P&A Audio, Crosby
Paid my first visit to a real hi-fi shop yesterday, P&A Audio in Crosby. Ostensibly to audition a Pro-ject Headbox S but also to listen to what quality hi-fi sounds like. Was attended to by Alan, who couldn't have been more helpful, attentive and willing to help/assist in any way possible. It did help that his eyes lit up when he saw my choice of music (Eldorado, ELO) and subsequently had no problem getting him to play it on a quality system in their demo room! From memory there was definitely a Rega Elicit involved, a Rega Apollo/Saturn/Planet CD player, Rega DAC, playing through Monitor Audio PL100 connected by what appeared to be cables from Liverpool docks! Alan's conservative estimate was £10k - blew me away and makes me appreciate just what can be achieved. And the Headbox S is a revelation in my own system as well, so all-in-all a good day!
Many thanks to Alan, who also gave me some sound advice on upgrade options (DAC, mains cables etc) - I'll definitely be back!