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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!
  16. New Products from Arcam, Bryston, Naim, McIntosh, REL and Wilson Audio! Hi Everyone, So there has certainly been a lot of exciting new releases announced over the last couple of weeks so I just thought I would do a quick overview of what has been announced, most of it on permanent demo soon, if you’d like any more information please feel free to give me a ring. Arcam When it comes to home cinema Receivers and Processors then Arcam really do lead the way so it is great news that they have just announced the new range with a shiny new look to carry on from the mega successful previous range, again it comprises of 3 new receivers, 1 processor and 3 new power amps, a 2 channel, 4 channel and the one I’m most pleased with the return of a 7 Channel amplifier so you can run a 2 box system with the processor and 7 channel amp, perfect. These have just been announced so are not on our site yet but the full range will be on demo shortly. Bryston There is no secret that we are big fans of Bryston at HFL and I have to say the announcement of their new BDA-3.14 certainly got my interest, basically it is a streaming DAC which is Roon compatible for around £4000 which seems great value to me as Bryston’s DAC’s have always been top draw and as I previous BDA/BDP user at home if they can combine the 2 units into one slimline box and keep the performance then this will be a real winner, on demo soon. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product/bryston-bda-3-14-streaming-dac/ Naim Naim have just recently upgraded their Muso and now we have the new Muso Qb 2nd Generation on demo, offering the same small footprint as the previous version but upping the audio quality significantly + many more improvements, it really is very impressive for its size, feel free to come in for a listen. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product/naim-mu-so-qb-2/ McIntosh I can’t deny that like many I am a sucker for a bit of McIntosh, I love the looks and sound quality, they really are very unique and undeniably retro in their appearance but certainly not in performance, after the success of their first Hybrid amplifier the MA252 now comes the MA352 2 Channel Amplifier, not only does it up the power to 200 WPC into 8 ohms it also adds the iconic blue VU meters, what is not to like there, stunning. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product/mcintosh-ma352-2-channel-integrated-amplifier/ REL So I am a strong advocate of running subwoofers with a 2 Channel system, whatever the speaker, and when it comes to this REL lead the way so it is great news that they have just announced the new S Series which is our most popular range, we have the new S/510 and the bigger S/812, they basically offer more power with lighter and faster drivers than the previous range and are now stackable so if you are feeling a little crazy you could run 3 S/812′s on each speaker, our demo models are arriving today. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/rel/serie-s/ Wilson Audio OK, so if I ever needed to sell an organ or 2 to get a pair of speakers these are the speakers I would be willing to do that for, what a thing of beauty, as many will know I was lucky enough to go to Dave Wilson’s house to listen to the Mighty Wamm and Wilson Audios new Chronosonic XVX carries a lot of the technology from the Wamm with Daryl Wilson re-evaluating everything to create something truly special, they are not cheap at around £350,000 but oh my god, they just look amazing, I almost don’t care what they sound like when they look that good but the reality is that they will sound incredible, I’d love to say that these will be on demo shortly but unfortunately that is extremely unlikely unless anyone is looking for a new kidney for £300k. So that is a quick overview or what to expect going into the Autumn, feel free to get in touch anytime to discuss any of the above, certainly looks like exciting times are ahead Cheers, Paul.
  17. Hi Everyone, So there has certainly been a lot of exciting new releases announced over the last couple of weeks so I just thought I would do a quick overview of what has been announced, most of it on permanent demo soon, if you’d like any more information please feel free to give me a ring. Arcam When it comes to home cinema Receivers and Processors then Arcam really do lead the way so it is great news that they have just announced the new range with a shiny new look to carry on from the mega successful previous range, again it comprises of 3 new receivers, 1 processor and 3 new power amps, a 2 channel, 4 channel and the one I’m most pleased with the return of a 7 Channel amplifier so you can run a 2 box system with the processor and 7 channel amp, perfect. These have just been announced so are not on our site yet but the full range will be on demo shortly. Bryston There is no secret that we are big fans of Bryston at HFL and I have to say the announcement of their new BDA-3.14 certainly got my interest, basically it is a streaming DAC which is Roon compatible for around £4000 which seems great value to me as Bryston’s DAC’s have always been top draw and as I previous BDA/BDP user at home if they can combine the 2 units into one slimline box and keep the performance then this will be a real winner, on demo soon. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product/bryston-bda-3-14-streaming-dac/ Naim Naim have just recently upgraded their Muso and now we have the new Muso Qb 2nd Generation on demo, offering the same small footprint as the previous version but upping the audio quality significantly + many more improvements, it really is very impressive for its size, feel free to come in for a listen. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product/naim-mu-so-qb-2/ McIntosh I can’t deny that like many I am a sucker for a bit of McIntosh, I love the looks and sound quality, they really are very unique and undeniably retro in their appearance but certainly not in performance, after the success of their first Hybrid amplifier the MA252 now comes the MA352 2 Channel Amplifier, not only does it up the power to 200 WPC into 8 ohms it also adds the iconic blue VU meters, what is not to like there, stunning. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product/mcintosh-ma352-2-channel-integrated-amplifier/ REL So I am a strong advocate of running subwoofers with a 2 Channel system, whatever the speaker, and when it comes to this REL lead the way so it is great news that they have just announced the new S Series which is our most popular range, we have the new S/510 and the bigger S/812, they basically offer more power with lighter and faster drivers than the previous range and are now stackable so if you are feeling a little crazy you could run 3 S/812′s on each speaker, our demo models are arriving today. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/rel/serie-s/ Wilson Audio OK, so if I ever needed to sell an organ or 2 to get a pair of speakers these are the speakers I would be willing to do that for, what a thing of beauty, as many will know I was lucky enough to go to Dave Wilson’s house to listen to the Mighty Wamm and Wilson Audios new Chronosonic XVX carries a lot of the technology from the Wamm with Daryl Wilson re-evaluating everything to create something truly special, they are not cheap at around £350,000 but oh my god, they just look amazing, I almost don’t care what they sound like when they look that good but the reality is that they will sound incredible, I’d love to say that these will be on demo shortly but unfortunately that is extremely unlikely unless anyone is looking for a new kidney for £300k. So that is a quick overview or what to expect going into the Autumn, feel free to get in touch anytime to discuss any of the above, certainly looks like exciting times are ahead Cheers, Paul.
  18. HiFi Lounge Article in HiFi Pig! Hi Everyone,I’m not really one for blowing my own trumpet but if you’re bored at all there is an article on HiFi Lounge in the summer HiFi Pig magazine, around page 30, please find a link below, talks a bit about our Radical racing also https://hifipig.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Hifi_Pig_Quarterly_Summer_20192.pdf Cheers, Paul.
  19. Hi Everyone, I’m not really one for blowing my own trumpet but if you’re bored at all there is an article on HiFi Lounge in the summer HiFi Pig magazine, around page 30, please find a link below, talks a bit about our Radical racing also https://hifipig.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Hifi_Pig_Quarterly_Summer_20192.pdf Cheers, Paul.
  20. Ah mate sorry, I needed it quick and didn't think, actually got it from our friends at B&C so didn't cost quite that much.
  21. Why not visit our eBay Store for High Quality HiFi Goodies! Hi All, For the eagle eyed amongst you some of you hopefully noticed that we have put a direct link to our eBay store on the navigation bar of our new website so I just thought I’d mention this in a quick blog as we do quite a lot of trade ins and some kit is listed on our site under the Ex-Display / Pre-owned section but all of it is listed on eBay, this is updated regularly so please keep an eye out. So if you are after any new HiFi and have anything to trade in just let me know and I’ll see what I can do, I’d like to think we offer very competitive trade in prices. Please find the link to our eBay store below with what we have currently available, if anything takes your fancy just give me a shout. https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/hifiloungeuk Thanks, Paul.
  22. Hi All, For the eagle eyed amongst you some of you hopefully noticed that we have put a direct link to our eBay store on the navigation bar of our new website so I just thought I’d mention this in a quick blog as we do quite a lot of trade ins and some kit is listed on our site under the Ex-Display / Pre-owned section but all of it is listed on eBay, this is updated regularly so please keep an eye out. So if you are after any new HiFi and have anything to trade in just let me know and I’ll see what I can do, I’d like to think we offer very competitive trade in prices. Please find the link to our eBay store below with what we have currently available, if anything takes your fancy just give me a shout. https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/hifiloungeuk Thanks, Paul.
  23. I recently bought the below for mine which actually is really good if you are parked up and get caught out as happened at our recent Boys Toys Day - https://www.komo-tec.com/en/lotus-eleven/3-eleven/miscellaneous/43/shower-cape-3-eleven
  24. Hi Everyone, So Valves or Solid State? that is the question that a lot of audiophiles are faced with when looking to buy a new amp or pre-amp, well and now DAC’s thanks to PrimaLuna. PrimaLuna have always been one of our most popular brands, even people that don’t come in to buy a valve amp are always intrigued to have a listen and in all honesty I have never had one person say that they don’t like the sound, it is impossible to not be cast under the spell of that tube sound so I am really pleased to say that we now have the new PrimaLuna Evo range on demo. We have normally focused on PrimaLuna’s integrated amps but as we now have a new range it seemed a good opportunity to expand on this so as well as the new Evo 400 Integrated we have also decided to put the Evo 400 power amp and Evo 400 Preamp on demo along with PrimaLuna’s new valve Evo 100 DAC which is a intriguing proposition, can’t wait to have a good listen to that. So why not come in for a listen to the new PrimaLuna range? just get in touch to book an appointment anytime. You can see the full range of products below - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/primaluna/ Cheers, Paul.
  25. New PrimaLuna EvoLution Range on Permanent Demo! Hi Everyone, So Valves or Solid State? that is the question that a lot of audiophiles are faced with when looking to buy a new amp or pre-amp, well and now DAC’s thanks to PrimaLuna. PrimaLuna have always been one of our most popular brands, even people that don’t come in to buy a valve amp are always intrigued to have a listen and in all honesty I have never had one person say that they don’t like the sound, it is impossible to not be cast under the spell of that tube sound so I am really pleased to say that we now have the new PrimaLuna Evo range on demo. We have normally focused on PrimaLuna’s integrated amps but as we now have a new range it seemed a good opportunity to expand on this so as well as the new Evo 400 Integrated we have also decided to put the Evo 400 power amp and Evo 400 Preamp on demo along with PrimaLuna’s new valve Evo 100 DAC which is a intriguing proposition, can’t wait to have a good listen to that. So why not come in for a listen to the new PrimaLuna range? just get in touch to book an appointment anytime. You can see the full range of products below - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/primaluna/ Cheers, Paul.
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