Question What's your favorite shop for hi-fi equipment?

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Paul Clarke

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I'm from Cambridge. 25+ years ago Cambridge was served by the excellent Cam Audio and Steve Boxshall. The latter replaced by the Audiofile.
These are all long since gone. Cambridge does have a Richer Sounds where my nephew brought his first turntable based system last year. Sevenoaks also has a store.
However, my favourite by far is Criterion Audio. I've got to know the team really well over the last 3 or 4 years. They couldn't be more helpful. They have just recently opened their new demo rooms and the whole shop just oozes class. You can always rely on a warm welcome and I've had the opportunity to listen to some insane systems over the years here. A proper shop.
 

MeanandGreen

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My local Richer Sounds has always provided good service and is the only HiFi shop which still survives locally.

Most of my equipment came from there during the past 20+ years.
 

simonali

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Bought my first CDs in Lasky's, Slough in 1985. I bought Manifesto by Roxy Music, Singles 81-85 by Depeche Mode and Exorcising Ghosts by Japan. I took the Roxy one back because it looked like someone had been using it as an air hockey puck. It still played, though!
 

Gray

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I'm from Cambridge. 25+ years ago Cambridge was served by the excellent Cam Audio and Steve Boxshall. The latter replaced by the Audiofile.
These are all long since gone. Cambridge does have a Richer Sounds where my nephew brought his first turntable based system last year. Sevenoaks also has a store.
However, my favourite by far is Criterion Audio. I've got to know the team really well over the last 3 or 4 years. They couldn't be more helpful. They have just recently opened their new demo rooms and the whole shop just oozes class. You can always rely on a warm welcome and I've had the opportunity to listen to some insane systems over the years here. A proper shop.
It looks like it Paul. I recently read a 'dealer visit' featuring Criterion in a rival magazine (pages 88 -91, April 2020 issue 461). Three systems featured ranging from around £7 - £128k.
My nearest is Rayleigh Hi-fi, which I seem to recall being described as 'one of the top 20 hi-fi dealers in the world' - not by me though - I much preferred Audio T Brentwood, which has sadly now closed, permanently, B.V. (before virus).
 
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Al ears

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Long gone unfortunately. Luckily any advancements on my amplification comes directly from the manufacturer, Mr. Tom Evans, whose establishment is not a million miles away from me.......
 

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