- Stereo Exchange
627 Broadway, near Bleecker St.; 212-505-1111
Itís no surprise that James Gandolfini and Jennifer Connelly shop at Stereo Exchange. The cavernous lower-Broadway emporium sells all the swank audio and video gear a Hollywood A-lister demandsó$25,000 Fujitsu 61-inch plasma TVs, $20,000 Meridian 800 DVD players, $25,000 McIntosh XRT30 speakers. What it doesnít have is attitude. Sure, the staff can spout specs all day about the storeís 100-odd top-shelf brands, but they wonít push you to buy something you donít need or canít afford (you can pay as little as $300 for bookshelf speakers from B&W). Mostly, they ask questions: What kind of music do you listen to? How tall are your ceilings? Whatís your budget? During what seems like a pleasant little chitchat about your music and decorating tastes, the sales guy has in fact built you a sweet custom system in his head. And if you donít pull down seven figures per picture plus 5 percent on the back end? No worries. Youíll be treated exactly the same as if you did.
Best Sound Systems
From the 2003 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
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