An amplifier (or "amp") sits at the heart of your hi-fi system, accepting connections from your music sources (such as hi-fi streamer, turntable, etc) and amplifying these for connection to your speakers. A split pre and power amplifier set-up is arguably most desireable and offers the best sound quality, but the most popular hi-fi amp is the in...
An amplifier (or "amp") sits at the heart of your hi-fi system, accepting connections from your music sources (such as hi-fi streamer, turntable, etc) and amplifying these for connection to your speakers. A split pre and power amplifier set-up is arguably most desireable and offers the best sound quality, but the most popular hi-fi amp is the integrated amplifier, which combines these into one box (and is often less expensive). Valve amplifiers offer a warmer sound, stereo receivers simply combines an integrated amplifier with DAB or FM tuner and headphone amplifiers are dedicated to giving you the best sound through headphones only. We also sell multi channel AV receivers for home cinema sound. We pride ourselves on good service and hi-fi is our specialty, so if you need any advice on amplifiers and speaker matching,please call or e-mail
An integrated amplifier goes in between your bookshelf or floorstanding speakers and music source (streamer, DAC, CD player, etc). An integrated amplifier combines a "Pre Amplifier" and "Power Amplifier" in a single box. These are the most popular type of amplifiers and offer excellent value for money. Many of the models below are award winners and all are available to demo in our showroom by appointment. If you need amplifier and/or speaker matching advice, call or email us for advice
A dedicated power amplifier and pre amplifier hifi separate system is an aspiration for many music lovers as this set-up usually offers superior performance over a single box integrated amplifier. Both stereo and mono power amps are supplied. Using 2 mono or "monoblok" power amps instead of a sole stereo model gives even greater performance. You can even upgrade to 4 monobloks for bi-wirable speakers (two on either side powering each driver) or 6 monobloks on triwirable speakers. You can directly link a power amp to your music source if the source features built in pre amp but a dedicated pre amp is generally recommended to also offer source selection and volume control. We also sell multi-channel power amps for home cinema. Need advice choosing? Please call us or email us for advice.
As an alternative to a single box integrated amplifier that combines pre and power in one, using a separate hi-fi pre amplifier and power amplifier amp is considered the ideal amplifier set-up to most hi-fi enthusiasts and audiophiles. These option typically offers better performance than an integrated amplifier by virtue of the fact they benefit from dedicated designs, separate power supplies and other features. A pre amp connects to your source (streamer, DAC, CD player, turntable, etc) offering volume and source selection with the power amplifier powering the speakers.
A stereo receiver essentially combines an integrated amplifiers and tuner (FM or DAB radio) in one box. One of these is an ideal choice if you wish to enjoy the pleasure of hi-fi quality radio listening but without multiple boxes. Just add either bookshelf speakers or floorstanding speakers and enjoy. We also sell AV receivers (which offer all the features of a stereo receiver, with the addition of 5.1 or 7.1 channel amplification and features for home cinema sound).
Despite the popularity of streaming and the resurgence of vinyl, CD still reigns king as the music source for many, thanks to durability, sound quality and size. CD players have evolved and many now feature streaming capabilities, pre amplifiers and/or DACs that can accept connections from other digital sources, although we also sell "purist" CD players that are designed to play CDs very well
If you enjoy listening to music from your computer or portable player and want the best sound quality, you need a dedicated DAC (digital to analogue converter). In many cases, the soundcard or "headphones" output on your device is designed for cost rather than sound quality. By using a dedicated DAC, you bypass these and take the digital signal from your device. Many DACs include USB, as well as coaxial (RCA) and/or optical (Toslink) inputs for connection to other digital sources e.g. disc player, soundbar, etc
A Hi-Fi Streamer (also called a "Digital Streamer", "Media Player", "Network Player" or "Network Client") connects to your home network and internet (via ethernet cable or wirelessly) to play music from online services like Spotify, Tidal, iTunes, Last FM, internet radio, YouTube, etc and to seamlessly access music stored on your NAS drive, PC, Mac, or other Apple/Android device connected to your home network. These are designed to be used with your existing hi-fi amplifier or music system, but if you're putting together a system from scratch we also sell complete complete streaming systems which are streamers like these but with a built in amplifier to directly connect speakers