New Audio Store in San Diego - Deja "Vu" Audio

The San Diego Music and Audio Guild arranged an open house visit Saturday to Deja "Vu" Audio which just opened a West Coast branch in La Jolla, CA.

If you want to know more about the store - here is the link
Deja Vu Audio West High End Hi Fi Audio Boutique in La Jolla California

Anyway, we were invited to hear a bunch of equipment across 4 different rooms.

Deja "Vu" is about both new units and fully restored vintage with a 'bias' to tubes (bad pun intended).

The owner, Josh, is really into jazz, but has an amazing in store collection (not for sale) of all genres from old school jazz to rock to classical.

Let me first apologize for my terrible smart phone pictures - they did not scale up like I hoped they would.

There were 4 listening rooms and I finally got to hear Harbeths, along with some Audio Note speakers.

Room 1
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Room 2
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Room 3
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Room 4
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The Harbeths (Super HL5s) were tonally rich but just a tad 'soft' up top for my tastes. I liked the bigger Audio Notes in Room 3 which were rich, full, and had that hint of sparkle I like.

Room 4 was amazing. The speakers are actually dipoles and were driven by fully restored Western Electric preamp and amps from the 1930s! Full sound with amazing micro dynamics as we listened to Mahler's 1st.

The website said they carried Proacs and I was eager to put my ears on those as well, but having only been open 1 month, Josh was still waiting on those. The only Proacs he had were a pair of the Tablette Anniversary bookshelves and they weren't hooked up.

So - he said to take them home!

I was blown away by the offer, but now have them setup at home for a couple of days for listening.

I had a great time there - stop in if you are in San Diego!

H9: If you don't trust what you are hearing, then maybe you need to be less invested in a hobby which all the pleasure comes from listening to music.

Comments

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,644
    So -- is it in any way affiliated with Deja Vu Audio in McLean, VA?

    http://dejavu-audio.com/index.html
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

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  • haimochaimoc Posts: 1,006
    I visited Deja Vu in McLean many times in the past. They have a large inventory of Audio Note and tube audio components. Wonder if the one in San Diego has anything to do with the McLean store.
  • Yep2Yep2 Posts: 1,087
    edited February 2017
    I always wanted to hear those Audio Notes!
    Further out in the room in the pic than I would have guessed?
    Always read they were designed to be closer to the back wall.
  • Erik TracyErik Tracy Posts: 4,691
    edited February 2017
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    So -- is it in any way affiliated with Deja Vu Audio in McLean, VA?

    http://dejavu-audio.com/index.html

    Yes - the store in SD is linked as dejavuaudiowest - it's the new West Coast store.
    http://www.dejavuaudiowest.com/

    H9: If you don't trust what you are hearing, then maybe you need to be less invested in a hobby which all the pleasure comes from listening to music.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,644
    Cool -- it's a dandy place (although I haven't been there in many years).
    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • Yep2Yep2 Posts: 1,087
    edited February 2017
    We used to drive to La Jolla to swim every weekend!
    Lived in Ocean Beach.
    La Jolla is beautiful to say the least!
  • halohalo Posts: 4,016
    Erik Tracy wrote: »
    The only Proacs he had were a pair of the Tablette Anniversary bookshelves and they weren't hooked up.

    So - he said to take them home!

    I was blown away by the offer, but now have them setup at home for a couple of days for listening.

    So what are your impressions of them?

  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,535
    I visited Deja Vu Audio and couldn't help but feel like I had been there before.
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,037
    I feel like I've heard this before...
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 9,443
    I feel like I've seen this before. Paradox.
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,037
    Cool report and heads up, Erik. What a great bunch of setups. I'd love to hear some rooms like this. Agreed, you should be flogged for those photos. The heck were you using?

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  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 4,359
    The best deja vu would be to see Erik posting again...
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 17,572
    Do you ever get that strange feeling of vuja de? Not deja vu, vuja de. It’s the distinct sense that somehow, something that just happened has never happened before. Nothing seems familiar. And then suddenly the feeling is gone.

    Vuja de.
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,057
    Do you ever get that strange feeling of vuja de? Not deja vu, vuja de. It’s the distinct sense that somehow, something that just happened has never happened before. Nothing seems familiar. And then suddenly the feeling is gone.

    Vuja de.

    WUT ?? John, you've been up too long with the kid, get some sleep man. lol
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  • EmlynEmlyn Posts: 2,044
    The McLean store is indirectly responsible for me getting my JM Lab speakers for cheap several years ago. The previous owner of the speakers was deeply into classical music on vinyl and set up a system of double stacked Advents, SET amps, and Audio Note gear from Deja Vu. That system sounded great but $$$$$$$.
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,057
    I wouldn't hesitate to get my ears on anything from Audio Note.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    Tad 803 bookies
    Polk 500 surrounds
    Polk s35 center
    SVS SB-2000
    Sonos

    Music-

    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k 1403 amp
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    ERA D5 bookies

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 17,572
    tonyb wrote: »
    Do you ever get that strange feeling of vuja de? Not deja vu, vuja de. It’s the distinct sense that somehow, something that just happened has never happened before. Nothing seems familiar. And then suddenly the feeling is gone.

    Vuja de.

    WUT ?? John, you've been up too long with the kid, get some sleep man. lol

    Just quoted George Carlin... I miss that guy.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with PS Audio NuWave Phono converter, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Stradivari v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X1 two channel preamplifier Signed by Poppa himself, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Krell Evolution 525a CD Player, Pioneer Elite SC-65, Oppo UDP-205 Blu-ray , Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds

  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,057
    edited October 2017
    tonyb wrote: »
    Do you ever get that strange feeling of vuja de? Not deja vu, vuja de. It’s the distinct sense that somehow, something that just happened has never happened before. Nothing seems familiar. And then suddenly the feeling is gone.

    Vuja de.

    WUT ?? John, you've been up too long with the kid, get some sleep man. lol

    Just quoted George Carlin... I miss that guy.

    we all do John, he'd have endless material in todays world.

    BUT....lets not derail a thread on some darn good audio. I want to hear more about the audio note speakers.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    Tad 803 bookies
    Polk 500 surrounds
    Polk s35 center
    SVS SB-2000
    Sonos

    Music-

    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k 1403 amp
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    ERA D5 bookies

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable
  • sucks2bemesucks2beme Posts: 4,798
    The Audionotes were always a favorite when they were at LSAF.
    So, after a couple of days, what's the verdict on the Proacs?
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