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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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Chord Electronics Ultima 2 Reference Mono Amplifiers Now On Demo!

Hi All, I have to say we are going through an embarrassment of riches at HiFi Lounge at the moment as 2020 has started with some awesome new kit on demo and there is still plenty more to come but I have to say having the new Chord Ultima 2 amplifiers on permanent demo is very special indeed as we are the only place to have them on demo in the UK at the moment, a real statement piece, but first I should apologize to Chord for using a rivals DAC with their amps at the moment, ideally I'd be u

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Fyne Audio F1-5 Speakers Now on Demo, Small and Incredible!

Hi All, I think I have a speaker problem as I have just bought another new pair for demo, basically I was adding the new Fyne Audio F1 speakers to our website as there are now 4 in the range and I just couldn't help but order a pair of the new F1-5's, basically because they looked so awesome and seemed ridiculous value at £2999 and I have to say now we have them here I can't actually believe how good they sound, they really are quite incredible, I wish I could share the sound quality throug

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HFL Motorsport Season 3 Starts This Saturday!

HFL Motorsport Season 3 Starts This Saturday! Hi Everyone, So here we go again, I get asked a lot what my plans are for this year regarding motorsport, well things kick of this Saturday morning as I have signed up for a 10 race season’s racing in the Senna Cup at Rye House in the Go Karts that we used for our Boys Toys Day last year as I really enjoyed that and it whetted my appetite for more Karting, the funny thing was that my best session in the the Radical last year was the first p

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Arcam SA30 2 Channel Integrated Amplifier with Dirac now on Demo!

Hi All, Just wanted to let everyone know that we now have the new Arcam SA30 integrated amplifier on permanent demo, this has got to be the best value fully loaded amplifier on the market today at £1999 but for me the killer feature is that it includes Dirac room correction in a 2 channel amplifier, as soon as I heard how big of an improvement Dirac made to music through the Arcam receivers a few years ago I knew it was only a matter of time before it was introduced into Arcam's 2 channel a

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New Audio Research Reference 6SE Preamp + 160S Power Amp Now on Demo!

Hi Everyone, So I guess I've had worse days at work as I have just unboxed and setup the brand new Audio Research Reference 6SE Preamplifier and Reference 160S Stereo Power Amplifier and it is certainly sounding pretty sweet straight out of the box. For me the Reference 6 is one of the best Pre's in the world so that fact Audio Research have improved upon it with the new SE couldn't have been easy but I am certainly looking forward to hearing where the improvements are. As for the

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