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It is our ability to offer the best entertainment systems for the money. Quality is the sales expertise necessary to match components and systems to your environment and lifestyle.


Quality is providing a store with homelike demonstration facilities, making it easy for you to decide what you need.
Service is taking the time to listen to your needs and demonstrate to your satisfaction on a one-to-one basis that our systems will fit those needs.


Service is providing you reliable delivery and set-up of all systems purchased. Service is supplying you with a loaner if any component we sell fails within the warranty. Service means dependability.
We have taken care of our customers for over 31 years. Many of our brands--Linn, Naim, Vandersteen, and Rega--have consistently scored at the top of independent dealer loyalty surveys in overall reliability and satisfaction.

We have actively supported most of our lines for well over two decades. We will be here to take care of your needs for the long term.

WHAT IS QUALITY ?
WHAT IS SERVICE ?
WHAT IS DEPENDABILITY ?
​Rick at the Laurel Street Store Circa 1990
Howard Popeck interviews one of the world’s truly great audiophile retailers – Rick Duplisea owner of The Audio Alternative in Stereonow Magazine. Howard
 and Rick talk about the popularity of vintage audio gear.  
"Now then this first interview – with Rick of The Audio Alternative in Fort Collins, Colorado USA is a real cracker I feel. Rick, and I've known him for years, shoots from the hip, tells it like it is and is perhaps the most passionate audio retailer I've ever met. Candidly, and I say this without embarrassment, in every sense of the word his retail operation makes mine seem very low grade. In his presence I’m humbled. Truly."

"Rick demonstrated to me the most musically credible audio system I have ever heard, anywhere and at any price. We played records for 9 hours, pausing only for an occasional coffee, toilet break and fresh air. Good? You’ve no idea".
Stereophile Magazine, Blue Note Recording, Vandersteen Audio & Audio Research Corporation spend an evening together at the Fort Collins home of the Audio Alternative


More than 100 people attended the Music Matters Symposium at the Fort Collins, CO home of the Audio Alternative on May 21.  

Michael Fremer played both high resolution digital vs analog LP selections and reviewed the new Glass, Audio Desk LP cleaning system now on active display at the Audio Alternative.

Joe Harley packed the downstairs show room with an evening of classic jazz from the Blue Note classic reissue LP collection along with telling the Blue Note story and showing the high resolution images of Blue Note recording artists.

Richard Vandersteen entertained questions from attendees about Vandersteen loudspeaker design principles and the Vandersteen Model 7 loudspeaker.  Dave Gordon, from Audio Research Corporation answered questions about the ARC electronics featured in both systems used for the evening programs. 

Visit this link to our events page to view more images from this event.
Michael Fremer, Dave Gordon, Richard Vandersteen, Rick Duplisea & Joe Harley in front of the Audio Alternative
Other than our legendary customer service, we carry and represent more manufacturers and products, most on active display who have earned The Absolute Sound 2012 Product of The Year Awards and Stereophile's Greatest Products of 2012 such as...


Tuesday - Thursday 11 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. - Saturday 10 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Phone: 970.221.1496  
Email: sales@audioalternative.com
​Audio Research Corporation​, Reference 5SE Preamplifier, Reference 150 Stereo Amplifier, Reference 250 Mono Block Amplifiers and Reference Phono 2SE,  AMG Viella 12 Turntable and Tone Arm,  Rega RP3 & RP6 Turntables and RB303 Tone Arm, Lyra Atlas Moving Coil Cartridge,  Naim Super Uniti,  Audio Desk Record Cleaning Machine and the Audioquest DragonFly DAC
The Audio Alternative Is Your Place For High End Audio
Please make the short trip to Fort Collins Colorado, the home of the Audio Alternative to learn more and listen to products from the above award winning manufactures as well as many past winners such as the Vandersteen Audio Model Seven Loudspeakers and many more manufacturers of legendary audio and video components.
  
Let us help you make great sound in your home, no matter what your budget!
The Audio Alternative is proud to announce, and honored to be selected as one of a few select dealers nationwide to represent the legendary designs of Dan D'Agostino.  The addition of the D'Agostino line, balances the Audio Alternative's selection of high end analog components with the best solid state has to offer, all from Dan D'Agostino.
Left, the D'Agostino Momentum Pre-Amplifier with 300va power supply.

Right, the D'Agostino Momentum 300w mono block amplifier with dedicated D'Agostino Amplifier Stands.


On Active Display at The Audio Alternative
The 2013 RMAF Proves to be Another Banner Show for 
the Fort Collins Colorado Audio Alternative!
We want to thank our loyal customers, manufacturers and the members of the media for all making this years RMAF a huge success!   We also want to invite you to hear what they are talking about.  How to make your home system sound inspiring, natural, dynamic and motivating, no matter what your budget!
The nationwide premier of the Vandersteen Audio 5a Carbon Loudspeakers in Room 9026 being driven by a front end of D'Agostino Momentum Preamplifier and Mono Block amplifiers.
For the past 5 years, our Suite 9030 has had standing room only for most of the show.  This is what the Audio Alternative is known for, great sound no matter what your budget.  
Our number one priority has always been about the music. No matter what your source, LP or digital, our goal is to assist you with making music in your home sound as motivating as possible.  Come in and hear what we can do together with you.
Boris is happy the D'Agostino Preamp and Amplifiers are back at the shop.  He gives himself "Best of Show"
Rick Duplisea & Stig Bjorge President of Lyra.  
Stig delivering one of the 1st of the 3 new Lyra Etna MC Cartridges in the country to us at the 2013 RMAF.  Everyone agreed, "What a Sound"
Roy Gregory, European Editor for Audio Beat Magazine
"RMAF 2013 -- surely now accepted as the premier two-channel show in the continental US -- should serve as a timely reminder of history’s lessons for any audiophile who cares to listen."

"Fort Collins audio dealer The Audio Alternative, which put together a system consisting of an Audio Research Reference Phono 10 phono stage, Reference 10 line stage Pre-Amp, and a pair of Reference 150 stereo amps, biamping Vandersteen Model 7 loudspeakers. Sources were an ARC Reference 9 CD player/DAC  and an AMG Viella 12 turntable and tonearm carrying -- you guessed it -- another Lyra Etna . Harmonic Resolution Systems equipment supports were used throughout along with all cabling from Audioquest".  

"As someone who bangs on and on about coherent approaches to system support and cabling, this setup was (quite literally) music to my ears.  Roy Gregory".

Read what the reviewers and show attendees alike are saying about the Audio Alternative's rooms at the 2013 RMAF
Roy Gregory's thoughts...
"Rick, Mike & Nikki know what it takes to make great sound in a relaxed, no pressure environment, both at the show and at the store"  John & Janine M., Livermore, CO.
"This is my 5th RMAF.  I travel to Denver from Tampa, FL. each year to hear what the Audio Alternative has for me to hear.  This year was no exception, room 9030 sounded it's best ever.    
 Mike M., Tampa, FL.


"The short drive from Denver to Fort Collins to the Audio Alternative is so worth it. Their help and expertise is second to none"  Danielle B., Denver, CO
Read what Ultra High-End Audio Home Theater Review Thinks of the Audio Alternative ... 
In suite 9030. "The pairing of AMG, Audio Research, and Vandersteen that has proven so successful in the past, was again impressive, among the very best rooms at the show".  And in room 9026..."The second room sponsored by The Audio Alternative also featured Audio Research and Vandersteen 5a Carbons, D'Agostino Momentum preamplifier and Momentum monoblocks The analog source was the Rega RP-8 turntable with Lyra Kleos cartridge in front of an Audio Research Reference Phono 2SE phonostage. The digital source was the Rega Valve Isis CD player used as a transport feeding the Audio Research DAC8 the system made a lovely sound, particularly female vocals.
Robert Harley's Show Highlights...
"For some reason, I heard better sound at this RMAF than I've heard at any show in a long time.  Many rooms sounded terrific, all in different ways.  Here are some thoughts on the show's most compelling presentations...

I greatly enjoyed the Vandersteen Model 7 powered by the Audio Research electronics in the room of long-time Denver (Fort Collins) retailer The Audio Alternative.  The Model 7 is just a flat out great loudspeaker, and a bargain in the world of six-figure flagships.  

The ARC electronics sounded superb, bringing out the Model 7's best qualities.

Incidentally, the Vandersteen Model 5a Carbon, in another of Audio Alternative's rooms was also wonderful"
Robert Harley, Editor In-Chief
The Absolute Sound
New Products at the Audio Alternative
D'Agostino Master Audio Systems Now at The Audio Alternative!
Peter McGrath and Wilson Audio Coming to the Audio Alternative!
Friday June 13th, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Space is limited. Call us to reserve your seat now!  970.221.1496
Come spend an evening with Peter McGrath at the Audio Alternative listening & learning about Wilson Audio's legendary loudspeaker designs  
Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday 11 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. - Saturday 10 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.                  Phone: 970.221.1496 Email: sales@audioalternative.com