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Naim Announce New Network Players Including The ND 555!

posted on Sat, 24 Feb 2018 08:02:16
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Hi All,

It’s been a while since we have had any new product announcements from Naim, which to be fair to Naim is no suprise as I know they have been trying to get on top of demand for the new Uniti range which has been far more popular than anyone could have foreseen which has given Naim a few headaches with trying to meet demand but I think they seem to be on top of it now, we even have Atoms and Nova’s in stock :-)

So the good news is that Naim have now announced 3 new network players to replace the previous models, I think most people guessed what with the new digital section in the Uniti range + colour screens this was inevitable but it is still nice to see how Naim have approached these players, the ND5 XS2 is interesting with it’s lack of a screen and from what I am told the NDX 2 get’s very close to NDS levels of performance.

But I guess the big news is the ND555 which is Naim’s first 500 Series streamer, I can see being very popular indeed, from what I understand it is going to be quite a fair bit more expensive than than the out going NDS but the performance is supposedly a major step up, personally can’t wait to hear this.

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I think Naim learnt a valuable lesson with the delays to the new Uniti range so they are not releasing too many details on launch dates etc for these new streamers until they are 100% sure that they are on track but please be assured we have already arranged with Naim an Open Day based around the new streamers with Naim on hand to demonstrate and discuss all the new features so please watch this space :-)

I think the ND555 will be first to hit the market, followed by the NDX 2 and ND5 XS 2 but if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch and I’ll help where I can.

You can read more on Naim’s website - 

https://www.naimaudio.com/network-players

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As soon as we have any more info I will update this blog.

All the best,

Cheers,

Paul.


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HiFi Lounge Goes Motor Racing - Update 2!

posted on Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:08:33
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We Must Be Crazy :-)

Hi All,

So this is probably the craziest thing I have ever decided to do but we has just bought a race car and HiFi Lounge are going Motor Racing :-) We are entering a 12 round championship with races around the UK and I would love as many of our customer’s as possible to become involved by coming along to the races, other than being a hifi dealer I have always joked that being a racing driver would be my dream job so this is an attempt to merge my 2 passions together, I have spent my whole life watching far too much motorsport so I am hoping some of it may have sunk in :-)

So when we say race car, what have we actually bought? Well there is no point mucking about so we have jumped in at the deep end with the slightly scary Radical SR1, for those who don’t know Radical Cars they are a local company based up the road at Peterborough and make pretty much everything in house and offer a range of pretty epic cars and for many people Radical offer are their first steps into motorsport, especially with the SR1 as they make the whole daunting process of going racing reasonably straight forward, you can read more about the car below -

https://www.radicalsportscars.com/our-cars/sr1

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The Best Of British HiFi

The idea is to run a ‘Best Of British HiFi’ Car, we have a few sponsors lined up but as soon as everything is confirmed we will make an announcement regarding who is crazy enough to back us.

What started as an idea for a bit of fun has turned into a serious project now, basically I needed a race medical which luckily I passed this week, I have had to get all the racing kit, you know it is serious when you have to buy a Hans device :-) I have then got my racing licence test at Brands Hatch at the end of February, we have had to employ a race team to run the car, we have gone with the guys at UPE Motorsport so look forward to a fun year with these guys, please see a link to their Facebook page below and my my first test in the car is at Snetterton in a few days with another shortly after at Rockingham then Oulton Park, the Car is being built now then we can have the fun part of designing the livery.

https://www.facebook.com/UPEMotorsport/

Keep Up To Date On How The Season Is Going!

We have a Motorsport page now on HFL’s homepage where all this years goings on will be posted with live feeds from the track so please keep an eye on this if you are a fellow petrolhead and also we will posting regularly on our social media feeds so if you don’t already follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram please follow the links below

HFL Motorsport Page - http://hifilounge.co.uk/index.php?route=information/motorsports

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HiFiLoungeUK/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/hifilounge

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hifi_lounge/

We will also be holding a motorsport themed ‘Boys Toys’ open day shortly where we will be running a driving based competition where the winners will get full hospitality at one of the race meetings so please watch this space.

Please Support Us At The Track!

The races are on Saturday’s so it means HFL will be closing on 6 Saturday’s this year but as many of our customers are petrolheads I am hoping that a lot of you will come along to support our efforts and believe me I will need as much support as I can get as this is the fist time I have driven a car with real downforce which is a scary thought.

So please see the race calendar below and please put any of the races in your calendar that you think you can make it along to, if you can’t get to the track then the races are also broadcast live on you tube although you probably won’t see much of me as I expect to be trailing round at the back until I’ve got some experience in the car :-)

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So this is really just a headsup to the madness ahead for 2018 but please keep your eye out on the website on the Motorsport page for all the latest news, just hope I can get to the end of the year unscathed and with my dignity intact :-)

Definitely looking forward to a fun year though with lots to learn :-)

Please see a few photo’s below from the recent AutoSport show where I signed on the dotted line, I must say it seemed like a good idea at the time but as the first race gets closer I am already starting to feel the nerves.

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Cheers,

Paul.

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Hi All,

I just thought I would update this with a few pictures I took when on a Factory Tour of Radical Cars the other day, I have to say I was really surprised at the size of Radical as a company, good to see a local company doing so well :-)

This is just a small part of the factory!

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So this what my SR1 looks like under the skin

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Now onto the cars!

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Love the colour of this one!

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This is really is a road going version, the RXC GT, Nice!

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Cheers,

Paul.

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A Big Day Tomorrow!

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Hi All,

So tomorrow is a big day as I am off to Brands Hatch to take my ARDS Race License test, now that is something I never thought I’d be saying a couple of months ago :-)

All a bit nerve racking really as it is a 3 hour test and it must be 30 years since I last did a test of any kind and I have never driven Brands in anger before so lots to learn, I have been told that the test is pretty straight forward though which almost makes it worse as if I fail I will then look like a right Muppet :-)

Anyway plenty of PMA needed for tomorrow and I will post if I pass or fail.

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In other news I want to thank the guys at UPE Motorsports yesterday for collecting my Radical SR1 which was finished being built this week just in time for my first test in the car on Tuesday at Snetterton, exciting times, I wonder what adventures this car will see this year, hopefully not too many trips to the kitty litter of worse.

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Just need to get some graphics on it now :-)

Cheers,

Paul


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Sony VPL-VW760ES 4K HDR Laser Projector Now On Demo!

posted on Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:25:57
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Hi Everyone,

This is just a quick one to say that we now have the amazing Sony VW760ES 4K HDR Laser Projector on permanent demo.

Up until recently I have always run JVC Projectors in the shop and at home but their reluctance to offer affordable 4K Native Projectors made me switch to Sony who are really leading the way in this area and I have to say I have no regrets moving over to Sony.

I will say though that with the rise of big 4K OLED TV’s and their ability to show how dramatic HDR content can be, which can be a bit of an achilles heel for projection, for the first time ever I have been leaning towards watching films on a 65″ OLED and although I was really missing that big screen experience it was the stunning quality of the picture that seemed worth the size decrease sacrifice.

Well, that was until Sony bought in their new VW760ES Laser Projector a couple of weeks ago to show us, talk about stunning, it really is quite shocking how good the projected image is from this Projector, amazing contrast, great black levels but it is hard to put into words just how immersive this picture is, Wendy commented that you really feel like you can walk into the scene being shown, almost like 3D without 3D glasses.

So I just couldn’t resist and ordered one for demo, at £14,999 this really isn’t cheap and before I have always been content at the £5000 price point for a PJ but once I had seen this I just couldn’t go back and to be fair for a Laser Projector this is actually very good value, especially when you consider that the JVC Laser equivalent is £20,000 more expensive at £34,999, no wonder Sony can’t keep up with the demand at the moment.

So needless to say if you’d like to come in to see state of the art projection in our Atmos cinema room please feel free to get in touch to make an appointment.

At the moment we have the 3 Sony Projectors on demo giving a good representation of the range with the VW260ES at £5199, the VW550ES at £9899 and this VW760ES at £14999, all 4K HDR but for me if you can stretch to the 760ES you really won’t be disappointed.

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

Many thanks,

Cheers,

Paul.

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SME 15 Turntable now on Permanent Demo!

posted on Sun, 04 Feb 2018 09:59:14

Hi All,

Just a quick blog to say that we now have the stunning SME 15 Turntable on permanent demonstration, seemed the perfect turntable to take pride of place in the Highend Room :-)

We have fitted it with what many consider the best tone arm in the world, the SME V, which brings the overall price to around £10,000 without a cartridge but then you see the workmanship and feel the weight you just can’t help that think it is worth every penny.

It took a few hours to assemble but it was actually very straight forward, the most time taken was setting the arm but I should state that SME’s instructions really are brilliant and if you follow each step before you know it you have a perfectly setup turntable.

At the moment I am running one of my favourite cartridges on it, the Dynavector Te Kaitora Rua, this seems to work extremely well giving a fast and insightful sound with enough attack but still sounding very analogue, I also have a Koetsu Urushi Vermillion to try on it which I am sure will give a warmer and richer presentation, that is the great thing about an SME turntable, they are pretty neutral so they allow the strengths of the cartridge to really shine.

I also want to mention that we used the new Musical Fidelity NuVista phono stage with the SME 15 and I have to say that they seem like the perfect partners, I love the way on this stage that you can alter the loadings on them fly to get the perfect match to your cartridge but it also sounds so good, really is hard to fault really.

Anyway if you want to come and demo them SME 15 anytime please feel free, please find a few un-boxing and setting up pictures - 

http://hifilounge.co.uk/sme-model-15-turntable

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Cheers,

Paul.


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

posted on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:43:40

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.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/musical-fidelity-nu-vista-vinyl

Cheers,

Paul.


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Full McIntosh Range Now Available @ HFL - UPDATE 3!

posted on Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:35:18

Big Mc Attack!

So today is 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 today was the delivery of our first lot of demo stock, all very exciting, let the un-boxing commence, more photo’s to follow later :-)

Cheers,
Paul.

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Update 3

Hi everyone,

So this is the last update on our McIntosh demo stock for a little while but you could say that we have saved the best till last, the MA9000 Integrated Amplifier, this really is a big Mc coming in at nearly 50KG’s and is definitely a 2 man lift.

With 300 Watts Per Channel, 10 analogue inputs, MC and MM Phono Inputs, Full Digital section, discrete 8 band tone control and headphone amplifier this really is a power house of an amplifier.

So I think we have a good spread of McIntosh on permanent demo now but if anything else in their range interests you please get in touch, I am still hankering after getting the MC275 soon, one of my all time favourite looking amps of all time so watch this space :-)

http://hifilounge.co.uk/mcintosh-ma9000-amplifier

Cheers,

Paul.

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Update 2

Hi all,

So today we are unboxing 2 more McIntosh products, the MCD350 SACD / CD Player and the RS100 Wireless Speaker which has got to be one of the coolest wireless speakers out there.

Just one more un-boxing to go, the mighty MA9000 Integrated which is an absolute monster weighing 45kg’s so need to eat my Shredded Wheat before attempting that one :-)

McIntosh MCD350 SACD / CD Player

http://hifilounge.co.uk/mcintosh-mcd350-cd-player

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McIntosh RS100 Wireless Speaker

http://hifilounge.co.uk/mcintosh-rs100-wireless-speaker

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Cheers,

Paul.

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Update 1 - The new McIntosh MA252 Un-Boxing.

Hi everyone,

So my un-boxing is taking longer than expected as lot going on at the moment but I have managed to get the stunning new MA252 amp out the box, 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

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Valve Warmup Sequence!

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

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Hopefully get the other bits un-boxed over the next couple of days.

Cheers,

Paul.


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

posted on Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:02:48

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://hifilounge.co.uk/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://hifilounge.co.uk/sennheiser-hd820-cloased-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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