How to Shop for a Sound Bar

By Joy Frye 12-05-2017 All sound bars are not created equal. You’ve finally decided to improve the sound coming from your TV – or you know someone who’d really appreciate better sound too – and you’ve decided that a new sound bar will make the perfect gift for them… or for yourself. But which one to get? Here’s a quick… Read more →

Appreciating Vinyl Records … and the Best Way to Enjoy Them

By Ted Goslin 04-19-2018 When digital audio just isn’t enough. The way we listen to music has changed. Before the digital revolution, people went to retail stores and bought albums one at a time, often not knowing how it would sound until they opened the package and played it on their CD player, cassette deck or turntable. With a variety… Read more →

Apparently High-Definition Vinyl is Coming Next Year

By Timothy J. Seppala, @timseppala 04.12.18 The process of making records hasn’t changed much over the last hundred or so years, but that itself could change soon. Austria-based Rebeat Innovation has begun the work to bring vinyl into the 21st century. Of course, that involves lasers. Specifically, converting analog audio information into a digital, 3D topographic map of the music,… Read more →

3 Things That Do What They Say They’ll Do

I have learned some valuable lessons about quality since I started working here at Upstairs Audio & Video on August 30th of 2016. I had a very skeptical outlook on any claim made by any manufacturer of any product. But I have discovered that some claims are not just hype. We have at least three products in our store that… Read more →

Scientists Find 15 Amazing Benefits Of Listening To Music

Michelle Millis Chappel Michelle Chappel, Princeton PhD in psychology, is an internationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter, speaker, and author. Full Bio   If you love listening to music, you’re in good company. Charles Darwin once remarked, “If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every… Read more →

Where to Shop for the Audiophile in Your Tribe

Upstairs Audio & Video is one of the last bastions in the realm of retail establishments (in the entire nation) that offers pure sound for pure sound aficionados. And it’s right here in the heart of Five Points… a stone’s throw from just about anywhere in Columbia, South Carolina. So if you know someone who cares about music the way… Read more →

Control Vinyl Wear

Is it Worth 28¢ to Make Your Records Last 200 Times Longer? The average cost of a brand new vinyl record album is about $24. If you’re an audiophile, some of your vintage vinyl may have values between $600 and $60,000. Did you know that within ten plays the high frequencies of those records can wear out and never be… Read more →

Upstairs Audio & Video vs. Online Shopping

“You can’t taste chocolate ice cream over the internet.” But there are many other reasons why you should consider shopping your next audio or video project with Upstairs Audio & Video:   See the Difference: If you’re looking for video components, nothing beats seeing the quality first hand. Anything you see on the internet can only rise to the quality… Read more →