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We're Racing In The Radical SR1 Cup at Silverstone This Saturday, How Exciting!

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Hi Everyone,

Just a quickie to say that I will be racing our HiFi Lounge Radical SR1 at Silverstone this weekend, now there is a sentence I never thought I’d be saying :)

When we signed up for the SR1 Cup at the start of the year this was the race that I circled on the calendar as the race I was most looking forward to, firstly I have actually driven this track once on a track day last year and also, it is Silverstone :) For me it doesn’t get any better than this, the first Grand Prix I ever went to was to see Nigel Mansell win in style in the Williams in 1992 and I have been back countless times since so to actually follow in so many greats footsteps and actually race myself at this brilliant track is a big tick on my Bucket List.

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I will be practising on Friday with Qualifying and 2 races on Saturday, we are running on the National Circuit which really only has 6 corners so I expect the races to be pretty frantic but good fun hopefully, I think my main challenge will be taking Copse fast enough as fast corners have been my main weakness so far but I am definitely getting a little braver each time out in the car so hopefully that continues and I don’t run out of talent :)

We have quite a few friends coming along to watch which is great but if you can’t make it along you can follow our progress on TSL Timing, link below -

https://www.tsl-timing.com/

And also here is the timetable, a nice early start for Qualifying.

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Cheers,
Paul.

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Upgrade today to remove Google ads and support TLF.

So glad you copy and paste the same message 3 times, just in case some wants to read it three times :rolleyes:

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Different parts of the website as I know not everyone reads the same threads, you only need to read it once I guess, if at all.

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Installs Blog - Wilson Audio / Chord / Melco / Naim / Michell

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Hi Everyone,

Just a quick blog with a couple of very nice installs from last week, unfortunately the pictures are not the best from the first one but the system certainly sounded awesome, it is only a temporary install at the moment whilst the customers listening room is being finished.

Wilson Audio Yvette Loudspeakers

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

Chord Electronics Dave Reference DAC

http://hifilounge.co.uk/chord-dave-dac

Melco N1ZS MK2 2TB SSD Player / Server

http://hifilounge.co.uk/melco-n1zs-mk2

Naim NAC 552 Preamplifier

http://hifilounge.co.uk/naim-nac-552-preamplifier

Naim NAP 500 DR Power Amplifier

http://hifilounge.co.uk/naim-nap-500-amplifier

All Hooked Up With Chord Sarum T cables - 

http://hifilounge.co.uk/Chord-sarum-t

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Michell GyroDec Install

Up there with the most Iconic turntables ever made and still incredible value, it is always great to install a Michell Engineering GyroDec, this time in the stunning black finish with the SME 309 tonearm and Dynavector 20x2L cartridge, going into a Naim system.

Michell Engineering Gyro Dec Turntable

http://hifilounge.co.uk/michell-gyro-dec-turntable

SME Series 309 Tonearm

http://hifilounge.co.uk/sme-series-300-tonearm

Dynavector DV-20X2 Low Output Moving Coil Cartridge

http://hifilounge.co.uk/dynavector-dv-20x2-hl-cartridge

Dynavector P-75 MK 4 Phono Pre-Amplifier And Phono Enhancer

http://hifilounge.co.uk/dynavector-p-75-phono-stage-preamplifier

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Cheers,
Paul.

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New Rega Aura Reference Moving Coil Phono Stage On Demo!

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Hi Everyone,

When it comes to vinyl there are not many companies as experienced as Rega so when they say they have a new phono stage that is the best they can possibly make and will get the best from your record collection, well I just couldn’t resist, so I am pleased to say that we now have the new Rega Aura Reference MC Phono Stage on permanent demo.

I have just finished un-boxing it so please find a few pictures below, it is certainly beautifully made, it is priced at £3999, so certainly not cheap, but if you love your vinyl and want to get the very best then please feel free to get in touch to arrange a demo or alternatively please feel free to try it in your system at home.

Please find more info below -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/rega-aura-reference-series-amplifier

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Cheers,
Paul.

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Silverstone SR1 Photo Book + Fastest Lap & Cockup Video!

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Hi All,

Well the weekend was definitely a big tick on my bucket list to say that I have now raced at Silverstone :)

In all honesty though I really thought this would be my best track as I had driven it before in a Caterham but in reality it turned out to be a real bogey track, I made progress on the quick guys and I was generally OK everywhere other than Maggott’s, I just couldn’t get that corner right all weekend, as you can see from a clip taken from Qualifying, I was determined to get it right but in the end I think I was just trying too hard so in this clip you will see the first damage I have done to the car by hitting a cone pretty hard which split my front splitter, then I did my quickest lap of the weekend, a 1.02.27, then I attacked again and went straight on at Maggots and had a nice chat with the marshalls, certainly an entertaining qualifying session.

At the end of the weekend though I was fairly happy as I drove as hard as I could, it just wasn’t quick enough compared to the rest of the grid finishing both races towards the back, Cadwell Park next though which looks terrifying but as I have found out at Silverstone you never know which tracks will suit your driving style so fingers crossed.

Please find a few pictures below from the weekend.

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Cheers,
Paul.

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Very impressive turning circle :lol:

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Yeah I should have floored it really and spun round but I would only have stalled it 😂

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Roon Nucleus Servers Now On Demo!

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Hi Everyone,

Sometimes it really is a now brainer to bring on a new brand and this was the case when looking at the Roon Nucleus Servers, personally I have been running Roon at home for quite some time now and I really wouldn’t want to go back to life before Roon, it really is a game changer if you stream your music.

Roon can be a little difficult to explain but one thing is for sure once you have experienced it then there is no going back. Basically if you stream your music then Roon is the ultimate app, the one app to rule all other apps really, it is an extremely metadata rich piece of software which you control from your phone, tablet or computer that has so much information embedded in it that browsing your music collection becomes a real adventure. For Roon to work then the Roon Core needs to be running somewhere, this is where the Roon Nucleus products come in, these are optimised to give you the best Roon experience and they really do work, for ages I had been struggling to get the Roon Core to see my Synology Nas drive when installed on my MAC, in the end I gave up but as soon as I installed our new demo Nucleus+ at the weekend it saw my Nas straight away and started scanning my music collection straight away.

A word of warning, don’t try Roon unless you are willing to sign up for the yearly or lifetime subscription packages as once you have tried Roon there really is no going back. As good as other streaming apps are nothing comes close to the ease of use, beautiful interface and information contained within Roon, basically it is the ultimate interface for managing and streaming your music. It can be a little complicated to start with but with the Roon Nucleus products this has been made extremely easy and will also give you the best Roon experience, personally I love Roon Radio, baically once an album has finished that you have selected Roon will carry on playing similar music to that album using your muisc collection and Tidal which is a great way to find new music.

So if Roon sounds like something you would like to experience and discuss in more depth then please feel free to come into HFL to see what all the fuss is about.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/roon

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Cheers,
Paul.

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Product Reviews From Our Manufacturer's!
Hi Everyone,

Every now and again some of our manufacturer's buy the rights to reviews of their products from certain respected HiFi magazines for us to use so I am going to start posting them now for everyone to read, you can always find them on our downloads tab on the product page on our website, link below -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/image/attachments/Chord/HFN_Aug_Chord_Hugo_2_Reprint-LOW[1].pdf

The first review is from HiFi News for the Chord Electronics Hugo 2, and a pretty stunning review it is too

Cheers,
Paul.

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PMC Speakers Fenestria Brochure

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Hi All,

In preparation for our demo PMC Speakers Fenestria’s arriving around September time all being well I have uploaded the brochure to our website, please find the link below.

http://bit.ly/2L3z0iA

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

I still haven’t heard them yet but hopefully we can announce a date soon for a Fenestria open day where we can all hear why everyone who heard them at Munich were so blown away.

Cheers,

Paul.

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The Stunning Audio Research Reference 160M Amplifiers Now on Permanent Demo!

Hi All,

Just a quick blog to say that we now have the new Audio Research 160M Valve Mono Blocks now on Permanent demo and I have to say I have never seen a cooler looking amp with their VU meters that can be switched off if required as it is projected onto the glass, I know it isn’t sound quality related but who said HiFi shouldn’t look great :)

They use 4 x KT150 Valves each giving around 150 Watts Per Channel with also the option for Ultra-Linear or Triode mode and now with Auto Bias this is a very easy valve amp to live with.

I have them set up in our Highend Room now to give them a chance to run in and they really do sound quite spectacular with our Reference 6 Preamp being fed by the dCS Rossini.

Needless to say if you’d like to come in for a demo anytime please feel free, please find more information on our website below -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/audio-research-Reference-160m

Also please find a stunning review below from HiFi News -

http://bit.ly/2unUVa0

Finally here is a small video showing how cool they look :)

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Regards,
Paul.

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Completely lust worthy. This thread is just pornography for audiophiles.

I just acquired my first medium to high end sound system a Focal bird... I can't imagine how these speaker sounds.

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