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
A really quick blog to say that Chord Electronics have just released a severely limited edition gift pack for the excellent Poly and Mojo Combo.
Only 100 have been made worldwide, we have managed to secure a few sets so please give us a call if you’d like to secure one, please find more info below.
Available now, the Mojo/Poly Gift Pack offers a complete (and highly advanced) audio streamer/player solution for the discerning music lover and tech enthusiast at a fantastic p
Devialet are certainly feeling festive as they have just launched some great offers on both their Expert Pro and Phantom ranges, these offers are only available from a few select Devialet retailers that I am happy to say HFL is one.
Devialet Phantom Offers - Valid till 15th January
Firstly I would like to point out that the entry level ‘White’ Phantom has had a bit of a makeover recently with power up from 750 to 1200 watts, it also no
Just a quickie to post some pictures as we have had Jason Beeby in again to take some more pictures now that our Highend Room is now finished, he also took the Highend Headphone showroom picture + Naim Lounge shot which customer’s always comment on, he really is very good I have to say, if you need any high quality pictures taken please let me know and I can put you in touch with him.
We have also had our Virtual Tour re-done as that was originally shot 5 years ago so is a litt
Just a quickie to say that we are busy setting up today for tomorrow’s Arcam Home Cinema day, Andy Moore from Arcam will be in here shortly doing his Dirac magic on our AV860 processor, Wendy is running around getting the food organised in a cinema theme, so think Hot Dogs, Pop Corn Etc, I do love a Hot Dog so you’ll know where to find me :-)
The idea is to run Cinema clips in our newly re-furbed Atmos Cinema demo room with the Arcam AV860 Processor, Arcam Amps and Sony VW550ES
There is certainly no rest at HFL, as soon as we finished the new showrooms it is time to give our old showrooms a bit of a makeover, starting with our trusty old upstairs demo room that has done us proud for the last 5 years and many of you will know well.
As we have 5 demo rooms now we thought it would be a good idea to give the upstairs room a bit more of a cinema feel as this is where we have our Atmos 5.4.1 setup with all our Arcam receivers, processor and Sony Projectors,
So Wendy is now back from her trip to Germany as a guest of Sennheiser and whilst out there she ordered our demo Orpheus and to be fair when she showed me this video of the stand that comes with it I got a little excited myself, I know the headphones are amazing but this has to be one of the coolest stands ever
Experience The Ultimate Home Cinema!
So with the winter evenings now firmly here what better way is there to look forward to those cosy nights at home than a Cinema open day, the BBQ’s are now safely packed away and it is time to catch up on the latest blockbusters and pull out some old favourites so why not join us for our Arcam ‘Cinema Of Excellence’ Open Day on November 25th to see what really can be achieved at home when it comes to experiencing that big picture.
Well it has taken much longer than originally envisaged but our new showrooms are now finally finished and up and running so I thought I would do one more video walkthrough to show the finished rooms.
We decided to take on the extra rooms around a year ago and I really thought it would only take a 3-4 months and we’d be up and running, obviously that wasn’t the case and there was much more work involved than I originally thought, I guess it was more a case of getting the room t