Originally Posted by Zen Traveler
Congratulations on your purchase and I'm not singling you out, but wonder when will ALL
of the local Audio stores close and there will be no place to audition speakers.
Fwiw, it seems most people on this thread have purchased their speakers on the internet and NONE of the stores I purchased several dozen speakers and HT components are open in the DFW market anymore...
I agree, there used to be HiFi shops all over the DFW area, now we are down to a very small handful.
Seems like all the brick and mortar retailers specializing in electronics are on life support these days.
Unfortunately there is no easy answer, selection in the retail chain is very limited and the manufacturers have chosen to go with the authorized dealer for the good stuff which makes sure this trend will continue.
It is really hit or miss when it comes to the assistance you get when you visit one of the local retailers who handle the mid and high end audio gear.
In the DFW area the specialty store with the most selection of mid-grade and high-grade speakers under one roof is Star Power.
There is also a Modia who is the B&W dealer and Ed Kellum & Sons who is a Paradigm dealer.
The help I have had at Ed Kellum & Sons and Star Power has ranged from pathetic to outstanding. Unfortunately the people I have referred there have mostly experienced closer to pathetic than outstanding and will probably never set foot in either joint again.
The service at Modia has ranged from very good to outstanding, but they only carry B&W speakers and now that Best Buy has started carrying the lower series B&W speakers in the Magnolia I think Modia will be hurt.
I still encourage everyone to visit all three stores and if you don’t like the salesman go to the front desk and ask for someone else to help you.
The price I paid for my Klipsch speakers at Star Power was significantly lower than any price I have seen online. Granted it was during a promotional event and I bought 5 speakers… but it was still the best price I have seen or heard of for brand new speakers.
When it came to buying an AVR, oddly enough the online price was $400 less than the best offer I could get locally. While I try to do business in the retail stores the difference between $1k and $600 was just too much to overcome.