Hey, this is a great question. There are plenty of high end audio stores online, many which sell some or all of the brands we do. But we think there are things we do better.
First, we're small. Really small. And we genuinely care about every customer. Our mission here is not to build a massive eCommerce fulfillment company and crank out as many sales as possible. We want to be a speciality audio retailer that builds a loyal customer base over time. The key to that is providing real, genuine, thoughtful service throughout the entire experience...and we think we do it really well.
We also minimize the "risk" of buying high end audio online as much as possible. Great return policy. Guaranteed best prices. Fast and free shipping. And a real person who you can talk to any time to get advice or support.
Ah, our favorite question. Let us break it down for you:
- We're a small family owned business and we sincerely value each of our customers. A lot. So we are highly incentivized to take really good care of you and make sure you’re 100% happy with your experience at Bloom.
- Our staff has real experience and real knowledge about everything we sell. And both our pre and post sale support is stellar.
- You can’t get a better deal at Amazon. We offer the very best price allowed for everything we sell. So unless you’re looking at some rogue third party seller, shady grey market retailer, or a used item on a marketplace site...you simply can’t get a better deal than Bloom. Call or email us if you see otherwise!
Amazon is a great place to shop for a lot of things. But for high end audio, it’s not. We're sure of it and promise you will be too once you experience shopping with us.
Nothing beats being able to walk into a local HiFi dealer, chat it up with a friendly salesperson, and audition the product you're thinking about buying. It's by far the best way to discover new stuff and determine if something is the right fit for you. But sadly, there are very few high end personal audio dealers out there. A maddeningly small amount! So whether you live near our office in South Jersey or are on the other side of the country, we want to be your local dealer. When you call us, chat with us, or email us, we will give you the same high level of personal service that you'd get from a great dealer.
That said...if you ARE near a great dealer like The AV Boutique or The Source AV and they sell the same thing that you're interested in buying from us, please go visit them instead! Trust us...having a relationship with a great local dealer is the cat's pajamas. Don't miss out on that great experience if you're lucky enough to have a dealer near you.
We are obsessed with providing the best service possible. Like, seriously obsessed. But how good are we really? See what our customers have to say: https://www.trustpilot.com/review/bloomaudio.com
Yes...lifetime. We are one click or call away for technical support on anything you buy from us, for as long as you own it. We're not looking to make a sale and move on, we want you to enjoy your audio for years to come and we'll be there to support you. Warranty repair/replacement is still done by the manufacturer itself for incidents past the return and exchange period. But no matter when you purchased it, we will do everything we can to troubleshoot, provide solutions, and help you get warranty support from the manufacturer as needed.
We're authorized dealers of everything in our store. And we promise to always have the best prices on everything. Find a better price elsewhere? Let us know, we'll work our magic. Please note: needs to be listed on an authorized dealer's website (not eBay, Audiogon, etc).
For the most part we operate during normal 9am-5pm EST, Monday-Friday business hours. Saturday mornings sometimes. We're reachable by phone and chat during business hours. You can email us any time and we usually get back to you lightning fast.
Our in office demos are by appointment only. If there is a specific product you would like to audition, send us an email and we can setup a time. firstname.lastname@example.org
Yeah, for sure. As long as they are an authorized dealer. Shoot us an email with a link to their lower price and we'll be happy to match it.
Email or call us. We offer lifetime support. Yes...lifetime. So if it’s a product that’s still under warranty, we’ll help you get it taken care of with the manufacturer. And if it’s years later and outside of the warranty, we’ll do our best to troubleshoot and identify a solution. Oftentimes there is a low or no cost fix.
We sometimes get products returned if they're not the best fit or preferred sound signature. We carefully inspect, clean, and resell these as "open box." We do not ever buy used products, accept trade-ins, or source anything we sell from third parties. Our open box listings are simply customer returns that are complete and like-new.
Dude, we feel you. The prospect of buying previously used headphones or (especially) IEMs can seem super unhygienic. But rest assured, we are intense about making sure that we clean the living daylights out of anything we list for sale as open box. Earcups are wiped with alcohol and eartips are replaced or heavily cleaned. We make sure that everything is so pristine, you would have no clue it was ever previously worn.
Occasionally, our brand partners will offer us discounted B Stock products for sale. These are typically "new" items with cosmetic imperfections. The same return policy and warranty would apply as they do with open box stuff, but there might be a scratch or dent or some other kind of flaw. If you want more details on the cosmetic imperfection specifics for any B Stock product we have, feel reach to ask us. We will gladly provide more info and/or photos.
We're proud to offer the full lines of custom in-ear monitors from our friends at 64 Audio, Campfire Audio, Empire Ears, and Noble Audio. But before buying custom IEMs, you would need to get impressions made by an audiologist. Here are the instructions from each:
- 64 Audio: https://www.64audio.com/pages/how-to-order
- Campfire Audio: https://campfireaudio.com/custom-in-ear-monitor-ordering-how-it-works
- Empire Ears: https://empireears.com/pages/ear-impressions
- Noble Audio: https://www.nobleaudio.com/impression-instructions
Once you have your impressions, you're good to go and ready to order through us. So now the obvious question: why should you order your custom IEMs through Bloom and not just direct from the manufacturer? The answer is simple: lifetime support and our white glove service through every step of the process. So yeah, you pay the same price with us as you would direct, but you also get us to personally guide you during the whole process and get our support for as long as you have your custom IEMs. Seems like a no brainer? For sure. Oh, and we also accept bitcoin payments and offer an excellent financing option through Affirm. So it may be more convenient for you to buy custom IEMs through us as well.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Shopify Pay, Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, Affirm, and Bitcoin.
Yes, Bitcoin. We’re big proponents of Bitcoin here at Bloom, and we’re thrilled to offer it as a payment option both “on chain” and through the Lightning Network. We proudly use OpenNode.
You better believe it. Beyond all of its inherent benefits, bitcoin has big advantages for merchants like us. The main one being that we don't get hit with a transaction fee like we do with all the other payment methods we accept, which range from 3-6%. So we can pass these savings along to you – purchases paid for with bitcoin will save an additional 5% off. The discount code is "BITCOIN5." Please note: since we adhere to and respect the pricing policies of every brand we partner with, a few brands decided not to participate in this initiative. So the discount code will work on most, but not all, products in our store.
We partner with Affirm to offer flexible financing and split-up payment options for our customers. You can learn more about Affirm here: https://helpcenter.affirm.com/s/article/what-is-affirm
Everything over $100 ships free. For items $100-$300, free shipping takes 2-4 business days. For items over $300, free priority shipping takes 1-3 business days. For items over $1000, we pretty much always will get it to you within 1-2 days.Faster shipping is available for purchase at checkout. Just keep in mind that optional faster shipping, and international shipping, is non-refundable. This includes any Overnight shipping from a promo code. So if you return something that you got free $60 overnight shipping on, that shipping cost will be deducted from your refund.
Yes, all orders require signature confirmation upon delivery. If you aren't there when a delivery attempt is made, a doortag will be left for you to reschedule or have the package held for pickup.
For the majority of our products, no. We’re an authorized dealer for most of our brands in the US only. There are a few brands that we can ship to Canada. For those, shipping and import fees are paid by the customer. Email or message us if you need more info. We're also happy to recommend retailers outside the US that we know and trust such as Audio Concierge.
The return window is 30 days from delivery for all products without batteries (such as headphones and earphones) and 14 days for products with batteries (such as portable DAC/amps and DAPs).
The non-returnable products in our store are custom-made IEMs, individual sets of eartips, eGift cards, returns of products that had previously been returned, and special orders.
We handle all returns via email, so please contact us at email@example.com first to get the return process started. Buyer is responsible for return shipping, but we can provide a label and deduct that cost if preferrable.
If you placed an order (or preorder/backorder) and decide you would like to cancel it, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Depending on the method of payment used, there will be a deduction between 3.5-5%. This is a payment fee from Shopify, PayPal, and Affirm that does not get refunded to us. Unfortunately, this is outside of our control and definitely sucks big time. :-(
There is no restocking fee when returned for store credit or to exchange for a different product of equal or greater value. If you choose a refund back to your original payment method, there is a 10% restocking fee with original shipping cost deducted.
The restocking fee is only applied to any amount refunded. So for example if you return a $1000 item and exchange towards a $900 item, and want the difference refunded, a restocking fee is only applied towards the $100 amount refunded back to your original payment method.
Open box items have the same return and restocking fee policy as new items. Custom-made IEMs, individual eartips, consumables, and special order items are non-returnable.
Any product that is defective out of the box will be replaced free of charge. We would troubleshoot with you first before initiating a return in any case that a product seems potential defective. We carefully inspect and test returns to verify the defect when received. If it is confirmed defective, a brand new unit will be shipped right out. All refunds would still incur a restocking fee. Software or device incompatibilities are not considered defects, so for example if you purchase a DAC and it isn't compatible with your computer's version of Windows, if you return it, the normal return policy applies (i.e. a restocking fee if you chose to refund).
If there are any cosmetic damages or missing components in a returned package, we'll reach out to you regarding restocking fee amount. Noticeable scratches, dents, or any other damage is subject to a minimum 20% additional restocking fee. Refunds are not offered for products returned in non-resellable condition.
Any returned product that has a serial number different than what was purchased from us will be refused. We record the serial number on every product that we ship.
We reserve the right to refuse a return in general if it's returned in any type of poor condition. For example, if you purchase a leather product (like the Focal Stellia) and it's returned smelling of cigarette smoke, it will be considered non-returnable and be sent back.
We're very easygoing and want you to be happy with everything you buy from us. Just be up front regarding the return reason and we'll happily assist.
While we pride ourselves in offering the best support possible, accidental damage isn’t covered. We inspect all returns carefully; if there’s any physical damage or signs of misuse, it isn’t covered. But we’re also really reasonable people, so if your dog ate your headphone cable or whatever, we’ll probably hook you up with a discounted replacement. Just give us a shout.