Introduction


When listening to customers, hi-fi salesmen tend to be tin-eared – but Item Audio isn’t just about flogging boxes with margins: we cater to audiophiles and professionals on an equal opportunity basis – in homes and studios, headphone rigs and lounges, man-caves and all theatres great and small – wherever mono, stereo, live or multichannel sound is required.

We recommended and source equipment from hundreds of makers, not just the portfolio we’re contracted to promote. And if it doesn’t exist we make it – like the world-first, multi-rail linear-powered music servers we built when the web was young.

We’re not in the business of hyping flavour-of-the-month, snake-oil magic bullets for problems than can be cured by a change of perspective. In fact, this website doesn’t even have a cart: we’re partying like it’s 1989. On the upside, the data says you’re 92% less likely to make a hasty, regrettable purchase after talking to us.

If you’re into room measurement and treatment, cutting edge wizardry and timeless classics, active speakers, real bass, clean power, natural digital, vivid analog, pro/am mash-ups, extended in-home audition, and system building in which sense triumphs over expense – we’re all ears.

We trade in six-figure systems and beer money budgets – because for us the listener is the most interesting component of the system. Get in touch via email or call 01242 692455.

Joel Partch

“You and your business truly deserve to go from strength to strength and I wish you the very best for the future. Your customer service and communication are world class and a lot of audio businesses could learn and benefit from your exemplary conduct.”
Frank H. (Australia)

“Thank you very much for your expert time just now. I can well imagine how your day gets confiscated with audiophile chat! Your advise is valuable to me. Thank you.”
Richard S. (Wiltshire)

“I liked your idea about a ceramic case. Thank you for the loan of the Locus Nucleus cable. On your advice I bought 2 [xx] power supplies.”
Scott (Computer Audio Design)

Reviews and Blog:

As one of the proprietors of Item Audio, I get to listen to many exciting audio wares. Our exciting ongoing mission is to explore the perennially fascinating world of computer audio. And sometimes we have exciting episodes interacting with the colourful characters in the audio trade.

I hope that sporadic reports of our panel auditions and experiments with computer hard/software and lid-lifting exposés of the fruity modus operandi in our industry will make edifying reading.

But primarily – beyond our remit to educate and entertain – above the desire to correct (or at least provide accurate basis for) the reputation for charlatanry and sharp practice by which our business is (not unfairly) afflicted – a blog is useful in getting more people to visit the site: Ground Zero in our evil conspiracy to part innocent punters from their income by exploiting their insecurities with a cunning labyrinth of smoke and mirrors constructed of half-truths, lies and sheer marketing (AKA: a shop). Welcome!