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  1. New Ultima Products From Chord Electronics + 2go and 2yu Announced! Hi all, So what with the Bristol HiFi show just a few days away Chord Electronics have unleashed 5 new products at both ends of their product ranges, 2 new Stereo power amps in their Ultima Range and a new Ultima 2 Pre-amp + 2 really interesting new products called 2go and 2yu, 2go bolts onto Hugo 2 to make it a dedicated streaming / player unit and 2yu is a really interesting product as it turns 2go into its own Dac'less streamer / player which can be connected to any DAC + can be used with the M Scaler which really is brilliant and it can be used with the Qutest, TT2, DAVE + any other DAC, a really interesting product. I won't go on about each product but please find the relevant links to each product on our website and needless to say they will be on demo shortly - Chord 2yu - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product/chord-electronics-2yu-audio-interface/ Chord 2go - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product/chord-electronics-2go-streamer-player/ Chord Ultima 5 & 6 Stereo Power Amplifiers - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/chord-electronics/chord-electronics-full-size/ Chord Ultima Pre 2 Reference Preamplifier - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product/chord-electronics-ultima-2-reference-preamplifier/ Cheers, Paul.
  2. Hi all, So what with the Bristol HiFi show just a few days away Chord Electronics have unleashed 5 new products at both ends of their product ranges, 2 new Stereo power amps in their Ultima Range and a new Ultima 2 Pre-amp + 2 really interesting new products called 2go and 2yu, 2go bolts onto Hugo 2 to make it a dedicated streaming / player unit and 2yu is a really interesting product as it turns 2go into its own Dac'less streamer / player which can be connected to any DAC + can be used with the M Scaler which really is brilliant and it can be used with the Qutest, TT2, DAVE + any other DAC, a really interesting product. I won't go on about each product but please find the relevant links to each product on our website and needless to say they will be on demo shortly - Chord 2yu - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product/chord-electronics-2yu-audio-interface/ Chord 2go - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product/chord-electronics-2go-streamer-player/ Chord Ultima 5 & 6 Stereo Power Amplifiers - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/chord-electronics/chord-electronics-full-size/ Chord Ultima Pre 2 Reference Preamplifier - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product/chord-electronics-ultima-2-reference-preamplifier/ Cheers, Paul.
  3. Constellation Revelation Taurus Stereo Power Amplifier Now On Demo! Hi Everyone, Another very big toy landed earlier this week, since taking on Constellation around a year ago I have been extremely impressed, most definitely my kind of sound, for me they give the perfect blend of warmth, insight, separation, control and dynamics. We started with Constellations entry level, said in the loosest term, of the Inspiration range which sounds gorgeous but it got me thinking what the next level up would be like, in all honesty I struggle to think that it can be any better, well now we have the Constellation Revelation Taurus Stereo power amp on demo so it is time to find out, it is certainly a far big bigger and heavier that our Inspiration amps. We certainly seem to be accumulating an amazing selection of amps lately what with the Constellation Inspiration Mono's, now the Taurus, the Audio Research 160 Mono and Stereo amps, the new Chord Ultima 2's and not forgetting the favourites with the Naim NAP 500 and Bryston 4B and 7B's, at the higher end of amplification I would like to think that we have something for everyone. For now though I am looking forward to getting to listen to the Taurus Stereo to find out what the next level up in the Constellation range brings to the party, needless to say if you'd like to come in for a listen anytime please feel free. Please find a link to the Revelation range on our website and some pictures. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/constellation/revelation/ Which one would you Choose? Cheers, Paul.
  4. Hi Everyone, Another very big toy landed earlier this week, since taking on Constellation around a year ago I have been extremely impressed, most definitely my kind of sound, for me they give the perfect blend of warmth, insight, separation, control and dynamics. We started with Constellations entry level, said in the loosest term, of the Inspiration range which sounds gorgeous but it got me thinking what the next level up would be like, in all honesty I struggle to think that it can be any better, well now we have the Constellation Revelation Taurus Stereo power amp on demo so it is time to find out, it is certainly a far big bigger and heavier that our Inspiration amps. We certainly seem to be accumulating an amazing selection of amps lately what with the Constellation Inspiration Mono's, now the Taurus, the Audio Research 160 Mono and Stereo amps, the new Chord Ultima 2's and not forgetting the favourites with the Naim NAP 500 and Bryston 4B and 7B's, at the higher end of amplification I would like to think that we have something for everyone. For now though I am looking forward to getting to listen to the Taurus Stereo to find out what the next level up in the Constellation range brings to the party, needless to say if you'd like to come in for a listen anytime please feel free. Please find a link to the Revelation range on our website and some pictures. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/constellation/revelation/ Which one would you Choose? Cheers, Paul.
  5. Taiko Audio SGM Extreme Music Server Coming Soon to HFL, Digital Without Compromise! Hi All, So to be 100% honest when I was approached recently to consider the Taiko Audio SGM Extreme music server I politely agreed to have a listen as always happy to try anything new but I had no intention of bringing it on for demo as I love the Melco servers we offer and as the SGM Extreme is priced at £25,000 I really questioned who would pay this for a server when Melco do such a brilliant job, I mean really how much better can it really be? well I'm guessing you know what happened next, yep once I heard it I was gobsmacked, I can honestly say that I have never heard digital sound this good before, I really couldn't stop thinking about it, sad I know, so I am really excited to say that our SGM Extreme is on order and will be on demo in around a month or so. I have been thinking alot about the price and there are a lot of people out there that will spend this kind of money on turntables, CD Players and Streamers so this is no different, if you want the best then I would argue when it comes to digital playback then the SGM Extreme has to be considered, whether straight into a DAC or over Ethernet. Every once in a while something comes along that really pushes things forward, not just a bit but a quantum leap, it doesn’t happen very often but when it does it is so noticeable that it can’t be ignored, I really feel that Taiko Audio have achieved this for digital audio with their SGM Extreme, I have never heard digital sound so ‘Right’ and immersive as when played through the SGM Extreme, yes it is a Roon Core and Roon Endpoint but it is the sound quality that astounds, we have some great audio servers out there but if you want the very best from your Digital Music Collection then please come in for a listen to the Taiko Audio SGM Extreme as I am sure you will feel the same as us, it may not be cheap but it is by far the best I have ever heard digital music sound, it really does feel like digital has finally come of age. Taiko Audio are a Dutch High End Audio Company who use cutting edge technology to develop components that are not available off the shelf that create the ultimate in sound quality. With this ethos of no compromise they have created something truly wonderful with the SGM Extreme Music Server which has taken digital music to a new level where arguably the conversation of Analogue vs Digital is finally over, if of any interest please feel free to get in touch. I will post some pictures once here but please find a link to the SGM Extreme on our website and some pictures below, really can't wait to get my hands on it - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/taiko-audio/ The SGM Extreme also was awarded 'Best of 2019' in Mono & Stereo, Please find link to PT 1 of the review below – http://bit.ly/31H6WYd Cheers, Paul.
  6. Hi All, So to be 100% honest when I was approached recently to consider the Taiko Audio SGM Extreme music server I politely agreed to have a listen as always happy to try anything new but I had no intention of bringing it on for demo as I love the Melco servers we offer and as the SGM Extreme is priced at £25,000 I really questioned who would pay this for a server when Melco do such a brilliant job, I mean really how much better can it really be? well I'm guessing you know what happened next, yep once I heard it I was gobsmacked, I can honestly say that I have never heard digital sound this good before, I really couldn't stop thinking about it, sad I know, so I am really excited to say that our SGM Extreme is on order and will be on demo in around a month or so. I have been thinking alot about the price and there are a lot of people out there that will spend this kind of money on turntables, CD Players and Streamers so this is no different, if you want the best then I would argue when it comes to digital playback then the SGM Extreme has to be considered, whether straight into a DAC or over Ethernet. Every once in a while something comes along that really pushes things forward, not just a bit but a quantum leap, it doesn’t happen very often but when it does it is so noticeable that it can’t be ignored, I really feel that Taiko Audio have achieved this for digital audio with their SGM Extreme, I have never heard digital sound so ‘Right’ and immersive as when played through the SGM Extreme, yes it is a Roon Core and Roon Endpoint but it is the sound quality that astounds, we have some great audio servers out there but if you want the very best from your Digital Music Collection then please come in for a listen to the Taiko Audio SGM Extreme as I am sure you will feel the same as us, it may not be cheap but it is by far the best I have ever heard digital music sound, it really does feel like digital has finally come of age. Taiko Audio are a Dutch High End Audio Company who use cutting edge technology to develop components that are not available off the shelf that create the ultimate in sound quality. With this ethos of no compromise they have created something truly wonderful with the SGM Extreme Music Server which has taken digital music to a new level where arguably the conversation of Analogue vs Digital is finally over, if of any interest please feel free to get in touch. I will post some pictures once here but please find a link to the SGM Extreme on our website and some pictures below, really can't wait to get my hands on it - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/taiko-audio/ The SGM Extreme also was awarded 'Best of 2019' in Mono & Stereo, Please find link to PT 1 of the review below – http://bit.ly/31H6WYd Cheers, Paul.
  7. Chord Electronics Ultima 2 Reference Mono Amplifiers Now On Demo! Hi All, I have to say we are going through an embarrassment of riches at HiFi Lounge at the moment as 2020 has started with some awesome new kit on demo and there is still plenty more to come but I have to say having the new Chord Ultima 2 amplifiers on permanent demo is very special indeed as we are the only place to have them on demo in the UK at the moment, a real statement piece, but first I should apologize to Chord for using a rivals DAC with their amps at the moment, ideally I'd be using a DAVE + Scaler but mine are out on loan at the moment and as I was so keen to post the news about the new amps we had to go with what we had here, so sorry Chord, Dave will be back on the rack shortly. Anyway back to the amps, firstly I was quite shocked at their size when I first opened the flight case, yes they come double stacked in a heavy duty flight case, that certainly makes a statement before you even start, I decided to go with the black side inserts rather than the more tradition Chord in-built leg design and I am really glad I did as I think they really do look epic like this, we then lifted them into place in their new home and fired them up, WOW and WOW again, Chord really know how to make a statement, they just look incredible, it dawned on me the other day that in the UK we really don't do much in the way of Highend Audio, especially amplification, but Chord are certainly flying that flag proudly with their Ultima range. It is nice to make a statement with your kit but in reality the only thing that matters is the sound quality and these new Ultima amps are a total redesign of Chord's amplifier typology and I would say they have created something very special here as we have hooked them up to our PMC Fenestria's, now these are a brilliant speaker but they really do appreciate an amp with plenty of current and I can honestly say that I have never heard them sound as good as they do with the Ultima's driving them, they really do get hold of the speaker giving a really tight and controlled sound but they also have a delicacy and articulation that is quite captivating, when I first powered them up one evening I really did struggle to go home as I kept going from track to track, have to say Halo by Machine Head was mind blowing, for me they are an amp that can do everything from great insight with vocals to controlled powerful bass on rock which needs to be turned up to 11, awesome job Chord. Now they do cost £18,000 each so they should be good but the good news is that Chord are now putting the Ultima Tech into 2 new stereo versions starting around £6k which is obviously a lot more attainable, anyway our new Ultima 2's will be on permanent demo and always on ready for action so if you'd like a listen anytime please do pop in an be prepared to be impressed. Please find a link below to the Chord Reference range on our website and a few pictures. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/chord-electronics/chord-electronics-reference/ Cheers, Paul
  8. Hi All, I have to say we are going through an embarrassment of riches at HiFi Lounge at the moment as 2020 has started with some awesome new kit on demo and there is still plenty more to come but I have to say having the new Chord Ultima 2 amplifiers on permanent demo is very special indeed as we are the only place to have them on demo in the UK at the moment, a real statement piece, but first I should apologize to Chord for using a rivals DAC with their amps at the moment, ideally I'd be using a DAVE + Scaler but mine are out on loan at the moment and as I was so keen to post the news about the new amps we had to go with what we had here, so sorry Chord, Dave will be back on the rack shortly. Anyway back to the amps, firstly I was quite shocked at their size when I first opened the flight case, yes they come double stacked in a heavy duty flight case, that certainly makes a statement before you even start, I decided to go with the black side inserts rather than the more tradition Chord in-built leg design and I am really glad I did as I think they really do look epic like this, we then lifted them into place in their new home and fired them up, WOW and WOW again, Chord really know how to make a statement, they just look incredible, it dawned on me the other day that in the UK we really don't do much in the way of Highend Audio, especially amplification, but Chord are certainly flying that flag proudly with their Ultima range. It is nice to make a statement with your kit but in reality the only thing that matters is the sound quality and these new Ultima amps are a total redesign of Chord's amplifier typology and I would say they have created something very special here as we have hooked them up to our PMC Fenestria's, now these are a brilliant speaker but they really do appreciate an amp with plenty of current and I can honestly say that I have never heard them sound as good as they do with the Ultima's driving them, they really do get hold of the speaker giving a really tight and controlled sound but they also have a delicacy and articulation that is quite captivating, when I first powered them up one evening I really did struggle to go home as I kept going from track to track, have to say Halo by Machine Head was mind blowing, for me they are an amp that can do everything from great insight with vocals to controlled powerful bass on rock which needs to be turned up to 11, awesome job Chord. Now they do cost £18,000 each so they should be good but the good news is that Chord are now putting the Ultima Tech into 2 new stereo versions starting around £6k which is obviously a lot more attainable, anyway our new Ultima 2's will be on permanent demo and always on ready for action so if you'd like a listen anytime please do pop in an be prepared to be impressed. Please find a link below to the Chord Reference range on our website and a few pictures. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/chord-electronics/chord-electronics-reference/ Cheers, Paul
  9. Fyne Audio F1-5 Speakers Now on Demo, Small and Incredible! Hi All, I think I have a speaker problem as I have just bought another new pair for demo, basically I was adding the new Fyne Audio F1 speakers to our website as there are now 4 in the range and I just couldn't help but order a pair of the new F1-5's, basically because they looked so awesome and seemed ridiculous value at £2999 and I have to say now we have them here I can't actually believe how good they sound, they really are quite incredible, I wish I could share the sound quality through a blog as I know everyone would be impressed, if you are looking for a small speaker with a big sound then look no further and they really are finished to a beautifully high standard, I really don't know how Fyne can do them for this price point, especially as they are built at their base in Scotland but it is the sound quality that really does impress, there actually isn't much more to say which is unusual for me. Anyway please find a link to the Fyne Audio F1 Range on our website and if you'd like to come along to listen to the F1-5 anytime please feel free. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/fyne-audio/f1-series/ When I Grow Up I want to be just like you! The only issue I have is that everytime I look at them I can't stop thinking about Kenny from South Park, just as well I am a big fan of that show also. Cheers, Paul.
  10. Hi All, I think I have a speaker problem as I have just bought another new pair for demo, basically I was adding the new Fyne Audio F1 speakers to our website as there are now 4 in the range and I just couldn't help but order a pair of the new F1-5's, basically because they looked so awesome and seemed ridiculous value at £2999 and I have to say now we have them here I can't actually believe how good they sound, they really are quite incredible, I wish I could share the sound quality through a blog as I know everyone would be impressed, if you are looking for a small speaker with a big sound then look no further and they really are finished to a beautifully high standard, I really don't know how Fyne can do them for this price point, especially as they are built at their base in Scotland but it is the sound quality that really does impress, there actually isn't much more to say which is unusual for me. Anyway please find a link to the Fyne Audio F1 Range on our website and if you'd like to come along to listen to the F1-5 anytime please feel free. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/fyne-audio/f1-series/ When I Grow Up I want to be just like you! The only issue I have is that everytime I look at them I can't stop thinking about Kenny from South Park, just as well I am a big fan of that show also. Cheers, Paul.
  11. Thanks mate, yeah I guess £299 would cover the first nights bar bill
  12. Hi Andy, Yeah that would be really cool if you could make it along for some of the races, basically the first Saturday of every month through till November. Like you I got the Go Kart bug again after our event, will certainly be interesting to see how competitive I can be against people who have karted much more than me. At the end of the day it is only £700 for a whole season, struggle to buy a set of tyres for the Radical for that and I am sure the racing will be much closer.
  13. HFL Motorsport Season 3 Starts This Saturday! Hi Everyone, So here we go again, I get asked a lot what my plans are for this year regarding motorsport, well things kick of this Saturday morning as I have signed up for a 10 race season’s racing in the Senna Cup at Rye House in the Go Karts that we used for our Boys Toys Day last year as I really enjoyed that and it whetted my appetite for more Karting, the funny thing was that my best session in the the Radical last year was the first practice session at Donington which was straight after the karting where I went 2 seconds a lap faster than my previous best so I am hoping that doing more karting will help my Radical racing as the main thing with karting is that you can race hard and be fearless whereas in the Radical driving to the limit takes some real balls and commitment and in all honesty I am still struggling in fast corners with the Radical so it will certainly be an interesting experiment to see if the Karting helps me in the Radical, either way it will be fun finding out. So the first race is at 10am at Rye, 15 mins qualifying with a 45 minute race, apparently there is a full 26 kart grid, now as Rye is a bit of a proving ground for up and coming talent then I am sure I am going to get my arse whipped by some young whipper snappers who are just out of nappies and weigh nothing but I am really looking forward to giving it a try. As for the Radical racing this year, I don’t think I will be able to do a full season but aim to do at least half the season plus some testing and there is a chance of also racing at Spa which would be a huge tick on the bucket list but need to see the cost involved in that first, may have to get my begging hat out for that one. Anyway If anyone wants to see how we get on Saturday at Rye live timing is available from the link below - https://live.alphatiming.co.uk/rye Can’t wait to find out myself. Cheers, Paul.
  14. HFL Motorsport Season 3 Starts This Saturday! Hi Everyone, So here we go again, I get asked a lot what my plans are for this year regarding motorsport, well things kick of this Saturday morning as I have signed up for a 10 race season’s racing in the Senna Cup at Rye House in the Go Karts that we used for our Boys Toys Day last year as I really enjoyed that and it whetted my appetite for more Karting, the funny thing was that my best session in the the Radical last year was the first practice session at Donington which was straight after the karting where I went 2 seconds a lap faster than my previous best so I am hoping that doing more karting will help my Radical racing as the main thing with karting is that you can race hard and be fearless whereas in the Radical driving to the limit takes some real balls and commitment and in all honesty I am still struggling in fast corners with the Radical so it will certainly be an interesting experiment to see if the Karting helps me in the Radical, either way it will be fun finding out. So the first race is at 10am at Rye, 15 mins qualifying with a 45 minute race, apparently there is a full 26 kart grid, now as Rye is a bit of a proving ground for up and coming talent then I am sure I am going to get my arse whipped by some young whipper snappers who are just out of nappies and weigh nothing but I am really looking forward to giving it a try. As for the Radical racing this year, I don’t think I will be able to do a full season but aim to do at least half the season plus some testing and there is a chance of also racing at Spa which would be a huge tick on the bucket list but need to see the cost involved in that first, may have to get my begging hat out for that one. Anyway If anyone wants to see how we get on Saturday at Rye live timing is available from the link below - https://live.alphatiming.co.uk/rye Can’t wait to find out myself. Cheers, Paul.
  15. Arcam SA30 2 Channel Integrated Amplifier with Dirac now on Demo! Hi All, Just wanted to let everyone know that we now have the new Arcam SA30 integrated amplifier on permanent demo, this has got to be the best value fully loaded amplifier on the market today at £1999 but for me the killer feature is that it includes Dirac room correction in a 2 channel amplifier, as soon as I heard how big of an improvement Dirac made to music through the Arcam receivers a few years ago I knew it was only a matter of time before it was introduced into Arcam's 2 channel amps, it really is a game changer, not only that but it is also a streamer, a Roon endpoint and fully MQA compatible with a MC and MM phono stage built in, all you need to do is add speakers and you are up and running. Please see below for the features this amplifier includes, it really is quite incredible, we have been running it in on our Fyne Audio F702 speakers, now you wouldn't normally put a amp at this price with a pair of speakers costing £6749 but it just shows how powerful the Glass G amplification is in the SA30, it is actually a great pairing. Class G amplification for impeccable sound and efficiency 120W of power per channel into 8Ω, 220W into 4Ω 5 analogue inputs including switchable MM/MC PHONO input 4 digital inputs 1 ARC input GoogleCast, Airplay 2, uPnP Streamer Roon endpoint MQA supported 3 Dirac EQ profiles (input assignable) 32-bit DAC,Sabre ESS9038K2M Full I/P control including Control4 and Crestron Total harmonic distortion + noise = 0.002% Please see below for the SA30 on our website and if you'd like to come in for a demo anytime please feel free. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/arcam/arcam-hda-range/ Cheers, Paul.
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