Originally Posted by daermonn
Oh man, I used to live up in Waltham MA, and the store Goodwin's High End has some ridiculous setups. I've heard a few different rooms there, but I think my favorite had Focal Grande Utopias, Boulder amplification, and some high-end turntable I wasn't familiar with. Astounding. If I closed my eyes, I couldn't tell the difference between a vocal test track and live speaking. The soundstage was so well-defined I could pick out the placement of drums/cymbals within the drumset, let alone distinct instruments.
I visited that store long time ago;
I frequented a similar place located on the East Side of Providence, RI, Ocean State Audio (closed quite a while ago, i.e, when the HT phenomena started to roll)
He carried some really high end analog, and early digital equip. He would put some amazing setups together on a daily basis; some of the stuff was Krell, Mark Levinson, Audio Research, Creek, Theta, Conrad Johnson, Rega, Thorens, Rotel, Pro Ac (amazing speakers!!!), Apogee, Splendor, Vandersteen, Wilson, Martin Logan electrostats, etc
It was a great place to hang out and talk shop with other like minded hobbyists...In fact, I bought my first really high end equip (for me, lol) from him, i.e., Rotel TT, Conrad Johnson Sonagraphe pre-amp, BK ST 202 2ch amp, and Apogee Centaur Minor ribbon speakers, Phase Technology 10 sub....still have it all and listen to it on a weekly basis when not doing my HT.