So here we go again with another season or racing, for the last 4 years I have raced in mostly 20 minute sprint races with the odd longer 45 minute race in both the Radical SR1 Cup and Lotus Elise Trophy and it has always been the longer races I have enjoyed the most and have been the most competitive at so for this year we thought we'd try something different, endurance racing in the Elise in the 750 Motor Club 'Club Enduro' championship, which it turn out is the biggest grid
This is just a quickie to mention a promotion that Meze Headphones have just announced, basically trade in your old headphones for a saving on either the Liric, Empyrean or Elite headphones, we have the full range of Meze headphones on demo so please feel free to come in for a listen.
Promotion ends 24 June 2022.
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So needless to say at around £75,000 the Vivaldi One Apex isn't for everyone but price aside this really is quite possibly the ultimate one box HiFi piece of equipment that ever existed and one of the finest pieces of HiFi full stop, the original was launched in 2017 to mark dCS 30th Anniversary, there were 250 of these and they sold out very quickly, since then dCS have recently released their new Apex DAC technology so to mark this they have decided to put the Vivaldi One back int
So this is a little different, I've always said that HiFi Rose are a brand to keep an eye on, they have already given us 2 excellent streamers and an all in one player but now they have unleashed an integrated amplifier on the world and it really is like nothing I have seen before, needless to say I ordered one for demo straight away, I'm a sucker for something different and this really does look unique, can't wait to find out what all those dials and knobs do, it retails for f
So the closed season is now behind us and iLounge Racing is getting ready for another season of racing, I have spent 4 years now doing 20 minute sprint races in the Radical SR1 Cup and the Lotus Elise Trophy so for this year I fancied trying something different so we have entered the 750 Motor Club 'Club Enduro' Championship which comprises of 7 races weekends with races ranging from 125 minutes to 180 minutes with a driver change and refueling required so as a big LeMan fan it
It really looks like this is going to be a great year for new HiFi as every week we seem to have something new to get excited about.
This week it is SME's turn to unleash their new Reference Flagship Turntable on the world and being that I love my Vinyl and SME this really is exciting news.
It is a totally new design using machined aluminium for the chassis with a new Reference tonearm based on what is already considered by many to be the best tonearm in the world, the Ser
So this is a little different, to celebrate 10 years of association together Naim and Focal have created a very limited edition system in a Tin / Aluminium look which traditionally celebrates a 10 year anniversary.
I must admit I wasn't sure on the look when I first saw it but it has really grown on me, particularly like the look of the speakers.
The system consists of the below components making a very nice setup indeed so if you fancy something a little different wh
Speakers really are a magical part of the HIFI chain aren't they, so my designs, technologies and thoughts behind the thousands of different versions that have come out over the decades so it is incredible that something comes along every now and again that really does take your breath away offering something very different and special to anything I have heard before, enter DeVore Fidelity.
I have to admit until around 6 months ago I had never come across DeVore Fidelity s
So we've got 2 new products on demo that actually sound really good together, first is the new PrimaLuna Evo 300 Hybrid Integrated amplifier, so basically a Valve Preamp section with a Solid State 100 watt Power amp, I love a valve pre partnered with a solid state amp, it is how I run my system at home so to have it in an integrated makes perfect sense to me as you get the control and solidity at the bass end from the solid state amp section but the warmth in the mid from the valves
So anyone who knows me will know that I love Wilson Audio speakers and am also a huge believer of adding at least one subwoofer to a 2 channel system, ideally a pair, so the fact that Wilson Audio have just announced their new LōKē subwoofer is really great news.
This is Wilson's smallest sub that is designed to work with any speaker but particularly the TuneTots, Sabrina's, Yvette's and DAW's and well any Wilson speakers really, I'm looking forward to trying it on our Ale
So this is big news, dCS have just announced that after extensive research and development they have made major changes to the hardware portion of their Ring DAC and have developed an all-new analogue output stage taking both the Rossini DAC + Player and Vivaldi DAC to a whole new level.
The great news also is that if you are an existing Rossini or Vivaldi owner you can send your unit back to dCS for it to be upgraded to full Apex Specification, please feel free to get in
We sponsor the Thursday Night Radical Race Series League Race which is broadcast every Thursday night at 9pm live on YouTube with full commentary, if you've not seen how much fun #esports is nowadays, especially #simracing on #iracing then please click the link below, I can honestly say that I've never been so relieved to see the chequered flag before -
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So it is great to have a new product to talk about as over the last couple of years we have been starved of new releases really as everyone just tried to get through the pandemic and to be honest meet the increased demand and parts shortages that the HiFi industry has faced.
The original Mojo was a huge success for Chord, a total game changer and created a whole new genre in HiFi, a really highend portable DAC/Headamp + Pre for sensible money that sounded amazing, it actua
So our Highend System is getting a bit spoilt at the moment, after adding the D'Agostino Momentum Pre/Power last week a few days later I was asked if I would like to borrow the Kronos Sparta Turntable for a few weeks by the UK distributor, being a big vinyl fan I just couldn't resist, always keen to try new kit and with Kronos I had always found their dual platter design curious so was really keen to have a listen, needles to say it didn't disappoint.
It is built like no other
So all audiophiles will know this problem, you upgrade one part of your system which shows a weakness elsewhere, so that was the issue when we got our demo Wilson Audio Alexx V speakers, don't get me wrong we've got some great Pre's and amps here which sounded excellent on them but we just knew there was more performance to unleash from these excellent speakers, With the Taiko server matched with the dCS Vivaldi stack and our SME turntable partnered with Transparent Reference C
I'm full off good ideas me, as I am not racing the Radical at the moment as going to concentrate on racing the Lotus Elise for another year I thought it would be a good idea to put it in our new iLounge Racing Showroom as a centrepiece.
Firstly it wasn't as easy as I thought due to the big step up to the room and also now it is in there I've not got something new coming to replace it so now it has got to come out, doh 🙄
Anyway, please find some pictures below of the f
I'm really happy to announce that iLounge Racing is now open at HFL, from what started with a chat in a van 18 months ago has now resulted in a demo space where we have 4 simulators on demo from around £2000 to over £100,000.
I'll keep it brief but the idea is that you can come along, experience how amazing simulators are now, try a few options, spec your preferred system and we will deliver and install.
Whether it is a tool to get you quicker on track for racing or trac
Just a quickie to say that Melco have recently released a new Player / Server called the N50, where this is interesting is that it includes a 3.84tb SSD Drive for £4999, their other SSD model, the Flagship N1ZS EX is £9995 so I can see the new N40 being the real sweet spot in the range as it makes the advantages of SSD Drives available to a much bigger audience, we have it on Permanent demo if you would like to come in and try it at any point.
Please find a link to the ful
So where did that season go? it only seems like yesterday we were collecting our new Lotus Elise looking forward to a new adventure and before you know it we have 7 race meetings under our belt and it is time to park the car ready for winter. Looking back it was a great season though, a lot of fun, if I'm honest at the start of the season I was surprised how quick the competition was, I was expecting to be straight on the pace but as the season progressed we got quicker and qui
So this for me is the biggest news in audio this year, Stax bringing out a new Reference Earspeaker which in my mind puts it straight to the top of the tree as a contender for the best headphone in the world, I had no idea these were coming till around 2 months ago so it has been a long wait but our demo pair finally arrived last Friday so they were plugged straight in for a quick comparison against my previous reference headphones, the Stax SR-009S, I run SR-009S's at home and re
Hope everyone is well, I just wanted to post that we now have the new Naim Solstice Limited Edition Turntable on permanent demonstration and bearing in mind this is Naim's first ever turntable it really is something to applaud, beautifully made and engineered but most importantly it sounds fantastic, I first tried it in my main Naim system which needless to say worked a treat but I have been wanting to add a turntable to my office system for sometime so it made sense, well to me any
So the Brands Hatch Indy layout is one of the races I really look forward to every year as it really suits my driving style as to me it is just one big go kart track and although it is really technical with every corner seemingly having multiple ways through it I always seem to go well there.
Thankfully that continued with our first trip there in the Elise where we had our best race weekend of the year, which was strange as my normal team where off racing elsewhere so I had Han