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Applying Finishing Touches To Our New ‘Highend Room’!

Hi all,

Well it seems like ages now since we started work on our new showrooms, as many of you will know the Naim Room has been finished for some time but the ‘Highend Room’ has been sitting in a state of flux whilst waiting for all the room treatment to arrive from Artnovion, basically as the treatment is not what I would call cheap I decided to treat the Naim room first to see how effective it was and make a decision from there, needless to say it totally transformed the Naim room and made the ‘Highend Room’ unusable as there was just so much echo, I like a live sound but this was just way too much, like listening in a cave.

So the good news is that the Artnovion treatment is now wth us for the the ‘Highend Room’ and it is being fitted by Colin as we speak, you really have to think fitting this kind of thing through, something I would be rubbish at but he is doing a stirling job, we have gone for a different design for this room but all being well the 2 rooms should sound very similar so the idea is that if required we can demo a top end Naim system against something from the likes of dCS or Audio Research in the 2 different rooms and just move the customer rather than the kit, well that is the idea.

I am hoping to do a launch event at some point in September for the ‘Highend Room’ so please keep an eye out.

I will update this with more pictures once the room is finished.

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All the above boxes are full of the gold diffusers below, you can’t beat a bit of bling :-)

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New Rega Planar 6 Turntable Now on Demo!

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Hi All,

Just a quick message to say that we now have the much anticipated Rega Planar 6 turntable on permanent demo fitted with Rega’s excellent Ania Moving Coil Cartridge and partnered with their Fono MC phono stage which really does make a brilliant package.

I have to say I have been waiting for this turntable for quite some time as when the brilliant new Planar 3 came out it was so good that it really did knock on the RP6′s door, in fact once the Planar 3 was released I don’t think we sold another RP6 as the 3 was just ridiculously good so Rega actually ended up putting themselves under quite a bit of pressure to improve the RP6, well the good news is that they haven’t disappointed, with the MC Ania fitted it is a brilliant setup, almost like a cut down RP8 with Apheta if you like and in true Rega fashion is brilliant value for money.

The styling is quite different from Rega’s recent turntables, they have gone back to the smoked lid with a matt black plinth with gloss black surround, I have to say that it looks really classy but obviously it is the sound that really matters here and with the Ania fitted you really feel you are getting everything out of the groove but not in a bright or forward way, you still get that lovely analogue presentation but with the pace and rythmic way that Rega has always had.

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that Rega are going to have another hit on their hands here, I don’t know how they do it as every generation just gets better and better and it is brilliant to see with the vinyl revival still going strong that we have such a brilliant British company producing products at this level for everyone to enjoy their vinyl collections on, from the brilliant Planar 1 to the RP10 with Aphellion Rega are really on a roll at the moment.

If you would like to demo any of the Rega turntable range please feel free to get in touch as we have the full range on permanent demo.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/rega-planar-6-turntable

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Ok Paul - hooked by your posts/thread and really like to see someone taking a punt and branching out.

Some advice would be greatly appreciated thus:

I have a large collection of CDs which I have routinely converted with iTunes and after one or two false starts with various streaming products, settled on Sonos about 3 years ago (it may be longer but my memory fails me - anyway, we are on gen 1 speakers!)

In general I absolutely love the concept and was initially blown away by it but over the last few years I have become increasingly disappointed by it - to the point where I have completely stopped using it (which after over £1k invested is not very palatable!).

We have a 1650's old farmhouse and I have the system operating in 2 adjacent rooms with 3 speakers and 2 bridges. When I initially installed the system it worked fine - however, every time I update the system it seems to make things worse. I am not trying to stream music from the internet (rural Norfolk is just too much of a stretch for that!) but I kind of assumed that as a 'closed system', I could just keep adding music (either from iTunes or CD) and everything would be fine - ha bloody ha!!

Finally at my wits end, I have given the Sonos system to my Father, who has just moved into a single storey building with decent Wifi/internet and hope (?!) that it works for him.

Therefore, after much preamble and waffle, I am looking for a set up that allows me to store music digitally (I really don't want to be keeping 500-1000 cds handy) but play it on a system within a single property (as above, not on different floors - without reliance on a router/internet etc etc. I'm open to wired (Trad or Ethernet options) but would prefer something unconnected. I suspect my BT router (with various phones, Ipads, Laptops etc etc is just not going to cut it!). My Father, by way of a swap, is giving me all his old seperates but I also have a 2000 vintage BOSE system which I still love (but struggle with the wires - dogs, moving etc etc!).

Is there any hope or am I doomed. You never know, advice might lead to a sale........

Is the price for that bit in Yen or £?

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Hi Ant,

Thanks for the message, I feel your frustration, to be fair Sonos used to be OK but they were pretty much the only choice, now we have many options and we rarely sell any Sonos to be honest as for me BlueSound offers a better system nowadays that competes head to head with Sonos, but there is better still.

Our main seller in the market is the Naim Muso and Muso Qb all in one speakers, these are basically better versions of the Sonos Play 5, I have a Muso in my kitchen and it works a treat but if I was you and if you are happy to spend a few quid I would look at the new Naim Atom with a pair of speakers for one room and then maybe add a Muso or Muso Qb's in any other rooms as the Naim app is superb and you can easily link all Naim products together for 'Party Mode' or use them individually, funnily enough I just installed a very similar system or 1 x Atom and 1 x Muso + 2 x Qb's and it worked a treat.

You will have to be hooked up to your router though but that is only for tablet control as everything is controlled via the app.

As for your CD Collection, Naim also do something called the Uniti Core which rips and stores your CD's and then all the other Naim devices and can read your music of this.

So it would be a huge step up over Sonos and if you wanted to keep the budget down you could just go with Muso's and the Core, hope this helps, please find a few links below, any questions just shout.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/naim-uniti

http://hifilounge.co.uk/naim-muso

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Paul,

Thanks, that sounds (and looks from what I've seen!) like a decent option - might have to save up for the uniti core!

Will keep you posted but really grateful for the informative response.

Thanks and good luck

Ant

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No problem at all Ant, any further questions please feel free to ask and if you are ever passing please feel free to pop in and I can run you though everything.

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Devialet Lost Recording Playback August 31st, A Truly Special Evening!

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Hi All,

This is set to be a very special evening where in collaboration with Devialet we will be playing back the Lost Recording of Sarah Vaughan’s concert ‘Divine’ recorded Live at Laren Jazz Festival in 1975 amongst a tropical heatwave, it must have been some concert. 

What really stands out about this playback is that it will be from the Lacquer, which quite simply is the best analog playback medium there is, basically it is like a traditional record but the lacquer is so soft that it can only be played once as the needle destroys it as it is traveling through the groove and they cost £7000 each, very much like a fine bottle of wine that can only be enjoyed once.

So as you can see this is going to be quite a special occasion and a very rare opportunity to hear something quite special that in reality we will never get a chance to hear again.

We are also going to use this opportunity to use our new ‘Highend Room’ for the first time as we have finally now finished adding all the room treatment required and I am glad to say that it is now sounding excellent.

So for such a special occasion we will need a very special system so we will be using the brilliant Devialet Expert 1000 Pro into our Wilson Audio Yvette’s and using a Brinkman Turntable with a 12″ arm which is a requirement to play these lacquers.

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Now it is possible to buy these recordings in traditional Vinyl form for between £90 - £120 each which we will have for sale on the day and these really do still offer exceptional sound quality with every Lost Recording limited to only 900 copies each so are very collectable and offer stunning sound quality.

Limited to only 25 People Unfortunately

I really wish we could offer this opportunity to everyone but due to space restrictions, we will try to squeeze as many people in as possible, we can really only fit a maximum of 25 people into our new room so if you would like to be part of this rare occasion can you please register your interest to my e-mail address below -

[email protected]

We will then monitor the interest and will maybe have to hold a lottery or something depending on demand.

More Information on these amazing Lost Recordings.

https://www.devialet.com/en-eu/the-lost-recordings

And the Lacquer’s in particular

Lacquer, the ultimate analog medium

The ultimate analog medium. A fascinating phenomenon. Cut from a single sheet of pure aluminium coated in nitrocellulose, lacquers demonstrate exceptional physical properties, making it possible to capture even the most intricate nuance and texture of a recording. Incomparably. And yet they are never supposed to be listened to, their sole purpose being to provide the master copy for vinyl cutting.

Few people have the privilege of experiencing this unique medium. The Lost Recordings collection is a rare invitation to explore and share intense emotion. In its purest and truest form.

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Event Details

We are holding this event in our new ‘Highend’ Showroom at HiFi Lounge on August 31st, the presentation will start at 7pm but please feel free to come along from 6pm onwards for Champagne and Canapé’s.

For more information on the system we will be using please see below - 

http://hifilounge.co.uk/devialet-expert-1000-pro

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

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Personally I am really looking forward to this event, I was lucky enough to hear the recording on a lacquer a few weeks ago but it was in a big room so this will be amazing to hear it in a more intimate setting.

Look forward to hearing from you if you would like to attend.

Regards,

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Popped over to Hethel yesterday to see my Cup 380 in it's final stages of build and decided to take the Elise Home, 17 years after rolling of the production line and looking as good as ever :-)

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Martin Logan Impression ESL 11A Now On Demo!

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Hi All,

This is just a quick one to let everyone know that we finally have the Martin Logan Impression ESL 11A Electrostatic speakers on permanent demo, I actually bought these late last year to replace our Montis Martin Logan speakers but the bass enclosure is much bigger than the Montis so I had to wait patiently until our new rooms were up and running before un-boxing as there is no way they would have fitted in our upstairs demo room.

So the good news is that they are all ready for action, the great thing about the 11A is that it is the first speaker in the new Martin Logan range which uses the much respected Anthem room correction software to tune the bass response to your room as the biggest challenge with any Martin Logan has always been blending the 2 different technologies of the electrostatic panel and the dynamic bass driver, something which hasn’t really been a problem for a while now but the Anthem room correction really does take that integration to another level and is really noticeable, it is very simple to setup, you just need a laptop and microphone, you then run the Martin Logan software which takes several room sweeps for each speaker then sets the EQ and loads it to the speakers, you can then easily flick a switch on the back of the speaker for EQ On/Off so you can hear the improvement, all very clever stuff.

As you can see from the pictures we have our 11A’s on the Townshend Seismic Isolation Platforms which also helps with the general presentation of the speaker as it isolates it from the floor freeing up the speaker to perform at it’s best, these can be used on any speaker and are definitely worth giving a try if you are looking for a noticeable upgrade to your speakers.

So if you are interested in demoing these new Martin Logan speakers or the Townshend Platforms please feel free to get in touch anytime.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/martin-logan-Impression-esl-11a

http://hifilounge.co.uk/townshend-seismic-isolation-podium

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Naim Uniti Nova Now On Demo!

Hi All,

So there is no stopping the new Naim Uniti range now as our demo Uniti Nova has just landed to join the Atom and Core, just waiting on the Uniti Star now to complete the lineup which is due at some point next month all being well.

But it is the Nova I have been waiting for, basically think of it as an Atom on Steroids with more power and inputs and a real step up in sound quality that is capable of driving much bigger speakers, I think the Nova will work really well with our Wilson Sabrina’s, in fact it on playing on them now with a bit of Bruce and sounding really good.

I won’t babble on too much for a change but needless to say for those who have seen the Atom you’ll know how stunning this new Uniti Range is as a bit of design, Naim have really moved the game on here and all with that great Naim musicality so if you have been waiting for the Nova to be on demo please feel free to get in touch to book a demo, thanks -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/naim-uniti-nova-all-in-one-player

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Devialet Lost Recording Update!

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Hi All,

Both Wendy and myself are burning the midnight oil tonight (Wednesday) in preparation for tomorrow nights very special presentation of the Sarah Vaughan Live Lacquer in collaboration with Devialet, this is also the first time we are using our new ‘Highend Showroom’ so all very exciting.

Everything is getting there with the Brinkman Turntable being installed tomorrow afternoon, many thanks to Nigel at Symmetry for the loan of this.

We will also have 3 different Lost recordings for sale tomorrow evening, don’t worry they don’t cost £7000 each but start from £80.

Really looking forward to this one and seeing everyone who has been lucky to register before we hit our cut off number.

We will be starting from 6pm with Champagne and Canapés with the presentation starting at 7pm so look forward to seeing everyone then.

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Cheers,
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Thanks To Everyone Who Attended Our Devialet Lost Recording!

Hi All,

Both Wendy and myself wanted to thank everyone who attended our Devialet Event of the Lost Recording of Sarah Vaughan on Thursday evening, it really did prove to be a huge success and we just about managed to fit everyone into our new ‘Highend Room’ and thankfully being that is was the first time we had used this room it actually sounded excellent, which was a huge relief, no point mucking around, may as well test it out with a £7000 lacquer :-)

I think everyone agreed how good it sounded with a few people saying it was as if she was in the room, this was helped by the fact that we were using Devialet’s excellent Expert 1000 Pro amplifiers feeding Wilson Yvette speakers and also I want to say a big thanks to Nigel at Symmetry for lending us the brilliant Brinkman Spyder turntable as without his generosity the event really couldn’t have happened as the lacquer’s require a 12″ arm which I don’t have so Nigel really did save the day.

The Lost Recording Vinyl proved very popular on the day, varying from £80 to £110, we actually sold out of the Sarah Vaughan vinyl but have some more coming in later this week is anyone would like a copy, it really is a brilliant recording.

Again thanks to everyone who came along and also to Devialet for supplying the lacquer and giving our customers the opportunity to hear something very special indeed and to Antoine, Alexandre and Victor from Devialet for helping run the evening.

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Now that is what you call a Turntable, the Brinkman Spyder, Beautiful.

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Amazing How Fast This Lot Disappeared :-)

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All Ready!

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Here We Go

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And that was that, An Amazing Evening Had By All :-)

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Many thanks,
Regards,
Paul.

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Naim Cashback Promotion On Muso & Muso Qb!

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Hi There,

Just a quick headsup really to let everyone know that Naim are running a cash back promotion on both the Muso and Muso Qb purchased from now till October 2nd, basically you can claim £75 back on Muso and £50 on Muso QB, all you need to do is buy either then once home click on the below link, fill out the form and Naim will transfer the money back to you, nice and easy.

https://naimaudio-cashback-2017.sales-promotions.com/customer-apply-for-promotion/?country_promotion=2&lng=en

We have both the Muso and Qb on permanent demo and both in stock to take away on the day so please feel free to get in touch to come in for a listen and to see and hear why the Naim Muso and Muso Qb are considered 2 of the best all in one players on the market today.

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More information below -

https://naimaudio-cashback-2017.sales-promotions.com/

http://hifilounge.co.uk/naim-muso

Thanks,

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Sony Native 4K Projector’s Now On Demo!

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Hi All,

Well I guess most people have heard of Sony, I would say they are pretty much the leading manufacturer of electronic products in the world today so we are really pleased to add Sony’s range of projectors to our portfolio, especially their 4K range that has just had 3 new editions, the VPL-VW260ES, VPL-VW360ES and the laser VPL-VW760ES, which now brings Native 4K projection down to £5199 with the 260ES.

On Permanent Demonstration

These new projectors join the already well established and multi award winning VPL-VW550ES which we now have on permanent demo, soon to be joined by the VW260ES once available.

When it comes to Native 4K projection I think it is fair to say that Sony really are leading the way, especially now as you can enter at the £5000 price mark. Large screen TV’s are pretty much common place nowadays but if you really love Cinema then there is nothing better than watching your favourite films and the latest blockbusters projected onto the big screen for that truly cinematic feel, it is much more immersive and really does make a 65″ look quite small, I know it is not always possible to add projection for a lot of people, but if you can I strongly recommend you give it a try, there will be no going back.

Sony’s latest projectors really are packed with all the latest features like 4k and HDR and with Sony’s latest SXRD panel you get extremely high contrast but not at the expense of deep black levels, for me though it is the level of detail these projectors can conjure up that is quite remarkable, especially when fed something like Planet Earth 2 in 4k with HDR, not to mention the very natural colour balance and smooth motion, we have this Blu Ray here so if you’d like to see 4K projection at its best please feel free to come in and we can fire it up, I know you will be impressed.

It should also be mentioned that you get up to 6000 hours bulb life from a Sony Projector so you really can use it as much as you like and not have to worry about the bulb wearing out.

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Arcam / Sony Cinema Of Excellence Open Day - November 25th

A quick headsup, we are going to have an Arcam Cinema of Excellence event here using the Sony VW550ES on November 25th showing what is possible with Arcam’s brilliant range of Receivers and Processor’s and Sony’s latest 4K projectors showing some excellent 4K footage so please put the date in your calendar, should be a good one.

So we may be a HiFi Shop but we do love our home cinema and with brands like Arcam, OPPO, JVC and now Sony I think we have the brands to put together some of the best home cinema systems available so please feel free to come along to experience what is possible with a demo in our Atmos 5.1.4 Home Cinema room.

Please see below for a link to the full range of Sony Projectors - 

http://hifilounge.co.uk/sony-4k-projectors

Thanks,

Paul.

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Focal Scala Utopia III Evo Now On Demo!

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Hi All,

Just a quickie to say that we now have the new Focal Scala Utopia III Evo’s on demo and they really are brilliant, just launched they offer improved drivers and crossovers compared to the previous version along with the latest TMD suspension and NIC (Neutral Inductance Circuit) technology so please feel free to come in for a listen, at the moment we have them running on our Naim 500 System.

I have to say that they are in the new Metallic Blue finish which look absolutely stunning, anyway here are a few pictures.

https://www.focal.com/en/home-audio/high-fidelity-speakers/utopia-iii-evo/scala-utopia-evo

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PMC COR Amplifier Now On Demo and Sounding Excellent!

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Hi All,

I just wanted to write a quick blog to say that yesterday we took delivery of our demo PMC COR amplifier, a lot of people probably don’t realise that PMC have been making amps for around 25 years for all their active speakers but it is a first for them to release a domestic amplifier for home use.

Firstly I have to comment on the build quality, it really is quite stunning and as a piece of design it really looks the part, much better in the flesh than the pictures to be fair, also the addition of treble and bass controls will be a welcome addition for a lot of people, and quite rare nowadays, don’t worry though as there is also a bypass function to take this out the loop for the absolute purists out there. The treble and bass sliders are taken from the recording studio mixing desks and really have a quality feel to them but even better is the fact that you can adjust them from the comfort of your arm chair with the supplied remote, very cool.

We have been lucky to be one of the first to get ours but I think availability is going to be quite limited to start with as they are all hand build at PMC HQ, and to be fair I don’t think PMC really know how popular this is going to be as it is a new venture for them, although on first impressions anyone looking for a highend integrated will definitely put the COR on their audition list, so basically the first 50 are going to be available in silver with the PMC 25 year anniversary logo printed on the top plate, once these are all sold then silver and black finishes will be the options.

As for sound quality, PMC have designed this to be neutral but musical if that makes sense, the idea is to not impart any character onto the recording so in theory it just becomes a volume control but really is capable of driving most passive speakers, we love the PMC Fact.12′s here but they are not the easiest speaker to drive well but the COR really does take them in it’s stride and really makes them sing, please see below for an excellent review of the COR from Jason Kennedy at The EAR.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/PMC-Speakers-Cor-amplifier

If you think this could be the amp for you please feel free to get in touch to arrange a demo, thanks.

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Cheers,
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Join Us At The Lotus Silverstone Open Day on September 30th!

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Hi All,

By now most of you will know that my passion for Music and HiFi is also matched with my love of all things Lotus Cars, now Lotus Silverstone have been brilliant in their support for our Boys Toys Day’s Days so it is great to be able to return the favour for their open day on Saturday 30th September by taking along some HiFi bits to give their open day a sound track of quality music, to be fair though I will just probably put together a playlist of classic driving songs like ‘The Chain by Fleetwood Mac’ ‘The Race by Yello’, ‘Autobahn by Kraftwerk’ and ‘Driving In My Car by Madness’ then I can go and talk cars all day, who knows, I may even get my Esprit back from the garage in time to take along :-)

I am thinking of taking along a couple of Devialet Gold Phantoms as like Lotus Cars these are all about top level engineering and performance and really are quite spectacular to see  and hear in action, they will certainly get the showroom rocking so if you have any requests just ask :-)

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I have to say we seemed to have become the hifi shop for Lotus owners which is great news so if any of our customers have a Lotus or are interested in Lotus Cars please come over to Lotus Silverstone on September 30th between 10am-2pm for what looks like being a fun day.

I know a lot of people SORN their cars at the end of September so this is a great opportunity for one more drive before Autumn sets in, hope to see you there, if you do think you’d like to come along please let Aimee know on the below address - 

RSVP to -

[email protected]

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More Details below -

Lotus Silverstone are having an open day at our showroom on Saturday 30th September.

  • The event starts at 10am and will continue to 2pm
  • The event starts at 10am and will continue to 2pm

  • We have a host of exciting things planned for the day to include the following:

  • Free Lotus health check workshop clinic with Andy French from the Lotus factory, please book in advance *full details below

  • Test Drives with Scott Walker from the Lotus Factory and Bibs of The Lotus Forums in the amazing Evora Sport 410 & Exige Sport 350, call us to book a time slot.

  • Our friends from the HiFi Lounge will have some of their superb product on show within the Lotus showroom to excite your ears

  • The Lotus Driving Academy will also be available on the day to discuss the Lotus Licence

  • Food and drink on us during the day

*Lotus will be inspected by our technician with Andy French, wheels or under trays will not be removed and should take around 30 minutes

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Hope to see you there for what is obviously going to be the hottest and sunniest day September has ever seen :-)

Cheers,

Paul.

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Finally got a chance to play with the Cup today after taking delivery a couple of weeks ago, have to say extremely happy going with Signature Orange, really comes alive when the sun hits it, just looks epic :)

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For a bit of fun I thought I'd do a video walk round of the 380 Cup, Don't laugh, I am certainly no camera man :-)

 

 

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Naim Uniti Star Now On Demo To Complete Uniti Line Up!

Hi All,

Well pretty much exactly 1 year after showing the world the new Uniti Range Naim have now launched the Uniti Star to complete the line up of the 4 new Uniti Products and I am pleased to say that we received our demo model today and now have the full range on permanent demo in our dedicated Naim listening room.

So it could be argued that the Uniti Star really is the ‘Star’ of the Uniti Line up as it has all bases covered including CD playback and CD Ripping, although this part I have yet to play with, along with UPNP Streaming, Tidal, Spotify, iRadio, Bluetooth, Chromecast, Airplay + much more, it really is the all in one unit that can cater for all tastes as I know for a lot of people CD playback is still a very important part of their music playback so the Uniti Star is going to be very popular indeed.

If you are interested in any of the new Naim Uniti Products please feel free to get in touch anytime to discuss or to arrange a demo, in the meantime please find some pictures, funnily enough when we designed our Naim room the back wall was always intended to be the Uniti Wall, hence the Uniti Artwork, so it is nice to finally see it completed, if anyone like the furniture we have it sitting on, this is from Quadraspire and is perfect for holding vinyl so please get in touch for more information, anyway on with the pictures.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/naim-uniti

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Cheers,
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Devialet Phantom’s Setup For Tomorrow’s Lotus Silverstone Open Day!

Hi All,

Just got back from setting up the sounds for @Lotus Silverstone open day tomorrow, took a couple of Devialet Gold Phantoms and considering the size of the showroom they definitely rocked :-) 

Should be a fun day tomorrow of all my favourite things, Music, HiFi, Lotus Cars and I found out there is even a free burger van, guess where I’ll be all day :-)

We’ve got a few of our customer’s heading over so if anyone else fancies coming along please feel free, the weather is looking good so is a good opportunity for one more run in your car before Autumn sets in, hope to see you there.

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Gold is definitely the theme here.

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Cheers,
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Join Us For Our 5th Birthday Requests Party - 14th October, With Our Friends at PMC Speakers!

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Hi All,

Well what can I say, where does the time go, can you really believe it was 5 years ago that we started our dream of running a HiFi shop and here we are now having taken on 3 more buildings since launching in 2012, not in my wildest dreams did I ever think we could have this much space to fill with loads of HiFi goodies :-)

In reality first and foremost both Wendy and myself would like to thank our awesome customers as without everyone’s support and their love of quality music and hifi there is no way we would still be here as I am the first to realise that everything we sell is expensive and although we now have all this space actually no one needs any of equipment within it’s walls, everything we sell is a total luxury and not essential to anyones life, saying that music is so important to so many people that hopefully the love of quality music and equipment to play it back on will continue to be appreciated and enjoyed for years to come and we can continue to help people choose the right hifi for them.

So here we are on the eve of our 5th Anniversary, now normally I am not short of ideas for open days but this one has proved a bit tricky, we have done many music events over the years, Zeppelin, Bowie, Springsteen, 70’s and 80’s to name a few, a lot of people want to do a 90’s event but for me that wasn’t one of my favourite decades, then we thought what about a ‘Guilty Pleasure’ day or ‘Hear your favourite track like never before on a highend system’ or ‘Artist’s that have passed away’, then we thought sod it let’s do all 3, so we are going to run 3 different themed rooms where you can request any song within that theme, at the end of the day we want it to be a relaxed fun day where basically anything goes, it may be a disaster but we’ll give it a go :-)

In Collaboration with PMC Speakers.

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Who else would we rather share our Birthday with than PMC Speakers, as many of you will know it was thanks to PMC’s excellent speakers that led to us starting a hifi shop in the first place as we had a pair of MB2’s at home and I couldn’t wait to get home from work to listen to my HiFi so it only makes sense for every room to have PMC speakers at their heart, so we will be running something like the below with every room having a CD Player, Turntable and streamer ready for the requests and please feel free to bring any music along you’d like to hear -

‘Your Guilty Pleasures’ Room

Using PMC’s brilliant new COR amplifier with the excellent Twenty5.26 speakers, this room could be a lot of fun, as long as you are willing to request it then we will play it, no questions asked, we won’t tell anyone, honest ;-)

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‘All Time Favourite Songs’ Room

Using the Naim 500 System in our dedicated Naim Lounge with PMC MB2 SE’s, this room speaks for itself, don’t worry I won’t play Bruce Springsteen songs all day.

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‘Lost Legends’ Room

Using the new Highend Room, which is almost finished, with PMC Fact.12 Speakers driven by Audio Research and using the dCS Rossini as the source. So for those artist’s no longer with us, sadly there are certainly plenty to choose from nowadays.

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Vinyl For Sale On The Day

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A lot of you will know Chris and Martin who have supported a lot of our events in the past by bringing along a great selection of vinyl for sale on the day so it is great that they will be joining us again, this always proves extremely popular and since we launched there has been a massive growth in the interest in vinyl again, I expect them to be very busy so if you love vinyl please come along to see what gems you can pick up.

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So basically give it some thought and feel free to bring along any CD’s or records or thanks to Tidal just request any songs from the above categories on the day and let’s have some fun, now I just need to figure out how we are going to man the rooms :-)

Needless to say we will have Birthday cake and refreshments throughout the day so it would be really great if you’d like to join us to help celebrate what have been an amazing 5 years of living and breathing HiFi and music :-)

I guess I should mention we will be celebrating from 9am till late so please feel free to come along anytime.

Many thanks,

Paul and Wendy.

A bit if a trivia question, did anyone recognise where we stole the logo idea from for this event? yes Top Of The Pops, what a great programme that was :-)

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Devialet ‘Gold My Phantom’ Promotion!

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Hi All,

I just wanted to make everyone aware of a great promotion Devialet are holding at the moment until the 15th November, basically if you have a White or Silver Phantom then Devialet are making it very easy for you to upgrade to the excellent Gold Phantom which is more powerful, has a much more open tweeter and has a later internal architecture to give a real step up in performance, we have the full range of Phantom’s here if you would like to come in to compare.

Please see below for the costs involved to upgrade to the Gold Phantom - 

How much?

  • Phantom to Gold Phantom: £1,190
  • Silver Phantom to Gold Phantom: £990

As you can see it is a very good promotion, if you are interested please get in touch, all you need to do is bring your Phantom’s into me, pay the balance and you will walk away with your Gold Phantoms.

Any questions please don’t hesitate to ask, don’t forget though that this promotion only runs till 15th November.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/devialet-phantom-range

Cheers,

Paul.

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