about tune hi-fi
tune hi-fi is all about the tune
Which is to say the musical fundamentals. And our byline is “Hi-Fi for Humans”. Which is where you come in and say, “I love music”. Then we make you really happy. Be bring together the best electronics to create a stereo that meets your design aesthetic and is easy to use and blows your musical mind with every play.
established in 2004
Tune is in its twelfth year of selling, delivering and installing music systems to people who love and care about their music. I am grateful for them as their business allows me to continue to offer our products and services to you today and hopefully well into the future. Visit us. Find your musical bliss.
nuts and bolts:
Come visit Tune with some music and we will begin a conversation with you about your relationship with music. We can either talk your ear off with what we call Hi-Fi 101 or we can just set you in front of a music system so you can hear for yourself what we are on about. That would be music. We have a great but focused selection of turntables, DACs, amplifiers, speakers, headphones, etc to get you in touch with your music. Love your music.
Tune really began 18 years ago when I was helping my girlfriend, now wife, purchase her first real stereo. After discovering Naim Audio, our finest brand from England, I had a paradigm shift that involved asking musical questions of my stereo system rather than the merely sonic questions I had asked before, even though I was musician at the time. After 5 years working at the shop we got her system from, I decided to open Tune to bring Naim Audio and other brilliantly musical equipment to downtown Seattle and present it the way I think best suits the product. Tune opened in the fall of 2004 and has remained true to our vision while slowly growing through the last several years of a roller coaster economy. We are still here because people want genuine musicality and a personalized and enjoyable shopping experience. Come be a part of our history.
This place rocks. I have been trying to find somewhere like this to try out some premium gear, but never got the opportunity before moving to Seattle. Peter/Connon set me up with a little station to listen, explained some of the tech, starting from Grado headphones and up to high-end Audeze. I’ve got a good idea what kind of price range I’m shooting for now and will not forget the experience.
Tune is probably the coolest shop in downtown Seattle. Cool because it is entirely laid back. I was encouraged to sit down and enjoy my coffee while music played. And the best thing is that the owner will bring an array of gear to your house and help you get the best sound for your space. It was a little strange at first–Connon seemed to be fussing over small things—and once the music played in my living room it all made sense. I’ve never regretted a dime spent in all my time spent with the guys at Tune. Plus, great records to demo stuff on!!!
I was introduced to the store 4 years ago when my dad bought me a starter turntable and speakers from Tune. My dad raved about the shop and recommended I go in and talk to the owner. Over the next four years, Connon and his staff were very patient in answering my questions and providing advice as I made small upgrades to my system. Even though the store sells some very high-end systems, they also sell quality products for customers like me on a budget. I’ve now bought over six products from Tune and have never felt like I was up-sold; if I’ve paid more, it has sounded night-and-day better. They’ve also let me trade in past purchases to upgrade.
If you’re curious about what you’ve been missing in recorded music, Connon, Frank, and Bill can guide you through the sometimes overwhelming world of hi-fi. I’d recommend visiting on a Wednesday or a Thursday when they are less busy to get some individualized attention, or calling ahead so they can set up some gear for you to listen to.
Special thanks to Frank for helping me with my biggest purchase yet; I could not be happier with my Rega Planar 6 turntable!
Connon at Tune is super-knowledgeable and very low-key in his sales approach. Tune will bring gear that your are interested in over to your own space for an audition. I felt a bit sad that I couldn’t keep everything that was brought over, but I did get a pretty amazing Naim Uniti 2 that is allowing me to rediscover my music collection.
Tune only carries quality products, so the prices may be more than what you encounter at Best Buy, but the price reflects solid engineering, customer support and the knowledge that you are going to be getting something that brings your music to life.
Tune HiFi is a fantastic store and I mean that in all respects… great gear which is super important, and great people who are knowledgeable and care about music and the experience one can create with the way they listen to music in their home. I found every aspect of dealing with Connon and the folks at Tune to be first rate. Not only did I buy a few pieces of new stereo equipment there I cherished the times I went to the store to listen to things I was thinking of buying. If you want to upgrade your home listening experience - whatever level it is now (!) - and you want to have a great time doing it without any of the pushiness or being talked down to that you can experience in some stereo shops definitely seek out Tune HiFi. You won’t regret it.
These guys are great. They aren’t pushy, they won’t try to upsell you… they really don’t want you to buy stuff you don’t want or need. …They really do provide “Nordstrom” service without the service charge. There is every reason to shop here, and no reason at all NOT to shop here.
I walked in the store not really knowing exactly what I wanted. The salesman was extremely helpful. He sat down with me and tried four different pairs. I was there for a couple hours. This dude knows EVERYTHING there is to know about sound equipment. Ended up settling on a pair that I was really excited about. The one concern I had was that I could have found the speakers for cheaper on the internet. When I came home and looked them up, I was pleasantly surprised to find them listed for the same price on Amazon. Not only was the salesman extremely helpful, but honest and competitive with his prices.
Most Yelp reviews are about places that feed our souls by feeding our bodies but here’s one about music which is at least as direct a source of nourishment.
Many people are rightfully intimidated by “Hi-Fi” shops filled with expensive boxes, bewildering technical jargon and snobbery. Tune is SO not like that. Tune is all about music and it is the best place in Seattle to learn about and obtain what you need to reproduce music in a more meaningful way, a way that reaches into you. No matter what music you enjoy or how you listen to it now, I strongly encourage you to treat yourself to a visit to Tune. Take some time, take some of your OWN favorite music and go sit down and feel it.
“You are the music while the music lasts.”
- T.S. Eliot