Attention to Detail - Listening to Acquiring
A brilliant experience purchasing the new R10 Planar / Apheta 3 from Markus at an attractive price by Rab! Equally Nick the charmer with The Grail by van den Hul - ecstatic
Very reputable, old, respected HiFi store - Fanatics Welcome!
I have been to Carlton Audio Visual (CAV) many times over the last 20 years and bought some of my equipments there and had great many discussions with the staffs over the years on streamers, amps, DACs, players, loudspeakers, subwoofers and cables.
While old, it is by no means old-fashioned. On the contrary, it has a really great variety of stock on the floor, from vinyl to streamers, from two channels stereo to cinema system. Its breath of brands is so impressive, few can beat it! I venture to say all audiophile in Melbourne know and have s...et foot in this shop and spoken to Rab the owner at least once. What a great guy! One of the biggest challenges of this store is the amount of equipment it carries given real estate is scarce on Lygon Street, on the fringe of the CBD where it is located, despite it has not one but several nearby locations. In fact, its website claims, "our premises extend over five buildings on Lygon, Pelham, and Drummond Streets. To make an initial personal contact come to the original premises of 164 Lygon St (next to Vodka Temple) which is our "meet and greet" area." When you walk into 164 Lygon St, you are bombarded with huge array of equipments and it does feel somewhat cramped. Staffs are keen audiophiles and boast a wealth of knowledge. If you are passionate about equipment, you would find a friend there who could talk at length and put on your fav tune for audition. But given its popular location, customers do compete somewhat for attention. Thankfully, Carlton Audio Visual is one of the very few audiophile shops that opens on Sunday and until 6pm on Sunday! They pretty much had to escort me out last time I was there. Website published prices are not always the best you can find. But I have good experiences arriving at reasonable prices after a polite chat with keen interest. I definitely recommend this shop. CAV's pricing is competitive, don't get me wrong. But with audio, cheapest price is not everything. There are so many factors that contribute to the final result including such as best suited speaker, subwoofer for the room, matching between components, cables, sound treatment, source, etc. Good advice is an absolute must and you can get plenty at CAV.
Great Speakers,great service.
I found the staff to be friendly and helpful,making sure that l was satisfied.
They even delivered my speakers to my house free of charge.Cannot speak more highly about Carlton Audio.Thanks guys.
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Over Priced & Very Angry at the Honest, Hard-working Shopper.
Today I began my journey, in finding the best price for the Denon AV Receiver, Model X8500H. I have been looking at it continually over the past 12 months, after it was announced by Denon in January 2018. It has 13 channels and is future-proofed, with the ability to upgrade the electronics for future 8K TVs.
This review is about my experience via a telephone conversation with Carlton Audio Visual, 164 Lygon Street, Carlton, Ph: 1300 668 398:
I called several shops in Melbourne, Sydney and in Perth.
This unit has a RRP of $5,999.00.
Very Dodgy Business
I am seriously upset! I bought an Actimate Mini ipod dock as a gift for my partner as it had great reviews. I paid over $500. It worked briefly and then the sound quality deteriorated enormously and sometimes it would not work at all. I returned it and had a part replaced under warranty. It worked briefly and an I returned it for service again. The company claimed that we had damaged the connection where the device docked by not using the adaptor that was supposedly supplied with it. The quoted something like $250 for repair. I was loathe to pa...y this. When I went to pick up the dock, I was served by another staff member who tested it and found that it would also not work if he plugged a cd player into the back, bypassing the docking site. Therefore the fault had nothing to do with the docking site. I left the Acitmate Mini there and asked them to get the other staff member who i had been dealing with to call me. I was NEVER able to talk to him. He just kept leaving messages to ask me to pick it up. Subsequently I have found the instruction book that came with the Actimate Mini and there was no adapter provided with it. This place is seriously dodgy. It caused me great embarrassment since Actimate Mini was a gift. It also caused me a lot of hassle running back and forth and the issue was never resolved; I am still out of pocket for over $500.
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