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What Can I Say

Hi All,   Well, for once I really don’t know what to say other than a huge thanks to everyone involved who helped make our first Boys Toys Event something very special indeed, it certainly looks like the big man above is obviously car and HiFi fan as he really did lay on glorious weather which really helped make the day something quite special.   Now for the Oscar speech :-) Firstly I’d like to thank everyone at PMC Speakers who really did got the extra mile on this one, without them this woul

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Boys Toys Driving Route around The Wrestlingworth Ring!

Hi All,   As the weekend is now getting close we thought it would be worth posting the route that we will be driving through the Bedfordshire Countryside once we leave HiFi Lounge around 11.30am after breakfast to arrive at PMC around midday.   I really want to park all the sports cars in one area at HiFi Lounge so that we can all leave as a convoy, the idea is for only sports cars to come to HFL for breakfast, normally everyone would be welcome but due to restricted parking spaces and the num

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Boys Toys Day July 18th, Final Update!

Hi All,   I just want to post one more blog before the event next weekend, firstly I’d like to thank everyone who has registered to come along, the response has been truly amazing and due to the numbers now involved PMC Speakers have asked us to cap the numbers to just those who have registered now although if there are any other Lotus Owners thinking of coming let me know and I'l see if I can sneak you in :-)   For those who have registered please find a map below to PMC + the address to HiFi

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Devialet Phantom Unboxing, The Wait Really Is Over!

Hi All,   The same as many of you I have been looking forward to Devialet’s Phantom since announced late last year, well now the wait is over as our demo stock has just arrived so before I go and have a play I thought I would post a few pictures of the un-boxing of both the Silver Phantom and Dialog, our standard Demo Phantom will be with us early next week, I have to say that Devialet really have gone to town on the packaging, you really do feel like you really have purchased something very sp

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Exige LF1 with Larini Backbox!

Hi All,   Just thought I would upload a couple of Vids shot over the weekend when coming back from the British GP which shows my LF1 with a Larini backbox recently fitted.   I have always found the stock exhaust a little underwhelming and the Larini is most definitely a step in the right direction but I will probably add the manifold next as I would still like a bit more roar :)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBfSslpPdxo   [color=rgb(40,40,40)][font=Arial]The idea was to do a drive by and

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Boys Toys Day July 18th - UPDATE!

[URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Open%20Days/banner-hfl-boystoys-final-Final_zps2o53dsn9.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Open%20Days/banner-hfl-boystoys-final-Final_zps2o53dsn9.jpg[/img][/URL]   [B]An Open Day For Both HiFi and Car Enthusiasts.[/B]   Hi all,   Well with our Boys Toys Open day only a couple of weeks away now I thought I would do a quick update, basically we have over 100 people registered now with a great collection of cars com

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Astell&Kern’s New AK380 On Demo, Meet The Ultimate Portable Player!

Hi All,   Well the portable player market has moved at a fair old pace lately, largely driven by Astell&Kern I think it is fair to say. A couple of years ago if you had said there would be a £3000 portable player you could put in your pocket you would have been laughed out of the building and I would have probably been laughing along with everyone else, but slowly and surely Astell&Kern have proved that Highend Audio really is possible from something you can carry in your pocket and can

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Introducing a New Michell Engineering Turntable, The Orbe SE-R

Hi All,   As many will know we are big fans of Michell Engineering turntables here and it really isn’t everyday that they announce a new deck but we are very lucky to have been lent something new From Michell to give a try which is due to be released shortly, basically is it a re-think on the Orbe SE Turntable which can sit on the Michell Iso Base and with the matching SECure cover looks stunning but for some people it could be considered a little on the large side, so the SE-R is basically a l

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New Toy!

Unfortunately I can't quite stretch to a 3-Eleven but just bought a 11 year old Caterham Superlight R300 for fun and track use so thought I'd post a couple of pics, great fun, such a raw driving experience :)   [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Cars/IMG_1775_zpsap5djfgl.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Cars/IMG_1775_zpsap5djfgl.jpg[/img][/url]   [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Cars/IMG_1773_zpsjf6cg6h0.jpg.html"][img]http:/

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Devialet Open Day @ HiFi Lounge July 25th, Come and Hear Phantom!

[font=tahoma][size=4] [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Open%20Days/banner-hfl-devialet-openday_1_zps7hgxminh.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Open%20Days/banner-hfl-devialet-openday_1_zps7hgxminh.jpg[/img][/url][/size][/font] [font=tahoma][size=4] Hi All,[/size][/font] [font=tahoma][size=4] It’s unusual for us to do 2 open days over 2 weekends, one after the other, but I really can’t wait to be able to give everyone a chance to hear Deviale

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More Devialet Phantom News!

Hi All,   Just a quick Phantom update, We went to London on Monday for Devialet Training, really interesting, most of the day was spent listening to Phantom and showing how to set it all up, very intuitive with Dialog, look forward to try setting one up as a Bluetooth speaker without Dialog to see how that pans out, funnily enough I actually preferred the look of the standard Phantom with the white bass drivers and chrome trim, really looked stunning.   Another cool thing with the Phantom is t

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Devialet Phantom In HiFi Lounge At Long Last!

Hi All,   Now I know I can get a little over excited when we get a new product in here, emperors new cloths and all that, but ever since Devialet unveiled the Phantom just before Christmas I have been gagging to get my hands on one but due to Harrods exclusivity deal this wasn’t possible, although I nearly did venture into Harrods to buy one just so I could see if all the glowing reviews really were justified.   Well after a 6 month wait Devialet bought in a couple of Silver Phantoms for us to

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Wilton House SuperCar Sunday!

[color=rgb(20,24,35)][font=helvetica] Hi All,[/font][/color][color=rgb(20,24,35)][font=helvetica] We went to the Wilton House Supercar show on Sunday, not sure how this event passed me by as it has been running for a few years now but I was only made aware of it a few months ago, but I have to say it was one of the best car events I have ever attended, amazing selection of cars in a beautiful setting, If you love cars I'd definately recommend it for next year [i][u]smile emoticon[/u][/i][/font

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Astell&Kern AK Jr Now On Demo!

Hi All,   Just a quickie to say that we now have Astell&Kern’s new entry level player on demo, the new AK Jr, At £399 it seems wrong to call it entry level as this really is a beautifully made product that just screams quality.   Compared to the other models higher up the range it is a much slimmer and lighter design with a different user interface but it is equally as intuitive and user friendly but most importantly it really does perform, it is perhaps not quite a refined as the AK100 bu

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PMC Speakers Golden Ticket is Back!

[URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/PMC%20Speakers/image001_zpskwnh2olf.png.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/PMC%20Speakers/image001_zpskwnh2olf.png[/img][/URL]   Hi all,   This proved to be a very popular promotion last time PMC run it so they have decided to bring it back for June, July and August this year.   Basically if you buy a any new Twenty Series speakers during these 3 months you have a chance to get your money back, so you get a free pair

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Audeze Deckard Headphone Amplifier Now On Demo!

Hi All,   Just a quick post to say that the much anticipated Audeze Deckard Headphone Amplifier is now on demo + we do have very limited stock from the first shipment so if you would like to grab one it would be worth moving quickly as there is no ETA on the next delivery into the UK.   If you’d like to come in for a demo please don’t hesitate to get in touch, priced at £599 it is very competitively priced and will be the perfect partner for the Audeze range of headphones plus other brands + i

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Nordost Heimdall 2 Headphone Cables Now On Demo!

[URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/Untitled2_zpsgjz91qrh.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/Untitled2_zpsgjz91qrh.jpg[/img][/URL]   Hi All,   For sometime now we have been looking to bring on a range of headphone cables to offer our customers but for one reason or another it proved quite difficult to find the right brand to work with, then Nordost got in touch and brought along their Heimdall 2 cable. When i

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A Big Thanks To Naim For a Great Day Out at Silverstone Yesterday!

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Cars/IMG_1465_zpskyowtftx.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Cars/IMG_1465_zpskyowtftx.jpg[/img][/url]   Hi All,   It certainly all seems to be cars, cars and more cars here at the moment, every weekend we seem to be at a different car event, this weekend though was pretty cool as Wendy and myself got invited along to Silverstone for the Blancpain GT race at Silverstone as guests of Naim Audio and Bentley Cars, N

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Finals New Sonorous Highend Headphones Announced, On Demo For 1 Week!

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/1_zpsqag3plik.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/1_zpsqag3plik.jpg[/img][/url]   Hi All,   We had a couple of visitors yesterday from Final Audio Design, soon the be re-branded as Final, fresh from their showing at the Munich Highend Show at the weekend where they launched 2 very special new headphones, the Sonorous range which comprises of the Sonorous VIII and X, luckil

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Next from Astell&Kern, The AK380

Hi All,   There is certainly no stopping Astell&Kern at the moment as at Munich yesterday they announced their new flagship portable player, the AK380, details are very scarce at the moment, other than what I have got from their website, please see below, more news as we get it, I’d imagine you won’t get any change from £3000 -   [url="http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/astell-and-kern/astellampkern-ak380-dual-dac-portable-player"]http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/astell-and-kern/astellam

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Chord Electronics Launch New Reference DAC, Meet DAVE!

[url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/CHORD_DAVE_FR_WHT_zpszc15prgd.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/CHORD_DAVE_FR_WHT_zpszc15prgd.jpg[/img][/url]   Hi All,   It is that time of year again when the Munich Highend Show is on and most manufacturers launch some really exciting new products, but this is the one that has caught my eye.   I must admit I have been totally won over by Chords DAC’s recently, starting with the Hugo, then

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Boys Toys Day July 18th, Bedfordshire, Calling all Lotus Drivers!

[url=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Open%20Days/banner-hfl-boystoys-2_3_zpshm7ak05d.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Open%20Days/banner-hfl-boystoys-2_3_zpshm7ak05d.jpg[/img][/url] [b]An Open Day For Both HiFi and Car Enthusiasts.[/b] Hi All, Firstly thanks to Bibs for letting me post this one the Lotus Forums as this is a car event with a difference that I would love to get a great collection of Lotus Cars together for, basically the plan i

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TLF Lotus International Day Pictures!

Hi All, Had an excellent day yesterday at TLF Lotus international day, thanks to Bibs and team for organising it, the weather was great but even better was the turn out of beautiful Lotus's, I have just posted a few of my Fav's below - One day I really would love a Europa - [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Cars/IMG_1342_zpsvcq7sjpb.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Cars/IMG_1342_zpsvcq7sjpb.jpg[/img][/url] I think this is the First Ev

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Chord Hugo TT Is Here At Last :-)

Hi Everyone, I think it is fair to say that we get our fair share of toys to play with in here but there is one product that I have eagerly been waiting for since announced a few months ago, the Chord Hugo TT. Well a courier has just delivered our demo model so I downed tools straight away and took a few pictures, it is now warming up nicely upstairs in our demo room ready for a good listen later, then it may well find its way into my van to take it home tonight for further testing :-) I’m

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Introducing the Stax SRS-5170 Kimik Earspeaker System!

[URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/_bild_1418731125_zpsy2wfacvc.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/_bild_1418731125_zpsy2wfacvc.jpg[/img][/URL] Hi All, I have to admit that when it comes to headphones I have a soft spot for Stax as they really do offer something totally unique in the headphone arena, or should I say earspeaker arena. They offer a delicacy, speed and insight into the recording that most o

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