I just finished moving from the Rochester, NY area to the Rockville, MD area and was wondering if there are many audiophiles around here.
Upon receiving my new yellow pages this weekend, I immediately began searching for those wonderful stores that carry all sorts of cool audio toys. I will undoubtedly be visiting one of these stores in Kensington, MD in the very near future to drool and hopefully meet some other nuts in the area. I'm looking forward to it.
Although my girlfriend has wonderful taste in music and enjoys the sounds coming from my system, she doesn't quite get it. She is very cute though.
Anyways, I'd love to know that there are others nearby who share my affliction.
Welcome to the area. Ditto on SoundWorks, can be cold store, though they have some fun stuff. JSAudio is much nicer, as is the Gifted Listener in VA. HAven't been to Deja Vu, sounds like a great place.
Thanks for the welcome?
Yes, the adds for SoundWorks in the yellow pages caught my eye, but your responses caught my attention.
I will likely pay a visit to SoundWorks to take a look around, but I'm much more interested in visiting DejaVu. Although my current system is solid state and digital, I'm very intrigued by tubes and vinyl. I'm afraid that my impending DejaVu experience will destroy my savings account. I must face my fears though.
I also plan on visiting some of the other nearby establishments like JS Audio and The Gifted Listener. The more the merrier.
It would also be nice to meet others in the area with the same affliction.
Thanks again and maybe I'll see you soon. Take care.
I agree with Larry.
I live just a short distance north of you, and the only store worth going to, is DejaVu.
I'd also recommend a trip to JS Audio in Bethesda, MD and Gifted Listener in Cetreville, VA. Both shops stock some fine equipment and exhibit a relaxed and informative approach to audio shopping.
Welcome to the area!
Welcome to the D.C. area. I take it that the ads for SoundWorks have caught your eye. The seem to have all of the latest Stereophile-approved brands. Their forte is intimidating those who are insecure about their own abilities to judge equipment into purchasing this month's fave.
The truly hardcore hang out at Deja Vu Audio in McLean, Va. A regular group of customers can be found there on weekends, mostly just listening to music, not being pressured into buying anything. It is not just the regulars who are treated well. Typically, Vu and Lynn, the proprietors, are interested in getting any newcomer to simply hear what is their "vision" of accurate reproduction. There is virtually no pressure to buy anything and the shopper can literally spend hours listening to music.
The equipment they carry is weighted heavily toward tube equipment -- Jolida, Cary, Fi, Emotive, Hovland -- including their own home-made amplifiers (push-pull 300B, 2A3 and 45 and SET 2A3 and 45 amps). Speakers are mostly high-efficiency speakers from Avantgarde, Spendor, SAP, and Soliloque. Analogue equipment includes Music Hall, Rega, Well Tempered, Verdier, Amazon, JA Michelle, Lyra, Transfiguration, and Benz.
If you show up on a Saturday or Sunday, there is a good chance we will bump into each other. I should warn you that the sound of their systems is insidious. I went from a Martin-Logan Quest-based system to SAP Quartettes ($10,000) and then to SAP J2001 ($20,000) inside of one year.
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