Orion – Rockport Technologies Newest Speaker Available for Audition at The Sound Environment
On November 17th, The Sound Environment held the North American introduction of Rockport Technologies’ new Orion loudspeaker (Orion to remain on display indefinitely). The Orion has been in development for more than three years and comprises a new cabinet design and all new drivers. Read more about Orion on Rockport’s website HERE.
Our recent experience has shown us how good Cygnus and Orion can be by setting them as part of a very fine system. That system also allows us to evaluate new products. We consider many different products especially in the electronics realm before we decide what to offer our clients. We must do the best for you. We do not offer experimental new products from very small companies. We specialize in high-performance products from well-established companies that will help us support you.
The System now driving Orion consists of a Gryphon Commander or Pandora preamplifier, Gryphon monoblock Mephisto amplifiers, dCS Vivaldi Apex DAC/clock, Aurender streamer/server, Transparent cables and power conditioning including Opus and Magnum Opus, and HRS (Harmonic Resolution Systems) stands and isolation devices.
Want to Experience Orion? Get in Touch with Us
You can stop in any time and listen to Orion but for the best experience it’s best to set up an appointment – just give us a call or send an email
Rockport Technologies Models
Rockport Technologies offers six models. The main five models are Atria II ($38,000/pr), Avior II ($47,000/pr), Cygnus ($70,000/pr), Orion ($133,000/pr), and Lyra ($190,000/pr).
In addition, there is the Taurus, a low-profile speaker intended mainly as a center channel but would perform well as a stereo pair if a low profile is needed. The Taurus is $20,500 each with stand.
We generally have all models on display between our two showrooms. Call ahead to make sure you can hear the model you are most interested in and where it is located. Presently, Orion and Atria II are on demo in Omaha, and Cygnus in Kansas City. Taurus, Avior II, and Lyra are being reset and will be available for audition soon.
We have an excellent and longstanding relationship with Rockport. We have been a dealer since 2005. Rockport is in it for the long haul building slowly for a solid future. It took three years to develop the Orion. No new models or revisions are presently in the works.
What We Do For You
We do not have speakers lined up for audition or shuffle speakers in and out of a room. You can’t do that if you want to hear what the speaker really can do when properly set up in your home. Our focus is on the accuracy/realism of the musical reproduction of individual components and our individually curated systems. Our consultants are offered free tickets to live unamplified music performances to build their understanding of what live music sounds like. Reproduction of that sound is our standard for judging the performance of individual components and systems. We try to come as close as possible to the live event given the investment you choose to make.
We will deliver and dial in Rockport speakers anywhere in the United States. We call that dial SRI (Speaker Room Integration). SRI is a complex process requiring a full day by our two-person team.
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.
Located in Omaha, NE at 11021 Elm St
Located in Kansas City, MO at 1611 Oak Street
Stop in or schedule an appointment (View hours of operations for Omaha/KC showrooms HERE). 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. We invite you to visit us for selection of a system or component that precisely fits your music, home, and budget.
To Make an Appointment at our Omaha or Kansas City Location
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what our clients are saying
Ten years ago I wandered into The Sound Environment and ended up listening to one of their demo systems. It was not outrageously high-end but had the ability to make you feel like you were at a live performance. This was unique in my experience and several months later I purchased a very similar setup from them. Over the years between then and now I have done many incremental upgrades based upon the sage advice that was provided there. Now in the present, I have a system that is all that I will ever need to enjoy music in my home. The level of support provided is flat-out excellent. What is unique is that the listening, attention, and quality of service that has made me a loyal customer is extended to everyone that walks in there. Regardless of how much or little you spend their full attention is on getting you the best sound for your situation and resources. And they carry options suitable for any fiscal constraint. Their process goes the extra yard, always. Speakers purchased there often include SRI, or speaker room integration. This meticulous and long process can do more to improve the sound in your listening room than thousands spent on more exotic equipment. The results from SRI are just one indicator of their passionate dedication to service and impeccable sound. There are many more which are apparent if you spend even a few minutes there. Much thanks to Todd and Gale and the entire staff for what has been the highest quality working relationship during the past decade. For anyone seeking a more immersive and rewarding listening experience, I simply provide the strongest recommendation possible. Walk on in and listen. You will not be disappointed.
This was my first time at this store and I am astounded at how knowledgeable the folks here are. Tim was probably one of the best salespeople I’ve ever dealt with in any industry, and you could tell that he and the rest of the team are psyched about what they do for a living. The equipment is absolutely top-notch. Jim is a very talented installer as well; he did my parent’s home theater system in the early 2000s and knocked it out of the park. These guys are still killing it! I don’t have enough great things to say.
Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. The guys could not have happier to demo a few systems for my two year old daughter and I, even after I mentioned that we were just taking a look around and not in the market for a new stereo. The showroom is well laid out, clean and (most importantly) has a range of products from mid-tier to absolutely bonkers. I will be back!
I recently stopped into the Sound Environment one evening where I met Gale. Despite closing within thirty minutes, Gale thoughtfully answered all of my questions related to turntables in a kind and knowledgeable way. Based on this positive experience I returned a couple of weeks later and met Todd. Todd provided fantastic, no-pressure coaching on the areas that I wanted to upgrade my system (new subwoofer and turntable), and allowed me to audition better RCA cables. I ended up purchasing a new subwoofer, turntable, and phono preamp on a subsequent visit. While there have been delays in shipping on the subwoofer, Todd did a magnificent job installing and setting up my turntable and phono preamp at home. Of note, Gale had optimized the turntable at the shop before Todd brought it over. During the installation, Todd also optimized my television picture/sound settings as well as my amp settings. While I have purchased equipment online, you can not beat the outstanding hands-on service provided by this company. I am looking forward to receiving my new subwoofer and am planning on purchasing a high-res streaming component in the future based on their amazing upgrade program. I highly recommend this company and staff, especially Todd and Gale for their personalized service and professionalism.
I'm not a customer, unfortunately (I live almost 800 miles away) but I had to stop in for a visit while I was in Omaha for the first time. I'm so glad I did! What a great place! I let them know I was merely visiting from out of town and they were still very generous with their time (they even offered to play for me what is, to date, the best HiFi system I've heard - Rockport speakers & Gryphon electronics). Great selection and a great staff with a very good ear for system matching and set-up. If you love music, and, I suspect, home theater, these guys can easily set you up for maximum enjoyment at any price point from budget-conscious to ultra high end.
It's always a pleasure to drop by and talk to Dane. He is always welcoming and enjoys talking about Audio. I plan to purchase more audio gear in the future at The Sound Environment - great to have high-end audio in Kansas City. If you're an audiophile, or just getting started in the wonderful world of music, check this location out and support The Sound Environment. They will not let you down.
Best money I ever spent for a surround sound/2-channel stereo system. Todd, Gale, and Zach are great at listening to your needs and will exceed them. If you're looking to upgrade or just starting, you need to go there. You won't be sorry you did. Big box stores can't do what these guys can! highly recommend! You won't be disappointed.
I have been working with them for nearly 40 years and never had anything but positive results! Recently, we have been working on a new system and waiting for things to break in. I've been somewhat reserved with my opinion until this past weekend. Zach and Todd showed up with the last large bits and what they accomplished with this is nothing short of miraculous!!! I would not trade them or the Sound Environment for any other audio shop, and I have seen a lot of them over the years.
Great product across all price ranges. Knowledgable and helpful staff. A+
Bought many components through the years. Great knowledge, great products, great people = great systems. If your looking for a great system this is the place to go to. They have the best products available at all price points!!
I have been working with Dane in the Kansas City store. What a great experience. He has (literally) gone out of his way to make sure that I purchased the right system and that it was properly setup. Highly recommended.
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.