Just a quick blog to say that we are sailing pretty close to the wind regarding the launch party tomorrow for our new Highend Headphones showroom but after a week of 10pm finishes it really is all starting to all come together and the end is in sight, I have to say that it is really looking pretty good.
I’ll keep this short for a change as really need to get back over there and get everything working, we did have one scare as for some reason the power sockets for all the amps kept
I’m a bit late posting this but it took a while to catch up after showing at the National Audio show at the weekend, but the good news it that we pulled it off, after what seemed like months of planning I’m pleased to say that it all went off pretty smoothly and we’ve had some great feedback since the show which is great news, so I guess that means that Highend Headphones is now out there as a real company :-)
Firstly I’d like to thank three guys who started off as customers a
It has been a bit of a frantic week trying to get everything organised ready for the National Audio Show this weekend but we are nearly there.
After taking a big HiFi rig to last years National Audio show the idea this year was to to just take a few headphones and amps, the trouble is over the last few months that idea has grown to the point that we are now pretty much running the whole headphone area at the show, below is a picture I have just taken of all the amps we are taking and
Wow, where did that last year go, it only seems like yesterday that we were preparing for our 1st anniversary and here we are a year later making plans for our 2nd Anniversary. This is a very special one for me as when we were discussing starting a HiFi shop I hoped
I have posted that I am on the lookout for a red S2 M100 on Lotus Elan Central and a member got in touch as he is selling his unique Midnight Blue Elan, he popped it over to my work for me to have a look, it really is a stunning car in a very rare finish, I am probably making a mistake but I am holding out for a Calypso Red example, but if anyone is after a lovely example let me know and I'll put you in touch with Gary.
Now I have to admit that until last Friday I had never heard of the Obravo HAMT-1 headphones but when Ricardo from Absolute Sounds came in last Friday saying that he had found a new headphone that he thought was amazing, well I just had to have a listen.
Where the HAMT-1 stands on its own is that it uses Air Motion Transformer technology, or AMT for short, for the tweeter, this is considered by many speaker manufacturer’s to be the best tweeter technology available but as I underst
This is just a quick post to say that I have just got notification from the HiFiMan UK Distributor that the much anticipated HiFiMan HE-400i’s are now in the country and are available to buy from today, ready for immediate despatch, now I haven’t heard them but Mark, the distributor, was quite blown away when I spoke to him this morning so it certainly sounds like they are quite a special headphone, especially at that price point.
Now I can honestly say that I have never had s
Just thought I would post a quick update as with the National Audio Show next weekend followed by the launch of Highend Headphones showroom the week after it is going to be a busy couple of weeks, I seemed to be awake half the night last night trying to figure out how to connect up 20 headphone amps for the show with as few sources as possible, so far managed 11 amps from 2 sources, well that is in theory anyway :-)
The reason for this post is that a large milestone in the setting
Just a quick update in between being busy putting furniture together for the new headphone shop launch in a couple of weeks to say that we now have the much anticipated new OPPO PM-2 headphones on permanent demo.
I think it is fair to say that the OPPO PM-1’s have been extremely well received and really bought something different to the headphone arena what with being very easy to drive, extremely comfortable and offering a very insightful, detailed and clean sound whilst retaining
I think it is fair to say that Arcam really are on it at the moment as we now have their new A49 Integrated Amp on demo and it really is something quite special.
We got it in last week but it wasn’t until Saturday that I had a chance to have a proper listen, once with a customer then later in the evening. I was always keen to listen to this amp at length as it uses a new type of amp design called Class G which Arcam promised would be something quite special and it appears that
I have just posted this on Lotus Elan Central but thought that it may be worth mentioning on here, as my search continues for an excellent example of a M100 in as original condition as possible I thought that it would be cool to try and track down my original M100 which I bought new in 1992, so I was just wondering if anyone knows where H574 TPW might ne?
I found some old pics that I've scanned below from when I first bought it, that is not my house btw :)
A couple of dates for everyones diary’s, the first is Saturday September 27th which is our new shop launch for Highend Headphones, all being well it will all be kitted out and up and running by then as there still seems so much
It’s certainly been quite a while since there has been a new product announcement from Bryston and I guess this is more of an revisement rather than a new product but it is certainly a good idea, so basically Bryston have now added the BDP-1USB to their range.
The idea is that if you have a USB DAC like the BDA-2 you can run direct from the BDP-1USB via USB meaning that you don’t need an internal sound card creating a cheaper product, the difference between this version is tha
I Just wanted to post that we now have the new Beyerdynamic A2 Headphone Amplifier on demo, it is notable for a couple of features, firstly as you would expect from anything built in Germany it is beautifully finished, it really feels quite solid and well made, it also comes with a remote control which is something that more and more amps are now coming with which I feel is quite important as I do like to sit back when listening on headphones so a remote is quite handy.
Just thought I would post a few pictures from yesterdays Lotus Festival, a great day out, there is nothing better than being surrounded by so many beautiful Lotus cars :-)
My trusty Elise up for sale sitting next to a gorgeous Exige!
The Elans were out if force, cant make my mind up whether to go for red or yellow!
A really quick one this as I sit here on one of our quieter Saturday afternoons, I just thought I would post our new Highend Headphone Logo, I was really happy with our original logo that our web designer Jstyla came up with but we employed a graphics company to reproduce it in the different formats to be able to use for print and in true designer fashion he just couldn’t help himself and began to tinker, in the end he has come up with something that retains the original design b
Whilst I was changing the Grado product ranges over to the new ‘e’ series on the website the other day I noticed that Grado have a done a funky set of pictures for their new range of headphones so I thought it would be cool to post them up here.
Also you can check out their new ‘e’ Series below, we have got a selection on demo + you will be able to hear them at the Headzone at the National Audio show, Whittlebury Hall on September 21/22 as we take over the headphone department, mor
That has kind of bought everything up to date, I'm off the Brands tomorrow for the Lotus festival, really can't wait, so hopefully get some nice pictures there.
Really looking forward to see if there are any mint red M100's for sale, if anyone knows of one please let me know.
Yesterday I was lucky enough to spend some time listening to the very special Ultrasone Edition 5 Headphones, these are special for so many reasons, which I will go through shortly.
I did listen to these briefly at Munich back in May and was instantly impressed so when the Ultrasone guys offered to pop over for an extended listen, well I wasn’t going to say no.
Firstly there are only 555 pairs of Ultrasone Edition 5’s available worldwide with only 20 pairs coming into the UK mak
This is just a quick message to let everyone know that we have just been notified that to keep everything in line with the US Dollar that the UK pricing for all Audeze headphones has just been reduced by around £100 for each model, some by more.
Please see below for the new pricin
I just thought I would post a quick update regarding how we are getting on with the refurbishment of the old stable building that we are turning into a Headphone Demo facility, basically we have had the decorators in, yesterday the floor went down and next week the CCTV and Alarm systems are being fitted, once this has been done we can start with the fun part of getting all the Headphones / Amps and DACs up and running.
A date for everyones diary, We are having our official la
We seem to have been waiting for ages to get our hands on HiFiMan’s new HE-560 headphones, I heard them first at the Munich Highend Show back in May and was instantly impressed so I was really pleased when a HiFiMan labelled box arrived yesterday.
These headphones are entering a very competitive area of the higher end headphone market and being the direct replacement for the excellent HE-500’s they certainly have big shoes to fill. HiFiman are probably best known for making pretty
I just wanted to mention that we now have the 2 new models on demo from Astell&Kern, the AK100 II and AK120 II, these are 2nd generation players that now replace the outgoing AK100 and AK120.
It looks like Astell&Kern learnt a lot when developing their top of the range AK240 and have now put a lot of that into the new models like MQS streaming, which I find really useful when listening at home as it gives the user the ability to access all their music stored on a NAS drive
The first time I saw these new players was at Munich a couple of weeks ago and I was a little surprised to be honest as the range seemed to be getting too complicated but it now looks like the original AK100 and AK120 will soon be discontinued to be replaced by these new 2nd generation models.
It seems as if Astell&Kern have learned a lot from the development of the flagship AK240 model and have decided to re-fresh the lower models to include many of the features from the AK240
It really isn’t everyday that a new brand enters the headphone arena, we all know that OPPO have proved their worth with their stunning Blu-Ray players over the last few years but the headphone market is a very competitive place at the moment, particularly at the highend so as a big fan of what OPPO have achieved with their disc spinners I have been looking forward to both these products for some time now.
Obviously they come with the fantastic OPPO packaging that OPPO are renowne