“Start with the basics,” says Clark Cyr, co-owner of Audio Video Excellence in Bellingham. “The three big things to consider are the size of the room, the budget you have, and the quality of sound you want.
- “It helps us when people bring in a diagram of the room when they visit,” says Cyr. “If it’s a large job, we go to the home and make recommendations before you buy. We’ve seen people spend anywhere from $2,000 to $500,000.”
“Also, if we can get in while a home is under construction, rather than after it’s done, money can be saved in installation.”
“We’re trying to bring back the days when people really looked forward to sitting down and listening to great sound,” says Erik Wrolson, co-owner of Reference Media LLC in Fairhaven. “Our service is more personalized than the big-box stores because we know our stuff and can set it up for you.”
“Give it two years and they’ll be affordable,” says Cyr, who watches the market carefully.
The newest isn’t always the best. “Surprisingly, we’re selling lots of record players,” says Wrolson.
“They’re making a huge comeback. People want to listen to their old vinyl. New technology and record cleaning systems make them sound like new again.”