Clash of the Titans: Audio/Video Free Fall Hammers KC

Was a time a dozen or more audio/video stores dotted the local landscape…no mas.

Now but a handful remain. Along with “big box” stores like Best Buy and Nebraska Furniture Mart. In days gone by locals could check out high-end audio (and later) video gear at stores like BrandsMart,
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6 Responses to Clash of the Titans: Audio/Video Free Fall Hammers KC

  1. Anonymous says:

    The internet is more to blame than the big box stores.Luxe audio sales are thriving on the Internet. Lots of blogs and boards with great info on different components and new boutique manufacturers Lots of great used stuff available too. The days of being a sonic snob and listening to 12 different speakers through a half dozen amps….solid state versus tube versus . Integrated are gone. I do miss that experience as well as the level of service and consultation the high end shops provided not to mention installation and tuning and tweaking that were part of purchasing a high end system. That all came with a price and people don’t seem willing to pay for that knowledge and expertise and experience anymore. Growing up with vinyl made me appreciate the subtleties and nuances of a well designed system many of which are lost with digital music. Unless you’ve got fuck you money the routine seems to be a trip to Chicago, Boston or NYC to audition components and then shop for the best price on the net. Thankfully the luxe audio companies haven’t caved to the big box stores yet. When I see a Denon turntable at WalMart I’ll take that as a sign of the apocalypse. When the trumpets do blow I hope it’s in quad and not 7.1.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The customer votes everyday. those who give them a reason to vote for them will win. It’s that simple.

    Sounds like a Keifs commerical with partial facts. Consumers want performance to fit their lifestyle for a fair price.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I really miss McGee Radio which used to be on the corner of 18th and McGee. The guy who managed the place, Harvey Sime was a genius. You could tell him what name brand speakers you were interested in and he could provide you the components and cabinet specs to build your own for a whole lot less, like 1/3 of retail. The money you saved on speakers let you upgrade your other components at Bernstein Applebee, CMC, David Beatty or Brandsmart. My favorite Harvey quote at the time, 1977), about Bose speakers was…”Eight transistor radios sound better than one”.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Holy Shit ManD! CMC Stereo on State Avenue in KCK. Man did I piss away money there. I got to know the manager Bobby Alcanter pretty well and he would always shave a few bucks off my purchases. I was a stero nerd/junkie/geek and the guys at places like CMC, BA, Beatty, Superior Sound, etc always took time to explain stuff and answer questions even when they knew I couldn’t afford most of the stuff they were selling.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Corliss Walterson
    I work at Best Buy and reckoned you actually would likely really want to get in on this next month promo we’ve been having with regard to unique customers gift cards. Look it over…most people are getting oodles of zero cost products at this time.

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