who we are
We are a group of seven experts in how to get best music reproduction from an audio system. We have been in business for 48 years. We seven have a combined tenure at The Sound Environment of 132 years. We stress great music reproduction, ease of use and continued performance of your system over the years. Our Trade Up policy allows easy upgrades from beginning systems to truly amazing systems. Our consultants are not commissioned. They are inspired by a love of music. They will work passionately with you to get the best music reproduction possible, no matter your level of investment.
Finding great value components, where performance for price is key for us. If we wouldn’t want it in our own homes, we don’t want it in yours. Any home stereo or theater system we work with you on is done so with great care and consideration and is individualized to your situation, music choices, budget, and home environment. 48 years of treating people right and continually pushing ourselves to learn more and grow in our craft has made for a rewarding history and promises a compelling future.
A WINDOW TO THE MUSIC
What brings our group together is love of music. We work together to bring the magic of music forth from a system. We know music and we experience music, even traveling to distant cities to hear favorite performers live.
Everyone should have the opportunity to really enjoy music, not just sound – to be thrilled, excited, or saddened, to experience the performer communicating directly and be moved by the music.
How do we get a system to really bring us the music? It is a complex process. We have enthusiastically devoted decades to this process.
THE HEART OF THEATER
The focus in home theater is usually the video. The bigger the screen the better, but what makes the movie engaging is the sound. The quality of the sound makes the movie hold your attention, even without the biggest screen in the world. You want to be carried away by the explosions and the roaring of the crowd. You want to clearly hear the tone and inflection of the dialogue.
Without music in film the impact is lost. The music tells the story behind the dialogue and the images. Even with a small screen the music will make the movie experience immediate. Music is generally the last thing added to a film, the final touch, tying all together.
where we are
Omaha, Sound Environment headquarters
Omaha is a really nice city with great restaurants, exciting events, quality museums, and the best Zoo in America. Whether you come just to visit us and spend some time listening to great audio or for a complete vacation with sporting and cultural events, Omaha will surprise you.
We complete high-level installations throughout our region and across the nation from Florida to Hawaii. Our consultants work with our customers from introduction to The Sound Environment to long after we set up a system or new component in their home. Customers spanning the country have been with us for decades.
A Space for Music lovers in KC
We're back and better than ever! Our new showroom at 1611 Oak street is now open! We will be open every Saturday, every Crossroads First Friday, and by appointment. Just give us a call at 402-391-3842 to ask questions or set an appointment.
Our first build out is a large music room with two music systems. The most advanced system features the new Wilson Audio Sasha DAW speakers. In addition, we show affordable high-performance one box music system solutions from Naim.
The second build out will be a home theater room with a very high-performance system. We plan to build that out soon but can still work with you on a great home theater system for your home. We show four home theater systems in our Omaha location.
Trade up program
We offer a generous trade up program that allows you to keep improving your system over time. Purchase any eligible product and you will automatically join our industry-leading Trade Up Program! Enjoy your new audio gear and then within a year you can trade it back for the full amount you paid towards a product that is at least twice the price.
We want you to get the best sound possible for your budget initially and discuss thoughtful upgrades with you down the road. This program gets you started on a great path. Absolute dedication to great sound is what we do and what we have done for 48 years. We apply everything we have learned to help you get the best possible sound in your home with systems that make sense and that are easy to use.
Any eligible products
Trade back any purchase within one year and receive the full amount you paid towards any new products that are at least twice the price
Your brand new audio gear
Grow your system from modest beginnings. Continue this process and over time you will upgrade your audio system into a truly high performance system
What our clients are saying
I have to give a shout out to The Sound Environment in Omaha. I was there last summer just to see what the inside of the store looked like, and I had my wife and three kids in tow. Not only was I treated with kindness and respect even though I'm sure they probably sized me up as someone who didn't have much expendable income, they took all five of us into the demo room and demonstrated for us a stereo that was easily worth north of a quarter million dollars. It was a fantastic listening experience we all enjoyed, and I left with some speaker wire that I spent less than $30 on. I didn't buy much that afternoon, but next time I need to update my speaker wire or interconnects or have a long lost relative leave me a lot of money, they will be the first place I go to.
I can’t count the number of hi-fi shops I’ve been to all over the Midwest and Montreal, but the Sound Environment is hands down my favorite. They provide a welcoming, customer-centric experience, along with a range of products from mid-fi to world class.
The sales staff aren't paid commission, they simply love high end audio like myself. It's a very relaxed atmosphere, no pressure. While you can find entry level gear here, know that they have some of the highest hi-fi gear money can buy. It's always a pleasure to spend some time listening to the systems they put together and conversing with other stereo nerds. I highly recommended you stop in.
I've been a customer of The Sound Environment for 40 years. We have worked together on home theater, whole house audio and high-end audio. The Sound Environment has done design, consulting, and installation in my homes in Illinois and Colorado. Through all the years, The Sound Environment treated me like a king and treated my installation like it was the most important project they had. They always offer excellent product selection to fit any budget. If you want the ultimate, they have it. If you want an affordable basic music system, they have it. Either way, it will be tuned to perfection to give you the best possible experience. I can't say enough about Jim. He is passionate about matching clients with the right solution for their lifestyle and budget and implementing an installation that is second to none. Charlie has the same passion and has helped me build my music library. Todd is freakishly good at setup and tuning speakers and components. Gale is another go-to guy. I wish I had the ears that these guys have! For music or home theater, don't look anywhere else. If you don't live in Omaha, still don't look anywhere else.
I have written about 2 online reviews. The Sound Environment is world class. I walked into the store hoping to get something a little better than Nebraska furniture mart or Best Buy to compliment our TV. Instead I walked out with the best sounding speakers I have ever heard, and also a breadth of knowledge on how to get the best sound quality. I have been back several times to buy and also just to hang out and listen to great sound quality. They are great people with the best customer service.
Awesome place! The people are very helpful, not pushy and educate you with out sounding snobby which can often happen at high end stores selling anything. Also just because its high end doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. I am a college student and I was able to get into a budget pair of speakers which sound amazing. Go check the place out.
The event yesterday was truly over the top! I had been under the impression that I had a good analog system, and it’s not bad, but not even close to the big system featuring the Air Force turntable… I will survive, but with loss of innocence.
I remember how cool it was checking out the Klipsch speakers Charlie featured when the Sound Environment was located in his home in Lincoln back in the day. Since then The Sound Environment has become one of the country’s premier quality high-level home theater companies serving clients throughout the region with installations from Florida to Hawaii. I’ve been working with Gale Cooper for several years, first from the Lincoln store (now located in Omaha’s Rockbrook Village), who’s designed my entire home theater system and who I’m continuing to work with. I’ve been in stores featuring the highest quality audio, visual, home theater, etc… equipment from coast to coast and in my opinion, The Sound Environment’s one of the nations best.
I’ll try to keep this as on point as I can but that’s not an easy task because The Sound Environment (TSE) is so far ahead of their competitors they are on an entirely different level. In my opinion TSE is among the absolute best in terms of sound and video reproduction in your home. They emphasize value at all price points whether that be a mega-bucks world-class system or simply a small desk top system you could use at your computer. Regardless of your budget TSE will provide you with the highest quality sound and video for your money. Period. Beyond that, they have an immensely helpful and patient staff of experts that are as passionate about what they do as anyone in any field. I would absolutely, without hesitation or equivocation recommend TSE to anyone who values high quality sound and video. If you’ve got a budget give TSE a shot before dropping your hard earned money into something from a big box retailer. TSE is locally owned and operated and it shows. I hate to sound over-the-top effusive but I just cannot say enough about these guys. They are the real deal. Give them a shot. I’m extremely glad I did.
Great people, great products. Consultants do a great job of qualifying the customer and matching their needs/tastes to the product.
join our team
The Sound Environment is always open to considering new part time or full-time consultants for both Omaha and Kansas City. Complete training and integration into our culture is provided. The essential starting point is dedication to customer service and strong interest in designing and providing great sound systems.