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Is there a hi-fi dealer on the Island? I fancy upgrading some stuff, but it seems like the main shops only do i-pod docks and the like.

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There's a Bang and Oulsen (sp?) shop up from Tynwald. Or there used to be.

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B&O are still there - not sure Hi fi but certainly expensive status symbols for those who care more for appearance than the sound - however the sound is not unpleasant.

I don't think there is a hifi dealer on the Island - I bought some decent speakers recently but the supplier would deliver to the Island after I auditioned them at a local dealer in SE England (he also got his cut!) - the dealer informed me(he having a Manx mother so got quite chatty) that in past that they had supplied hifi units via Colebourns so it may well be worth asking there but AFAIK they are not really hifi stockists

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Walton's do HiFi stuff don't they? apart from that, Richer Sounds on the net for some good deals on reasonable kit.

Bang & Olufsen is expensive kit for what it is, a bit like their tv's... Philips under the skin!

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Marown TV used to sell separates I think, but no idea if that's still the case.

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Thanks for all those responses :)

That musical experience place looks interesting - I'll check them out, cheers.

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Good afternoon!

 

Now most of you would not expect to see Bang & Olufsen being reviewed in anything other than high-end specialist publications but for anyone interested in blowing away the myth of “style over substance” should take a look at this review of our BeoLab 9 loudspeakers in What Hi-Fi. These are the “baby brother” of our flagship BeoLab 5 loudspeakers.

 

And if TV is your main interest, there’s a similar un-biased review of our BeoVision 8-40 and our flagship BeoVision 7-55 from the gurus at Flat Panels HD.

 

If you would like to see and hear what all the fuss is about for yourself, please feel free to pop into our store on Bucks Road. We’re a couple of friendly chaps who love nothing more than talking about TV, Hi-Fi and electronic wizardry in general.

 

Jonathan and Allen

 

http://www.whathifi.com/Review/BandO-BeoLab-9/

http://www.flatpanelshd.com/review.php?subaction=showfull&id=1266502570

http://www.flatpanelshd.com/review.php?subaction=showfull&id=1259929020

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The Flat Panels reviews seem to have a strong whiff of astroturfing about them. I've seldom seen such uncritical independent reviews that so are chock-full of corporate visuals and quotations.

 

Of course, this could be just the way US sites do reviews.

 

OTOH, I have heard that many B&O customers are fiercly loyal to the brand and experience longevity to the kit which is unusual for consumer electronics.

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anyone who buys a TV juust to watch football has no idea.

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It's suprising how much importance some clients pay to watching sports (and particularly football) on TV. It pleases me though when someone who has never even heard of the brand (probably about 90% on the island!) comes in, just for a browse, and are clearly "blown away" by some of our products, regardless of content, and whether in the market or not.

It's also quite refreshing that although we live in a disposable world (and let's face it, that's how most manufacturers survive) some of our customers are still integrating new items with existing equipment they've had for 30 years or more. A good example is our ability to "retro" fit Freeview & HD modules and Blu-ray players to much older TVs.

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It's also quite refreshing that although we live in a disposable world (and let's face it, that's how most manufacturers survive) some of our customers are still integrating new items with existing equipment they've had for 30 years or more. A good example is our ability to "retro" fit Freeview & HD modules and Blu-ray players to much older TVs.

That is a fair point. Although I am not a fan of the B&O sound, I feel that their styling is second to none. The above point is good though, we live in a disposable world where people have become used to "cheap" equipment in price, quality and performance. It is only when you experience top quality equipment that you can apprieciate how good it can really be. This is very much a british thing. Most manufacturers still have top end equipment but dont bother importing it to UK.

 

Take for example JBL. In the UK these days they are associated with cheap ipod docks and plastic speakers. Yet they still produce arguabley the best speakers in the world (the K2 series). The same sort of thing can be said for Pioneer, Marantz, Panasonic (Technics), Sony and many others. There are very few items that are made these days that are meant to last more than a few years, but they are available. Sadly very few in this country.

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JBL's? Tannoy Dual Concentrics FTW - and they're British...

 

I've got 2 pairs, both over 30 years old I guess. Driven by an old Quad system of the same vintage until recently (retired in favour of a surround amp from MF Classifieds).

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