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Bruce Springsteen’s First New Single in 5 Years and it’s a Cracker 👍

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Hi All,

Being a bit of a Bruce fan it is always big news when he releases a new single, it has been 5 years since we last had new material from Bruce and his new single ‘Hello Sunshine’ really doesn’t disappoint.

In all honesty when Bruce announces he is doing a solo album I’m always a little disappointed as I just love Bruce with the E-Street band, especially live, seen them around 85 times since 1985, but funnily enough I probably listen to Nebraska, Tunnel of Love and Ghost of Tom Joad more than any other of Bruce’s albums so the fact that the new album ‘Western Stars’ is a solo effort really does bode well, available June 14th and available from our friends at Badlands if you’d like a copy -

http://www.badlands.co.uk/springsteen-store/

Below is a link to the video of ‘Hello Sunshine’ I have to say that I really love it, can’t stop listening to it and I can’t wait to next year when he hits the road with it, beware HiFi Lounge may be shut a fair bit next summer as we follow Bruce around the globe

 

Cheers,
Paul.

 

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New Spendor D7.2 and Primaluna Evo 400 Now on Demo!

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Hi All,

2 of our most popular products have recently had a makeover so I am pleased to say that both came in last week and are now on permanent Demo.

Spendor D7.2.

I’m a big fan of the original Spendor D7 so now that they have had a makeover to .2 spec I am sure they will be equally as popular if not more so.

So what has changed? Basically there are subtle visual changes with fully magnetic grilles and a slimmer plinth but more importantly there sonic improvements that come from additional cabinet bracing and an improved dynamic damper system which give a more musical sound without loss of transparency or resolution according to Spendor so who am I to argue :)

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PrimaLuna Evo 400

So PrimaLuna have always been really popular with our customers, everyone that buys one really does love them, I never get a bad comment about them to be fair, with the soft start and Auto Bias they really are easy to live with valve amps and they really are extremely reliable, we have sold loads and never has one had to go back for repair which is pretty good going.

So just recently Primaluna announced that they are updating their full range to the Evo range, so at the moment we have the new top integrated on demo which I should add really does have a brilliant headphone amp built in, we also have the top Pre/Power combo on order which is fully balanced as well as the their new Valve DAC which I am really keen to hear and shortly we will add the Evo 200 integrated at £2698.

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So as both of these came in together it seemed a good idea to run them in together as they are actually a really good match.

If you’d like to come in to demo either of these please feel free to get in touch.

Many thanks,

Regards,

Paul.

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HiFi+ Review of the Chord Electronics Hugo TT 2 + M Scaler!

Hi Everyone,

Just thought I would share a recent review in HiFi+ for the excellent combination of the Chord Electronics Hugo TT 2 + M Scaler, this really is proving an extremely popular combo, we have both on permanent demo so please feel free to come in to demo anytime.

If it is not very clear below just e-mail me and I’ll mail over the PDF.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/chord-hugo-tt-2

http://hifilounge.co.uk/chord-m-scaler

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Oulton Park 2019 Race Report!

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Hi everyone,

So a couple of weeks ago we had our first race weekend of 2019 over the Easter Weekend, we were supporting the British GT championship so it was our biggest meeting of the year.

It was certainly great to be back in the car although it certainly felt a little alien for the first 20 min session as I had only done one test over the winter period but at the end of the Friday test I was reasonable happy as I was around 5 seconds quicker than last year although I did have a big moment when going down the back straight, we were out with the Ginetta’s in our test sessions and we were massively quicker so I pulled out to overtake one and he obviously didn’t see me and puled out to overtake the car in front of him which nearly put me on the grass as I tried to avoid a big accident, all good fun though.

Race Day.

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So this ended up being a day of highs a lows which I guess is normal for me, I went into qualifying reasonably happy with the day before pace but due to the unusually hot weather our tyre pressures inflated a fair bit for qualifying and it was a totally different car to drive, it really felt like I was driving on ice, I had never experienced this before so wasn’t sure what was going on, I didn’t know if it was me or the car so in the end I was pretty relieved when we found out the reason why I was 5 seconds slower than the day before. This actually turned out to be a good learning exercise though and also showed that I could drive the car nearer it’s limit as watching the video back you could see I was on the edge so now I just need to drive like that but at higher speeds, easier said than done though.

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So anyway we qualified plum last due to this issue but I actually had 2 races I was happy with, I hung on to the pack and was having a fun race with the guy in front and to be fair I’m never going to be able to compete with the guys at the front so as long as I am racing someone then I’m very happy although I felt if qualy had gone smoother I would have qualified more in the mid pack which would have made for 2 very different races.

The biggest issue I need to work on is getting on the pace earlier, it turned out that my quickest lap of the race was the very last lap of race 2 so basically the last lap of the whole weekend and in the races I take a few laps to get to my ultimate pace so I really need to work on this so as the lights go green I’m bang on it, again easier said than done, I’ve got some testing coming up soon though where we are going to focus on this mainly.

Anyway a reasonably good start to the year, a fair bit quicker than the same race last year and I didn’t get lapped which to be fair was actually a good achievement for me as I think I got lapped at every race by the front runners last year.

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The next race is at Cadwell Park in a couple of weeks, this was probably my toughest race weekend last year, I loved the track and it’s surroundings, it really is a beautiful place but I really struggled with my ultimate pace, unfortunately I won’t have tested here since last year but hopefully all the things I have learned over the last 12 months will help make it a more solid weekend, time will tell I guess.

I’m actually getting my helmet painted at the moment so that will be ready for Cadwell which will obviously make me faster :)

Cheers,

Paul.

Here is my 2nd fastest lap of the weekend, unfortunately the file got corrupted for my fastest lap, it was only .3 quicker though.

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Hi Guys,

Sol Bell & Colvill delivered my new toy on Saturday, thanks guys, great service 👍 have to say it just looks epic, I normally wouldn't choose this colour as I normally go more lary but it really does suit it.

Hopefully after the stitch up that was the 380 Cup(that really did leave a bad taste and nearly moved me away from Lotus) that this will be a keeper, I'm hoping it's title as the fastest Lotus Production car will stand as the last of this analogue era before the Hybrid models kick in next, as I would guess this is the way Lotus will head with any new models.

Now I just need to give it a spin 😀

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Paul.

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Let’s All Do The OKKI NOKKI at HiFi Lounge 😉

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Hi All,

I’ve been thinking about bringing on a record cleaning machine for years so I’m really pleased at last to be able to offer the Okki Nokki range of Record cleaners and accessories at HFL.

There are many different price points when it comes to record cleaning machines but the Okki Nokki is definitely considered one of the best and at £435 it really isn’t going to break the bank and if like me you love your vinyl then you really should consider a record cleaning machine as the difference from before and after a clean really can be very noticeable indeed, and not everyone realises that even new vinyl will benefit from a clean as it helps wash away the releasing agent used when records are pressed.

I haven’t put it on our website yet but any questions please feel free to get in touch and we now have a unit on permanent demo so if you fancy having a demo then feel free to bring in a record you know is a bit noisy and we can give it a clean so you can hear the difference.

You can see the Okki Nokki product range below -

https://www.okkinokki.com/

Cheers,

Paul.

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Naim Announce Muso 2nd Generation!

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Hi Everyone,

It is a big few days coming up with the Munich Highend Show over the next 4 days so expect plenty of big announcements.

Naim are first to kick of the new releases by announcing the new Muso 2 or Muso 2nd Generation as they like to call it, have to say I didn’t see this coming but it has been 5 years since the original Muso was launched to great success so I guess after this time span then an upgrade makes sense.

Basically it does look quite similar to the original Muso but it has been thoroughly upgraded on the sound quality front but also on features, it now contains the streaming section from the latest range of Naim streamers so can now stream higher bitrates and it is also Roon ready which is great news.

The volume and control wheel has also been updated to offer much more functionality with 15 touch sensitive buttons and with the inclusion of an HDMI ARC socket then it really can be used as TV Soundbar / Music System.

You can read more on Naims website on all the new features, we now have the new Muso 2 on demo and in stock to take away on the day so please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to come in for a demo sometime -

https://www.naimaudio.com/mu-so?pt_source=Google&pt_medium=CPC&pt_campaign=Search-Mu-so-Launch&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4-uR9P6N4gIVCLvtCh1cGg65EAAYASAAEgKwvPD_BwE

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Chord Electronics Announce Huei Phono Pre and Ultima 2 and 3 Mono Amplifiers!

Hi Everyone,

The Munich news is coming thick and fast with Chord Electronics announcing 3 new products.

Huei Phono Stage

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So Chord over the last few years really have been known as the kings of digital but they have always made brilliant Preamps, Power amps and sources etc but I have to say with the Huei they have perhaps designed the coolest looking Phono Stage around and I can see this being as big a success as their Qutest Dac, with which it shares a similar form factor, especially considering the vinyl revival we have been enjoying for the last few years.

It caters for both MM and MC Cartridges and will be compatible with most cartridges out there thanks to its wide range of gain and impedance settings which are easily accessible from the front panel controls, no jumpers here, and it also caters for RCA and XLR outputs.

Priced at £990 I can really see this flying off the shelf, it is available in black only from late summer, we have already ordered our demo model so can’t wait to give it a try.

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Ultima 2 and 3 Mono Power Amplifiers

Late last year Chord unveiled their awesome Ultima mono Power Amplifiers, priced at £30,000 each these were definitely not for everyone, but now this tech has tricked down to 2 more affordable offerings in the Ultima 2 at £18,360 each which outputs 750W RMS and the Ultima 3 at £11,000 each which gives 480W RMS each channel, granted still not cheap but they are guaranteed to pack a punch and if you have a highend system then these would most definitely be worth a listen.

Please see below for a description from Chord on the Ultima Range -

‘The ULTIMA topology is incredibly powerful with an extraordinarily high peak output current (the speed at which the dynamic peaks can be delivered), bringing astonishing dynamics, fidelity and unrivalled musicality. ULTIMA is a truly unprecedented amplifier topology with exceptional performance and is one of the most advanced amplifier technologies in the world.’

These are all hand made over the course of several days Chord’s HQ in Kent and are available to order now, I hope to have a pair on demo later in the year.

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Cheers,
Paul.

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PMC Launch the Fact Signature Range!

Hi Everyone,

Some more Munich news, this is quite a big one as I use Fact.12′s at home at the moment so the news of a new and improved Signature version is great news.

The Signature applies to both the Fact.8 and Fact.12, both have been extremely popular speakers over the years so the fact they have been given a re-fresh can only be good news.

From what I can gather PMC learnt so much from developing the epic Fenestria, especially the crossover, that they have now passed that down to the Fact.8 and Fact.12 to give a more open and insightful sound whilst reatinging their sheer musicality.

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Fact.8 as it is quite unique in its presentation, extremely quick, open and resolved so I can’t wait to hear the new Signature version, we’ll have these on demo shortly.

They are available in White Silk or Metallic Graphite which sounds quite interesting but I have to say that I think they look really cool in white so I may order a white pair for demo.

The good news is that the prices are staying the same, so £6995 for the Fact.8 and £14,495 for the Fact.12.

Please find a few pictures below and if you’d like to book a demo anytime please feel free to get in touch.

PMC Fact.8 Signature

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Cheers,
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Wilson Audio Sabrina Speakers For Sale - Pre-Owned!

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Hi Everyone,

I just thought I would do a quick blog to say that I have a traded in pair of the Wilson Audio Sabrina Speakers, these really are one of my favourite speakers.

These are a customer trade in who has upgraded to Wilson Sasha DAW’s, they are in black, as new condition and boxed with all the accessories.

New Price - £18,998

Our Price - £13,998

If you’d like a listen anytime please feel free to get in touch.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/wilson-audio-sabrina-loudspeakers

Below are a couple of pictures when in use at the customer’s house before we swapped them for the DAW’s.

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Cheers,
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Cadwell Park Race Weekend Report!

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Hi Everyone,

This is just a quick one as I wanted to share my quickest lap from last weekend as I feel that I probably did my best lap yet in our Radical SR1, it is a slow process getting on top of these cars but everytime we go out we get a little bit faster which I guess is all I can ask for.

My problem is that I love chasing lap time and here I can find reasonable speed now but I go slower in the races for some reason, not ideal I know so just need to treat the races like qualifying.

This past weekend at Cadwell Park went pretty well, closed the gap to the front guys again, have to say that I absolutely love cadwell Park, probably my favourite track of the year, it is a stunning location and the track really is quite technical and challenging but it definitely rewards an attacking driver and getting air at the mountain is definitely a unique experience which keep you awake.

So I went 4 seconds quicker than when I was Cadwell last year, I put it down to my new helmet design, if I knew it was going to make that much difference I would have done it earlier I was concentrating on carrying more speed into the corners which I am getting the hang of now, for once the below lap actually looks reasonably fast whereas last year they looked pretty pedestrian.

I was mortified when I got home to watch my lap and find that the file was corrupted somehow but luckily I found some guys in California who somehow un-corrupted the file for me which was a huge relief, thanks guys.

So anyway here is the lap, for me it is worth watching just for how beautiful the track is -

Next Stop Brand Hatch in a couple of weeks

Cheers,

Paul.

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Naim & Focal Summer Party With Guests Bentley Cars - June 22nd!

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Hi All,

So our next open day is approaching fast on June 22nd and the last time we has a big Naim Summer open day it was our most popular open day to date with well over 100 people coming along to enjoy some good music, the gardens and a BBQ as it really was a great summer occasion, here’s hoping the weather is kind again so we can enjoy a similar day.

For this open day we will be holding it as a joint Naim and Focal event and also for all the Petrolheads out there Bentley Cars will be bringing along one of their gorgeous cars with a full Naim sound system installed for everyone to enjoy. We will be running 6 demo rooms on the day so please see below for what each room will be showcasing.

Naim Lounge

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For many this will be the main draw as we will be running our full 500 System with the awesome ND555 being driven double barrel with 2 x 555PS’s, this will be driving a pair of the eye catching £45,000 Focal Maestro Utopia Evo speakers so this room is definitely one not to miss.

Upstairs Demo Room

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For this one we thought we’d do something a little different so we will be running a Focal Kanta surround sound cinema setup with full Atmos and using Sony’s VPL-VW570ES 4K and HDR Projector so please feel free to bring some discs of your favourite movies to try and we will also have plenty of 4K Blu Rays of the latest blockbusters to show.

Downstairs Entrance Room

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For this room we will have the new Muso 2 doing it’s thing with Naim representatives on hand to run through all it’s new features.

Highend Room

For this room we will be showing a classic Naim system comprising of the NDX 2 with a NAC 282, NAP 200 into a pair of Focal Diablo Utopia Speakers, again this room is bound to sound excellent and is at a more affordable price point compared to the Naim room setup.

Headphone Room!

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This is an easy one as Focal really do have a brilliant range of headphones now at many price points and we will also have the new Focal Arche headphone amp on show so if you like your headphones there is plenty to explore here.

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For the 6th demo room it is something a little different, as many know as an option on a Bentley Car is a full Naim sound system so we are really lucky that Bentley will be bringing a car along that will have a full Naim sound system installed for everyone to listen to, this will be parked in the front courtyard so make sure you don’t miss it.

BBQ in the Gardens 

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We are very fortunate at HFL as we have some truly beautiful gardens here so once you have explored all the HiFi delights why not spill out into the gardens for some refreshments and relax with fellow music lovers for a chat and weather permitting we will be firing up the BBQ.

RSVP Please!

Bearing in mind that we are expecting this to be a busy day if you are planning to come along can you please just fire me over a quick mail to confirm to the below, ta -

[email protected]

Naim and Focal will be bringing along a few representatives to help run the day and answer any questions you may have so we all really look forward to seeing everyone on June 22nd, the event will kick off around 10am until everyone has had enough.

Many thanks,

Paul & Wendy.

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Isolation Products From Quadraspire and IsoAcoustics at HFL!

Hi All,

This is just a quick blog to say that we have just bought on IsoAcoustics as a new brand + we have some interesting new isolation supports from Quadraspire.

As a quick overview, isolating your equipment and speakers can really help get the best from them, on speakers it can tighten up the bass which helps free up the midrange and when used on certain electronics it can really help focus the sound, the name of the game though is to try them under different components to see where you get the biggest gains in my opinion.

IsoAcoustics

With IsoAcoustics they do the Giaa range for under your speakers, there are 3 different models depending on the weight of your speakers and they also do the Orea range of isolation pucks that sit under your equipment, again there are 3 different versions, depending on the weight of your equipment, we have the whole range on demo so if you’d like to try any please feel free to get in touch to try in here or at home, we have actually sold quite a few of these for both speakers and kit and everyone has been really impressed, I have to say that it helps that they are beautifully made and look pretty cool and they don’t cost a fortune also.

Please find more info below -

Giaa Speaker Range -

http://www.isoacoustics.com/products/gaia-series/

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Orea Equipment Isolation

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Quadraspire QPlus Supports

When it comes to HiFi Racks then Quadraspire really are up there with the best, the X Reference really is very popular with our customer’s and rightly so as it looks stunning and performs brilliantly.

So what Quadraspire have done with their new QPlus range or equipment supports is offer 3 shrunk down versions of their racks to help isolate your equipment and they really do work wonders, you can read more below on Quadrapires website -

https://quadraspire.co.uk/hifi-supports.html

We have a really nice presentation case that we can lend out to you if you are curious and would like to try them at home, it is great as you can now have a bit of X Reference under all your kit, now that has got to be a good idea, seriously though if you’d like to experiment with this please feel free to get in touch as these really can help un-lock the true potential of your system.

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Cheers,
Paul.

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Naim 10% Off Promotion and Anyone Fancy Driving a Bentley Continental?

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Hi Everyone,

In perfect timing for our Naim event on the 22nd June Naim have announced a promotion which runs till mid July for existing Naim customers, basically it is an upgrade promotion on the Classic Range as well as Uniti Range where you can receive a 10% discount on the new product.

So basically if you have say a SuperUniti and would like to upgrade to a new Nova you can receive 10% off the Nova + we will give you the market value for your SuperUniti as a trade in, the same if you have a NDX and would like to move up to the new NDX 2 or even better a ND555 or go from a NAC 282 to a NAC 252 or from a NAP 250 to a NAP 300, if you are thinking of upgrading your Naim system in any way, maybe adding a power supply to a source, it doesn’t need to be a trade in, then please feel free to get in touch to discuss and to see if you are applicable to receive the discount

All Naim require as qualification is the below to receive your 10% discount -

  • Existing Naim customer name
  • Existing Naim product
  • Existing Naim serial number


So in a nutshell if you are an existing Naim customer and are thinking of upgrading please get in touch before July 15th to receive a 10% discount, nice and simple.

Drive a Bentley Continental at Our Naim Open Day on June 22nd!

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So this is pretty cool, ever dreamt of driving a Bentley Motors Continental GT Convertible with a fully loaded Naim sound system installed? well if so why not come to our Naim / Focal open day on June 22nd and bring along your driver’s license and the Bentley guys will apparently let you take the Continental for a drive, guess where I’ll be all day, all we need now is for the weather to realise it is summer and not winter :)

For more information on our upcoming Naim / Focal open day please see below -

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Thanks to everyone who has let me know they are coming along on the day, we still have plenty of space for more music lovers so just fire a mail over to the below if you’d like to come -

[email protected]

Look forward to seeing you on the day.

Cheers,

Paul.

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Brands Hatch Race Report!
 
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Hi Everyone,
 
The races are coming thick and fast this year as we were at Brands Hatch this past weekend for race 5 & 6 on our calendar, unbelievably we are now half way through the season, I was really looking forward to racing at Brands again as I really enjoyed it last year but the weather really had different ideas.
 
In all honesty I much prefer dry conditions, especially at Brands as it is a track that really rewards a little attack but for the Friday test it was pretty much wet all day, we woke up Saturday morning to more rain and a drying qualifying session that got quicker with every lap which made it tricky to know how much grip there was but the weather looked promising for both races.
Race 1
 
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So for race 1 we are all in the assembly area where we gather 20 minutes before race start, all on dry tyres but in the distance we could all see this very dark and menacing cloud getting closer and closer and then with only a few minutes to go the heavens opened as everyone was running around swapping the tyres over from dry’s to wets, it was all a little chaotic but I have to say a big thanks to the team who did a stellar job getting the car ready under pressure for the race start.
 
I must admit at the start of race 1 I really had no confidence, I actually think I drive my van quicker in the wet, but anyway at least I survived with a top 10 finish which when the conditions are like this then I’ll take that, below is the first lap of race 1 where you’ll see 2 cars spin off then another hits the pit wall at the end of the lap, all very entertaining :)
 
 
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For race 2 it was almost DeJa Vu as the track had dried out between races and what looked like the same cloud was hovering again in the same place but luckily the wind changed direction and the race stayed mainly dry, I was a bit hesitant at the start and got overtaken by a couple of cars then 2 cars went off into the barriers at Paddock Hill bend so we spent quite a bit of time behind the safety car then I had a great race with one of my competitors, I knew I was quicker but I just couldn’t find a way past but in the end with 2 laps to go I found an opening, overtook and pulled away but before I knew it the race was over, another top 10 finish though so could have been worse.
 
Have to say it was a brilliant weekend though where we had every condition to deal with in true British summertime fashion and it ended up being a lot of fun and the car stayed in one piece which was quite an achievement in my book.
 
Snetterton next at the end of July, I really hope this is a dry one and that I can attack more as I am a fair bit quicker this year so really want to race with the mid pack more as I have been racing more this year and it really has wetted my appetite for more.
 
Anyway please find a few pics below, thanks as ever to Ollie for taking some brilliant pictures and to the guys from 360 Racing for their support and our great HiFi Sponsors
 
Cheers,
 
Paul.
 
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Arcam ‘The Silver Celebration Offer’ Save £££’s on AV Receivers!

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Hi Everyone,

So this year Arcam celebrates 25 years at the leading edge of Home Cinema products, it all started back on 1994 with the launch of the XETA One and since then they have released many multi award winning AV Receivers, Processors and AV Amps, to be fair I have personally owned most of them, at the moment I run the AV860 at home which I can’t sing it’s praises highly enough.

So to mark this momentous occasion Arcam have decided to launch the ‘Silver Celebration Trade In Offer’ Basically trade in any home cinema receiver or processor to save up to £1000 of a new AVR390, AVR500 or AVR850, please see more info below -

  • Trade-in any home theatre receiver of processor and claim £500.00 against the purchase of an AVR390
  • Trade-in any home theatre receiver of processor and claim £700.00 against the purchased of an AVR550
  • Trade-in any home theatre receiver or processor and claim £1,000.00 against the purchase of an AVR850


This is a limited offer so if you are in the market for a new Receiver or Processor please feel free to get in touch to discuss further but once the offer is over prices will go back to the normal RRP.

Please see the Arcam range below -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/fmj

Arcam Cinema of Excellence

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We are an Arcam Cinema of Excellence and run a full Atmos Arcam system in our cinema room with the latest Sony VW570ES 4K Projector so please feel free to come in for a demo anytime.

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Many thanks,

Paul.

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All Set For Tomorrow’s Naim / Focal Summer Party

Hi Everyone,

Just a quickie to say that we have spent all day turning 5 demo rooms into Naim and Focal showcase rooms and they are all looking and sounding great, just got to wait for room 6 to arrive tomorrow, the Bentley Continental GT Convertible, looking forward to that one.

Look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow for what looks like is going to be loads of fun, please find a few pictures of the rooms ready to rock.

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Just putting the finishing touches to the garden.

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Oh yeah, nearly forgot, we are also offering 10% of any Focal headphones tomorrow as well as Naim with their upgrade offer

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Cheers,
Paul.

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PMC Speakers Fact Signature Launch Event + 10% Off Upgrade Promotion - July 20th!

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Hi Everyone,

Firstly a huge thanks to everyone who came to our Naim and Focal Summer Party last weekend,, it really was an excellent day and great to see so many familiar and new faces, it was certainly one of our most popular open days to date and was a lot of fun but at HFL nothing stops so it is now time to start promoting our next Open day.

So anyone who knows us at HFL knows we are big supporters of PMC Speakers and we’ll basically use any chance as an excuse to have a PMC Open day so with the launch of their new Fact Signature range we have the perfect opportunity so have decided to do a launch event in conjunction with PMC on July 20th.

Personally I have always been a huge fan of the Fact range, the Fact.8′s have always been a favourite of mine with their amazing resolution and speed and I currently run fact.12′s at home so I for one can’t wait to hear the new and improved Fact Signature range, speaking to PMC the biggest difference with the new range is in the crossover as they learnt so much from the development of the mighty Fenestria that that technology has now trickled down to the Fact.8 and Fact..12 to give a more open and transparent sound apparently, can’t wait to hear for myself.

Fact Demo Rooms! 

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So for the Fact open day we will be running the new Fact.8′s on the PMC Cor amplifier in our upstairs demo room, this is bound to be a great match, we will then run the new Fact.12′s on our Naim 500 system as we have a lot of Naim customer’s that run PMC speakers as there is such a great synergy between the 2 brands, then in the final room we’ll have the awesome Fenestria’s running with Bryston 28B mono blocks which really do get the best from the speakers, so that really should give 3 pretty awesome sounding rooms.

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Upgrade and Save Offer!

For one day only on the open day we will be offering you a chance to save 10% off any PMC Speakers if you upgrade your current speakers, basically trade in your existing speakers and we will give market value to save you the hassle of selling them yourself, the only speakers excluded from this offer are the Fenestria’s, so please get in touch to discuss the options and to get a price for your current speakers.

Please find a link to PMC on our website with current prices -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/pmc-speakers

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RSVP.

We will have representatives here from PMC to help run the day and answer any questions you may have and if the weather looks like it is going to be kind we will fire up the BBQ again, if you’d like to come along could you please fire me over a quick mail so we can get a rough idea on numbers, thanks -

[email protected]

Look forward to seeing everyone on the day and having a good listen to the new Fact Signature range myself.

Regards,

Paul.

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3 Great Sounding Rooms For Tomorrow’s PMC Fact Signature Launch Event!

Hi Everyone,

I really don’t know where the time goes but we’ve been setting up since 7am this morning and now at 6pm we are nearly finished getting everything ready for tomorrow’s PMC Speakers Fact Signature Launch event and I have to say we have 3 brilliant sounding rooms, these new Fact Signatures are seriously good, please see an overview of each room below.

All we need now is for the weather to actually realise it is summer as we are still ploughing ahead for a BBQ tomorrow

Room One - Fact.8 Signatures

I’ve got a real soft spot for the original Fact.8′s, they really are quite unique and the Signature iteration seem to have taken them up another level, I can see it will be a late night tonight.

For this system we are running a Melco N1ZH into the Chord Electronics M Scaler and Hugo TT2 combo into the PMC Cor amplifier, this system really is singing.

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Room 2 - Fact.12 Signatures

I run the original Fact.12′s at home so really looking forward to sitting down and getting to know the new Signatures, for this system we are running them on a full Naim 500 System, there has always been a great synergy between PMC and Naim and this certainly continues with this system.

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Room 3 - Fact Fenestria’s

I know these are not really part of the launch event but they are part of the Fact range and if you’ve got them sitting around then why not fire them up, these really are incredible speakers and to help get them really singing we are driving them with a pair of the incredible Bryston 28B3 Mono’s fed by a dCS Rossini and Audio Research Reference 6 Pre, very nice indeed.

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Anyway we’ll be kicking off around 10 am tomorrow so look forward to seeing everyone during the day.

Cheers,

Paul.

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Ever Wondered Why PMC Speakers Sound So Good?

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Hi Everyone,

Firstly I just want to thanks to everyone who came to our PMC Fact Launch event last weekend, it was a busy one again and the Fact.8 and Fact.12 Signatures went down really well, the Fenestria room definitely got a reaction, most people loved it but it is a big sound and I think some people just weren’t used to it, all in all though I have to say all 3 rooms sounded brilliant and the new Signatures really are quite a step up over the older designs, it is amazing how updating the crossover can make that much difference.

Anyway, onto the point of the blog, for anyone who didn’t come to the event PMC bought a cutaway speaker of the Twenty.21 to show how their Advanced Transmission Line works so I thought it was worth sharing, it is a very elaborate design but changing the length and shape of the line + trying different materials really does give PMC the opportunity to tune the speaker to however they want to, it is a much more flexible design but it just takes a lot more work to get right in development and also to build for the customer, you can see why PMC are one of the only manufacturer’s who now make Transmission line speakers.

I always say that the Transmission like is like adding another bass driver to the cabinet as it gives extra bass extension and it also makes the speaker think it is bigger than the cabinet actually is so you always get this big soundstage that always defies the size of the speaker, all very clever stuff indeed.

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Needless to say we have the full PMC speaker range on permanent demo so please feel free to come in anytime to experience them.

Cheers,

Paul.

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A Short Promo Video For Our New Website!

Hi Everyone,

Exciting times ahead as we get ready to launch our new website, it has been quite a while in the making but the end is in sight and I just wanted to share this short video we have shot, this is the 1 minute version and the director’s cut ‘Lord Of The RIngs’ Mammoth 2 minute version will be on the new websites homepage once launched.

I’d like to thank Ian at IDB-Creative for doing a brilliant job as he didn’t have the best material to work with in all honesty but once I saw the final edit I was over the moon, please find a link to his website below -

https://www.idb-creative.com/

I actually didn’t realise I was going to be in the video in all honesty, so sorry if it is more of a video nasty but hope you enjoy it, I think it paints a pretty good picture of what we offer and the level of customer service we strive to achieve.

Enjoy and Look forward to hearing people’s thoughts.

Cheers,

Paul.

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The New PMC Fact.8 and Fact.12 Signature Speakers now on Permanent Demo!

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Hi Everyone,

Just a quick heads up to say that we now have the brilliant PMC Speakers new Fact.8 and Fact.12 Signature speakers now on Permanent demo, the fact range has always been popular with our customers, one because they look quite discreet so can fit in with a lot of peoples living spaces but mainly because they sound so good, I have always said that the Fact.8′s are one of my favourites and I have had Fact.12′s at home for a couple of years now and I have to say that the new Signature versions really are a step up, they just seem to have another level of engagement which is saying something as the originals certainly weren’t lacking in that department.

Anyway if you fancy a listen anytime please feel free to get in touch to arrange a demo, we are also happy to look at any trade in you may have.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/pmc-fact

PMC MB2 SE’s On Demo

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In other PMC news, at the moment we also have the awesome MB2 SE’s on demo, these really are the speakers that inspired Wendy and Myself to start HFL as we had a pair for home around 10 years ago and I got so addicted to them I left my job as a printer, sold our house to free up some cash and start HFL which was the best decision of my life, so thanks PMC for giving the world the MB2 SE’s

http://hifilounge.co.uk/pmc-speakers-se-series

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Cheers,
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Chord Electronics Etude Power Amplifier Now On Demo!

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Hi Everyone,

Another quick blog to just say that we now have the new Chord Etude amplifier on permanent demo, this is a total re-design of Chord’s amplifier topology and although it may look small at 150 watts per channel it will drive most speakers with ease and at a cost of £3900 it won’t break the bank.

I set it up for a demo yesterday comprising of a Melco N1ZH into the Chord Hugo TT2 and M Scaler into the Etude driving the new PMC Fact.8 Signatures and I have to say that it really did sound particularly sweet giving great separation and transparency along with speed and a certain delicacy, as a system it really works and it also has the advantage of being a very stylish system that on the electronics side is quite small so it is a win win.

The Etude is now on permanent demo so if you ever fancy a listen please feel free to pop in for a listen.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/chord-choral-etude

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Cheers,
Paul.

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Hi Everyone,

The plan has always been to run our Boys Toys Day every other year but I always seem to buy a new car and then I just get the urge to organise another BTD, yeah it is another Lotus, I really should stop looking on Pistonheads at all the temptations really, so as ever if you have an interesting car of any kind please feel free to come along, it’s just a good excuse to get your car out for a blast really and to mingle with fellow petrolheads, we always get a great Lotus turnout so it will be brilliant to carry that on.

For this year’s event we are going to do something I have fancied doing for a couple of years now, basically we have hired Rye House Go Kart track for the afternoon and hopefully we can fill up the 26 car grid with HiFi Lounge customers and we can all go racing, what could possibly go wrong.

The Timetable

So the plan for the day, well there are several ways people can come along really to enjoy the day, please see below -

As ever everyone is welcome to come to HiFi Lounge for 9am onwards where we will park everyone’s cars out the front of the shop and have a BBQ breakfast of bacon and sausage rolls with tea or coffee, we will have all the demo rooms running blasting out some tunes, we’ve done this a few times now and we always get a great turnout, you don’t have to have a sports car or supercar, just anything that is interesting and your pride and joy, all petrolhead welcome, it is just an excuse for a drive, then we will head over to Rye House for the afternoons racing action, a nice drone shot from our BTD 2017 below, thanks Bibs 👍

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Let’s go racing

Rye House is a brilliant outdoor Go Kart track based at Hoddesdon, Herts, in my opinion it is one of the best in the country, this is where Lewis Hamilton spent a lot of his time racing and practicing when he was much younger, I have raced here many years ago in the past so really looking forward to re-visiting this old haunt as it looks like it has had a lot of redevelopment lately, please see below for a video the BBC did with Lewis at Rye.

Cost

The Go Karting is going to cost £85 per head, places are limited to 26 cars in total so if you do want to join us please let me know asap to avoid any disappointment.

If you are attending the Go Karting you can either come to HFL first or meet us at Rye House or if you’d like to spectate please feel free to come over to watch the chaos.

The track action starts at 2pm with a briefing from 1pm so we will look to leave HiFi Lounge around midday for the 45 Minute drive to Rye House so it will be cool to go over in convoy.

Please find more about Rye House on their website below -

www.rye-house.co.uk

Format

So the format for the day is briefing at 1pm, a 15 minute qualifying session at 2pm and a 45 minute race after that so it is a decent length race which will really get your arms aching towards the end as there are a couple of fast corners, then there will be trophy presentations afterwards.

Rye house supply helmets and race suits but obviously if you have your own you can use those.

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RSVP

So that is it really, a day of cars and racing, what’s not to like, should be good fun, if you do fancy joining us on track please let me know on the below e-mail address, I will need payment of the £85 beforehand as I can see this getting a lot of interest so to guarantee a place payment via Bank transfer would be appreciated but we can take card also.

[email protected]

All we need now is for the weather to realise it is actually summer and let’s all hope it is a hot and sunny day, so to sum up please feel free to come over to HFL for just the morning car meet or feel free to join us on track at Rye or just come over to spectate if you like.

Really can’t wait for this Boys Toys Day myself, just hope I don’t get beaten on track too badly.

Hope that all makes sense but any questions please feel free to get in touch.

Many thanks

Regards,

Paul.

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