Up here in Cleveland, most of the dealers are home theater oriented, as well. If you're up for a couple-hour drive, try Progressive Audio in Columbus. They carry a ton of two-channel stuff.
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Hi Alexc, my name is Tom and I am one of those hard to find Cincinnati audiophiles. Nice to hear that someone else in Cincinnati is into the Hi-End. If you want to get in touch with me on line to chat, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org If you want a good Hi Fi dealer, make the trip to Columbus to Progressive Audio. That is where I get my goodies. They are great to deal with.
I'm from the Cincinnati area, now in Indy. It's disheartening that the 'classic' (if you will) hifi shops are giving way to those that emphasize home theatre (and higher profits I presume). One long time dealer here in Indy went out of business last year. If you're talking about Audible Elegance in Montgomery, they were never really accessible nor accomodating to me back in the 'lean years,' so I never went back when I had more scratch. Anyway, there is a pretty good hifi dealer here (Wadia, Pass, BAT, VAC, to name a few) called Synergistic Sound, Synersound on Audiogon as they have sales and occasional auctions on the site. I have no vested interest in giving them a plug other than to help preserve the traditional 'bricks and mortar' hifi shop.
Thank you all for you replies. Tom, I will reply directly to you via e-mail. I have known about Progressive Audio and almost bought a pair of ProAc speakers from them - but ultimately decided they would overwhelm my smallish room. A "pilgrimage" is definitely in the (future) plans when upgrade fever hits again. As far as the Cinit BAsed store, I've been ot Ohio Valley a couple of times and was never too impressed by the gear and the set-ups. I actually bought my first system (all Linn electronics, because they offered switchable 120/220 power and I was moving to Europe) from Audible Elegance, and still maintain a cordial relationship with Lou. I ALMOST bought a pair of Maggie 3.6's from them, but after three listening sessions in which there was no magic (poor set up, underpowered amplifiers, etc), I gave up an bought stand-mounted monitors. I wll definitely check out the Synersound site....
I agree with Musikdok and Kriek on Audible Elegance. I felt a bit slighted by them. In 1994 I was looking for my 1st real audio equipment. The only guidance I had at the time were audio magazines and the folks over at Audible Elegance and some other Cincinnati stores which now escapes me. At the time, I only knew enough to know that Bose Accoustimass was not the best thing on the face of this planet. They led me to a pair of Thiel SCS's and eventually an Audiolab 8000A to drive them a few weeks later. As alot of people know about Thiel, they are usually very hard to drive. This was particularly the case with the SCS's. Its obvious that the 8000A was not the best match. Even though I bought them at demo prices, for the money I could have gotten a more optimal match. As customers we partly rely on advice from high end dealers to guide us. I wouldn't mind getting this kind of advice from a place like "Ovation". They simply don't know better. But, a place like Audible Elegance does! At the expense of looking naive, I felt it would be good for folks in the Cincinnati area to get a feel for the type of people who work at Audible Elegance and what you should expect based on my experience.
Alexc, I Live in No. KY (Cold Spring). Call me at 442-9981 Current line up is krell transport, theta d / a, reference line passive pre, krell amp, ml quest speakers. Lost internet use at "work". E-mail is email@example.com I would like to see / hear other systems for comparison / discussion. So long for now.
As another fellow Audiophile from Cinci,I too have had experience with Lou and company at Audible Elegance. In all fairness, they have treated me well and have given me advice that I found useful. Don't look for any good deal though, everything is full MSRP. While not my favorite store, I do like having them in town so I buy from them accordingly.
I also visit Progressive in Columbus. I try to purchase from the dealer who helped me with most with each purchase or who has the equipment I need.
If anyone is considering starting a Local Club it please contact me as I would be interested.
Wow great to here there are other audiophiles in cincy I live in Columbia Tusculum area and would love to here from other audio nuts any time .I have 3 systems in My house the big rig has Basis 2001 TT, Graham 1.5T, arm Benz Ruby, AI mod 3A ,Alon 5's , VTL 125 mono block's ,Theta Jade transport, Theta DS pro basic 3 D/A, e-mail Me at [firstname.lastname@example.org] yes I would like to form a club or get a informal group going some time
Wow! I never knew there were that many guys into audio in Cincy. It would be great to have a few get togethers for some informal listening. Like alot of the people who already responded, I deal with Progressive in Columbus. I like the relaxed atmosphere up there and the ability to sit around and play music without any hassle. A great place to hang out. As for my system, it's built around a pair of Quad USA monitors. Hope to hear from yall!
Tom here. I'm another Cincinnati Audiophile. I'm good friends with sbrown who replied earlier. I'm all for forming a small group. There are many people in/around Cincinnati that are into HiFi and several are fans of low-powered SET amps.
Personally, I buy lots of different stuff on AudiogoN. Try it for a while and if it doesn't "float my boat", I re-sell. Consequently, I have a lot of different stuff to listen to.
Jeff Korneff 6DQ5/EL-84 SE tube amp
BottleHead Paramours 2A3 SET tube amps
Anthem Amp 1 40 watt P-P tube amp
Anthem Integrated 1 25 watt/ch P-P tube integrated
Sony DVP-S9000ES DVD/SACD
Birdland Odeon Lite DAC
Reference 3A MM De Capo Monitors
Adire HE10.1 Monitors
HT system too, but not my bag!!!
TIC (Tom In Cincinnati)
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I live in the middle between Dayton and Cincinnati and have been in the process of upgrading and learning. I would have loved to had someone to bounce all of this information off of. I also have been to Audible Elegance and even purchased a pre-amp from them. While the were friendly and somewhat helpful, I wasn't overwhelmed by them. After that purchase, I bought everything else used on audiogon.
Hi- Fi everyone! I'm between cincy and indy and visit a few shops in indy and have also been to audible elegence a couple of times. Getting back into vinyl right now on a small scale. Anyone out there ride motorcycles and/or play music? I play guitar and bass and always looking for that elusive groove.
I'm in Cincinnati, but I'm a college student and just getting started in the audiophile stuff. The only decent part of my system is a Rega P2, but so far I haven't been able to find anyone in the city that will show me how to align the cartridge, so I still can't listen to it. Does anyone in Cincinnati know someone/someplace that can help me? thanks; kenny
I'm a musicholic in N.Ky,about 15 min south of Cincy,my name is Bill(Sully)I am also interested in getting something together,I'm in to vinyl,although I lost much music in a flood some years back,always looking to share the experience,the only person in the area into audio is my good friend Lake513.....lets get it on!
So what kind of music is being enjoyed in Cincinnati? Myself, I would like to get into the classics a bit more deeply. My favorites at the moment are choral pieces from the Renaissance and jazz from the likes of John Coltrane and Miles Davis but I have to say that being 45 classic rock is still close to my heart. Also like some of the jams of mm&w. Well, happy listening. Anyone want to share music finds is welcome.
So, I just stumbled onto this thread. Has anyone gotten together? I'd love to hear some different systems and some interesting music. I've also done a fair amount of diy - most of my system is home-built. Good to hear there are others around here; sometimes it feels like a wasteland here in Cincy (especially on the West Side)...
Hey Cinci Audiophiles,
I still like the idea of starting a small club to get together occasionally.
I also have an idea about creating a mailing list to send out "pre-notices" when we are going to sell something on AudiogoN. I've now bought 3 or 4 pieces from local guys, including "slowhand" (Hi Tom!) who replied above.
It's nice buying locally as you can sometime audition the piece and you don't have to worry about the UPS gorillas messing up your hi-end audio pieces.
Anyone know an easy way to create and share a mailing list?
(Tom In Cincinnati)
I live in central ohio and have had a tough time finding grear to audition. I am planning a trip to Louisville, Lexington, Cincy, and Columbus. Louisville is the final destination, so I can audition a few pairs of speakers, a preamp, and hopefully a few other items.
Anyone else interested in a road trip?
Or want to be a pit stop on this trip?
I have talked to 3 guys so far that I hope to be able to meet with, I will make the trip in the next couple of weeks.
Cincinnati is like that town in the movie "Citty Chitty Bang Bang". In the town in Vulgaria, children were forbidden by the dutchess. They were there, in hiding, but you didn't see them out on the streets!
There are lots of audiophiles in Cincinnati. You just never see any of them! In fact, there are at least a couple of reviewers for major audiophile magazines that live in The Queen City of the West (well, it was the west in the 1800s!).
Interestingly enough, I know of at least 5 different manufacturer of audiophile products that live in Cincinnati too.
(Tom In Cincinnati)
Wow! It's amazing to see this thread alive after all this time. What is really funny is that I moved away from Cinti in 2002..all the way to Caracas, Venezuela!
Returned to the city in July 2005, but my system was in storage for close to a year while I built a house. We moved into the new house May 2006, and the system is now assembled again (though not yet fully fine tuned). I did meet several audiophiles in the area (including Slowhand and Flethcj)back in 2000, and we still have a small "club" (3-5 people overall) of sorts, going over to each other's houses about once a month to listen.
I actually designed my new house AROUND the listening room, with the best dimensions I could get to using the RPG Room Sizer program, double drywall ceiling and walls, dedicated circuits (3 20 amp lines), and extensive acoustic treatments from Echo Busters. My system has evolved quite a bit since 2000...Front ends are a Basis Debut vacuum with Vector arm and Benz LP cartridge, into a Pass Labs Xono phono pre..and a Muse Model 9 Signature DVD/CD player used as a transport. Preamp is a Tact 2.2X with a few MauiMods mods (more planned at the end of September). Amps are a pair of CJ Premier 8 XS (triode), and a pair of Marantz 200 watt monoblocks to drive the subwoofers. Speakers are now the Kharma 3.2 FE monitors, and a pair of Tact W210 sub-woofers. Still fine tuning the positioning and Tact correction curves/eq...but the sound is pretty decent.
Anyway, still up for a more extended "club". I volunteer to pull together an email distribution list if you email me at email@example.com
Hello I live in dayton .I am an ex new yorker that has taken my audiophile addiction to the midwest I own over 7000 lps and my system consists of My lp12 linn sondek with all linn mods including an ekos tonarm.I just purchased a Lyra Skala and love it!
Ky preamp is the top of the line Bat51se tubed the Bat 75se amp all feeding my Virgo 3 speakes Lets get together I have a small group here in dayton you could join us too for a listening session
This is typical Cinti. Bunch of well meaning folks who can't quite get on the same wavelength. Can you say the "Banks". :>) It is amazing this thread has gone on this long. The first time I have seen it.
I did e-mail Tom, "Ruebent", to say hello when one of his thread replies included a mention of "Tall Stacks". Nice guy. He mentioned his desire to pull audio lovers together from in the area, but I would imagine Tom is like most of us, fighting to find time to sit and listen for ourselves, never mind organize a club.
I have also been the Audible Elegance route. Lou is more than a little testy, but he hears like I do (old?), so the recommendatios have worked out. Mark is very different and very easy to deal with.
I started with (and still have) a pretty much out of the box system. Arcam Alpha 10 and Castle Towers from one of their scratch and dent sales. Have MG 1.6's (new), another Arcam amp and pre, and Alpha 9 and CD23 players (used from agon).
As you can see, pretty 1 dimensional in experience. It would be fun and educational to hear systems that build on a different concept. If it ever gets started include me in.
Cheers and Happy Holidays from the Queen City.
Hey Cincinnati People,
I can't go and call myself a real "audiophile" yet, because I haven't reached the $1000 mark in total investment. That has to be a criterion, right? So I'll say I'm an appreciator of high quality sound with discerning tastes. I don't think I've ever heard a true high-end setup, but I'm really happy with what I have right now. I'm hoping someone on this thread can direct to a place local to downtown Cincy where I can hear some good equipment.
I'm 24 and I moved here about a year ago, so I'm probably not as hardcore about the Bengals, Reds, or Skyline Chili as your average Cincinnatian, but I'm learning.
Anyway, thanks for putting this thread together.
Yeah..its been kind of slow to take off..but a couple of us do meet pretty regularly. Send me an email privately and I will add you to my mailing list. I am actually having 3-5 people over this weekend for a bit of listening. I've only met one of them before. Of the others, one is fomr this thread, and the other three are firnads of a friend form Dayton. Let' see who shows up for real...Not sure how many is too many yet. My listening room is large enough...but of course there is only one sweet spot! My selfish plan this weekend is to compare two transports (my old Muse 9 Signature vs the new North Star modified by Aberdeen Components), and to compare a couple of cables (Purist Dominus vs Kimber Orchid) on the North Star. However, I am sure we will end up spinning some vinyl as well...
Welcome to the Queen City. Hope you find happiness and prosperity here. Earlier in the thread, people have listed the local audio shops, and the shops they are willing to drive to in Indy, Columbus, etc. I don't know of anything downtown.
I don't think the cost of your system is the measure of an "Audiophile". It is the love of music and a desire to improve the playback system to enhance your enjoyment (or something like that?).
Thank you for the invitation to join the mailing list. Very kind! I will forward you a private e-mail. It would be an honor to be included.
I do not have an e-mail account set up at home, just at work (the spam filters at work are very good), but will send something first thing Monday.
Hope you have a nice session this weekend!