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One of the biggest reasons vintage hifi is popular now is there are many wonderful people who give freely of their time to help others in audio forums, or have the expertise to operate a small business to repair, restore, or modify your stereo equipment. It is this dedication and passion for vintage hifi that helps us get the most out of our gear. Let’s be honest, one of the reasons we love vintage hifi so much, is that most of it was built to last, still repairable, sounds great, and looks cool. It is also the most affordable way to put together a stereo system for the average joe. Whether you have been at this for years or just getting into audio, we hope you will find something of interest here. Our goal is to provide information that is helpful and interesting. Feel free to make suggestions through our contact form.
This is our favorite audio shop in Portland, Oregon. Echo Audio has a great mix of used and new gear, with all the accessories you need to put together a top notch hifi system. In short, it’s a hifi lovers dreamland! These guys are passionate about music, knowledgeable, and friendly. Whether creating a $500 system or a $50,000 system, you’ll find what you are looking for. They’ll also ship to most places worldwide.
Located in the east side of Portland, this is one of the best audio shops in Oregon. There is a wide range of high end audio with three dedicated sound rooms and friendly staff. I’m a big fan of Vandersteen and Focal. They carry other brands, like Moon by Simaudio, Naim, Rogue Audio, Marantz, Rega, NAD, Cambridge Audio, Parasound, ProAc, Dali, Triangle Loudspeakers and more.
Turntables & Tonearms
I met Johnnie Nilsen when he still had a full time job as a machinist. And a second full time job after that where he rewired tonearms on a global scale. He’s a great example of what we think of as a vintage hifi nut simply because nobody will devote that much of their time after a long work day to work on other people’s tonearms. His passion and skill show in his acclaimed PU7 and new UniArm tonearms reviewed by HiFi Plus.
Dave Archambault has taken his love for Acoustic Research (AR) and Thorens turntables and created a business where he is able to help owners get the most out of their turntables by offering restoration, replacement parts, modifications, buyer consultations, and DIY videos. You can also buy newly restored AR and Thorens turntables for sale on his site. We think Dave is a vintage hifi nut of the highest order.
516 SE Gleneden Place
Bend, Oregon 97702
By appointment only
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