Gryphon Zena Preamp Debut Event

Gryphon Zena Preamp Debut Event

On Thursday, November 15, Philip O’Hanlon will be at The Sound Environment to introduce the new Gryphon Zena preamplifier. The Zena is based on the state-of-the-art Pandora preamplifier.

RMAF 2018 Show Report

RMAF 2018 Show Report

The Rocky Mountain Audio Festival, held every fall in Denver, is a great opportunity to see the upcoming trends in home audio/video, chat with our various vendors about new product, and take in some of that lovely mountain air for a few days. Read about what we saw and heard!

Hey Kansas City!

Hey Kansas City!

The Sound Environment, now in Kansas City! With great pleasure, we are excited to formally announce that we officially have a showroom open in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City.

Now at TSE! Sonus faber Sonetto V

Now at TSE! Sonus faber Sonetto V

We have been waiting anxiously to get our first pair of speakers from Sonus faber’s new Sonetto line. The wait is over. They’re here.

One Night with Pandora

One Night with Pandora

The Sound Environment’s Doug Robinson spent an evening with the incredible Gryphon Pandora preamp in his home system. Here is what he had to say about it.

who we are

We are a small high performance audio shop located in Omaha, Nebraska. We have a talented staff with years of experience. Our consultants, not inspired by commission, but a love of music, work passionately with you to get the best sound possible, no matter your level of investment. Finding great value components, where price matches performance, is key for us. If we wouldn’t want it in our own homes, we don’t want it in yours. We are your partner in achieving great sound. Any home stereo or theater system we work with you on is done so with great care and consideration. 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
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 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

Home to The Sound Environment

Home to The Sound Environment

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

A Space for Music lovers in KC

We bring high fidelity music and home theater systems to KC with 48 years of experience in Omaha. We have worked enthusiastically to make the most of our KC Loft space, giving you an opportunity to hear systems from the most affordable to a world class system you can’t experience anywhere else except our Omaha showroom. Visiting us in our loft you will find it to be a relaxed, friendly time. You will leave having had an experience you won’t forget.

We are extremely happy to be in the Crossroads. The air is filled with excitement and cool things are always happening. You can make a day out of visiting us. After your visit grab a great meal at the many restaurants and gastro pubs in the area and stop by some galleries and shops. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll have fun.

Our Consultants

  • Gale Cooper
    Gale Cooper Audio Consultant

    Gale has an impressive 30 years of experience with TSE. He is a master of system setup and in his spare time plays drums for a local rockin’ soul band. He has a music degree from UNL, is our go-to guy for everything analog, and is one of the best audio advisors in the business. Gale enjoys jazz, classical, and classic rock.

  • Todd Snyder
    Todd Snyder Audio Consultant

    Todd has a passion for a well thought out stereo or home theater system. He’s been with TSE for 10 years, distinguishing himself as a favorite advisor of many of our clients. In his time with TSE, Todd has grown to an incredible system setup specialist. He enjoys a wide range of electronic, art-pop, and experimental music.

  • Zach Born
    Zach Born Audio Consultant

    Zach is our newest Audio Consultant, but he’s not new to great sound. He played trumpet and French horn in school, and has spent years building a great stereo. He’s traded in his job in biological indicator R&D (ask Zach) for his first love, music. Zach likes alt-rock and electronic music and is active in the local music scene.

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.

  • PURCHASE

    Any eligible products

  • TRADE

    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

  • ENJOY

    Your brand new audio gear

  • GROW

    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'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.

    Mark H.
  • 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.

    Michael R.
  • 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.

    Anonymous
  • 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.

    Doug R.
  • 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.

    Jaye O.
  • 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.

    Ryan C.
  • Great people, great products. Consultants do a great job of qualifying the customer and matching their needs/tastes to the product.

    Andy E.
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