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Welcome to Audio T Reading

From Thursday November 5th our shops in England will not be able to allow customers to enter to browse or for demonstrations. However, unlike the last lockdown, Government guidelines allow us to offer a Click and Collect service as well as home deliveries and installations.

Situated near the very centre of Reading, our store first opened its doors way back in 1974 under the name of Reading Cassette & Hi-Fi. Audio T took over the business, with Simon Walker as the new manager, in 1996.
 
Our focus and passion has always been, and will remain, predominately music (2 channel), concentrating on the new technologies such as audio streaming, high resolution audio and storage advice, as well as the more traditional vinyl and CD based systems up to and including the high end.
 
We have an enviable reputation in turntable set-up and service especially, but not exclusively, of Linn LP12s, Well Tempered and Rega turntables along with a range of cartridges to complement them.
 
With one of the nicest Hi-Fi demonstration rooms in the business, (as our suppliers and customers keep telling us) why not join us in a nice hot beverage and your favourite music and discover why we love doing what we do so much?
 
Our strength lies in ‘system building’. We aim to enable our customers to realise the greatest performance from their investment through our deep understanding of the products we carry, building quality systems at all cost levels.
 
We regularly welcome customers from Basingstoke, Bracknell, Camberley, Henley-On-Thames, Newbury, Thatcham, Wallingford, Wokingham and South Oxfordshire in store.
 

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Meet the team

Gareth - Joined Audio T end of 2017
Favourite Music - Jazz, Classical, Experimental, More Jazz
Favourite Artist - Miles Davis
Favourite Composer - Jean Sibelius
First System - One of those ITT jobs where the lid came off to make the speakers
Current System - Bricasti / Nagra / Harbeth

 

Rob - joined Audio T in February 2019
Favourite Bands: Hendrix, Brand X, early Roxy Music, Toots & The Maytals, Eno, David Sylvian, Massive Attack, Groove Armada, Stones, Nitin Sawnhey, Lee"Scratch" Perry and much, much more!
Favourite Albums: Axis Bold As Love - Jimi Hendrix, For your pleasure - Roxy Music
Best Gig: Bob Marley, London Lyceum Ballroom 1975
Favourite Movie: Bladerunner
First System: Trio KD1033B with Ortofon FF15E cartridge, Trio KA1500 and Celestion Ditton 15 speakers
Current System: Michell Gyrodec SE/Tecno arm + linear power supply, Denon 103R MC, Classe CAP 151, Dynaudio Contour 1.8 mk2, Isotec Power regulation, Meridian dac and music streaming currently via Audirvana

What our customers say

  • The guys took the time to get the kit I was interested in from another store and took whatever time I asked to allow me to listen to my sample tracks. They happily recommended alternatives to allow me to get a sense of what delighted me. I happily made a purchase after a couple of hours in their demo room. Thanks guys - would be very happy to return in future!!
    Mr Goslin, Reading - 14th April 2020
  • Great service as always from all the guys at Reading, nothing seems to be too much trouble and they have an incredible enthusiasm for the equipment and the music.
    Mrs Conn, Reading - 6th April 2020
  • Gareth at Reading was real great with steering my nicely through adding a NA NAP250-DR power amp and Wireworld block. Even if you audition in-store, you can never really tell exactly how things will perform in you’re own listening environment, although in my many years experience of Naim it never proves disappointing when upgrading as they suggest. He provided me with the confidence to increase my system investment by 50% more just for the power section, adding this to a Nova / Core / Spendor A4 combo. Enough confidence to change course from ex-demo to new. I needn’t have worried as it now sounds much more ‘grown up’, much better across dynamic ranges, tighter, more open etc... Ps. Sorted and issue with a missing PL Lite and in the process of looking at a slight blemish on the top RHS corner of front panel but there has been no hesitation in all this
    Mr Humphries, Bath - 2nd April 2020
  • The service was excellent, very focussed . I ended up with sound I wanted and cut box count
    Mr Hall, Reading - 28th March 2020
  • Very happy with my new speakers, stands and audio Streamer. I was given great advise and assistance through out the transaction and will definitely be going back for future goodies.
    Mr Fuller, Ascot - 12th January 2020
  • I received exceptional support from Simon Walker and the team at AudioT Reading. Selecting the appropriate system for the specific room felt much closer to being mentored than being sold to. The Audio Note system is so detailed, seeking out what was recorded well. It is like discovering my vinyl collection all over again. Five stars are simply not enough !
    Mr Points, Beenham - 9th December 2019
  • Hugely knowledgeable, experienced and appropriately opinionated - just what you need when splashing the cash so as to not cockup your hard earned spending decisions.
    Mr Young, Wokingham - 12th November 2019
  • Good guidance and advice for a walk-in. Recommendation to upgrade to the larger amp was wise. Let me audition without booking too, which was nice as they had a booking due in at roughly the time I was there.
    Mr Batten, Alton - 3rd June 2019
  • I was looking for a complete new system, including multi-room. The entire team in Reading were very good at knowledgeably steering me through a number of options, and patiently allowing me to compare and contrast a multitude of permutations. Simon was good at knowing when to push me towards a decision (otherwise I'd probably still be there making comparisons!). I'm delighted with the system I've ended up with - more expensive than I perhaps intended at the start, but I never felt under any pressure to do anything other than buy what I wanted. It was a really enjoyable buying experience, and I feel confident I made a good decision - very much helped by the knowledgeable Reading team and their ability to guide me through a comparison process that I was quite unfamiliar with. Thank you!
    Mr Berman, Reading - 29th May 2019
  • Helpful and patient staff demonstrated the Brio amp with a few different speakers, and a range of my own CDs and vinyl albums, but I was unable to find the sound I was looking for. However they let me take the amp home for the weekend to try with my own speakers and it was a good match, so thanks to them I'm now a happy bunny.
    Mr Corbett, Bracknell - 16th May 2019
  • The sales assistant had no hesitation in recommending the Rega deck as a replacement for my NAD 5120. We had one amusing moment when the salesman tried to sell me some interconnects before remembering they are already included and captive on the Rega. We chuckled over that one. Very knowledgeable staff who are very friendly and customer focussed.
    Mr Rapley, Reading - 26th April 2019
  • Great service
    Mr Lukowiec, Brentford - 17th March 2019
  • If you plan to spend some serious money on hi-fi components, it pays to seek out a retailer with a wide range of quality products that they are happy to demonstrate, in ideal surroundings, backed up by expert knowledge and advice that is in your best interests as a customer. Audio T in Reading fully meet this requirement, with friendly, knowledgeable and patient assistance from Simon and Gareth. You won't be pressured into buying something that you can't afford or that isn't quite what you had in mind, but you might well be surprised to find that your budget will stretch to something more capable or more exciting than you had imagined possible. Highly recommended!
    Mr Nunn, Reading - 16th March 2019
  • Even though my purchase was miniscule, great service, very quick with the order.
    Mr West, Reading - 2nd March 2019
  • The level of knowledge and experience of the staff was impressive. Couldn't fault them. Would strongly recommend AudioT to anyone.
    Mr Want, Reading - 22nd February 2019
  • Very good service - happy to recommend
    Mr Harris, Reading - 17th December 2018
  • Very helpful service, great technical advice and information plus a great taste in music.
    Mr Towner, Farnham - 16th September 2018
  • Nice people to do business with.
    Mr Lee, Bishop's Stortford - 25th July 2018
  • Always great service and most importantly great advice! I will continue to go back when I need something else and would recommend to anyone who needs a piece of hi-fi equipment!
    Mr Foster, Wokingham - 2nd July 2018
  • Great team, happy to take time out for a Stereo newbie, I never felt any pressure to buy, would without doubt recommend these guys. Thanks Reading Audio T team.
    Mr Packard, Windsor - 30th June 2018
  • I came to Audio T after being treated dismissively (I think based on my age and appearance) by another local HiFi retailer. That was around 9 -10 years ago. In the intervening years what has kept me coming back, is a foundation of honesty, integrity and trust. I have always been treated impeccably by Simon and the team. They have always given me great advice and guidance based on my tastes and preferences, whilst being mindful of budget constraints where appropriate. Despite the occasional protests of my wife, I hope to be a customer for another 10 years and beyond.
    Mr Quinlan, Reading - 23rd February 2018
  • the guys in reading store are very helpful and have time to show and explain all you need with no heavy sales tactics would recommend a visit to that store
    Mr Maughan, Reading - 5th February 2018
  • Sometimes you can feel pressured to buy a particular make or model of turntable or CD player etc. With Audio-T, while they will make a suggestion, there's no pressure. The staff at Audio-T allow the customer to make their own decisions. While there may not be the range of equipment that there are in larger chains, you get the feeling that they have selected the manufacturers on the basis of the quality of their products.
    Mr Pilkington, Reading - 24th September 2017
  • I had a great loudspeaker demonstration by Marc and I can't fault the friendly and efficient service from Audio T Reading. I am very pleased with my purchase and would definately shop there again.
    Mr Savage, Ickenham - 20th September 2017
  • Audio T provided a great service without being pushy. Gave us good sensible advice in an environment that was very comfortable.
    Mr Gresswell, Hook - 20th September 2017
  • I first used AudioT in 2013 and they could not have been more helpful. Simon and Mark were patient, helpful and very, as it turns out, accurate in their advice. No pressure whatsoever, just advice and it seems, endless knowledge.
    Mr Collins, Marlow - 7th September 2017
  • Amazing service. I phoned in the morning and 1 hour later I was having 2 sets of speakers demoed. The staff couldn't have been more helpful and I even got a nice cup of tea. Audio T have served me well for nearly 15 years now, highly recommended.
    Mr Marchant, High Wycombe - 21st April 2017
  • Got good friendly service and was pleased with my purchase
    Mr Hamilton, Dublin - 31st March 2017
  • Very nice team, extreme knowledge, these guys have a black belt in all things HI Fi. And great service too
    Mr Lovett, Ascot - 30th March 2017
  • First class company: excellent customer service and great products. Highly recommended.
    Mr Minter, Henley-On-Thames - 24th March 2017
  • Excellent. Fast and efficient.
    Mr Barnard, Crowthorne - 9th March 2017
  • Good advice over the phone, however not very communicative when I collected from the shop. Need to show a bit more interest in customers
    Mr Knight, Slough - 12th February 2017
  • Have used AT for many years and bought our original Naim units there. Always good, professional service and expert advice available with no sales pressure
    Mr Frost, Berkshire - 30th January 2017
  • My Mission Cyrus DAD3 Q finally gave up the ghost just before Christmas. I called Audio T in Reading and they gave me great advice on the possible CD players to consider and guided me to the Naim. Their description of the sound quality it would deliver proved to be completely accurate and I am delighted
    Mr Heyes, Wokingham - 20th January 2017
  • I was unable to use the Phonostage due to my Naim SuperUniti system not working properly so I decided to return the Phonostage to Audio T in Reading (where I purchased it as my Christmas present), immediately after Christmas. My Christmas present would have to be the repair costs for my Naim system instead! I was initially disappointed to be told that a refund would not be possible. Having purchased all of my HiFi equipment from Audio T (initially Camberley and then Basingstoke branches before they closed) I was unhappy with this and eventually the dealer relented and refunded the purchase. My point is I don't think Audio T should treat existing and hopefully valued customers in this way!
    Mr Deakin, Sandhurst - 16th January 2017
  • They listened to my needs and matched them to a suitable range of products. also, they were polite, helpful and knowledgeable.
    Mr Foyle, Thatcham - 29th December 2016
  • Dealer was helpful and knowledgeable, service is excellent
    Mr Lyford-Smith, Kidlington - 16th December 2016
  • Excellent service, expert advice - as always from the Reading branch.
    Mr Branagan, Reading - 8th December 2016
  • Very helpful and no pressure to buy
    Mr Brewester, Reading - 5th December 2016
  • I have dealt with the Reading branch which has always been most helpful and professional It is s real asset for Reading
    Mr Chidley, Hook - 20th October 2016
  • I have used Audio T over many years and have never been dissapointed with quality of service, advice or price. After moving from London to Newbury this was the first time using the Reading branch and I'm pleased standards experienced in the Hampstead branch are also at Reading.
    Mr Gale, Newbury - 30th May 2016
  • Friendly helpful and knowledgable staff. Helped me audition and select just the right product. I will definitely use Audio T again. Thanks for the cup of tea!
    Mr Hunt, Tadley - 15th April 2016
  • Ordered unit from Reading store as wanted to make sure that the gaps I had measured were correct to the system that I had also bought from them. Staff as always were friendly and helpful and double checked measurements and ordered the unit for me.
    Mr Herrington, Henley-On-Thames - 11th March 2016
  • The sales person was pleasant, well informed and very helpful. My order was easy to make and the delivery quicker than I expected. Very professional.
    Mr Cull, Wokingham - 12th February 2016
  • Mediocre from the Reading store. Very good when I was buying the product but made to feel guilty I was returning a faulty item at 2weeks old. Enfield store much more pleasant and I would definitely buy from them!
    Mr Ash, Kings Langley - 11th February 2016
  • I have purchased a RSW12 sub in 2010 which is still going strong to this day, customer service was excellent then and then bought my B&Ws in Reading in 2015.I had good service in regards to demo and customer service. No pushy tactics, wasn't hurried so will definitely visit the shop again. Thank you Marc
    Mr Kushamba, High Wycombe - 26th January 2016
  • Excellent support and advice as ever. Thank you
    Mr Rhodes, Reading - 19th January 2016
  • always very knowledgeable and helpful in advising on the setting up of hi-fi in an imperfect (ie. domestic) setting.
    Mr Pratt, Tadley - 6th January 2016
  • Frank in Audio T Reading did a wonderful job with the installation of a new Rega belt and Elys II Cartridge and wasn't happy until a listening test proved the quality of the set up on the Turntable. My P3 2000 deck has never sounded better thank you!
    Mr Hutchens, Reading - 3rd January 2016
  • I very much like the shop and its products, but the chap who I have mainly seen working there is somewhat obnoxious and does put one off visiting.
    Mr Luscombe, Reading - 10th December 2015
  • Call us on 0118 958 5463

    Opening Hours

    MondayClosed
    Tuesday09:30-17:30
    Wednesday09:30-17:30
    Thursday09:30-17:30
    Friday09:30-17:30
    Saturday09:30-17:30
    SundayClosed

    Where to find us

    4 QUEENS WALK BROAD STREET MALL

    READING

    RG1 7QF

    reading@audio-t.co.uk

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    Directions

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    Parking

    Car parking at Broad St Mall, above the store.

    We'll Pay Your Parking

    With increased pressure to park in and around town these days we hope this will be a small but useful service that will encourage you to visit us. If you come into the store and buy something we will reimburse your parking fees. To claim your refund you MUST ask the salesperson before you make payment and we will credit against your purchase.

    Brands stocked at our Reading store