It's an undisputed fact: Hawthorne Stereo has one of the largest selections of Nakamichi cassette tape decks in the world. It also has pretty much

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Hawthorne Stereo

It's an undisputed fact: Hawthorne Stereo has one of the largest selections of Nakamichi cassette tape decks in the world. It also has pretty much anything else you'd want, including some very high-end Rega turntables, one of which I've had my eye on for years. Named for its original location on Hawthorne Street in Portland, Hawthorne Stereo has been in Seattle since 1987, and is staffed by 100 percent record geeks (a list of employee rules taped to the breakroom wall states "The Fall is the best band of all time."). And they never balk at customers bringing in their own jams for a test run. In the past, I've dragged in a copy of Bob Dylan's Live at Royal Albert Hall 1966 to test out on an Onkyo CD deck and a copy of Lou Reed's The Blue Mask to test out on that Rega turntable. However, employee Jon Healy admitted to me that most audiophiles want to hear Diana Krall. "Something about the high-pitched vocals makes them hear the treble better."—Brian J. Barr

 
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