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Transparent Reference Cables Now On Demo!

Hi All, As we continue to up the specification of our main system in our so called 'Highend Room' I am really pleased to now have a full loom of Transparent Reference Cables here in preparation of the last 2 pieces of the jigsaw to arrive, I think it is fair to say that when it comes to High-end Cables Transparent rule the roost so it really is great to be able to now have a full set on permanent demo, this little lot comes to around £50k which is Transparents Mid level, you can spend much

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We’re Back Open Again and Couldn’t be Happier!

Hi Everyone, Firstly it goes without saying that I hope everyone has stayed fit well over the last few months and also you have stayed mentally sane as these have certainly been times like no other we have been going through with a variety of different challenges but it does appear that the worst is now behind us, well let’s certainly hope so and like most of the country’s ‘Non Essential’ shops (although I would argue we are pretty essential for a lot of our customers) we will be reopening

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Chord Electronics Ultima Pre 2 Reference Now On Demo!

Hi All, So I’ve been meaning to partner our demo Chord Electronics mighty Ultima 2 Mono Power Amps with some Wilson’s for a while but I knew we would have our new demo Ultima 2 Preamplifier here soon so wanted to wait till then so we could do a full Chord setup and last week we received our Ultima 2 pre so it was game on, now we normally run the Ultima 2 amplifiers on our PMC Fenestria’s and I can honestly say I have never heard them sound better so I was really keen to give a full Chord se

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Wilson Audio Alexia 2 Speakers now on Permanent Demo, They're So Good :-)

Hi Everyone, So next in our post Lockdown new demo kit announcements is rather special, what with the Munich Highend Show cancelled this year we thought we would up our reference system to bring a slice of Munich to Millow so starting with the speakers we now have the awesome Wilson Audio Alexia 2's on permanent demo, these are the next one up in the range from the brilliant Sasha DAW's which are a really popular speaker for us but the Alexia really takes it to the next level with a more op

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Resistance is Utile

I've been running through all of the wiring on a 1990 Esprit SE,  and found a secondary injector resistor (part A082M6442F) with familial resemblance to a depleted kipper tin, soldering iron scorch marks aside. I wonder what the original story was? I think this accounts for  stumbling in upper RPMs. It looks like there was an effort to reattach one of the resistor leads, but it's all been left open, and the resistor's ceramic case has crumbled. A kind correspondent on the TurboEsprit mailin

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Accuphase Joins HFL's Portfolio, Now on Permanent Demo!

Hi All, So the next news we have in readiness for the lifting of retail Lockdown is that we are really proud to add Accuphase to our portfolio of brands and products, for those you don't know Accuphase is considered Japan's High end HiFi offering to the world. I must admit that when I was first shown one of the integrated amps by my rep a few months ago I was tottally smitten by the looks even before it had made a single note , I mean what is not to love about the VU Meters and their v

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Fyne Audio F1-8 Speakers Now on Permanent Demo!

Hi Everyone, So with the end of retail lockdown now in sight I wanted to do a few blogs of a fair bit of new demo stock that arrived just before lockdown, it seemed weird announcing loads of new demo stock when we couldn't do any demos but all being well we'll be back open on June 15th so hopefully it will be all systems go again soon. Anway due to how much I love the Fyne Audio F1-5's I just couldn't resist ordering the F1-8's for demo which arrived a week before lockdown but that was

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New Speakers For Home, PMC BB5 SE’s, Uncompromisingly Big and Beautiful!

Hi All, So this all goes back well over a decade ago, long before HFL was even a glint in our eyes, when myself and Wendy attended an PMC Open Day at Unilet where the PMC BB5’s where being showcased and I remember it clearly when Wendy looked at me and said ‘We’ve got to get a pair of those’ unfortunately at the time we couldn’t fit them in our living room so we ‘settled’ for the MB2i’s which as I’ve said before inadvertently led to the opening of HFL as I became totally addicted to them an

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HiFi Lounge Back on the Race Track in our Radical, Well Virtually!

HiFi Lounge Back on the Race Track in our Radical, Well Virtually! Hi All, Hope everyone is continuing to stay safe and well, for me one of the big casualties of this whole mess has been all world motorsport being cancelled for the time being but what has been a real surprise is how well motorsports has adapted to the virtual world and how entertaining it is, Formula One, IndyCar and Nascar amongst others have taken to a piece of Sim Software called iRacing and I have to sa

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Top 12 Albums That Influenced My Taste In Music - DAY 12!

Hi all, So I have been challenged by one of my friends on Facebook to list 10 vinyl albums that greatly influenced my music taste over the years, funnily enough I said to Wendy around a year ago that something similar would make a great blog so I guess with the world in lockdown there is no better time to put my thinking cap on and create a list of albums that helped form my love of music. I have given this a fair bit of thought over the last few days and I have got it down to 12 album

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New Home Trial Offers during Lockdown From IsoAcostics and Benchmark

Hi All, Hope everyone is staying safe and sane in this new world we are living in at the moment, here are a couple of new offers from IsoAcoustics and Benchmark that we are participating in so if either is of any interest just let me know, I have to say that the home demo schemes we have been running have proved very popular but here's hoping normality returns soon as I can't wait to open our doors again to everyone. IsoAcoustics I have to say that the IsoAcoustics Gaia Speaker is

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Back Together Again!

Hi All, I put a post up on the forum around 6 years ago looking for my 1st ever Lotus, an Elan M100 that I ordered in 1989 and took delivery of in 1990, I worked my nuts off to afford her back then, I'll never forget seeing the cover picture on Autocar launching the M100, It is still my favourite Lotus, it really surprises me how it is so unloved by so many, for me it is still a beautiful car. Anyway a couple of weeks ago I got a random phone call at work by someone telling me that my

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Home System Spring Clean + Arcam AV40 + PA720 Install!

Hi All, I hope everyone is keeping well, normally at this time of year I would be spending most Sunday's at a race track or at a car show somewhere but obviously that is not possible at the moment so last Sunday I used the time wisely to pull out my home system, give it a spring clean and a few hours later, and a hell of a lot of cables, it was all back together and I also used the opportunity to install the new Arcam AV40 Processor with the also new 7 Channel Glass G PA720 power amp and to

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Home Trial Offers From Melco, CAD and Quadraspire During Lockdown!

Hi Everyone, Firstly I want to say that I hope everyone is OK and staying safe as needless to say since our last blog things have got much worse and all that really matters at a time like this is that we all stay fit and healthy and look forward to a time where we can travel about freely again, makes you stop and think how we take for granted just moving around at our own will. I also want to thank everyone who has been in touch with calls and e-mails of support and genuine concern tha

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HFL Virus Update!

Hi All, Hope everyone is continuing to stay fit and healthy in these crazy times, I just wanted to send out a really quick update since our last newsletter as obviously now we are in lockdown things have changed a little. Firstly obviously we are now closed for any customer visits and demo’s but I am still coming in to work at the moment, basically here on my own so I can’t see any harm it that really, actually want to use the time to do all the jobs that I never have time for. Ho

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HiFi Lounge Coronavirus Update, 6 Point Plan To Keep HiFi Rocking!

Hi All, So this is probably the hardest blog I have had to write over the last 8 years as I am pretty speechless, rare for me I know, for what the world is going through right now, I know you have probably received many of these types of emails over the last few days so sorry for yet another clogging up your mailbox but I just wanted to send out a message of well wishes and our plan to hopefully get through this. Firstly I sincerely hope that everyone is OK and is keeping well, obvious

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Mark Levinson Now At HFL!

Hi Everyone, I have heard it said many times that Mark Levinson started Highend Hifi as we know it today, to be 100% honest I had never really sat down and listened to it but towards the end of last year I was approached by the distributor to give it a try so I thought why not, a few hours later I had signed on the dotted line to become a Mark Levinson dealer, I really didn't know what to expect but the sound quality is right up my street, neutral, clean, dynamic, just basically very honest

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PMC Launch the New Twenty5i Series of Speakers!

Hi All, It's always big news when PMC launch new speakers but I would imagine that following up the brilliant Twenty5 range must have been one of their toughest jobs yet but talking to PMC they are really confident that they have taken the Twenty5 range to another level with the new Twenty5i Series of speakers so can't wait to find out for myself shortly when our demo stock arrives. I must admit I feel a little nostalgic as it was the original i Series from over 12 years ago that origi

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Audeze LCD-4z and LCD-1 Now on Demo!

Hi All, It has been a while since we have done a headphone blog, to be honest I have been re-assessing our headphone side of things and have decided to refine what we offer so we now focus on a few main brands, basically the brands everyone wants to listen to, so we have had a bit of a clear out but we still have over 40 pairs of headphones on demo so we should still have something for everyone. We have also decided to take down the dedicated headphone website, mainly as it is hard enough t

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PMC Launch New Ci Series Range, Perfect for Home Cinema and Discreet 2 Channel System!

Hi all, So PMC announced their new Ci range of speakers towards the end of last year but last week they completed the range by adding 4 new models, taking the range to 6 models, and I have to say they look awesome and I am sure they will sound equally as impressive. The Wafers have always been very popular but have been around a long time now so this new range is most welcome and is bound to be equally popular if not more so, I use Wafer 2’s at home for rears and in the shop so I am ho

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New Ultima Products From Chord Electronics + 2go and 2yu Announced!

Hi all, So what with the Bristol HiFi show just a few days away Chord Electronics have unleashed 5 new products at both ends of their product ranges, 2 new Stereo power amps in their Ultima Range and a new Ultima 2 Pre-amp + 2 really interesting new products called 2go and 2yu, 2go bolts onto Hugo 2 to make it a dedicated streaming / player unit and 2yu is a really interesting product as it turns 2go into its own Dac'less streamer / player which can be connected to any DAC + can be used wit

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Constellation Revelation Taurus Stereo Power Amplifier Now On Demo!

Hi Everyone, Another very big toy landed earlier this week, since taking on Constellation around a year ago I have been extremely impressed, most definitely my kind of sound, for me they give the perfect blend of warmth, insight, separation, control and dynamics. We started with Constellations entry level, said in the loosest term, of the Inspiration range which sounds gorgeous but it got me thinking what the next level up would be like, in all honesty I struggle to think that it can be any

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Taiko Audio SGM Extreme Music Server Coming Soon to HFL, Digital Without Compromise!

Hi All, So to be 100% honest when I was approached recently to consider the Taiko Audio SGM Extreme music server I politely agreed to have a listen as always happy to try anything new but I had no intention of bringing it on for demo as I love the Melco servers we offer and as the SGM Extreme is priced at £25,000 I really questioned who would pay this for a server when Melco do such a brilliant job, I mean really how much better can it really be? well I'm guessing you know what happened nex

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