Nowhere to hear speakers and amps anymore!

When I started buying stereo equipment in the 1970’s (yes, I’m old) in Seattle, there were many retail stores where I could hear and compare equipment. I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1982 and found the same number of great stores until 2000 when they started disappearing and now there are none! There are plenty of Home Theater contractors, but I can’t find an audiophile store anywhere short of going to LA or back to Seattle! Is there an “audio desert” in my area? Seems like an opportunity for someone! Am I missing something? 


If someone is near Atlanta, there is still HiFi Buys in addition to the Best Buy locations that might have a Magnolia room


Those of us in smaller cities are without even a single brick and mortar showroom anymore. Just not enough market in areas with a million people to make it viable. 

It is truly an audio desert here in northwest Florida. It’s really sad. In addition to not having traditional brick and mortar stores, there are very few audiophiles, clubs, get togethers etc. My only contact with people of my ilk are forums like this which I’m glad to be a part of.

im in  memphis, tn

i got a hifi shop (halford loudspeakers) AND a record store (goner records) down the street. got another record store (shangri-la) 1.4miles away.

ive tried a fwe times but havent found any audiophiles interested in doing an audiophile club