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post #16 of 43
Update: Virgin Music Store on Market Street now carries 3x Grado SR60 and 3x SR125 on their second floor electronics shelf for $69.99 and $139.99 respectively. Attached to the rack is two laminated sheets of paper that apparently have award reviews on them - how else would they get an average consumer to buy a headphone that looks retro like a Grado?
post #17 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by gshan
Besides the HD650 on Vanness, does anyone know if SF Stereo or any other place in SF carries some of the Senn 5xx series?
San Francisco Stereo only carries Grados. Same with Harmony Audio.

EDIT: It's a tad late for the original poster though, no?
post #18 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by blessingx
San Francisco Stereo only carries Grados. Same with Harmony Audio.

EDIT: It's a tad late for the original poster though, no?
I see, thanks.

Nah, I'm sure he's been monitoring this thread.

-just wanted to keep the thread up as a SF sightings thing, heh. Btw, darn Market Street Apple is sold out of 4gb Nano all colors. Almost bought it today...I'm nuts. I hope Stonestown has some...but I doubt it.
post #19 of 43
House of music only has the Senn HD280, HD580, and HD515 from what I can see through the window (I go to Trader Joes all the time).

--Illah
post #20 of 43
The Cambridge Soundworks chain (there are numerous locations in the Bay Area) carries Grado headphones, only the SR-60 through the SR-125 or 225 I believe. I actually got a pair of SR-80's through them last winter for $80+tax, which is far less than the normal retail price of $95 (which almost everyone charges).
post #21 of 43
http://www.musicloversaudio.com in Berkeley (and now in the city too) is an excellent audio store, but like SF Stereo they only carry Grado phones...
post #22 of 43
Does anyone know where I would be able to try out some K1000s in the bay area? I have been to most of the stores I know of in Marin without luck.

That being said, Access to Music in San Rafael had Grados up to RS-1 this past spring, and Bananas At Large, also in San Rafael, had a lot of under 200 dollar cans. They included DT770, MDR7506, MDR7509, some Sennheisers, and probably some other stuff.
post #23 of 43
Thread Starter 
Actually, it's not too late to provide comments that are of help. After a year in Asia and a couple in the Midwest, I'm back in the Bay Area once more. So pointers to stores are still welcome!
post #24 of 43
Phew, talk about necros on this thread.

Anyone know of a place to try mid range headphones? I'm thinking AD700, A700, HD555, DT 770/80 pro, etc. Anywhere in the bay area is fine.
post #25 of 43
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Originally Posted by majid View Post
Audio Vision SF (Pine Street @ Van Ness) has a small headphone section, including HD-650s and a few tube amps like Opera and the XCAN 3. They are very friendly and will let you listen to your heart's content.
bought my vdac there, lot's nice stuff in there. great service and people to work with. highly recommend.
post #26 of 43
Any Stax around the city ??
post #27 of 43

I'm perfectly comfortable necroing this thread for the 5th time in about 8 years....lol. I too am looking for good stores in the north bay where I can audition some cans. sub'd ^_^ There doesn't seem to be much to choose from.

post #28 of 43

The Guitar Center on Van Ness used to let you demo all of their headphones, but last time I was there they didn't let me. Not sure if the guy just didn't want to deal with me, or if it is a new policy. They carry a few Beyers, some AKGs, and lots of DJ-type headphones. 

 

There is a store called Music Lovers on Bush and Fillmore that has pretty much the whole Grado lineup in store available for demo. 

 

If you make it down to Mountain View, there is a store called Audio High that has floor samples of lots of Sennheisers and the LCD-2 (maybe the LCD-3 as well -- haven't been back since it was released). 

post #29 of 43

World of stereo 2 on Market Street actually had a good selection of headphones. Carried quite a few models from AT, Shure, and Pioneer, though they only had 1-2 models for ultrasones. Didn't ask for a demo but they had good prices. It was my first time walking in there and after a couple minutes shooting the breeze with a clerk he offered to sell me the m50's at below amazon pricing.

post #30 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by Questhate View Post

The Guitar Center on Van Ness used to let you demo all of their headphones, but last time I was there they didn't let me. Not sure if the guy just didn't want to deal with me, or if it is a new policy. They carry a few Beyers, some AKGs, and lots of DJ-type headphones. 

 

There is a store called Music Lovers on Bush and Fillmore that has pretty much the whole Grado lineup in store available for demo. 

 

If you make it down to Mountain View, there is a store called Audio High that has floor samples of lots of Sennheisers and the LCD-2 (maybe the LCD-3 as well -- haven't been back since it was released). 


Oh snap! I ought to check out the LCD-2, hahaha

 

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