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Are there any PHYSICAL stores that concentrate on selling Earphones/Headphones and lets you test them out?

 

If you know, are there any near Oakland, California?

 

Thank you all in advance

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The only place like that I was ever aware of was Ken Ball's (ALO Audio) 32 Ohm Audio store. It was a beautiful store in a beautiful location up in Portland, Oregon. Sadly, they weren't able to do enough business there to keep it open.

 

Here's a 6 Moons piece about it (this was at the first location, they later moved to what I thought was an even better location): http://www.6moons.com/industryfeatures/32ohmaudio/1.html

 

An absolutely beautiful little shop.

 

The only place I think you'll find anything else like that is over in Asia.

 

se

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Originally Posted by Steve Eddy View Post

The only place like that I was ever aware of was Ken Ball's (ALO Audio) 32 Ohm Audio store. It was a beautiful store in a beautiful location up in Portland, Oregon. Sadly, they weren't able to do enough business there to keep it open.

 

Here's a 6 Moons piece about it (this was at the first location, they later moved to what I thought was an even better location): http://www.6moons.com/industryfeatures/32ohmaudio/1.html

 

An absolutely beautiful little shop.

 

The only place I think you'll find anything else like that is over in Asia.

 

se


Or a little bit closer in Vancouver, Canada.

 

The Headphone Bar. Have not been there but I hear good things about it. They are organizing the next Vancouver meet.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/612353/its-almost-summer-big-vancouver-meet-hopefully

 

http://headphonebar.com/

post #4 of 7

Fantastic!

 

Any idea how long they've been operating there? Can't find anything about that on their website.

 

Thanks for sharing that, gurus! I wish them the best of luck!

 

se

post #5 of 7

You are always welcome to come by our shop and have alisten. I have a large number of headphones and amps here as well as some mighty good sources. That is an open invitation to anyone passing through Montana - come and hear what we have at TTVJ. You won't be disappointed!
 


Edited by Todd - 6/19/12 at 2:32pm
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I've always wanted a better place for this, apparently ALO is setting up a listening room in portland. 

post #7 of 7

Is there any physical stores available in south Carolina?

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