When shopping for that ultimate computer gaming audio system, the one with the fidelity that could blast the neighbors into that proverbial other dimension, it’s the commonly accepted practice to do your perusing at a computer specialty shop or a big box store like Future Shop or Best Buy. But, one of the lesser known secrets of hunting for the gamers audio dream system is that the best things are often found slightly off the beaten path.
When computer stores don’t offer the exact finest audio experience from your computer, musical instrument stores have always offered the greatest commercial and noncommercial fidelity audio components at prices competitive to any intended home computer and television/console audio system, and computer gaming audio is by no means an exception to this rule.
Moog Audio in Montreal ( map ) offers a complete line of some of the best audio components available. From studio monitors to headphones to pre-amps, made by the best quality manufacturers in audio today, some whom also manufacture that computer sound system you saw on sale at Best Buy. Amplifiers by Alesis and Crown that can surpass the little economy bass woofer you tried at Future Shop. DBX and TC Electronic equalizers that go where no software EQ has ever gone before. M-Audio or JBL monitors to immerse you in the ambient fx of your favorite video game, even before you turn on the surround. Lexicon effects and reverbs that command distinction on par with any software effects program and any sound card. Moog Audio offers both an extensive hardware selection and an impressive selection of software audio products coupled with an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and technically proficient staff.
Steve’s Music ( map , pictured above ), a long legendary music staple in Montreal, also offers its famous extensive product offerings and expertise to its many customer fans. A veritable department store of music technology, Steve’s offers an entire storefront section to each of the main branches of music making, such as percussion, guitars, keyboards and recording, and sells almost anything you can imagine can be sold for your sound needs. With a full and dedicated audio shop and technical know-how to assist in and recommend the best audio needs for your money, Steve’s offers some of the best buys and some of the best results you can find within your price range, whatever that may be.
And, for gaming headphones you may not need to look any further than a pair of Skullcandy phones from The Source, on the Underground City level of Eaton Centre in Downtown Montreal ( map ). A favorite with music listening enthusiasts, Skullcandy offers audio fidelity that makes gamers with console, PC or pocket systems routinely stand at attention and bet their gaming experience on them.
A little more edge to your gaming audio may be all that you need to get the full immersive experience of your favorite video games.
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