best buy sells B&W and Marantz
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If you are flexible and willing to consider used equipment; try Dan at Porschecab (https://www.audiogon.com/users/porschecab ), in St Mateo. Dan has a fantastic collection of used high end equipment for sale and he is a really nice guy to work with.
You should have no problem finding a good store in the Bay area.
It is doubtful a Magnolia would sell the Marantz higher end products but I am sure they could specially order it.
We just got in the Krell K300i intergrated you may want to check that out as a possible alternative to the Maranz.
The K300i is $8k so similar in price to the Marantz, is 150 watts Class A and has a great built in dac and streaming, it also sounds really rich and very tube like, which should complement the detailed sound of the B&W Diamond tweeter which works well with richer amplifiers such as the Marantz. The digital board is really good sounding and has the ability to stream Tidal and is fully MQA compatible and the piece even includes Apt x blue tooth.
There is also a standard version without the streaming digital board for $7k.
Dave and Troy
Audio Doctor NJ Krell dealers
The 2 shops mentioned are good and I have been to both.
If you are near the South Bay then there is also a very good store at the Mountain View train station. I forgot the name but it is on Castro across from Central (beside Thai restaurant). You can walk from the BART station
There is also a good smaller store at the Campbell downtown area. That downtown is so small you can easily look it up.
Music Lovers in SF and Berkeley has nice listening rooms and helpful salesmen, if you like the brands they carry.
Audio Visions carries a lot of brands. Unfortunately, many customers, including me, have had terrible experiences there. One of the owners particularly can be a real problem. I would love to shop there because of the selection but I won’t because of the treatment. Read the Yelp reviews.
In Mill Valley, there’s a small store called World of Sound which carries B&W, KEF, Monitor Audio and other speakers. In electronics, they carry McIntosh, Musical Fidelity and others. They are big on B&W and the owner, Peter, is very helpful. They area about 10-15 mInutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge and a couple of minutes from 101. If you’re anywhere near Mill Valley, it would be worth a trip. The opposite experience to Audio Visions.
Go to Music Lovers and ask for Hugh Fountain. Hugh got me into stereo
in the 70s. He has perfect pitch and knows of what he speaks. I think you will find the Paradigm line a much better speaker for the $$ as compared to B&W. Best of luck and thanks for helping your relative
in his pursuit of great sound!!
+1. As noted above, I also recommend The Analog Room. His address is:
3185 South Bascom Avenue
Campbell CA 95008
The owner's name is Brian and he is very helpful. I have been his customer since 2006 and he provides a consultive sale when he gives his opinion and advise based on your needs. He carries the excellent PMC Speakers (I purchased these) and also the excellent Harbeth speakers. I suggest you visit him and discuss your needs.