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Install Blog PMC / Bryston / Quadraspire!

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Hi There,

Just a quick blog of an install I did yesterday with some of our favourite brands, could almost be a copy of the system I have run at home for years comprising of Arcam for cinema, Bryston for power, source and pre-amp and PMC with the awesome Fact.12 Signatures.

The beauty of this system is that we used Unity Gain on the Bryston BP173 so the customer can have a really nice cinema setup then switch to 2 channel for his music with no compromise and I have to say that it works a treat, we were hoping to install the new Arcam AV40 Processor and PA720 amplifier at the same time but they didn’t quite make it to us in time so they will be going in shortly.

It goes without saying what great synergy there is with PMC and Bryston and for the beady eyed amongst you may notice the new Bryston BDA-3.14 DAC/Streamer/Pre-amp, this was the first installed in the UK, only arriving fresh from Canada on Thursday, even though our demo one arrived at the same time I haven’t had time to play with it yet but it installed pretty smoothly and sounded great out the box, I have to say this seems like an incredibly well priced piece of kit at £4000, especially being a Roon endpoint also.

And finally it is all sitting beautifully on a Quadraspire Bamboo SV2T rack that went together easily and looks epic in the customers room.

So to sum up please see a list below of what we installed -

  • PMC Fact.12 Signature Speakers
  • Bryston BDA 3.14 DAC/Streamer/Pre
  • Bryston BP173 Pre-Amp
  • Bryston 7B3 Mono Blocks
  • Quadraspire SV2T Rack

Coming Soon to finish off the system -

  • Arcam AV40 Processor
  • Arcam PA720 7 Channel Amplifier

Already owned -

  • Michell Engineering SE-R (one of only a few out there)
  • Kiseki Blue MC Cartridge
  • Whest Three Phono Stage
  • OPPO UHD-203

Very Nice Indeed

Please find some pictures and links below -

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/pmc-speakers/fact/

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/bryston/

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/quadraspire/

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To This - 

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Cheers,
Paul.

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New Bryston BDA-3.14 Now On Demo and It’s Superb!

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Hi All,

I just wanted to say that we now have the new Bryston BDA-3.14 now on permanent demo and it really is a brilliant bit of kit, every now and again a HiFi company brings out a real gem, something that deserves to be a big success and I would say after a few days playing with the BDA 3.14 that this is a real killer product from Bryston.

I have been a Bryston user probably for around 10 years+ now, I still run 7B3 mono’s at home and have had various Bryston Preamps, Dac’s and Streamers over that time so when I heard of the BDA 3.14 I didn’t hesitate to order one to put on demo as it sounded like an intriguing product.

So our demo model arrived on Thursday and I took it home over the weekend to play with and it really didn’t disappoint, if anything it far exceeded my expectations, now it is easy in this game to get flippant about how much kit costs but to me at £4000 this seems like a genuine bargain as in it’s loosest terms it is a very high performing DAC, a Streamer, a Digital preamp and a Roon Endpoint but in reality it is much more than that thanks to it’s support of Tidal, Qobuz, Internet Radio and with HDMI inputs for SACD Playback it really does stand it part from a lot of other DAC’s on the market.

The beauty of this product is it’s simplicity, all you need is a power amp and a pair of speakers, needless to say a Bryston 2.5B3 or 4B3 would be ideal, and you are up and running, at home I just run a couple of XLR’s into my 7B’s and I was listening to music in no time at all and it really did sound excellent, to start with I controlled it with the BDA’s own on board software then I set it up as a Roon endpoint and then it came into it’s own, as for anyone who has used Roon will know it is the interface to end all interfaces and the hours just flew by as I spent the evening putting it through it’s paces, amongst other songs I listened to Nick Caves Ghosteen in it’s entirety and got totally swept away by it, totally captivating, now I know the whole system plays it part but the source is where it all starts and is incredibly important and the BDA-3.14 really did shine.

So to sum up, this is a great bit of kit, you don’t need to be a Bryston fan to appreciate how good this is, I can’t think of anything that is as complete a package as this at this price point, to me I look at it as a cheaper version of the dCS Rossini as they do similar jobs but that costs £18,000.

Anyway if you feel this is something that may appeal to you feel free to get in touch to give it a try, I guess I need to take it out of my rig at home and bring it back to the shop, bugger.

Please find more information below -

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/bryston/digital-audio/

Cheers,

Paul.

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A Look Back at 2019, Another Great Year!
 
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Hi Everyone,
 
I love this time of year where we look back and I have to say that 2019 has been another brilliant year for HiFi, Music and Hifi Lounge in general, so before we get stuck in I’d like to firstly thanks all our customers throughout 2019, many new faces and many returning customer’s, this year has been another brilliant year for us but without our brilliant customer’s we are nothing so we’d like to send out a huge thanks to everyone who came in to see us. It still amazes me how busy we get but I love the fact we actually get people visiting us from all over the world, a big shout out to Paul and Sue from Aukland, NZ who popped in to say Hi during the summer, it really is much appreciated so thanks again everyone.
 
2019 Open Days
 
I would argue that we have had our best selection of open days this year which have all been great fun and I look forward to continuing this with some more for next year, the first is already planned for February 15th, more news to follow, and our Boys Toys Go Karting Day was also great fun, even though I did get punted out of 2nd place on the first lap, it’s going to take a while for me to get over that I feel, so hopefully we will arrange a similar event next year as everyone was keen to have another go.
 
New HiFi in 2019
 
I would say 2019 was a really good year for new HiFi but maybe a bit quieter than some previous years for new kit but there were standout products from Rega with their Planar 10 which has been a huge success for us and their new Aura phono stage and Aethos Amp which are both selling well, Rega really are on it at the moment, but we also had the new fact Signature Range of speakers from PMC, Wilson launched the incredible Chronosonic XVX speakers, if only I had a spare £350k, plus we’ve had the new Nait amps from Naim, the new Arcam AV Cinema range of amps plus Sonus Faber have just launched their stunning new Olympica Nova range and Bryston have just given us their new BDA-3.14 which I have to say is a brilliant piece of kit and Fyne Audio seem to be going from strength to strength with their new speakers so all in all it has been another stellar year for HiFi in general, long may it continue.
 
HiFi Lounge Upgrades
 
As well as new HiFi in 2019 we had 2 reasonably exciting things happen at HFL, firstly we finally launched our new website, anyone who has done this themselves will know how stressful it can be, it just takes so much time but in the end we couldn’t be happier with the end result, hopefully now it is even easier to find the info and products you are interested in.
 
A much more important thing was that we finally took on our first member of staff, now I am a bit of a control freak so that was never going to be easy for me to work alongside someone but we are so excited to welcome Ady on board as he has fitted straight in, a lot of you will know him already as he has been helping out here at open days for years now, for me I didn’t want anyone from sales as that is not what we do here so Ady is perfect as he loves his HiFi and Music and that is all that matters really, the rest he will learn, it has certainly made things easier having him here. 
 
Music of 2019
 
Now I am the first to moan about the state of current music but I have to say that this year has been a real cracker with some great new music being released. The year started extremely well for me as I discovered Greta Van Fleet, basically a band comprising of 4 very young guys, 3 of them brothers, who play rock heavily inspired by bands like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Rush etc, what I love is the fact that they are playing this kind of rock but bringing it to a new generation, Wendy and myself went to see them at Rock City last month and they were incredible, they have a very bright future ahead of them that is for sure, if you like your Rock then check them out.
 
For great albums released this year there are too many to list but for me the below are the standout albums of 2019.
 
Rammstein – ‘Untitled’ – You can’t beat a bit of Rammstein, their new album which is their first new material for 10 years really didn’t disappoint, it is worth the asking price alone for the track called ‘Puppe’ which is an instant classic, if you haven’t heard it yet check it out on Tidal, you can’t help but love it, we saw them live during the summer + we are going to see them twice more next year, can’t wait.
 
Bruce Springsteen – ‘Western Stars’ –  Now I am a huge Bruce fan as many of you will know but I would say this is the best album he has released in many, many years, even if you are not a Bruce fan you should listen to this as it is very different to his past work, and if you have this album make sure to check out the Film Soundtrack version as it is arguably better as it is recorded live with an orchestra which gives a much more dynamic sound, highly recommended.
 
Lana Del Ray – ‘Norman F———G Rockwell’ – I love Lana Del Ray, I have bought every album over the years but when I listened to this new one for the first time I thought it is just another very similar LDR album but how wrong I was, after a few listens it really came into its own and I would now say this is her best album to date, by some margin, so please give it a few listens and hopefully you’ll feel the same.
 
James Blunt – ‘Once Upon A Mind’ – As I have got older I have really got into James Blunt but there is one stand out song on this album you must listen to, ‘Monsters’, I was driving home one day and was listening the album for the first time and half way through this song I started to cry, I had no idea why, so I played it again and listened to the lyrics and yet again I got all emotional, it is probably the most powerful song I have ever heard so please give it a listen, it is very moving, make sure you have your hanky ready.
 
David Bowie – ‘Conversation Piece’ – I nearly missed this album but a customer put me onto it and thank god he did as it is superb, basically it is a boxset based around Bowie’s 2nd album ‘Space Oddity’ but the standout piece is that Tony Visconti has gone back and remastered it as he says when they did it originally they only had a couple of weeks to put it to bed so to go back and spend as much time as needed to give us the release it should have been is incredible, it really does sound amazing, for me this is how all albums should be re-done, not just a remaster but almost a total re-recording, a bit like Giles Martin is doing with The Beatles at the moment, again the release of Gile’s remaster Abbey Road this year was another highlight.
 
Album of The Year 2019
 
This was actually really easy this year and it has to go to Nick Cave’s ‘Ghosteen’ I really have never heard an album like this before, obviously it was born out of sadness for the passing go his Son but as well as being melancholy, dark and emotional it is also uplifting and inspirational at the same time, Nick Cave never makes a bad album in my view but this transcends everything he has done before, it truly is a special album, a unique offering that can pick you up and take you somewhere that only music can, an incredible album so please do give it a listen or 2 over Christmas.
 
An Interesting Read
 
Finally one other quick thing a customer put me onto, thanks Dave, is a book called ‘The Memoirs Of Billy Shears’ now I don’t read books but this sounded like such an interesting story that I bought a copy and haven’t put it down since, in a nutshell basically Paul McCartney died in a car accident in 1965 and Billy Shears took his place, I know it sounds pretty far fetched but there is so much evidence out there to support this that many people now consider this to the truth, in fact the remaining Beatles apparently left clues on album covers and in their lyrics which this book unveils, I know it blew my mind when I first heard this conspiracy but if you have a mind like mine then I would highly recommend picking up a copy as it makes fascinating reading.
 
HFL MotorSport in 2019
 
A lot of people ask how our racing is going so I just wanted to do a quick recap on our Motor Racing exploits in the Radical SR1 Cup during 2019, basically I was much quicker over 1 lap than in 2018 but my race pace still is not the best but over the last 3 race weekends I qualified much higher up the grid only to get taken out of the races but over opportunist moves by the guys around me which has left me with unfinished business for 2020, I’m not sure if I will do a full season next year due to the costs involved but am certainly keen to do a few races and I may enter a Go Karting Championship at Rye House as I really enjoyed Karting again for our BTD but I’d like to thanks all our Sponsors again for their support in 2019.
 
So finally to wrap up, I knew I would end up babbling on once I started, again we’d like to thank you for all your support throughout 2019 and we look forward to doing it all again next year, I also just want to mention that you can keep up with all our goings on through Social Media, you can actually see our Instagram posts from our Homepage below which I update regularly – 
 
 
Wishing you all a Great Christmas and Healthy and Prosperous 2020.
 
Best Wishes,
 
Paul & Wendy.

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On 24/12/2019 at 08:38, Vipers said:
Album of The Year 2019
 
This was actually really easy this year and it has to go to Nick Cave’s ‘Ghosteen’ I really have never heard an album like this before, obviously it was born out of sadness for the passing go his Son but as well as being melancholy, dark and emotional it is also uplifting and inspirational at the same time, Nick Cave never makes a bad album in my view but this transcends everything he has done before, it truly is a special album, a unique offering that can pick you up and take you somewhere that only music can, an incredible album so please do give it a listen or 2 over Christmas.

Just listened to this all the way through. What a moving album, incredible!

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13 hours ago, Bibs said:

Just listened to this all the way through. What a moving album, incredible!

Excellent, Well Done Mate, can be tough going but it really is something quite special 👍

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Install Bog, PMC Speakers + Wilson Audio!

Hi There,

Belated Happy New Year, I have a feeling this year is going to be a great year for Hifi.

It has certainly started well so I thought I would share a couple of speaker installs from the last couple of weeks, neither of them on the small side.

PMC MB2 SE Install

So this was a nice local one in Devon, so around a 6 hour drive, install, quick bite of lunch then turn round and come home, all in a day’s work, albeit a long one

The customer already had PMC MB2i’s so it was just a matter of a quick swap over to the new MB2 SE’s, have to say they sounded incredible straight out the box –

The below Cherry MB2i’s are available for £10,000 if anyone is interested, boxed in as new condition, an incredible speaker for this price, just get in touch if of interest.

Out with the Old

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And in With The New!

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Wilson Audio Alexia 2 Install!

This was a nice install just before Christmas of the awesome Wilson Audio Alexia 2 speakers, we will be going back soon to spike them and try some different amplification, sounds awesome as it is now to be fair.

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Let’s see what the rest of the year has in stall for us all,

All the best for a great 2020

Cheers,

Paul.

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iFi Audio Aurora Wireless Speaker Now On Demo, Something a Little Different!

Hi Everyone,

So here we go, the first new product on demo at HFL for 2020 and a new brand actually, now I must admit that I really do try hard to not bring on so many brands as I have in the past but when the iFi guys bought in the Aurora I was so impressed that I couldn't resist, firstly I love the styling, it really does bring something new to the Wireless / Bluetooth speaker category, admittedly it isn't going to be to everyone's taste but there is no denying that it makes a statement but mainly the main thing that impresses is the Aurora's sound quality.

This is a product that you can tell has been designed with a lot of thought and care, firstly it performs in the analogue domain with no DSP applied, it has a 6N3P valve in the Preamp stage, it even scans your room when starting up to tune it to get the best sound possible and it has so many inputs that it can cater for the most demanding of listener, it even has a pair of RCA input so you can hook a turntable up to it, it supports all streaming features via an app and needless to say is BlueTooth also with a cutting edge Sabre DAC at the heart of it all, there is much more to this product than this but please see below for all the info but the long and short of it is that it gives a very analogue sound so if you fancy a listen anytime please pop in -

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/ifi-audio/

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New Brand - Computer Audio Design - Ground Control to HiFi Lounge!

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Hi everyone,

So late last year we added CAD or Computer Audio Design to give them their full name to our portfolio, now I am fully aware how important good quality mains is for a HiFi system but I must admit that I had never explored the area of grounding as having to stick earth spikes in your garden seems like a lot of hassle to be honest but at the Ascot show last year Nic Poulson of Trilogy and Isol-8 introduced me to the guys at CAD, as he himself is a big fan of their products, so I thought if Nic likes these then I must take a listen, now they do a High End DAC and Music Server but it was their grounding products that intrigued me the most.

So we arranged a day where Scott and Isabel came over from CAD and we would have a play, first trying their Ground Control 1 on various equipment then me moved onto the Ground Control 3, so the million dollar question is what do these products actually do? well if I am 100% honest I don’t really know how they exactly work but I know that they definitely make a real difference.

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So at their most basic description they are passive boxes, so they don’t plug into the mains for their power, the GC1 as an example has 2 connections which you can connect to 2 components, you can try them on anything other than power amps, so as an example on a music server like our Melco had a real positive effect, also on phono stages, pre-amps, DAC’s etc, basically it is a bit of trial and error but generally they will make a difference on whatever they are connected to.

So let’s try again, what do Ground Control boxes actually do? So from what I understand they convert negative energy and high frequencies in your system to heat which dissipates through the ground control boxes but I guess you really don’t need to know how they work other than they really do, for a more detailed description I would check out Jason Kennedy’s review on the Ear below as he makes a lot more sense of it than I can.

http://www.the-ear.net/review-hardware/cad-gc-3-noise-reduction-system

Ground Control 1 Below

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For our test day with CAD we used a pretty Highend system but the Grounding Boxes are just as effective on smaller systems, we started with trying the GC1 on our Melco which instantly made a difference, everything seemed to open up, then we put another GC1 on our dCS Rossini which again bought another improvement then finally we added the 2nd connection on the GC1 to the Rossini clock which again made a positive improvement but not as much as when going into the Rossini but for the cost of another cable it was a worthwhile step, by the time we finished we all agreed that the music became more fluid and rhythmic with a lower noise floor, greater dynamic and transient response but for me I just found myself tapping my foot more, everything just seems to move along faster and was more captivating and enjoyable.

Talking of cables, basically a GC1 is £1995 with one cable and each additional cable is £300 but there are a large array of different cables so they will fit all types of products, eg RCA, XLR, Spade, USB + another aspect I should mention is that you can plug it directly into a mains socket which basically grounds your mains as far as I am aware and that also has proved to bring positive gains in performance.

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So to sum up If you love your music and you want to get the very best from your system then I strongly recommend that you borrow either the GC1 or CG3 from us to try at home to see how much better your system can sound with one installed, the problem is that I actually don’t think one will be enough hence why I bought 2 GC1’s for demo and a GC3’s as CAD tell us that a lot of their customers run multiple GC1’s or GC3’s once they have heard the benefit, a telling story is that at the Munich High End show last year when the Air Force Zero turntable was launched which cost £450,000 they used a GC1 to help maximise its performance which says it all to me.

Anyway please find a link below to the range but any questions or to arrange a home demo please feel free to give me a ring.

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/computer-audio-design/

It is fascinating this HiFi lark as just when you think you have experienced everything something new comes along which really can help get more from your system.

Cheers,

Paul.

Ground Control 3 Below

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CAD Audio Transport + DAC Below!

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New Audio Research Reference 6SE Preamp + 160S Power Amp Now on Demo!

Hi Everyone,

So I guess I've had worse days at work as I have just unboxed and setup the brand new Audio Research Reference 6SE Preamplifier and Reference 160S Stereo Power Amplifier and it is certainly sounding pretty sweet straight out of the box.

For me the Reference 6 is one of the best Pre's in the world so that fact Audio Research have improved upon it with the new SE couldn't have been easy but I am certainly looking forward to hearing where the improvements are.

As for the 160s, this is the stereo version of the 160 Mono's and it is certainly a big amp but then fitting the 2 x 160 Mono's into one chassis was certainly never going to be easy but the end result is stunning in looks as well as sound, I have set it up with our demo Reference CD9SE and it really is singing on our Wilson Audio Sasha DAW's, anyway here are a few pictures but if you'd like to come in for a listen anytime please feel free, below is a link to Audio Research Reference products on our site.

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/audio-research/reference-series/

Reference 6SE Preamp!

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Reference 160S Power Amp!

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We Also have the Audio Research 160m Mono's if you'd like to compare!

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Cheers,

Paul.

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Arcam SA30 2 Channel Integrated Amplifier with Dirac now on Demo!

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Hi All,

Just wanted to let everyone know that we now have the new Arcam SA30 integrated amplifier on permanent demo, this has got to be the best value fully loaded amplifier on the market today at £1999 but for me the killer feature is that it includes Dirac room correction in a 2 channel amplifier, as soon as I heard how big of an improvement Dirac made to music through the Arcam receivers a few years ago I knew it was only a matter of time before it was introduced into Arcam's 2 channel amps, it really is a game changer, not only that but it is also a streamer, a Roon endpoint and fully MQA compatible with a MC and MM phono stage built in, all you need to do is add speakers and you are up and running.

Please see below for the features this amplifier includes, it really is quite incredible, we have been running it in on our Fyne Audio F702 speakers, now you wouldn't normally put a amp at this price with a pair of speakers costing £6749 but it just shows how powerful the Glass G amplification is in the SA30, it is actually a great pairing.

  • Class G amplification for impeccable sound and efficiency
  • 120W of power per channel into 8Ω, 220W into 4Ω
  • 5 analogue inputs including switchable MM/MC PHONO input
  • 4 digital inputs
  • 1 ARC input
  • GoogleCast, Airplay 2, uPnP Streamer
  • Roon endpoint
  • MQA supported
  • 3 Dirac EQ profiles (input assignable)
  • 32-bit DAC,Sabre ESS9038K2M
  • Full I/P control including Control4 and Crestron
  • Total harmonic distortion + noise = 0.002%

Please see below for the SA30 on our website and if you'd like to come in for a demo anytime please feel free.

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/arcam/arcam-hda-range/

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Fyne Audio F1-5 Speakers Now on Demo, Small and Incredible!

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Hi All,

I think I have a speaker problem as I have just bought another new pair for demo, basically I was adding the new Fyne Audio F1 speakers to our website as there are now 4 in the range and I just couldn't help but order a pair of the new F1-5's, basically because they looked so awesome and seemed ridiculous value at £2999 and I have to say now we have them here I can't actually believe how good they sound, they really are quite incredible, I wish I could share the sound quality through a blog as I know everyone would be impressed, if you are looking for a small speaker with a big sound then look no further and they really are finished to a beautifully high standard, I really don't know how Fyne can do them for this price point, especially as they are built at their base in Scotland but it is the sound quality that really does impress, there actually isn't much more to say which is unusual for me.

Anyway please find a link to the Fyne Audio F1 Range on our website and if you'd like to come along to listen to the F1-5 anytime please feel free.

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/fyne-audio/f1-series/

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Chord Electronics Ultima 2 Reference Mono Amplifiers Now On Demo!

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Hi All,

I have to say we are going through an embarrassment of riches at HiFi Lounge at the moment as 2020 has started with some awesome new kit on demo and there is still plenty more to come but I have to say having the new Chord Ultima 2 amplifiers on permanent demo is very special indeed as we are the only place to have them on demo in the UK at the moment, a real statement piece, but first I should apologize to Chord for using a rivals DAC with their amps at the moment, ideally I'd be using a DAVE + Scaler but mine are out on loan at the moment and as I was so keen to post the news about the new amps we had to go with what we had here, so sorry Chord, Dave will be back on the rack shortly.

Anyway back to the amps, firstly I was quite shocked at their size when I first opened the flight case, yes they come double stacked in a heavy duty flight case, that certainly makes a statement before you even start, I decided to go with the black side inserts rather than the more tradition Chord in-built leg design and I am really glad I did as I think they really do look epic like this, we then lifted them into place in their new home and fired them up, WOW and WOW again, Chord really know how to make a statement, they just look incredible, it dawned on me the other day that in the UK we really don't do much in the way of Highend Audio, especially amplification, but Chord are certainly flying that flag proudly with their Ultima range.

It is nice to make a statement with your kit but in reality the only thing that matters is the sound quality and these new Ultima amps are a total redesign of Chord's amplifier typology and I would say they have created something very special here as we have hooked them up to our PMC Fenestria's, now these are a brilliant speaker but they really do appreciate an amp with plenty of current and I can honestly say that I have never heard them sound as good as they do with the Ultima's driving them, they really do get hold of the speaker giving a really tight and controlled sound but they also have a delicacy and articulation that is quite captivating, when I first powered them up one evening I really did struggle to go home as I kept going from track to track, have to say Halo by Machine Head was mind blowing, for me they are an amp that can do everything from great insight with vocals to controlled powerful bass on rock which needs to be turned up to 11, awesome job Chord.

Now they do cost £18,000 each so they should be good but the good news is that Chord are now putting the Ultima Tech into 2 new stereo versions starting around £6k which is obviously a lot more attainable, anyway our new Ultima 2's will be on permanent demo and always on ready for action so if you'd like a listen anytime please do pop in an be prepared to be impressed.

Please find a link below to the Chord Reference range on our website and a few pictures.

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/chord-electronics/chord-electronics-reference/

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Taiko Audio SGM Extreme Music Server Coming Soon to HFL, Digital Without Compromise!

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Hi All,

So to be 100% honest when I was approached recently to consider the Taiko Audio SGM Extreme music server I politely agreed to have a listen as always happy to try anything new but I had no intention of bringing it on for demo as I love the Melco servers we offer and as the SGM Extreme is priced at £25,000 I really questioned who would pay this for a server when Melco do such a brilliant job, I mean really how much better can it really be? well I'm guessing you know what happened next, yep once I heard it I was gobsmacked, I can honestly say that I have never heard digital sound this good before, I really couldn't stop thinking about it, sad I know, so I am really excited to say that our SGM Extreme is on order and will be on demo in around a month or so. I have been thinking alot about the price and there are a lot of people out there that will spend this kind of money on turntables, CD Players and Streamers so this is no different, if you want the best then I would argue when it comes to digital playback then the SGM Extreme has to be considered, whether straight into a DAC or over Ethernet.

Every once in a while something comes along that really pushes things forward, not just a bit but a quantum leap, it doesn’t happen very often but when it does it is so noticeable that it can’t be ignored, I really feel that Taiko Audio have achieved this for digital audio with their SGM Extreme, I have never heard digital sound so ‘Right’ and immersive as when played through the SGM Extreme, yes it is a Roon Core and Roon Endpoint but it is the sound quality that astounds, we have some great audio servers out there but if you want the very best from your Digital Music Collection then please come in for a listen to the Taiko Audio SGM Extreme as I am sure you will feel the same as us, it may not be cheap but it is by far the best I have ever heard digital music sound, it really does feel like digital has finally come of age.

Taiko Audio are a Dutch High End Audio Company who use cutting edge technology to develop components that are not available off the shelf that create the ultimate in sound quality. With this ethos of no compromise they have created something truly wonderful with the SGM Extreme Music Server which has taken digital music to a new level where arguably the conversation of Analogue vs Digital is finally over, if of any interest please feel free to get in touch.

I will post some pictures once here but please find a link to the SGM Extreme on our website and some pictures below, really can't wait to get my hands on it -

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/taiko-audio/

The SGM Extreme also was awarded 'Best of 2019' in Mono & Stereo, Please find link to PT 1 of the review below –

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Constellation Revelation Taurus Stereo Power Amplifier Now On Demo!

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Hi Everyone,

Another very big toy landed earlier this week, since taking on Constellation around a year ago I have been extremely impressed, most definitely my kind of sound, for me they give the perfect blend of warmth, insight, separation, control and dynamics. We started with Constellations entry level, said in the loosest term, of the Inspiration range which sounds gorgeous but it got me thinking what the next level up would be like, in all honesty I struggle to think that it can be any better, well now we have the Constellation Revelation Taurus Stereo power amp on demo so it is time to find out, it is certainly a far big bigger and heavier that our Inspiration amps.

We certainly seem to be accumulating an amazing selection of amps lately what with the Constellation Inspiration Mono's, now the Taurus, the Audio Research 160 Mono and Stereo amps, the new Chord Ultima 2's and not forgetting the favourites with the Naim NAP 500 and Bryston 4B and 7B's, at the higher end of amplification I would like to think that we have something for everyone.

For now though I am looking forward to getting to listen to the Taurus Stereo to find out what the next level up in the Constellation range brings to the party, needless to say if you'd like to come in for a listen anytime please feel free.

Please find a link to the Revelation range on our website and some pictures.

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/constellation/revelation/

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New Ultima Products From Chord Electronics + 2go and 2yu Announced!

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Hi all,

So what with the Bristol HiFi show just a few days away Chord Electronics have unleashed 5 new products at both ends of their product ranges, 2 new Stereo power amps in their Ultima Range and a new Ultima 2 Pre-amp + 2 really interesting new products called 2go and 2yu, 2go bolts onto Hugo 2 to make it a dedicated streaming / player unit and 2yu is a really interesting product as it turns 2go into its own Dac'less streamer / player which can be connected to any DAC + can be used with the M Scaler which really is brilliant and it can be used with the Qutest, TT2, DAVE + any other DAC, a really interesting product.

I won't go on about each product but please find the relevant links to each product on our website and needless to say they will be on demo shortly -

Chord 2yu - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product/chord-electronics-2yu-audio-interface/

Chord 2go - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product/chord-electronics-2go-streamer-player/

Chord Ultima 5 & 6 Stereo Power Amplifiers - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/chord-electronics/chord-electronics-full-size/

Chord Ultima Pre 2 Reference Preamplifier - https://hifilounge.co.uk/product/chord-electronics-ultima-2-reference-preamplifier/

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PMC Launch New Ci Series Range, Perfect for Home Cinema and Discreet 2 Channel System!

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Hi all,

So PMC announced their new Ci range of speakers towards the end of last year but last week they completed the range by adding 4 new models, taking the range to 6 models, and I have to say they look awesome and I am sure they will sound equally as impressive.

The Wafers have always been very popular but have been around a long time now so this new range is most welcome and is bound to be equally popular if not more so, I use Wafer 2’s at home for rears and in the shop so I am hoping to put the new Ci140 in at home and also in the shop very shortly.

The model lineup looks very similar to the Twenty5 range really but for cinema and installs, so there are 5 speakers + a sub with prices ranging from £995 each for the Ci30 up to £3495 each for the much bigger Ci140, which in all honesty seems extremely good value, the number basically refers to the height so the Ci30 is 300mm high whereas the Ci140 is a massive 1400mm tall, I can really see a lot of people using these as stereo speakers for their main HiFi as not everyone can accommodate a floorstander and we all know these will sound amazing but will be much more discreet than a conventional speaker so easier to accommodate.

Needless to say they incorporate all PMC’s magic tech with ATL and Laminair amongst other goodies + a new ingenious install system for in-wall called Qikfire, all the speakers can be used either in wall or on wall other than the Ci140 which is on wall only, the Ci140 even has its own matching on-wall sub, now that would be a pretty potent combo.

Anyway if you’d like more info just let me know as I have a PDF here that I can mail over and hope to have some of the range on demo shortly and will add them to our website once I have all the info.

Regards,

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Audeze LCD-4z and LCD-1 Now on Demo!

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Hi All,

It has been a while since we have done a headphone blog, to be honest I have been re-assessing our headphone side of things and have decided to refine what we offer so we now focus on a few main brands, basically the brands everyone wants to listen to, so we have had a bit of a clear out but we still have over 40 pairs of headphones on demo so we should still have something for everyone. We have also decided to take down the dedicated headphone website, mainly as it is hard enough to keep one website up to date but it became too difficult to maintain both so we have kept our Highend Headphones webpage as a link to all our headphones that are listed on HiFi Lounge.

Anyway the point of this blog is that part of the re-focusing is to fill out the ranges of the brands that we have decided to keep representing so we have added to demo 2 very different ends of the Audeze headphone range with the £399 LCD-1 and the £3599 LCD-4z, the LCD-1 is a great sounding headphone but I am really hoping that they release a closed back version soon as that will make a great replacement for the OPPo PM-3 that was discontinued some time ago, as for the LCD-4z, this really is a worthy opponent for the Focal Utopia's as it is a great all rounder headphone and is extremely easy to drive making it easier to accommodate compared to the standard LCD-4, personally I prefer the presentation of the LCD-4z to the original LCD-4 and we have had a lot more enquiries about the 4z.

So there we go, we are still loving our headphones but after a few years it is time to refocus, to celebrate we will be having a headphone open day shortly so watch this space.

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/audeze/

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PMC Launch the New Twenty5i Series of Speakers!

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Hi All,

It's always big news when PMC launch new speakers but I would imagine that following up the brilliant Twenty5 range must have been one of their toughest jobs yet but talking to PMC they are really confident that they have taken the Twenty5 range to another level with the new Twenty5i Series of speakers so can't wait to find out for myself shortly when our demo stock arrives.

I must admit I feel a little nostalgic as it was the original i Series from over 12 years ago that originally got me into PMC Speakers, over a short time I seemed to have owned them all ending with the epic EB1i's, I really loved those speakers, so it is great to have the I Series back again.

Regarding the improvements, from what I understand, there is a new tweeter developed from the Fact range, the crossover has been changed and a lot of work has been done to reduce any unwanted vibrations resulting in the removal of anything that detracts from the music, providing greater realism, transparency and musicality, which all sounds very good to me.

Below are a few words from Oliver Thomas, head of design, “The twenty5 series was a phenomenally hard act to follow, winning awards and plaudits around the world. We knew from our recent research and development that there were a number of areas we could improve, including the design of the tweeter, the crossover tuning and isolation from vibration.

We will have the full range on demo very shortly so please feel free to get in touch to book an appointment, feel free also to discuss any trade ins you may have as we offer great P/X values, they now also come in a funky silk white finish which I would think should look stunning, please find the full range below -

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/pmc-speakers/twenty5i-series/

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New Brand - Mark Levinson Now At HFL!

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Hi Everyone,

I have heard it said many times that Mark Levinson started Highend Hifi as we know it today, to be 100% honest I had never really sat down and listened to it but towards the end of last year I was approached by the distributor to give it a try so I thought why not, a few hours later I had signed on the dotted line to become a Mark Levinson dealer, I really didn't know what to expect but the sound quality is right up my street, neutral, clean, dynamic, just basically very honest and what with the new 5000 Series just being launched it seemed like good timing to become a dealer, actually got it running now as I write this hooked up to a Rega Planar 6 and the JBL L100 Classic speakers and it is sounding particularly sweet.

For demo we have gone with the No 5805 Integrated amplifier which we have here now and the soon to be released No 5101 CD, SACD, Streamer and DAC, which combined will make a very potent 2 box solution, just add a turntable and you'll have all the HiFi bases covered.

Several things impressed me with the 5805 amplifier, firstly is the build quality, this is a very solid unit designed to last years, the sound quality for me is hard to fault and it is impossible to not be impressed by the feature set of this amp, it is a real swiss army knife of HiFi, as a quick overview it has the latest Sabre DAC's and is full MQA Compatible, has a full MM and MC phono stage, has multiple analogue and digital inputs, Bluetooth, high quality headphone amp, HT Bypass and dual mono design with a massive custom Toroidal transformer + loads of other clever stuff so as integrated amps go this really does tick all the boxes.

Really looking forward to partnering the new No 5101 Player with this amp once it is released as at £5000 I can see this being a combo that is very difficult to beat for a 2 box system.

Please find all the Mark Levinson products on our website from the link below and a few pictures and if you'd like to come in for a listen anytime please feel free.

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/mark-levinson/

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HiFi Lounge Coronavirus Update, 6 Point Plan To Keep HiFi Rocking!

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Hi All,

So this is probably the hardest blog I have had to write over the last 8 years as I am pretty speechless, rare for me I know, for what the world is going through right now, I know you have probably received many of these types of emails over the last few days so sorry for yet another clogging up your mailbox but I just wanted to send out a message of well wishes and our plan to hopefully get through this.

Firstly I sincerely hope that everyone is OK and is keeping well, obviously the health and well being of our customers is our main concern but also I think it is fair to say that the effect Covid-19 is having on the economy is pretty devastating, there really are not many businesses that are not going to be affected by this, personally we have had an extremely quiet week with only a couple of people coming in so my thoughts really are also with all businesses out there affected by this virus alongside the health concerns.

I should also say that we had some cool open days planned but needless to say they will have to be postponed till further notice but more importantly all world Motorsport is now cancelled as well as the summer’s concerts are starting to be cancelled, this really is no laughing matter.

Now I totally understand that HiFi really isn’t a high priority for most people at the moment, unlike toilet rolls for some bizarre reason, but the world needs to carry on somehow and my thoughts are that if you are penned up at home then surely this is the best time to try some new kit in your system and enjoy your music like never before so below are a few bullet points on how I hope we can ride out this crisis, so please see below and let me know your thoughts and if you have any other ideas how we can help support fellow audiophiles please let me know.

1, Firstly, we are still open as normal, I will need to be dragged kicking and screaming from this place, so if you have any questions please do email me on - [email protected] or ring on 01767 448121.

2, If you would like to order anything we are happy to ship direct so you don’t have to risk coming in, just get in touch and we can make arrangements to suit you.

3, Now this is my master plan, let’s take HFL on the road, so if you have got anything you’d like to try in your system at the moment, the perfect time being at home, then please get in touch and we can make plans to either drive to you or if you’d rather we can courier most things to you, again please ring and we’ll see what we can arrange.

4, If you do want to come along for a demo anytime please feel free, we are lucky that we are not on a high street so the chance of the virus finding us is very slim, could I please ask though if you do have any symptoms please do stay away until better to avoid us catching it, thanks.

5, We have upped our hygiene in accordance with the Government Guidelines and are wiping down hard surfaces regularly and have hand wash available.

6, We do have 4 demo rooms so in theory if you book then you can almost self isolate in one of our demo rooms as there is no need to see any other people other than Myself, Wendy or Ady.

To sum up we are here to help with any HiFi queries so just get in touch and we’ll do everything we can to help, Wendy has even just taken delivery of the below post apocalyptic, Corona beating truck in readiness for hopefully more home deliveries and home demo’s, hilariously it is called the ‘Deranged’ version which suits Wendy perfectly.

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Also please keep an eye on the blog part of our website on the homepage as I will probably have quite a bit more time on my hands for awhile so will update this regularly with any HFL updates.

Finally, In all seriousness though let’s all keep safe and well and hope that this passes sooner rather than later and please do keep in touch as I am sure we will all get through this and come out the other side stronger on so many levels.

All the best,

Regards,

Paul & Wendy.

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Hi All,

Hope everyone is continuing to stay fit and healthy in these crazy times, I just wanted to send out a really quick update since our last newsletter as obviously now we are in lockdown things have changed a little.

Firstly obviously we are now closed for any customer visits and demo’s but I am still coming in to work at the moment, basically here on my own so I can’t see any harm it that really, actually want to use the time to do all the jobs that I never have time for.

Home Demo’s

Secondly my master plan of home visits and home demo’s is obviously out the window but on the flip side UPS are still working as normal so I am happy to ship anything out that you would like to try at home, may as well this self isolation time wisely, already this week I have shipped out quite a few products for home demo so if there is anything you fancy trying just get in touch and we can get something arranged, I can see the shop being empty soon but that is fine, saying that, if you want to try the dCS Bartok there is quite a queue forming.

Ex-Display

Also we can ship any of our demo stock if there is anything you fancy buying, we heard yesterday that Rega and Naim have ceased production for the time being and I would imagine everyone else will follow suit soon so our ex-display kit, which is all as new and boxed, is a great way of getting something now and saving a few sheckles, please see our ex-display section on our website below but if there is anything on our website that you are interested in let me know as most manufacturer’s are now happy to ship direct as they are keen to help in anyway they can -

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/ex-display-pre-owned/

eBay

Also we do have quite a few bits and bobs on our eBay page which is also available for instant shipping so please see below and if anything takes your fancy please do get in touch, keep an eye on this as I do add kit regularly  -

https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/hifiloungeuk

So really that is all we can offer at the moment but if you’d like to discuss anything please either give me a call or email me on 01767 448121 / [email protected]

I look forward to our next update to say that normal service is resumed in the not too distant future hopefully but at the moment music is the best antidote we have so please stay safe, well and sane whilst self isolating.

Take care everyone,

Regards,


Paul & Wendy.

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Home Trial Offers From Melco, CAD and Quadraspire During Lockdown!

Hi Everyone,

Firstly I want to say that I hope everyone is OK and staying safe as needless to say since our last blog things have got much worse and all that really matters at a time like this is that we all stay fit and healthy and look forward to a time where we can travel about freely again, makes you stop and think how we take for granted just moving around at our own will.

I also want to thank everyone who has been in touch with calls and e-mails of support and genuine concern that we will we be able to survive this, I have genuinely found it moving how everyone really cares as in reality there are much more serious things to worry about at the moment but it just goes to show what awesome customers we have and what a great community HFL has become, so thanks again everyone, we really do appreciate it.

As an update from the last blog, Ady and Wendy have been furloughed but I have to say I have been really surprised how busy I have been, certainly not complaining especially as I thought I would be twiddling my thumbs with no interest in HiFi at this time, which would be totally understandable, but I’m still doing 12-14 hour days trying to keep up with it, all I can really put this down to is that everyone is now at home and music is now more important than ever, one for entertainment and also as an escape to all the terrible news out there, so as ever I am here to help with any queries you may have on either e-mail or phone, one customer said something funny the other day, basically socialising is a really expensive past time which he can no longer do so he may as well spend that money saved on HiFi, certainly no complaints from me.

One thing is for sure as soon as this has passed we are going to do a really big OPEN day, not to promote anything but just to say we are open again and to have a big social event, with a BBQ hopefully, to just catch up with everyone and look towards a brighter future, roll on that event.

Home Trial Offers

Anyway onto the point of this blog, I have to say that the new normal at HFL of sending kit out daily for customers to try at home has proved very popular indeed, as the below picture shows, and needless to say I am happy to carry on with this so if you fancy trying anything just let me know and we’ll make the necessary arrangements.

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We have also teamed up with 3 manufacturer’s to offer something similar but with their support which is very much appreciated as I only have one of each product in most cases so I have now got a ‘Covid-19 HiFi Loan waiting list’ but the support like this will really help, please find more details below and any interest of question just give me a shout.

Melco

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So for me Melco offer the best range of servers out there, in the old days we all used NAS drives and lap tops for servers but there really is no need for this any longer with Melco offering a full range of servers / Players which give a big upgrade in sound quality compared to a NAS or computer, they also offer a ripper and the new network switch so if you would like to discover the benefits of adding any of their products into your system please get in touch then I will speak with Melco to arrange the loan, please find the full Melco range below –

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/melco/

Computer Audio Design

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We were supposed to be holding a CAD open day next month to demo and explain the performance benefits of their grounding blocks and other equipment but obviously that has been postponed but this is is arguably a better alternative as CAD are happy to send out their grounding blocks for you to try at home, these really are a great upgrade, totally passive and funnily enough work brilliantly with Melco, so if you have a Server, DAC, CD Player, Phono Stage, all in one player, basically most things and would like better performance then please get in touch to arrange a home demo, the beauty is that the grounding blocks are extremely easy to try, no setting up and no mains, just connect it up with the supplied cable and enjoy the upgrade which basically lowers the noise floor improving transients, clarity and making the music more rhythmic, please find the CAD range below and check out the downloads tab in each product for more information. I’m actually home trialling their USB cables at the moment on my system to see how they compare to what I currently use and so far so good I have to say.

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/computer-audio-design/

Quadraspire

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Obviously Quadraspire are not going to send out HiFi Racks to try but their QPlus range of HiFi isolation feet are perfect to test at home under any hifi kit really, the idea is that if you haven’t got the room for a dedicated Quadraspire rack then put these under your equipment and it is just like putting them on one of their racks, they really do make a difference so well worth a go, below is a video by Terry Ellis of Pursuit Perfect Systems that has been done in collaboration with Quadraspire as a teaser to the QPLUS range, keep an eye out as he will be doing a full review very shortly, also please find more information on our website from the below link –

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/quadraspire/accessories-quadraspire/

 

So to sum up if you’d like to try and of the above feel free to get in touch or if I have anything in the shop of interest just let me know.

Once again take care and stay well,

Paul & Wendy

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Home System Spring Clean + Arcam AV40 + PA720 Install!

Hi All,

I hope everyone is keeping well, normally at this time of year I would be spending most Sunday's at a race track or at a car show somewhere but obviously that is not possible at the moment so last Sunday I used the time wisely to pull out my home system, give it a spring clean and a few hours later, and a hell of a lot of cables, it was all back together and I also used the opportunity to install the new Arcam AV40 Processor with the also new 7 Channel Glass G PA720 power amp and to my disbelief it all worked first time, probably more luck than judgement I'd say.

It was time well spent though mainly due to how impressed I have been with the AV40 / PA720 combo, I have been running Arcam at home for cinema duties for over 15 years now and have owned most iterations from the AVR600 onwards, now I think it is fair to say that the new Arcam range of receivers and processors has not been the smoothest launch in history with quite a few firmware bugs but fair play to Arcam they have worked tirelessly to get these issues fixed with firmware updates coming thick and fast, I know this isn't really the answer but Arcam admitted they made a mistake launching a little too early but the strength of any company is how they deal with any issues and Arcam really did jump on this and resolved the issues pretty swiftly, anyway due to these issues I had been running the new AVR30 at home, basically the top all in one unit, to test new firmware and feedback how things are progressing and I have to say with the firmware around 3 weeks ago I was really happy that it worked as it should so was happy to install the AV40 and PA720 into our home system, we have a reasonably simple system of Sky, Apple TV and a Pioneer LX-800 BD Player but it does have to feed both a Sony Laser VW760ES Projector and Panasonic OLED which was a problem with the previous generation, I had to keep swapping HDMI cables over which was a real pain, but with the new range this is no longer and issue which is great news and stops Wendy moaning at me.

So how does it sound? Well I can honestly say that I really enjoyed the AVR30 but I was not expecting such a step up in performance by going to the AV40/PA720 setup, there is much more clarity overall but especially on speech and everything feels more dynamic and fast, just more engaging which is really important for home cinema, we run a 5.4.3 Atmos system at home and even the height channels seemed more effective adding to the immersion. If you have one of the previous range of Arcam Receivers, like the AVR850 or AVR750 for example I would really consider this combo, I know you are adding another box but you will get a real upgrade as obviously it is always going to be better to take the amps away from the processing but this range is a total ground up redesign so you definitely get more than just different casework and now Arcam are offering a 7 channel amp again, this time Glass G which sounds great, then the combo really does make a lot of sense, especially at the prices they are as the combo isn't massively more than the AVR30. The new range also offers a really good streaming board which I have been using, it isn't quite as good as the Bryston BDA-3.14 I am currently using for 2 channel listening but it does a really good job to be honest so for general listening I use this and power up the Bryston for a serious listening session.

Anyway we have the AV40 / PA720 setup in our Atmos cinema room at HFL so once we are allowed to open the doors again please feel free to come in for a listen anytime, I can assure you that you will be impressed.

Take care everyone,

Regards,

Paul.

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That's quite a catalog, Paul!  I'll have it all, please!

 I was in the gear end of the pro audio  business for 42 years, the last 30 odd  I was a rep/distributor in the Pacific NW.  No doubt you're aware of  how different the distribution of audio products is in the States vs Europe/UK  due to our geography. Here, manufacturers contract  guys like me to handle the dealer network and sales in a defined area. Mine was the US Pacific Northwest, five states.  I did  representa (very) few hifi lines  too but pro was always our bread and butter. 

I just stumbled on this thread so if you're open to participation I'll be here!  I'd rather talk about audio on a Lotus forum than Lotus on an audio forum anyway!  

Here's my  listening room at home. You can figure out who we represented to a certain degree from what you see in the pictures. (Think Harman amongst others). The Salon2s are lovely in this space.  

 

 

 

 

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New Home Trial Offers during Lockdown From IsoAcostics and Benchmark

Hi All,

Hope everyone is staying safe and sane in this new world we are living in at the moment, here are a couple of new offers from IsoAcoustics and Benchmark that we are participating in so if either is of any interest just let me know, I have to say that the home demo schemes we have been running have proved very popular but here's hoping normality returns soon as I can't wait to open our doors again to everyone.

IsoAcoustics

I have to say that the IsoAcoustics Gaia Speaker isolation feet really do make a difference, we recently installed a set to a pair of Magico S5 speakers and the difference in bass control and mid range clarity really wasn’t subtle and they do work on any floorstanding speaker with the same effect so if you want to unleash the true performance of your speakers then I would most definitely recommend these and the great news is that they are not silly money, I know, rare in HiFi, please see pic below where we compared recently the Focal Aria 906's with and without Gaia's which gave quite a stunning upgrade.

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Anyway at the moment IsoAcoustics are offering for every set of 8 Gaia Isolation feet sold they will also throw in for free 3 IsoAcoustics Graphite Orea equipment isolation supports and they are so confident that as we can’t demo this at the moment that if for any reason they are not giving you the performance boost you were hoping for they will give you your money back within 30 days of purchase, can’t ask for more than that really so if of any interest just let me know and I can get the required set of Gaia’s sent out to you, all I need to know is what speakers you have to determine which Gaia’s are suitable for you.

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-cate…/brands/isoaccoustics/

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Benchmark

Benchmark really do make great, honest sounding amps, Pre's and Dac's, during lockdown if you'd like to try any of their range please get in touch and we can arrange to get any of their range shipped out to you.

https://hifilounge.co.uk/product-category/brands/benchmark/

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Take Care,
Paul.

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