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  1. A Really Nice McIntosh / Wilson Audio Install! Hi Everyone, 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 speaker. Please find a few pictures below and links to both brands on our website - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/mcintosh/ https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/wilson-audio/
  2. Hi Everyone, 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 speaker. Please find a few pictures below and links to both brands on our website - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/mcintosh/ https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/wilson-audio/
  3. Geoff Crammond's REVS, This Is Where It All Started For Me, Back In 1984! Hi all, So showing my age a little here but my love of Sim Racing began way back in 1984 on my BBC Micro with Geoff Crammond’s Rev’s, a F3 simulator that originally only came with one track, Silverstone, it was incredibly hard but was totally groundbreaking as it was arguably the world’s first motorsport simulator, later Geoff went on to steal many more hours of my life with his F1 Simulators, Grand Prix 1-4, again truly astonishing for their time. I came across this brilliant video last night on YouTube so thought it was worth sharing for anyone who also loved Rev’s but also as an educational piece to show where our Sim Racing love started. Plus you can also play it online on the below link – http://bbcmicro.co.uk//jsbeeb/play.php?autoboot&disc=http://bbcmicro.co.uk//gameimg/discs/267/Disc015-Revs.ssd&noseek Cheers, Paul.
  4. Great Racing at Hockenheim Until !!!!!!! This was the first time I had raced at Hockenheim on iRacing and it seemed to suit my driving style with quite possibly some of the best racing I have had on Iracing, well until lap 13 where we had what I would like to call a racing incident, awesome fun though, it was certainly very tense and I was a little sweaty once the race was over. If anyone fancies joining our Thursday night league races on iRacing please feel free to get in touch. Cheers, Paul.
  5. Transparent Magnum Opus Generation 6 Cable Install. Hi Everyone, 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 was rather excited by this install to say the least. Needless to say cables at this level were going on a rather nice system, basically a D’Agostino amp with Magico S7 speakers, I have heard this system a fair bit over the last year or so and I have to say I really have never heard it sound anywhere near this good once the cables where installed, incredible resolution, transparency and amazing bass control, I know something like this is out of most peoples reach but if you can and you have a system to appreciate them then I would say you should at least give them a try as they really will get the best from your HiFi. In other Transparent Generation 6 news, we now have our so called Reference System cabled up with the new Generation 6 Transparent Reference cables so please feel free to come in for a listen anytime. Anyway please find some pictures below from the install and a link below to Transparent on our website - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/transparent/ Cheers, Paul.
  6. Hi Everyone, 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 was rather excited by this install to say the least. Needless to say cables at this level were going on a rather nice system, basically a D’Agostino amp with Magico S7 speakers, I have heard this system a fair bit over the last year or so and I have to say I really have never heard it sound anywhere near this good once the cables where installed, incredible resolution, transparency and amazing bass control, I know something like this is out of most peoples reach but if you can and you have a system to appreciate them then I would say you should at least give them a try as they really will get the best from your HiFi. In other Transparent Generation 6 news, we now have our so called Reference System cabled up with the new Generation 6 Transparent Reference cables so please feel free to come in for a listen anytime. Anyway please find some pictures below from the install and a link below to Transparent on our website - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/transparent/ Cheers, Paul.
  7. Vipers

    Lotus Emira

    Just sent my deposit to Lotus Silverstone, I was really determined to not buy an Emira then I saw it and couldn't resist, I'm so weak. My logic is that most of my other cars are a bit bonkers so actually makes sense to have a Lotus that I can drive more regularly for a change, will be going AMG, probably yellow with silver wheels to match my S1, really want the red interior but will have to think about that a bit more. Really looking forward to seeing it at Goodwood now on Sunday.
  8. Vipers

    Lotus Emira

    Doesn't look like it.
  9. Vipers

    Lotus Emira

    Not sure if already mentioned by anyone else but just got my copy of Evo delivered with a nice Emira cover and an 8 page spread so hope to learn some more info from that.
  10. Vipers

    Lotus Emira

    I'm totally sold, the Evora never really worked its charms on me but I love everything about the Emira, very, very tempted but will take a look at it first at Goodwood on Sunday but with only a £2000 deposit needed at this stage it is going to be hard to resist. I would go with the AMG lump as I have the 3-11 430 so don't really need another iteration of the V6, colour is a little more tricky but thinking yellow to match our S1 Elise, roll on Sunday. Top job Lotus.
  11. Lotus Elise Trophy Race Updates Rounds 2 and 3! Hi Everyone, 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 which was a surprise so I am not sure where that came from but Oulton Park is such a great drivers track that encourages you to attack every corner, really was a lot of fun and spectators where allowed again which did make all the difference. Next weekend we are at Cadwell Park which is arguably the prettiest UK track and is often called the mini Nurburgring which makes me a little nervous as it is so narrow and the barriers are very close and you can get airborne at the so called 'Mountain' which will be interesting. But we left Oulton Park with another trophy for 2nd in our class so that was a great way to end 2 fun days at the track, please find some pics below and a video of my 2 best laps around Oulton park which also are my best laps in the Elise so far, unfortunately we think there is something wrong with the camera as the quality isn't great so we have sent it back to the supplier to check it out but it will give you an idea of how great Oulton is to drive. Oulton Park 2 Best Laps Cheers, Paul.
  12. [B]Lotus Elise Trophy Race Updates Rounds 2 and 3![/B] Hi Everyone, 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 which was a surprise so I am not sure where that came from but Oulton Park is such a great drivers track that encourages you to attack every corner, really was a lot of fun and spectators where allowed again which did make all the difference. Next weekend we are at Cadwell Park which is arguably the prettiest UK track and is often called the mini Nurburgring which makes me a little nervous as it is so narrow and the barriers are very close and you can get airborne at the so called 'Mountain' which will be interesting. But we left Oulton Park with another trophy for 2nd in our class so that was a great way to end 2 fun days at the track, please find some pics below and a video of my 2 best laps around Oulton park which also are my best laps in the Elise so far, unfortunately we think there is something wrong with the camera as the quality isn't great so we have sent it back to the supplier to check it out but it will give you an idea of how great Oulton is to drive. Oulton Park 2 Best Laps Cheers, Paul.
  13. 40 Years Too Late but Just Discovered Gary Numan, New Album 'Intruder' Is Amazing! Hi Everyone, 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 but it is a really strong album for the first track to the last. There has been a lot of music released this year, which is to be expected I guess with artists not touring thanks to Covid, but I have found most of it quite mediocre to be honest but this album really stands out as the album of the year so far by quite some margin, it really will take some beating this year, for me there are hints of Massive Attack, Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails + others which is no bad thing and it is a real grower and well worth sitting down and reading the lyrics whilst listening as they are pretty powerful and makes you think how we really haven't done a great job looking after this planet. I've never been a big fan before in all honesty, more that he passed me by somehow, so I am around 40 years too late to this party but I have now ordered all his back catalogue and booked 2 concerts for next year which I really can't wait for, I am now discovering that very much like Bowie he has had a very illustrious career reinventing himself along the way and I find it incredible that after over 40 years he is still turning out music this good, that really is rare to have that kind of staying power. Right I'm off to listen to it again on our new Wilson Alexx V's, also please find a link below to a great interview with Gary Numan about this album - https://www.rockcellarmagazine.com/gary-numan-interview-intruder-new-album-climate-change/ And a link to the Intruder Video 👍 Cheers, Paul.
  14. Hi Everyone, 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 but it is a really strong album for the first track to the last. There has been a lot of music released this year, which is to be expected I guess with artists not touring thanks to Covid, but I have found most of it quite mediocre to be honest but this album really stands out as the album of the year so far by quite some margin, it really will take some beating this year, for me there are hints of Massive Attack, Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails + others which is no bad thing and it is a real grower and well worth sitting down and reading the lyrics whilst listening as they are pretty powerful and makes you think how we really haven't done a great job looking after this planet. I've never been a big fan before in all honesty, more that he passed me by somehow, so I am around 40 years too late to this party but I have now ordered all his back catalogue and booked 2 concerts for next year which I really can't wait for, I am now discovering that very much like Bowie he has had a very illustrious career reinventing himself along the way and I find it incredible that after over 40 years he is still turning out music this good, that really is rare to have that kind of staying power. Right I'm off to listen to it again on our new Wilson Alexx V's, also please find a link below to a great interview with Gary Numan about this album - https://www.rockcellarmagazine.com/gary-numan-interview-intruder-new-album-climate-change/ And a link to the Intruder Video 👍 Cheers, Paul.
  15. Introducing the Naim Solstice Special Edition Turntable, Limited to 120 in the UK, Simply Stunning! Hi Everyone, 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 the turntable, the re-engineered Aro arm, MC Cartridge, Phono Stage, Power Supply, Special Edition Book and Vinyl, so a really lovely package which retails for £16,000, I haven’t heard it yet myself but I know a couple of people who have and needless to say it doesn’t disappoint bringing that Naim sound to vinyl. We have managed to secure a handful of the these packages but I am being told once they are gone then there will be no more so if you would like a piece of Naim history and a brilliant ready to go turntable please feel free to get in touch so not to be disappointed. Please find more information below on our website and any questions please either give me a call or send me a mail. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product/naim-solstice-turntable/ Many thanks, Paul.
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