When Audio Advice first opened in Raleigh, NC in 1978, there were 19 stereo stores in the area, all with excellent showrooms and demonstration facilities. This was the case in just about every city in the United States. As big box stores bought out smaller dealers, then subsequently went out of business, the number of audio stores in the US fell drastically. When the boom in new construction hit in the 1990’s, many people entering the business who would have opened up an audio store if it were 1970 entered into the new business of home automation and set up shop in an office park or their own garage. Their focus became more about lighting control and home automation over how to make a stereo sound good or set up a turntable. This has further driven down the number of real audio stores around the country. As a matter of fact, in Charlotte, NC where we have a beautiful 7500 sq ft showroom, we are the only local audio store open to the public where you can walk in and get a demonstration in a metro area of over 2.5 million people!
The skillsets you will find at a good local audio dealer are usually pretty high. They have survived by hard work, a passion for learning how to make great sound, and providing great customer service. If they are like Audio Advice, they have also probably invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into demo gear for you to check out. We know this as that is one of the ways Audio Advice has thrived for the last almost 40 years.
Should you be lucky enough to have a good local audio store near you, we suggest you try to work with them. If you have spent time with them, it does not seem fair to us for you to use their time and facilities and not use them. They can help you along your journey of having fun with audio and you will probably make a friend.
However, if you are like most of the population in the United States, you probably do not have a great local dealer, which is one of the main reasons we decided to launch the new AudioAdvice.com. We have taken the expertise we provide through our staff of audio veterans and have distilled it down into buyer’s guides, set up guides, and reviews to try and make your audio purchase as close as possible to the experience you would get in a good local audio store. We hope our passion for great sound comes through in our site and your shopping experience with Audio Advice. Just like with a local dealer, if you feel the hundreds of thousands of dollars Audio Advice has spent on our website to make it as close as possible to our store helped you learn more about audio and the products suited to you, we hope you will do the right thing and shop with us instead of jumping over to Amazon.
But remember, if you can listen local, please try to shop local!