At Almas, where we come from is just as important as where we're heading. There's a rich history and three generations behind Almas. Since our humble beginnings in the pre-stereo days of 1957 through today, we have always remained a leading source for evolving, emerging technologies. We not only stay true to our roots, but we stay current and ahead of what's soon to come.
Stan Almas began his professional life in broadcasting and provided sound engineering for radio stations in Hamilton, Ontario. Eventually, Stan and his wife Althea immigrated to the United States and settled in Southeastern Michigan. With several partners, Stan formed KLA, which provided commercial sound engineering.
These were pre-stereo days and only mono existed at the time, but Stan always stayed on top of the trends in audio, and saw that there were many consumers who were interested in hi-fi systems. The problem? Consumers who wanted high-quality audio had no options. There wasn't a place to purchase pieces for their systems — the only way to get high-end audio was to build it themselves.
Stan saw this need and filled it. In 1957, he blew out an end of the KLA building, converted it to a showroom and began offering equipment to consumers. Almas Hi-Fi was born.
Almas was pivotal in the fast-paced world of audio, and customers counted on Stan to stay on top of the rapidly changing technology. Products and services were added to meet the demand, and at one point, there were five different Almas locations throughout metro Detroit. The advent of the Internet and online ordering played a part in Almas downsizing and consolidation into one XX-square-foot showroom on Woodward Avenue, a bustling, well-known corridor linking downtown Detroit to the suburbs.
Online retailers may appeal to a segment of the population looking for a bargain. But the generations of audio enthusiasts and experts behind Almas firmly believe that the only way to experience real audio and video technology is in person, where the sounds and sights can be heard, seen and felt.
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