Kurt Melancon, Chris Sain, Josh Ritenour
How long have you been in business?
We have been in business since 2011.
How many locations do you have?
We currently have one location in Minneapolis.
How did Minneapolis HiFi get its start?
We all have had a passion for audio our whole lives. When we took our favorite pastime and made it into a business it just made sense. May as well make money when you’re going to be doing it anyway! We’ve always loved new clients getting hooked on HiFi. Watching them smile and enjoy how amazing it can sound, and how a good system can enhance our daily lives.
How many people are on the Minneapolis HiFi team?
We have three people on our team.
Thoughts on the importance of training?
We’ve always believed in spending a lot of time with your gear. Experimenting with it and seeing how it all works best together. We’ve been doing the same thing for a long time before we opened. Now we just have a ton more toys to play with! It’s so fun and interesting to see how different gear sounds and synergistically pairing it together to get the client's desired sound.
What do you like most about HARMAN Luxury Audio products and which lines do you feature?
Revel has always been our favorite. We’ve been using Revels in our home systems for over 20 years. They provide a great sound and dollar for dollar are some of the best products we have in our store. They represent a value to our customers.
How do you think the luxury audio industry is currently doing?
As a whole we believe that the industry has done incredible since COVID came around. Crossing our fingers that the economy holds up and we all keep it up. We think it’s going to have a few dips coming up, but will continue up and ahead as more people spend more time at home in the future. We think there is a good market for a more custom experience - clients appreciate a dealer who can provide more than just selling a box at a discount. They want help with room design, room acoustics and professional set-up.
What is Minneapolis HiFi’s mission?
Minneapolis HiFi is working to set itself up as a destination for the highest performance audio equipment available. We enjoy working with customers to help realize their goals and expectations, and the difference between a good system and a great one is attention to every last detail. We’re looking forward to more travel and taking care of clients that truly want the best sound possible. We welcome other dealers to visit if they’re in the area and believe we’re all stronger if we work together rather than against one another.
You have the floor. Anything else you want to share with us about Minneapolis HiFi that you would like the world to know?
We are open on Saturdays and are appointment only the rest of the week. We focus almost exclusively on high-end 2-channel audio. We don’t have any screens or home theater gear in the store, only art and acoustic treatments on our walls. We have created a comfortable and enjoyable space to enjoy music and bring you closer to your favorite artists.