Just recently I have started posting pictures from our installs on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, with the customer’s permission of course, and this has proved very popular so driving to work today I thought that I really should post these on our here also as I know not everyone lives on social media so here we go.
McIntosh / PMC / Naim / Michell / Atlas / Quadraspire!
This is a nice one to start with, basically this customer first saw McIntosh over 30 years a
So I have just figured out how to edit video’s, in true apple fashion is is made very easy.
This is my best qualifying lap which I was very pleased with, especially as we were running on the wet tyres, to be fair though there is still a lot of time to be had as I really need to brake much later and carry more speed in the fast corners but for a 1st attempt I was very happy.
From Hero To Zero
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So that is the first race weekend done and dusted and what an experience it was, for me as I had spent so little time in the car the main thing was all about getting to the end of the day unscathed, which we just about did although I definitely had a few hairy moments, and to learn how a race weekend works, procedure, time tables etc and not to do anything silly.
Heading Out For 1st Qualifying Session
Firstly we were blessed with the weather, I had been watching f
I thought I would just jot down a few thoughts from my first drive in the Radical SR1 at Oulton Park on Friday, I must say I was very relieved to finally get out in the car after our first 2 tests being cancelled due to snow and with my first race less than 1 week away.
So how did it go? well looking back a couple of days later I would say I was fairly happy although I need to go a fair bit faster but for my first drive in the car at a circuit I didn’t know and to be fair
So with only less than 2 weeks to go to my first race the excitement is really starting to build, in preparation we have had our Team HiFi Lounge Race Wear designed with the help from Simon at UPE Motorsport who are running my car this year and it does look really great if I do say so myself :-)
We are going with fleeces and light weight jackets to start with, the fleeces are around £50 and the jackets £70, if anyone would like to grab any let me know
This is just a quick heads up to say that Devialet have decided to make the very special and severely limited Gold Phantom ‘Opera de Paris’ edition available in the UK for a short time and whilst stocks last and the good news is that it only costs £200 more than the standard Gold Phantom at £2390.
Earlier this year, the Paris Opera and Devialet announced a ten-year partnership and licensing agreement. To celebrate the occasion, the pair have created a special limited editi
So I guess it is fair to say that I am a bit late to the Instagram party but I am totally sucked in now, most definitely my favourite form of social media along with Facebook of course.
So this really is a quick blog to say that if you want to keep up to date with all the latest HiFi Lounge news and what we are up to then please follow us on Instagram, you will find pics from our latest installs and new arrivals for demo as well as few weird an wonderful goings on and once
Just a quick update today to say that I was supposed to be having my first outing in the car today at a test session organised by Radical Cars at Snetterton, I got up at 5am and headed off but as I got closer the temperature dropped to -7 and the whole of the track was covered in snow, we waited around for an hour or so but the conditions got worse and it was decided to cancel the session which was a real shame as I was keen to get stuck in.
At this rate I
So just got back from a day at Brands Hatch and I am pleased to say that I passed my ARDS Test.
Not sure that quite makes me a racing driver yet but it is definitely a step in the right direction and I can now look forward to a year racing in the Radical SR1 Cup around the UK.
In the end I was surprised how relaxed I was, I was expecting to be riddled with nerves but they never materialised, I think listening to Bruce Springsteen live at New York on the way must have helped
It’s been a while since we have had any new product announcements from Naim, which to be fair to Naim is no suprise as I know they have been trying to get on top of demand for the new Uniti range which has been far more popular than anyone could have foreseen which has given Naim a few headaches with trying to meet demand but I think they seem to be on top of it now, we even have Atoms and Nova’s in stock
So the good news is that Naim have now announced 3 new network players t
So tomorrow is a big day as I am off to Brands Hatch to take my ARDS Race License test, now that is something I never thought I’d be saying a couple of months ago
All a bit nerve racking really as it is a 3 hour test and it must be 30 years since I last did a test of any kind and I have never driven Brands in anger before so lots to learn, I have been told that the test is pretty straight forward though which almost makes it worse as if I fail I will then look like a right Mup
We Must Be Crazy :)
So this is probably the craziest thing I have ever decided to do but we has just bought a race car and HiFi Lounge are going Motor Racing We are entering a 12 round championship with races around the UK and I would love as many of our customer’s as possible to become involved by coming along to the races, other than being a hifi dealer I have always joked that being a racing driver would be my dream job so this is an attempt to merge my 2 passions together,
Sony VPL-VW760ES 4K HDR Laser Projector Now On Demo!
This is just a quick one to say that we now have the amazing Sony VW760ES 4K HDR Laser Projector on permanent demo.
Up until recently I have always run JVC Projectors in the shop and at home but their reluctance to offer affordable 4K Native Projectors made me switch to Sony who are really leading the way in this area and I have to say I have no regrets moving over to Sony.
I will say though that with the
Just a quick blog to say that we now have the stunning SME 15 Turntable on permanent demonstration, seemed the perfect turntable to take pride of place in the Highend Room :-)
We have fitted it with what many consider the best tone arm in the world, the SME V, which brings the overall price to around £10,000 without a cartridge but then you see the workmanship and feel the weight you just can’t help that think it is worth every penny.
It took a few hours to assemble but it
I know this is not strictly a Lotus but a Westfield replica of a Lotus Eleven but I have just bought this in my quest to put together a collection of Lotus's from every decade since formation so hopefully posting it on here is OK, the originals go for around £130K now so this will have to do for my 50's example.
It is brand new but the fly in the ointment is that it is nearly finished being built by the current owner but it has yet to get through its SVA test to make it road le
So this is the last update on our McIntosh demo stock for a little while but you could say that we have saved the best till last, the MA9000 Integrated Amplifier, this really is a big Mc coming in at nearly 50KG’s and is definitely a 2 man lift.
With 300 Watts Per Channel, 10 analogue inputs, MC and MM Phono Inputs, Full Digital section, discrete 8 band tone control and headphone amplifier this really is a power house of an amplifier.
So I think we have
So today we are unboxing 2 more McIntosh products, the MCD350 SACD / CD Player and the RS100 Wireless Speaker which has got to be one of the coolest wireless speakers out there.
Just one more un-boxing to go, the mighty MA9000 Integrated which is an absolute monster weighing 45kg’s so need to eat my Shredded Wheat before attempting that one
McIntosh MCD350 SACD / CD Player
Now this is what you call a Phono Stage, we’re big fans of the Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista range at HFL so I was really pleased when I heard they were going to release a Nu-Vista phono stage, it just seems to make so much sense, Nu-Vista valves and vinyl, a match made in heaven
Well our demo model arrived last week and when you see it you know this has been designed to get the best from your record collection, if you’ve got a Nu-Vista setup and you love your vinyl then you really
Big Mc Attack!
So last Thursday was a big day, ever since we started HFL a few years ago I always promised myself that if we ever had the space, and the money to be honest, then I would love to represent McIntosh properly, I am a sucker for the meter’s, the blue & green look and that glass front panel, absolutely timeless.
We have dabbled with their headphone amps and Dac’s at Highend Headphones before but last week we took delivery of our first lot of demo stock, all very exciting
A real quick one with 2 big highlights from CES which is running in Las Vegas at the moment -
Chord Introduce their new ‘Qutest’ DAC
So whenever Chord Electronics announce a new DAC it is always big news and this is no different as their new DAC called the ‘Qutest’ is the replacement for one of our most popular Dac’s, the 2Qute, this new version has a funky new look, is based on the Hugo 2 Rob Watts Dac Chip and also has user switchable filters and 3 different output volta
Firstly I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, let’s see what 2018 has in store for us all, I’m sure there will be some great new Hifi and music to look forward to, already got a few gigs booked :-)
So our original virtual tour proved very popular but I think it is fair to say that a lot has changed at HFL since that was made around 5 years ago, the headphones were still upstairs which seems like forever ago so now that the new showrooms are finished we thought it would be
Both Wendy and myself just wanted to send everyone a a huge thanks for your support over the last 12 months which really did help make 2017 another awesome year for both HiFi Lounge and Highend Headphones, for me I still find it amazing that there really are this many people that love their music and HiFi, I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it so thanks again all and I know I have said this before but I really do believe that we have the best customers :-)
Expansion Into New S