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River Audio opens Thursday in Clayton

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CLAYTON — River Audio, a new downtown business specializing in wireless hi-fi home audio systems, is holding a grand opening Thursday.

The 521 Riverside Drive store’s owner, Daniel A. Throop, is a self-proclaimed evangelist of the Sonos wireless audio system who was approached by the company to sell its products.

“This is probably the first high-tech business to open up in Clayton in a very long time,” Mr. Throop said.

And he said he believes Clayton soon will evolve into a year-round market large enough to sustain a specialty store such as River Audio.

“With the new hotel, Clayton is going to grow into a year-round destination,” he said. “I believe there’s enough of a market here that I can make a profit by this fall.”

Mr. Throop said the total cost of a Sonos audio system varies greatly depending on what the customer is looking for.

Sonos offers three different types of speakers — beginning at $299 for a single “Play: 3” satellite speaker; $399 for the bigger “Play: 5”; and the three-channel “Playbar” priced at $699 — and the company’s subwoofer costs $699.

He said $2,000 would get you a 5.1-channel surround sound system with Sonos speakers, but people can purchase a Sonos “Connect” for $349 instead to stream audio from Internet music services or mobile devices to existing — or third-party — sound systems.

From 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, pizza will be served for River Audio’s grand opening.

Store hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

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