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Nothing compares to listening to your favorite music on a high quality sound system.

For 26 years, Nuts About Hi-Fi has provided music lovers with the finest home audio and theater systems available. Please visit our locally owned showroom and discover what is possible when art, passion and technology come together.
You will feel as if you are hearing your recordings for the very first time.

We offer some of the best audio-video equipment in the world, and provide a variety of services, from design, demonstration, installation, system integration and also restoration and repair of quality components you may already own. Please visit our services page for more details.

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A Loudspeaker for Every Budget

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As a dealer for high-end audio/video, our job is to provide our customer with what we think are the best products that we can find. We often get asked the question “Why do you only carry one line of loudspeakers?” Well, when you have heard as many loudspeakers as we have the pleasure (sometimes not so pleasurable) of listening to over the last 30 or so years, you get the opportunity to be a bit particular in your listening. We have expectations for what a loudspeaker should do and not do, and at price points that will fit our customer base.

We have in our showroom just such a loudspeaker…Focal. We think (and many experts agree) that the Focal Grande Utopia is the finest loudspeaker on the planet. It’s also one of the most expensive. But Focal also makes products such as the Chorus 705, which is a bookshelf speaker that retails for $550 and has no equal in that price based on performance, looks and build quality. There are loudspeakers from Focal that will fit every budget, and every taste from classical to metal.

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Streaming quality audio

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If it weren’t for the rocks in its bed, the stream would have no song.
~ Carl Perkins

If you have not heard, we turned 25 this year. That is a major milestone in the Hi-Fi world. We have seen a lot of things change in the Audio/Video business. One of the biggest changes is of course streaming and downloading music and movies. It has changed the way many of us listen and view our audio and video content.

The one thing that hasn’t changed is we still like our content to be of high quality. And luckily that is possible with devices like Sooloos from Meridian, and Marantz, who put things like Pandora and Spotify into their new line of receivers.

We have seen a large number of our customers that want to take advantage of these great streaming options, but they do not want to sacrifice quality over convenience.

Quality, that’s a large part of what we do here at Nuts About Hi-Fi. We try to carry what we think are the finest in audio and video components. But we also try to carry value in our products too. What good is it to carry a $160,000 pair of speakers if only a few can enjoy them? The great part is that a company like Focal loudspeakers uses the same technology in their magnificent Grand Utopias as well as their more modestly priced Chorus 706.

Build, design, fit, finish and above all uncompromised sound is paramount in our industry. Without those things you are not providing your customer with a product that you would own in your own home.

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Pakedge – for a reliable network

PakedgeWe are excited to announce the addition of an Amazing company to our line of products: PAKEDGE

Nothing is more frustrating than to try and relax and view a movie or listen to your favorite music only to find there is a glitch in your network that has to be trouble shot. Almost all consumer grade network equipment falls way short in performance as they are designed to meet mass market price points. This results in the use of low grade chipsets and limited features. While these inexpensive products can sometimes work, they are ill-prepared to support the ever growing demands of A/V traffic requirements such as cloud based technologies and emerging  4K A/V streaming.

Pakedge is the innovator in robust reliable technology and easily solves all these issues.

So far we have installed several of these systems for our clients and they as well as our installers are amazed with how intuitive they are to set up and how strong the signal strength is.

Commercial grade network products may not to be the most romantic thing you will ever buy but then again neither is a hot water tank. And we all know how fun it is to take a cold shower.

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A set of headphones for every set of ears

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Headphones – the thought of them brings to mind so many different varieties. In-ear, on-ear, over-ear, open-back, closed-back, planar drivers and electrostatics. The list is long and I don’t have the space to go through all the different types.

We recently brought in a new line of headphones from or long time speaker manufacturer Focal, in addition to our Grado line. Each has its own distinct design and also its own very different sound characteristics. Neither is better or worse, just different.

Now what is different is each of our customers, some like an on-ear, some like in-ear. Others like a more open sound, some like a bass heavy sound, that is where each headphone becomes tied to an individual, and the listener to each style of headphone.

I have 4 pairs of headphones myself, and which I use depends on what I am listening to and what the source is. If I am listening to my 2-channel system at home, I like my on-ear, closed-back headphone. If I am out for a walk with the dog, I like an in-ear design that works well with my portable device. I also have moments where I just want to pop on a pair of headphones and listen on my computer. At those times I like a more open design where I can hear what is going on around me, and so can everyone else. That too is a by-product of an open design. Others can hear what you are playing, and that can be a bit annoying if you are on a plane, or riding the ferry to work. Your traveling neighbor gets to hear everything that you hear, but we will leave that discussion for another time.

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Marantz – Because Music Matters

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We are excited to announce our rekindled relationship with our old friends at Marantz. We are now Kitsap County’s exclusive Marantz Dealer.

Last year Marantz decided to invest over 25 million dollars in research alone
towards developing this new generation of innovative products.

We have already auditioned their new A/V receivers. Erich was so impressed, he was the first to  purchase their new SR 7008 for his home theater. And as far as their reference stereo products are concerned, we are also happy to report that Marantz  has more than hit the mark on feature sets and most importantly, sonic performance.

Here at Nuts About Hi-Fi we all believe in Marantz’s company motto… “Because Music Matters.”

Come in and audition the new Marantz line for yourself.

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