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post #1 of 23
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I just get into these headphone things, wondering where is the good place to try and buy headphones for beginner in London????
post #2 of 23
On Tottenham Court Rd there is a shop called Shahsonic that stocks Grados and Audio Technica phones. They have the higher end models. They don't have an obvious listening area but they would probably let you try them out.
post #3 of 23
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Originally Posted by redrich2000 View Post
On Tottenham Court Rd there is a shop called Shahsonic that stocks Grados and Audio Technica phones. They have the higher end models. They don't have an obvious listening area but they would probably let you try them out.
Thanks~~
Are there many hi-fi shops on tottemham court rd to look at????
post #4 of 23
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Are there many hi-fi shops on tottemham court rd to look at????
Plenty, but most sell mid-fi or lower gear only.
post #5 of 23
Tottenham Court Road has really gone downhill these days. There are only a couple of shops that won't rip you off and will still be willing to do a deal. One shop I went into said they didn't stock Ultimate Ears because they weren't better than Sony or Senheiser and were just made to be fashionable. Yes dual or triple drivers are there for just style.

Apple Store doesn't have a huge selection but they will let you change your mind and return within 14 days even on earphones. They carry Bose, the Shure SE range, the Vmoda, JVC and Senheiser.

John Lewis on Oxford Street sell VModa (in blue and duo), Denon and Shure in addition to the usual suspects.

Micro Anvika is the only one that sells UE but at full retail cost with no returns policy for earphones.
post #6 of 23
There is a DJ SHOP on a little alleyway next to sainsburys
They are good. But a bit dear.
post #7 of 23
If I remember correctly, between Tottenham Court Road and Leicester square, down Charing Cross Road there are a couple of music equipment shops that sell some half decent Beyers, Sennheisers etc. It was maybe two years ago that I went to that part of London.
post #8 of 23
It says a lot about the decline of traditional hi-fi retailing that there are no recommendations at all for a decent hi-fi store with a listening area for headphones in a city the size of London!

I live close to Liverpool, a decent sized city in it's own right (albeit a fraction of the size of London) , and the city centre has no shops at all where you can listen to headphones prior to purchase.


Simon
post #9 of 23
The DJ shop in the alley is Westend DJ. It's a great shop but only do Shure SE in-ear phones and everything else over the ear. If that's fine for you then I can recommend them.

I tried the music shops on Charing Cross Road but again found very little earphone stock.

Does anyone know if ay do a fair price on Shure black olives? I only want one or two pairs.
post #10 of 23
Unilet in New malden (nearly London) has a very wide range including Grado GS1000, Sennhessier HD650 and Stax 4040.

They will also get stuff in, arranging an Omega demo for me this week.

They have lots of lower end stuff as well.
post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 
thanks guys~~
Just went to tottenham court road this afternoon
Didn't find anywhere i can try the phones...
Does any one arrange meeting in London??
I would like to come and learn more
post #12 of 23
Westend DJ allowed me to test headphones with my IRIVER and my Penguin Amp. But their headphones are on the expensive side.
post #13 of 23
Any places there where you can try out the lower end Grados, specifically the SR60 and SR80?

Much appreciated.
post #14 of 23
There is a small audio/video shop at the entrance to the Harlequin center in Watford....a nice array of headphones from Audio Technica, Beyerdynamic and Grado. Also in the shops just outside the Harlequin there is a hi-fi shop (primarily for hi-fi speakers/amps) which stocks Sennheiser, Goldring, Bose and Shure. Cannot remember the names though as I just passed them a couple of times on my recent trip
post #15 of 23
Sorry I didn't make it clear, I was thinking more Central London.

Advice heeded however!
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