a space for music lovers in the crossroads arts district of Kansas city
You Have Never Heard Anything Like This
We bring high fidelity music and home theater systems to KC with 48 years of experience in Omaha. You’ve never heard anything like this in KC because there’s never been anyone like us in KC. Now we are here, bringing you great sound – sound that truly brings your music home. You’ll find you can’t wait to come home and listen. Relax. Clear your mind. Let the troubles of the day fade away. Share music with your friends and family. Have fun. Owning a great music system is enjoyable and buying one should be too. We bring it to you. No fuss. No bother. We do it all.
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, 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.
What Defines Us
We will be open every Crossroad’s First Friday from 5PM until 9PM, every Saturday from 10AM to 5PM and by appointment. Stop by! Relax. Enjoy the music.
By appointment we can give you our full attention. If you are selecting a new component for your existing system or interested in starting a completely new system an appointment will give you a great opportunity to learn about and experience components and systems. Our talented, non-commissioned staff with decades of experience is dedicated to customer service and inspired by love of music. They will work enthusiastically with you to get the best sound possible for the investment you have in mind and for the nature of your place.
To Make an Appointment in Kansas City or Omaha
Give us a Call at 402-391-3842
What Can You Hear?
You can audition two single box music systems, a simple Minimalist System and a very Advanced System. Learn more about these systems in the boxes below.
Single Box, Wireless Music Systems by Naim, a Venerable British Company
High performance audio made ultra-simple for your home. By far the best single box system we have found, Mu-so offers exceptional sound with diminutive size, many ways to play music, and is expandable to multiple rooms. Bring life and emotion back to music and movies in your home.
Simple. Modern. Great Sounding.
A Sound Environment Minimalist System includes everything you need to bring beautiful music into your home without complication. These are modern stereo systems we have specifically and carefully designed to fit into your living space. They are meant to sound great, look cool, and operate easily from any mobile device you own.
A High Performance Experience
Advanced systems are very high performance but more complex, involving separate source components, amplification, and speakers. An advanced system is not just a bunch of boxes. It is a carefully selected, synergistic assemblage of components that make a music system really sing.
Our Showroom in the Crossroads
You may know of the partial building collapse at our old Loft location on 18th St. That happened in the early hours of Saturday, October 6. After a searching in the Crossroads we found an ideal location at 1611 Oak Street. It is a large ground-level space that we will build out in two phases. The first phase is completed and we are now open!
The first phase includes a front area with small systems and a large music room with two music systems. The most advanced system features the new Wilson Audio Sasha DAW speakers. In summer, we will build a high-performance home theater room.
The Sound Environment Gallery
Our new location gives us the chance to not only play great music but also display art on our Gallery wall. We will feature new artists each month for our Crossroads First Friday events. We invite you to stop by, enjoy the art and music, have a drink, relax, and have a good time. IF YOU ARE AN ARTIST. We are always looking for artists to work with. If you’d like to display in our showroom message us!
MARCH FIRST FRIDAY FEATURED ARTIST: William Toney
William Toney is from Raytown, Missouri. He holds a B.F.A. with an emphasis in photography from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2012. He currently lives and makes mixed media work in Kansas City, MO.
William Toney constructs still lifes out of personal and found objects. His current body of work highlights everyday materials that are often discarded and overlooked, yet are filled with cultural associations. Toney uses photography as a medium between the world he inhabits and the way others view it.
what our clients are saying
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.