Let’s face it, the people who make their living off of selling music and high-quality audio equipment — we’re talking about record shop and hi-fi shop owners — are bound to have a better (and cooler) home hi-fi set-up than you. To confirm our suspicions, we asked a few of them to share exactly what kind of hi-fi system they go home to when they clock out at the end of the day and what records they like to spin on them. Here’s what we found.
Peter Hahn, co-owner of the Turntable Lab
Peter Hahn is the co-owner of the Turntable Lab, a New York-based go-to music shop for professional DJs, musicians and audiophiles. At home, he has two different hi-fi systems at home, one analog and one modern for streaming. The analog setup is centered around a Technics SL-1200MK2 turntable. He also talks about his first turntable and what his favorite records are to listen to.
Javi Velazquez, owner of HiFi Records & Café
Javi Velazquez is the owner of HiFi Records & Café, a record shop located in Queens, New York. The majority of his home hi-fi system consists of components from the ’80s and ’90s, except the turntable. He recently bought a gorgeous new Rega RP8 turntable.
Doyle Davis, co-owner of Grimey’s
Doyle Davis is one of the co-owners of Grimey’s, a beloved Nashville record shop. He shares the two hi-fi systems he has at home, both of which are pretty epic. The first centers around a Rega P2 turntable and a pair of Klipsch RP-5000F floorstanding speakers. His secondary setup consists of a vintage Marantz receiver, vintage Kenwood speakers from the ’70s and a Music Hall MMF-2.3 turntable with Ferrari-red finish.
Bob Fuchs, manager of Electric Fetus
Bob Fuchs has managed Electric Fetus, a beloved Minneapolis record shop for over 32 years. He has built his home hi-fi system over the last 20 years. It centers around a Music Hall MMF-7.3 turntable, Rotel RB 991 power amplifier and a pair of beautiful Meadowlark floorstanding speakers.
Mike Garry, owner of Hudson Valley HiFi
Mike Garry is the owner of Hudson Valley HiFi, a New York hi-fi shop that specializes in buying, restoring and selling vintage audio equipment. His own setup frequently changes, admittedly, and consists of a number of different turntables, amplifiers and four different flooding speakers by Klipsch, Monitor Audio, Totem Acoustic and Fyne Audio.
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