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  1. Hi Everyone, Just a quickie to say that we have a couple of pairs of very special speakers in demo at the moment that we have borrowed from the distributors for a couple of demos so if you'd like a listen please get in touch to make an appointment. Magneplanar 30.7's Speakers certainly don't get much bigger than these, they really do give a wall of sound. I love Maggies, certainly not the easiest speakers to accommodate but if you can then they are well worth a listen as they have a mid range to die for and give an extremely open and large sound, very different from a more conventional speaker. Avantgarde Duo XD Speakers I have to say having these in HFL has been a real treat and a revelation, this is the first pair of Horn speakers I have actually sat down and listened to, other than a quick listen at shows, and I have to say that I am totally smitten as they give such a live and big sound and with the active bass drivers you get real solid and fast bass that you really feel, we only have these for a couple of weeks then we have to give them back unfortunately, certainly been a real eye opener that's for sure. Cheers, Paul. Maggies below followed by the Avatgarde's.
  2. SME 75th Anniversary Synergy Turntable now on Permanent Demo! Hi All, So this could quite possible be the best bit of HiFi eye Candy out there, it looks great in the pics but is even more gorgeous for real, the Silver Anniversary finish, to celebrate SME's 75th Anniversary, is a £3000 premium over the standard black finish so that makes it £18,895 but it really is worth every penny if you can stretch to it. So what is the SME Synergy? Basically it is a Highend Plug and Play Turntable, all you need to do is plug it straight into a line input and you are up and running, it really couldn't be easier, it is made of a combination of some of the worlds best brands that are all tuned to get the best performance, Synergy really is the right name here, please see below from SME’s website for an overview - 'Synergy is a unique, precision-engineered integrated turntable featuring magnesium tonearm, moving coil cartridge and built-in phono stage. Comprising of a completely new turntable design combined with the highly acclaimed SME Series IV tonearm, Ortofon’s ‘exclusive series’ MC Windfeld Ti cartridge and a specially designed phono stage by NAGRA, all coupled with mono crystal silver wire by Crystal Cable, Synergy is a fully integrated turntable unit that is factory configured requiring minimal user set-up.' We will have our Synergy setup in our Highend System so if you’d like to hear it please feel free to get in touch to make an appointment and feel free to bring some of your favourite records along as for me there is nothing better than listening to vinyl, have to say it really has made our big system sing, especially the Alexx V’s. Please find more info in the link below and a few pictures, we now have pretty much the full SME range of Turntables on demo so please feel free to get in to to arrange a demo. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/sme/turntables-sme/ Many thanks, Paul.
  3. Hi All, So this could quite possible be the best bit of HiFi eye Candy out there, it looks great in the pics but is even more gorgeous for real, the Silver Anniversary finish, to celebrate SME's 75th Anniversary, is a £3000 premium over the standard black finish so that makes it £18,895 but it really is worth every penny if you can stretch to it. So what is the SME Synergy? Basically it is a Highend Plug and Play Turntable, all you need to do is plug it straight into a line input and you are up and running, it really couldn't be easier, it is made of a combination of some of the worlds best brands that are all tuned to get the best performance, Synergy really is the right name here, please see below from SME’s website for an overview - 'Synergy is a unique, precision-engineered integrated turntable featuring magnesium tonearm, moving coil cartridge and built-in phono stage. Comprising of a completely new turntable design combined with the highly acclaimed SME Series IV tonearm, Ortofon’s ‘exclusive series’ MC Windfeld Ti cartridge and a specially designed phono stage by NAGRA, all coupled with mono crystal silver wire by Crystal Cable, Synergy is a fully integrated turntable unit that is factory configured requiring minimal user set-up.' We will have our Synergy setup in our Highend System so if you’d like to hear it please feel free to get in touch to make an appointment and feel free to bring some of your favourite records along as for me there is nothing better than listening to vinyl, have to say it really has made our big system sing, especially the Alexx V’s. Please find more info in the link below and a few pictures, we now have pretty much the full SME range of Turntables on demo so please feel free to get in to to arrange a demo. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/sme/turntables-sme/ Many thanks, Paul.
  4. Stick em in the post mate, I'll take any help I can get 👍
  5. Snetterton Photobook, Fire, Rain + New Livery! Hi All, So for our Snetterton race weekend it was certainly a weekend like no other, basically it was British Summertime so we had plenty of rain but we also had a huge pit lane fire just when we were about to go out for our first race, basically a teams lorry caught fire and it took 2 fire engines to get it under control, luckily no one was injured but it meant we lost our first race and our 2nd race was re-scheduled for 6pm, this ended up being cut short due to a car stranded on the track so basically we did 3 days at the track for a 17 minute race but at least we came away with a trophy so it wasn't all bad. Plus we had the new livery on the Elise to promote iLounge Racing, a couple of tweaks to do but overall really happy with the look, really stands out on track now. So off to Brands Hatch this weekend, really looking forward to this one as it is on the short Indy layout so is very much like a big Go Kart track which should suit me, presently we are 5th overall in the standings and 2nd in our class so plenty to still play for. We were testing there last week and I had my closest moment to a big crash yet, please see below, certainly a Code Brown moment but luckily we got away with just a little damage under the car where I had to go over the grass in avoidance, could certainly have been much worse. Anyway please find a few pictures below from our Snetterton weekend. Cheers, Paul.
  6. Hi All, So for our Snetterton race weekend it was certainly a weekend like no other, basically it was British Summertime so we had plenty of rain but we also had a huge pit lane fire just when we were about to go out for our first race, basically a teams lorry caught fire and it took 2 fire engines to get it under control, luckily no one was injured but it meant we lost our first race and our 2nd race was re-scheduled for 6pm, this ended up being cut short due to a car stranded on the track so basically we did 3 days at the track for a 17 minute race but at least we came away with a trophy so it wasn't all bad. Plus we had the new livery on the Elise to promote iLounge Racing, a couple of tweaks to do but overall really happy with the look, really stands out on track now. So off to Brands Hatch this weekend, really looking forward to this one as it is on the short Indy layout so is very much like a big Go Kart track which should suit me, presently we are 5th overall in the standings and 2nd in our class so plenty to still play for. We were testing there last week and I had my closest moment to a big crash yet, please see below, certainly a Code Brown moment but luckily we got away with just a little damage under the car where I had to go over the grass in avoidance, could certainly have been much worse. Anyway please find a few pictures below from our Snetterton weekend. Cheers, Paul.
  7. Big Accuphase System on the Wilson Alexx V's, This Really Works! Hi Everyone, The fun part with having a speaker here as accomplished as our demo Wilson Audio Alexx V Speakers is trying different equipment with them as they are so revealing you can totally change their character by trying a different brand, I recently got an enquiry from someone who wanted to try the Class A Accuphase Monoblocks along with their DAC and top of the line Preamp, needless to say we had to try them on the Alexx's and I have to say it is a pretty special combination, totally effortless and open with a really weighty and full bass with loads of definition, it really is a winning combo. Anyway I just wanted to post some pictures, please see below and if you'd like to come in for a listen please feel free. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/accuphase/ https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/wilson-audio/ Cheers, Paul.
  8. Hi Everyone, The fun part with having a speaker here as accomplished as our demo Wilson Audio Alexx V Speakers is trying different equipment with them as they are so revealing you can totally change their character by trying a different brand, I recently got an enquiry from someone who wanted to try the Class A Accuphase Monoblocks along with their DAC and top of the line Preamp, needless to say we had to try them on the Alexx's and I have to say it is a pretty special combination, totally effortless and open with a really weighty and full bass with loads of definition, it really is a winning combo. Anyway I just wanted to post some pictures, please see below and if you'd like to come in for a listen please feel free. https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/accuphase/ https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/wilson-audio/ Cheers, Paul.
  9. Wow that is mental, I bet the race Elise would be epic round there, I'll have to watch some YouTube video's later.
  10. Now that is a tough question Andy, both my 2 favourites but I'd say Cadwell just edges it. Never doen Anglesey but that sounds like the perfect 3 days.
  11. Wilson Audio Alexx V Update + HFL Promo Video! Hi Everyone, So we have had our incredible Wilson Audio Alexx V Speakers for a month or so now and I have been running them everyday since they arrived and I think it is fair to say they are well and truly run in now and are sounding even better than when we first got them. I know it is the biggest cliche in the HiFi book but on our so called Highend system I am listening to albums and songs that I know so well and it really is like hearing them for the first time, there is so much more information coming through it is as if some songs are totally different mixes which I know they are not but say on something like Billie Eilish's last album I am amazed how much more there is in the recording through this system compared to what I have heard before. Last week I hooked up our Chord Ultima 2 Mono Blocks to the Alexx V's and that gave a totally different presentation compared to the amps we had previously been using, much more solid bass weight and depth so I will be leaving them hooked up for some time. So I got to thinking that me shooting a video on my phone really wasn't doing these magnificent speakers justice so I spoke with Ian and IDB Creative to come up with a quality promo film encouraging people to come in for a listen, let me know what you think and if you would like a listen feel free to get in touch to make an appointment to try some of your favourite songs and hear them like you have never heard them before. Please find a link to the video below, enjoy. Regards, Paul.
  12. Hi Everyone, So we have had our incredible Wilson Audio Alexx V Speakers for a month or so now and I have been running them everyday since they arrived and I think it is fair to say they are well and truly run in now and are sounding even better than when we first got them. I know it is the biggest cliche in the HiFi book but on our so called Highend system I am listening to albums and songs that I know so well and it really is like hearing them for the first time, there is so much more information coming through it is as if some songs are totally different mixes which I know they are not but say on something like Billie Eilish's last album I am amazed how much more there is in the recording through this system compared to what I have heard before. Last week I hooked up our Chord Ultima 2 Mono Blocks to the Alexx V's and that gave a totally different presentation compared to the amps we had previously been using, much more solid bass weight and depth so I will be leaving them hooked up for some time. So I got to thinking that me shooting a video on my phone really wasn't doing these magnificent speakers justice so I spoke with Ian and IDB Creative to come up with a quality promo film encouraging people to come in for a listen, let me know what you think and if you would like a listen feel free to get in touch to make an appointment to try some of your favourite songs and hear them like you have never heard them before. Please find a link to the video below, enjoy. Regards, Paul.
  13. Photobook From Round 4, Cadwell Park, The Prettiest Track in the UK! Hi Everyone, Just a quick update from our Lotus Elise Trophy exploits, for the last round we headed to Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire which without doubt is the most picturesque race track in the UK, I must admit I’m always a little nervous when arriving there as it is very narrow with some really fast corners, it is also very undulating with not a lot of run off so get it wrong and it will bite but as always it worked its wonders on me again and I left falling in love with Cadwell all over again. No trophies this time I’m afraid but had some good track action which is the whole point really and the car survived the dangers of the Mini Nurburgring as it is affectionately known. The season is disappearing fast, this weekend we are at Snetterton, nowhere as pretty as Cadwell but equally as demanding, every race we have got more performance out the car and from me also so really hoping that trend continues this weekend and that it stays dry. The penny dropped the other day when testing at Snetterton that the Elise is a very different animal to the Radical, basically with the Radical it feels planted thanks to the aero I guess but with the Elise if it isn’t moving around under you then you are just not going fast enough, you almost have to drive it to the point it is just about to break away, the good news is that when it does oversteer it is very easy to get it back, very much like a big go kart, so I really hope to test that theory more this weekend. Please find a few pics below for the stunning Cadwell Park. Cheers, Paul.
  14. Hi Everyone, Just a quick update from our Lotus Elise Trophy exploits, for the last round we headed to Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire which without doubt is the most picturesque race track in the UK, I must admit I’m always a little nervous when arriving there as it is very narrow with some really fast corners, it is also very undulating with not a lot of run off so get it wrong and it will bite but as always it worked its wonders on me again and I left falling in love with Cadwell all over again. No trophies this time I’m afraid but had some good track action which is the whole point really and the car survived the dangers of the Mini Nurburgring as it is affectionately known. The season is disappearing fast, this weekend we are at Snetterton, nowhere as pretty as Cadwell but equally as demanding, every race we have got more performance out the car and from me also so really hoping that trend continues this weekend and that it stays dry. The penny dropped the other day when testing at Snetterton that the Elise is a very different animal to the Radical, basically with the Radical it feels planted thanks to the aero I guess but with the Elise if it isn’t moving around under you then you are just not going fast enough, you almost have to drive it to the point it is just about to break away, the good news is that when it does oversteer it is very easy to get it back, very much like a big go kart, so I really hope to test that theory more this weekend. Please find a few pics below for the stunning Cadwell Park. Cheers, Paul.
  15. 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/
  16. 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/
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Vipers

    Lotus Emira

    Doesn't look like it.
  23. 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.
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