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Crystal Clear Audio

Calling All Audiophiles With Passion for HiFi

Article by Julie Brown Patton

Photography by Courtesy of Nashville HiFi

Originally published in Brentwood Lifestyle

“Why didn’t I hear this before?”

The audio engineer expert and owner of Nashville HiFi hears that question frequently from shoppers and clients, who are often listening to crystal-clear sounds for the first time, due to the store's equipment. 

"By combining carefully selected brands of hi fidelity products for their sound and build qualities, we're able to reproduce music the way artists intended for it to sound. Not messed with by tweeters or woofers in a speaker that have you asking, 'Where’s the bass?'" says Nashville HiFi operator Brad Bossman.

Like his name, Brad is a bossman of sound. He's specialized in stereo components, home theater systems, turntables and high-end headphones for the past 17 years. He and his father used to work on sound systems together, learning firsthand the components required for quality. "I approach the business as it's my job to do the homework for clients. I can explain what the equipment does and doesn't do, and how the output changes at various points," he assures. "I encourage clients to ask a ton of questions so they know they made the absolute best decision."

Handling sound projects throughout the United States, Brad says he still has clients from the first day he opened. He originally launched the store in Florida. In 2007, he moved to the quaint town of Fairview, and stayed there for seven years. The store's been located in Nashville for four years now.

Acting as a consultant from the beginning to the installing end of projects, Brad says he brings the very best of options into his lineup. He also can set up wireless systems. 

He carries three lines of speakers exclusively in Tennessee, for example. "Some brands in the store you won't find again until you hit Texas," he says. 

Examples of brands he carries include Simaudio, Octave, Rega, Dynaudio, NAD, Cardas Audio, Kaleidescape, Astell&Kern, NAIM, YG Acoustics, Focal and Audioquest. 

With so many people working from home and entertaining themselves in place, the Audeze brand of headphones offered by Nashville HiFi are popular. They can serve as noise-canceling devices for concentration, and the manufacturer promises they deliver "uncompromised audio." Brad says Audeze headphones sell for $250 to $5,000, with a new Audeze Penrose gaming headset running about $299. He adds that the Audeze LCD-GX headset for elite gamers generally costs approximately $900. 

However, many clients are surprised about how affordable high-end stereo systems and devices can be. Part of the benefit comes from having precision-based equipment. 

"I'm happy to answer everyone's questions because I want them to be truly happy with their system and its ultimate performance," says Brad. 

Music Room For Music City

Brad delivered the sound system that went into the custom-designed music room of the 2019 Whole Home Concept House in Nashville commissioned by House Beautiful. He worked with Atlanta-based interior designers Forbes + Masters from start to finish to create an "adult listening lounge" for the project. 

The house is located specifically in Belle Meade at 725 Westview Ave.

Brad says the designers were looking for the best in HiFi in all of Nashville. "When consulting multiple resources, the designers were told the same thing:  Come to us," he adds.

He says the six-month project encompassed components totaling about $17,500. 

Due to COVID-19 safety measures, Nashville HiFi currently is open by appointment only. 

6600 Highway 100
brad@nashvillehifi.com
615.799.8002
NashvilleHiFi.com

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