Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature Headphones

When it comes to headphones, Bowers & Wilkins have garnered quite a reputation. The original P5 was a barnstormer, earning plaudits throughout the Hi-Fi industry and tech publications alike.

The world wide web is still awash with reviews of how elegant they look and how great they sound.

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Since then, Bowers & Wilkins have released a plethora of stunning headphones including the the travel sized P3 and the larger P7's, but none have had the Signature moniker attached to them.

Enter the B&W P9's.

Designed using high quality materials such as the as cross-hatched Italian Steffiano leather, composites and beautiful aluminium, the Bowers & Wilkins P9 signatures simply ooze class. 

And to prove they mean business when it comes to high end headphones, Bowers and Wilkins have angled the drive units to improve the stereo image, you will find this method employed in many a high quality headphone. They've even managed to de-couple the cans from the headband to isolate the sound. This reduces outside vibrations that may come back through the headband. The memory foam ear pads (wrapped in leather of course) isolate even further and are very comfortable.

Another nice little touch is the fact that you can replace the cable with the new fangled lightning connection for your shiny new Iphone 7. (B&W will supply the new cable to those of you that register your product on the Bowers & Wilkins website)

Ok, so, how do they sound ?. Well, if you're a fan of B&W speakers then you'll absolutely love the P9's. There is a distinctive Bowers & Wilkins sound here. The P9's have plenty of detail and a solid mid range, very B&W, all rounded off nicely with oodles of bass.. 

Take a peak a some online reviews here. 

What Hifi in particular gave them 5 stars.

Trusted Reviews rated them highly.

The Independent thought they were worth every penny.

Now, to make absolutely sure before you make a purchase, you can pop into our store on Bridge Street, Manchester and try a set on and have a listen.

If you spot Munir, Mike, Dave or Simon loitering around the shop just ask them to plug you in.

Cheers and see you soon.

Bowers & Wilkins Hi-Fi products are available at the following branches of Audio T:
BrentwoodBrightonBristolCardiffEnfieldManchesterOxfordPortsmouthPrestonReadingSouthamptonSwanseaSwindon   

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Full Size Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

We have recently received the new P7 Bluetooth Headphones from B&W and straight out of the box we think they are fantastic. A quick look through the press and you will quickly find that we are not the only ones.

B&W's P7 over-ear headphones go wireless, with spectacular results."

B&W has produced one of the best-sounding wireless headphones you can buy at any price.

Winner of What Hi-Fi? Awards 2016 -  Best wireless headphones £300+

The P7 Wireless combines advanced acoustic technology with aptX™ Bluetooth® connectivity to deliver a seamless audio experience. They sound great with a deep articulate bass and open wide soundstage. The P7's are a very comfy fit and have a great wireless range.

The P7's aptX Bluetooth is controlled by the power button simply slide it across to turn on and off, and push it inwards to make the headphones discoverable to new devices. They charge up via a micro USB cable and have a @15hr battery life. Therefore within seconds of opening the box you can experience the gorgeous sound quality and brilliant comfort of these headphones. 

Pop in to try them out, we think you will be amazed. We also carry a wide range of other Headphones, Headphone Amplifiers and Accessories. Our Big Red Winter sale is now on, with some great offers and package savings.

From Jon, Dom and Paddy, at Audio T Oxford we wish all of you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Bowers & Wilkins H-Fi products are available from the following branches of Audio T:
BrentwoodBrightonBristolCardiffEnfieldManchesterOxfordPortsmouthPrestonReadingSouthamptonSwanseaSwindon

It Will All Become Clear When You Hear The Focal Elear!

We recently had a Naim open day showing the new Naim Uniti range and they also bought along for the day the new Focal Headphones, the Utopia and the Elear.

We had a demonstration pair of the Elear Headphone to have a proper listen to and get a feel for what this £800 headphone can do.

Focal Elear Headphone

First things first, these headphones are extremely comfortable and considering their size they just feel right. The cable fitted is long enough to let you kick back in your favourite chair and drift relaxingly away to your favourite tunes.

Focal Elear Headphones

The proof of the pudding as they say is in the eating! These are a semi open design and as such have a very open and detailed presentation, with a good balance across the frequency range not over emphasising any particular part of the performance, they just boogie.

Clear Headphones with Naim NaitXS and ND5XS

Having tried lots of different music I found them very much to my taste, two things I thought. Could I live with these.....yes I could and is there anything better I've heard....yes there is the Focal Utopia, but at £3,000 I'd have to keep my children sweeping chimneys for another 10 years.

Why not come along and have a listen at Audio T Brighton.

Focal Hi-Fi products are available from the following branches of Audio T:
BrentwoodBrightonBristolCheltenhamOnlinePortsmouthSouthamptonSwanseaSwindon

Wishing all our customers a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year,

Julian, Paul and John

The Twelve Hi-Fi Gifts of Christmas!

We here at Audio T know how hard it can be to choose a gift for your music mad loved ones so this year we have you covered. Here are our top twelve suggestions to help you give the gift  and joy of music this Christmas.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…a Sonos Play:1!

This diminutive wireless speaker has a huge sound! Using the Sonos excellent free app, opens up a world of audio streaming from your own collection, Internet radio and streaming services such as Qobuz, Spotify and Tidal. Perfect for the person who loves streaming music from their phone or computer.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me…a Chord Electronics Mojo!

This little headphone amp/DAC has made huge waves this year, winning numerous awards and accolades and for good reason! The Mojo is simply stunning, transforming your phone into a mini hi-fi! Also pictured is the very useful Mojo cable pack and durable carry case (both sold separately) Perfect for those who are listen to a lot of music on the go. At the moment you can buy a Mojo and get a FREE carry case (Offer ends 05-01-2017)

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me…a Denon D-M40 and Q Acoustics 3010 speakers!

This little system is fantastic as a entry into HI-Fi or as an additional system in another room in your house. Capable of playing CD, DAB radio and music via USB, this is a gorgeous combination of amplifier and speaker. Perfect for a first audio system.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…Sennheiser HD4.30i headphones!

This headphones are amazingly good value for money, strong defined bass and punchy mids combine for a lovely sound and the fact they are comfortable and foldable makes them great for wearing on the go. Perfect for anyone who listens to music when they are out and about.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…Sennheiser HD 599 headphones!

The HD 599’s are brilliant headphones for home use. They have a gorgeous open sound which never gets fatiguing and are easy to listen to for hours. Perfect for those who like to listen through headphones at home.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…Dynaudio Emit M10 Loudspeakers!

We have been very impressed with the Emit line by Dynaudio, they have a balanced sound yet are still exciting to listen to and the little M10’s are no exception. Perfect for someone who needs new speakers for a entry to mid level system.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me…a Rega Planar 1 turntable!

Vinyl is all the rage at the moment but to take advantage of this you need a good turntable, which is where the Planar 1 comes in, offering superb looks, build and importantly sound quality….what more do you want? Perfect for someone who wants to get into vinyl.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…a Project Debut Carbon DC!

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The Debut Carbon is a large step above entry level. It comes with a fantastic cartridge in the Ortofon 2m Red and combined with the carbon fibre arm makes for a highly enjoyable combination. Perfect for those who want to take their basic setup up a gear.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…a Project VC-S vinyl record cleaner!

One of the best upgrades you can do in a turntable setup is clean your vinyl, the result is staggering. The VSC makes short work of this otherwise mundane task, using its powerful vacuum to suck up any dirt and excess liquid from the surface of your favourite record or LP. Also pictured is Project’s Brush it and Clean it (both sold separately), essential tools for any turntable owner. Perfect for those who are serious about their vinyl.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…an Arcam rHead headphone amp!

A lot of the time we just suffer with poor quality through headphones for convenience sake, however a good headphone amplifier can change that completely. The R-head is one of the best on the market at the price and can transform your headphone listening experience. Perfect for the person who wants better quality sound from their headphones.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me…a phono stage!

We couldn’t decide on just one phono stage so we thought we’d recommend a few, pictured are the Project Phonobox MM, Project tube box DS, Nytech Audio CDP122 and the Rega Fono MM. These boxes all have the capability to transform your setup, just let us know your system and we can recommend the best match! Perfect for someone who wants to either start or improve their vinyl setup.

On the twelth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…a Naim Mu-so QB!

This mini system has taken the market by storm and with very good reason! The Mu-so QB allows you to play your music via, Wi-Fi, Tidal, Spotify, internet radio, Bluetooth, usb and many more with stunning audio quality. It makes a great additional to an existing Naim setup in the form of multi-room or serves as an introduction to high quality audio. Perfect for just about anyone who wants to add high quality music streaming to a room in their house.

We hope this list has been useful for you, and as always we are always here to help you in store to make further recommendations and provide demonstrations of anything in the store. Many of the items listed are included in our winter Big Red Sale so please get in contact for more information.

From Hefin, Nick and Gareth, at Audio T Cardiff we wish all of you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature Headphones The Ultimate Stocking And Head Filler

The newest addition to the Bowers & Wilkins award winning P series headphone range, the P9 Signature, has just arrived in store.

The P9 Signature is the flagship model of the range costing £699 and is made using some very luxurious materials, including: saffiano leather, giving a distinctive cross hatch finish and forged foldable aluminium arms for greater durability.

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The performance of the P9 has to be heard and is a big step up from the previous flagship model, the P7. The P9 is one of the most comfortable headsets we have tried and more than delivers on performance offering great sound quality.

One of the main changes made to the B&W P9's are the drivers, this all new design have been angled and when listening, gives a more natural presentation, focused in front of you, rather than to the side.

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A de-coupled headband helps stop vibration, giving the P9 a very open soundstage, but not taking away any of the bass.

The P9 also come with a luxury protective case.

Pop in to try them out, we think you will be amazed.

Our Big Red Winter sale is now on, with some great offers and package savings to help make it a very Merry Christmas.

Ian, Gavin & Andy

Audio T Preston

Tel: 01772 883958

Bowers & Wilkins Hi-Fi products are available from the following branches of Audio T:
BrentwoodBrightonBristolCardiffEnfieldManchesterOxfordPortsmouthPrestonReadingSouthamptonSwanseaSwindon

Audio-Technica ATH-A990Z Headphones Now On Demonstration At Audio T Enfield

We have just taken delivery of the Audio-Technica ATH-A990Z ART Monitor on ear Headphones.

Visually the ATH-A990Z are excellent, the lightweight green aluminium housing looks and feels like quality craftsmanship.

The ATH-A990Z's feature a "3D wing support" which Audio-Technica claim that provides a great fit and long-wearing comfort. I couldn't of put it better myself, they are certainly one of the most comfortable sets of headphones I have tried.

Here you can see the premium, soft ear pads for a comfortable fit.

Here you can see the premium, soft ear pads for a comfortable fit.

The ATH-A990Z feature a 3.0m cloth-wrapped tangle-free cable. Also the 6.3" jack screws onto the 3.5mm jack, which I thought was a nice touch.

The ATH-A990Z feature a 3.0m cloth-wrapped tangle-free cable. Also the 6.3" jack screws onto the 3.5mm jack, which I thought was a nice touch.

Every 53mm driver is hand-assembled in Japan for highly reliable performance. The yoke magnetic component contributes to the high-resolution audio reproduction with its superior transient response. OFC bobbin-wound voice coils enable efficient signal transfer. The top-mounted PCB contributes to smoother airflow for precise diaphragm movement.

The one thing that surprised me the most about the ATH-A990Z is how open and airy they sound considering they are a closed-back design. Audio-Technica have created what they call a Double Air Damping System (D.A.D.S.) structure which they claim provides deep bass reproduction. In my opinion it does more than this, by giving a more "open-backed" performance, rather than a "bloated" or "closed" sound.

For me the Audio-Technica ATH-A990Z does nothing wrong. The comfort is amazing and the sound defines its closed-back design. For £199 I've not found any better.

Many thanks for reading. Why not come along and have a listen!

Simon Harknett @ Audio T Enfield Tel: 0208 367 3132

Audio-Technica Hi-Fi products are available from the following branches of Audio T:
BrentwoodBrightonBristolCardiffCheltenhamEnfieldManchesterOxford,PortsmouthSouthamptonSwansea

Suits You Sir! Hand Crafted Sennheiser HD800s Headphones

The original Sennheiser HD800 headphones were one of our best selling headphones, yes, even with a retail cost of £1000 the HD800 proved to be hugely popular.

Although still available, Sennheiser have upped the ante with the upgraded HD800s and has again piqued our interest in these beautiful headphones. Hand crafted in Northern Germany at Sennheiser's headquarters in Wedermark the HD800 and HD800s headphones are built using a traditional assembly line method.

Sennheiser HD800s  headphones, hand-crafted in Germany. Ties by  Doherty Evans & Stott  hand made in Germany.

Sennheiser HD800s headphones, hand-crafted in Germany. Ties by Doherty Evans & Stott hand made in Germany.

The original reference HD800 use one of the largest transducers used in any headphone up to today and it shows. The Sennheisers sound involving, the bass is precise and not overbearing.
If you had to have a niggle at the original HD800 it would be that they can be very,very detailed.
I need to choose my words carefully here but maybe too revealing and not everybody's cup of tea.

The upgraded HD800s have been tweaked to help this, new absorption technology from Sennheiser that was originally used the brilliant IE800 in ear headphones is used here. The patented "asborber technology" controls conflicting peaks and troughs in the frequency helping the HD800s to sound more refined.

The music just washes over you without shouting at you, more audible if you like. Building on the original HD800's massive 56mm transducer and toed in drive units the overall experience is a pleasurable one. We like them a lot.     

Absolute belter! A pair of HD800s looking very nice here, presented next to belts made by  Anderson in Italy , all made by hand of course.

Absolute belter! A pair of HD800s looking very nice here, presented next to belts made by Anderson in Italy, all made by hand of course.

Handcrafted ear pads, made from high-quality microfibre fabric.  Boglioli K Jacket , hand made from beautiful Italian fabric.

Handcrafted ear pads, made from high-quality microfibre fabric. Boglioli K Jacket, hand made from beautiful Italian fabric.

The new high-quality black metal casing on Sennheiser HD800s is a joy to behold.  Mismo from Denmark  use classic craftsmanship to design these beautiful bags by using traditional methods. 

The new high-quality black metal casing on Sennheiser HD800s is a joy to behold. Mismo from Denmark use classic craftsmanship to design these beautiful bags by using traditional methods. 

Everybody needs a pair of beautifully  knitted socks  to go with a set of Sennheiser HD800s.  

Everybody needs a pair of beautifully knitted socks to go with a set of Sennheiser HD800s.  

Matt from Doherty Evans & Stott  looking absolutely dapper with his Sennheiser HD800s.  

Matt from Doherty Evans & Stott looking absolutely dapper with his Sennheiser HD800s.  

Above you can see some of techniques used in building the Sennheiser HD800 on the assembly line in Wedemark.

But for even better experience of the HD800s come along to our store in Manchester and try a set on. 

We have a selection of headphones amps and plenty of music for you to choose from.

Pop in!! 

Dave, Simon, Mike, Munir and Haden will be around to help.

Sennheiser headphones are available from the following branches of Audio T: 
BristolCardiffCheltenhamEnfieldManchesterOnlineOxfordPortsmouthPrestonReading
SouthamptonSwanseaSwindon

Audeze EL-8 headphones. You'll be el-8-ed.

In the market for a new pair of headphones.

Introducing the new entry level open back Audeze EL-8 headphone. 

Designed by BMW Designwork, BMW's very own design house. 

Fit and finish is class leading and very comfortable, as you would expect.

Although they look like conventional headphones they are in fact very different, using the worlds most advanced planar magnetic technology.

The cutting edge headphone capsule design includes Audeze's trade mark technologies :

FLUXOR™ MAGNETIC TECHNOLOGY

UNIFORCE™ DIAPHRAGM TECHNOLOGY

FAZOR™ TECHNOLOGY

The headphone cable uses a very nifty lightning-esque type connection. Great for when you need to pack them away.

All this adds up to a well balanced, sonically cohesive sound for prolonged listening sessions.

The EL-8's are available in closed back and open back configurations which can both be used with portable devices.

Yes Chromey, Audeze is pronounced like the word odyssey. Well done.

So, remember if you want a pair of headphones to, hyperstimul-8, be immacul-8, invigor-8,articul-8,scintill-8,

step up to the pla-8 and make a da-8 to come and listen to the Audeze EL-8 at Audio-T Manchester

You can request a demo through our website and it is available for demonstration at our Bristol store. You can read more about the Audeze El-8 on their website.

See you soon.

Munir, Kev, Mike and Dave