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And Now For Something a Little Different!

Hi All, Hope everyone is OK during this 2nd lockdown, now this isn't exactly HiFi related but I know a lot of our customers are petrolheads and love their motorsport, very much like me so thought it may be of interest. So my other passion other than music is playing racing games and in particular driving simulators, I started way back in 1984 with REV's on the BBC Micro, arguably the world's first racing simulator and I haven't stopped since, wow that is 36 years, to be honest I should

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Lockdown 2.0 - Home Demo’s + Collection Service Available.

Hi all, I hope everyone is safe and well, we say that so much over the years but never before has it meant so much so we really hope everyone is OK and keeping sane, especially as we are now in another lockdown and face an uncertain winter ahead, the first lockdown was actually good timing for HiFi retail as it was in the Spring / Summer which is always quieter but Lockdown 2 really couldn’t have come at a worse time as the 2 months up to Christmas are generally the busiest months of the ye

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Naim / Focal Promotion To Beat The Lockdown Blues!

Hi Everyone, Well as we enter Lockdown 2 there is actually some good news out there as Naim and Focal are doing some really cracking packages comprising or Naim Uniti products partnered with Focal speakers that also comes with 4 meters of Naim speaker cables terminated so you have an awesome system that is already to run straight out the box where you can save up to £1800, please find more information below but if you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch as I'll be in th

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The New SME Model 6 Turntable + the Legendary SME Model 20 Now on Demo.

Hi Everyone, So the vinyl revival show's no sign of stopping, saying that I think it is time we stop calling it a revival as I would say Vinyl is now here to stay good and proper, it has seen off that pesky challenger in the form of CD and rightly so, the only reason really that vinyl has shown such dexterity is because it just sounds so damn fine, I know there is the whole nostalgia thing and us humans like to own stuff but at the end of the day the main reason vinyl is now so strong is be

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Sonus Faber Trade Up Promotion + New Lumina Speakers on Demo!

Hi All, A couple of bits of Sonus Faber news, firstly from now till the 31st December Sonus Faber are holding a promotion where if you trade in your current speakers you will get the full new value back on them against a new pair of Sonus Faber speakers which really is a cracking deal, if you would like more information please feel free to get in touch, this promotion is on Sonus Faber speakers starting with the Sonetto Range all the way to the very top models. Also we now have the new

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Franco Serblin Speakers now on Permanent Demo, Something Truly Special & Unique!

Hi All, I am really pleased to say that we have now added Franco Serblin speakers to our portfolio, for those who don't know Franco Serblin was best known for forming Sonus Faber in 1983 and creating many stunning speaker designs which were always considered beautiful in design but also extremely musical and natural in presentation, In 2006, after 33 years at Sonus Faber, he left to pursue starting a speaker company in his own name designing even more beautiful speakers where catching the e

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Sennheiser HD800 Anniversary

Sennheiser Launch The Limited Edition HD800S Anniversary Edition Headphones! Hi All, Just a quickie to say that to celebrate their 75th Anniversary Sennheiser have launched a Limited Edition pair of the HD800S's, there are only 750 pairs worldwide, 25 pairs coming to the UK and we have managed to secure 2 pairs, they have a really nice Matt gold finish, they also have an individual engraved serial number and the best part of all they are the same price as the original HD800S's at £1399

The New Wilson Audio SabrinaX Speakers Now on Permanent Demo!

Hi All,   So it is always big news when Wilson Audio launch new speakers, arguably makers of the best speakers in the world, but when it is a new version of the brilliant Sabrina then for me it is even bigger news as the Sabrina is one of my favourite speakers ever.   Now I know that I love big speakers but from a design perspective there is something magical about getting a really big and musical sound from a small speaker and for me this is why the Sabrina i

PMC Ci140 Speakers + Bryston 28B3 Amplifiers Installed at Home!

Hi All, PMC Ci140 Speakers So we've had this week off, what do you do on your week off? Yeah play with new speakers and amps for our home system, a real busman's holiday, first we installed the new Epic PMC Ci140's for rear speakers, they are not exactly small but are the perfect match for our BB5 SE's and really do sound incredible, a huge step up from the PMC Wafer 2's we were using beforehand. I actually wired them up to test for 2 channel and they really are quite incredible,

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dCS Vivaldi 4 Box Stack Now on Demo to Complete Our New £300K Reference System!

Hi All, So way back in January, yes before we knew how Covid was going to change the world, I decided that it would be cool to have a so called resident 'Reference' system in our Highend Room so I placed a load of orders for a lot of Highend kit to create this system, then Covid hit and I thought Bugger as lot of it started to arrive during lockdown and needed paying for, but we are through that now and the system is complete and up and running and sounds incredible and was worth every penn

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Dan D'Agostino Joins HFL's Portfolio!

Hi All, So this is a big one for us, over the years I have always wanted to add Dan D'Agostino to our portfolio, for 2 reasons really, one for the looks, I just think they look beautiful although I am aware that they do divide opinion and also that when it comes to Highend Hifi, especially amplifiers then Dan D'Agostino is up there with the very best and arguably the Relentless Monoblocks, at around £250,000 for a pair, are considered the best on the planet so is it is a great honour to add

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Big Tick On The Bucket List This Weekend!

[B]Big Tick On The Bucket List This Weekend![/B] Hi All, So life really is for living in my book and last weekend was a huge tick on the bucket list after spending 3 days racing in our Radical SR1 at Silverstone on the Grand Prix layout, only a few days after the F1 circus left and we had a new HiFi Lounge Livery on the car to celebrate. The event was a Radical invitational so we didn't score any championship points but we joined the back for the Radical SR3 grid and gatecrashed t

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New REL 212/SX Subwoofer Installed At HFL and at Home!

Hi All, So I have been banging on for years how all 2 channel systems benefit from running a dedicated REL Subwoofer to underpin the front left and right speakers and it looks like the word is really getting out there now as we have never demoed and sold so many subwoofers as we have over the last few months, infact REL have seen unprecedented demand so it looks as if Covid has helped people see the light somehow, for me adding a Sub is the best pound for pound upgrade there is to get more

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Full Range of the New PMC Twenty5i Series Speakers now on Demo!

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to say that we now have the full range of the new PMC Twenty5i  Series speakers on permanent demo, these were announced sometime ago and where due to be with us much sooner than this but obviously a little thing called Covid 19 decided to come along and ruin our fun but the good news is that they are all now here and are sounding excellent. I don't know how they do it but it really sounds like PMC have made even more gains with their Twenty5 range, now on it's

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Focal Scala Utopia Evo Speakers Now on Demo, What a Stunner!

Hi All, Another day and more new demo stock, this time I have to say this is one of the prettiest speakers we have ever had at HiFi Lounge, the Focal Scala Evo Speakers in the new Noyer Natural Finish, I nearly went for blue but took a gamble on this finish and I'm so glad I did as they really are gorgeous, they look good in the pictures but are even better when seen in the showroom and the great news is that they really do sound as good as they look. So far I have run them with Naim,

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Accuphase E-800 Pure Class A Integrated Amplifier now on Demo!

Hi All, Just a really quick one to say that we now have the new Accuphase E-800 Pure Class A Integrated amplifier now on Demo, this is my first foray into Class A solid state amplification and I have to say I can see why people like this kind of amplification as it really does give an extremely natural presentation but with great control, it really is very engrossing. The E-800 is basically 50 watts into 8 ohms which at Class A is pretty much enough power to drive any speakers out ther

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Taiko Audio SGM Extreme Music Server Now On Permanent Demo, This is A Quantum Leap For Digital Music!

Hi Everyone, Now I am super excited about this new product we have just taken delivery of for demo. In 8 years of HiFi Lounge I would argue this is the most groundbreaking piece of HiFi we have had through our doors. I’m sure Taiko Audio isn’t a name everyone has heard of but I’m pretty confident they are about to change the digital music landscape with their SGM Extreme, for those who don’t know it is basically a £25,000 Music Server and a Roon Core and End Point all in one rather beautifu

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SME Model 12A Turntable now on Permanent Demonstration!

Hi All, This is just a quickie to say that we now have the SME Model 12A turntable on permanent demo to go with our Model 15 that we also have on demo. At £8550 unbelievably the Model 12A is SME Entry turntable but make no mistake this is a real high end offering, the build quality really has to be seen to be believed and you have to listen to it to understand why SME are considered one of the best manufacturers of turntables in the world today. It comes with the SME Model 309 ton

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Transparent Reference Cables Now On Demo!

Hi All, As we continue to up the specification of our main system in our so called 'Highend Room' I am really pleased to now have a full loom of Transparent Reference Cables here in preparation of the last 2 pieces of the jigsaw to arrive, I think it is fair to say that when it comes to High-end Cables Transparent rule the roost so it really is great to be able to now have a full set on permanent demo, this little lot comes to around £50k which is Transparents Mid level, you can spend much

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We’re Back Open Again and Couldn’t be Happier!

Hi Everyone, Firstly it goes without saying that I hope everyone has stayed fit well over the last few months and also you have stayed mentally sane as these have certainly been times like no other we have been going through with a variety of different challenges but it does appear that the worst is now behind us, well let’s certainly hope so and like most of the country’s ‘Non Essential’ shops (although I would argue we are pretty essential for a lot of our customers) we will be reopening

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Chord Electronics Ultima Pre 2 Reference Now On Demo!

Hi All, So I’ve been meaning to partner our demo Chord Electronics mighty Ultima 2 Mono Power Amps with some Wilson’s for a while but I knew we would have our new demo Ultima 2 Preamplifier here soon so wanted to wait till then so we could do a full Chord setup and last week we received our Ultima 2 pre so it was game on, now we normally run the Ultima 2 amplifiers on our PMC Fenestria’s and I can honestly say I have never heard them sound better so I was really keen to give a full Chord se

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Wilson Audio Alexia 2 Speakers now on Permanent Demo, They're So Good :-)

Hi Everyone, So next in our post Lockdown new demo kit announcements is rather special, what with the Munich Highend Show cancelled this year we thought we would up our reference system to bring a slice of Munich to Millow so starting with the speakers we now have the awesome Wilson Audio Alexia 2's on permanent demo, these are the next one up in the range from the brilliant Sasha DAW's which are a really popular speaker for us but the Alexia really takes it to the next level with a more op

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Accuphase Joins HFL's Portfolio, Now on Permanent Demo!

Hi All, So the next news we have in readiness for the lifting of retail Lockdown is that we are really proud to add Accuphase to our portfolio of brands and products, for those you don't know Accuphase is considered Japan's High end HiFi offering to the world. I must admit that when I was first shown one of the integrated amps by my rep a few months ago I was tottally smitten by the looks even before it had made a single note , I mean what is not to love about the VU Meters and their v

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Fyne Audio F1-8 Speakers Now on Permanent Demo!

Hi Everyone, So with the end of retail lockdown now in sight I wanted to do a few blogs of a fair bit of new demo stock that arrived just before lockdown, it seemed weird announcing loads of new demo stock when we couldn't do any demos but all being well we'll be back open on June 15th so hopefully it will be all systems go again soon. Anway due to how much I love the Fyne Audio F1-5's I just couldn't resist ordering the F1-8's for demo which arrived a week before lockdown but that was

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New Speakers For Home, PMC BB5 SE’s, Uncompromisingly Big and Beautiful!

Hi All, So this all goes back well over a decade ago, long before HFL was even a glint in our eyes, when myself and Wendy attended an PMC Open Day at Unilet where the PMC BB5’s where being showcased and I remember it clearly when Wendy looked at me and said ‘We’ve got to get a pair of those’ unfortunately at the time we couldn’t fit them in our living room so we ‘settled’ for the MB2i’s which as I’ve said before inadvertently led to the opening of HFL as I became totally addicted to them an

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