking outside the box.

MrAcoustat
August 11, 2014, 10:40 PM
I am pretty new on this forum.
Been an Authorized Dealer for Purist Audio Design and Marigo Audio Labs for over 10 years.
Also Esoteric.
Thanks!

This system is 100% Purist Audio Design WIRED 38k worth i know i know it's crazy but it is what it is.:)

7176 7177 7178 7179

highEndguy
August 11, 2014, 10:46 PM
You should try stillpoints on the Andras

Golden Ears
August 11, 2014, 10:49 PM
Thanks guys- I do feel welcomed here.

The hunt continues for a decent DAC for my car.

MrAcoustat
August 11, 2014, 11:46 PM
[QUOTE=highEndguy;88439]You should try stillpoints on the Andras[/QUOTE

Thank you Nelson but the Andras have just been replaced by a much smaller speaker. My friend Elrocco will be receiving his new Sonus Faber Guarneri Evolution speakers wednesday at the latest from the USA.

PS: Canada = 26k + taxes USA = 15K All included ( open box 4 hour use )

7180

blinkhighend
August 29, 2014, 06:32 PM
Greetings from Blink High End in Cambridge, Mass!

Best from,
Tim, Matt, Vanessa, Frandiego, and the BHE Team

blinkhighend
August 29, 2014, 06:35 PM
Sorry for the double post Mike, a little lag.

joeinid
August 29, 2014, 06:41 PM
Welcome to the forum Tim, Matt, Vanessa, and Frandiego!

Thank you so much for joining!

Mike
August 29, 2014, 06:43 PM
Greetings from Blink High End in Cambridge, Mass!

Best from,
Tim, Matt, Vanessa, Frandiego, and the BHE Team

Hi! Welcome.


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MDP
August 30, 2014, 09:14 AM
Welcome to AS !

blinkhighend
August 30, 2014, 05:30 PM
Thank you, I'm excited that we are now on this forum. Hope to meet you guys at our events, and of course, CES 2015.

Best,
Matt

Odyssey
August 30, 2014, 07:42 PM
[QUOTE=blinkhighend;91300]Thank you, I'm excited that we are now on this forum. Hope to meet you guys at our events, and of course, CES 2015.

Best,
Matt[/QUOTE

Welcome Blinkhighend!!

highEndguy
August 30, 2014, 11:11 PM
Are you going to RMAF?

asiufy
September 20, 2014, 01:36 PM
Guys,

I thought I'd use this thread as a "re-introduction", since I've been a member for a while now, but only recently came to "the other side" :D

The story is that a good friend of mine here in Brazil is moving out of the country, and asked me if I'd like to help him with his local (brazilian) audio import business.

Since I like the way he does business, and his brand lineup, I thought I'd add another business to my list, so I accepted it!

Now I'm responsible for an importer of hi-end audio gear in Brazil, called German Audio. Why this name? Well, it started with mostly german brands, but since he eventually branched out to other companies, but kept the name... And now, 5 years later, it's a little bit late to change it, as the brand is widely recognized here...

I hope to keep participating here, just as I always did!

Thanks,
Alexandre

Julot
September 26, 2014, 10:11 AM
We're mostly a manufacturer looking for international distribution, but we do sell whole systems directly to clients here in France.

Everest Audio
October 17, 2014, 11:40 AM
New to AudioShark. Great site! We're a dealer from Regina, SK Canada.

joeinid
October 17, 2014, 12:21 PM
Welcome to the forum Everest Audio.

MrAcoustat
March 13, 2015, 10:21 PM
New to AudioShark. Great site! We're a dealer from Regina, SK Canada.

Everest Audio 10126 To the tank.

asiufy
April 1, 2015, 02:05 AM
Announcing Alma Music and Audio, San Diego’s latest audio emporium!


Alma Music and Audio is opening for business today, with the goal of offering quality audio products and services, as well as a highly curated selection of vinyl records.


The store is located in La Jolla, a beachside area of San Diego, in a 2200 square foot house. With 6 individual listening environments, the idea is to offer an enjoyable music experience to audiophiles and newcomers alike.


Some of the lines/products we carry include: YG Acoustics, Avantgarde Acoustics, MSB Technologies, Kubala-Sosna, darTZeel, Evolution Acoustics, Kronos, Ortofon, Auralic, Hegel, Audionet, Solid Steel, iFi, Music Hall, among others. Other lines will be added in the following months.


An integral part of the store, the vinyl records section will have, on average, 2000 records, covering a variety of styles and genres, both old and new.

Alma will also distribute Audiopax in the US. The brazilian brand has gained quite a following years ago, and now it’s back with new and exciting products, and with US presence to boot.


Everybody’s welcome to stop by!


Our information:


Alma Music and Audio
5759 La Jolla Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
T: (858) 412-5530
contact@almaaudio.com
http://facebook.com/AlmaMusicAudio


Hours: 11am-20pm daily

puroagave
April 1, 2015, 10:34 AM
Alexandre, are you part of this new venture? LJ is my old stomping ground, I used to live near the bluffs overlooking blacks beach. i'll check it out!

the professor
April 1, 2015, 10:36 AM
That's great

Good luck!


Announcing Alma Music and Audio, San Diego’s latest audio emporium!


Alma Music and Audio is opening for business today, with the goal of offering quality audio products and services, as well as a highly curated selection of vinyl records.


The store is located in La Jolla, a beachside area of San Diego, in a 2200 square foot house. With 6 individual listening environments, the idea is to offer an enjoyable music experience to audiophiles and newcomers alike.


Some of the lines/products we carry include: YG Acoustics, Avantgarde Acoustics, MSB Technologies, Kubala-Sosna, darTZeel, Evolution Acoustics, Kronos, Ortofon, Auralic, Hegel, Audionet, Solid Steel, iFi, Music Hall, among others. Other lines will be added in the following months.


An integral part of the store, the vinyl records section will have, on average, 2000 records, covering a variety of styles and genres, both old and new.

Alma will also distribute Audiopax in the US. The brazilian brand has gained quite a following years ago, and now it’s back with new and exciting products, and with US presence to boot.


Everybody’s welcome to stop by!


Our information:


Alma Music and Audio
5759 La Jolla Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
T: (858) 412-5530
contact@almaaudio.com
http://facebook.com/AlmaMusicAudio


Hours: 11am-20pm daily

nicoludio
April 1, 2015, 03:14 PM
Announcing Alma Music and Audio, San Diego’s latest audio emporium!


Alma Music and Audio is opening for business today, with the goal of offering quality audio products and services, as well as a highly curated selection of vinyl records.


The store is located in La Jolla, a beachside area of San Diego, in a 2200 square foot house. With 6 individual listening environments, the idea is to offer an enjoyable music experience to audiophiles and newcomers alike.


Some of the lines/products we carry include: YG Acoustics, Avantgarde Acoustics, MSB Technologies, Kubala-Sosna, darTZeel, Evolution Acoustics, Kronos, Ortofon, Auralic, Hegel, Audionet, Solid Steel, iFi, Music Hall, among others. Other lines will be added in the following months.


An integral part of the store, the vinyl records section will have, on average, 2000 records, covering a variety of styles and genres, both old and new.

Alma will also distribute Audiopax in the US. The brazilian brand has gained quite a following years ago, and now it’s back with new and exciting products, and with US presence to boot.


Everybody’s welcome to stop by!


Our information:


Alma Music and Audio
5759 La Jolla Blvd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
T: (858) 412-5530
contact@almaaudio.com
http://facebook.com/AlmaMusicAudio


Hours: 11am-20pm daily

Good luck with the move and all the best with the new venture!

asiufy
April 1, 2015, 09:48 PM
Thanks :D

Jim Smith
April 2, 2015, 12:29 PM
Hello Alexandre,

John Barker was the Audiopax and Avantgarde dealer there in the early 2000s.

Is he involved in your enterprise in any way?

Congrats on your new venture!

socfan12
April 2, 2015, 06:15 PM
Alexandre, congrats and wish you much luck on your new venture!

Very interested in the part of the 'highly curated selection of vinyl records'. Will the store have a website to sell these records?

Congrats again!

asiufy
April 3, 2015, 12:16 PM
Jim,

On the distribution front, no. We're the sole distributor. I understand Silvio (the head of Audiopax) has some local help in the San Francisco area, but I don't know everybody there, so maybe John is involved in that aspect.
We're signing up dealers at this point, so John is welcome to get back onboard, if he's reading this :)
As a side note, we're dealers for Avantgarde, and we'll have a dedicated room for the pairing (Audiopax+Avantgarde)! We're waiting for the first batch of Audiopax gear, but once it's here, I'll post pics!

Allen,

Unfortunately, no. Actually our purpose is to bring the joy of record shopping back, with quality LPs that you hardly see in physical stores anymore, since the store owners just list everything up on eBay and don't even put them on the shelves anymore...
But if you have any specific wants, for both old or new LPs, please let me know and I'll keep an eye out for them for you! We're all crazy LP collectors here, and we're always digging for gold :)

Thanks,
Alex

cmalak
April 3, 2015, 12:25 PM
Alexandre...congrats on Alma Music and Audio's launch and good luck with the new venture. Are you going to stick with the FB page as the primary on-line access point or will there be an Alma Music and Audio separate website setup to showcase the store/rooms etc...?

asiufy
April 3, 2015, 12:31 PM
Alexandre...congrats on Alma Music and Audio's launch and good luck with the new venture. Are you going to stick with the FB page as the primary on-line access point or will there be an Alma Music and Audio separate website setup to showcase the store/rooms etc...?

cmalak,

We're working on the website. We've hired a professional photographer to shoot the different rooms/environments, but since we haven't finalised the rooms (still waiting for gear...), we're a little behind with the website...

If you all don't mind amateur iPhone pics, I'll post some up in a bit :)


alex

asiufy
April 3, 2015, 12:57 PM
http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/04/03/d2de97f85194f30ad8fdb8a213ffa9d8.jpg

Outside view of the store.

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asiufy
April 3, 2015, 01:13 PM
http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/04/03/854ea16e4a4cd94288a0e36f36c22a0b.jpg

Outside of the store

http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/04/03/fbc5032c415cb5edfd8655da0bf9bddb.jpg

Entry / reception area

http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/04/03/43540b8061623d0c2ca960941e13f952.jpg

System #3 with YG Sonja 1.3, darTZeel, MSB and Kronos.

http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/04/03/907547b123b11f4ff7d125669abc641d.jpg

System #2 with the Avantgarde Zero 1

http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/04/03/666dbf3617ac0ab4b6a2acf46e09f381.jpg

System #1 with YG Carmel 2, Hegel, Auralic and Music Hall.




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socfan12
April 3, 2015, 05:30 PM
Jim,

On the distribution front, no. We're the sole distributor. I understand Silvio (the head of Audiopax) has some local help in the San Francisco area, but I don't know everybody there, so maybe John is involved in that aspect.
We're signing up dealers at this point, so John is welcome to get back onboard, if he's reading this :)
As a side note, we're dealers for Avantgarde, and we'll have a dedicated room for the pairing (Audiopax+Avantgarde)! We're waiting for the first batch of Audiopax gear, but once it's here, I'll post pics!

Allen,

Unfortunately, no. Actually our purpose is to bring the joy of record shopping back, with quality LPs that you hardly see in physical stores anymore, since the store owners just list everything up on eBay and don't even put them on the shelves anymore...
But if you have any specific wants, for both old or new LPs, please let me know and I'll keep an eye out for them for you! We're all crazy LP collectors here, and we're always digging for gold :)

Thanks,
Alex

Sounds like a good operating model. My local record store (Princeton Record Exchange) is doing pretty well and thus far they have also avoided the internet trap and rely solely on customers coming in and thumbing through their selections. They are doing pretty well given the crowds I see every time I'm there.

Alex, I will PM you a short list. I recently got into vinyl and can't get enough of the good stuff! :P


cheers!

asiufy
April 6, 2015, 01:54 AM
Thanks, Allen.

PREX is one of my faves! One of the best in the country, I'd say. I always find great bargains there, and a rarity or two!
Well, send that list in!

thanks,
alex

MDP
April 6, 2015, 10:36 AM
Alex, I don't know how I missed this. Congrats on a great looking venue ! Very beautiful !!

JackD201
April 6, 2015, 08:08 PM
Our company is the exclusive distributor for a few brands here in the Philippines. While I first got into this to help fund an expensive hobby, exposure to new people and their music has been quite the wonderful and unexpected reward. Other bonuses are the excuse to travel to various shows around the world as well as factory visits where so much insight can be gleaned from direct interaction with the manufacturers.

While these days my personal systems are made up of mostly products made by companies we represent, this has been fairly recent. There are many brands that I owned that I still love, respect and have no hesitation to recommend.

Our main business is a Media conglomerate. We are partners in a publicly listed TV and Radio Network. Wholly and partially owned subsidiaries include a TV Commercial production house, a record label, a Post Production/Film Lab and Massive Multiplayer Gaming. My personal experience includes Recording Engineering, Audio Editing for Film and TV, Design and Construction of Critical Listening Environments. I took specialist courses at Full Sail in Orlando Florida a decade and a half ago as part of the process that built the equipment and workflow roadmap for our migration from analog to digital. Acquisition to broadcast. A career detour (drafted into Politics where I served as a Legislator) had me leaving the industry just as I was starting (prior to that I was in Brand Management) and at that time I needed to channel my passion for sound elsewhere. That led me to high end audio's deep, deep end. LOL. Online I am a moderator on two other audio forums. Forums are like clubs. Each one has its own vibe and I appreciate what vibe each one has.

I will create my signature shortly.

socfan12
April 6, 2015, 08:14 PM
Beautiful space, Alexandre!! So much like a home vs. a dedicated listening room. Very nice!!

I'll PM you the list some time during the week. Thanks!:P

socfan12
April 6, 2015, 08:20 PM
Our company is the exclusive distributor for a few brands here in the Philippines. While I first got into this to help fund an expensive hobby, exposure to new people and their music has been quite the wonderful and unexpected reward. Other bonuses are the excuse to travel to various shows around the world as well as factory visits where so much insight can be gleaned from direct interaction with the manufacturers.

While these days my personal systems are made up of mostly products made by companies we represent, this has been fairly recent. There are many brands that I owned that I still love, respect and have no hesitation to recommend.

Our main business is a Media conglomerate. We are partners in a publicly listed TV and Radio Network. Wholly and partially owned subsidiaries include a TV Commercial production house, a record label, a Post Production/Film Lab and Massive Multiplayer Gaming. My personal experience includes Recording Engineering, Audio Editing for Film and TV, Design and Construction of Critical Listening Environments. I took specialist courses at Full Sail in Orlando Florida a decade and a half ago as part of the process that built the equipment and workflow roadmap for our migration from analog to digital. Acquisition to broadcast. A career detour (drafted into Politics where I served as a Legislator) had me leaving the industry just as I was starting (prior to that I was in Brand Management) and at that time I needed to channel my passion for sound elsewhere. That led me to high end audio's deep, deep end. LOL. Online I am a moderator on two other audio forums. Forums are like clubs. Each one has its own vibe and I appreciate what vibe each one has.

I will create my signature shortly.

What a great story, Jack, thanks for sharing! Love the broad background in media, in particular recording engineering. Anything any of us would have heard here in the states?

JackD201
April 6, 2015, 08:24 PM
Hi Socfan

Recording for TV shows not music. Consulted on one of our films too. The plan was for me to hit the record label but that fell through. Maybe someday :)

socfan12
April 6, 2015, 09:01 PM
Cool either way!:cool:

Ritmo
April 6, 2015, 09:53 PM
+1...regarding Alma Audio...:congrats:

asiufy
April 8, 2015, 01:50 PM
Thanks, guys...

As Jack put it, it is indeed great to expose people to new music (through the record store side of the business), and also to quality music reproduction. Just in this brief period that we've been opened, there's been a few eyes opened by the possibilities of a better turntable, an actual phono stage, dedicated DACs, etc. If I could get a handful of folks off the Crosley boat, I'm happy :)

The Newport Beach show is coming up, and we'll have 3 rooms there, but it's also a good oportunity to come down and visit the store! We're about 1:15 away from the Hotel Irvine.

thanks,
alex

Myles B. Astor
April 8, 2015, 06:42 PM
Thanks, Allen.

PREX is one of my faves! One of the best in the country, I'd say. I always find great bargains there, and a rarity or two!
Well, send that list in!

thanks,
alex

Ummm....Princeton is really a shell of its old self though ones reaction will depend on musical genre to a certain extent. :(Classical. Forget it. Gone for all intents and purposes. Jazz selection is ok, rock is a little better. Occasionally one finds something in the new arrivals bins. Truth is Princeton is known to put stuff aside for certain customers though unlike other stores, doesn't seem heavily wedded to selling on ePay. Also the condition of the LPs ain't what it used to be.

Too bad because have a lot of fond memories of Princeton dating back to when the store was located on Tulane St. At that time, Princeton had boxes of Mercury classical discs by the checkout counter for reasonable prices that they couldn't give away. Then came TAS and the prices went through the roof.

Been to a few record stores across the country (and world) and the best current store that I've come across is Twist and Shout Records in Denver. If you go to RMAF, the store is about a $25 cab ride from the hotel. The best US store of all time (and sadly long gone) for used records was G&A records in NYC; for new records, the award goes to Discophile Records located in Greenwich Village in NYC. (Aclose second was Tower Records when they actually had vinyl). Both were fantastic stores to go shopping in and as my ex used to say, pack a toothbrush!

Now back to regularly scheduled programming! ;)

socfan12
April 8, 2015, 09:21 PM
Myles, I've never been to Prex in its heyday, but what I see there today suits me just fine (vinyl newbie). The classical section is de minimis, but I've been able to pick up some NM- Shaded Dogs, London Bluebacks, Lyrita, RR, Wilson Audiophile titles, etc. Their Jazz section is growing, as well as their Techno/Electronica section. Out of the local places I've been to, it's the best of the bunch thus far!

Thanks for the recommendations on the other retailers. Will check them out when I can.

Myles B. Astor
April 8, 2015, 10:23 PM
Myles, I've never been to Prex in its heyday, but what I see there today suits me just fine (vinyl newbie). The classical section is de minimis, but I've been able to pick up some NM- Shaded Dogs, London Bluebacks, Lyrita, RR, Wilson Audiophile titles, etc. Their Jazz section is growing, as well as their Techno/Electronica section. Out of the local places I've been to, it's the best of the bunch thus far!

Thanks for the recommendations on the other retailers. Will check them out when I can.

Jazz is ok but they're basically late pressings. :(

MikeCh
April 8, 2015, 11:37 PM
Congratulations Alex on such an establishment! Best wishes for a successful business venture. If I'm ever out towards San Diego I will surely stop in for a visit.



and the best current store that I've come across is Twist and Shout Records in Denver. If you go to RMAF, the store is about a $25 cab ride from the hotel.

Twist and Shout is a great store. Been a customer since the late 80's when they were in the old building across from ListenUP on Exposition Street. Paul Epstein (owner) has deep roots in his vinyl love and just keeps growing and honing his business which is great for his (us) customers.

tip: If taking a cab from RMAF or elsewhere in town, take your cell phone and the cab company phone number and call them for a return fare/trip several hours later. :D

Bruce
April 9, 2015, 02:30 AM
Don't forget Aaron's in West Hollywood

Bruce

Myles B. Astor
April 9, 2015, 04:43 AM
Congratulations Alex on such an establishment! Best wishes for a successful business venture. If I'm ever out towards San Diego I will surely stop in for a visit.


Twist and Shout is a great store. Been a customer since the late 80's when they were in the old building across from ListenUP on Exposition Street. Paul Epstein (owner) has deep roots in his vinyl love and just keeps growing and honing his business which is great for his (us) customers.

tip: If taking a cab from RMAF or elsewhere in town, take your cell phone and the cab company phone number and call them for a return fare/trip several hours later. :D

Absolutely! I'll even ask cabby if they can come back in an allotted time and take me back to the hotel!

asiufy
April 9, 2015, 04:53 PM
Agree with Myles about Twist and Shout. We actually met there one time during RMAF, remember? :D HUGE store, almost Amoeba-size, great selection too.
As for PREX, is it not on S Tulane St. anymore? I haven't been there in about a year...


alexandre

Myles B. Astor
April 9, 2015, 05:49 PM
Sorry Alex, the brain ain't what it used to be! :) Sorry the old address was 20 Nassau St.

BobNY
April 30, 2015, 11:55 PM
Hi Everyone,
This forum somehow managed to exist without me knowing about it. I stumbled upon it last night and am so glad I did. I love the friendly vibe here. I work for a audio dealer in NY and it's great to see so many industry people and hobbyist's commingling in such perfect fashion. Thank you to the owners of this forum for encouraging dealers and industry people to openly participate in the conversation. I am very lucky to spend my day's working with audio enthusiasts and all the great equipment we represent. My evenings are spent.....well....playing with audio equipment :). I have a pretty modest system at home that I get great enjoyment from. This year I plan to do a lot of upgrading, starting with the monumental task of cleaning my basement and building a dedicated listening room. I am looking forward to joining the conversations and getting to know everyone here at Audioshark.
I will put my affiliations in My signature ASAP.

joeinid
May 1, 2015, 01:56 AM
Welcome to the forum BobNY, sorry it took so long to approve you - I just noticed you were waiting. Thank you for joining!

Duke
July 15, 2015, 11:41 PM
So I go to the "Forum Rules" page and this is the first thing I see:

"If you are retailer or manufacturer, you are encouraged to promote your business."

Mike, you had me at hello.

It is really nice to not start out as a second-class citizen, assumed to be deceptive and/or incompetent.

I only build and/or sell stuff that I believe in, and respect anyone else in this industry who is doing the same, and frankly don't think there's anyone left in this industry who isn't.

For many years I was an amateur speaker builder, then bought a pair of Sound Labs and loved 'em so much I became a dealer. About a decade ago I returned to my roots and started designing commercial speakers of my own, having had the good fortune of working with Earl Geddes on the speaker that emerged as his Summa.

During the Great Recession when sales of expensive toys plummeted, I started building bass guitar cabinets, on the theory that there's still a market for a decent "tool of the trade" even in hard times. Bass players got me through it, and I continue to build bass cabinets today.

I consider myself very fortunate to participate in this industry.

cmalak
July 16, 2015, 12:04 AM
So I go to the "Forum Rules" page and this is the first thing I see:

"If you are retailer or manufacturer, you are encouraged to promote your business."

Mike, you had me at hello.

It is really nice to not start out as a second-class citizen, assumed to be deceptive and/or incompetent.

I only build and/or sell stuff that I believe in, and respect anyone else in this industry who is doing the same, and frankly don't think there's anyone left in this industry who isn't.

For many years I was an amateur speaker builder, then bought a pair of Sound Labs and loved 'em so much I became a dealer. About a decade ago I returned to my roots and started designing commercial speakers of my own, having had the good fortune of working with Earl Geddes on the speaker that emerged as his Summa.

During the Great Recession when sales of expensive toys plummeted, I started building bass guitar cabinets, on the theory that there's still a market for a decent "tool of the trade" even in hard times. Bass players got me through it, and I continue to build bass cabinets today.

I consider myself very fortunate to participate in this industry.

Welcome Duke...I am not super familiar with your Audiokinesis speakers, except that they tend to be very tube-friendly, presenting an easy load to the partnering amp with a benign impedance curve and are usually designs of high sensitivity, so SET amps are welcome. Tell us more about your speaker design philosophies.

Duke
July 16, 2015, 01:40 AM
Welcome Duke...I am not super familiar with your Audiokinesis speakers, except that they tend to be very tube-friendly, presenting an easy load to the partnering amp with a benign impedance curve and are usually designs of high sensitivity, so SET amps are welcome. Tell us more about your speaker design philosophies.

Thank you, Cyril! Yes my speakers tend to be tube-friendly, and quite a few people use them with specialty tube amps like SETs and OTLs. But they'll work just fine with solid state as well, either high or low power.

My speaker design philosophy is, amp + speaker + room = a system within a system, and don't forget that the target audience is a pair of ears rather than a set of test equipment. Recreating the acoustic event on the recording is an unrealistic goal, but recreating (or at least closely approximating) the perception of that event is arguably a realistic goal.

I do indeed shoot for a smooth and benign impedance curve, which works well with both low-damping-factor tube amps and high-damping-factor solid state amps. Inevitably we still have some impedance peaks in the bass region, so the enclosures are vented boxes with pluggable ports, with vented mode being more likely to work well with solid state and either low-tuned vented mode (more than one tuning frequency is possible) or sealed box mode usually working best for tube amps.

As for the speaker/room interface, I give a high priority to the off-axis sound being free from significant glitches and anomalies, so whatever reflections the room contributes are likely to be beneficial rather than detrimental (slap echo excluded). Two regions where room acoustics vary a great deal are the bass and the high treble, and the above-mentioned box tuning flexibility often helps with getting good results in the bass region. For the high treble, I include a "tilt" control in the form of a single high-quality resistor in a terminal cup on the back of the cabinet. This is a much higher quality solution than most L-pads, and because it's a tilt instead of a level control, it does a better job of addressing a room that's too bright or too dull without messing up the lower treble region.

As for taking human hearing into account, that's where it gets fun. When Floyd Toole listed the five measurements that were good predictors of subjective preference, four of them are heavily influenced by the off-axis energy. I believe that getting the reverberant field right (and the reverberant field is dominated by the off-axis energy) is critical to rich timbre and long-term fatigue free listening, so some of my designs have additional drivers, or arrays of drivers, dedicated to the reverberant field. This will not look good to a measurement microphone, but I believe it more closely approximates the "feel" of being present at a live performance.

I like the idea of a speaker that gives you a great deal of latitude as far as listening position, such that the presentation holds up well even for listeners well outside the "sweet spot". This results in some rather unorthodox design choices and setup recommendations, which I can go into if you'd like.

My speakers usually have good dynamic characteristics, though this is more a by-product of my choice to use prosound-style drivers than a deliberate goal. I use these drivers primarily for their radiation pattern characteristics. The downside of prosound drivers is that they tend to be less smooth than high-end home audio drivers, so I'm picky about the ones I use and beat them into submission (via the crossover) when necessary.

In the subwoofer region, imo the biggest problem is the room, which inevitably imposes a severe peak-and-dip pattern on the subwoofer's output, no matter how smooth it starts out. The solution I embrace is a distributed multisub system where we scatter four small subwoofers around the room. Each produces a different peak-and-dip pattern, and the sum of these dissimilar peak-and-dip patterns will be far smoother than any one alone. Credit to Earl Geddes for the idea. I'm currently in the process of revising my "satellite" speakers intended to be paired up with my "Swarm" multisub system.

So I like to think my speakers are more room-friendly than most, in addition to being arguably more amp-friendly than most. Of course what would be really nice is if they're more ears-friendly than most!

I have not mastered the art of high wife acceptance factor, which probably dooms me to being a niche market manufacturer. Well, there are worse fates!

Feel free to question me about any of this.

cmalak
July 16, 2015, 01:13 PM
Duke...thanks for detailing your primary design principles. For those of you who may not be familiar with Mr. Lejeune's speakers, here is a link to his web site: Home (http://www.audiokinesis.com/home.html)

Duke...I seem to recall you were primarily a direct seller but reading on your website it seems like you are selling through dealers for some models, can you walk through your sales model and why the hybrid approach. Also, can you list who your primary dealers are as I did not find a list on your web site. Thx

cmalak
July 16, 2015, 01:14 PM
Double post...admin please delete. Thx.

highEndguy
July 16, 2015, 05:31 PM
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Mike
July 16, 2015, 05:43 PM
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Duke
July 16, 2015, 06:48 PM
Duke...I seem to recall you were primarily a direct seller but reading on your website it seems like you are selling through dealers for some models, can you walk through your sales model and why the hybrid approach. Also, can you list who your primary dealers are as I did not find a list on your web site. Thx

I've been selling my own brand direct since 2006, and for most of that time one dealer in particular has let me know repeatedly that he'd like to sell my speakers. Up until recently I haven't been confident of having something that would be competitive with dealer markup factored in, but that recently changed, with the incorporation of Jim Romeyn's "Late Ceiling Splash" technology into a couple of my designs. So the time had finally come.

That persistently encouraging dealer is Brian Walsh of Essential Audio, and my other dealers are Tony Chipelo of Electra-Fidelity and Jim Romeyn of James Romeyn Music and Audio, LLC. I'm not allowed to post links yet, too much of a newbie here still.

That being said, my website is due for some updating. My wife does the website and we've both been swamped lately but it'll get done soon.

Right now the Zephrin and Dream Maker LCS systems are sold through dealers. I plan to replace the Prisma with a through-dealers-only updated version, and add a stand-mount as well.

The Swarm multisub system will continue to be sold direct only, as I think it would be counter-productive to raise the price to accommodate dealer markup.

cmalak
July 16, 2015, 07:48 PM
Thanks Duke. I believe Brian Walsh participates on this forum.

Zero
July 16, 2015, 11:02 PM
Welcome to the forum Duke. You and I used to riff a lot back in the day. I even remember speaking to your kid at one point. :D Glad to see that you're still doing what ya love. I hope to catch with you again sometime in the near future!

CDLehner
August 19, 2015, 03:17 PM
So...who is our resident Auralic dealer now?

I want to pre-order, 12,000 Aries Minis :exciting:

asiufy
August 19, 2015, 03:24 PM
:hey:

Jim Smith
August 19, 2015, 03:38 PM
Welcome, Duke - it's been a while... :hi:

Mike
August 24, 2015, 06:04 PM
Greetings to the big sharks :happy: from Cyprus.

Below our brands. We work mostly with traded-in equipment internationally though :audiophile:

You're in the country of Cyprus?

cmalak
August 25, 2015, 12:03 PM
yes I am.

Welcome. So assuming all your equipment is going to be configured for Euro voltage (230V)?

ReferenceAudioMN
November 25, 2015, 02:12 PM
New Dealer in Plymouth, Minnesota.
Proudly representing Bricasti Design, Shunyata Research, Purist Audio Design and Stillpoints.
We have a lot of product on order and will be demonstrating Bricasti M1 DAC and also the new Limited Edition M1, the M28 Mono Blocks, Shunyata Research Sigma HC power cables, the new Venom Series Interconnects and speaker cables, Purist Audio Design Corvus interconnect and Speaker cables. Much, much more to come...