Originally Posted by markjwebb
Looking for a location in Manhattan where I can audition Triad speakers. Anyone know of a place?
I seem to read everywhere the recommendation to listen to speakers before you buy, but what on earth do you do with a brand like Triad that doesn't seem to be stocked anywhere!?
I'm actually going to give a protracted answer, so bear with me. First of all, in New York, call Steve Glatzl at 914 337 3178, and ask him if there's a location near you where you can hear Triad speakers. Make sure you tell him early on that I gave you his number. Steve has been my New York rep since the 1980s, and he's a good guy. Triad models are usually specified into custom jobs for the appropriate application by a CEDIA installer, and the customer rarely hears them first. I have never had a complaint in my 12 years here, other than the rare one where the wrong model is used, the room sounds horrible, or the customer is Raymond Leggs.
We'll take stuff back if the client isn't happy.
The speaker brands that are easy to hear are in retail stores...which are disappearing. They are generally the brands with declining sales due to their distribution channel; retail. In New York, even Harvey Electronics (a non-displaying Triad dealer) is cutting back to only two stores. With more and more people buying internet brands and big-box store speakers, independent retail hi-fi stores are in dire straits. (That's where Mark Knopfler buys his speakers.
Triad has had double digit growth for 12 consecutive years due to our business model of using high-end CEDIA dealers. In fact, retail stores rarely want to even carry Triad, and they continue carrying the usual array of popular freestanding speakers and plastic inwalls. Our product line addresses the custom market, which makes us the de facto high end speaker choice for these dealers, few of which have or need showrooms. If we had twelve models of inexpensive towers, our line might have more visibility in A/V retail, but most retail customers, knowing little about speaker nuts-and-bolts, can't see why our stuff costs much more. It is a conundrum.
Still, a few stores have demo facilities, and Steve should be able to help you. I know it can be frustrating, but if we were in Best Buy (they don't want us, and we don't want them), who would buy a $2,000 Triad LCR from them?? I feel your pain, but in a few years when more and more brands are weeded out by a cratering economy, we'll still be here.
Hopefully, I have answered your question and given you a path to hear Triad. If you're looking for a substantial enough Triad system, some dealers can even take you to a client's home for an audition, too. Thanks for asking.