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My sister and her family live near Salt Lake City (Holladay, technically) and are considering putting in a pseudo-HT. I say pseudo because from an audio standpoint, the system is going to be geared more towards performance for music than towards movie capabilities.


They're dealing with a store that (to my understanding) specializes in audio gear. I don't remember what they're called, but I do know they advertise in the Catalyst.


Anyways, they've got the audio side taken care of, and since my brother-in-law isn't too concerned with the video side, he's leaving that to my sister. So in turn, she's turned to me. I can help her out as much as I can long-distance, but in the end I'd like for her to be able to turn to a reputable shop for her gear and other questions.


This is all pretty new news to me, so I haven't asked about a budget or what thoughts they're entertaining in terms of RPTV, FP, etc...


So... anyone here from the Salt Lake City area or know of a good, local shop that I can steer them towards?
 

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I've dealt with Aurant and Ultimate Electronics. Aurant is near Sugarhouse, Ultimate Electronics not sure, I live in Layton.


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It sounds like your sister is buying through scott haver/aris audio? he advertises in the catalyst and is based in holladay... Scott has some good stuff. especially his budget stuff NAD, PSB.. He knows a lot about stereo.

If you are looking for a retail store with projector/video equipment to demo, I would say (with reservation) call TV specialists... Don't let them talk her into one of their "hot rodded" data projectors, other than that they do have some good stuff.


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Aurant has an excellent reputation. I would highly recommend them to anyone who was interested in dealing with them. They work on the best projects in the Utah area and have been consistently ranked as a top ten dealer in CE Pro for the last several years.


Trunk you bring up one issue you had with them years ago. If they weren't very good at what they did then they wouldn't be in business. I don't think there are many custom install firms in the U.S. who can claim they have over 60 employees in one location.


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Jake:


Criticizing other dealers and then mentioning that you might be able to help the customer is not appropriate IMO, even if your comments are sincere and well founded. It's one thing for a consumer to talk about the experiences they had at a store. It's another thing entirely for a dealer to do so when they are a direct competitor of the stores in question. Even IF your critisism isn't self motivated, people will still perceive it that way. And on top of that dealers aren't suppose to self promote here. I'm speaking as one dealer to another. And believe me, I have to hold my tongue at times because I know some real butchers out there :).
 

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QQQ: point well taken. I have edited my original post.


I still stand by my first recommendation. TV Specialists in Salt Lake should be able to help your sister out.

I will not bash aurant/audition, but I will say that my feelings towards them stemmed from lots of previous business, and relationships I have maintained with previous employees. They are still the best in Utah if your sister is looking for audiophile gear. Levinsion, B&W, Wilson, etc. I may be wrong, but I gathered from your post that your sister was looking for a mid/lower range video solution, in which case aurant probably wouldn't have much for her (she's not looking for a runco projector, is she?) TV Specialists would be a good place to look.


Disclaimer; I am in no way affiliated with TV Specialists, other than being a previous and satisfied customer.


-Jake
 

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Thanks guys. Yes - I'm qutie sure that it's Aris that they're dealing with.


I got an e-mail from my sister late last week saying she was at HC Wileys (?) and saw a 51" HD Sony widescreen that someone had taken home and returned for a bigger model - normally $2200 but she could get it for $1650. I don't know if she did it or not though.


I'm interested to see what they're doing for an audio package though - she said that it's just a two channel system and they package is running them about $5500. All she knew was "the speakers are triangles". ???


Thanks again for your info - I'll pass it along!
 

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QQQ; thanks for being polite, and pointing out how out of line I was. I'm new to forum posting. It's easier for me to get carried away about personal opinions, especially since I am dealing with people I think of as peers rather than customers.


MrSquid: yes it sounds like your sister is shopping with scott at aris. He carries Triangle speakers http://www.triangle-fr.com/

IMO the triangles are GREAT speakers. I heard them last year at CES, and was very impressed. Also, stereophile reviewed them last year, and raved about them. I don't recall the issue, but it probably wouldn't be too hard to find.

RC Willey is an electronics chain in Utah. ~= Ultimate Electronics. It sounds like she's getting a good deal on that TV.


-Jake
 
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