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History

Established in the late 1960s, our family owned business is based in Edinburgh and Falkirk, but services customers across the UK. 
 

Our Edinburgh branch has the longest history as an audio retailer in the UK. During recent renovations, receipts were found from Nicolson’s Gramophone Saloon dating back to 1926. In the 1950s WG Graham took over the shop and renamed it WG Graham’s Hi-Fi Corner. Upon his retirement, Graham Tiso bought the business and shortened the name to Hi-Fi Corner.  Soon thereafter a young enthusiastic Colin MacKenzie (left), who was recommended by Linn’s own Ivor Tiefenbrun, was employed to manage the shop; with a knack for business and years of experience in the hi-fi industry, Colin would later become the owner of Hi-Fi Corner. Today, Struan MacKenzie carries on the legacy as the company’s Managing Director. 

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Hear The Difference

Book a demonstration at our Edinburgh or Falkirk showrooms.  

Would you choose a quality car without a test drive? If you are familiar with the brand and have great trust in it, you might. However, our listening preferences are unique to the individual and with many of our customers new to the world of high quality sound and vision, we encourage everyone to come in to demonstrate the products they are interested in. You’ll find a relaxing and comfortable environment in both our Edinburgh and Falkirk premises where you can decide for yourself if the kit is right for you. We also offer home demonstrations on selected products.

It's our aim to get the right product for you.

Our experts are on hand to guide you through the differences between speakers, amplifiers and sources and provide simple solutions that suit your needs.

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Services

Our passion for the products we sell and, for our customers’ satisfaction simply means that we happily offer additional services not found on the high-street.

Home Setup - We want to ensure that the equipment you’ve purchased from us is installed correctly and sounds perfect; and we happily provide this service throughout the UK.

Part Exchange – To help you upgrade your system, we offer our part-exchange program. We can offer a set price, or sell your old kit on your behalf.

Turntable Doctor – Our turntable experts have been trained by the manufacturers for initial setup, long-term maintenance, and upgrading your high quality turntables.

Record Cleaning Service – Have some old records that need a bit of love? We offer Scotland’s very own professional record cleaning service with our bespoke Pro-Ject record cleaner.

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Tailored For You

We look forward to customising a system to meet your needs. 

We don’t favour one manufacturer over another – the only thing we do favour is making sure our customers get the right product that suits their needs and listening preferences. We will ask many questions in order to ensure that what you buy from us is tailored to you and you alone. 

If you are looking for a product not found in our demonstration showrooms or our online site, don’t fret as we have access to hundreds of brands.

One of our biggest pleasures of working in this industry is to see the smile on our customers’ faces when they finally hear and see the system of their dreams.    

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Advice

This page offers basic hi-fi advice for beginners.  It is hard to write a page like this as for some, it will be too simple, and appear to talk down to you, for others it may appear too complicated.

We have taken the view to keep this page simple, for more complicated advice we prefer a conversation; always more current!

 


Top Tips- Speakers

Trust your ears. If you like the sound of something don’t be pressurised into thinking it’s bad by hi-fi reviewers or anyone else.  You have to listen to the equipment over the longer term.

Speaker positioning- Think of your speakers as a musical instrument.  You would not place a violin in the corner of a room. Walls and furniture interact with your equipment. Move the speakers carefully until you are not getting sound and ‘boom’, or excess bass, from the walls. Most speakers benefit from a slight toe-in, however with some amplifiers there is the possibility of room correction. In an ideal world, the less you interfere in the signal before or after it reaches the speaker, the better. Mid size speakers should be on proper stands (ideally filled to make them dense). Small bookshelf speakers should be on stands, or at least on isolating feet and definitely NOT on the floor!

Beware of speaker fatigue- ‘Speaker fatigue’ is becoming tired of listening to your speakers after listening for a relatively short period.  It comes about when you have speakers that have peaks in the lower regions (bass) and in the higher frequencies (treble). Less expensive speakers are designed to offer a bit of ‘boom and tinkle’, initially impressive but tiring after a while. So, when choosing speakers, make sure you are not being impressed with a larger-than-life sound that will quickly want you to lose the will to listen.

Run in your speakers- Yes, speakers do sound better once the voice coils driving them have been used for a while.  We often don’t like selling our demonstration models as they have been used and optimised for listening, however if we do ever offer you a pair, take them!

Don’t overload your speakers- Speakers that say they handle 50W can still be damaged by amplifiers that give out 50W!  Speaker specifications are not all detailed, some amplifiers will not be sending out a ‘clean sign-wave’ at all frequencies at maximum output. This is results in a wave form that ends up melting the voice coils that drive your speaker. In other words, turn the volume down when you are leaving the system, changing music, and/or changing inputs. Make sure you are insured for when you children/cleaner/drunk party invitee decides to examine your ‘radiators’ and they find out belatedly that it’s an expensive high-end driver (tweeter). You would be surprised at how many tweeters we replace because of such instances!

Practice Safe Sound- Really good equipment should not need to be played loudly.  A mark of a really great hi-fi is how well it reproduces sound at low volumes. Certain amplifier/speaker combinations are really effective at presenting a realistic sound without distortion or deafening sound. We have been to customers’ houses when the police have arrived, this is something we do not recommend. If you really live in a house with paper-thin walls, then we can get you the £50K Sennheiser headphones; they won’t upset the neighbours- except with envy.

Top Tips- Turntables

Turntables come in all different types. The essence of a turntable is to get the information off the record without imparting any noise or distortion- easier said than done!

Why some turntables are more expensive than others-

Different bearings- Bearings are the part that the spinning part (platter) rests on. They can be of different quality. The better the turntable the more durable and quieter the bearing.  Older turntables that used to be very popular (such as the Pioneer PL12D or Acoustic Research turntables) were budget and may suffer bearing wear. 

Different motors- Better turntables go to greater lengths to avoid noise being transferred from the motor onto the platter (then onto the record and into the pick-up cartridge, arm and into the amplifier where it interferes with the music).

Older turntables such as the Goldring GL75 or Garrard SP25 used a motor that drove a wheel that turned the platter. Noise went straight through to the turntable platter.

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