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What are separates and why should I have them?

‘Separates’ refers to the components of a hi-fi system - what some might call a 'stacking system' - where each unit has its own function, e.g. an amplifier, CD player and turntable. The main drawback is that separates systems are usually bulkier, but because each unit is specialised to particular tasks, you will get the best performance for your money.

You'll also be rewarded with a much more flexible system that you can develop and add to over time as your tastes and technology change around it. Whether you know what you're after or not, our sales advisors are always happy to talk hi-fi, so pop down today.

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How do I know I'm getting the most from my hi-fi?

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There are all sorts of little tips and tricks that'll make sure you get the best out of your hi-fi, many of which take no time at all. Speaker positioning is probably the first: both your speakers should be the same distance from your seat, ideally 'toed-in' slightly, so that they're pointing towards you.

Making sure you have all the right accessories is a great idea too. Bookshelf (or standmount) speakers should ideally be mounted on stands to absorb their vibrations, different cables can enhance the sound quality and mains conditioners can significantly reduce interference and noise.

If you're after more info on optimising your set-up, just give us a call or visit your nearest store.

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Why not add a network music player?

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With music streaming becoming a primary way to listen to music, an easy solution that offers brilliant sound quality is required and that's where network music players come in. Like a CD player, they use top-notch circuitry for sensationally clear audio, but instead of loading a disc, the music is transmitted by a streaming service accessed from your smartphone, laptop or, in many cases, right from the network player itself. Those worried about sound quality need not fear – many of the models on the market support Hi-Res Audio playback, allowing you to listen to music in CD-quality and even better-than-CD quality.

Network players come in a variety of sizes with all kinds of extra features and functions, but at their heart they make it very easy to listen to a truly stunning amount of music in breathtaking clarity. If you have any more questions about adding streaming functionality to your hi-fi, give your local store a bell or drop by and say hello.

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