Good music is best listened to through great speakers. Whether looking for a sound system for an intimate man cave, home office, den or bedroom, or for something that can bring the concert experience to a living room, rec room or whole house, there are some great audio shops in Connecticut that can meet a music lover’s needs. Staffed by experienced, often factory-trained personnel who not only know their systems but also can often design or install them as well, these five stores in particular are among the top spots to buy speakers in Connecticut.
The Audio Store
2457 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06111
(860) 666-5006

Owners Harry Misteri and Bernard Manocchio got into the business more than 25 years ago to help other music-lovers in Connecticut like themselves create the perfect listening experience. They carry unique, hard-to-find, foreign brands such as those made by Britain’s KEF and France’s Focal, including the later’s new Sopra line. The Audio Store even carries outdoor speakers, such as the Sonnance Landscape Speakers and those made in Canada by Paradigm (which although are cleverly disguised as rocks are “not your average garden-variety speaker” as Misteri and Manocchio note with a smile). They even carry what are called “invisible speakers” that are finished to blend in with the wall into which they are mounted.

Take 5 Audio
105 Whitney Ave.
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 777-1750

One of New Haven’s best-known audio dealers for 35 years, Take 5 Audio prides itself on finding and offering the best audio and video systems from around the world. As their web site eagerly noted in mid-February, they are waiting with great anticipation the arrival of the newest Bowers and Wilkins speakers from England, “including the brand new and completely redesigned 800 Diamond D3 speaker models.” Take 5 sells and installs entire home theater and entertainment systems, as well as offers individual components. They carry the top of the line brands of speakers, including Bluesound Wireless, Dynaudio, Totem and Sonos Wireless, among many others. As their website proudly notes, “we are known by the companies we keep.”

The Stereo Shop
505 Farmington Ave.
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 523-7250

The Stereo Shop in Hartford offers “world class audio, video and home theater components,” and has been doing so since 1959. They know their stuff and how to install it. They carry McIntosh, Yamaha and many other famous brands, and also sell fully reconditioned used audio equipment and do so “at an affordable price.” The Stereo Shop does all of their own work, as they maintain a fully equipped factory authorized service department on the premises.

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Gordon LaSalle Music & Sound
993 Main St.
East Hartford, CT 06108
(508) 221-6015

With more than 20 models to choose from, Gordon LaSalle Music & Sound is definitely one of the top spots to buy speakers in Connecticut, especially for those who know the difference between professional grade and more common audio equipment. Gordon LaSalle’s flagship store and home base is in East Hartford, and whatever speakers are not on the shelf there they can get from their two satellite stores across the border in Massachusetts. Gordon LaSalle carries Bose, AMR, Crewin-Vega, Mackie, Valcom and more, as well as a whole line of previously-owned vintage speakers. This is the kind of place that both those seeking their first set of speakers and those building a custom killer sound system can appreciate and feel welcome.

Altel Sound Systems, Inc.
2392 Main St.
Bridgeport, CT 06606
(203) 374-0162

Whether a customer is putting a sound system into their living room or into a night club, Altel Sound Systems in Bridgeport has the speakers and everything else they will need. With more than 40 years of experience in both the personal and the professional market, Altel has both the experience and the gear to make audio dreams come true. They offer not just speakers but complete speaker systems by such well-respected manufacturers as QSC, Marantz, Samson, Yorkville and Peavey to name a few. Their experts can and will help customers find the right speakers and speaker systems to meet their needs and their budget.

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