The final part of this guide will give you some advice about where you might buy a hifi amplifier from, helping you to get the best deals and prices on the top models. There are various options available to you here, and the guide will treat the three main ones in turn. In short, you can either buy a hifi amp from an electronics store, a music shop, or online.
Buying an amp from an electronics store is a relatively decent option. There are a wide range of high street stores that stock decent quality amps for a reasonable price. Stores selling good quality amps include Argos and Curry’s, both of whom offer products right across the price range. Another store you might consider is John Lewis, though its worth knowing that they only sell the Fatman range discussed here. They do offer both the cheaper and more expensive models though, and they have experts in store who can help you make the right choice when it comes to what model to choose.
If you are very serious about your music, or if you are interested in amps for instruments and microphones as well as everyday use, then the best option for you may be to go to a specialist music shop. Many of these are independent shops so the best thing to do is check online and find out where your nearest specialist music store is. The advantage of buying from a store like this is that they will be sure to have many experts in store at all times who can provide you with all the advice you need to choose the amp that suits your own individual needs. The disadvantage of buying from a music store is that they usually charge slightly more than larger electronics conglomerates who can afford to offer deals and discounts on many models. On the flip side, you’ll have the pleasure of knowing that you’re supporting the local and independent music world. There are one or two larger music specialist shops such as Dawsons, who might be worth considering.
There are often great deals and discounts on amplifiers available online. The disadvantage is that you will not be able to see your amp before you get it. This is significant as the appearance of the amp can be very important for some users. You’ll also miss out on the advice of professionals and you wont have an easy place to return your amp to if you and any issues and problems after purchase. On the other hand, you’ll probably find the model can be found cheaper online and as long as you choose a reputable retailer and check the returns policy, you could save money by using this option. If you are going to buy online, make sure you do a significant amount of research first to ensure that you have selected the product that’s right for you.