Decent audio stores in the Madison, Milwaukee, northern Chicago burbs?

Friends of mine (yes...I do have friends...honest and there is no monetary compensation from me to them to be able to say this) are building a new house. I think they might be going Sonos.

But does anyone know of decent audio stores in the Madison, Milwaukee or WAY north Chicago burb areas?

Thanks
Aaron
Enabler Extraordinaire

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  • factorzfactorz Posts: 353
    There are 2 in the Milwaukee area that I know of. Audio Emporium which is on the north side of the city. They carry quite a few lines and the owner is typically there to greet you at the door. Ultra Fidelis is the other and it's located in Wauwatosa. They are a big Vandy dealer.

    Hope it helps.
  • aiconnaiconn Registered User Posts: 267
    HiFi Heaven is in Green Bay. It's an hour and a half drive, but worth it.
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  • quickr1quickr1 Posts: 414
    Can’t comment weather good or bad have no experience with them, but there is AMS electronics in Fitchburg just outside of Madison.
  • daboyzdaboyz Posts: 5,029
    How about that place off Alpine here in Rockford. Think it's on Tallwood. Dude's got some nice stuff! :)
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  • rebelsoulrebelsoul Posts: 164
    Saturday night audio exchange
  • rebelsoulrebelsoul Posts: 164
    saturdayaudio.com
    We are one of Chicagoland's oldest audio stores, providing all levels of new and used hi-fi equipment to music lovers
  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 7,439
    Bought from HiFi Heaven never been there, just ordered stuff from them and have had it shipped. One of these days I plan on loading up the truck with unused gear and heading to Saturday Music exchange and trade it in for something real nice.
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  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,269
    University Audio is in Madison

    Smallish store. Carries NAD, Mcintosh, GoldenEar, VPI, Bowers/Wilkins and a few other brands.

    I’ve had times where they seemed eager to talk shop, and times where I felt like I was inconveniencing them. Purchased my record cleaner, a few cartridges and some cables from them.

    Inquired on an Oppo with intent to purchase and the guy started belittling my current used gear so I purchased that somewhere else.
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 32,454
    aiconn wrote: »
    HiFi Heaven is in Green Bay. It's an hour and a half drive, but worth it.

    I've bought stuff there too, great service, great shipping, never a problem. Nice guys too.
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  • ALL212ALL212 Posts: 1,194
    Thanks for the ideas! I suspect we’ll be hitting the Madison area on Saturday.
    Aaron
    Enabler Extraordinaire
  • halohalo Posts: 5,565
    Saturday Audio Exchange is in Chicago (proper) nowhere near Madison or Milwaukee. I’ve been there and those guys are really nice. Talked with them for a while and I would highly recommend them.
  • ALL212ALL212 Posts: 1,194
    Ok - an update on todays adventure.

    University Audio in Madison - very nice. Those guys know their stuff and listen to you. We worked with Elton Crim - just a very nice, knowledgeable person. I'd go back here in a heartbeat!

    Audio Emporium - Northeast Milwaukee. I'm not going to name names but they don't listen, don't ask questions and just assume you've got $20k to spend. Theatre room was way way way way way too bassy, poorly balanced system in that room. He tried to impress with some jargon - "you'd really like these 93db speakers over the 90db speakers..." But let's not listen to them... Or discuss any other reason for wanting those copper coned speakers. Also mentioned that you should have your speakers out in the room to impress folks that are there but in a dark room against the black background you could not see what they were. Nope, not impressed and no returning here for any reason.

    Stopped at a small home audio shop west side of Milwaukee- they had no clue.

    Fun day anyway!
    Aaron
    Enabler Extraordinaire
  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,269
    Glad to hear you had a good experience at University Audio. Thumbs up.
    __________________________________________________
    2 Channel
    Turntable - VPI Scout 1.1/Ortofon 2M Blue
    Amplification - Parks Audio Budgie, Dared SL2000a, McCormack DNA 0.5 Deluxe
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
    __________________________________________________
    7.1 Home Theater
    Denon AVR-X3300W; Rotel RMB-1066; Polk CS350ls, LS90's, FXi3's, RC60i; SVS PC Ultra; BenQ HT2050; Elite Screens 120"
    __________________________________________________
    Man Cave
    Turntable - Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold
    Integrated Amplifier - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II
    CD: Cambridge Audio
    Speakers - LSiM 703; SDA 2A; Epos Epic 2
    __________________________________________________
  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 7,206
    There is this place in Rockford. Aaron's Audio Emporium. It's in the basement. Been there, will go back.
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 16,587
    SCompRacer wrote: »
    There is this place in Rockford. Aaron's Audio Emporium. It's in the basement. Been there, will go back.

    Agreed ! I do wish they had a solid tube tester, the owner/proprietor promised he would have it back on line soon. :#:D
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 7,322
    Bought from university audio before
    Nice guys
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    Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased) -> ARC 5se -> ???
    Amplification:
    HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer:
    Infinity Entra2 -> SVS 25-31PCi -> SVS 25-31PC+ -> Dual JL Audio F113v2
  • ALL212ALL212 Posts: 1,194
    I’ve unloosed the Liquids and the tube tester is at 100% so they’ll be an open invite to the Rockford facility as soon as the outriggers are here and installed.

    At the moment the evaluation of the new speakers is...


    DAMN!!!!
    Aaron
    Enabler Extraordinaire
  • halohalo Posts: 5,565
    ALL212 wrote: »
    I’ve unloosed the Liquids and the tube tester is at 100% so they’ll be an open invite to the Rockford facility as soon as the outriggers are here and installed.

    At the moment the evaluation of the new speakers is...


    DAMN!!!!

    Woot!! Get yer groove on Aaron!!
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