So I must admit this demo product is a bit of an indulgence on my part as I have always promised myself that one day I will put a McIntosh MC275 on demo as for me it is such a beautiful looking classic amp, it is almost the amplifier version of a classic car as it was first introduced in 1961 and is now on it’s 6th iteration, amps really don’t get anymore iconic than this, so I am really pleased to say that at long last we now have the McIntosh MC275 on permanent demo.
Well after a very troubled start to our relationship it looks like the Esprit is now finally ready to start a new chapter in her life as at long last she seems to be running well and I actually got her to work this morning, thanks to @Sparky who worked his magic on her 👍
Everywhere you park her it is a Leica moment in my eyes 😍😍
Just a quickie to say that the much anticipated Naim NDX 2 Network Player is now one demo, well I only un-boxed it a couple of hours ago so it is going to need some running in but already it is sounding really good.
This is due to be the popular streamer in the new range as it is much more affordable than the brilliant ND555 as the NDX 2 is priced at £4999 and can be run with it’s own internal power supply unlike the ND555, saying that I have tried our demo model quickly n
I thought i would share the progress of the lotus esprit 1988 restoration project. It was never supposed to be a full restoration project. More just a tidy up, then one thing led to another and alot of money and parts down the line it has become a restoration. I am looking after the mechanical things and the old man is doing the electrical and interior side.
Big job to do:
- Exhaust manifold repair
- rear calipers refurbished
- full suspension re build
Just a quick headsup that dCS have just announced a new product called Bartok that almost looks too good be true, basically it is a Dac based on their legendary Ring Dac technology, it is also a streamer supporting up to DSD 128, supports Tidal and MQA and also has an optional headphone section that can drive any headphone in either balanced or 6.3mm termination + you can add the new Rossini CD / SACD Transport + the external clock if you want to get the ultimate performance fo
Just a quickie to say that I am really pleased to have the Wilson Audio Sasha 2 speakers on demo, I’m not going to go on for a change but I just want to say that they are incredible, the whole speaker is brilliant but I have to say in particular the mid range is absolutely captivating, I guess this is helped as this is the first Wilson in their range with the separate head which contains the tweeter and mid driver so helps with isolation but also gives you the ability to alter the a
So 6 years in it is time for some new HFL wheels, now I must stress that this change was bought on solely by necessity and not because I thought the new van looked cool
In all seriousness though as the business has grown my good old Ford Connect was struggling to cope as the speakers have got bigger and transportation space was a real issue, especially with Martin Logan speakers which are bigger than most.
Farewell My Old Friend!
I have to say I felt a bit sad when m
So like buses we have has 2 new closed back headphones arrive this week which are at different price points but both promise to be very popular indeed.
Sennheiser HD820 - The New Closed Back Reference!
Firstly we have the much anticipated new Sennheiser HD820 Closed Back headphones, you could argue that Sennheiser started the current headphone market we know today with the launch of the HD800′s a few years ago and to be fair they are still a true reference headphone and it
Ok so no for something a little different We are giving one lucky person the opportunity to win 5 passenger laps around Donington Park on September 7th being driven around by my coach, Tom Gladdis, who is a professional racing driver and is seriously quick so this really isn’t for the faint hearted but will certainly be a day to remember if you are a petrolhead or thrill seeker.
All you need to do to enter is e-mail the answer to the below question to my e-mail address and we
Just a quickie to say that we now have the brilliant Chord Electronics Blu II Upscaling CD Transport on permanent demo, well actually we have had a few on demo now but due to it’s popularity, which in turn creates long lead times, the customer’s have taken our demo model which has left us without one but I am really hoping to keep this one on permanent demo.
For those who don’t know one of the reasons for the success of the Blu 2 is that it has the Robb Watts M Scaler buil
Sonus Faber / PMC / Bryston / Quadraspire / Atlas Cables
Had a nice local install last week around 200 miles away in the Liverpool area, well worth the drive though as the system really did sing, not sure how many other people around the world have partnered the PMC Cor amplifier with the Sonus Faber Guarneri Tradition Speakers but it is a combination I can really recommend as the amp really drove the speakers extremely well giving a really open and powerful sound which wa
Now this is a blog I have been meaning to write for a few months now but for whatever reason I never seemed to find the time which is crazy really as it is regarding one of my favourite speakers that we have on demo at HFL.
All the products we have in here are pretty awesome to be fair but I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t have a few favourites and when it comes to any Maggie well they are right up their giving something truly different, one of the most natural presentations
Arcam’s New HDA Range Now On Demo!
Like myself I am sure at some point most of us have owned Arcam or still do, at the moment I run their AV860 at home along with a couple of P429′s for cinema duties so it is always great news when Arcam bring something new to market and with their new HDA range they are offering truly great performance at very competitive prices.
We have all 3 new products on permanent demo, the SA10 integrated amp really sings and now with th
Happy to say that we now have the new Naim 500 Series ND555 Network Player now on permanent demo, it’s certainly been a long wait but happy to say that the wait has certainly been worth it as it really is brilliant as anyone will know who came to our launch event a couple of weeks ago.
This is Naim’s first 500 Series streamer and although it is a fair bit more expensive than the NDS that it kind of replaces it really is quite a step up in performance. We have it on demo in
Devialet have refreshed their Expert Pro range, firstly the Expert 130 Pro has now become the Expert 140 Pro giving another 10 watts per channel and equally as importantly the price has been reduced to £4490 which does make the entry point to Expert Pro extremely competitive when you consider what you get performance and feature wise.
Also Devialet have announced the Dual Mono Expert 210 Pro making the entry point to go Dual Mono with Devialet much more affordable, it real
So it is easy to get excited about new products but I have to say once I heard about Chord’s plans to take the M Scaler from the brilliant Blu 2 CD Transport and make it a stand alone device I got a little excited, well the good news is that it is now a reality as Chord announced it at CanJam at the weekend and I don’t think I am being over excited by saying this really is a game changer and if you love your music then you really do need a Hugo M Scaler in your system.
Just a quick blog to say that we now have the new Audio Research 160M Valve Mono Blocks now on Permanent demo and I have to say I have never seen a cooler looking amp with their VU meters that can be switched off if required as it is projected onto the glass, I know it isn’t sound quality related but who said HiFi shouldn’t look great
They use 4 x KT150 Valves each giving around 150 Watts Per Channel with also the option for Ultra-Linear or Triode mode and now with Auto Bias t
Sometimes it really is a now brainer to bring on a new brand and this was the case when looking at the Roon Nucleus Servers, personally I have been running Roon at home for quite some time now and I really wouldn’t want to go back to life before Roon, it really is a game changer if you stream your music.
Roon can be a little difficult to explain but one thing is for sure once you have experienced it then there is no going back. Basically if you stream your music then Roon
Well the weekend was definitely a big tick on my bucket list to say that I have now raced at Silverstone
In all honesty though I really thought this would be my best track as I had driven it before in a Caterham but in reality it turned out to be a real bogey track, I made progress on the quick guys and I was generally OK everywhere other than Maggott’s, I just couldn’t get that corner right all weekend, as you can see from a clip taken from Qualifying, I was determined to get
When it comes to vinyl there are not many companies as experienced as Rega so when they say they have a new phono stage that is the best they can possibly make and will get the best from your record collection, well I just couldn’t resist, so I am pleased to say that we now have the new Rega Aura Reference MC Phono Stage on permanent demo.
I have just finished un-boxing it so please find a few pictures below, it is certainly beautifully made, it is priced at £3999, so cert
Just a quick blog with a couple of very nice installs from last week, unfortunately the pictures are not the best from the first one but the system certainly sounded awesome, it is only a temporary install at the moment whilst the customers listening room is being finished.
Wilson Audio Yvette Loudspeakers
Chord Electronics Dave Reference DAC
Melco N1ZS M
Just a quickie to say that I will be racing our HiFi Lounge Radical SR1 at Silverstone this weekend, now there is a sentence I never thought I’d be saying
When we signed up for the SR1 Cup at the start of the year this was the race that I circled on the calendar as the race I was most looking forward to, firstly I have actually driven this track once on a track day last year and also, it is Silverstone For me it doesn’t get any better than this, the first Grand Prix I ev
This is certainly an event I am looking forward to having not heard the ND555 yet myself but according to Naim the new flagship ND555 Network player really does move on what is possible from a streamer and what with this being Naim’s first 500 Series streamer they are saying it is the best source component they have ever developed so expectations are bound to be high.
We will have representatives from Naim on hand to talk through it’s development and what actually makes th