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Welcome to Audio T Reading

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, predominantly 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

 

Rishi - Joined Audio T in March 2022
Rishi graduated as an Electronic Engineer in 2002, building an Active Crossover for his final year project. He later moved to forge a 15-year career in Customer Quality Assurance within healthcare. Joining Audio T is a new and exciting venture, and a heartfelt move to follow his long standing passion for music, film and all things hi-fi/audio-visual. It means a lot to Rishi to make friends and make people feel happy, so he couldn’t be more chuffed to be assisting and supporting customers on their musical and cinematic hi-fi adventures.
Favourite Genres: Ambient & Dub Techno, Experimental, IDM, Jazz, Neoclassical, World, etc.
Favourite Artists: Aphex Twin, GoGo Penguin, Ólafur Arnalds, Pantha du Prince, Pole, Shed, etc.
Favourite Movies: Casino Royale, The Italian Job (2003), Coco, Whiplash, Green Book, BTTF, etc.
First System: Marantz CD67 MkII / Cambridge Audio A3i / Mordaunt Short MS20i Pearl
Current System: Pro-Ject X2 / Pro-Ject S2 Ultra / Stack Audio Link II and Vault / Rega Saturn / Chord Qutest / Exposure 3010S2D / ATC SCM11 / Audioquest Cobalt / HiFiMan Sundara

What our customers say

  • Been a pleasure to work with Gareth at Reading Audio T to source a new turntable and phono stage. Excellent service, quickly found kit for me to home-demo and kept me updated once the order was placed. Highly recommended.
    Adam C - 3rd April 2022
  • First time that I have used Audio T, but have been impressed with the level of knowledge and service provided.
    Edmo P - 29th March 2022
  • Excellent Service from Gareth and Rob.
    Rod Kempster - 20th March 2022
  • Found the staff extremely helpful from the initial demonstration to assisting with the set up of the product when delivered. They have also been helpful when contacted by phone. I cannot praise them highly enough, especially Gareth, who saw the whole process of buying these products with professionalism. I would willingly recommend Audio T to anyone interested in obtaining audio equipment
    Bridge A - 20th March 2022
  • Much appreciated all the advice and assistance provided by Gareth in choosing a Rega Brio Amp recently. Clearly much expertise - and patience - offered with enthusiasm.
    Collins A - 12th March 2022
  • From home demonstrations to sales, Gareth (Reading branch) could not be more helpful. He consistently goes above and beyond any ‘normal’ service you might expect, and I have no hesitation in recommending his expertise at Audio T Reading.
    Steve - 25th February 2022
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    Mills D - 6th February 2022
  • Brilliant service from Gareth at Audio-T Reading as ever who guided me to a fantastic pair of new speakers. He was knowledgeable, patient, not an iota of Hi-Fi snobbery when talking through the options, kept me informed of progress and provided great after-care. By far my best buying experience in this area. I highly recommend this shop.
    Bill - 23rd January 2022
  • I think Gareth is probably the most helpful, politest and patient sales person (and I 've met a few) I have ever come across, and a thoroughly decent bloke as well.
    Martin Taylor - 19th January 2022
  • Excellent service. This was the first time ever I bought from AudioT and I have to say that the entire experience was very positive. At no point did I feel rushed or pressured into buying what I was planning to get. The staff were very professional and friendly, very patient with me, as they setup a demonstration for my selected units and let me spend there as much time as I needed to get the feel of the equipment. Overall, I am very satisfied, and I would highly recommend this store to anyone who wants to purchase Hi-Fi items. Thank you!
    Levon - 18th December 2021
  • Excellent Service.
    Fisher J - 4th December 2021
  • We have bought through Audio T before, but not for many years and we wondered if the service would be as good as we remembered it to be. We went to the Reading store.
    DIJB - 9th November 2021
  • Ive been dealing with gareth and ive got to say in the 35 years plus iv
    Maxwell I - 26th September 2021
  • Very helpful and knowledgeable staff. Plenty of time was allowed to make sure that I chose the product that best suits my needs.
    Jack I - 6th September 2021
  • Very helpful staff. Gareth at the Reading branch helped when I had problems setting it up when I first got home.
    Brown N - 9th August 2021
  • Gareth at Audio T made the whole upgrading of my HI FI an enjoyable experience. Very helpful and knowledgeable person.
    Pryor S - 9th August 2021
  • Great service from start to finish. Excellent and informative listening session. Absolutely NO pressure to buy and when I eventually did my speakers were delivered by a staff member who lived close by.
    Bromley I - 4th July 2021
  • Great service at your Reading store. Gareth was extremely helpful. I love my new Naim XS 3 amplifier. I would definitely recommend Audio-T. Thank you.
    Haslam P - 25th June 2021
  • Service as usual was very good
    Graham Baldwin - 12th June 2021
  • Brilliant, friendly and efficient service. Helped me to choose what I wanted, didn’t try to over-sell to me, and even personally delivered my items to me. Many thanks.
    Lee C - 4th June 2021
  • Very helpful service, as ever. Good knowledge of the products.
    Lamb A - 2nd June 2021
  • Vast improvement from previous dealings, delivered a pair of discounted (value under £500) speakers. Very courteous. Which hasn’t been my past experience when I last bought 5k worth of Naim equipment, I felt I was buying frozen peas from Iceland.
    Whiting K - 20th May 2021
  • Very professional friendly service thank you!!!!
    Rowntree H - 10th May 2021
  • Excellent service from Gareth at Reading. Helped with exploring different options and combinations. Extremely happy with the service and formed good friendship through the process.
    Moudgil R - 30th April 2021
  • Helpful & polite staff . Very good service . Would definitely recommend
    Burgess C - 10th April 2021
  • Fantastic service. Really can’t stress that enough. Gareth at Reading was amazing to deal with, answered all my questions and gave me the confidence that I was making a purchase that was righ,t for,me.,Jus,t bri,lli,ant,.
    Pete - 8th April 2021
  • Although the order I placed took a couple of months to fulfil the professionalism and support of the staff was exemplary. I felt Gareth went further than required to ensure my expectations were met even delivering the items to me himself.
    Ballard P - 20th March 2021
  • So during a lockdown might not be the best time to select new hi-fi equipment! But over the course of a week in January, Gareth at Audio-T Reading spent over an hour on the phone with me, discussing the turntable, amp and speakers I was considering. I'm a bit of a newbie, but had done a fair amount of research in advance, and thought I knew what I wanted! But thanks to Gareth's patience and knowledge, I ended up upgrading my turntable choice and going with a different amplifier. I'm really happy with the resulting set up, I've had it 7 weeks now and it sounds great. And I am very grateful for the invaluable input and support I got from Gareth in making my decisions. And all at a good price too! Thanks
    Jon Pickard - 12th March 2021
  • Brilliant shop really helpful staff and really nice, will definitely buy audio products off them again in the near future, really happy with the service buying and collecting the record player and phone stage was easy and stress free, they have a very good vast knowledge of audio equipment and give great suggestions on all Audio equipment, very happy with the service, staff, record player and phono stage.
    RICKARD M - 11th March 2021
  • I dealt with Gareth in the Reading store. He was obviously very knowledgeable but offered expertise at an appropriate level for me as I’m certainly no expert myself! I felt happy to trust his advice and so glad I did- I’m delighted with my purchase. The level of customer service was exemplary, I was kept informed at every stage of the ordering process and delivery was prompt. I can thoroughly recommend Audio T.
    Andrews A - 28th January 2021
  • Service OK under difficulties.,
    Milford J - 25th January 2021
  • The service i received from Gareth at Audio-T (Reading) was absolutely first class.
    Metherell N - 19th January 2021
  • Excellent service from Audio T as always!! Available for collect on time!
    Hopkins N - 18th January 2021
  • Audio T Reading were Ace. ,
    Chris H - 18th January 2021
  • Thoughtful, friendly, helpful and going the extra mile to resolve and then achieve better delivery schedules than manufacturers intially indicated..
    Giles B - 18th January 2021
  • Gareth at the Reading branch was an absolute pleasure to deal with. During the second lockdown all dealings were by telephone and he could not have been more personable, knowledgeable and efficient. He was courteous and did exactly what he said he would do bang on time. Highly recommended.
    Gregory P - 15th January 2021
  • Gareth in Reading branch gave us the best service ever...so helpful, even with things being different with Covid restrictions ...( prior to lockdown )..he gave us so much time and assistance..going beyond just providing us with what we needed. Highly recommend audio T..
    Johnson S - 15th January 2021
  • Unbelievable service. Helpful and reliable advice. Thank you.
    Mo - 15th January 2021
  • Gareth & the team have been really fantastic with their advice and service when providing a new music server. With a few tweaks to cabling and the servicing of the turntable, this has made for a great new sound.
    LAMB A - 14th January 2021
  • Great service.Friendly and knowledgable owners.
    Sinnott B - 14th January 2021
  • First class service. Very helpful. Will buy from again .
    Tonysmtb - 15th October 2020
  • 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
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    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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    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.