I can't even imagine visiting Hi-Fi shop in Columbia SC.
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From personal experience, I can tell you NOT to go to Upstairs Audio. I purchased a $450 used CD player from them, was told it was still under warranty and that they would honor that. When it stopped reading CDs 2 weeks later, they refused to honor their word. The owner told me (no lie), "I am not responsible for what my sales staff tell customers."
Hi Wig, I am an Audio hobbyist and I live in the surberbs of Columbia S. C. and one would have a better chance of finding any type of Audio shop much less a good one in the Arizona dessert than in Columbia. The closest city that has good Audio shops is Charlotte N.C.
Sorry, I wish that the news was better.
Amazing how people post things when they do not know what they are talking about!
There is a Hi-Fi Shop in the 5 points area in Columbia SC.
746 Harden Street
Columbia, SC 29205
in Five Points
There is also a pretty good vinyl shop across the street.
I went inside Upstairs Audio, although it was many years ago. The only reason I remember it was because it made such a completely forgettable impression on me the moment I did - I'll just say that about everything you could imagine to violate the concept of a "professional" audio salon would apply...
Try and see what's happening in Charelston these days.
Rafr, for your information, I was born in Columbia, graduated from USC and lived in Columbia for a total of 52 years so I do think that I do know something about what I am talking about concerning Audio shops.in the Columbia area. I have been in the audio hobby for 50 years. I lived in Southern California for 17 years and have been to Audio Shops in San Diego , Los Angeles and San Francisco so I have seen some of the best Audio shops in the US. I have been in every Audio shop in Columbia that I was ever familiar with on many occasions and I stick by my original post. This is merely my opinion in answer to the OP.