NYC Stores - On Vacation

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  1. Paul_Dunlop

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    Hi

    i'm going to the Big Apple for vacation this week - i was wondering if you could let me know of some audio stores that i could wander into

    if you could tell me the name and the cross streets, that would be great (ie. 70th and 5th)

    thanks in advance
     
  2. Lee Scoggins

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    Paul,

    Sound By Singer (16th Street and Union Square West (?) I believe

    Lyric (Upper East Side around 74th Street and Lexington or thereabouts)

    Innovative Audio (58th Street and ???)

    My memory is a bit fuzzy but I think they all have websites you can go to.

    I like all three of these. Stay away from the discounters in this town - they are clip joints.
     
  3. Frank joe

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    also try harvy's electronics
     
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    Are they ever Lee! More lost our lease places than you can shake a stick at. Keep your wallet in your front pocket

    AUDIO VIDEO SALON
    1553 SECOND AVENUE that's around 80th street

    INNOVATIVE AUDIO
    150 EAST 58TH STREET around lexington
     
  6. Brian Vaughan

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    Big thumbs up for Innovative (where I picked up my B&W's) and Singer (where I got my B&K gear). You may be tempted to stop by Stereo Exchange at Broadway and Houston, but don't bother. I've never had a good experience there.

    Cheers, Brian
     
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    Actually, Stereo Exchange ain't so bad if you talk to the right person---Anthony for audio, Israel for video. In fact, Israel is probably the best video guy in town. Anthony worked with me countless hours even though i decided to go another route. He also will discount if pushed.

    The key is getting behind the velvet rope into the back--they have a huge theater back there with a full Meridian 8000 setup---i mean, it is a cavern with like 20 ft. ceilings (and not where they have the hi-end B&Ws btw). Everything up front is midfi at best...

    And as far as AV Salon, forget it, unless you want to pay the $100 consulting fee to even walk in the door--he doesn't even have any good equipment that you can't demo elsewhere. He literally escorted me out the door when I tried to find what lines he carried--sheesh!

    That said, Singer is my favorite, as they have all sorts of unusual gear (i love the back room)-- Steve Marino is the man there to speak with

    Innovative has a Wilson Grand Slamm theater with Madrigal projector, and ML #40 that is pretty sweet too. They also have the nicest listening rooms with B&B Italia furniture! Speak to Matt there---he is pretty cool, and i bought stuff from him when he worked at Singer.

    Have fun! (btw, don't tell peeps you are from out of town...)
     
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    I would add Park Avenue Audio on Park Avenue at 29th Street. They carry Arcam, Marantz, NAD, Adcom, Proton, Classe, YBA, Linn, Joseph Audio, Paradigm, Gallo, Definitive, and probably lots more. The salespeople are very helpful and low-pressure. I bought some wire from them last year. No other affiliation.
     
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    I'll second the big thumbs down for Stereo Exchange, and a big thumbs up for Innovative. Stereo Exchange is full of snobs who don't want to give you a penny of discount, and don't take returns. One salesman actually told me "once it's out the door, it's your problem."

    Check out Red Rose, it's amazing!
     
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    There is also a new place on e4th between bway and lafayette, directly across the street from Tower Records.

    As far as Stereo Exchange goes, I haven't had any bad experiences there, but I've never asked for auditions of the higher end stuff. I did go there to look at CD players and they gave me the grand tour of players from about $400 to $1600, and let me listen as much as I wanted. Their biggest problem is their location. They get a lot of foot traffic because they're right on Broadway in the Village. Most high-end audio shops are in out of the way places. I bought my first stereo there, at a prior location, 25+ years ago, an AR integrated amp, pioneer pl-112 tt, and large Advent speakers. That was hot stuff back then.
     
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    I second the Red Rose recommendations as well.
     
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    Isn't New York a great city?!?


    -rob
     
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    If you can schedule it, try to hit Lincoln Center for some live music! Nothing like hearing the real deal.
     
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    Yeah Innovative Audio is great. Bot all my B&W stuff there, also they had a huge sale 2 weeks ago-- Picked up a Rotel 1080 amp cheap.

    --Mike
     
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    I agree with most of the other posts:

    Innovative: Big thumbs up.

    Sound by Singer: OK

    Lyric: The few visits I've had there were fine.

    Stereo Exchange: Disgusting. Like the Wiz, but with more expensive equipment.

    Audio-Video Exchange: A few years ago I arranged a demo of a RPTV. Because their's was the only store that had a demo unit, I agreed to pay the admission fee. However, when I asked the salesman whether he had any anamorophic movies for me to use in the demo, he told me that I read too many magazines and that they didn't want me as a customer. I have no idea how they stay in business and have oftern wondered whether they are a front for something else.

    Park Avenue Audio: A notch or two-below the high-end shops, but a pleasant place overall.

    My two cents.

    Larry
     

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