Rega Product Rega Planar 8 Reveal Diverse Vinyl Pop Up Shop.

It's here, the event all vinyl lovers have been awaiting. A chance to buy your records from Diverse Vinyl and get an idea how good it can sound on a brand new product from Rega.

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We are hosting an extensive record fair with Diverse Vinyl. Paul will be on hand to discuss pressing, grooves and music. We also have our representative from Rega here as well, Paul who will be demonstrating, answering questions and talking about the new Planar 8.

And yes, that’s two Paul’s just to confuse you.

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Paul from Rega will have some other Rega goodies and news to be revealed at the event, obviously we cannot give too much away, but let's not pretend you have more important matters to attend to on your day off!

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Paul from Diverse will have a his mini fortress of Vinyl set up on the shop floor for you punters to have a peruse at his wares, and with the possibility of having a listen on a brand new Planar 8 in the same transaction! Happy days.

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We are very, very excited about this event. As vinyl and Rega turntable lovers we are supposed to be running the event, but we’ll probably shirk duties to have a browse through all of those boxes of lovely records.

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You can reserve your place here or just feel free to turn up on Saturday the 27th of October, speak to the experts, Hi-Fi lovers and the masterminds behind the repressing of analogue music.

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We don't have the all the details regarding the changes to the Planar 8 as of yet hence why we are as eager as you for the 27th to come around. But while you wait to see it in the metal, you can admire all these amazing pictures!

So come and join Dave, Munir, Mike and Simon at Audio T Manchester on Saturday 27th October and come get your Vinyl on.

Shine Bright Like A Diamond: The Bowers And Wilkins 800 Series Now At Audio T Brentwood

We are delighted to report that we have the new 800 D3 series from Bowers & Wilkins running in at the moment and we are all very excited!

These most prestigious of speakers are something we have been lusting after for some time. Now we have the chance to demonstrate them to you. These stunning speakers have go to be heard to be believed!

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This is the array while we’re running them in, from left to right 802, 803, 804, and 805 Prestige Edition.

So much has been written about the 800 series that there is no real need to regurgitate facts, figures and specs, lets just say they are the pinnacle of B&W’s research and expertise. From the diamond tweeters through the continuum cones to the beautiful fit and finish these speakers ooze quality and most important of all is that they sound spectacular!

The largest floorstander we have is the 802 although there is the 800 above that in the range.

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Then the 803

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The 804

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And finally the 805. Ours are in the Prestige finish which is a beautiful high gloss Santos rosewood and comes with a price premium over the standard finishes.

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Needless to say we’ve been trying them out with all sorts of partnering equipment and music. So far they have worked well with everything we have tried and with all genres. Stay tuned for a more detailed report on this next time and for news of an 800 inspired event coming sometime before Christmas.

For now I’m just going to leave you with more pictures of these beauties and get back to listening to them!

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And the obligatory Boswell picture…….he most definitely approves.

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Come and have a listen! Paul, Jason & Francis - Audio T Brentwood

Bowers & Wilkins 800 loudspeakers are available for demonstration at our Cardiff & Brentwood branches.

All other Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers can be heard at the following branches of Audio T: BrentwoodBrightonBristolCardiffEnfieldManchesterOxfordPortsmouthPrestonSouthamptonSwanseaSwindon

The All New Cyrus One HD Integrated Amplifier With aptX Bluetooth

New into Preston store this week is the brand new Cyrus One HD. Based on the award winning Cyrus One, the One HD is housed in the same size cabinet but features much more on the inside.

With an impressive 2x 100 watts per channel and featuring (SID) speaker impedance detection, which automatically matches the amplifiers output response to the electrical load of the loudspeakers.

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We paired it up a pair of Neat Acoustic SX2 speakers and the legendary Rega Planar 3 with Elys 2 cartridge and were blown away with what we heard from such a compact unit. It filled our demo room and drove the Neat SX2 with ease!

Unlike the Cyrus One, the One HD relies on the Cyrus ONE HD control app, so there is no IR remote supplied in the box. This is a free app that is easily downloaded from the Apple or Android app stores and works great.

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If headphones are your thing, the on board class AB headphone amplifier will not disappoint. When the headphones are connected, a large toroidal transformer is switched just to power the headphones, giving a presentation that is on par with most standalone headphone amplifiers we’ve tried.

For the audiophile that likes to stream their music, the built in aptX® HD compatible Bluetooth will allow you to stream at better than CD quality straight from your phone or tablet, or connect via the asynchronous USB 2.0 input for even higher resolution files.

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The Cyrus One HD has three line level inputs, (one of which is an optional AV integration option for the movie enthusiasts out there). An Optical Toslink digital input perfect for TV audio and a Coaxial SPDIF digital input. With dimensions at just 85mm high x 220mm wide x 390mm deep, the amplifier will integrate with any existing equipment perfectly.

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We look forward to playing it for you. Ian, Gavin & Andy - Audio T Preston.

Cyrus Hi-Fi products are available from the following branches of Audio T: BrentwoodCardiffEnfieldManchesterPortsmouthReadingSouthamptonSwindon

Powerhouse PMC Reference And Marantz Home Cinema System

Music and Movies are two passions of ours. Having one system that does both justice is something we strive for when specifying systems for our clients, who also share the same passion.

With this in mind, our large cinema room has been upgraded with the pre-power from Marantz and reference PMC Twenty5 26 speakers.

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The Marantz 8805 AV processor is fully compliant with all the latest sound formats as well as being ready for 4K Ultra High definition sources.

The sound quality of the 8805 is improved vastly by the use of 32 bit DACS on all channels which means more enjoyment for you. Most processors use 24 bit DACS which do not sound as good.

The 7 channel power amp driving our PMC speakers is the beautiful Marantz MM8077 which supplies 7 x 150w of power to the PMC speakers.

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High current, high bandwidth discrete power transistors can handle short term musical bursts with aplomb, even into difficult low impedance speaker loads. The PMC speakers always perform better when provided good juice.

The combination of the PMC Twenty5 26 Left and Right speakers with the matching PMC Twenty5 Centre really make movies and music shine.

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For Surround channels at the rear, we have opted for PMC Twenty5 22 speakers which gell very well with the 3 power house speakers up front.

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For Subwoofer duties, the REL S5 SHO fills the room with a deep and powerful low end which enriches the sound for stereo two channel and multi-channel enjoyment.

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Bring along some of your favourite music and films and come and have a listen!

Thanks for reading. John, Keith & Mahmood - Audio T Enfield.

Denon & Marantz Hi-Fi is available at the following branches of Audio T
BrentwoodBrightonBristolCardiffCheltenhamEnfieldManchesterOnlineOxfordPortsmouthPrestonSouthamptonSwanseaSwindon

PMC loudspeakers are available at the following branches of Audio T:
BrightonBristolCardiffEnfieldManchesterPortsmouthSouthamptonSwanseaSwindon

REL sub bass systems are available at the following branches of Audio T:
BrentwoodBrightonBristolCheltenhamEnfieldManchesterOxfordPortsmouthReadingSouthamptonSwanseaSwindon

Join Us In Brighton For The Rega Planar 8 Launch And Diverse Vinyl Extravaganza

Visit us on Saturday November 3rd between 10.30am and 4.00pm to enjoy some fabulous new Rega equipment and have a rifle through many boxes of high quality new vinyl records!

Rob from Rega will be joining us to feature the Rega Planar 8 turntable, along with plenty of other Rega goodies. We anticipate having the newly announced Rega Planar 8 with Apheta 2 cartridge on demonstration alongside the Planar 8 with Ania cartridge for comparison. 

Paul from DIVERSE VINYL will be doing the heavy lifting (with great support from Paul and John of Audio T of course) bringing many hundreds of records to fill his trestle tables for your delectation! Let us know if you have any special requests you would like to collect on the day and we will endeavour to have them available for you.

  The rather beautifully formed new Planar 8 was inspired by the ultimate Rega turntable, the 'Naiad'. The    ‘8’    is full of innovation and clever solutions to engineering issues, with improvements over its predecessor in many areas.

The rather beautifully formed new Planar 8 was inspired by the ultimate Rega turntable, the 'Naiad'. The ‘8’ is full of innovation and clever solutions to engineering issues, with improvements over its predecessor in many areas.

 The skeletal Planar 8 excluding the removable cover

The skeletal Planar 8 excluding the removable cover

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Our store demonstration RP10 with Aphelion cartridge and Planar 6 with Ania cartridge will be on hand to make comparisons with the Planar 8.

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Rega turntables from the Planar 3 upwards are available excluding cartridge but when chosen with the matched Rega cartridge there is a worthwhile saving to be made.

We are very pleased to welcome the mighty 25.6Kg Osiris amplifier back to our demonstration Rega amplifier line up, alongside the Elicit R, Elex R and Brio.

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To reserve your place click here or turn up on the day and Join Julian, Paul and John of Audio T Brighton along with Rob from Rega and Paul from Diverse Vinyl for an enjoyable day of music on vinyl and great sound from Rega.

Rega Hi-Fi products are available at the following audio T stores:
BrentwoodBrightonBristolCardiffCheltenhamEnfieldManchesterOxfordPortsmouthPrestonReadingSouthamptonSwanseaSwindon

Acoustic Energy AE300 Series. Great Sound. Great Look. Great Price!

Over the past week we have been playing with some new speakers from Acoustic Energy. The AE300 stand mount and the AE309 floor standing loudspeakers. They are available in three high standard finishes a Black or White Gloss finish and a Satin real wood Walnut veneer. There is also a centre speaker available, the AE307 for home cinema use.

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The new 300 series offers some big upgrades from the entry level 100 series in both performance and aesthetics. The new mid bass drive units have been designed together to achieve a seamless tonal balance and the aluminium dome tweeter features wide dispersion technology which provides a greater sweet spot in your room making placement within a room easier.

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Internal bracing inside the cabinet improves rigidity and reduces colouration of sound, and in the case of the AE309 (Gloss Finish and £1099 for walnut) they come mass filled which greatly improves stability and gives solidity allowing for a cleaner and more open performance. There is also a slot shaped port at the rear as found in the 100 series which allows for greater bass control and the ability to position them closer to a wall than most rear ported loudspeaker designs.

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We thought we would use the same electronics for both speakers to keep a level playing field and we opted for the Rega Planar 3 with the Rega Elex-R integrated amp. Of course the AE300 at £599 for the Gloss finishes and £649 for the walnut are not strictly the right speakers within that system but we wanted to see just what they could do so we put them on the Custom Design FS104 stands mass filled and dug out a record. We kicked of with the second album from London Grammar, ‘‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing’’ and played it all the way through side one. Impressed… they handled Hannahs powerful vocals and the some time ridiculous bass London Grammar like to employ. They sounded very present in the room without being forced and still allowing plenty of space around the vocal, giving loads of depth to the soundstage an offering a really enjoyable listen. I have a feeling that the AE300’s will work really well with anything within reason.

Next of course we moved up to the AE309. The extra drive unit and cabinet provided far greater bass extension and presence. In some cases when a stand mounted speaker sounds so good the first floor stander in a range can sound a little bloated, uncontrolled and can lose clarity. Not a bit of it. The AE309 just sounded bigger, as you might expect, all the improvements you would hope for when moving up in a range were apparent. We have since had them running in the foyer of the shop, a far bigger area, and they do not shy away.

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In short they are hugely versatile and fun to listen to, We really cannot fault them at their price point and we look forward to playing with them in the future.

Remember, if you would like to borrow them for a home demonstration we can arrange that or simply get in touch with us and we will set them up in store for you.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Nick Joe and James - Audio T Portsmouth

Acoustic Energy loudspeakers are available from the following branches of Audio T:

BrentwoodBristolCheltenhamOnlinePortsmouthPrestonReadingSwindon

Much Like Buses, You Wait Ages For A High End Blu-ray Player and...

Then two come along at once! Not only has the long awaited Panasonic DP-UB9000 arrived, but we also have the eagerly anticipated Pioneer UDP-LX500 too, and, the flagship UDP-LX800 is due in store any day now!

Both Panasonic and Pioneer disc players are beautifully built with elegant alloy front panels and a luxury feel befitting their price points.

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Panasonic’s DP-UB9000 is the slimmer of the two but still weighs in at a reassuring 7.8kg. Equal attention has been paid to video and audio performance with exceptionally detailed images and fluid motion on all material. Upscaling of 1080P discs is handled impressively too.

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Balanced outputs and separate analogue power supplies ensure that audio performance is up to the highest standards too. A mightily impressive machine easily justifying the asking price of £849.00.

And in the red corner… we have the Pioneer UDP-LX500. It’s more of a heavyweight, hitting the scales at 10.3kg and substantially chunkier than the Panasonic, albeit with an equally pretty face!

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The capacious casework allows for a double layered chassis incorporating a 3mm steel plate which provides an inert and stable platform for the disc drive, thus minimising errors. Power supply, drive, digital processing and analogue audio sections are partitioned to further eliminate mechanical and electrical interference. Every effort has been made to maximise both audio and video performance from all types of media. It’s a tremendous universal disc player for £999.00!

So ladies and gentlemen, all is not lost now that Oppo are no longer in the ring. We present two strong contenders from Panasonic and Pioneer. You are welcome to come and judge the winner for yourselves, or maybe you would like to wait for Pioneer’s top of the range UDP-LX800?

Watch this space. It will soon be here!

Alan, John and Wayne - Audio T Southampton

Pioneer Hi-Fi products are available from the following branches of Audio T:
BrentwoodBrightonBristolCardiffCheltenhamEnfieldManchesterOnlinePrestonSouthamptonSwanseaSwindon

Panasonic Hi-Fi products are available from the following branches of Audio T:
BrentwoodBrightonBristolCardiffCheltenhamEnfieldManchesterOnlineOxfordPortsmouthPrestonSouthamptonSwanseaSwindon

Spendor A7 Floor Standing Speakers Are Dynamic Open And Exhilarating!

Hello blog readers!. We held back from doing this blog for a while because from fresh out of their boxes these Spendor A7 compact (by some comparisons) 2-way floor standing speakers sounded really rather good and so we began to wonder what they would be capable of when properly run in!

Well we have done that (that Dedmau5 CD is good for something!) and I can tell you that they are one amazing pair of loudspeakers. They have had plenty of hours playing time and the sound has really opened up. Bass especially is impressive being deep and articulate with an overall sound that is open and detailed with a lovely left to right imaging capability!

Spendor proudly boast that they are calibrated and matched to broadcast reference standards and use their brand new design EP77 Polymer cones! They are slim, compact and worked well in our demo room relatively close to the rear wall. This is due to the rather nifty use of what Spendor call a FlowPort which means that the loudspeaker has less effect on the room boundary placement!

We had them playing with the brand new and equally lovely Arcam CDS50 SACD Player and SA20 Amplifier coupled together with a Rega Couple phono to phono cable and the sound they make together is actually rather exciting.

I played a variety of different CD’s and SACD’s through the system among them an SACD copy of Dark Side of the Moon which sounded so open and agile that I had to listen to it all the way through and I was certain that I could hear things deep in the mix that I had never heard before and that’s always good!

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Then craving more of that lovely natural sound and glorious sense of soundstaging I played As Falls Wichita So Falls Wichita Falls by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays from the album of the same name. This album has that typical lush 1970’s ECM sound with a wide open soundstage that you can just fall into. Listening through the Spendor A7’s was a delight and a revelation delivering a level of detail, definition and information that I didn’t even know were there. I just love it when that happens. This track is twenty minutes and forty two seconds long and it was totally mesmerising with not a dull second. Never has the word gorgeous been so appropriate!

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Anyway after all the fun stuff comes the fact bit……. They Spendor A7’s cost £2995 (grilles are extra though at £195 a pair). Don’t let this put you off because they sound a lot more musical than many a speaker I have heard at two and three times the price. They come in Black Ash, Dark walnut, Natural Oak or Satin White to special order at £300 extra.

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Well as it says in the heading of this blog the Spendor A7’s are dynamic open and exhilarating and I will leave the last words to Spendor’s head man Phil Swift who says “they will add a whole new dimension to your listening pleasure!”

We encourage you to come and have a listen to these speakers at Audio T Cheltenham.

Spendor loudspeakers are available from the following branches of Audio T:
CardiffCheltenhamPortsmouthSwindon

Yamaha RXA 3080 Home Cinema Amplifier Arrives At Audio T Oxford

The latest flagship multi-channel home cinema receiver from Yamaha has arrived, the new RXA 3080. This 11 speaker channel, Atmos / DTS:X enabled AV amplifier will up convert via HDMI to 4K and analogue video up to 1080p.

 If the thought of running speaker cable to the rears has previously been a deterrent in considering a 5.1 (or more) home cinema system, this receiver has the ability to use the latest two of the  MusicCast 20  or one or two MusicCast  50  speakers as a wireless surround option.  WiFi and Bluetooth enabled, Spotify Connect, Tidal and Deezer are supported. It is also compatible with Alexa voice control assistants.

If the thought of running speaker cable to the rears has previously been a deterrent in considering a 5.1 (or more) home cinema system, this receiver has the ability to use the latest two of the MusicCast 20 or one or two MusicCast 50 speakers as a wireless surround option.

WiFi and Bluetooth enabled, Spotify Connect, Tidal and Deezer are supported. It is also compatible with Alexa voice control assistants.

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The digital signal processor is what really sets this apart from the previous generation: Very clever electronics can create phantom front and rear height effect speakers.

The other unique feature is the ‘Artificial Intelligence’ mode. This adjusts the DSP parameters on the fly by choosing the most suitable DSP mode, dependant on the movie content as it plays.

I played the Blu-ray of Fury, switching between the AI and DTS Master, while watching the scenes involving the battle against the field guns and the battle with the Tiger tank. While the differences were by no means night and day, the dialogue was definitely cleaner with the AI function on.

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If you would like to hear the Yamaha RXA 3080 (or indeed the Yamaha RXA 1080) please call us 01865 765961 to arrange a demonstration.

Thanks for reading: Chris, Jon and Andrew - Audio T Oxford

Yamaha Hi-Fi products are available at the following branches of Audio T:
BrentwoodBristolCardiffEnfieldManchesterOnlineOxfordPortsmouthPrestonSouthamptonSwanseaSwindon

ATC Entry Series Loudspeaker Range At Audio T Bristol

ATC have been involved in professional and later domestic loudspeakers for nigh on 50 years. Based locally near Stroud, they set up to make drive units in 1974. They were instantly successful as their 12” drive unit (PA75-314) were able to produce sound with less distortion at higher sound pressure levels than the competition.

Two years later they started to produce their very special soft dome mid-range unit which was used by many third party professional monitor manufacturers. A decade later they started making complete speaker systems, which are used widely in the professional world by engineers producers composers and artist including Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, The Killers, Lenny Kravitz, The Rolling Stones, Calvin Harris, Beck. The list goes on and is pretty much a who’s who of music industry icons.

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Taken at our recent trip to the ATC factory

So why would you consider an ATC speaker? Well ATC seem to have found the right balance between what is required by the professional world, such as accuracy and reliability, and what is required from a domestic speaker which is totally beguiling sound. When listening, you can immediately get why they are so popular with musicians and engineers as the detail especially in the mids is extraordinary.

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The ATC SCM7 is the smallest of the range. Small it may be but pick one up and you might raise an eyebrow as each weighs 7.5kg. Listening to them you will hear that they are very agile. They keep pace with the music really well, never tripping up and allowing, exactly what we want, musical engagement. The bass, whilst not going deep, is very accurately reproduced with no overhang whatsoever.

The next speaker in the range is the SCM11. It’s a bigger monitor than the SCM7 incorporating a 150mm bass/mid rather than 125mm of the SCM7. It is also heavier at almost 11kg. It pretty much performs the same as the SCM7 except that the scale of the music you are listening to gets larger. They will also go louder than the SCM7 (108db rather than 103db).

Up next comes the SCM19. It is the biggest stand mount in the range and weighs a hefty 17.5kg, 9kg of that comes from the bass/mid which features a short-coil/long gap motor assembly and integrated 75mm soft dome mid. The SCM19 is the only speaker in the entry range to have ATC’s coveted SL driver technology. SL stands for Super linear and drive units built to the SL standard reduces 3rd harmonic distortion between 10 and 15db. The results are obvious as the midrange gains extra clarity giving even more insight into the music.

This is the first speaker in ATC’s range of speakers where they offer a passive and active version. The active version becomes a floor stander with active filters and a class a/b 182 watt bi-amplifier and retails at £4990. Just add a pre-amp and away you go.

The final speaker in the entry range is the SCM40. It is the first passive floor stander in ATC’s range and just like the 19 is also is available as an active speaker. It is the only speaker in this range that has a dedicated soft dome mid. The hype about ATC’s mid range unit is completely justified and is evident as soon as you listen. The mid range clarity is astounding and leaves you in no doubt about the quality of ATC speakers.

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ATC SCM40 and SCM7s

We have tried all the ATC speakers with many amplifiers. As long as it is quality amplification you won’t have any issues, but as we always recommend try before you buy, so come on in and have a listen. In store now but please call us to book a demo as they are in high demand.

Thanks for reading. Martin, Max, and James - Audio T Bristol

ATC Loudspeakers are available at the following branches of Audio T: BrightonBristolCheltenhamPortsmouth