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  1. Rega Open Day, Let's Celebrate Vinyl - November 23rd! Hi Everyone, So we’ve had some great open days this year but I can’t think of a better way to finish of the year now that the evenings are drawing in and Winter is approaching fast, so proper HiFi weather, than having a Rega open where we can celebrate and play vinyl all day so if you love your music please feel free to join us. There will be 4 demo rooms running and we are looking forward to our yearly visit from Chris and Dawn selling their great mix of new and used vinyl which is always incredibly popular, I challenge anyone to just buy one record, it is impossible. 2 of the stars of the day will be Rega’s new Aethos amplifier, priced at £2999, due out any day now, I can see this becoming a very popular amplifier indeed, I listened to it in here the other day and it certainly didn’t disappoint, it also looks great and weighs a tonne, and also we will be showcasing the new Planar 10 turntable with the new Apheta 3 moving coil cartridge which is definitely the best Rega turntable I have ever heard. We will have representatives here from Rega throughout the day to help run the event and answer any questions you may have + refreshments available. Below are the 4 rooms we will be running and please feel free to bring any vinyl along you’d like to hear. Now I am a firm believer that you should spend as much on your speakers as you can, as long as you have a good enough front end to drive them, these 3 systems kind of prove this hopefully as all the speakers cost much more than the amplifier that drives them which is also a great advert for how good Regas amplifiers are, I’m sure they will all sound great, what could possibly go wrong. Upstairs demo room (Nice and Simple) Rega Planar 3 turntable with Elys 2 MM cartridge Rega Elex-R Amplifier PMC Twenty5.23 Speakers First Downstairs ‘Naim’ Room (Reference Rega Setup) Rega Planar 10 with Apheta 3 MC Cartridge Rega Aura Reference Phono Stage Rega Osiris Reference Amplifier Wilson Audio Sabrina Speakers Second Downstairs ‘Highend Room’ (More Achievable System) Rega Planar 8 with Apheta 2 Cartridge Rega Aria Phono Stage New Rega Aethos Amplifier Fyne Audio F703 speakers (Thanks to Fyne Audio for lending us these) Reception Room (The Fun Room) Chris and Dawn selling their great selection of used and new Vinyl Rega Planar 2 Rega Brio JBL Classic L100 Speakers So there you go, 4 very different rooms blasting out vinyl all day on a winters day, what could be better. Hope to see you on the 23rd November, please find a link to Rega on our website below – https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/rega/ Regards, Paul.
  2. Hi Everyone, So we’ve had some great open days this year but I can’t think of a better way to finish of the year now that the evenings are drawing in and Winter is approaching fast, so proper HiFi weather, than having a Rega open where we can celebrate and play vinyl all day so if you love your music please feel free to join us. There will be 4 demo rooms running and we are looking forward to our yearly visit from Chris and Dawn selling their great mix of new and used vinyl which is always incredibly popular, I challenge anyone to just buy one record, it is impossible. 2 of the stars of the day will be Rega’s new Aethos amplifier, priced at £2999, due out any day now, I can see this becoming a very popular amplifier indeed, I listened to it in here the other day and it certainly didn’t disappoint, it also looks great and weighs a tonne, and also we will be showcasing the new Planar 10 turntable with the new Apheta 3 moving coil cartridge which is definitely the best Rega turntable I have ever heard. We will have representatives here from Rega throughout the day to help run the event and answer any questions you may have + refreshments available. Below are the 4 rooms we will be running and please feel free to bring any vinyl along you’d like to hear. Now I am a firm believer that you should spend as much on your speakers as you can, as long as you have a good enough front end to drive them, these 3 systems kind of prove this hopefully as all the speakers cost much more than the amplifier that drives them which is also a great advert for how good Regas amplifiers are, I’m sure they will all sound great, what could possibly go wrong. Upstairs demo room (Nice and Simple) Rega Planar 3 turntable with Elys 2 MM cartridge Rega Elex-R Amplifier PMC Twenty5.23 Speakers First Downstairs ‘Naim’ Room (Reference Rega Setup) Rega Planar 10 with Apheta 3 MC Cartridge Rega Aura Reference Phono Stage Rega Osiris Reference Amplifier Wilson Audio Sabrina Speakers Second Downstairs ‘Highend Room’ (More Achievable System) Rega Planar 8 with Apheta 2 Cartridge Rega Aria Phono Stage New Rega Aethos Amplifier Fyne Audio F703 speakers (Thanks to Fyne Audio for lending us these) Reception Room (The Fun Room) Hope to see you on the 23rd November, please find a link to Rega on our website below – https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/rega/ Regards, Paul. <
  3. New Speakers on Demo from Wilson Audio, Fyne Audio, Jbl, Sonus Faber, Rel and Devialet! Hi Everyone, I have said it many times that for me speakers are the most important part of a good hifi setup, obviously everything has to be well balanced but as far as I am concerned if I had to choose one area where the biggest investment should be made then it would be on the speakers hence why we have so many demo speakers in here with more arriving quite frequently, so I thought I would just write a quick blog on our latest additions. Wilson Audio I’m a big Wilson fan and not only do their speakers sound amazing but unlike most other companies you can choose any colour you would like, to match your decor or your favourite car as 2 examples, we have just had a new pair of the Yvettes and DAW’s in for demo so we invented 2 new colours that Wilson had not tried themselves before, they actually supplied 2 test swatches to make sure we were happy before they started spraying them but I couldn’t be happier to be honest. For our new DAW’s we went for gloss Macadamia but with added silver and gold flake so in normal light they look like a dark brown but once the light hits them they really do come alive with a burst of colour, then for our new Yvette’s we went for what is now known as ‘Wendy Blue, it is a colour Wendy chose to match a Farrow and Ball paint, basically it is Sebring Blue with added Gold and Silver flake again but this time in the Matt Finish which looks incredibly cool. Needless to say if you’d like to come in to demo these anytime please get in touch, we also have the TuneTots and Sabrina’s here and can get in any off the rest of the range if required although the Wamm may be a bit tricky. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/wilson-audio/ Fyne Audio Fyne Audio just seem to keep going from strength to strength so I am really pleased to say that we have the new F502SP’s in for demo, SP standing for Special Edition, basically they are made in Scotland and use the F502 Cabinet but use the drivers, crossover and plinth from the £5999 F702 all for a great price of £3499, we went for our demo speakers in Gloss Walnut which carry a small premium but they really do look a million dollars, for the price they are at they really are incredible value. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/fyne-audio/ JBL Speakers I must admit when I decided to take on JBL I didn’t realize that there was so much love for them, when customers come in and see we have JBL a lot of them have stories about JBL’s they have owned in the past, if I am 100% honest I only bought them on as I loved the styling, especially the L100 Classic but was pleasantly surprised how good they sound, I have the L100 Classic’s playing most of the day in our downstairs demo room from a Naim Uniti Star and they are really great fun you can’t help but like them, we have 2 pairs of JBL’s on demo at the moment with the smaller 4306 to follow later this month. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/jbl/ Devialet Ever since the original Phantom was launched I always thought it would look cool in black well now Devialet have launched the Matt Black Reactor on both the 600 and 900 models and yes it does look awesome and needless to say it does sound excellent, especially for its size. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/devialet/phantom-reactor/ New Sonus Faber Olympica Nova On Demo Shortly. Due at any moment are the new Sonus Faber Olympica Nova speakers, the Olympica range has always been our most popular Sonus Faber range so I can’t wait to get them in here, we will have 3 models on demo, the Nova I, II and V, if they sound as good as they look then we are in for a real treat. Spendor D7.2 We have had these on demo for a couple of months now but thought it was worth mentioning as the original D7 was a brilliant speaker, my favourite Spendor ever, and the good news is that the D7.2 has refined this formula to give a slightly more open, natural and neutral sound but still with that classic Spendor naturalness, if you are looking for a speaker around the £4k mark you really should listen to these. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/spendor/d-range/ NEW REL S Range Finally just a quickie to say that we also have the new REL S range on demo, the S range has always been our most popular subs from REL and the new S/510 and S/812 take things to another level with more power and better driver designs so if you need a sub for cinema and 2 channel then look no further. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/rel/serie-s/ I’m sure before the end of the year is out we’ll have some more speakers in here but if you do want to try anything we have here please don’t hesitate to get in touch to make an appointment to come in for a listen. Regards, Paul.
  4. Hi Everyone, I have said it many times that for me speakers are the most important part of a good hifi setup, obviously everything has to be well balanced but as far as I am concerned if I had to choose one area where the biggest investment should be made then it would be on the speakers hence why we have so many demo speakers in here with more arriving quite frequently, so I thought I would just write a quick blog on our latest additions. Wilson Audio I’m a big Wilson fan and not only do their speakers sound amazing but unlike most other companies you can choose any colour you would like, to match your decor or your favourite car as 2 examples, we have just had a new pair of the Yvettes and DAW’s in for demo so we invented 2 new colours that Wilson had not tried themselves before, they actually supplied 2 test swatches to make sure we were happy before they started spraying them but I couldn’t be happier to be honest. For our new DAW’s we went for gloss Macadamia but with added silver and gold flake so in normal light they look like a dark brown but once the light hits them they really do come alive with a burst of colour, then for our new Yvette’s we went for what is now known as ‘Wendy Blue, it is a colour Wendy chose to match a Farrow and Ball paint, basically it is Sebring Blue with added Gold and Silver flake again but this time in the Matt Finish which looks incredibly cool. Needless to say if you’d like to come in to demo these anytime please get in touch, we also have the TuneTots and Sabrina’s here and can get in any off the rest of the range if required although the Wamm may be a bit tricky. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/wilson-audio/ Fyne Audio Fyne Audio just seem to keep going from strength to strength so I am really pleased to say that we have the new F502SP’s in for demo, SP standing for Special Edition, basically they are made in Scotland and use the F502 Cabinet but use the drivers, crossover and plinth from the £5999 F702 all for a great price of £3499, we went for our demo speakers in Gloss Walnut which carry a small premium but they really do look a million dollars, for the price they are at they really are incredible value. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/fyne-audio/ JBL Speakers I must admit when I decided to take on JBL I didn’t realize that there was so much love for them, when customers come in and see we have JBL a lot of them have stories about JBL’s they have owned in the past, if I am 100% honest I only bought them on as I loved the styling, especially the L100 Classic but was pleasantly surprised how good they sound, I have the L100 Classic’s playing most of the day in our downstairs demo room from a Naim Uniti Star and they are really great fun you can’t help but like them, we have 2 pairs of JBL’s on demo at the moment with the smaller 4306 to follow later this month. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/jbl/ Devialet Ever since the original Phantom was launched I always thought it would look cool in black well now Devialet have launched the Matt Black Reactor on both the 600 and 900 models and yes it does look awesome and needless to say it does sound excellent, especially for its size. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/devialet/phantom-reactor/ New Sonus Faber Olympica Nova On Demo Shortly. Due at any moment are the new Sonus Faber Olympica Nova speakers, the Olympica range has always been our most popular Sonus Faber range so I can’t wait to get them in here, we will have 3 models on demo, the Nova I, II and V, if they sound as good as they look then we are in for a real treat. Spendor D7.2 We have had these on demo for a couple of months now but thought it was worth mentioning as the original D7 was a brilliant speaker, my favourite Spendor ever, and the good news is that the D7.2 has refined this formula to give a slightly more open, natural and neutral sound but still with that classic Spendor naturalness, if you are looking for a speaker around the £4k mark you really should listen to these. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/spendor/d-range/ NEW REL S Range Finally just a quickie to say that we also have the new REL S range on demo, the S range has always been our most popular subs from REL and the new S/510 and S/812 take things to another level with more power and better driver designs so if you need a sub for cinema and 2 channel then look no further. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/rel/serie-s/ I’m sure before the end of the year is out we’ll have some more speakers in here but if you do want to try anything we have here please don’t hesitate to get in touch to make an appointment to come in for a listen. Regards, Paul.
  5. Come and Say Hi at the Ascot HiFi Show this Weekend! Hi Everyone, It is just a quick one to say that we will be helping Absolute Sounds run their room at the Ascot HiFi Show this weekend (October 26th and 27th) so if you are planning on going please stop by to say hello. Really looking forward to this as it was always a good show when held at Windsor but this should be on another scale now it has moved to Ascot which is set to give a brilliant setting to some of the worlds best HiFi, Can’t wait. Hope to see you there, more info below – https://hifishowlive.com/ Regards, Paul.
  6. Hi Everyone, It is just a quick one to say that we will be helping Absolute Sounds run their room at the Ascot HiFi Show this weekend (October 26th and 27th) so if you are planning on going please stop by to say hello. Really looking forward to this as it was always a good show when held at Windsor but this should be on another scale now it has moved to Ascot which is set to give a brilliant setting to some of the worlds best HiFi, Can’t wait. Hope to see you there, more info below – https://hifishowlive.com/ Regards, Paul.
  7. Thanks Andy, yeah what with this and the Karting at Rye I seem to be making a habit of being taken off on the first lap, better luck next weekend at Snetterton hopefully.
  8. Rega Planar 10 with Apheta 3 Cartridge Now on Demo! Hi all, Well it seems to have been a long time coming but today our demo Rega Planar 10 arrived fitted with Rega's new Apheta 3 Moving Coil Cartridge, so far I have unboxed it and listened to one side of an LP and already it is sounding excellent, this really is a much anticipated turntable and I know it won't disappoint, please find a link below to the PL10 on our website - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product/rega-planar-10-turntable/ I thought it has been a long time since we did some unboxing photos so please see below, also there has just been an excellent review of the PL10 on the Ear so please see the link below – http://www.the-ear.net/review-hardware/rega-planar-10-turntable-and-arm Rega Open Day! Finally please put November 23rd in your diary for our Rega Open day with Chris here with his great selection of vinyl for sale, this is bound to be a popular day, more details to follow. Let’s get this thing unboxed Cheers, Paul. Cheers, Paul.
  9. Hi all, Well it seems to have been a long time coming but today our demo Rega Planar 10 arrived fitted with Rega's new Apheta 3 Moving Coil Cartridge, so far I have unboxed it and listened to one side of an LP and already it is sounding excellent, this really is a much anticipated turntable and I know it won't disappoint, please find a link below to the PL10 on our website - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product/rega-planar-10-turntable/ I thought it has been a long time since we did some unboxing photos so please see below, also there has just been an excellent review of the PL10 on the Ear so please see the link below – http://www.the-ear.net/review-hardware/rega-planar-10-turntable-and-arm Rega Open Day! Finally please put November 23rd in your diary for our Rega Open day with Chris here with his great selection of vinyl for sale, this is bound to be a popular day, more details to follow. Let’s get this thing unboxed Cheers, Paul. Cheers, Paul.
  10. Thanks Stuart, yeah got away lightly for 2 years so was bound to happen at some point I guess.
  11. Thanks Kenny, yeah we seem to be having a year of Radical's being written off, 2 at Donington, so could definitely have been worse.
  12. Yeah funnily enough I wasn't too fed up as it was a different experience and that was this is all about, it helped that the Radical photographer was at that corner to capture all the drama. Good luck at Donny, love that track, as ever it is just a matter of braking as late as possible and carrying the apex speed, sounds easy but never is. I was going to give Snet a miss as already raced there this year and not one of my fav tracks but I just can't help myself, love driving the car so I seem to be talking myself into having one more race this year, bloody addictive this motorsport thing isn't it.
  13. Donington Race Weekend Report, 1st Trip to the Kitty Litter! So the above pictures say it all really, saying that I had an awesome 3 days at Donington Park last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, basically 2 days of testing on the full GP layout but unfortunately not enough marshalls arrived on race day so we had to qualify and race on the shorter National layout which I actually prefer but not everything went to plan in the final race. The strange thing from the whole weekend was that on my 8th lap on Thursday morning after just arriving at Donington I went 3 seconds quicker than my best lap last year then spent the next 3 days not being able to match it which I really don’t understand, I think I was just very keen to get out on track. Again though I learnt a lot, it seems you are forever learning, I went to Donington determined to get my apex speeds up by getting off the brakes earlier which I think I did but then I started breaking fractionally earlier which unbelievably can cost you a couple of seconds a lap but in the end it all came together and my lap times got very consistent. In Qualifying for race 2 I did one of my best sessions and qualified a little nearer the mid pack where I have been aiming for all season, race 1 was difficult due to a crash at the start for some of my competitors, this put me to the back as I tried to avoid it and thanks to 2 safety cars the race was over before it began. For race 2 I was determined to have a good one, my start was OK, I held my position and I settled in to chase the pack in front only for the guy behind me to get a run down the straight only to out brake himself and then come across to T bone me leaving me no option but to go into the gravel in avoidance, I really was gutted as it felt like I was in for a good race, saying that luckily Ollie, the Radical photographer, was right where I went off so we got some great pictures and at the end of the day it is all part of the experience, below is the incident, if anyone has any idea what I could have done different please let me know. One race round left at Snetterton and that is season 2 done and dusted unbelievably, gone in the blink of an eye, the trouble is this motorsport thing really does get under your skin and I am now more than a little addicted so I need to look under the bed to see if I can find some sheckles to help fund next year. Anyway below are a few pictures from the weekend and my best qualifying lap. Cheers, Paul. This is where it all started to go wrong!
  14. Donington Race Weekend Report, 1st Trip to the Kitty Litter! So the above pictures say it all really, saying that I had an awesome 3 days at Donington Park last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, basically 2 days of testing on the full GP layout but unfortunately not enough marshalls arrived on race day so we had to qualify and race on the shorter National layout which I actually prefer but not everything went to plan in the final race. The strange thing from the whole weekend was that on my 8th lap on Thursday morning after just arriving at Donington I went 3 seconds quicker than my best lap last year then spent the next 3 days not being able to match it which I really don’t understand, I think I was just very keen to get out on track. Again though I learnt a lot, it seems you are forever learning, I went to Donington determined to get my apex speeds up by getting off the brakes earlier which I think I did but then I started breaking fractionally earlier which unbelievably can cost you a couple of seconds a lap but in the end it all came together and my lap times got very consistent. In Qualifying for race 2 I did one of my best sessions and qualified a little nearer the mid pack where I have been aiming for all season, race 1 was difficult due to a crash at the start for some of my competitors, this put me to the back as I tried to avoid it and thanks to 2 safety cars the race was over before it began. For race 2 I was determined to have a good one, my start was OK, I held my position and I settled in to chase the pack in front only for the guy behind me to get a run down the straight only to out brake himself and then come across to T bone me leaving me no option but to go into the gravel in avoidance, I really was gutted as it felt like I was in for a good race, saying that luckily Ollie, the Radical photographer, was right where I went off so we got some great pictures and at the end of the day it is all part of the experience, below is the incident, if anyone has any idea what I could have done different please let me know. One race round left at Snetterton and that is season 2 done and dusted unbelievably, gone in the blink of an eye, the trouble is this motorsport thing really does get under your skin and I am now more than a little addicted so I need to look under the bed to see if I can find some sheckles to help fund next year. Anyway below are a few pictures from the weekend and my best qualifying lap. Cheers, Paul. This is where it all started to go wrong!
  15. So the above pictures say it all really, saying that I had an awesome 3 days at Donington Park last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, basically 2 days of testing on the full GP layout but unfortunately not enough marshalls arrived on race day so we had to qualify and race on the shorter National layout which I actually prefer but not everything went to plan in the final race. The strange thing from the whole weekend was that on my 8th lap on Thursday morning after just arriving at Donington I went 3 seconds quicker than my best lap last year then spent the next 3 days not being able to match it which I really don’t understand, I think I was just very keen to get out on track. Again though I learnt a lot, it seems you are forever learning, I went to Donington determined to get my apex speeds up by getting off the brakes earlier which I think I did but then I started breaking fractionally earlier which unbelievably can cost you a couple of seconds a lap but in the end it all came together and my lap times got very consistent. In Qualifying for race 2 I did one of my best sessions and qualified a little nearer the mid pack where I have been aiming for all season, race 1 was difficult due to a crash at the start for some of my competitors, this put me to the back as I tried to avoid it and thanks to 2 safety cars the race was over before it began. For race 2 I was determined to have a good one, my start was OK, I held my position and I settled in to chase the pack in front only for the guy behind me to get a run down the straight only to out brake himself and then come across to T bone me leaving me no option but to go into the gravel in avoidance, I really was gutted as it felt like I was in for a good race, saying that luckily Ollie, the Radical photographer, was right where I went off so we got some great pictures and at the end of the day it is all part of the experience, below is the incident, if anyone has any idea what I could have done different please let me know. One race round left at Snetterton and that is season 2 done and dusted unbelievably, gone in the blink of an eye, the trouble is this motorsport thing really does get under your skin and I am now more than a little addicted so I need to look under the bed to see if I can find some sheckles to help fund next year. Anyway below are a few pictures from the weekend and my best qualifying lap. Cheers, Paul. This is where it all started to go wrong!
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