I just wanted to post a few pictures of a really lovely McIntosh and Wilson Audio system that we installed the other day, 2 iconic American HiFi companies, basically comprising of the McIntosh MA8900 Integrated Amp, the MT2 Turntable which I have to say looked absolutely stunning and the MVP901 Universal Disc player partnered with one of my favourite speakers, the incredible Wilson Audio Sabrina X Speakers, which give such a big and involving sound for what it a pretty small sp
So this is a first, an install blog for some speaker and XLR cables, I must admit when I started HFL that I never thought I’d drive nearly 2 hours to install some cables but but these are not just any old cables but arguably the best in the world, the Transparent Magnum Opus Generation 6 cables which have just come out, these are actually serial number 0002 so if the manufacturer keeps 0001 for themselves this will be the first pair in the world, I’m a big cable believer so I w
[B]Lotus Elise Trophy Race Updates Rounds 2 and 3![/B]
Got a little behind with our race updates I'm afraid as we have now completed race 2 of our Elise Trophy which was at Silverstone and was very wet and I wasn't very competitive to be honest so the less we say about that the better but then we went to Oulton Park last weekend and it was great weather and I felt I really started to get the best from myself and the car although I did find a second on my last very lap whic
I just wanted to put out a quick post to say that I am totally addicted to Gary Numan's latest album 'Intruder', and highly recommend you give it a listen if you haven't already, fantastic music, extremely well produced, on PMC Speakers apparently, with a great story running through it where basically the Earth is talking to Humans on how we are ruining the planet, if you just try the title track 'Intruder' that will give you a good taste of the album and is my favourite track
Well this is certainly exciting news as today we can announce the awesome Naim Solstice Special Edition Turntable, this is Naim’s first ever turntable and it really is something very special indeed, the only bad news is that it is limited to 500 worldwide with only 120 in the UK so once it is gone that is it but that certainly guarantees it instant classic status, I really can’t see the 500 hanging around long.
As a quick overview it is a complete package so it comes with
Well is was certainly a big day last Friday as we became the first UK dealer to take delivery of the new Wilson Audio Alexx V speakers for demo and and I really can't put into words just how incredible these speakers are.
Firstly the looks, well if you are going to have a Statement speaker then you need a colour that will really stand out, and as Wilson can do any colour out there, I decided to go with my favourite colour and in a tribute to one of my favourite artists, t
Every now and again the perfect product comes along, something without compromise that ticks all the boxes for features, build quality, performance and price and I would argue that the new Naim Uniti Atom Headphone Edition is one of those products.
Basically it is everything that is loved with the Uniti range but maximized to get the best from your headphones, so if you are looking for a new compact headphone amp that has a top quality streamer built in and that caters for Bala
So last weekend we had our first race in the Lotus Elise at Donnington Park, one of my favourite tracks, firstly it was a huge tick as I can now say I have raced a Lotus 😁
So how did it go? if I am totally honest I was a little disappointed that I wasn't a little quicker but we did come away with a trophy for third place in our class so I really can't complain at that and as seat time is so important, and I was racing people who have been in the Elise Trophy for years, then I'm
I just thought I would post some pictures of the conversion of our Road Lotus Elise into a Race car, Lotus used to supply race Elise's but no longer do unfortunately so if you want to race in the Lotus Elise Trophy you have 3 options really, buy an Elise that has already been converted, buy a used Elise and convert it, there are certainly a lot of S1 Elise's racing or the way we did it, buy a brand spanking new Elise then pull it all apart, replace a hell of a lot of parts and
I just wanted to share some pictures from our shakedown drive of the new race Lotus Elise at Silverstone last Friday, back there again this Sunday for one more drive before the season starts at Donington on April 23rd.
The day went well other than it raining most of the day but the Elise drove beautifully until the end of the day where we got a bad judder on the front left corner and also realised that trying to drive on a track with traction control switched on isn't the best
I just wanted to post a few pictures of the awesome SME 30 with the 12" Series V tonearm fitted with the Koetsu Blue Lace Agate cartridge we recently supplied to one of our very lucky customers, it really doesn't get much better than this in my view, the total package comes in at around £45,000 so it is a pretty serious vinyl setup, for me it was the 12" arm that stole the show, I just couldn't stop looking at it, we are all so used to 9" arms that when you see the extra length
So this is an idea I have had for a while so I am excited to finally announce the launch of iLounge Racing.
What is iLounge Racing I hear you say?
So the idea behind iLounge Racing, hope you like the name by the way, basically HiFi Lounge without the Hif, is that we have got some exciting motorsport, racing simulator and car plans for the year ahead and I know a lot of our customers are also Petrolheads but I am also aware that not all HiFi enthusiasts share this passion s
I am excited to announce that for the 2021 motorsport season we will be competing in the Lotus Elise Trophy Championship around the UK's best circuits and here is our new race car fresh from the Lotus Cars Production line.
I've owned Lotus's for over 30 years now, my first true car love was a Lotus Elan M100 back in 1989 and since then I have had the pleasure of owning quite a few Lotus Cars, so to finally get to race a Lotus is super exciting and especially so as Lotus recently announced t
So we are unashamedly big Wilson Audio fans at HFL, I feel extremely privileged to have been to David Wilson’s house to hear the extraordinary Wamm Master Chronosonic Speakers a few years ago and although they gave the best HiFi Experience I have ever heard at knocking on for £1 million with the subs that was never going to be achievable but quietly I have always dreamed of adding a pair of Wilson Alexx’s to our ‘Highend’ demo room so with the news last week that Wilson will be
Some headphone news for a change, the headphone market has definitely settled down now from 3-4 years ago where there seemed to be something new coming out every week so it is nice to have something new to look forward to with the McIntosh MHA200 Valve amplifier just announced.
McIntosh certainly know how to make good looking kit and this really is pure McIntosh, it reminds me of a mini version of the Iconic McIntosh 275 Stereo Amp, it is guaranteed to deliver also catering for
So I must admit I have become a bot of an Accuphase fan boy since taking on the brand last year, firstly there isn't much HiFi out there that is as well made as Accuphase but at the end of the day that is pointless if it doesn't sound any good and that is where Accuphase really wins as whether looking at their integrated amps or their Pre/Power's you get a very natural and organic sound but with no loss of detail, it really is a sound you could listen to all genres of music too for
Just a quickie to say at last Audio Research have announced their Reference 80S Stereo Power amp, this is the one everyone has been waiting for as the outgoing Reference 75se was a very popular amp for Audio Research and the new 80S is bound to carry on that tradition, we have ordered our demo model so that will be with us shortly, if this is of any interest please feel free to get in touch as I'll be happy to lend it out bearing in mind we are currently closed for demos unfortunate
I must admit this isn't probably the best time to be buying new demo stock bearing in mind it looks like we will remain closed for the foreseeable future but I'm really pleased to have added the REL Acoustics Reference G1 MK II Subwoofer for demo so that it is all ready and waiting for us to welcome everyone back in to the shop once we are allowed.
I know I keep banging on about how fundamentally important subwoofers, especially REL's thanks to their H
Hope everyone is OK and keeping themselves safe and entertained somehow, it certainly looks like this Lockdown is going to be a long one unfortunately, have to say we have started 2021 with a bang as it has been very busy which I am extremely grateful for, I just thought I would do a quick post to mention that in theory we are still allowed to offer 'Click and Collect' although how essential a journey to HFL is open to debate I guess but with everyone looking for ways to pass t
Firstly Happy New Year, here we go again, another year and unfortunately another Lockdown, needless to say the only thing that really matters is that we all stay safe and well as the Virus is certainly much worse at the moment so we really can’t be too careful at this time, with the first lockdown I hardly spoke to anyone who had it or knew anyone who had but this time it seems to be everywhere, who would have thought last March during the first lockdown it would be worse come
Please follow the below link to HFL's look back at 2020, certainly a year like no other -
Plus we've got some exciting news regarding next years Motorsport fun + an exciting new business venture to look forward to #bringon2021 👍
Hope everyone is safe and well, over the last couple of months it has been pretty frantic in here which I am very thankful for but one of the casualties has been that I haven’t had any time for an blogs and updates on the latest goings on at HFL.
As we said before even a world pandemic doesn’t appear to stop HiFi and over the last month or so we have had some exciting new demo products come in so I normally would write a quick blog about each but as the year draws to an end I t
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