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 this is a very easy valve amp to live with.
I have them set up in our Highend Room now to give them a chance to run in and they really do sound quite spectacular with our Reference 6 Preamp being fed by the dCS Rossini.
Needless to say if you’d like to come in for a demo anytime please feel free, please find more information on our website below -
Also please find a stunning review below from HiFi News -
Finally here is a small video showing how cool they look
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 is the ultimate app, the one app to rule all other apps really, it is an extremely metadata rich piece of software which you control from your phone, tablet or computer that has so much information embedded in it that browsing your music collection becomes a real adventure. For Roon to work then the Roon Core needs to be running somewhere, this is where the Roon Nucleus products come in, these are optimised to give you the best Roon experience and they really do work, for ages I had been struggling to get the Roon Core to see my Synology Nas drive when installed on my MAC, in the end I gave up but as soon as I installed our new demo Nucleus+ at the weekend it saw my Nas straight away and started scanning my music collection straight away.
A word of warning, don’t try Roon unless you are willing to sign up for the yearly or lifetime subscription packages as once you have tried Roon there really is no going back. As good as other streaming apps are nothing comes close to the ease of use, beautiful interface and information contained within Roon, basically it is the ultimate interface for managing and streaming your music. It can be a little complicated to start with but with the Roon Nucleus products this has been made extremely easy and will also give you the best Roon experience, personally I love Roon Radio, baically once an album has finished that you have selected Roon will carry on playing similar music to that album using your muisc collection and Tidal which is a great way to find new music.
So if Roon sounds like something you would like to experience and discuss in more depth then please feel free to come into HFL to see what all the fuss is about.
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 it right but in the end I think I was just trying too hard so in this clip you will see the first damage I have done to the car by hitting a cone pretty hard which split my front splitter, then I did my quickest lap of the weekend, a 1.02.27, then I attacked again and went straight on at Maggots and had a nice chat with the marshalls, certainly an entertaining qualifying session.
At the end of the weekend though I was fairly happy as I drove as hard as I could, it just wasn’t quick enough compared to the rest of the grid finishing both races towards the back, Cadwell Park next though which looks terrifying but as I have found out at Silverstone you never know which tracks will suit your driving style so fingers crossed.
Please find a few pictures below from the weekend.
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 certainly not cheap, but if you love your vinyl and want to get the very best then please feel free to get in touch to arrange a demo or alternatively please feel free to try it in your system at home.
Please find more info below -
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 MK2 2TB SSD Player / Server
Naim NAC 552 Preamplifier
Naim NAP 500 DR Power Amplifier
All Hooked Up With Chord Sarum T cables -
Michell GyroDec Install
Up there with the most Iconic turntables ever made and still incredible value, it is always great to install a Michell Engineering GyroDec, this time in the stunning black finish with the SME 309 tonearm and Dynavector 20x2L cartridge, going into a Naim system.
Michell Engineering Gyro Dec Turntable
SME Series 309 Tonearm
Dynavector DV-20X2 Low Output Moving Coil Cartridge
Dynavector P-75 MK 4 Phono Pre-Amplifier And Phono Enhancer
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 ever went to was to see Nigel Mansell win in style in the Williams in 1992 and I have been back countless times since so to actually follow in so many greats footsteps and actually race myself at this brilliant track is a big tick on my Bucket List.
I will be practising on Friday with Qualifying and 2 races on Saturday, we are running on the National Circuit which really only has 6 corners so I expect the races to be pretty frantic but good fun hopefully, I think my main challenge will be taking Copse fast enough as fast corners have been my main weakness so far but I am definitely getting a little braver each time out in the car so hopefully that continues and I don’t run out of talent
We have quite a few friends coming along to watch which is great but if you can’t make it along you can follow our progress on TSL Timing, link below -
And also here is the timetable, a nice early start for Qualifying.
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 the ND555 so good, now it is OK listening to any product in isolation but I know what everyone will be asking, how does the ND555 stack up against the previous flagship, the NDS? so the good news is that we will have one of each setup so it will be easy to compare.
Needless to say we will be running the listening in our dedicated Naim room using our 500 system comprising of the NAC 552 and NAP 500 so you really will be able to hear the ND555 at it’s best, regarding speakers, we will either be using the Focal Sopra No3′s or alternatively the Wilson Audio Sabrina’s, this is yet to be decided.
NDX 2 Also Here
We have also just found out that that Naim will be bringing along the new NDX 2 which is reportedly sounding even better than the NDS so for me this is going to be an extremely popular product, we will be running this in our Highend Room with a SuperNait 2 to show how good a simpler system can sound.
Also in the Headphone Room we will have representatives from Focal who will be running the Elear, Clear and Utopia headphones and will be able to answer any questions you may have.
So bearing in mind this is only a preview event that will only be running from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and that our Naim events are always extremely popular could you please just drop me a quick e-mail to the below address to confirm you’d like to come along as spaces will be quite limited, there is also a possibility of holding an earlier preview depending on numbers interested, so it really is only if you are interested in the ND555 or the NDX2, we will be doing a bigger event later in the year once we have all 3 of the new streamers available.
Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you, please find a couple of links below for the ND555 and NDX 2
This was certainly a nice install, not sure if anyone one saw on social media that we did the below home demo for a customer to compare the Wilson Audio Sabrina’s v the Yvettes a couple of months ago?
Well last week we finally installed his new Yvette’s in the stunning Macadamia finish along with an Audio Research Reference 6 Pre-amp and Reference 75SE Power amplifier and SME Model 15 turntable and SME V tonearm, we are still experimenting with various cartridges but for now we went with the Dynavector TKR and it sounded pretty damn good if I do say so myself
We installed the Ref 6 a couple of months ago when the weather was a little cooler -
Wilson Audio Yvette Loudspeakers
Audio Research Reference 75 SE Power Amplifier
Audio Research Reference 6 Stereo Preamplifier
SME Model 15 Turntable
SME Series V Tonearm
Martin Logan Install
In another nice install last week we installed a pair of Martin Logan Electromotion X’s Electrostatic speakers partnered with a Devialet 220 Expert Pro, I have to say that Martin Logan are fast becoming one of our most popular speakers and rightly so.
Martin Logan ElectroMotion ESL X Speaker
Devialet Expert 220 Pro
Please keep an eye on our website for further updates as we have some really nice installs coming up.
I’m not really sure when the idea popped into my head about going racing with Radical Sportscars but as soon as it did I thought it would be really cool if we could run it as a HiFi Car, then the idea developed into a ‘Best Of British’ HiFi Car, so the next step was to approach all my British brands that we work with, now I knew this wasn’t going to be everyones cup of tea, in fact I did wonder if anyone would be mad enough to agree but luckily enough 6 of our brands were crazy enough to think it was a good idea and they agreed to help with sponsoring the car.
So the next step was to design the livery in the HiFi Lounge colours and to cover it with our sponsors, I am really pleased how it has turned out, it looks like a real racing car now where as at the first race weekend it did look a little plain but at least it is easy to spot on track now and is also getting people talking in the pit lane, it turns out one of my competitors makes the case work for dCS, small world.
So I’d like to say a huge thanks to the following companies for supporting this mad cap idea especially as I am finding out that motorsport is definitely not a cheap past time but with their support it is definitely helping but more importantly it is really cool to be driving a HiFi themed Race Car
So thanks to our 4 main sponsors of (in alphabetical order) Chord Electronics, Naim Audio, PMC Speakers and Trilogy Audio as well as our other 2 additional sponsors of Atlas Cables and Rega, thanks guys, really appreciate your support.
A couple of weeks ago we had a photo shoot at HiFi Lounge with all the representatives from each company which was a lot of fun, here are a few of the pics from the day with each relevant sponsor -
Maurice From Chord Electronics
Mike From Naim Audio
Tom From PMC Speakers
Nigel Representing Trilogy Audio
Rob From Rega
Donal From Atlas Cables
Also here are a few random pics from the day + a couple from when on track -
Thanks again everyone for your support, know I just need to start getting faster
Our next Radical SR1 race is at Silverstone on June 23rd and in preparation for this I was out testing on Friday to help get more familiar with the car and also with the track, I have to say this was the first time I have been in the car and actually not been scared I actually started to feel relaxed in it and really enjoyed the day, I think it helps that even though Silverstone is a fast track it is very wide with large run off areas, I have watched many of my heroes over the years race around here, there is just so much great history, it really was epic to drive a race car around here myself
We were testing on the full Grand Prix layout which was great fun but for our race we will be on the National layout which is much shorter but I am really hoping I can be more competitive here, at the end of the day there are only 5 corners, how hard can that be, famous last words
Anyway, please find a lap from Friday’s testing, not sure if it was my fastest time as my telemetry was all up the spout, it still amazes me how fast it feels in the car but when I watch it back it really looks like I’m not even trying, I can definitely see where I can improve though which is good news, especially as there were a couple of mistakes on this lap, thanks again to Daz at UPE Motorsport and Tom, my coach, for helping me get the best out of the day.
Silverstone Hospitality - June 23rd
So for this years Boys Toys Day we said for the top 5 times on our simulator we would offer free full hospitality and free entry to our Silverstone race on June 23rd, so please see below for the top 5 times, if you are on this can you please e-mail me on the below address, also for £30 a head if you’d also like to come along and take advantage of Radicals brilliant Hospitality package please let me know.
The Top 5 Times.
Everyone else’s times.
I’m pleased to announce that our next open day isn’t too far away, we will be holding an event in conjunction with Melco on Saturday June 9th between 10am-4pm, Melco really are the leaders when it comes to digital servers and players whether it is to feed an existing streamer or to feed a DAC direct as a player, Melco really does get the best from your digital music collection.
We are really pleased to say that we will have Alan Ainslie here for the whole day, a lot of you may already know Alan from his time at Naim Audio where he helped develop their range of servers and streamers, well he is now applying his expertise at Melco, when it comes to digital music there really isn’t anything Alan doesn’t know so if you have any questions please feel free to come along and pick his brains.
For me the beauty of Melco, other than the excellent sound quality of course, is firstly it’s ease of use whether that is ripping your CD’s directly to it or moving your existing library over to it or even downloading direct from HiResAudio.com to the unit, it really has been designed to take the hassle out of storing your digital music and all the components have been designed with the best audio results in mind, it isn’t just a NAS Drive in a HiFi case, it can also be used as a CD player to feed your DAC and backing up is also made very easy, another point worth mentioning is that the Melco range has 2 network ports which really is a stroke of genius, so one sits on your network whilst the other feeds your streamer direct so there is no need for your music to travel over the whole network resulting in much better sound quality from your streamer, but the main reason to add a Melco I would say is to get the best sound quality from your digital music collection whether that is CD rips or HiRes music.
There are 3 different models in the range, the plan for the day is to run different presentations throughout the day explaining the virtues of what Melco can bring to your HiFi System, we will have all 3 models setup in our Naim demo room so that you can hear the difference between the models.
The idea is also for Alan to do a small talk on digital music and the Melco players, we are aiming for one presentation around 10.30am and another just after lunch at around 2pm, talking of lunch, if the weather is on our side we will be firing up the BBQ
So basically if you are looking to get into streaming and storing your digital music collection somewhere or you are already up to speed in this area but have some questions or you simply want to get the best from your digital music and would like to hear how Melco can help you achieve this please feel free to come along, you can read more about the 3 Melco models below -
We will also have a Melco server running in our Highend Room and also our Headphone room so you can see and hear them in action is a variety of different setups so help show how versatile they are.
If you are planning to come along please can you just send me a quick e-mail to the below address, thanks -
Since I have been using Melco regularly myself I have been totally won over so please feel free to come along to find out for yourself how a Melco server can slot into your system and help take it to another level.
Look forward to seeing you on the 9th.
Melco N1A Internals
Melco N1ZS Internals with Audio Grade Solid State Drives
Both Wendy and myself wanted to send out a massive thanks to everyone who came along to our Boys Toys Day yesterday, it was great seeing so many familiar faces as well as a lot of new people come along, it really was an epic day with a brilliant turnout of some amazing cars from all era’s, quite possibly the best yet over the 3 events we have held so far, also how lucky were we with the weather? I am sure God must be a petrolhead
Also I want to send out a massive thanks to Dom at Radical and Daz at UPE Motorsport for their support and help throughout the day, top job guys, and also a huge thanks again to the HFL Support team of the BBQ master’s Ross and Damian who we definitely couldn’t have coped without their help and also thanks to Sean and Sophie for helping run the Sim room which proved very popular indeed with most people finding it quite a challenge, I will post the 5 top times later in the week regarding the free hospitality.
So thanks again everyone and happy motoring throughout the summer, hope to see you all again for the Boys Toys Day 2019
Please find a few snaps below from the day, sorry if your cars is not here, I didn’t take too many pics as I was too buys gassing through the day
Some Competition for next year :)
Just a quick update regarding this Saturday’s Boys Toys Day, I guess the main thing is that the weather is looking good with cloud and sun and hitting a rather nice 72 degrees, so the perfect weather to take the car out for a spin, we've got a fair few Lotus's coming along but the more the merrier so please feel free to come along if you fancy a drive.
We’ll be spending all day Friday setting up, well saying that most of it will probably be trying to set a time on the Simulator even Wendy has been practicing at home and isn’t actually too bad for a first attempt, we will be putting the sim in our upstairs demo room in a full 5.4.1 Atmos setup, we have also ordered a large cork board so we can post everyones lap times on there, just like the Top Gear leaderboard with the top 5 times getting full hospitality at our Silverstone Radical SR1 Race on June 23rd, We’ll also have our Naim Room and Highend Room playing some music through the day with a small headphone system setup also in the headphone room, although to be fair I expect everyone to be outside enjoying the cars, weather and BBQ.
Watch Those Cattle Grids!
Radical are bringing along their bonkers RXC Road car for us to drool over and UPE Motorsport will be bringing my Radical SR1 + one of their racing Caterham’s to help try and tempt any motorsport fans on to the track.
A heads up if you are bringing along a really low car, when you turn into Millow Hall Farm don’t follow the signs to The Granary Building as that will take you over the cattle grids and speed bumps, go straight on and that will take you round the barns into the car park which is much easier.
So everything will be set for a fun and relaxed day, we’ve actually cleared out the local butchers of burgers and sausages so if you love your cars and music please feel free to join us between 10am - 4pm this Saturday.
Now I just need to find the time to get my car cleaned
Look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.
I have no problem in saying that when it comes to speakers I have quite a soft spot for Wilson Audio speakers, it was only a couple of years ago that I heard my first pair of Wilsons but it was one of those moment in HiFi that I will never forget, very much like when I heard a pair of PMC BB5 XBD’s, it really changed what you think is possible from a speaker.
So when Wilson announce a new speaker then that is big news indeed, well being that the new TuneTot is Wilson’s smallest speaker perhaps big news is the wrong saying but I have no doubt that even though the TuneTot is on the smaller size it will give a much bigger performance than you would think possible, very much in the same way as the incredible Sabrina.
The idea of the TuneTot is to be able to give you that wonderful natural Wilson presentation for when space is a consideration and a floorstander speaker is just not possible, according to Wilson Audio the TuneTot has the same tonal characteristic’s as the mighty Wamm which really is saying something.
The UK price hasn’t been confirmed yet but looking at the US price I would say we’d be looking around the £10k mark, certainly not cheap but I am confident that this small speaker will perform like no other.
Just wanted to post a few pictures from last weekends race at Snetterton, a big thanks to Oliver Read, Radical’s Photographer for taking such awesome pictures
Looking back on my 2nd race weekend I would say I did OK but not great, made big gains on Friday in testing thanks to my coach Tom Gladdis where he helped me find over 5 seconds from where I started the day getting down to a 2 min 3 sec lap which I was pretty happy with bearing in mind I had never driven the Snetterton 300 layout before.
Race day was a bit of a mixed bag really, I think I was still on the sun bed on my holiday to be honest, qualified 10th for both races, we had some new guys join the grid for this weekend who had a lot of race experience so it was difficult to compete with them. We also reverted over to rolling starts for the first time which was a little nerve racking beforehand but actually went pretty smoothly.
The first race started off OK then around half way I kind of just settled into a pace and almost stopped pushing, not really sure what that was all about to be honest, then between races we had a big downpour which was starting to dry out before the race but conditions were very slippery and as I had never driven in the wet before I just wasn’t confident to push at the start, especially as cars were spinning off on the warm up laps so I went into self preservation mode and just wanted to get to the end in one piece, in the end half way through the race we had a safety car as someone spun off and got stuck in a dangerous place so it wasn’t much of a race but on the last lap I was just starting to feel the grip levels when the chequered flag came out, but good experience if nothing else.
The main objective was to finish both races which I did and I closed the gap to my fellow ‘Fangio’ Competitors but in all honesty I was hoping to be a little more competitive.
Silverstone next though on June 23rd, this is the one race I have been looking forward to the most so I am really hoping I can be more competitive there.
Please find below the video of my best lap from the weekend, as you can see the gearbox got stuck in 5th going into the last corner so I would imagine I lost a fair bit of time there but all in all I was pretty happy with the lap.
This is a real quick one to just say that we now have the new Spendor A4 and A7 on permanent demo, I only un-boxed them last night but I think it is fair to say that Spendor have been on a roll lately with the excellent D7 followed by the D9 so really keen to listen to these.
I decided to go with the premium satin white finish on the A4 which actually looks really smart and the black ash on the A7 which also works, the A4 is priced at £2195 for standard colours with the white coming in at £2415 and the A7 starts at £2995 with white costing £3295.
I will have them running in over the next few days so if you fancy a listen please feel free to pop in.
So now the dust has settled to this years Munich Highend Show, which looks to have been a great year, it’s time to look back at what exciting new products we have to look forward to for the rest of this year.
Hugo TT 2 DAC / Headphone Amp / Pre-Amp
For me two of the hottest products have got to be from Chord Electronics, the first being the Hugo TT 2, as a Hugo TT user at home I have been eagerly awaiting for the new Rob Watts FPGA chipset seen in the Hugo 2 and Qutest to make its way to a revised Hugo TT and here it is and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.
With revised casework it also offers a more powerful headphone side, 4 different filter settings, lower noise floor and has removed the internal battery as seen in the original TT.
It will be available around Autumn time priced at £3996 which bearing in mind the only DAC more powerful than Hugo TT 2 is Chord’s own DAVE then it is great value, we will have a Hugo TT 2 on demo asap and if you would like to get to the front of the queue for one once available then please feel free to get in touch to place your order, we would just need a 10% deposit and are happy to look at anything regarding trading in any other equipment.
Choral Etude Stereo Power Amplifier
So this is big news for Chord as it is the first time in nearly 30 years that they have developed a new analogue topology which heralds a new era for powerful, wide bandwidth, low noise and low distortion amplifiers that will no doubt filter into other Chord amplifier designs going forward.
This new amp is conservatively rated at 150 Watts Per Channel into 4 ohms in stereo mode or 300 WPC in bridged mono mode with the new design giving faster power delivery than existing Chord Electronics designs, offering ‘unrivalled dynamics, a life-like delivery of transient information, plus effortless control over loudspeaker drive units’ according to Chord.
It is designed to be part of Chord Choral range so is the perfect partner for DAVE + BLU II which when the 3 are stacked in Chord’s really cool Choral Stands makes an extremely high-end and stylish system that does’t take up loads of floorspace.
Bearing in mind how many DAVE customers there are out there I can see this being a very popular product for Chord to complete customers systems, it is due around Autumn and will be priced at £3900 making very attractively priced, needless to say we will have one on demo asap.
So I don’t know how many others watched the clock tick down on PMC’s website for the big reveal but I have to admit I wasn’t expecting what I saw, absolutely stunning design, in a nutshell this is the Flagship Fact Speaker that has been rumoured for many years now, apparently 5 years in development, they will cost £45,000 a pair and are named the Fact Fenestria, I really can’t wait to hear these, needless to say we will be having a Fenestia open day as soon as possible.
You can read more below on PMC’s website -
+ The brochure can be read below -
Apparently they stand at 1.7m tall, I am just glad we have now got bigger demo rooms, wouldn’t have liked to have got them up the stairs to our original demo room
Apparently PMC have called these ‘the speaker you will never hear’ as the 5 year development has all been about eliminating any distortion or colouration the speaker my induce so all you will hear is the music, I’m really pleased to see the PMC 75 mid range driver on them, as a MB2 owner for many years I know just how good this mid is.
They will be available from September onwards in the standard Fact finishes of Walnut, Graphite and Tiger Ebony.
This really is a statement speaker from PMC that really does move them into a different arena really as I know a lot of us have owned IB’s, MB’s and even BB’s at home but although these are tall they are much more domestic friendly and really take on the likes of Wilson Audio and the likes, I really can’t wait to have a listen, more info as we get it.
So here we go again, just a quick headsup for anyone that is following my Radical SR1 race adventures that the 2nd race weekend is with us already this coming Friday / Saturday at Snetterton, basically practicing on the Friday with Qualifying and 2 races on the Saturday. Snetterton looks a little more straightforward than Oulton Park in that it is flat and wide but it is actually a very fast circuit so the car will definitely be able to stretch its legs and I will get more practice at trying to get the hang of keeping the speed up in the fast corners which is my main weakness.
I feel much more prepared for this weekend now that I know the procedure of how a race day pans out + I have spent more time in the car so feel a bit more confident there. My main goal for this weekend is to be more competitive than at the first race at Oulton but also the main priority is to finish both races being that I only finished one at Oulton as I spun off in the 2nd race.
New Car Livery
So in-between races we have had the car’s livery designed in HiFi Lounge colours with our Sponsors put on the car, I actually haven’t seen it myself yet so this weekend will be it’s first showing, can’t wait to see it, we have a photoshoot planned for the following week so that we can announce our Sponsors officially and to get the story in the HiFi mags but at least the car will be more noticeable on track from now onwards.
Follow Our Progress with TSL Timing
We actually have quite a few friends coming along to support us for this event as well as taking advantage of the Radical hospitality package so look forward to seeing everyone on the Saturday, for those who can’t make it along but would still like to follow our progress there is a brilliant website called TSL Timing where you can follow qualifying and the race, please see link below -
So fingers crossed for a dry weekend so that I can hopefully get a better feel for how I fare up against the rest of the competition in the SR1 Cup.
For those who are coming along please see the event calendar below, looks like it will be a fun weekend of racing.
I am sure everyone has now heard the very say news that OPPO are leaving the domestic hardware market to concentrate on their mobile phone market which apparently is the biggest part of their business, I think this news has come as a shock to many, myself included, I have been using OPPO players long before setting up HiFi lounge so this news is certainly going to leave a big hole in the market for quality and affordable disc spinners and I think that I will always remember where I was when I heard the news very much like when I heard that Pioneer were pulling out the Plasma TV Market, an equally sad day, but the world continues
The good news is that we have just heard that OPPO have setup their European warehouse as promised, I understand that this is where all the remaining stock for the UDP-205 and 203 will be held so we can still supply at the moment, I have no idea how long this stock is going to last so if you want one of the last OPPO players then please feel free to get in touch asap so as to make sure you don’t miss out, I know I will be ordering a UDP-205 for myself.
Everyone knows that we are big enthusiasts of PMC Speakers so when we get notification that at the Munich Highend Show they will release ‘an extremely significant audio design’ we sit up and take notice.
The good news is that the Munich Show starts 10th May so we really haven’t got too much longer to wait, you can follow the link below where all will be revealed, with the words ‘Phenomenon’ and ‘Flagship’ being used I am expecting this to be something very special indeed, the only clue we have so far is the picture released above, anyone got any ideas? -
Below is a copy of the press release from PMC -
‘For over 25 years, the Emmy-winning design philosophy behind PMC’s loudspeakers has been to eradicate everything that isn’t music, such as unnatural resonance, distortion and noise. This has taken years of obsessive attention to detail at all stages of product design, from component selection and placement to construction, testing and - most of all - listening.
PMC loudspeakers are now found at all stages of music creation, used by the world’s leading composers, in the finest recording, mixing and mastering studios and in audiophile listening environments everywhere. Our intimate involvement at all levels of musical creativity means that we know what it is to capture all the emotion in a performance.
This accumulation of vast skill and knowledge has been applied to a flagship loudspeaker of ultimate transparency and clarity that will be unveiled at this years High End exhibition; Room F123. It will be a highly significant day for the audio world.’
Needless to say once we know more I will update our website, just wish I was going to Munich this year to find out first hand, not long to wait though.
All very exciting!
Radical posted highlights from our first race weekend at Oulton Park up on YouTube a couple of days ago if anyone would like a look, haven't bought myself to watch them yet but looks like great coverage, links to Race 1 and Race 2 below.
So as far as I am concerned when it comes to headphone news it doesn’t get any bigger than this as a Stax SR-009 user myself, as part of their 80th Anniversary year Stax have just announced their new Flagship Earspeaker, the Stax SR-009S based on the brilliant SR-009 but using a new lighter diaphragm and revised thinner chassis to help with any colouration this brings.
Personally I am hoping for the same amazing transparency of the SR-009 but with a little more bass weight like the brilliant SR-L700′s, early reports seem to indicate though that they are a slightly smoother and rounded version of the SR-009 whilst retailing the same level of space and air, very much like Sennheiser did with the HD800S compared to the HD800.
The SR-009′s will still stay in the range as they will offer a different presentation so Stax still feel they are a relevant alternative, just a different flavour if you like. Price is yet to be confirmed but is likely to be around £4000, needless to say I have ordered our demo pair so we should have them around summer time, apparently Stax are only making 100 pairs to start with for the whole world then will make them in small amounts each month so it looks like they are not going to be the easiest headphones to get hold of.
Personally I can see these being very popular indeed, especially when you think how many SR-009 users there are out there, partnered with a Trilogy H1 or Stax T8000 Energiser I can see the SR-009S soon becoming the reference for many headphone enthusiasts out there, for one I can’t wait to get my hands on them :)
For more information or to order a pair please feel free to give me a ring, more info below -
Well I must admit that I wasn’t planning on holding a Boys Toys event for this year but with what seems like an incredibly long winter and also what with my Radical exploits we have decided to do a bit more of a laid back BTD this year, nice and early in the season just as an excuse really for everyone to get their cars out and take them for a nice spin, I know I can’t wait to get out on the road again, we always have a great turnout of Lotus Cars at this event so be great if we can keep that tradition going 🙂
So to sum up this years BTD in a nutshell, basically we will be at the shop all day with the BBQ going for breakfast and lunch so feel free to come over anytime from 10am - 4pm in your pride and joy to spend a few hours with like minded car enthusiasts and we will have our showrooms open playing some of the best HiFi out there, it really doesn’t matter what car you have, if you love driving then please feel free to come over.
In Conjunction with Radical Cars and UPE Motorsport
I am sure most of you are aware that in a moment of madness I decided to sign up with Radical Cars earlier in the year to enter their SR1 Cup championship, if you haven’t heard about this then my progress can be followed from our motorsports page below -
I have to say it has been a daunting, scary and equally exciting and exhilarating ride so far so I am really pleased that Dom from Radical Cars will be bringing something special along for the day and also Darren from UPE Motorsport will be bringing my race car along and both will be on hand to answer any questions and to explain how going racing with Radical Cars and UPE is a very easy process, be great to have some of you guys joining me on the grid
Simulator Setup, Beat my time for Hospitality at our Silverstone Round!
So this is a bit of fun bit where ‘The Need For Speed’ part comes in, basically I will be bringing in my sim setup that I have been using to get as much practice as possible for the real thing and I have to say now that I can compare the 2 this does get really close, well other than not preparing you at all for the fear of cornering at high speed, but it has been a great help, I will set a time on Project Cars 2 in a Radical SR3 around the Silverstone National circuit as a benchmark and whoever sets the fastest time will win a HFL Racing fleece and the top 5 times we will give full hospitality with Radical for our Silverstone meeting on 23rd June and I have to say the food these guys put on is exceptionally good + you can spend all day in the paddock seeing how a race weekend all works.
So basically this year is just an excuse to take your car out for a spin, get some free grub, talk to fellow Petrolheads, have a go on a sim and listen to some great hifi, if you do fancy coming along could you please just fire a mail over to my e-mail address so we know how many to cater for, thanks -
Hope to see you on May 26th between 10am - 4pm, now we just need to pray for some sunshine.
For those you haven’t been here before please find our address below -
4 The Granary Buildings
Millow Hall Farm
Tel - 01767 448121
Here are a couple of pictures from last years event, thanks to Bibs for them -
Here are a couple of pictures of some of our showrooms where you can relax and enjoy some tunes -