We Love Great Cans

There is a revolution in hi-fi audio: it has gone personal. For under two grand, you can hold in your hands a level of fidelity undreamed of even five years ago in the highest-resolution systems. The newest breed of headphones and headphone electronics produce sonics so pristine, you feel as though you're listening in on the recording session.

The problem is, hi-fi has gone mainly mass-market, so it's hard to get your hands on the equipment before you buy it. That's a shame. The top-tier headphones from Audeze, AKG, Fostex, and other manufacturers are extraordinary, but they are all very different. People hear differently, and what suits one listener may not suit another. Yet the economics of the hi-fi industry have dictated that listeners take an expensive plunge without trying out the products.

Until now! By working directly with the makers of premier headphone equipment to reach an under-served market of headphone enthusiasts, Nice Cans is pioneering a personal approach to getting the best equipment into the hands (and onto the ears) of listeners.

Call or email in advance to visit Nice Cans in Central Austin.

We are competitive on price

We sell only upper-tier headphones and are manufacturer-authorized. While we do not discount, we at a minimum match the price you would pay from another authorized reseller on the internet. There is no price penalty for buying from us, plus you get to experience the product directly before you buy.

Why by-appointment only?

We believe it's not possible to sell ultra-high-end headphones from a garden-variety retail storefront. Buyers of these products need a quiet, friendly place conducive to listening and discussion. We want to give you the best buying experience possible, and we want you to love your great new cans.

We schedule appointments at convenient times at our business office near downtown Austin. We have everything you need to audition our products. We run either pure digital-out or fixed line-out from a MacBook Pro, iPod classic, or iPad. We have a library of 1500 CD's in uncompressed .WAV format available for audition purposes. We provide amps and digital-to-analog converters (DAC's) from Centrance, Fostex, Parasound, Musical Fidelity and others.

We want you to be happy with your purchase, and we think the best way to do that is by offering audiophiles a new kind of business model.

- Patrick Sutton