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
Room-2.jpg

Room 3
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Room 4
Room-4.jpg

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: 15,087
    So -- is it in any way affiliated with Deja Vu Audio in McLean, VA?

    http://dejavu-audio.com/index.html
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • haimochaimoc Posts: 982
    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: 778
    edited February 13
    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 13
    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: 15,087
    Cool -- it's a dandy place (although I haven't been there in many years).
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

  • Yep2Yep2 Posts: 778
    edited February 13
    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: 3,654
    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: 488
    I visited Deja Vu Audio and couldn't help but feel like I had been there before.
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  • msgmsg Posts: 3,410
    I feel like I've heard this before...
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,600
    I feel like I've seen this before. Paradox.
  • msgmsg Posts: 3,410
    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: 4,004
    The best deja vu would be to see Erik posting again...
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,495
    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: 27,621
    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: 1,885
    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: 27,621
    I wouldn't hesitate to get my ears on anything from Audio Note.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,495
    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.
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,621
    edited October 30
    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.
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  • sucks2bemesucks2beme Posts: 4,779
    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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