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 50 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. 50 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

Unparalleled Trade Up & Trade In Program

Unparalleled Trade Up & Trade In Program

Unique History and Experience

Unique History and Experience

Dedication to System Design and Setup

Dedication to System Design and Setup

Ability to Offer Great Demonstrations & Comparisons

Ability to Offer Great Demonstrations & Comparisons

Where We Are

OMAHA

OMAHA

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.

KANSAS CITY

KANSAS CITY

We bring high fidelity music and home theater systems to KC with 50 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. 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.

We are excited to announce that our Kansas City showroom is now open the same hours as our Omaha showroom! Stop in and visit us soon.

Speaker Room Integration

For us, speaker setup means fine adjustment of speaker placement in a room to achieve the best possible music reproduction we can for that speaker in that room. Integrating speakers into a room is more important than any component in an audio system. Few do it and fewer do it well.

SRI is our Multi-faceted speaker placement process developed over 50 years and hundreds of installations. We have evolved techniques to position speakers that achieve great, musically accurate results. It is time-consuming and exacting, requiring a good ear and careful movement of each speaker. 

Almost all music and home theater systems are purchased and placed in homes without reaching even half of their potential. With The Sound Environment, SRI is included with all eligible speaker/system sales – completing your investment by getting every bit of the performance you paid for. The execution of a high-performance system begins with the selection of the highest value components that build a synergistic system that is right for you and is completed with our SRI process – unlocking the full potential of your system. Read more HERE.

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

Our Showrooms

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Our Team

  • Charlie Santmire
    Charlie Santmire Founder/CEO
  • Doug Robinson
    Doug Robinson Partner/Resident Audiophile
  • Jim Wichita
    Jim Wichita Installation Specialist
  • Eric Baines
    Eric Baines VP Operations
  • Sandi Boudreau
    Sandi Boudreau Accountant
  • Gale Cooper
    Gale Cooper Audio Consultant
  • Todd Snyder
    Todd Snyder Audio Consultant
  • Zach Born
    Zach Born Audio Consultant
  • Dane Vedder
    Dane Vedder Audio Consultant
  • Ben Sloup
    Ben Sloup Online Sales/Shipping

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.

    Anonymous
  • 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.

    Cory H.
  • 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.

    Robert H.
  • 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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