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.
This is just a quickie to say that we now have the Magneplanar 20.7 Speakers on Demo, most definitely the biggest speaker we ever have had in HiFi Lounge that is for sure but they really do sound absolutely incredible.
I love Maggies but due to their size they are not for everyone but pretty much everyone that hears them are captivated by them, they offer a presentation quite like nothing else so when a customer rang a couple of weeks ago enquiring if he could demo the 3.7
So we’ve had some great open days this year but I can’t think of a better way to finish of the year now that the evenings are drawing in and Winter is approaching fast, so proper HiFi weather, than having a Rega open where we can celebrate and play vinyl all day so if you love your music please feel free to join us.
There will be 4 demo rooms running and we are looking forward to our yearly visit from Chris and Dawn selling their great mix of new and used vinyl which is al
I have said it many times that for me speakers are the most important part of a good hifi setup, obviously everything has to be well balanced but as far as I am concerned if I had to choose one area where the biggest investment should be made then it would be on the speakers hence why we have so many demo speakers in here with more arriving quite frequently, so I thought I would just write a quick blog on our latest additions.
I’m a big Wilson fan a
It is just a quick one to say that we will be helping Absolute Sounds run their room at the Ascot HiFi Show this weekend (October 26th and 27th) so if you are planning on going please stop by to say hello.
Really looking forward to this as it was always a good show when held at Windsor but this should be on another scale now it has moved to Ascot which is set to give a brilliant setting to some of the worlds best HiFi, Can’t wait.
Hope to see you there, more info belo
Well it seems to have been a long time coming but today our demo Rega Planar 10 arrived fitted with Rega's new Apheta 3 Moving Coil Cartridge, so far I have unboxed it and listened to one side of an LP and already it is sounding excellent, this really is a much anticipated turntable and I know it won't disappoint, please find a link below to the PL10 on our website -
I thought it has been a long time since we did s
So the above pictures say it all really, saying that I had an awesome 3 days at Donington Park last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, basically 2 days of testing on the full GP layout but unfortunately not enough marshalls arrived on race day so we had to qualify and race on the shorter National layout which I actually prefer but not everything went to plan in the final race.
The strange thing from the whole weekend was that on my 8th lap on Thursday morning after just arriving at Donington I
So there has certainly been a lot of exciting new releases announced over the last couple of weeks so I just thought I would do a quick overview of what has been announced, most of it on permanent demo soon, if you’d like any more information please feel free to give me a ring.
When it comes to home cinema Receivers and Processors then Arcam really do lead the way so it is great news that they have just announced the new range with a shiny new look to car
I’m not really one for blowing my own trumpet but if you’re bored at all there is an article on HiFi Lounge in the summer HiFi Pig magazine, around page 30, please find a link below, talks a bit about our Radical racing also 👍
For the eagle eyed amongst you some of you hopefully noticed that we have put a direct link to our eBay store on the navigation bar of our new website so I just thought I’d mention this in a quick blog as we do quite a lot of trade ins and some kit is listed on our site under the Ex-Display / Pre-owned section but all of it is listed on eBay, this is updated regularly so please keep an eye out.
So if you are after any new HiFi and have anything to trade in just let me know and
So Valves or Solid State? that is the question that a lot of audiophiles are faced with when looking to buy a new amp or pre-amp, well and now DAC’s thanks to PrimaLuna.
PrimaLuna have always been one of our most popular brands, even people that don’t come in to buy a valve amp are always intrigued to have a listen and in all honesty I have never had one person say that they don’t like the sound, it is impossible to not be cast under the spell of that tube sound so I am re
The above heading says it all really, we’ve been waiting for this one for quite some time now so I for one am really looking forward to it as the new Planar 8 is an incredible turntable for its price and I’m sure that the new PL10 is going to reset the benchmark to what is possible at this price point.
To go along with the new PL10 Rega are launching the new Apheta 3 MC cartridge which I am guessing most people will be partnering with their PL10, if bought together there i
I just wanted to say a big thanks for everyone who came along to this years Boys Toys Day, we were jammy with the weather again which was a relief. It was a day of 2 halves really with the breakfast car meet at HFL where we had a great selection of Marques again including, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lotus, Porsche, TVR, Mercedes but arguably the star of the show was a 1981 Citroen GSA Special which really was quite unique.
Then around midday many of us departed to Rye Ho
With less that a week to go now till our Boys Toys Day 2019 I thought I’d just write a quick update, the main news is that looking on Accuweahter we are in for a dry and sunny day which really is the main thing, so if you fancy getting your pride and joy out for a late summer blast please feel free to come over to HiFi Lounge from 9am onwards.
We will be here till midday with the BBQ sizzling away with sausage and bacon for breakfast with the demo rooms blasting out som
I’m really pleased to announce that our new website is now live, it is well overdue but anyone who has been involved in getting a new site up and running will know that it can be one of the most challenging aspects of running your own business but I want to say a huge thanks to Samuil Vladimirov and his team for doing an epic job, if anyone is looking for any web site work I can highly recommend these guys.
To be fair our old website held up well considering it was designe
Here are a few pics from our Radical SR1 race weekend at Snetterton a couple of weekends ago. It wasn't my best race weekend as the weather really threw up a few challenges and I just don't have the confidence in the wet but it is always great fun to drive the SR1 and we survived unscathed which was more than can be said for some.
The plan has always been to run our Boys Toys Day every other year but I always seem to buy a new car and then I just get the urge to organise another BTD, yep it's another Lotus, I really should stop looking on Pistonheads at all the temptations really, so as ever if you have an interesting car of any kind please feel free to come along, it’s just a good excuse to get your car out for a blast really and to mingle with fellow petrolheads.
For this year’s event we are going
Another quick blog to just say that we now have the new Chord Etude amplifier on permanent demo, this is a total re-design of Chord’s amplifier topology and although it may look small at 150 watts per channel it will drive most speakers with ease and at a cost of £3900 it won’t break the bank.
I set it up for a demo yesterday comprising of a Melco N1ZH into the Chord Hugo TT2 and M Scaler into the Etude driving the new PMC Fact.8 Signatures and I have to say that it really
Just a quick heads up to say that we now have the brilliant PMC Speakers new Fact.8 and Fact.12 Signature speakers now on Permanent demo, the fact range has always been popular with our customers, one because they look quite discreet so can fit in with a lot of peoples living spaces but mainly because they sound so good, I have always said that the Fact.8′s are one of my favourites and I have had Fact.12′s at home for a couple of years now and I have to say that the new Signatu
Exciting times ahead as we get ready to launch our new website, it has been quite a while in the making but the end is in sight and I just wanted to share this short video we have shot, this is the 1 minute version and the director’s cut ‘Lord Of The RIngs’ Mammoth 2 minute version will be on the new websites homepage once launched.
I’d like to thank Ian at IDB-Creative for doing a brilliant job as he didn’t have the best material to work with in all honesty but once I saw