The Sound Gallery

Shopping, Music and entertainment East Congress
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Preaching a fidelity-first philosophy to listening, the Sound Gallery houses a museum-like collection of vintage amplifiers, speakers and turntables that look as good as they sound, but if you don’t have a few grand to drop on a hi-fi, it’s still worth a visit thanks to the finely curated record shelves. Owner Marc Campbell is compulsively helpful and happy to guide customers through the deep selection of canonical albums, ranging from reggae to metal to crates honoring recently fallen heroes like Prince and Bowie. There’s no official listening station, but if the staffers are feeling friendly they’ll let you give the records a spin on a turntable whose needle costs more than most home sound systems. Bonus points for an espresso bar in the back that serves Four Barrel Coffee.

By: Dan Gentile

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Venue name: The Sound Gallery
Contact:
Address: 4930 S Congress Ave
Austin
78745
Cross street: between Sheraton Ave and Ramble Ln
Do you own this business?
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Dan, thanks for the kind words. I just want to clarify that we're on South Congress not "East" Congress.


Also, we have plenty of stereo systems that are not expensive - full systems (turntable, amp, speakers) for under $300. We're committed to getting people into vinyl and to make it affordable. Yes, we do have more expensive stuff but we really have worked hard to find great entry-level gear for people on a tight budget. Thanks again, Marc.


By the way, I can't comment without giving myself a star rating. So I'll go with Time Out's.