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We are metro Washington DC’s choice for high performance stereo, home theater, custom installation, and whole-house AV.


We feature:

  • Knowledgeable, Experienced Staff
  • 4 Comfortable Listening Rooms
  • Top-Quality Product Lines
  • Listen at Your Leisure
  • Never Any Pressure

The Command Performance AV Difference

Washington DC Maryland Virginia audiophile components dealer

Four Comfortable Rooms

You don’t have a showroom at home. Why audition audio systems in one?

Our showrooms are appointed like a home, so you can hear the systems in a more realistic environment.

Washington DC Maryland Virginia high fidelity audio

Top-Quality Product Lines

We carry the best audio brands, sourced from around the world.

But don’t let our large selection overwhelm you; we’re here to tailor the right system for your individual needs.

No-Pressure Environment

Listen to music, not sales pitches.

Relax, take your time, and experience the music you love at your leisure. We’re here to help you find what you want, not to sell you what we want you to buy.

Read Stereophile's Writeup on Our Room at Capital AudioFest!

Command Performance, and Well Pleased AV: J.Sikora, Koetsu, Doshi, Innuos, Gryphon, QLN

Ken Micallef | Stereophile | Nov 8, 2021

When a show room plays great music, the job of listening is easy. That’s true for civilians and press alike.

Virginia based audio dealer Command Performance AV and distributor Well Pleased AV played songs from Kraftwerk’s Tour de France, New Orleans innovator and jazz trumpet king Louis Armstrong’s Satchmo Plays King Oliver, then back to France, this time on vinyl, for the jazz-meets-electronic-grooves of trumpeter Erik Truffaz’s ReVisité.

Equipment in the room included a J.Sikora Initial MAX turntable ($12,995) with J.Sikora KV-12 VTA tonearm ($8495) and a Koetsu Urushi Sky Blue cartridge ($6495). Phono preamplification duties were performed by a Doshi Audio V3.0 EVO phono stage ($21,995). Alternately, an Origin Live Illustrious MK4 12″ tonearm ($2983) and Benz Micro Ruby Z cartridge ($4000) were used.

On the digital side, an Innuos Statement 1TB music server ($15,100) and Innuos PhoenixNET network switch/router ($3499) controlled file-based playback.

Amplification? A Gryphon Audio Diablo 300 integrated amplifier ($16,900) drove a beautiful pair of Swedish-made QLN Prestige Five speakers in the upgraded Piano Burl Walnut finish ($20,000/pair, $17,000/pair in a standard finish). Power was improved by a GigaWatt PC-4 EVO+ power conditioner equipped with a w/LS-2 Evo power cord ($14,500). Signal transmission duties were handled by Swiss Cables Diamond speaker cables ($6800/3m), RCA interconnects ($3700/2m), and Power cords ($2750/1.5m). An SGR Symphony Model V Rack ($2600) and Gryphon StandArt amplifier stand ($4100) cradled the electronics.

This system sounded fantastic: clear and dynamic with exceptional scale, imaging, and a sleek musicality that left me satisfied. The rig reproduced Tour de France exceptionally well, revealing ambient and spatial cues that allowed the music to have space and breathe, while its low-end, particularly bass drum, had more tone and texture than I’ve heard from this well-loved (by me) album. The Truffaz disc came across in a wide, deep stage, with a trumpet that floated across the speakers. The QLN Prestige Five speakers made me hungry for more.

The Gryphon Has Landed

Hear the state of the audio art, now at Command Performance AV.

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Marten Loudspeakers

Close the gap between live and home listening experiences; relive your finest musical moments.
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Naim Uniti Atom Headphone Edition

The Uniti Atom Headphone Edition can transform any space into your own audio cocoon.

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Dynaudio Heritage Special

A tribute to some of Dynaudio’s most legendary bookshelf speakers.

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Transparent Generation 5 Blowout Sale

Transparent is moving to ”Generation 6” of their cables. So we are blowing-out of current stock of Generation 5 cables, both demo and new.

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Stereophile Class A!

Stereophile includes the J.Sikora Initial in Class A in the magazine’s
2020 Recommended Components List

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Introducing Classé

Command Performance AV is pleased to be the Washington DC area’s authorized Classé dealer.
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J.Sikora Standard MAX and KV12 Earn Mono & Stereo Best of 2020 Nods

Command Performance AV is pleased to be the Washington DC area’s official authorized J.Sikora dealer.

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Introducing Cardas

Command Performance AV is proud to be the Washington DC area’s authorized dealer for Cardas Audio.

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Welcome, TechDAS

We are delighted to represent TechDAS’s remarkable Air Force line of turntables.
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Rockport Technologies Loudspeakers

America’s premier audiophile loudspeaker brand for more than 30 years.

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Vinnie Rossi

Command Performance AV is the Washington DC home of Vinnie Rossi.

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Burmester Has Arrived

Command Performance AV is proud to welcome Burmester Audiosysteme, exceptional components, handmade in Germany.

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MSB: Now Featured at Command AV

Command Performance AV is your Washington DC area source for MSB’s outstanding line of DACs and amplifiers.


The World's First Kevlar® Tonearm

The J.Sikora KV12 is now officially available! This exceptional tonearm is offered in natural yellow and lacquered black matte finishes.

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Two Fantastic New Finishes for Focal Kanta N°2 Speakers

Focal defines their ultimate quest as delivering ever more satisfaction through the products they offer. That’s why they are constantly innovating and reinventing. Now they are developing their Kanta line by releasing two visually striking new finishes! They will be...
Washington DC Virginia Maryland Magico A3 authorized dealer

Magico A3

The inspiration for the new A3 was driven by the engineering challenge to create not only a full range loudspeaker that incorporates similar design philosophies found in higher-end Magico offerings but to provide an entry level category that is accessible to a new and wider audience of music enthusiasts.

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DeVore Fidelity Gibbon Super Nine Loudspeakers

A 2.5-way design incorporating the revolutionary .75-inch textile tweeter first debuted in the gibbon X and two long-throw paper woofers in a compact but wide bandwidth, very high performance package.

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Focal Kanta No. 2

Be surprised by Kanta, highly original speakers that will reconnect you with your music.

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Dynaudio Special Forty

Command Performance is pleased to have in stock, for your listening pleasure, the new Special Forty anniversary speaker. This design draws on 40 years of cutting-edge research – and brings it totally up to date with Dynaudio’s most celebrated techniques and technologies. Hear it today at CPAV!

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Announcing Hana Phono Cartridges

Hana translates to “brilliant and gorgeous,” and their cartridges have gained a well-deserved reputation for sonic excellence well beyond their price point!

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Capital Audiofest Mini Event, December 3rd

Capital Audiofest Mini Event, December 3rd

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