Originally Posted by Louis Bartay
Hillcrest High Fidelity in Dallas, CBR(raw Birch plywood) Cornwalls s/n 19T906/7 $918.00 and risers were $24.00. The Klipsch dealer
...Now both of the Klipsch dealers are out of business... what a shame.
I have been in that store several times and purchased a couple of things from them--I think I bought my KSW-15 subwoofer and possibly my KLF C7 center channel there...For a 3 year period I was in all of the Klipsch dealers in the Dallas area and auditioned many dozens of speakers and components on a weekly basis...I was in Hillcrest prior to 9/11 and Tweeter bought them out and Ultimate Electronics came en mass to the area.
I wheeled-n-dealed on everything I bought and had to laugh when I got a card of thanks from one of the salesman saying he appreciated me coming in and teaching him about Klipsch speakers--Then the bottom dropped out of the market and none of the stores I bought electronics are still open except for BBY in our area.
Imo, the Internet has been a mixed bag. There is alot of good information online but there is also alot of BS one must wade through to get good advice. I also think with the Internet more and more folks are not auditioning and relying on opinion from folks that also get most of their opinions from the Internet and it becomes a cycle of misinformation...
Even though we are less than 200 miles from Hope and a major market, there hasn't been a store in our area that has Heritage on display for at least the last 15 years (if not longer). I was contemplating getting the LaScalas and making a Home Theater around them and flew to Indianapolis to audition but decided the footprint was too big and I didn't like the sound of the Heresies so I decided there were too many factors against it...that said, the nicest Home Theater I've heard was there and it had 3 Lascalas across the front, a pair of Belles in the back with 2 THX subs taking up the lower end and it was AWESOME.
The first store I bought electronics from was Custom Audio on Rodney Paraham Rd in Little Rock Arkansas back in the early1980s when I managed a business a couple of doors down...They also were the last retail establishment I saw K-horns in, and that had to be when I went back to visit, sometime prior to 2000. The store is also mentioned in the Paul Klipsch Biography, "Paul Wilber Klipsch-The life...The legend," which I also picked up there. Edited by Zen Traveler - 9/8/13 at 3:34pm