Signals. Hi-fi for grown ups.

Hi, I’m Alastair Gardner and I started Signals back in 1993.  Engineer, part time DJ and relative youngster Andy Heavens joined the business in 2003, bringing two useful ears and very welcome technical skills – he’s a dab hand with the LP12.  Add in my wife, Rhea, to keep us on our toes, and you have the team.

After all these years being based in my family home, spring 2017 has seen Signals relocate to a place of its own in a gently modified 1992 former Catholic church in Trimley st Mary, Suffolk.

Think of St Cecilia’s House as Craggy Island. I’m Ted with occasional bursts of Father Jack and Andy is Dougal but with brains. It’s tempting to cast my wife Rhea in the role of Mrs Doyle. Tempting, but ill advised 🙂

Despite the small size of the operation, we seem to have developed a good reputation in the admittedly compact world of UK specialist audio retail. We offer a low-key, informed and relaxed alternative to high street shops and have even become hosts of a very respectable more or less annual hi-fi show at Trinity Park.

Our new premises might not sound too homely but, believe me, it really is. We are able to demonstrate music systems at a wide range of price points in three very domestic listening rooms plus one rather larger and (much) taller one. Coffee beans are roasted locally for us by Roastery 112.

We ask that you telephone or email in advance to arrange an appointment. That way we can make an effort to be organised and avoid too many overlaps with other visitors, giving you the best possible service. At the very least, you can establish that we will the here.

We are all on one level, are wheelchair friendly and have a proper car park. Here’s the building Here’s what we’ve done and how it looks now.

We primarily sell and install domestic music systems. Not just ‘nice and clear’ ones but systems that convey some of the drama, passion and spirit that makes music replay so captivating. 

Slightly old-fashioned values such as service, support, product knowledge and empathy are the order of the day. Even counselling on occasions. . . We have a light-hearted approach but do take our customers very seriously. That’s the way we sleep nights. 

We are one of just two dealers in the entire UK to have the Naim Statement S1 pre and power amplifiers on permanent demonstration but, don’t worry, we also cater for far more modest tastes too.

music systems for (modern) grown-ups

If you last looked at buying audio equipment a few years ago, the current crop of systems might surprise you. Without compromising quality, developments in storing music and controlling equipment via iOS or Android devices mean that a very high quality system can be incredibly easy and intuitive to use.

Despite the collection of boxes evident in our room shown here, it need not be at all visually intrusive either. In fact, with the point of control being, say, an iPad, the system can be out of sight.

Home Cinema

We are not a TV shop and our A/V range is quite narrow. We do, however have some very fine products set up in our dedicated cinema room pictured here. It’s best with the lights off!

For projectors, we recommend Sony and have their latest (and stunning) 550 4k unit on demonstration. Fed from a respectable standard Blu-Ray or a 4k player (we use Arcam, Oppo or Primare) via, say, an Arcam AVR850 the picture and audio quality really is full on cinema grade, in fact rather better than a few commercial cinemas I’ve visited.

We have a full set of PMC Twenty5  series speakers for the front, PMC Wafers for side and rear and four Focal Domes on the ceiling for the four Dolby Atmos channels.

We are fully equipped to offer full home installations. On top of that, system automation and control via an iPad is something we have supplied and installed on numerous occasions…

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