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New Bryston BCD-3 CD Player Now On Demo!

posted on Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:22:39

Hi There,

I have to admit that I am becoming quite excited about CD Playback again which has surprised me as I was quite keen to go over to streaming and wave goodbye to CD once and for all, a couple of years ago I really thought CD was dead and Vinyl and Streaming was all anyone needed now but just recently there has been quite a few excellent CD players released and there has definitely been more interest in CD players from our customers so it is great to now add the new Bryston BCD-3 to our list of CD players on demo.

I was a huge fan of Bryston’s previous CD Player, the BCD-1, when I found it was to be discontinued a few years ago I made sure I got one of the last ones from Bryston for use at home so when Bryston announced that they were going to enter the CD market again with the BCD-3 I ordered one straight away.

Basically from what I understand is that the BCD-3 uses Bryston’s excellent BDA-3 DAC at its heart for decoding partnered with a professional grade Red Book CD Transport and Bryston’s excellent discrete analog circuitry to give a CD player that will get the best from CD at a not too silly price of £3699 which to be fair would probably be the last CD Player you will ever need.

The only slight quirk is that it doesn’t come with a remote control but Bryston are doing a deal on their BR2 remote which normally retails for £500, basically if you buy one at the same time as the BCD-3 they will offer it at £220, alternatively you could always use a learning remote.

Anyway other than that it offers balanced and RCA analog outputs as well as SPDIF and AES digital outputs to go into another DAC and can even be put on the network and controlled via an tablet app.

So if you have got loads of CD’s and would like an upgrade please feel free to get in touch to give the Bryston BCD-3 a demo.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/bryston-bcd-3-cd-player

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Paul.


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Wilson Audio Speakers Now @ HiFi Lounge - Listening Update!

posted on Fri, 13 Jan 2017 04:59:44
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Hi All,

I just wanted to update this as I had my first serious listen to the Sabrina’s once we closed the doors Saturday evening and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them ever since, sad I know :-)

Basically for the listening session I used a Chord DAVE, Aurender N10 Server paired with a Bryston BP26 Pre and 7B Cubed Mono Block power amps and Atlas Mavros Interconnects and Chord Sarum USB. Now to be honest what I have been struggling to comprehend is how such a small speaker can warrant a nearly £20k price tag but within the first few seconds of Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’ I knew they were going to be something special.

As everyone knows it is hard to describe audio in words as it is how it effects you emotionally that really can get the pulse racing but firstly the Sabrina really doesn’t sound like a small speaker as it gives a very big and wide soundstage with superb detail and seperation, but for me it was their speed and agility along with their attack that just amazed me, it is such a solid sound, yes they have a very tight and controlled bottom end but it is their transient attack that I found extremely addictive as I went through track after track and in the end I kept turning the volume up and end up hunting out tracks from Rammstein, NIN, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, yes these are a speaker that definitely rock, they do the subtler stuff also but their speed and attack just bought out my inner rocker :-)

So to sum up I can now see what all the amazing reviews that Wilson Audio Speakers get are all about, and what is amazing is that these are only their ‘entry level’ speaker, said in the loosest term of course :-) I really can’t begin to imagine how good the others in the range are, I actually have a pair of Yvette’s sitting in our store room waiting for our new showrooms to be finished, I think I may have to get them un-boxed before then somehow :-)

Yesterday I went to see the David Bowie Musical ‘Lazarus’ which was amazing so tonight I can’t wait to give my favourite Bowie album ‘Scary Monster’s’ an airing on the Sabrina’s which should be pretty special :-)

Anyway I’ll shut up now but needless to say I have been a little impressed with the Sabrina’s so if you feel you’d like to have a listen anytime please feel free to get in touch.

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

Thanks,

Paul.

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Hi All,

In preparation for the launch of our new showrooms we have bought on 4 new brands so that we have something to put in them :-) 

Firstly we are really pleased to add Wilson Audio Speakers to our portfolio, I guess this is what you call Highend as their speakers start at £18,498, hardly entry level, and go up to the £100′s of thousands for the newly announced epic WAMM.

To be honest I have read about Wilson Speakers for years now and how many respected reviewers consider them to be amongst a select few who really do make the best speakers in the world but in all honesty I never thought we would offer them at HFL but we are now 5 years in here and it is time to re-invest and I couldn’t think of a better speaker that I would like to offer our customers.

Wilson Audio were established in 1973 by David Wilson and are run from Utah, USA where all their speakers are designed and built. They are known for building highly rigid speaker cabinets. They construct their loudspeaker enclosures from non-wood materials such as phenolic resin composites and epoxy laminates. The cabinets are then painted using a high-gloss automotive process in a variety of colours. They offer a natural, delicate and open sound that get’s as true to the recording as possible, this is helped with Wilson’s use  of time alignment of the drivers which plays an important part of their design and look offering something quite unique.

Now the new showrooms should launch in April all being well and I wasn’t planning to un-box any of the new demo stock until the rooms are ready but I just couldn’t wait till then to start listening to the Wilson’s so yesterday I un-packed the Sabrina’s, we also have a pair of demo Yvette’s but they come packed in wooden grates so they will probably have to wait until we have a proper demo room downstairs in April as it will be impossible to get them up the stairs to our current demo room as they weigh a tonne.

Anyway it has been a while since we have done an un-boxing so this seemed like the perfect opportunity, they are a stunning looking speaker, they may look small but they are incredibly heavy and solid, it took longer than expected to un-pack them as the speaker comes wrapped in a protective film which took a while to remove and I have got demo’s all day today so am not going to get a chance to listen, they do look gorgeous though, roll on the weekend :-)

There really is nothing like Wilson Audio for both looks and sound quality so if you would like to experience these amazing speakers for yourself please come in HFL for an audition or if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch, you can see the full range below - 

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

Anyway, On with the Un-Boxing :-)

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Cheers,

Paul.


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Chord Electronics Unveil Hugo 2, Blu 2 and Poly at CES!

posted on Tue, 10 Jan 2017 03:41:21

Hi All,

Well it was certainly a big CES this year for Chord Electronics with the announcement of 3 new and very exciting products, just so you know Chord are taking Pre-Orders so if you want to be near the front of the queue please get in touch as these are bound to be as popular as any product Chord has launched recently.

Hugo 2 Headphone Amp / DAC

I think it is fair to say that the original Hugo was a real game changer when launched in 2013, I think it’s success even surprised Chord as it caught everyones imagination, originally designed to be a portable device it ended up finding it’s way into a lot of home highend systems, being that that digital world moves along so quick Hugo 2 really does look to move things along again using the latest DAC technology and Rob Watt’s magic, please see a snippet from Chord’s website below + you can read more on our site -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/chord-hugo-2

‘The legend, remastered. The world’s most advanced transportable DAC/Headphone Amp has undergone a drastic redesign – Welcome to Hugo 2.

Beginning with 26,000 taps back in 2013 with the original Hugo, Hugo 2 now has an incredible 49,152 and uses techniques developed over the past four years to deliver a stunningly clear audio performance, such has never been heard from a mobile DAC/Headphone Amp before.

Hugo doesn’t just deliver better performance and measurements, it’s got all new casework developed by Chief Designer – John Franks, increases PCM support to 768kHz and adds up to DSD512 (Octa-DSD) native playback, now includes four filter options, remote control functionality, increased Bluetooth range, and sports Micro USB charging.’

Blu II Upscaling CD Transport

Personally I am really looking froward to this one as it promises to take CD playback to new levels using a powerful new FPGA core where Rob Watts has developed sophisticated WTA (Watts Transient Alignment) filtering and upscaling algorithms which can output digital data at 705.6kHz (16 x CD’s 44.1kHz native resolution). I know a few people that have heard it and they say CD has never sounded better, there certainly seems to be life left in the old dog yet :-)

http://hifilounge.co.uk/chord-blu-2-transport

‘Welcome to Blu Mk. II – CD Without Limits – The Blu Mk. II is our advanced second generation FPGA CD transport. Designed for DAVE it up samples your CD collection (or BNC/S/PDIF input) to a mighty ONE MILLION taps.

At its core lies a giant state of the art Xilinx XC7A200T FPGA loaded with the world’s most advanced filter technology by Rob Watts. This, combined with the legendary precision of the CD Pro 2 mechanism and a Chord Electronics proprietary switch mode power supply, creates an experience never heard before from CD – setting a new standard. Blu Mk. II also sports a stunning revised aesthetic developed by Chord’s Chief Designer – John Franks.’

Poly Wireless Streaming Module for Mojo

This one had been rumoured for some time so it is great to see it finally see the light of day, basically Poly is a plug on module that will turn the award winning Mojo into a Hi-Res wireless network player and SD card player, in reality making the Mojo a portable player, this could be another game changer from Chord.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/chord-poly

‘Mojo just got smarter – Connect. Play Go. with Poly – the Wireless Network SD Playback Module.

Poly allows the award-award wining Mojo DAC/Headphone amplifier to become a high resolution wireless network music player, streamer, and SD card playback device, removing the need for a wired link. It’s based on a condensed high-level PC, with data server, DNLA streamer, Wi-Fi hub, Bluetooth module, and SD card reader/player.’

So 3 really exciting products that we will have available for demo one launched, all are quoted for early 2017 so I would say around late February / March but once Chord are back from CES I will be able to get firmer details but please feel free to get in touch to discuss in more depth.

Regards,

Paul.


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Piega Speakers Now on Demo!

posted on Wed, 04 Jan 2017 07:04:16
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Hi All,

Happy New Year, let’s hope 2017 is a good one :-)

Just a quick blog to say that we now have Piega Speakers on demo, now I have to be honest that Piega was not a speaker brand I was really aware of until the Rep got in touch to see if I would be interested in having a listen, apparently they are a big brand in Europe but have never really ever got a footing in the UK market, I guess we have so many great UK speaker brands that it must be hard for a foreign company to make an impact.

Basically Piega are all hand made in Switzerland and like anything Swiss they do ooze quality and being that they use ribbon tweeters I was curious as we don’t have anything like that in HFL. So as I am always keen to listen to something new the rep brought in a pair of Classic 3.0′s and 5.0′s for me to listen to and in all honesty the last thing I need is more speakers so I thought I would have a listen and politely say many thanks but they are not for me, but in the end it was quite the opposite, I was so impressed with the level of sound for the money I just couldn’t resist so we now have a pair of Classic 3.0′s and 5.0′s on permanent demo and if anyone is interested in anything from the rest of the range we can call them in when required.

What I have since learned with Ribbon tweeters is that you get a very open and natural top end with no harshness or brightness but still getting all the detail, I do think it is quite a tricky component to get right but it does seem worth the effort once you hear it. So if you are looking for new speakers, which to be fair is probably the hardest part of any HiFi to buy then I would strongly suggest you give Piega a try as like me you may be pleasantly surprised.

Other than ribbon tweeters Piega are also known for their Aluminium cabinets for their higher end designs, you can see the full range below -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/piega-speakers

Any questions please feel free to get in touch.

Regards,

Paul.

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It’s a Hat-trick :-) Best Retail Experience 2016!

posted on Sat, 31 Dec 2016 05:51:51

Hi All,

I think I said last year it is always a strange one writing about an award you have just won but I just wanted to thank PMC Speakers for the third year running awarding HiFi Lounge ‘Best Retail Experience’, lets hope we can keep it up once the new demo rooms are open :-)

Obviously it goes without saying that PMC make some of the best speakers in the world ;-) You can see their range below and if you would like to come in for a listen anytime please feel free to get in touch, we also offer very competitive trade in prices and now can also offer 0% finance over 12 months.

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

Now the work begins to try and win it for a 4th year :-)

Have a Great New Year,

Cheers,

Paul.


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Devialet Phantom Promotion!

posted on Thu, 29 Dec 2016 05:30:38
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Hi All,

I hope everyone is having a great Festive break, I just wanted to mention quickly a promotion that Devialet are running at the moment that if you buy either a pair of Silver or Gold Phantoms then you get a Devialet Dialog and Apple TV thrown if for free making a saving of just under £400.

We only have a limited number of these free Dialog’s and Apple TV’s so if of any interest please get in touch asap to secure one.

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You can see the Devialet Phantom range below on our website - 

http://hifilounge.co.uk/devialet

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Any questions please feel free to get in touch.

Cheers,

Paul.


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Christmas Opening Times!

posted on Fri, 23 Dec 2016 11:14:25

Hi All,

Just thought I’d better stick up our opening times over the Christmas and New Year Period, please see below, if you would like a demo around these times please get in touch and we are getting quite booked up, thanks -

Have a Great Christmas everyone, I’m hoping for a bit of an Elvis Fest as treated myself to a 60 CD Boxset of his RCA back catalogue remastered + bought another 20 Elvis CD’s of what was not included in the box, just need to find my white jump suit now :-)

Have a good one everyone.

Cheers,

Paul.


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