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  1. Vipers
    Hi All,

    Yesterday I was lucky enough for my friendly Arcam Rep to bring in their new Universal player, the FMJ UDP411, I only had an hour of so of listening and then unfortunately he had to box it up and take it away, what a spoil sport, but I did get a chance to put it up directly against the OPPO 105D for 2ch only, as for me sound quality will be the UDP411 main selling point and the OPPO is its main competition.

    Firstly we hooked up the UDP411 via both RCA and XLR into the Bryston SP3 as the Arcam AV950 950 wasn’t hooked up unfortunately, and flicked between both connections, both sounded great but the XLR just edged it for me offering a slightly bigger soundstage with more drive with better dynamics, it was only slight but noticeable, I also tried it as a streamer, it saw my NAS and played with no problem at all, compared to Naim though Arcam’s app needs a fair bit of work, the good news is that Arcam have their own coder now who’s main job is to improve the app so all being well this should improve shortly.

    So onto sound quality, to sum up I would say that at long last the mighty OPPO 105 has some real competition, not that either was better or worse, which sounds like a real cop out, but both sounded excellent but offering 2 very different presentations. I love OPPO’s presentation, I find it clean, detailed, immersive and all that stuff, but I have have always loved Arcam’s more slightly more laid back and smooth presentation and for me that was the main difference, the UDP411 came across with all the detail of the OPPO but with a weightier more life like presentation, especially apparent with vocals, it just felt more organic.

    I guess the OPPO could be considered better value for money with the Darbee processing built in and the M/C analogue outs, but for out and out sound quality it is now great to have two great high performing options that offer 2 very different presentations, I can quite easily see the UDP411 ending up in my system, as I do like my system to match and having a full Arcam rig would be very satisfying, it will also be interesting to try it over HDMI into the AV950 and also digital out into the D33.

    It looks like it is still a couple of months away before the UDP411 is available but yesterday’s taster has certainly left me wanting to explore it in more depth as early signs sounded very promising so needless to say we will have one on demo as soon as released.

    Please see a link below for more info and couple of pics -

    [url="http://hifilounge.co.uk/arcam-fmj-udp411-bd-player"]Arcam FMJ UDP411 Audiophile Blu-ray player[/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF7703_zps4eb56d0d.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF7703_zps4eb56d0d.jpg[/img][/url]

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    Cheers,
    Paul
  2. Vipers
    Hi Everyone,

    I think it is fair to say that Arcam really are on it at the moment as we now have their new A49 Integrated Amp on demo and it really is something quite special.

    We got it in last week but it wasn’t until Saturday that I had a chance to have a proper listen, once with a customer then later in the evening. I was always keen to listen to this amp at length as it uses a new type of amp design called Class G which Arcam promised would be something quite special and it appears that they weren’t wrong. Now I’m not that technical and to be honest it is the sound that matters but the beauty of Class G is that it gives you the first 50 watts as Pure Class A which always sounds natural and as soon as I powered it up I could hear that the A49 was something pretty special.

    I was running it on the excellent PMC Twenty.23’s which I know extremely well and with the A49 driving them there really was a extra level of bass weight and control that sounded gorgeous and a fullness to the sound that just sounded right, it offers a very natural, effortless presentation that is hard to not be impressed with, this is an amp where you could listen for hours without any fatigue setting in.

    In total it has 200 watts per channel, offers a MM phono stage and can power direct Arcam’s R Series of products so pair it with the irDAC or airDAC to add digital playback to it all powered from the A49.

    Even better partner it with Arcam’s excellent D33 DAC to create something very special indeed, and with the UDP411 Universal Player just round the corner shortly followed by the C49/P49 Pre/Power Combo based on Glass G as well as some other exciting products from Arcam this year, it certainly looks like Arcam are going to be a big player in the 2 channel market again which is great news for everyone and needless to say that we will have it all on demo once available.

    It is an exciting time at the moment for integrated amps as there is so much choice of really top end amps like Naim’s excellent SuperNait 2, Musical Fidelity’s new M6si or their storming M6500i, Devialet with their stylish highend amps, Bryston with the B135 SST2, or something quite different like the PrimaLuna Dialogue Premium valve amp, and now with the Arcam’s A49 joining the party there is now another top end offering that really does bring something quite different to the party.

    If you’d like to book a demo of the A49 please get in touch, it is priced at £3750, please find more details below + a few pictures -

    [url="http://hifilounge.co.uk/arcam-a49-integrated-amplifier"]http://hifilounge.co.uk/arcam-a49-integrated-amplifier[/url]

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    Cheers,
    Paul.
  3. Vipers
    Hi All,

    Another new announcement from CES, HiFiMan have announced their new reference headphones and amplifier, the HE-1000 and EF-1000, details are very sparse at the moment other than both are totally new designs with the headphones being Planar Magnetic design again, I’m guessing they will be tough to drive like the current HE-6’s but speaking from experience, once you get them working they really are a fantastic headphone., I think these are quite a while off yet from general release but I am certainly already looking forward to getting my hands on them.

    Below are a couple of links to both products on the website, once I get anymore info I will update these and below are a couple of pictures -

    [url]http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/hifiman/hifiman-he-1000-headphones[/url]

    [url]http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/hifiman-ef-1000-headphone-amplifier[/url]

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    Cheers,
    Paul.
  4. Vipers
    Hi All,

    Last week I had the pleasure of spending some time listening to Musical Fidelity’s new monster integrated amp, the NuVista 800, to be honest I haven’t heard any of the original NuVista products launched back in 1999, but I am constantly reading HiFi Mags and often hear about the ‘much loved MF NuVista products from years back’ so when I was offered the opportunity to have a listen to the new NuVista offering I jumped at the chance.

    From what I understand is that NuVista tubes offer many advantages over standard valves like better reliability, more consistant matching, they are smaller and run cooler + offering much better performance, apparently they were developed by RCA in the 50’s for TV’s and the like but around 15 years ago MF started using them in their NuVista HiFi range of components, but their availability was limited as there weren’t too many of the bases left that the valves sit in, so MF ended up with stacks of tubes left but no bases, now MF’s boss Antony Michaelson didn’t give up on the NuVista technology and after years of searching he came across more NuVista bases which he ended buying the whole lot meaning that NuVista is back.

    Now the NuVista 800 really is a sight to behold, it is a beautiful piece of engineering, it is definitely a 2 man lift coming in at a back breaking 45kgs and it is certainly no shrinking violet as this is a big amp, its basic design is a hybrid so it uses the NuVista valves for the pre-amp section and uses a solid state dual mono design derived from MF’s Titan amp to create 300 watts per channel power amp section.

    But what does it sound like? Well for our listening we used the Magneplanar 1.7’s panels with their additional bass panels, Maggies are notoriously hard to drive but when driven properly they really do sing, and this is what the NuVista 800 achieved, what is great is that the valve pre section just added a hint of warmth which made vocal tracks sound gorgeous but the power amp section really got hold of the Maggies in a way that I have never heard before, I can honestly say that I have tried our Maggie 1.7’s on a lot of amps and I have never heard them sound this good, I can only imagine what the bigger 3.7’s would sound like when driven by the NuVista 800.

    It will be priced at £7999 which to be fair is a lot of money for an integrated amp, but the NuVista 800 doesn’t perform like any other integrated, it really is like a Pre/Power combo and with the NuVista Tubes really does offer something quite unique and really does have to be heard to be appreciated, we will hopefully have a NuVista 800 on demo in around a month so please do get in touch to arrange a demo.

    Please find more information below on our website + here are a few pictures that really don’t do it justice.

    [url="http://hifilounge.co.uk/musical-fidelity-nuvista-800"]http://hifilounge.co.uk/musical-fidelity-nuvista-800[/url]

    [b]I’m sure I could see the wooden shelf bowing under the weight.[/b]

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    [b]4 NuVista Tubes glowing.[/b]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF7941_zps9192fe58.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF7941_zps9192fe58.jpg[/img][/url]

    [b]Beautifully Machined Military Spec Aluminium Front Panel.[/b]

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    [b]Getting the best out of the Maggies.[/b]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF7943_zps99b19a42.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF7943_zps99b19a42.jpg[/img][/url]

    [b]Stock Picture.[/b]

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    [b]Cheers,[/b]
    [b]Paul.[/b]
  5. Vipers
    Hi All,

    Yesterday I was lucky enough to spend some time listening to the very special Ultrasone Edition 5 Headphones, these are special for so many reasons, which I will go through shortly.

    I did listen to these briefly at Munich back in May and was instantly impressed so when the Ultrasone guys offered to pop over for an extended listen, well I wasn’t going to say no.

    Firstly there are only 555 pairs of Ultrasone Edition 5’s available worldwide with only 20 pairs coming into the UK making them a true collectors piece and an instant classic, also they are made from only premium organic materials so they have aluminium cups and headband, the earcups are made from bog oak meaning that they are 100’s of years old which give them a beautiful rich colour and unique grain, then the headband and earcups are lined with Ethiopian sheepskin, used for isolation, breathing ability and true comfort, it is obvious to see that Ultrasone have chosen these material very carefully which all helps to create a truly unique headphone.

    As well as the very special materials used they also include an enhanced version of Ultrasone’s patented S-Logic technology called S-Logic EX, which helps give their headphones a more spatial, natural and open sound and it really does work, again making Ultrasone sound like no other headphone and closer to a highend pair of speakers.

    Anyway that is all the spec, most importantly how do they sound? well firstly you can’t fail but to be impressed by their build quality and just how light and comfortable they are, these easily rival the Stax SR-009’s for being the most comfortable headphones I have ever tried, you just don’t know you are wearing them, listening for hours just wouldn’t be a problem.

    As for sound quality, well I knew they would be good but listening to music I actually know rather than show music really amazed me just how good these are, totally effortless, smooth, detailed, great bass weight, big soundstage but mostly just so musical, natural and listenable, so when you put this together with the comfort factor you end up with most definitely the best closed back headphones that I have listened to by some margin and to be fair one of the top 3 headphones I have ever heard regardless of closed or open back, they really are that good.

    My only complaint is that they are only making 555 pairs, this is a real shame as even at their retail price of £3000 they are worth every penny, to get close to this performance from a pair of speakers you really would need to spend well over 10K or 20K, hopefully once they have all sold Ultrasone will bring out a full retail pair using the same technology.

    Due to the fact that there is only 20 pairs coming into the UK we don’t have the Edition 5’s on permanent demo, which is a shame, but with a days notice we can get the UK demo pair in so please feel free to get in touch to make an appointment to hear what I consider to be a stunning pair of cans that I am actually considering buying a pair for myself.

    We will also have these on demo at the National Audio Show at Whittlebury Hall this coming September 21st/22nd as Highend Headphones will be running this years ‘Headzone’ more news to follow shortly.

    Please find more info below and a few pictures -

    [url]http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/ultrasone/ultrasone-edition-5-headphones[/url]

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    Cheers,
    Paul.
  6. Vipers
    Hi all,
    I know this is not strictly a Lotus but a Westfield replica of a Lotus Eleven but I have just bought this in my quest to put together a collection of Lotus's from every decade since formation so hopefully posting it on here is OK, the originals go for around £130K now so this will have to do for my 50's example.
    It is brand new but the fly in the ointment is that it is nearly finished being built by the current owner but it has yet to get through its SVA test to make it road legal, this shouldn't be too painful but I guess you never know the outcome till you get stuck in and to be fair the last Westfield I owned was a disaster as I bought a cut and shut without knowing and that was a death trap in which I had to replace the chassis + other bits a bobs.
    But I just can't resist a pretty car and I have to say that I find it totally stunning, one of the prettiest cars I have ever seen, I'd be quite happy to put it in the living room as an ornament but I think my wife may have something to say on that :-)
    So let's see how things pan out when I put it in for an SVA, in fact Westfield have said they will help with this so fingers crossed, watch this space.
    More pictures to follow once I get it home.





    Cheers,
    Paul.
  7. Vipers
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    Hi All,
     
    There has certainly been a lot of interest in AudioQuests first headphone so we are really pleased to now have the Nighthawk on permanent demonstration.
     
    I would imagine everyone has heard of AudioQuest, best known for their range of quality interconnects, but now they have entered the world of headphones with the NightHawk, this is a headphone that has been widely anticipated amongst Head-Fiers as AudioQuest didn’t want to release just another headphone so have tried to bring something new and fresh to the market which they most certainly have.
     
    Offering 3D printed latticework to help widen the soundstage, the cups are made from ‘Liquid Wood’ which is reclaimed wood fibre that is heated, liquefied, and processed in such a way that it can be injection moulded, there is an innovative headband, also being a cable company you get a very high quality cable along with a portable cable + a useful carry case amongst other features that make NightHawk standout from the crowd. This is a headphone which will challenge headphones costing much more. They are very light, extremely comfortable, offer very special imaging, insight and separation whilst presenting the music in a very organic way meaning to can wear them for hours without any fatigue.
     
    We are big fans of NightHawk at Highend Headphones, they really do offer unparalleled value for money at £499 so please feel free to come in to experience how AudioQuest feel headphones should be done.
     
    [url]http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/audioquest-headphones/audioquest-nighthawk-headphones[/url]
     
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    Cheers,
    Paul.
  8. Vipers
    Hi Everyone,

    Well as we have said before, it is certainly a busy time for Arcam at the moment and as one of our favourite brands it is great to see so many excellent products coming out of Arcam HQ just up the road in Cambridge.

    I thought I would just do a quick post with a couple of updates on some of the incoming products, please see below -

    [b]Arcam FMJ UDP411 Universal Player.[/b]

    We took delivery of our demo UDP411 yesterday, this is a product I’ve been looking forward to quite a lot as it is going up head to head against my favourite Blu Ray player brand OPPO with their brilliant 105D player, I listened to an early UDP411 and for out and out sound quality I was really impressed, very different to the OPPO but then choice is always good, but apparently it is even more refined now than a few weeks ago when I listened.

    I will run it in first but a player that can play Blu Rays, CD’s, SACD’s and is also a network streamer is always going to be an interesting proposition, please find more info on our site and a few pictures below, needless to say if you’d like a demo please get in touch.

    [url="http://hifilounge.co.uk/arcam-fmj-udp411-bd-player"]http://hifilounge.co.uk/arcam-fmj-udp411-bd-player[/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/IMG_0855_zpscc664dcb.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/IMG_0855_zpscc664dcb.jpg[/img][/url]

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    [b]Arcam FMJ A39 Integrated Amplifier[/b]

    Every now and again a product comes along that just seems to be too good to be true and this is where the A39 comes in, basically this is a slightly cut down version of the awesome A49 and it only costs £1500, using the same Class G technology, I was lucky enough to have a listen to a early version again and I was amazed how close it gets to the A49, obviously it hasn’t got the same power but for normal listening it offers a very similar presentation at a price that I find hard to believe, we should have the A39 on demo shortly, if you are after a new amp then I would highly recommend a listen.

    [url="http://hifilounge.co.uk/arcam-fmj-a39"]http://hifilounge.co.uk/arcam-fmj-a39[/url]

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    [b]Arcam FMJ CDS27 Player[/b]

    For the last piece of news, Arcam will shortly also have their new audio only player available, basically the CDS27 replaces the CD17 and CD37 and will play CD’s, SACD’s and is also a network steamer up to 24/192 and at a price of £800, what is not to like.

    It uses the class leading TI/ Burr Brown PCM1794 DAC and also uses a high precision re-clocking system along with a new specially designed power supply. The player has single-ended and balanced outputs so again I am expecting big things of the CDS27.

    [url="http://hifilounge.co.uk/arcam-fmj-cds27"]http://hifilounge.co.uk/arcam-fmj-cds27[/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/375_large_zps14d2ed99.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/375_large_zps14d2ed99.jpg[/img][/url]

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    So as you can see it is certainly a busy time for Arcam and great to see them really getting stuck back into the 2 channel market again where so many of us first really got into hifi with Arcam.

    Next up will be the P49 and C49 but that is for another blog, if any Arcam products do take your interest please do get in touch as we will have the full range on demo.

    Cheers,

    Paul.
  9. Vipers
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    Hi All,

    Just a quick blog to let everyone know that we now have Naim’s new Super Lumina range of cables on demo. I must admit at first I wasn’t too keen to put these on demo as they are certainly not cheap and I did wonder how good they really could be, then my friendly Naim rep lent me his demo set, I should have known better than to have doubted Naim as on our NAC 252 / NAP 300 / NDS system the upgrade really was substantial compared to Naim’s NAC A5 speaker cable. Firstly the soundstage grew in width and depth, the bass was more controlled but for me it was the extra space it gave everything, everything was more Airy and open with vocals having more presence, basically everything was improved, so I was sold and ordered our demo setup there and then, I’m so easy sometimes :-)

    Basically the Super Lumina speaker cables and interconnects were designed alongside Naim’s £150,000 Statement system but used in a more modest system the gains are still there to be heard, it really is almost like a hardware upgrade, like adding one of Naim’s power supplies, even if you are not running a Naim system they would certainly be worth trying.

    We have now got a 7m pair of Super Lumina speaker cables, this is the problem with having our main Naim system to one side of the room, and a Din-Din interconnect, the proof in the quality of these cables is trying them at home so if you would like to borrow them please feel free to get in touch and to take them home for a few days.

    [url]http://hifilounge.co.uk/naim-super-lumina-cables[/url]

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    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/super-lumina-1_zpstoz8airj.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/super-lumina-1_zpstoz8airj.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/Screen%20Shot%202015-04-18%20at%2016.01.18_zpskfqimwpu.png.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/Screen%20Shot%202015-04-18%20at%2016.01.18_zpskfqimwpu.png[/img][/URL]

    Cheers,
    Paul.
  10. Vipers
    Hi Everyone,
    Devialet have refreshed their Expert Pro range, firstly the Expert 130 Pro has now become the Expert 140 Pro giving another 10 watts per channel and equally as importantly the price has been reduced to £4490 which does make the entry point to Expert Pro extremely competitive when you consider what you get performance and feature wise.
    Also Devialet have announced the Dual Mono Expert 210 Pro making the entry point to go Dual Mono with Devialet much more affordable, it really does give a substantial upgrade to run 2 Experts in Dual Mono configuration and with the Expert 210 Pro costing £8900 this really is great value.
    Another point worth making is that if you have an Expert 130 Pro, with a firmware upgrade you can take it to a 140 Pro and then add another 140 Pro to give you an Expert 210 Pro dual mono configuration, until now it has never been possible to go Dual Mono with the entry level Expert so this is great news also.
    In a move to make the range easier to understand Devialet have also decided to not offer the Companions as separate products now so if you have a single Expert Pro and want to go Dual Mono then you just buy another Expert Pro this means the range now consist of 3 Stereo products and 3 Dual Mono products which is much tidier.
    I have ordered an Expert 140 Pro for demo which should be here any day now which will mean we have the full range of Expert Pro on demo including the new Expert 210 Pro so if you’d like to come in anytime to experience just how good Devialet Expert Pro is please feel free to get in touch.
    Please find the full Expert Pro range below -
    http://hifilounge.co.uk/devialet-expert-range
    Thanks,
    Paul.
    The Expert 210 Pro




    The Expert 140 Pro

  11. Vipers
    Hi Everyone,

    I guess its fair to say that we have a few headphone amps on demo, all are great but we really do have a special like for the Trilogy 933 headphone amp, so once we heard there was going to be a cheaper version we couldn’t wait to get it on demo, well yesterday the Trilogy 931 was delivered, the first in the country, needless to say that it doesn’t disappoint.

    Priced at £895 it really is great value for money, unbeatable I would say under the £1500 price point, making it a bit of a bargain, especially when you consider that it is all hand built in London and that you get a 3 year warranty.

    I couldn’t wait to have a listen so as soon as it had warmed up a little I dove in using the Audeze LCD-3’s and Ultrasone Edition 5 Unlimited’s, instantly you notice the similarities with the 933, it offers a very open and airy sound that lets the music flow really nicely but with great control and drive at the bottom end, I would imagine once we have got some hours on it will only get better so I am going to leave it running for a few days and re-visit it next week.

    The standard finish is priced at £895, but we went for the beautiful blue finish which cost an extra £175 but looks absolutely stunning and is worth every penny, there will also be yellow and red versions but any colour, as long as a car paint, can be used.

    As far as I can see, if you are looking for an analogue headphone amp under £1000, well to be fair probably under £1500 then the 931 is going to be the one to beat, if you’d like to give it a try please feel free to get in touch to arrange a demo.

    Please find a few pictures below -

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    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/DSCF3533_zps2d140280.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/DSCF3533_zps2d140280.jpg[/img][/url]

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    Cheers,
    Paul.
  12. Vipers
    Hi All,
     
    A quick announcement to let everyone know that Focal Speakers are now available to listen to at HiFi Lounge.
     
    For some time now I have been keeping an eye on Focal speakers as they have always interested me as a brand, especially since partnering up with Naim, so I have patiently been waiting for them to bring out something exciting that would really grab my attention, yes the Aria’s are great speakers and fantastic value for money, but exciting, not really. But then in the September issue of HiFi+ they had a bright orange pair of Focal’s new Sopra speakers on the cover, then followed a stunning review of the Sopra No2 with a review score of 88%, needless to say my interest was peaked so a quick call later and a pair of Sopra No1′s arrived fro me to listen to. Firstly you can’t help but be impressed with the looks and finish, these are stunning looking speakers, but obviously most importantly they sound fantastic. The review picked up on how well they imaged and gave a huge soundstage, I have to agree, the soundstage is amazing, it goes far beyond the speakers, not sure how they achieve this but it is pretty special. This review can be read below, needless to say I was sold -
     
    [url]http://hifilounge.co.uk/image/attachments/Focal/Focal_Sopra_HiFi-News_Sept15.pdf[/url]
     
    The Sopra range is the first range of speakers that Focal have used Naim electronics to develop them on, the new Naim 272/250 and NAP300 were used I believe, so there really is a great synergy with Naim, saying that I have also been using them on Bryston and Devialet and they sound equally as impressive. Also Focal are known for their driver design and technology and with the Sopra range they have 3 innovations that they are very proud of, NIC. TMD and IHL, I won’t go into depth here but please come in for a listen as these new Sopra’s really are something quite special.
     
    Now I am going through a bit of an Orange phase at the moment so it wasn’t probably the smartest move, especially when I try to sell these on one day, but I just couldn’t resist ordering our demo No2’s in Orange, and I have to say they look absolutely stunning, well I think so anyway :-) Don’t worry though as they come in a variety of different colours.
     
    So if you would like to explore the Focal range of speakers, we have Aria on demo also, please feel free to get in touch to arrange coming in for a listen, below is a link to the Focal range on our website and a few pictures.
     
    [url]http://hifilounge.co.uk/focal[/url]
     
    [B]Focal’s Sopra No2′s Arrive![/B]
     
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    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/Focal/3_zpsxahu8j1q.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/Focal/3_zpsxahu8j1q.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/Focal/4_zpscmlseywn.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/Focal/4_zpscmlseywn.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/Focal/5_zpsm9zn21av.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/Focal/5_zpsm9zn21av.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/Focal/6_zpsa0iyu3ol.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/Focal/6_zpsa0iyu3ol.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/Focal/7_zpsiw4wbnse.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/Focal/7_zpsiw4wbnse.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/Focal/8_zpssddvp6da.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/Focal/8_zpssddvp6da.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/Focal/9_zpsddrreuvt.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/Focal/9_zpsddrreuvt.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [B]Followed by the Sopra No’1′s[/B]
     
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    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/Focal/IMG_2420_zpsmiuivnxi.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/Focal/IMG_2420_zpsmiuivnxi.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/Focal/IMG_2423_zps6qcjcqjx.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/Focal/IMG_2423_zps6qcjcqjx.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
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    Cheers,
    Paul.
  13. Vipers
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    Hi All,

    I have to admit that power conditioners are an area that I haven’t spent too much time exploring in the past but have always felt it was an itch I wanted to scratch in more depth, as in principle they make a lot of sense, particularly nowadays with all the rubbish that sits on the mains ring polluting the supply which affects the performance of your hifi, have you ever noticed how your system can sound better late at night once everyone has turned everything off and gone to bed? I definitely find this at home.

    I have tried a few conditioners in the past all with varying effects, but I borrowed one of Nic Poulson’s conditioners just before Christmas and had one of those rare WOW HiFi moments. We know Nic well thanks to his excellent Trilogy Headphone amps that we are big fans of and his other company is ISOL-8 which focuses on conditioners and mains distribution, Nic co-founded IsoTek which I’m sure many of you have heard of but he parted ways after a few years and set up Isol-8, I have to say he really does know his stuff.

    At the moment we have the MiniSub Axis on demo, to be totally honest I have only tried it with headphones but the difference was so big that if you take headphone listening seriously I would really recommend that you at least borrow it from us and give it a try, I have tried a lot of kit over the years and it is very rare that you try something and it stops you in your tracks, there is one track that I have used for demo’s many times, when the MiniSub Axis was used I heard a car horn at the beginning that I have never heard before, I had to grab the iPad and go back as I wasn’t sure if it was outside, but it was on the recording but had just been lost before, quite amazing, then when I went back and took the MiniSub out the horn got lost in the mix again, the extra insight is great but you also get more detail, separation, textures, it really does help bring out parts of the mix.

    We will have the MiniSub Axis setup permanently in Highend Headphones and I will shortly be adding a Substation Integra to try with the bigger hifi systems for HiFi Lounge, I strongly believe that adding an ISOL-8 conditioner will help get the very best from your system but I am also quite happy to lend our demo model out for anyone to try at home as every setup is different and the overall performance gains can be different, so if you’d like to give an ISOL-8 conditioner a try at home please feel free to get in touch to arrange.

    Please find below a link to ISOL-8’s products on our website.

    [url="http://hifilounge.co.uk/isol-8"]http://hifilounge.co.uk/isol-8[/url]

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    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/substation_integra_front_mr_zps5f3d3dd7.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/substation_integra_front_mr_zps5f3d3dd7.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/mr_powerstation_top_iso_zps8e1ac930.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/mr_powerstation_top_iso_zps8e1ac930.jpg[/img][/url]

    Cheers,
    Paul.
  14. Vipers
    Hi All,

    I have just taken in a 2 month old Naim SuperNait 2 and HiCap DR from a customer that we sold them to originally, he ended up upgrading to a Naim Separates system very quickly, both units will come boxed as new with all the cables and documentation and both are in mint as new condition, obviously the HiCap DR is the perfect partner for the SuperNait 2 but both can be sold separately if required.

    [b]Supernait 2[/b]

    Price New - £2850
    Our Price - £2350

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/For%20Sale/DSCF8158_zps57c7d624.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/For%20Sale/DSCF8158_zps57c7d624.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/For%20Sale/DSCF8162_zpsa47889aa.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/For%20Sale/DSCF8162_zpsa47889aa.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/For%20Sale/DSCF8167_zps21aed20e.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/For%20Sale/DSCF8167_zps21aed20e.jpg[/img][/url]

    [b]HiCap DR[/b]

    Price New - £1250
    Our Price - £1000

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/For%20Sale/DSCF8169_zps311e19f5.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/For%20Sale/DSCF8169_zps311e19f5.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/For%20Sale/DSCF8174_zps290836fe.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/For%20Sale/DSCF8174_zps290836fe.jpg[/img][/url]

    Any questions please feel free to get in touch.

    Thanks,
    Paul.
  15. Vipers
    Hi All,

    It was 6pm last night and I was about to leave for the the day when Brian, the PMC driver, turned up with a very nice surprise, a pair of brand spanking new Twenty.26’s, obviously the thoughts of an early finish disappeared as I stayed long into the evening to get them unboxed and to give them a good listen.

    Well they certainly feel like a Twenty speaker on steroids from the size of box, to the plinth, the cabinet, even the grills are thicker to accommodate the protruding mid range, and they weigh a fair bit also, I listened to them last night for an hour or so, driven by the Devialet 170 and they seem to be everything I’d hoped for, fantastic Twenty clarity with real bass presence and a very natural sounding mid, obviously they are a bit tight at the moment so I’ll move them upstairs later and run them for a few days and get some Bryston power running through their veins, that should free them up nicely in readiness for our PMC and Bryston open day on April 12th, details below -

    [URL='http://hifilounge.tumblr.com/post/79352653089/pmc-and-bryston-owners-club-april-12th-10-off-any']hifi lounge, PMC and Bryston Owners Club April 12th + 10% Off any PMC or Bryston Products Bought On The Day![/URL]

    It just dawned on my that my next weeks work is listening to the Twenty.26’s at volume to get them run in ready for the event, it’s a tough life :) Got Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ playing at the moment and they really do sound fantastic.

    Here are a few pics, not the best quality admittedly -

    [URL='http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF7224_zps3bae7a2a.jpg.html'][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF7224_zps3bae7a2a.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL='http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF7237_zps7133725e.jpg.html'][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF7237_zps7133725e.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL='http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF7241_zpsf0278c47.jpg.html'][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF7241_zpsf0278c47.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL='http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF7242_zpsc6e8b961.jpg.html'][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF7242_zpsc6e8b961.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL='http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF7244_zps70c6dc29.jpg.html'][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF7244_zps70c6dc29.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL='http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF7248_zps54d851fd.jpg.html'][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF7248_zps54d851fd.jpg[/img][/URL]

    Hope to see you on April 12th,

    Cheers,
    Paul.
  16. Vipers
    Hi All,
    Well this seems like a speaker that I have been waiting an eternity to come in, after falling in love with the D7’s I was straight onto Spendor to find out when a D9 would be available, well a couple of years later I am really pleased to say that HiFi Lounge have just taken delivery of the first pair to leave Spendor and they have certainly been well worth the wait.
    I have just finished un-boxing them and have them running in now and straight out the box they sound really excellent, for me it is the mid range that really stands out but more than that they are just such a well balanced speaker through the whole range, great detail, very revealing but at the same time very musical, can’t wait to get some more hours on them as it is hard to believe they are going to get any better to be honest.
    The Pictures below probably don’t do the Premium Rosewood finish that we ordered them in justice but I must say that they look absolutely stunning, this is a £1000 option, making them £7495 but I have to say that it is worth every penny as it is one of the best speaker finishes I have ever seen, absolutely stunning.
    So if you fancy listening to the the new D9 please feel free to get in touch anytime to arrange an appointment and if you are interesting in maybe trading in a D7 or any speaker for the D9 please feel free to get in touch to discuss your options.
    http://hifilounge.co.uk/spendor-d9-speakers
    Below are a few pictures of the un-boxing.












    Cheers,
    Paul.
  17. Vipers
    Hi All,
     
    As everyone knows we love our Sonus Faber speakers at HiFi Lounge, no one makes a speaker that looks as beautiful as Sonus Faber and they still retain their lifelike and organic presentation that really can make the hairs on the back of your next stand up. Well slowly but surely they have been working their way through their range of speakers with new designs, the latest is the introduction of the Chameleon range with replaces the Toy range.
     
    Now this is Sonus Faber’s entry level range of speakers but you really wouldn’t know it, they are beautifully built with the classic Sonus Faber leather trim, chrome surrounds around the drivers, magnetic grills, all hand made in Italy and best of all they have interchangeable side panels. Now I have never known this before on a pair of speakers but it is such a great idea, at the moment there are 6 different colours, Red, Orange, White, Black, Blue and Grey, so you can choose a colour to match your decor or if you fancy a change just swap over the panels to a different colour. I guess if you wanted you could even take the panels to a car body shop and get them sprayed any colour you like, ingenious :-) We have all 6 colours on demo if you’d like to see how they look.
     
    Best of all in my opinion is the price, without panels the bookshelves only cost £555 with the panels costing £145 a pair and the floorstanders only cost £1338 with the panels costing £332 for the pair, when you see the finish of these speakers you really won’t believe how much you get for your money.
     
    How do they sound? Like classic Sonus Faber’s, so plenty of detail but this is presented in a full, rich and lifelike manor, not forward but just very natural.
     
    Below is a link to the Chameleons on our website, a link to a Sonus Faber Chameleon video and a few pictures, if you’d like to come in for a listen please feel free -
     
    [url]http://hifilounge.co.uk/Chameleon-collection-by-sonus-faber[/url]
     
    [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYuoFalbMSg[/url]
     
    [B]Sonus Faber Chameleon T[/B]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2004_zpsl07a7gc8.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2004_zpsl07a7gc8.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2006_zpsfdudyggu.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2006_zpsfdudyggu.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2008_zps70mqjl02.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2008_zps70mqjl02.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2010_zpsmft774v3.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2010_zpsmft774v3.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2011_zpsoazxe9p7.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2011_zpsoazxe9p7.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2013_zpswykysdar.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2013_zpswykysdar.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2016_zpst09l0xu6.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2016_zpst09l0xu6.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2017_zpsp85lfo4q.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2017_zpsp85lfo4q.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2019_zpsidwpqoau.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2019_zpsidwpqoau.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2021_zps4eyduun8.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2021_zps4eyduun8.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2025_zpsdtdlzfy5.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2025_zpsdtdlzfy5.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [B]Sonus Faber Chameleon B[/B]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2131_zpsw6x3wmfn.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2131_zpsw6x3wmfn.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2132_zpseiarpcro.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2132_zpseiarpcro.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2133_zpsrfg8pg4l.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2133_zpsrfg8pg4l.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2134_zps6bplpmet.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2134_zps6bplpmet.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2135_zpsbyzagnrt.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2135_zpsbyzagnrt.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2137_zpsf3bzwlbs.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Sonus%20Faber/IMG_2137_zpsf3bzwlbs.jpg[/img][/URL]
     
    Cheers,
    Paul.
  18. Vipers
    Hi Everyone,

    Well it certainly took longer than expected to get my Michell Engineering Gyro Dec and Orbe on demo but I couldn’t be happier, as an Orbe owner before starting HiFi Lounge I always wanted to offer Michell turntables to our customers, as far as I am concerned there is no more iconic turntable that the Gyro Dec in HiFi, yes it looks stunning, it really is a great piece of engineering but most importantly it sounds equally good also, then there is the mighty Orbe, when you look at how much you can spend on a fully specc’d LP12 nowadays it makes the Orbe look like the bargain of the century, even when fitted with a top arm and cartridge.

    When I owned my Orbe I always dreamt of having a SME V tonearm installed on it, now I have got the prefect excuse, as a dealer, to install one on our demo unit, and what a tonearm it is, I had never installed one before and I must admit that I thought it would be quite a painful experience considering all the adjustments that are possible but it really couldn’t have been easier, the instructions are fantastic and it takes you through step by step and before you know it you have got a 100% perfectly set up tonearm, the level of adjustment really is quite unbelievable, like the Michell turntables the SME tonearms really are quite a beautiful piece of engineering.

    We have the Orbe SE with Iso Base and SEcure cover on demo partnered with the SME V tonearm and Dynavector XX2 cartridge, which all sounds amazing, for the Gyro Dec we have fully blown Gyro on demo with the Michell TechnoArm and a Dynavector 20x2 which sounds great also.

    Don’t forget our 1st anniversary party on October 26th which is also a vinyl day so we will be running the Gyro Dec, Orbe and Rega RP8 on our Musical Fidelity, Bryston and Naim systems with vinyl for sale on the day, please do bring along any vinyl you’d like to hear, we are also having a Turntable themed cake being made which if it comes out as planned will be too good to eat :-)

    Please see below for more info on the Michell Engineering and SME ranges -

    [url=http://hifilounge.co.uk/michell-engineering]Michell Engineering[/url]

    [url=http://hifilounge.co.uk/sme]SME Tonearms and Turntables[/url]

    As ever here are a few pictures -

    [B]From This, A Pile Of Boxes -[/B]

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF2207_zps2049424d.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF2207_zps2049424d.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF2210_zps490ab10f.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF2210_zps490ab10f.jpg[/img][/URL]
    [B]To This, The Gyro Dec In All Its Glory.[/B]

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF2551_zps839da41c.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF2551_zps839da41c.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF2553_zps70fc182c.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF2553_zps70fc182c.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF2555_zps919cc528.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF2555_zps919cc528.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF2557_zpsd656e2f2.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF2557_zpsd656e2f2.jpg[/img][/URL]
    [B]And The Excellent Orbe With SME V[/B]

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF2558_zps387d39fc.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF2558_zps387d39fc.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF2560_zps95b7ed76.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF2560_zps95b7ed76.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF2563_zps087f57a7.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF2563_zps087f57a7.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF2569_zps3c964723.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF2569_zps3c964723.jpg[/img][/URL]

    Hope to see you at our vinyl day on October 26th :-)

    Cheers,

    Paul.
  19. Vipers
    Hi All,

    Another quick blog to say that we now have Arcam’s new flagship FMJ P49 2 channel power amplifier on demo along with their new FMJ C49 Pre-amplifier.

    It has certainly been a busy year for Arcam with them releasing products right up to the end of the year, lucky for us everyone has been a winner but for me after spending quite a lot of time listening to their A49 integrated amp based on Arcam’s Class G amplification it has been the P49 that I have been really waiting for.

    I am not overly technical, I just know the sound that I like so I won’t go into the details of how Class G works other than the P49 gives 200 watts into 8 ohms, 400 watts into 4 ohms, but most importantly the first 50 watts are pure Class A, which is probably enough power for most speakers, I think it is fair to say that Class A does sound the best but runs hot and is inefficient, that has all changed with Arcam’s Class G technology, and the best part is that it sounds as good as I hoped.

    Basically to help run it in I took it home, don’t tell the boss :-) and have been running it on my PMC Fact.12’s through the Arcam AV950 and the results have been quite amazing, the Fact.12’s are not the easiest speaker to drive and do need a meaty amp to get the best from them but the P49 really has loads to spare and drives them with ease, what I love about this Class G technology is just how right everything sounds, you get a really great powerful, full and controlled bass with brilliant detail and seperation, it is such a well balanced sound that has a analogue and rich quality to it.

    I was wondering if one P49 would be enough on the Fact.12’s, which it is but I can’t help wondering how it would sound with 2 x P49’s set as Mono Blocks :-)

    Not forgetting the C49, I have only had a quick listen to be honest, I hooked it up with the P49 partnered with the UDP411 as a source via its balanced outputs into our demo Fact.12’s and it sounded very well balanced, open with that great Class G drive at the bottom, I’m hoping to give it a more thorough try out over Christmas but early signs sounded very promising.

    If you do fancy coming in for a listen please feel free to get in touch, below are the links on our website + a few pictures.

    [url="http://hifilounge.co.uk/arcam-fmj-p49"]http://hifilounge.co.uk/arcam-fmj-p49[/url]

    [url="http://hifilounge.co.uk/arcam-fmj-c49"]http://hifilounge.co.uk/arcam-fmj-c49[/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/1_zps17059fa2.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/1_zps17059fa2.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/2_zpsd3e72076.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/2_zpsd3e72076.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/3_zpsdc0f7e8c.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/3_zpsdc0f7e8c.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/4_zpsb3c95a37.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/4_zpsb3c95a37.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/5_zps6001bcd7.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/5_zps6001bcd7.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/6_zpsbc0c58a2.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/6_zpsbc0c58a2.jpg[/img][/url]

    Cheers,
    Paul.
  20. Vipers
    Hi All,

    Its a strange one this as when we were planning to setup HiFi Lounge, around 2.5 years ago, I asked my web designer to add Copland as a brand and we’d activate it once I have my demo stock as I was always planning to bring Copland on as one of my first brands, not really sure what happened but for some reason I never got round to it, well at long last I am really pleased that we can now activate Copland on our website as I now have part of my demo stock in the building with their beautifully built CTA-405A integrated valve amp, it has recently been upgraded to the ‘A’ prefix as it now comes as standard with KT120 valves.

    [url="http://hifilounge.co.uk/copland-cta-405a-integrated-amplifier"]http://hifilounge.co.uk/copland-cta-405a-integrated-amplifier[/url]

    Copland are a Danish company founded in the mid 1980’s by Olé Möller who over the past 30 years have produced valve and solid state amplifiers with their current range focusing on valve amplifiers. Copland products are known for their beautiful minimalist design and for their use of high grade components that have won them many followers amongst the audiophile community and with press alike, winning multiple awards around the world.

    I guess what really spurred me on was Coplands announcement of their new DA 215 DAC, PRE & Headphone amp which we also have on order to use in Highend Headphones, this should be a really stunning product at a sensible price with a Class A headphone amp section and valve pre-amp.

    [url="http://hifilounge.co.uk/copland-da-215"]http://hifilounge.co.uk/copland-da-215[/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/Untitled_zpsbee5274a.png.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/Untitled_zpsbee5274a.png[/img][/url]

    Copland have always been known for making beautifully engineered equipment and just moving the volume control on the 405A shows why they have this reputation, it is silky smooth with just enough resistance.

    At the moment as I say we have the CTA-405A on demo and the DA 215 to follow shortly and we will be looking to add the Pre/Power shortly. If you’d like to come in to have a listen please feel free, below are a link to the rest of their products and a few pictures -

    [url="http://hifilounge.co.uk/copland"]http://hifilounge.co.uk/copland[/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF3463_zps275ed1cd.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF3463_zps275ed1cd.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF3464_zps3e82e492.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF3464_zps3e82e492.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF3474_zps3ddcf92d.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF3474_zps3ddcf92d.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF3484_zps22d6f656.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF3484_zps22d6f656.jpg[/img][/url]

    [b]The Valves Hidden Away![/b]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF3486_zpsdbdb4af7.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF3486_zpsdbdb4af7.jpg[/img][/url]

    [b]Beautifully Engineered![/b]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF3471_zpsf241ec95.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF3471_zpsf241ec95.jpg[/img][/url]

    [b]We're Getting Quite A Collection Of Valve Amps Now![/b]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF3490_zpsf592de03.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF3490_zpsf592de03.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF3495_zpse98b6759.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF3495_zpse98b6759.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF3498_zps53b66828.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF3498_zps53b66828.jpg[/img][/url]

    Cheers,
    Paul.
  21. Vipers
    Hi All,

    Well there is certainly no stopping OPPO at the moment as they have just announced that in development they have the PM-3 headphones and the HA-2 portable headphone amplifier and DAC.

    The PM-3’s are a further refinement of their Planar Magnetic drivers that are in their excellent PM-1 and PM-2 headphones, this time though they are even easier to drive making them perfect for a portable pair of headphones to be driven from a phone or portable device, especially as they are OPPO first closed back design. As with the PM-1’s and 2’s these use a very similar design meaning that they will be lightweight and extremely comfortable + they fold flat for easy transportation, looks like OPPO have another winner here.

    [url="http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/oppo/oppo-pm-3-planar-magnetic-headphones"]http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/oppo/oppo-pm-3-planar-magnetic-headphones[/url]

    Next up is the HA-2, which is an exciting new product just announced by OPPO for users who love their music on the go offering better performance than most smart phones and portable players available today.

    It is a Class AB amplifier with a USB DAC offering up to 384 kHz PCM and DSD256. The USB DAC can be used with Apple Iphones and Ipods and all Android devices, the HA-2 also has a 3.5mm input for devices that don’t offer a USB output.

    The HA-2 also offers rapid 30 minute charging and can also be used to power your mobile phone.

    [url="http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/oppo-ha-2-portable-headphone-amplifier"]http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/oppo-ha-2-portable-headphone-amplifier[/url]

    More details to follow on both the PM-3’s and the HA-2 as soon as we have them. Needless to say that we will have both on demo once available, In the meantime please find a few pictures below -

    [b]OPPO PM-3’s[/b]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/900x900px-LL-8aebcdda_CanJamPM-303_zps359109bd.jpeg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/900x900px-LL-8aebcdda_CanJamPM-303_zps359109bd.jpeg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/900x900px-LL-53928c53_CanJamPM-304_zps98aeb9eb.jpeg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/900x900px-LL-53928c53_CanJamPM-304_zps98aeb9eb.jpeg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/900x900px-LL-aa73af93_CanJamPM-301_zps8c16a606.jpeg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/900x900px-LL-aa73af93_CanJamPM-301_zps8c16a606.jpeg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/900x900px-LL-ba225c25_CanJamPM-302_zps4544a7d8.jpeg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/900x900px-LL-ba225c25_CanJamPM-302_zps4544a7d8.jpeg[/img][/url]

    [b]OPPO HA-2[/b]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/e2c31582_CanJamHA-203_zps258878f9.jpeg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/e2c31582_CanJamHA-203_zps258878f9.jpeg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/97a963b7_IMG_1735_OPPO_HA-2_with_iPad_Mini_and_OPPO_PM-1_05_x960_zpse6f06a98.jpeg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/97a963b7_IMG_1735_OPPO_HA-2_with_iPad_Mini_and_OPPO_PM-1_05_x960_zpse6f06a98.jpeg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/cc2fb382_IMG_1732_OPPO_HA-2_with_iPad_Mini_and_OPPO_PM-1_04_x960_zps913d515a.jpeg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/cc2fb382_IMG_1732_OPPO_HA-2_with_iPad_Mini_and_OPPO_PM-1_04_x960_zps913d515a.jpeg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/ff1dff6d_IMG_1720_OPPO_HA-2_with_iPad_Mini_and_OPPO_PM-1_03_x960_zpsba6304f8.jpeg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/ff1dff6d_IMG_1720_OPPO_HA-2_with_iPad_Mini_and_OPPO_PM-1_03_x960_zpsba6304f8.jpeg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/000ff0ac_IMG_1711_OPPO_HA-2_with_iPad_Mini_and_OPPO_PM-1_02_x960_zps713bea6b.jpeg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/000ff0ac_IMG_1711_OPPO_HA-2_with_iPad_Mini_and_OPPO_PM-1_02_x960_zps713bea6b.jpeg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/900x900px-LL-86535dc2_CanJamHA-206_zps879c69fb.jpeg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/900x900px-LL-86535dc2_CanJamHA-206_zps879c69fb.jpeg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/900x900px-LL-f887ee04_CanJamHA-205_zpsb37367d1.jpeg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/900x900px-LL-f887ee04_CanJamHA-205_zpsb37367d1.jpeg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/Highend%20Headphones/900x900px-LL-80396afa_CanJamPM-307_zps34a944de.jpeg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/Highend%20Headphones/900x900px-LL-80396afa_CanJamPM-307_zps34a944de.jpeg[/img][/url]

    Cheers,
    Paul.
  22. Vipers
    Time will tell but I feel we may have bitten off more than we can chew trying to run 5 demo rooms tomorrow, taken all day to set up but getting there, the fun part was getting the mighty PMC MB2 SE's down the stairs, luckily Wendy is a strong lass :-)
    A couple more hours and we should be done,
    Look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow,




    Does anyone know who is under this “Brilliant Disguise’ :-)

    Cheers,
    Paul.
  23. Vipers
    Hi All,

    I really am going to have to stop bringing in speakers for demo, they really are starting to take over the building, saying that I just couldn’t resist the new Sonus Faber Venere 3.0, basically I have been so impressed with the Venere 2.5 that the proposition of that with a dedicated mid range driver sounded a little tasty.

    Needless to say they haven’t disappointed, I have been running them in for the last couple of days and I am happy to say that they have that classic Sonus Faber smooth, organic sound with the dedicated mid really helping with portraying the vocal. They are a slightly bigger cabinet compared to the Venere 2.5 which helps give a slightly more open sound and along with the 2 bass drivers really does give a very full sound but with a very controlled bottom end.

    Even though these are built in China I still find it hard to comprehend how they have managed to make such a stunning speaker for the money on both the looks and performance, for £2898 for gloss white or black or £3198 for the walnut finish these really do offer amazing value for money.

    We now have the Venere 1.5, 2.5 and 3.0 on demo so please feel free to come in for a listen.

    Here are a few pics of the Venere 3.0 -

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF2489_zps4cc27949.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF2489_zps4cc27949.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF2493_zps0f50d41a.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF2493_zps0f50d41a.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF2495_zps9c8a4f0f.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF2495_zps9c8a4f0f.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF2500_zps15fe5b51.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF2500_zps15fe5b51.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF2505_zpsd5e175f8.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF2505_zpsd5e175f8.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [B]The Venere 2.5 v the 3.0.[/B]

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF2513_zps653f5d2b.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF2513_zps653f5d2b.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF2533_zps51815f35.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF2533_zps51815f35.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF2537_zps9cd57179.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF2537_zps9cd57179.jpg[/img][/URL]

    [URL=http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF2540_zpsf2b369a6.jpg.html][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF2540_zpsf2b369a6.jpg[/img][/URL]

    Cheers,
    Paul.
  24. Vipers
    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/well-tempered-3-large_zpsc6b109e7.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/well-tempered-3-large_zpsc6b109e7.jpg[/img][/url]

    Hi All,

    Since we launched HiFi Lounge towards the end of 2012 I have always wanted to offer 3 different turntable brands, we launched with Rega, probably Britain’s most well known Turntable brand with over 40 years experience behind them, then we added Michell Engineering, that was easy as I was an Orbe user for many years before opening HFL so was really keen to offer their turntables, but adding the third brand was a little tougher, well after looking at pretty much all the brands out there I’m really pleased to announce that we now have taken on Well Tempered Lab turntables.

    Well Tempered Labs is a company owned by Bill Firebaugh, a former aerospace engineer who likes to think outside the box when it comes to turntable design, over the last 25 years + he has refined his innovative designs, many patented, to produce extremely musical turntables that have many unique features. As an example most Turntables have bearings in the tonearm, not here, according to Bill this introduces vibrations and resonance so he got rid of the bearing and used a golf ball damped in a silicon gel which offers damping for the arm helping keep the needle firmly in the groove, this along with squash balls used for suspension and an ‘invisible’ drive belt made from a polyester filament that has a diameter of 0.004 inches, all add up to a truly unique turntable design.

    All of these innovations would stand for nothing though if WTL’s turntables didn’t perform, unsurprisingly they do, I have taken home our demo Versalex which we have fitted with the Dynavector Te Kaitora Rue Cartridge and I can honestly say that it is one of the best vinyl sounds I have ever heard, fantastic detail, very solid powerful bass but it is the vocal’s that really impress, very natural and smooth, there is also a very fluid sound to the overall presentation, I’m sure that the cartridge helps here but as a package it really is very special, it is going to be hard to bring it back into the shop I have to say, for more information on Bill Firebaugh’s design ideas please follow the link below -

    [url="http://www.welltemperedlab.net/welltemperedlab/philosophy/"]http://www.welltemperedlab.net/welltemperedlab/philosophy/[/url]

    One thing worth mentioning is when I was looking for one more turntable brand, Well Tempered’s name kept coming up and what was really interesting was how many people in the HiFi trade actually own Well Tempered Lab turntables which really helped in my decision making, as if guys that have listened to lots of decks buy Well Tempered for themselves then there must be something in it, they are also considered very good value for money going up against turntables costing much more and giving a really god account of themselves.

    At the moment we have the Simplex and the Versalex on demo, the Amadeus GTA MK II will be coming in shortly, we have fitted the Simplex with Dynavector’s 10x5 cartridge which is also on our Rega RP6 and Michell Engineering TecnoDec so it is easy to compare decks and as mentioned have the stunning Te Kaitora Rue on the Versalex, so if you would like to come in for a listen please feel free to book an appointment.

    Well Tempered are most definitely unconventional but when it comes to getting the best from your vinyl they are right up there with the best, please find a link below to their products on our website + a few pictures.

    [url="http://hifilounge.co.uk/well-tempered"]http://hifilounge.co.uk/well-tempered[/url]

    [b]Simplex[/b]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF3696_zpsc4d269f9.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF3696_zpsc4d269f9.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF3699_zpsd9be8e0c.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF3699_zpsd9be8e0c.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF3702_zps50ffb373.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF3702_zps50ffb373.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF3703_zps3e1b5249.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF3703_zps3e1b5249.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/rear-tone-arm-lp-28ci9151_zps62beded6.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/rear-tone-arm-lp-28ci9151_zps62beded6.jpg[/img][/url]

    [b]Versalex[/b]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF3708_zps0830e133.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF3708_zps0830e133.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF3716_zpse13a64c3.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF3716_zpse13a64c3.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF3718_zpsa90ac7b8.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF3718_zpsa90ac7b8.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF3723_zps64792886.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF3723_zps64792886.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/DSCF3724_zps04ff6dbd.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/DSCF3724_zps04ff6dbd.jpg[/img][/url]

    [url="http://s474.photobucket.com/user/Mikawen/media/New%20Kit/9210175-copy_zps9779e395.jpg.html"][img]http://i474.photobucket.com/albums/rr109/Mikawen/New%20Kit/9210175-copy_zps9779e395.jpg[/img][/url]

    Cheers,
    Paul.
  25. Vipers
    Hi All,
    It is all PMC at the moment as just got back from a bash PMC threw to celebrate their 25th anniversary so firstly thanks to PMC for an excellent day and Happy Anniversary :-) It was actually really interesting as we went through all the technology that is inside the new 25 range, it really does blow your mind the lengths these guys go to when producing a speaker at this level, then we went into PMC’s listening room where we compared various models from the original twenty range against the new twenty5 range and I think there is no doubt that the new 21′s and 24′s are the stars here, especially the 21′s, the sound that comes from such a small cabinet is just amazing.
    Basically with the new range PMC have tried to give a cleaner, better separated and defined sound, more agility with more bass depth whilst retaining the musicality that PMC are known for, and basically they have achieved it, in true PMC style they have created something quite special with the new twenty5 range and these are destined to be a huge hit.
    Being a bit of a car nut I am quite ashamed that I never linked the new Laminair technology PMC have developed with a rear diffuser seen on F1 and many sports cars, especially as Ollie Thomas, the lead designer used to work at Red Bull, personally I would never have linked speaker design to Formula 1 technology but both are heavily dependant on air flow and getting the cleanest air over the car and out of the speaker, the pictures below show this very well and for me this seems to be the biggest improvement the new range has, you really do hear how this affects the speed, agility and overall sound of the speaker - 




    New twenty5.24 Now On Demo!
    More good news, along with the twenty5.21′s and 23′s we now have the twenty5.24′s on demo and when PMC said these were probably the one speaker in the range they have improved the most they really weren’t kidding, they are just epic, the original 24′s were excellent speakers but the new version is a huge step up across all areas so please feel free to come in for a listen anytime, I am busy running them in at the moment with Springsteen’s back catalogue :-)


    Finally please find a link to the new range below and details regarding our PMC Open day on June 25th, hope to see you there -
    http://hifilounge.co.uk/pmc-twenty5-series
    http://hifilounge.tumblr.com/post/144446533663/pmc-bryston-open-day-june-25th
    Cheers,
    Paul.
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