The Spectral 40th Loudspeaker

Since 1979, the Focal team in France has been designing stylish speakers with impeccable performance. To commemorate 40 years of acoustic research and evolution, Focal has unveiled their Spectral 40th Loudspeaker

The Spectral 40th is a paragon of design and material selection, with a “neo-retro” look: Walnut finish panels, high gloss lacquered body, and a matte Graphite base (spec sheet.)

As Focal dealers for many years, we are honored to be New York City’s exclusive displaying dealer of Focal’s 40th Anniversary Spectral Loudspeaker. 

Congratulations to Focal for 40 years in business!

If you would like to demo the Spectral 40th, or another pair of Focal speakers, please call us to schedule an appointment. 

Spring Sale

Totem Element Metal

$13,750  $8,750
Demo – 5 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
Fantastic compact floor speakers with torrent technology and no crossover.

Sennheiser HD820 Headphones

$2,395  $1,595
Incredible performance in a closed back headphone.

Sennheiser HDV820 Headphone Amplifier

$2,395  $1,595
Will make your headphones sing.

Bowers & Wilkins 804 D3 in white

$9,000  $6,500
Demo – 5 Years Manufacturer’s Warranty
Sizable discount for a very slight cosmetic flaw.

Moon by SimAudio 380 DSD Mind2

$6,100  $3,495
Demo – 10 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
A decade of manufacturer support, and an updated Mind2 inside.

Rogue RP-1 Tube Preamp

$1,795  $1,295
Demo – 3 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
Audiophile Tube Preamp.

Pass XP-10 Preamp

$5,250 $2,995
Demo – 3 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
From Nelson Pass, world class audio designer.

Meridian DSP3200GW with stands

$5,250 $2,995
Demo – 5 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
Small amplifier speakers with big sound.

Falcon LS35A in Burl Walnut

$3,250 $2,195
Demo – 5 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
Beautiful remake of LS35A with original parts

$8,000 $3,995
Demo – Lifetime Manufacturer’s Warranty
Realism and dynamics from one of the leaders of hi-fi.

Bel Canto C5I Integrated Amplifier

$1,995 $1,295
Demo – 3 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
A solid integrated amp with a small footprint.

Bel Canto e.One Streamer

$1,595 $1,095
Demo – 3 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
Roon ready audio streamer.

Focal Utopia Headphones

$3,995  $2,995
Used – Full Warranty
Top of the line used headphones with full warranty.

Antipodes DX Server Gen 1

$6,600 $1,795
Used – 30 Day Warranty
The best sounding music server we’ve heard.

Bowers & Wilkins 802D3 in Black Gloss

$22,000  $16,995
Demo – 3 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
Reference level performance.

Totem Kin Play Bluetooth Speakers

$1,000  $750
Demo – 3 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
Finally a good sounding pair of Bluetooth speakers.

Moon 650 D/A CD Player

$9,000  $5,995
Demo – 5 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
Stunning Evolution series multi-input DAC w/CD transport.

Moon 760A 100 Watt Power Amp

$8,000  $5,495
Used – 5 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
Extremely accurate musical reproduction.

Rogers 65V-1 Single Ended Tube Amp

$4,000 $2,250
Demo – Lifetime Manufacturer’s Warranty
A great amp to pair with efficient speakers, with rock-solid support.

Gryphon Mojo Speakers

$33,000 $19,995
Demo – 5 Years Manufacturer’s Warranty
Stunning bookshelf speakers with stands.

Meridian 818V3 Digital Preamp

$14,000 $8,995
Used – 1 Year Warranty
From the leader in digital technology.

Integra DTR 40.1 Home Theater Receiver

$1,000  $149
Used – 30 Day Warranty
Used home theater receiver on the cheap.

Rogers EHF200MKII Tube Power Amp

$15,900  $9,900
Demo – Lifetime Manufacturer’s Warranty
Reference level integrated amp with lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.

Blue Sound Vault2 CD Ripper & Streamer

$1,199  $849
CD ripper with 2TB hard drive. 

Blue Sound PowerNode2

$799  $569
Integrated Amplifier.

Also Available

Sennheiser RS175 & HDR175 Wireless Headphone

$450  $299

McIntosh Labs MC302 Power Amplifier

McIntosh Labs MC452 Power Amplifier

Power Distributors Explained

Power distributors manage how the electricity delivered to your outlet is doled out to your audio components. High-current components such as amplifiers can suffer in performance when powered by a current that fluctuates in strength. 
The two central functions of a quality power distributor are:

  1. To deliver a full, consistent current the components it powers.
  2. To block noise coming in on the AC line, which can infiltrate the performance of the entire system.

Shunyata’s Denali power distributors hold a reserve of energy, which fills in the gaps when the power distributed through the walls fluctuates. They accomplish this with their patented QR/BB device. To block incoming AC noise, the construction of their power distributors are carefully engineered. From their steel feet and aluminum chassis to the gaskets inside, every part is designed to dampen vibration. 

This combination of maintaining peak electrical flow while eliminating all electrical noise results in a dramatic difference in sound. Systems with clean power distribution sound more alive, more dynamic. By gaining more precision from each component, the soundstage can become wider and deeper, separating each instrument in time and space for a more immersive presentation.

Part of this enhanced soundstage is attributable to the optimal performance of the components used, and part to a dramatically lower noise floor. With the removal of electrical noise, the more silent stage allows the subtleties of each instrument to shine through with greater detail. 

Shunyata is currently running a rare deep discount on their Denali D2000/T. Supplies are limited.

NY Topliner Camp

This year we are pleased to announce that we are sponsoring NY Topliner Camp. This burgeoning new program emulates the process of a record label songwriting camp, pairing songwriters and producers for a two-week creative experience. Their ultimate goal is to stimulate development of new and emerging talent, while building a community of passionate musicians and industry professionals.

When the folks at Topliner reached out to us we were inspired by the concept, and energized by the excited response they’ve received during their first few years in existence. Much like their community of creatives, our community of audiophiles is, at its heart, born from a love and great respect for music. It’s exciting to see an organization fostering musicians and building a program for them to thrive. We’re thrilled to be able to support NY Topliner Camp, and look forward to watching them continue to grow.

The Topliner process consists of three main events: A kickoff, a halfway point built around industry feedback, and a final showcase. The final showcase will take place this Thursday, 3/14, and you can secure your spot here

A High-End Stereo Store in Union Square

Why have a brick-and-mortar location for stereo equipment in New York City? Many consider the age of Amazon to be the twilight of the physical store, especially when most items can easily be sold online, and shipped from anywhere in the world.

Despite the cost-shaving trend of online retail, Stereo Exchange has committed to the brick-and-mortar approach to high end audio equipment for a few important reasons:

  1. Demos: Customers trying to compare components for their dream audio setup need more than online reviews and YouTube unboxings. Audio is such a personal experience. To arrive at a confident investment decision really requires a hands-on, live demo of a system’s capabilities. We will sometimes spend hours swapping different sets of speakers in with different amps, pre-amplifiers and DACs for a discerning customer. Nothing makes us happier than the confidence with which a customer makes their eventual buying decision.
  2. Service: Knowing you can look the person in the eye who sold you your stereo system gives a certain level of confidence through the buying process. It also adds a healthy level of pressure to us at Stereo Exchange to vet the brands we represent. As our showroom is limited and we handle ongoing support for the end user, we need to ensure the manufacturers we carry back up their brands with a same high level of service we provide to our customers. It’s a healthy kind of pressure, and one we feel is often lost during online transactions
  3. Culture: Even before Stereo Exchange was started in 1984, David Wasserman was running around New York City with the audiophile community. Technology evolves, new brands pop onto the scene, and a new generation of passionate people is being ushered into the world of audiophilia as we speak. We like having a place where those people can come together – whether to discuss audio one-on-one, or to enjoy one of our happy hour events.

While we enjoyed the high-profile store front downtown for the years that made sense, we’re equally happy to have evolved into our new Union Square audio showroom. By making the new Stereo Exchange by-appointment, customers are able to receive a focused, uninterrupted demo of the best in high-end audio from McIntosh Labs, Audio Research, Bowers & Wilkins, Rockport Technologies, Moon, and more.

If you’re looking for an audio equipment store in Manhattan, we hope you’ll come check us out. You can contact us to set up an appointment, or schedule your own.

McIntosh Announcement

We are thrilled to be McIntosh Labs‘ number one dealer in New York City again for 2018. As a staple of American audiophilia, McIntosh is one of our longest-standing partners (for more than 25 years!) While we’ve often been their top NYC dealer, to do so in our new boutique space is an exciting honor.  Thank you, McIntosh Labs, for continuing to build beautiful components of uncompromising quality, right here in New York State.

When we launched Stereo Exchange in 1984, a central part of our ethos was around building relationships with manufacturers that would support their products as reliably as we needed to support our customers. While we’ve seen a lot of flashy brands come and go, McIntosh has stood the test of time in a number of important ways. By avoiding the financial temptations to export their operations overseas, they have been able to maintain a level of quality control rarely reached in audio manufacturing. We’ve toured their New York factory several times, and have always been impressed with the obsessive level of detail on every tube, every circuit, and the rigorous testing every unit goes through. Their integral involvement in live performances from Woodstock to LCD Soundsystem further cements their passion for music.

They also stand by their work with a fabulous trade-in / trade-up program. The market for used McIntosh Labs gear has always remained strong, even with McIntosh themselves. They take an already strong warranty and make it better with the ability to trade in your existing McIntosh equipment for credit toward a newer model. As dealers, we feel more confident selling McIntosh as it’s an investment that often increases in value over time. We also pay top dollar for used McIntosh gear from 1960’s tube to recent solid state.

We provide private demos of a wide range of McIntosh products. Whether you’re interested in experiencing the MC611 mono blocks paired with the C1100 C&T pure analogue preamp, or the more affordable MC462 / C2600 combination, we can deliver the focused experience you need to make an informed decision.

Call Glenn or Evan at 212-505-1111 (press 2) and schedule your uninterrupted demo.

Introducing Rockport Cygnus

We’ve always loved Rockport. Built by Andy Payor, an engineering genius, Rockport delivers increasingly impressive dynamics in every iteration, while further eliminating noise.

Due to the popular reception of the Atria II and Avior II at our showroom, we have decided to up the ante with the Cygnus. At first glance, the Cygnus is assumed to be a minor improvement of the familiar Rockport form. Upon testing, however, the Cygnus proves to bring significantly improved resolution, markedly deeper bass, and a quieter cabinet than ever (thanks to an aluminum sub vac.)

All Rockport speakers can be ordered in any automotive finish. Make an appointment today to hear the undeniable clarity and quality of Rockport.

CNET Interview

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Steve Guttenberg, the Audiophiliac from CNET, to talk about our history in the industry.

David talks about discovering the high-end audio business, remaining agnostic about brands, and interpreting the audiophile language.

A True Collector’s Item

For McIntosh Labs‘ 70th Anniversary, their Binghamton, NY team designed this striking 2-Channel Vacuum Tube Amp. They ran 70 of these with sequential serial numbers and packaged them with the C70 Tube Preamp and McIntosh book. These 70 have become rare finds in the audiophile world.

We’re thrilled to have obtained #53 in this exclusive run, and all factory sealed.

McIntosh has been a special part of American music since its beginning, and a reliable partner of Stereo Exchange for the last 30 years. The uncompromising quality of the McIntosh MC 2152 is a testament to their engineering and craftsmanship. It’s a true joy to have obtained one of the official 70.

The Demo Sale

The Demo Sale

Friday 1/18 through Monday 1/21, all demo items at Stereo Exchange are on sale.

Discounts up to 40% off

Doors open at 10:30am Friday for a weekend of sweeping discounts across our entire selection of used and demo equipment.

Fine print:
Discounts apply to demo and used items, and do not include new items. All discounted orders must be placed in person during the Demo Sale promotional weekend. All demo systems come with original boxes, remotes and manuals. Due to the high traffic nature of this event, private demonstrations will not be possible.

See you this weekend!