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Hitech
15-01-2010, 11:16 AM
Another top end audio shop to close i got my denon amp from them dam good amp to and the guys were great to deal with.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10620303

Renmoo
15-01-2010, 11:30 AM
Hill and Stewart, is it going off too?

johcar
15-01-2010, 11:42 AM
Spam warning ;)

A mate of mine (Phil (http://www.stormav.com/about-us1.html)) sold his store in Mt Eden to Eastern HiFi a few years ago.

He recently opened a store (http://www.stormav.com/) in Parnell (12 - 18 months ago?), selling top-end AV gear (because that's what he knows inside-out).

He gave me a tour of the shop a couple of months ago and I sat in some of the demo rooms to have a play with the expensive toys and listen to/see the differences in equipment. Heaven!

He even had a valve amplifier (they ARE still being made) for around $2-3K which provided absolutely AMAZING sound...

:spam

:ban

MAC_H8ER
15-01-2010, 12:10 PM
He even had a valve amplifier (they ARE still being made) for around $2-3K which provided absolutely AMAZING sound...

im told that the valve Amps are still in demand today by high end users as they provide a much better quality result that modern mosfet Amps cant even get close too?

johcar
15-01-2010, 12:29 PM
im told that the valve Amps are still in demand today by high end users as they provide a much better quality result that modern mosfet Amps cant even get close too?


That was certainly my impression listening to a range of music played through it. At that price, it's also a viable alternative to the really high price 'normal' amps too....

Greg
15-01-2010, 03:02 PM
I was sorry to hear the news - Eastern HiFi served me well when I was in Auckland. Hope the staff get good jobs.

Metla
15-01-2010, 03:30 PM
He even had a valve amplifier (they ARE still being made) for around $2-3K which provided absolutely AMAZING sound...



Did he point out that its a the defect in the valve technology that introduces a background noise that some people find pleasing?

Trev
15-01-2010, 03:38 PM
I have belonged to a Hi Fi club for at least 20 years and have heard many differant amps both valve and transistor and find that after a time valves become dull, boring and flat sounding, and it is always good to go back to a transistor powered amp. A drawback with valve amps is that the valves slowly burn out and need replacing, a bit like a light bulb.
:)

johcar
15-01-2010, 03:46 PM
Is that not all part of the fun Trev?

As a fellow nerd, I would have thought that 'tweaking' was part of your nature....??? :)

hueybot3000
15-01-2010, 07:20 PM
Id take a valve amp over anything, that is coming from a guitarist point of view so I really only know guitar amps but they scream

Agent_24
15-01-2010, 11:10 PM
Now I like my silicon as much as the next person but I wouldn't mind a decent thermionic valve amplifier as well...

R2x1
16-01-2010, 06:20 AM
[quote]. . . view so I really only know guitar amps but they scream [quote]
If that is truly what you aim for, why not start with bagpipes?

For true valve sound, you must also have radial leaded, BTD coded , mud resistors and wax covered paper capacitors.
A pictured apple with a chunk out of it prominently displayed would probably go down well with this golden-eared clientele too.

wmoore
16-01-2010, 08:02 AM
Spam warning ;)

A mate of mine (Phil (http://www.stormav.com/about-us1.html)) sold his store in Mt Eden to Eastern HiFi a few years ago.

He recently opened a store (http://www.stormav.com/) in Parnell (12 - 18 months ago?), selling top-end AV gear (because that's what he knows inside-out).

He gave me a tour of the shop a couple of months ago and I sat in some of the demo rooms to have a play with the expensive toys and listen to/see the differences in equipment. Heaven!

He even had a valve amplifier (they ARE still being made) for around $2-3K which provided absolutely AMAZING sound...

:spam

:ban

Small world I know Phil as well. Did you ever meet Peter Munt who worked with Phil at Smiths Sound. Peter was my Best man. I guess you know Phil through Cycling as he was a keen Cyclist.

johcar
16-01-2010, 09:03 AM
I haven't met Peter, but I have known Phil and his wife for years, both through cycling and through the local primary school board. A good bloke! But he's gone over to the dark side recently - he's doing more mountain biking than road cycling... :D

gary67
16-01-2010, 09:34 AM
But he's gone over to the dark side recently - he's doing more mountain biking than road cycling... :D

I guess he's buying a Mac as well then.

Although I have both types of bike and ride them both when I feel like it

Hitech
16-01-2010, 10:37 AM
Looks like the top hi fi shop here in chch will be the only place in nz where you can get top quality stuff since everything else is closing down apart from jb hi fi as well.

Sweep
16-01-2010, 10:49 AM
About 15 years ago I used to work for this mob:-

They are still about and have some good gear.

http://www.listening.co.nz/

I have no financial interest in this company for the record.

Metla
16-01-2010, 12:05 PM
Looks like the top hi fi shop here in chch will be the only place in nz where you can get top quality stuff since everything else is closing down apart from jb hi fi as well.

Have you never left your neighborhood?, There are HiFi shops all over the country, Not as many as a few years ago but thats probably due to their customer base wising up.

plod
16-01-2010, 12:25 PM
theres a handfull of them in wellington

gary67
16-01-2010, 12:43 PM
Some good ones here to such as good vibrations. strawberry sound etc

Trev
16-01-2010, 01:19 PM
We have Hi Fi Gallery in Napier, but you only go there once as the owner scares you away.
:)

Cicero
16-01-2010, 03:40 PM
We have Hi Fi Gallery in Napier, but you only go there once as the owner scares you away.
:)

And then wonders why business isn't good.