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Birthday Bash Newsflash, PMC’S Peter Thomas Joining The Party!

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Hi All,

We are really pleased to announce the Peter Thomas, the co-founder and designer at PMC Speakers will be joining us for our 5th Anniversary on 14th October, what is really cool is that Peter is going to bring along some very rare recordings that us mere mortals will never have heard before, obviously being that PMC are so entrenched in the Pro Audio world they have access to some amazing gems so it is going to be a real honour to get a chance to hear some of these, the perfect Birthday present I have to say :-)

Full details are to be confirmed but I think we will have a special presentation around 1pm in the Highend Room, please keep an eye on our website as I will announce once we have finalised the full details, certainly not to be missed though.

For anyone who hasn’t seen the below video it is well worth a watch if like us you are big PMC Fans.

https://pmc-speakers.com/about/pmc-history

Cheers,

Paul.

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New Focal Clear Headphone Announced!

Hi All,

Well it has become big news when Focal announce a new headphone after the amazing success of the Elear and Utopia so it is great news that yesterday they announced their new ‘Clear’ headphone, I have listened to these and basically they are a more open sound compared to the Elear and really sit quite nicely between the Elear and Utopia and in presentation, priced at £1399 these are going to be very popular indeed.

You can read more below, we will have these on permanent demo anytime soon so please get in touch to arrange a demo - 

http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/focal-headphones/focal-clear-headphones

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New Art Installed, The Highend Room Is Finished, at Long Last!

Hi All,

I just wanted to say a big thank you to our resident artist and friend Keith Sunasky who has just been in and installed 2 paintings that we commissioned him to do for our new Highend Room and we really couldn't be happier, they look just awesome, Perfect, thanks Keith :)

We have got quite a lot of Keith's art up in the showrooms so if you like what he does then please feel free to come in and see if any of it takes your fancy.

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Tomorrow’s 5th Birthday Requests Bash Update!

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Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to write a quick update regarding our 5th Birthday requests party tomorrow which basically is just a celebration of all the music we love with PMC Speakers at the heart of every room, we are going to try and go with the concept of running 3 different themed rooms but we’ll see how that goes, at the end of the day we just want it to be a fun day where everyone can request their favourite music so please feel free to bring in any CD’s or Albums as we will have a turntable, CD Player and streamer with Tidal setup in every room so in theory we should be able to access everything.

So as mentioned before the 3 rooms will be the below -

Upstairs Demo Room - Guilty Pleasures, thinking about his most of the early 80′s have become my guilty pleasures :-) also I thought yesterday we should use our new Sony Projector so we will also be running video requests from You Tube in that room also which will be fun.

Naim Room - In here you can request your favourite all time songs, I’ve got my Springsteen playlist ready to go with a bit of Elvis thrown in for good measure.

Highend Room - I think this room will be quite popular as this will be our Lost Legends room, over the last few years we have lost so many great artists so this will be a chance re-live and enjoy their great music.

PMC’s Peter Thomas Goodie Bag!

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This promises to be the highlight of the day as PMC Co-Founder and designer Peter Thomas is going to be joining us for the day and around lunchtime he will be taking over the Highend Room to play us some real gems from his collection, being that PMC are so en-trenched in the studio world, he has access to some real gems, certainly not to be missed, the answer phone is definitely going on for this part of the day :-)

Vinyl Frenzy!

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Another highlight is bound to be Chris with his vinyl for sale, he really does bring a great collection of new and old vinyl at great prices, I always try to resist but once you start flicking through all his records you get sucked in and before you know it you’re wallet has become a lot lighter but you’ve added some great vinyl to your collection so that is all that matters :-)

Quite possibly the best cake in the world!

So for any birthday party a great cake is a vital element and we are so lucky that Rita, who lives next to the Headphone Shop, is an amazing cake maker, now I have eaten a lot of Carrot Cake in my time and a couple of months ago Rita bought some round for us to try, it was amazing, by far the best I have ever eaten, so we asked her nicely if she would make us a Carrot Cake and a Chocolate Cake for our birthday so quite possible this could be the real star of the day :-)

We will also have sandwiches and drinks + nibbles, not sure if Wendy has bought party hats though, I’ll have to check.

So there we go, really looking forward to tomorrow which should just be a relaxed day and a lot of fun where we can all enjoy our favourite music, we will start at around 9am and go through till everyone has had enough.

Hope you can make it to help us celebrate 5 years, look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Cheers,

Paul.

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Busy Day!

Time will tell but I feel we may have bitten off more than we can chew trying to run 5 demo rooms tomorrow, taken all day to set up but getting there, the fun part was getting the mighty PMC MB2 SE's down the stairs, luckily Wendy is a strong lass :-)

A couple more hours and we should be done,

Look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow,

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

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Cheers,

Paul.

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A Big Thanks To Everyone Who Came And Made Our 5th Birthday So Memorable!

Hi All,

Both Wendy and myself just wanted to send out a huge thank you to everyone that came along on Saturday to our 5th Birthday Anniversary bash and really made it a day to remember, it was an amazing turnout and had a really party feel with everyone just getting stuck in playing their favourite tunes.

What blows me away is that 5 years ago we were starting on our HiFi Lounge journey not knowing what the future held but during that time we have met so many great people, many of them good friends now, so it was really nice to see everyone together enjoying themselves.

We both really want to send a huge thanks to Peter Thomas for running one of our rooms all day, most definitely the star of the day playing a brilliant mix of music that all sounded amazing, his presentation at 1pm though did throw up one problem, even with the new much larger showrooms we just couldn’t fit everyone in, but it was such a rare opportunity to hear songs we all know and love in different ways with cuts straight from the mixing desks to the released version, it was such a great insight how the version we have at home can sometimes be so different to the original take, in many cases much worse, for me hearing the Freddie Mercury recording with just his vocal track was amazing, so thanks again Peter :-)

Thanks also to Chris and Dawn for bringing along the vinyl for sale, as popular as ever, I thought I was going to survive without buying any records but resistance is futile and in the end I had to get my wallet out.

Finally a big thanks to PMC for our awesome lemon Cake that tasted amazing and looked really cool also, classic PMC humour :-) and thanks to Rita for quite possibly the best Carrot Cake in the world which really did get demolished in a matter of minutes and a big thanks to our support team of Ross, Ady, Damo, Kyri who helped run the rooms and make the day run smoothly also a big thanks to Lesley for helping Wendy.

So thanks again everyone, we really do appreciate everyones support, here’s to the next 5 years :-)

Please find a few snapshots from the day below -

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Cake Fest!

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Brilliant!

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Demolished!

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Meet Jtan, Our awesome secret Weapon Web Designer, watch this space.

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I think we need bigger Rooms!

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Peter Thomas, The Star of the show!

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A Big thanks to everyone who helped out!

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Cheers,

Paul & Wendy.

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Chord Electronics Poly Now Available!

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Hi Everyone,

I know a lot of people have been waiting for Chord to release the Poly to turn their Mojo into a portable player so it is great news to say that we now have it on demo and in stock and I am happy to say that it is epic :-)

We took one home to play with last night and although not the simplest thing to set up, it helped that in a previous life Wendy was a network engineer, but in around 10 minute Wendy had it running from our NAS, the internal SD card and Tidal and it then run faultless with outstanding sound quality and it switched between sources really quickly, we were using the 8Player app at the moment but in a couple of weeks Chord’s app will be available which really is very good apparently.

To be fair if you have a Mojo then adding a Poly really is a no brainer and as a bonus at the moment Chord are also giving away a £79 free Mojo/Poly case for a limited time so I really recommend that if you do currently have a Mojo then please feel free to come in for a demo and be prepared to spend £499 as once you have heard the combo you will definitely need it in your life :-) 

Looking forward to trying it with Roon later, this is certainly one powerful little box, looks like Chord Electronics have yet another hit on their hands.

If you have any questions please feel free to give us a ring.

http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/chord/chord-electronics-poly-wireless-streaming-module

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New Focal Kanta No2 Speakers Now On Demo!

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HI all,

Just a quick blog to say that we are pleased to have the brand new Focal Kanta No2 Floorstanding loudspeakers now on permanent demo, these are a 3 way design with very unique styling which really is quite stylish, especially when you see them first hand.

Other than the Styling the Kanta No2 is also noteworthy as it has Focal’s Beryllium tweeter mixed with their Flax material for the other drivers, this is a first for Focal to put the 2 technologies together which gives a detailed sound but also giving a generally warm and natural presentation, I am running them in at the moment and have to say they are extremely good. Priced at £6999 I can see these going up against the excellent PMC Twenty5.26′s quite regularly in demo’s.

Back to the styling for a moment, I don’t think I have known a speaker to come in such a wide range of finishes, please see below for all the colour choices, 8 in total, now I have to admit that I am not normally one for being conservative but on this occasion I went for the gloss black finish, which seems a travesty when Focal have gone to such great lengths to offer so many interesting finishes, but the gloss black as it has a really nice silver fleck in it which really does sparkle and looks quite stunning.

So if you have any questions or would like to come in for a demo anytime please feel free to get in touch.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/focal-kanta-no2-speakers

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With Magnetic Grills Fitted!

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8 Colour Choices - Which would you choose?

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Cheers,
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New Sennheiser HDV 820 Amp + HD 660 S Headphones Now On Demo!

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Hi All,

Just a really quick one to say that we now have Sennheiser’s much anticipated new headphone amp, the HDV 820, now on permanent demo + we have just taken delivery of Sennheiser’s follow up to one of the most popular headphones of all time, the HD 660 S which now supersedes the HD 650, I really have lost count of the amount of people that come in here that own HD 650′s and at £429 for the HD 660 S I can really seeing these being equally as popular as the 650 over the years to come, especially as they do sound really good.

http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/sennheiser/sennheiser-hdv-820-headphone-amplifier

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Anyway if either of these are of any interest please feel free to come in for a listen.

MrSpeakers Aeon Flow Open Backs Now Here!

In more headphone related news I am pleased to say that we now also have the new MrSpeakers Aeon Flow Open Back Headphones on demo and again very much like the closed back version I can see these being very popular as they really do get close the the Ether Flows in performance but at almost half the price, not overly sure that it is such a good business move for MrSpeakers but it great news for headphone enthusiasts :-)

http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/mr-speakers-headphones/mrspeakers-aeon-flow-open-back-headphones

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Cheers,
Paul.

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Introducing Vescom Acoustic Curtains! Yes We Really Do Now Sell Curtains!

Hi All,

Don’t worry we haven’t lost it and to be fair when setting up HiFi Lounge a few years ago I never thought we would end up selling curtains, in fact I do wonder if any other HiFi Dealers do, but we are really pleased to offer Vescom Acoustic Curtains to our customers and now have them on demo, can you demo curtains? + we have samples of all the different colour and fabric options.

So how did it come about that we got involved with Vescom? Well it is all to do with the 2 new showrooms which one of the long walls in each is all glass and obviously this offers a challenge when it comes to acoustics, to be fair though glass isn’t as much of a problem as I originally thought, anyway one of our customer’s recommended we get in touch with Vescom as they offer Acoustic Curtains and here we are.

I can’t recommend them enough as they offer the full service of measuring and installing so it really takes all the hassle out of it and the results really are brilliant and they offer a huge selection of colour and fabric choices, you can read more below - 

https://www.vescom.com/en/curtain-read-more

For us they work really well as we can have them open so to see the beautiful views then we can either pull one side along to help with the first reflection point of the speakers or we can draw them right over which damps the room a little more but also makes the room feel really cosy and intimate, also they are very light weight and translucent so still help keep the room feel open and spacious.

So along with us now offering Vescom and Artnovion room treatment I feel we have 2 really great options that can help with any problem room as we all know that the room is the biggest part of your HiFi and can sometimes be the most troublesome part to fix.

Please see below for more info on both Vescom and Artnovion and some pictures on our new curtains :-)

https://www.vescom.com/en/curtain

https://www.artnovion.com/

Next we are going to look into selling Sofa’s, only joking but we do get a lot of questions regarding where we got the sofa’s from for the new showrooms so whilst we are talking curtains please find a link to Fama Sofa’s, they are a Spanish company but do have outlets in the UK, they really are super comfy - 

https://www.fama.es/inicio-en.html

Right back to HiFi Sales :-)

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Helping with the first reflection point!

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Highend Lounge

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Samples

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Cheers,
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Wendy's Sennheiser Factory Tour!

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Hi All,

At the moment Wendy is on a jolly, sorry I mean working hard, in Germany as a guest of Sennheiser, today was a factory tour amongst other things + she got to listen to the new Orpheus HE1, a snip at £54,000, we have been mad enough to have ordered one for permanent demo so watch this space as it is very special indeed, hopefully we’ll have it at Highend Headphones in time for Christmas.

Please find a few pictures from Wendy’s trip so far -

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Cheers,
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Video Walkthrough, New Showrooms Finally Finished!

Hi All,

Well it has taken much longer than originally envisaged but our new showrooms are now finally finished and up and running so I thought I would do one more video walkthrough to show the finished rooms.

We decided to take on the extra rooms around a year ago and I really thought it would only take a 3-4 months and we’d be up and running, obviously that wasn’t the case and there was much more work involved than I originally thought, I guess it was more a case of getting the room treatment right so we tested it with the Naim room first which was a big success then we had to design and order the treatment for the Highend Room which added another 2-3 months to the total time.

In the end though we really couldn’t be happier with the finished results, I seem to spend more time doing tours nowadays than HiFi demo’s but everyone seems impressed so far, I have to say that we really are spoilt with our location here as the views from the new showrooms really are quite special.

So for the last 2 weekend we have been putting the new rooms through their paces and on 2 occasions now we have been running 5 demo’s at once which has been interesting to say the least with still just me and Wendy juggling things, it’s good to be busy though :-)

Please enjoy the video below, I must apologise for the poor camera work but hopefully it will give you an idea of how HFL V2 has ended up and if you are ever in the are please pop in for a look round.

Thanks,

Paul.

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Arcam ‘Cinema of Excellence’ Open Day - November 25th!

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Experience The Ultimate Home Cinema!

Hi All,

So with the winter evenings now firmly here what better way is there to look forward to those cosy nights at home than a Cinema open day, the BBQ’s are now safely packed away and it is time to catch up on the latest blockbusters and pull out some old favourites so why not join us for our Arcam ‘Cinema Of Excellence’ Open Day on November 25th to see what really can be achieved at home when it comes to experiencing that big picture.

As far as we are concerned when it comes to Home Cinema then no one does it batter than Arcam for processing and amplification, especially since they introduced Dirac room correction a couple of years ago, this is a real game changer and personally at home I couldn’t live without it in my system.

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So in preparation for the open day we are having the upstairs demo room given a bit of a make over to give it a bit more of a cinema feel with darker walls to help with projection and a few movie related pictures dotted around so this will be a nice re-launch for the room.

We are not going to be mucking about here and will be showcasing the ‘Ultimate Home Cinema’ so we will be running the Arcam AV860 Processor with 1 x P49 + 1 x P349 + 1 x P429 for amplification with a full PMC Speaker setup and REL S5 sub, this will be run in a full 5.4.1 Atmos configuration with Dirac so hang on to your seats as this is going to sound good :)

http://hifilounge.co.uk/arcam

4K Projection With New Sony Laser Projector

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Having great sound without a great picture is a waste and I think it is fair to say that 4K or UHD is now firmly established as the ultimate for picture viewing and obviously you can’t beat the big picture experience and no one is doing this better than Sony at the moment and we are thrilled to have Sony’s new Laser Projector the ‘Sony VPL-VW760ES 4K HDR SXRD Home Cinema Projector’ running for this event, personally I really can’t wait to see this as apparently it is quite stunning, needless to say this will be hooked up to our demo OPPO UHD-205 4K player.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/sony-4k-projector-VPL-VW760ES

We will also have another Sony projection system setup in one of our new showrooms hooked up to an Arcam SR250 so there will be plenty to keep everyone busy.

We will have representatives on hand from both Arcam and Sony to help run the day and answer any questions with also light refreshment will be available throughout the day, please also feel free to bring along any material you’d like to experience whether movie or music based.

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Please Register.

If you love your home cinema this is defiantly not an event to miss, if you feel you’d like to come along it would be great to see you but could you please let me know on my below e-mail so we can have an idea on numbers that would be great, thanks -

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Many thanks and hope to see you on the 25th November for some Home Cinema fun.

Regards,

Paul.

 

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Quite Possibly The Coolest Display Stand Ever!

So Wendy is now back from her trip to Germany as a guest of Sennheiser and whilst out there she ordered our demo Orpheus and to be fair when she showed me this video of the stand that comes with it I got a little excited myself, I know the headphones are amazing but this has to be one of the coolest stands ever :)

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Cheers,
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‘Cinema’ Demo Room Refurbishment Finished!

Hi All,

There is certainly no rest at HFL, as soon as we finished the new showrooms it is time to give our old showrooms a bit of a makeover, starting with our trusty old upstairs demo room that has done us proud for the last 5 years and many of you will know well.

As we have 5 demo rooms now we thought it would be a good idea to give the upstairs room a bit more of a cinema feel as this is where we have our Atmos 5.4.1 setup with all our Arcam receivers, processor and Sony Projectors, basically we needed to darken the wall down a few shades to help with the contrast for projecting + we took the opportunity to add some soundtrack Vinyl to our Vinyl wall and also add a movie poster form one of my favourite films of all time.

So what with our Arcam Cinema open day coming up this Saturday I would say we are all set to make the most of the best Hollywood has got to offer.

Here are a few pics -

Dismantling The Room Is Never Fun!

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Andy from AW Decorations Doing A Great Job

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Some Great Soundtracks Here!

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Room Re-Assembled and Looking Great!

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Time to test the Projector

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Planet Earth II Really is a Reference 4K Disk

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The Darker Walls Certainly Seem to Help With the Black Levels

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Cheers,

Paul.

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Arcam Cinema Open Day Tomorrow!

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Hi All,

Just a quickie to say that we are busy setting up today for tomorrow’s Arcam Home Cinema day, Andy Moore from Arcam will be in here shortly doing his Dirac magic on our AV860 processor, Wendy is running around getting the food organised in a cinema theme, so think Hot Dogs, Pop Corn Etc, I do love a Hot Dog so you’ll know where to find me :-)

The idea is to run Cinema clips in our newly re-furbed Atmos Cinema demo room with the Arcam AV860 Processor, Arcam Amps and Sony VW550ES Projector then we are going to convert the Naim Lounge for Music video’s using the Arcam SR250 into a pair of Wilson Speakers which should be fun.

So please feel free to bring any favourite films or music disc’s to try out.

Right back to work.

Look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Regards,

Paul.

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Cinema Lounge!

Just finished converting the Naim Lounge into Cinema Lounge for tomorrow, works really well actually :-)

Using a bit of Rammstein to warm it all up -

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Cheers,
Paul.

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New Professional Showroom Pictures!

Hi All,

Just a quickie to post some pictures as we have had Jason Beeby in again to take some more pictures now that our Highend Room is now finished, he also took the Highend Headphone showroom picture + Naim Lounge shot which customer’s always comment on, he really is very good I have to say, if you need any high quality pictures taken please let me know and I can put you in touch with him.

We have also had our Virtual Tour re-done as that was originally shot 5 years ago so is a little out of date to say the least, we will get that uploaded shortly but that also has come out really well.

Anyway on with Jason’s pictures -

The Man Himself In Action!

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The So Called 'Highend Room'

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Our Downstairs Demo Room Is More A Reception Room Now!

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A Fresh Picture Of The Naim Lounge With Wilson Yvette’s Installed.

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The Excellent Martin Logan ESL 11a’s.

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The Naim Uniti Wall

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My Favourite Wall With Keith Sunasky’s Art

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Cheers,
Paul.

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Exciting Offers From Devialet on Both Expert & Phantom!

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Hi All,

Devialet are certainly feeling festive as they have just launched some great offers on both their Expert Pro and Phantom ranges, these offers are only available from a few select Devialet retailers that I am happy to say HFL is one.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/devialet

Devialet Phantom Offers - Valid till 15th January

Firstly I would like to point out that the entry level ‘White’ Phantom has had a bit of a makeover recently with power up from 750 to 1200 watts, it also now has the latest internals just like the Gold Phantom and the price has been reduced to £1290 so this really is an incredible active speaker at a really attractive price, we have the full Phantom range on demo if you’d like to come in for a listen anytime, anyway back to the offers.

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

White Phantom

1 x White Phantom and 1 x Treepod Stand - £1390

Silver Phantom

2 x Silver Phantom + 2 x Treepod + 1 x Dialog - £3580

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Gold Phantom

2 x Gold Phantom + 2 x Treepod + 1 x Dialog - £4580

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Devialet Expert Pro Offers - Valid till 15th January

When I was told about this offer I was really surprised how good it is to be honest as the Expert range is brilliant on it’s own but up until 15th January you now also get for free an Innuous Server / Player + Roon Subscription, basically with the 440 and 1000 Pro’s you get Lifetime Roon Membership and on the 130 and 220 you get 1 year free and on all models you get a free Innuos Zen Mini CD Ripper / Server / Player worth £799 and on the 1000 Pro you get a free Zenith MKII worth £2299, these really are very generous offers.

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I should also mention that we have just got back our demo Expert Pro models from Paris as they have now had the new Core Infinity boards installed which really does turn the range into a true all in one product that is very powerful as this board brings all the streaming features to Expert Pro. 

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

Expert 130 Pro

1 x Expert 130 Pro + Free Innuos Zen Mini MKII + 1 Year Free Roon - £4990

Expert 220 Pro

1 x Expert 220 Pro + Free Innuos Zen Mini MKII + 1 Year Free Roon - £6990

Expert 440 Pro Dual Mono

1 x Expert 440 Pro + Free Innuos Zen Mini MKII + Lifetime Free Roon - £11,980

Expert 1000 Pro Dual Mono

1 x Expert 1000 Pro + Free Innuos Zenith Mini MKII + Lifetime Free Roon - £22,900

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So there you go, Christmas really has come a little early this year, we have the full Devialet range now on demo so please feel free to come in for a listen anytime.

Many thanks,

Regards,

Paul.

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Limited Edition Chord Mojo/Poly Gift Pack!

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Hi All,

A really quick blog to say that Chord Electronics have just released a severely limited edition gift pack for the excellent Poly and Mojo Combo.

Only 100 have been made worldwide, we have managed to secure a few sets so please give us a call if you’d like to secure one, please find more info below.

Available now, the Mojo/Poly Gift Pack offers a complete (and highly advanced) audio streamer/player solution for the discerning music lover and tech enthusiast at a fantastic price. The Gift Pack contains the following:

  • Mojo DAC/headphone amp
  • Poly streaming/SD card module
  • Official Mojo/Poly protective case
  • 64GB Micro SD card
  • Charging cable
  • Configuration tool
  • Gift Pack box


http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/chord/chord-mojopoly-gift-pack–limited-edition

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Cheers,
Paul.

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Happy Christmas, A Look Back At 2017, Another Great Year!

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Hi All,

Both Wendy and myself just wanted to send everyone a a huge thanks for your support over the last 12 months which really did help make 2017 another awesome year for both HiFi Lounge and Highend Headphones, for me I still find it amazing that there really are this many people that love their music and HiFi, I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it so thanks again all and I know I have said this before but I really do believe that we have the best customers :-)

Expansion Into New Showrooms

I guess it is only natural to look back over the last 12 months at this time of year and for us I guess one of the major highlights has to be the start of the work for our new showrooms and then seeing them finished, inevitably they took a lot longer than originally planned but we couldn’t be happier with the end results.

Basically the Naim Lounge went from this -

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To This - 

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And the Highend Room From this -

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To This - 

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Another Year of Great Open Days

Again we had some great open days with brilliant turn outs as ever so thanks to everyone who came along, we started with the launch of our Naim Lounge with the Naim Statement and PMC BB5 SE’s really testing out the acoustics of the new room, another highlight was the Devialet Lost Recording evening where we played a Sarah Vaughan Lacquer costing around £7000 that could only be played once and it really did sound amazing.

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Then we had our Boys Toys Day II, although the weather was a little hit and miss it was still a brilliant day where we met at HFL for breakfast then went onto dCS to hear some really incredible HiFi, hopefully do another one in 2018, got an interesting idea if we can pull it off so watch this space.

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Finally we celebrated our 5th Anniversary in October with a brilliant day where it really was great to see so many familiar faces but the star of the day had to be Peter Thomas, the founder of PMC Speakers, who run our Highend Room all day with an amazing selection of his rare recordings, we really couldn’t fit everyone in the room.

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HiFi Road Trips - It’s a Tough Life!

So both Wendy and myself had 2 brilliant trips this year, I was taken to Utah for a Wilson Audio trip I will never forget, the real highlight was a visit to Dave Wilson’s home where I got to hear the incredible WAMM Speakers, without a doubt the most incredible HiFi I have ever heard, if I had a spare 1 million Pounds then I know where it would be going.

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Wendy also went galavanting abroad with a trip to the Sennheiser factory in Germany, not sure that was such a good idea though as she ordered a £54,000 HE-1 Orpheus headphone system for the Highend Headphones showroom which should be here early next year all being well, that’s the last time I let her out on her own :-)

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Album of the Year 2017

Again it has been a pretty good year for music, thank god it hasn’t seen so many artists pass away like 2016, my favourite albums came down to a choice of 4 really, I’m sure the first one will make people groan a little but for me my most played albums have been James Blunt ‘The Afterlove’, Lorde with ‘Melodrama’, London Grammar’s ‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing’  and Liam Gallagher’s ‘As You Were’ but the clear winner is easily Lorde for me, such a brilliant album with every song being superb but for me the standout track has got to be ‘Lady Writer’ which really does still give me goosebumps so I highly recommend this if you haven’t tried it, I still can’t believe she is only 21, amazing talent. I also want to give a shout out to ‘Baby Driver’, most definitely my favourite film of the year, the 1st 10 Minutes must be one of the best opening scenes ever plus it has an amazing soundtrack a very cool film.

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2017 HiFi Highlights.

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Another year with some truly great new products like Chord’s amazing Hugo 2 and quite incredible Blu II, this has really made CD playback relevant for me again, the stunning dCS Network bridge, the beautiful new Sonus Faber Homage range of speakers, another great turntable from Rega with the Planar 6, the brilliant PMC COR amplifier and at long last Naim finally got the new Uniti Range to market and I think it is fair to say it was definitely worth the wait, so all in all not too bad a year really, I am sure next year we will see some more great new products, saying that I have just ordered some new products that I have been promising myself since launching HFL, more news in January :-)

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Breaking News

In a nice way to end the year we have just found out that we have been awarded ‘Best Retail Experience 2017’ by PMC Speakers for the 4th year running which is fantastic news, thanks PMC, we love you too :-) press release below.

Best retail experience 2017 – HiFi Lounge

Another multiple winner, HiFi Lounge has now achieved the “Best Retail Experience’ award for four years running, and once again was awarded purely on the basis of customer feedback. the Dunton, Bedfordshire, business has been widely commended for its very warm welcome, stunning surroundings and contagious enthusiasm for PMC loudspeakers.
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So there we go, as we say goodbye to 2017 both Wendy and myself would just like to wish everyone a Brilliant Christmas and a Prosperous and Healthy 2018.

Looking forward to seeing what 2018 has to throw at us :-)

Many thanks and all the best,

Regards.

Paul & Wendy.

Christmas Opening Times -

  • Friday 22nd - PM Only
  • Saturday 23rd - AM Only
  • Sunday 24th - Closed
  • Monday 25th - Closed
  • Tuesday 26th - Closed
  • Wednesday 27th - Closed
  • Thursday 28th - AM Only
  • Friday 29th - AM Only
  • Saturday 30th - AM Only
  • Sunday 31st - Closed 
  • Monday 1st - Closed
  • Tuesday 2nd - Back Open As Normal

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New HFL V2 Virtual Tour, Please Step Inside & Take a Good Look Around!

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Hi All,

Firstly I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, let’s see what 2018 has in store for us all, I’m sure there will be some great new Hifi and music to look forward to, already got a few gigs booked :-)

So our original virtual tour proved very popular but I think it is fair to say that a lot has changed at HFL since that was made around 5 years ago, the headphones were still upstairs which seems like forever ago so now that the new showrooms are finished we thought it would be a good idea to get Andrew in from Visual Impact to re-do everything so please find the link below for the new virtual tour of HFL V2, please feel free to step inside, have a good look around and stay as long as you like :-)

Virtual Tour Link

http://www.360-virtual-tours.co.uk/360-tours/HIFI-1/

Showroom Photo’s

Also Jason has now finished taking photo’s of all the HFL showrooms including our original upstairs room which has just had a lick of paint to darken the walls down a touch to help with projection when using it as a cinema room, all that is left now to finish our make over will be the new website which should be launching very shortly all being well, watch this space.

Our trusty ‘ol demo room

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Same Room In Cinema Mode

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Naim Lounge at Launch with Statement and PMC BB5 SE’s

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Naim Lounge now with 500 System and Wilson Audio Yvette’s

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Downstairs Demo Room

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The Highend Room

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Finally Highend Headphones.

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Hopefully we have most bases covered for everyone who loves their music and wants a HiFi or headphones to enjoy it.

So please feel free to come in anytime,

Regards,

Paul.

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2 Highlights From CES, the Chord Qutest and Sennheiser HD820′s Unveiled!

Hi All,

A real quick one with 2 big highlights from CES which is running in Las Vegas at the moment -

Chord Introduce their new ‘Qutest’ DAC

So whenever Chord Electronics announce a new DAC it is always big news and this is no different as their new DAC called the ‘Qutest’ is the replacement for one of our most popular Dac’s, the 2Qute, this new version has a funky new look, is based on the Hugo 2 Rob Watts Dac Chip and also has user switchable filters and 3 different output voltages and priced at £1195 this is going to be another huge success for Chord.

The phone has been red hot today with people placing orders so with limited numbers available this month please feel free to give us a ring to place your order, if you have a 2Qute and would like to P/X it for a Qutest please feel free to get in touch also as we give very competitive trade in prices.

http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/chord/chord-qutest-dac

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Sennheiser Announce the HD 820 Closed Back Headphones!

I have a feeling that these are going to quickly become the reference for closed back headphones and are really going to move the game on much like the original HD800′s did when launched a few years ago.

Promising HD800 levels of sound quality in a closed back really is saying something but if anyone can then Sennheiser are are the guys to do it, also I have to say that they are also the coolest closed back headphones I have seen, using Gorilla Glass so you can see the drivers inside but this glass is also used to help the sound keep that open presentation, they just look stunning.

I am not sure just yet when they are going to be available but we are taking pre-orders now, I have a few pairs on order so if you’d like to get a pair reserved from the limited supply that will initially be available please give me a ring, we just need a £200 deposit.

http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/sennheiser/sennheiser-hd-820-closed-back-headphones

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So there we go two really hot new products to start 2018 with, I have a feeling this is going to be a good year :)

All the best,

Regards,

Paul.

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Full McIntosh Range Now Available @ HFL

Big Mc Attack!

So last Thursday was a big day, ever since we started HFL a few years ago I always promised myself that if we ever had the space, and the money to be honest, then I would love to represent McIntosh properly, I am a sucker for the meter’s, the blue & green look and that glass front panel, absolutely timeless.

We have dabbled with their headphone amps and Dac’s at Highend Headphones before but last week we took delivery of our first lot of demo stock, all very exciting, let the un-boxing commence, first I got round to un-boxing the stunning new MA252, I really do believe this is one of the prettiest amps ever made and when announced by McIntosh recently was the catalyst for me expanding my McIntosh range as I just had to have one on demo , I can really see this being very popular as at £4500 it isn’t silly money, especially when you see it and how well made it is, you really do wonder how McIntosh can do it for the money, I almost don’t care what it sounds like tbh when it looks this good :)

It is McIntosh’s first Hybrid design so valve’s for the Preamp stage and 100 Watts into 8 ohms of solid state power for the amplifier section, it also has a moving magnet phono stage section built in which is great news for all us vinyl lovers out there.

Anyway please find some pics below but please feel free to come in anytime for a look and listen, I must admit I spent most of Saturday turning it on and off to watch the valve warm up sequence, sad I know :)

http://hifilounge.co.uk/mcintosh-ma252-amplifier

More McIntosh Un-Boxing to follow later this week.

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Valve Warmup Sequence!

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Check out the MC in the heatsink, Very Cool :)

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Cheers,
Paul.

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Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista Vinyl Phono Stage Now On Demo!

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Hi all,

Now this is what you call a Phono Stage, we’re big fans of the Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista range at HFL so I was really pleased when I heard they were going to release a Nu-Vista phono stage, it just seems to make so much sense, Nu-Vista valves and vinyl, a match made in heaven :)

Well our demo model arrived last week and when you see it you know this has been designed to get the best from your record collection, if you’ve got a Nu-Vista setup and you love your vinyl then you really need to give this a listen, saying that whatever system you have, if vinyl is your thing this would be worth putting on your audition list as it really is one of those products that comes along every now and again that you can see has been over engineered and designed with a focus to deliver music at it’s best, I have had it running on our Michell Orbe yesterday and it really does sound gorgeous.

It has 5 inputs, MM or MC compatible, RCA or Balanced outputs, selectable Gain, easy to adjust cartridge loading from front panel, remembers each input setting, fully balanced power supply’s for each channel, cannot be overloaded, no distortion and obviously those NuVista valves, this really is a power house of a phono stage with no stone left unturned to get the best performance from your vinyl.

We now have the Nu-Vista Vinyl on permanent demo so please feel free to book a demo to come along and have a listen, don’t forget to bring your favourite records.

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Cheers,
Paul.

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