Originally Posted by nick05
Nice set up Brolic. I too live in the Metro area and if you guys are familiar with the Tysons Corner area, there's a awesome store there. Gramophone is really cool but trust when I say these guys have got it right. It's Evolution AV. And the guys are real cool. Be warned, the traffic and construction around Tysons blows, but believe me it will be worth the drive.
You know, I came across Evolution AV about a month ago searching for a plasma mount hidden by a picture, but I saw Tyson's Corner, and immediately kept looking. The traffic there is ridiculous! Maybe one night I'll go there at midnight to avoid traffic and pitch a tent by the door so I'm the first one in!! :-) lol. Seriously though, it's a great place? I may seriously visit there one of these weekend.
Originally Posted by prepress
It may still pay to take note of the associated electronics/cables if auditioning them with components you don't own. Knowing those and their sonic characteristics could be helpful in evaluations. I thought it helped when auditioning the (in)famous Mac 501s the first time, as the same CD player and speaker cable I have were used as well as having an idea of what the speakers' (B&Ws) essential characteristics were.
Ah yes, I'm thinking about building my own serious cables, but I don't know if i have the patience to do it
I really don't think I do. lol, but I know for a dedicated listening room environment, I would definitely go with some serious cabling that I would bring with me when i go to audition speakers.