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Proac at Deju Vu Audio in McLean with lots of gorgeous boutique low watt tube amps, also in Verona NJ (at least they used to have them) with ARC amplification; Devore and Raidho at Command AV in Falls Church; Vandersteen Maggie's and Linn at Gifted Listener in Centreville VA; tons of expensive Dynaudio and more at JS Audio in Bethesda MD; The Listening Room in Pikesvilke MD (near Baltimore) used to have Von Schweikert and ARC; tons of rooms of gear at David Lewis Audio. Could spend two weeks there alone.
My NJ picks are:
Care Audio in Edison
Audio Connections in Verona
Woodbridge Stereo in Woodbridge
Bravo A/V in Bernardsville
Audio Video Synergy in Clinton
One NYC dealer I know and like: Cloud 9 Smarthome in Union Square, Manhattan
I know the proprieters of all of these stores, and trust their knowledge and dedication to customer satisfaction.
Thanks Guys for quick responses.. I have contacted some of the stores. Audioconnection, Verona seems to be a must go place.
I'm visiting USA and hoping to buy speakers after audition. The store seems to be obvious choice. I don't have an option to sell or return speakers once I buy and take it out of USA. So I may even move up to higher models, to avoid short term upgrade. And meanwhile if i see something similar up for sale on Audiogon, nothing like it !!
Deja Vu is quite a different kind of store--a lot of old gear, but mostly "new" gear that they make in-house or through exclusive associations with builders in Europe that build new stuff from old parts. Some of the speaker systems based on Western Electric, IPC, RCA, Jensen, etc. drivers are fantastic sounding. Even better than their in-house speakers are their tube amps, linestages and DACs made from a mix of vintage parts. You can hear AN, Harbeth and ProAc at Deja Vu. You can also audition DeVore at Command Audio in Falls Church Va.
We should be able to accommodate most Clearwave models you are interested in over @ Forefront Audio. By this summer, I'll have a new 3 way model in my Resolution line too. He's running Plinius amplifiers a lot, but carries a range of high end amplifiers. I'd imagine you might be able to even bring your own amplifier to try too.
In the NYC area I recommend Wes Bender Studios in Brooklyn. He is very friendly puts together great sounding systems (both tube and solid state ) and has great speaker lines : Marten , Hansen ,Gamut to name several . I know none of them were on your list but they are all excellent. Wondering what your budget was it makes it easier to recommend speakers in your price range.
Thanks nsp. Wes Bender Studio is on my list. The list of the Speakers/Models I have mentioned are the ones I like, of course from the reviews i have read here on Audiogon. I have never personally heard any one of them. And during my short trip to USA, I might not get to listen to some of them as most of them are discontinued.
Your inputs will be a great value to me. My price range is 3000-4500 USD and I might be able to stretch a bit more if I am getting very good value. That's the reason I am looking at Demo/Used pair. Any suggestions are most welcomed.
Just saw your last response . sorry for delayed response. in your price range new speakers which have been reviewed very favorably in Absolute Sound are :Revel Performa 3F206, Tannoy Revolution XT8F , Dynaudio Focus 260 . Keep in mind I nhave not HEARD THESE speakers just reviews.
Wes Bender has a demo pair of Marten Form Floors which you can hear at his studio and I think also entry level speakers from Gamut. Wes was asking what electronics you use and cables and your room dimensions/? Here is link to see and hear the Martens: Youtube.be/sD8WZvrcRDo ..
A speaker which I have heard twice at length is Focal UtopIA Diablo , a monitor speaker w/stands. IT is really terrific and gives you a real taste of the high end. It might be out of your price range as it ratails for I think 13-16k and used is about 8500-9000.
Thanks.. My room dimensions are 12 Ft x 22 Ft , height part 7 Ft, Part 16 Ft, with natural stone flooring and Masonry walls. SO very live room conditions. (However Im planning some cloth curtains and room treatments for that. I have an old Cary Preamp (CAD 5500). But I have finalised a new preamp (Cary SLP 98 L) and digital player is Sony HAP Z1 ES. My interconnects are Morrow Audio MA 1.1 (RCA). I'll pass on this information to Wes Bender also.
I'll also put Focals on my list. Some good reviews on them with Pass amps. Not the Utopia Diablo though, they are way out of my buget.
I just saw another current thread on Silverline Sonatina MK IV. A current silverline model and within my range. I tried to find some feedback on that on audiogon but there was'nt much written on this model. However, i'm very encouraged by the positive feedback from the Sonatina MK IV owner, laurendy3.