Hope everyone is continuing to stay fit and healthy in these crazy times, I just wanted to send out a really quick update since our last newsletter as obviously now we are in lockdown things have changed a little.
Firstly obviously we are now closed for any customer visits and demo’s but I am still coming in to work at the moment, basically here on my own so I can’t see any harm it that really, actually want to use the time to do all the jobs that I never have time for.
So this is probably the hardest blog I have had to write over the last 8 years as I am pretty speechless, rare for me I know, for what the world is going through right now, I know you have probably received many of these types of emails over the last few days so sorry for yet another clogging up your mailbox but I just wanted to send out a message of well wishes and our plan to hopefully get through this.
Firstly I sincerely hope that everyone is OK and is keeping well, obvious
I have heard it said many times that Mark Levinson started Highend Hifi as we know it today, to be 100% honest I had never really sat down and listened to it but towards the end of last year I was approached by the distributor to give it a try so I thought why not, a few hours later I had signed on the dotted line to become a Mark Levinson dealer, I really didn't know what to expect but the sound quality is right up my street, neutral, clean, dynamic, just basically very honest
It's always big news when PMC launch new speakers but I would imagine that following up the brilliant Twenty5 range must have been one of their toughest jobs yet but talking to PMC they are really confident that they have taken the Twenty5 range to another level with the new Twenty5i Series of speakers so can't wait to find out for myself shortly when our demo stock arrives.
I must admit I feel a little nostalgic as it was the original i Series from over 12 years ago that origi
It has been a while since we have done a headphone blog, to be honest I have been re-assessing our headphone side of things and have decided to refine what we offer so we now focus on a few main brands, basically the brands everyone wants to listen to, so we have had a bit of a clear out but we still have over 40 pairs of headphones on demo so we should still have something for everyone. We have also decided to take down the dedicated headphone website, mainly as it is hard enough t
So PMC announced their new Ci range of speakers towards the end of last year but last week they completed the range by adding 4 new models, taking the range to 6 models, and I have to say they look awesome and I am sure they will sound equally as impressive.
The Wafers have always been very popular but have been around a long time now so this new range is most welcome and is bound to be equally popular if not more so, I use Wafer 2’s at home for rears and in the shop so I am ho
So what with the Bristol HiFi show just a few days away Chord Electronics have unleashed 5 new products at both ends of their product ranges, 2 new Stereo power amps in their Ultima Range and a new Ultima 2 Pre-amp + 2 really interesting new products called 2go and 2yu, 2go bolts onto Hugo 2 to make it a dedicated streaming / player unit and 2yu is a really interesting product as it turns 2go into its own Dac'less streamer / player which can be connected to any DAC + can be used wit
Another very big toy landed earlier this week, since taking on Constellation around a year ago I have been extremely impressed, most definitely my kind of sound, for me they give the perfect blend of warmth, insight, separation, control and dynamics. We started with Constellations entry level, said in the loosest term, of the Inspiration range which sounds gorgeous but it got me thinking what the next level up would be like, in all honesty I struggle to think that it can be any
So to be 100% honest when I was approached recently to consider the Taiko Audio SGM Extreme music server I politely agreed to have a listen as always happy to try anything new but I had no intention of bringing it on for demo as I love the Melco servers we offer and as the SGM Extreme is priced at £25,000 I really questioned who would pay this for a server when Melco do such a brilliant job, I mean really how much better can it really be? well I'm guessing you know what happened nex
I have to say we are going through an embarrassment of riches at HiFi Lounge at the moment as 2020 has started with some awesome new kit on demo and there is still plenty more to come but I have to say having the new Chord Ultima 2 amplifiers on permanent demo is very special indeed as we are the only place to have them on demo in the UK at the moment, a real statement piece, but first I should apologize to Chord for using a rivals DAC with their amps at the moment, ideally I'd be u
I think I have a speaker problem as I have just bought another new pair for demo, basically I was adding the new Fyne Audio F1 speakers to our website as there are now 4 in the range and I just couldn't help but order a pair of the new F1-5's, basically because they looked so awesome and seemed ridiculous value at £2999 and I have to say now we have them here I can't actually believe how good they sound, they really are quite incredible, I wish I could share the sound quality throug
HFL Motorsport Season 3 Starts This Saturday!
So here we go again, I get asked a lot what my plans are for this year regarding motorsport, well things kick of this Saturday morning as I have signed up for a 10 race season’s racing in the Senna Cup at Rye House in the Go Karts that we used for our Boys Toys Day last year as I really enjoyed that and it whetted my appetite for more Karting, the funny thing was that my best session in the the Radical last year was the first p
Just wanted to let everyone know that we now have the new Arcam SA30 integrated amplifier on permanent demo, this has got to be the best value fully loaded amplifier on the market today at £1999 but for me the killer feature is that it includes Dirac room correction in a 2 channel amplifier, as soon as I heard how big of an improvement Dirac made to music through the Arcam receivers a few years ago I knew it was only a matter of time before it was introduced into Arcam's 2 channel a
So I guess I've had worse days at work as I have just unboxed and setup the brand new Audio Research Reference 6SE Preamplifier and Reference 160S Stereo Power Amplifier and it is certainly sounding pretty sweet straight out of the box.
For me the Reference 6 is one of the best Pre's in the world so that fact Audio Research have improved upon it with the new SE couldn't have been easy but I am certainly looking forward to hearing where the improvements are.
As for the
So late last year we added CAD or Computer Audio Design to give them their full name to our portfolio, now I am fully aware how important good quality mains is for a HiFi system but I must admit that I had never explored the area of grounding as having to stick earth spikes in your garden seems like a lot of hassle to be honest but at the Ascot show last year Nic Poulson of Trilogy and Isol-8 introduced me to the guys at CAD, as he himself is a big fan of their products, so I t
So here we go, the first new product on demo at HFL for 2020 and a new brand actually, now I must admit that I really do try hard to not bring on so many brands as I have in the past but when the iFi guys bought in the Aurora I was so impressed that I couldn't resist, firstly I love the styling, it really does bring something new to the Wireless / Bluetooth speaker category, admittedly it isn't going to be to everyone's taste but there is no denying that it makes a statement bu
Unfortunately it looks like my old photo sharing website, Photobucket, has gone down so for the time being all my previous posts are pictureless, anyway onto this post with a new picture sharing client.
Belated Happy New Year, I have a feeling this year is going to be a great year for Hifi.
It has certainly started well so I thought I would share a couple of speaker installs from the last couple of weeks, neither of them on the small side.
PMC MB2 SE Install
Unfortunately there are no pics as Photobucket appears to be down, there is a better formatted version on our website which you can access from the below link -
I love this time of year where we look back and I have to say that 2019 has been another brilliant year for HiFi, Music and Hifi Lounge in general, so before we get stuck in I’d like to firstly thanks all our customers throughout 2019, many new faces and many returning cust
I just wanted to say that we now have the new Bryston BDA-3.14 now on permanent demo and it really is a brilliant bit of kit, every now and again a HiFi company brings out a real gem, something that deserves to be a big success and I would say after a few days playing with the BDA 3.14 that this is a real killer product from Bryston.
I have been a Bryston user probably for around 10 years+ now, I still run 7B3 mono’s at home and have had various Bryston Preamps, Dac’s and Strea
Just a quick blog of an install I did yesterday with some of our favourite brands, could almost be a copy of the system I have run at home for years comprising of Arcam for cinema, Bryston for power, source and pre-amp and PMC with the awesome Fact.12 Signatures.
The beauty of this system is that we used Unity Gain on the Bryston BP173 so the customer can have a really nice cinema setup then switch to 2 channel for his music with no compromise and I have to say that it works
I've said this before and I'll probably being saying it until the day I retire but no one makes speakers like Sonus Faber, they really are a work of art and with the new Olympica Nova range they have taken it to another level at this price point, they really are quite stunning.
It amazes me that with every new generation they manage to make them more and more beautiful, the Olympica range is by far our most popular speaker range from Sonus Faber and the new Nova lineup is
After a busy day setting up it is now time to quickly post this and sit back and test the various systems in preparation for tomorrow's Rega Vinyl open day, it's a tough job but someone has got to do it.
We will have 4 rooms running + Chris on hand selling his records so please feel free to come along and feel free to bring any vinyl you'd like to hear.
Please find a few pics below of the various setups, in all of them the speakers are a fair bit more expensive than t
This is a real quick one to say that Arcam's new range of HDA Cinema Receivers and Processor's has now started to trickle through, at the moment we have just taken delivery of our demo AVR10 and AVR30 Receivers with the AVR20 and AV40 processor to follow shortly then next month we will see the new 2, 4 and 7 channel amplifiers, personally I am really pleased to see the return of Arcam's 7 channel one box amplifier which should make an awesome partner for the new AV40 processor
It's been a while since I've done one of our install blogs, more a lack of time than anything, if you do like to see what we have been up to though I do update on our instagram and Facebook pages with all our installs and latest news almost daily, it is much quicker than writing a blog so please follow us below for all our latest goings on -
Anyway back to the install, Christmas certain
Now this is an amp that a lot of people have been waiting for, me included, so I am really pleased to say that we now have the new Rega Aethos Amplifier on Permanent demo, just in time for our Rega Open Day, this coming Saturday, (November 23rd).
Over the last few years Rega have proved extremely popular with their Amplifiers, especially with the Elex-R and Elicit-R, personally I love the Elex-R so the addition of the Higher End £2999 Aethos is bound to be a great success.