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About Us


Our goal at Shibuya HiFi is simple: To place our guests in the midst of a high-fidelity sound experience that offers a reset from the static and the noise of the modern world. Drawing on a deep love of vinyl records, an eye for impeccable interior design, an ear for sound and over a collective century of immersion in nightlife, Shibuya HiFi features an elevated cocktail and listening experience that pays homage to music lovers from Berlin to Ballard. By facing our guests toward the past — specifically toward our Luxman L-505uXii- or Marantz 2325-powered mint condition Klipschorns in our vintage HiFi Room — we hope to guide them toward a future of listening to music in a thoughtful and generous way.

We believe in listening to music the way it was meant to be heard. This is why we have three different sound systems at Shibuya HiFi, each with its own claim to fame. Sway to our bar sound system: JBL Heritage 100s (in orange quadrex foam, naturally) heard through a Naim NAC72/NAP140 combo. Revel in the shimmering voice of our “retro mod” one-of-a-kind Café Sound speakers by Cathode Bias, a theater-style experience that boasts 15 cell horns, dual 15” woofers, and professional Italian speaker drivers. And kick back in our HiFi Room, an unparalleled vintage audiophile experience where guests are invited to kick off their shoes and make themselves at home in a room appointed with fine textiles, custom-made furniture, a luxurious hand-knotted rug, rare Louis Poulsen chandeliers and a large-scale commissioned artwork by Christy Hopkins.

From there it gets better. In the lounge we feature records pulled from our extensive collection of jazz, rock, hip hop, soul and R&B, on vinyl exclusively. Whether it’s Nas or Nick Cave, Beethoven or Blakey we place a premium on sound — it’s why our lounge system leans on Technics SL-1200 MK2 turntables and an AR-4 Bozak rotary mixer, all broadcast via the lush clarity of our one-of-a-kind Cathode Bias lounge system. We’re proud to be the first (and currently only) room on the entire West Coast sporting a set of Café Sound speakers by Cathode Bias, and we think you’ll love the way your favorite records sound through them.

Whether it’s early underground Hip Hop or a fuzz guitar-led brass band recorded in the former Soviet Union in 1974 or modal jazz recorded in NYC in April 1959, our hope is this: once you visit Shibuya HiFi, the way you listen to music will never be the same.

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