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

posted on Thu, 21 Jun 2018 03:55:52
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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.

National Circuit

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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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Naim ND555 Launch Event - July 5th, 6.30pm - 8.30pm!

posted on Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:29:26
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Hi Everyone,

This is certainly an event I am looking forward to having not heard the ND555 yet myself but according to Naim the new flagship ND555 Network player really does move on what is possible from a streamer and what with this being Naim’s first 500 Series streamer they are saying it is the best source component they have ever developed so expectations are bound to be high.

We will have representatives from Naim on hand to talk through it’s development and what actually makes the ND555 so good, now it is OK listening to any product in isolation but I know what everyone will be asking, how does the ND555 stack up against the previous flagship, the NDS? so the good news is that we will have one of each setup so it will be easy to compare.

Needless to say we will be running the listening in our dedicated Naim room using our 500 system comprising of the NAC 552 and NAP 500 so you really will be able to hear the ND555 at it’s best, regarding speakers, we will either be using the Focal Sopra No3′s or alternatively the Wilson Audio Sabrina’s, this is yet to be decided.

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NDX 2 Also Here

We have also just found out that that Naim will be bringing along the new NDX 2 which is reportedly sounding even better than the NDS so for me this is going to be an extremely popular product, we will be running this in our Highend Room with a SuperNait 2 to show how good a simpler system can sound.

Also in the Headphone Room we will have representatives from Focal who will be running the Elear, Clear and Utopia headphones and will be able to answer any questions you may have.

RSVP

So bearing in mind this is only a preview event that will only be running from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and that our Naim events are always extremely popular could you please just drop me a quick e-mail to the below address to confirm you’d like to come along as spaces will be quite limited, there is also a possibility of holding an earlier preview depending on numbers interested, so it really is only if you are interested in the ND555 or the NDX2, we will be doing a bigger event later in the year once we have all 3 of the new streamers available.

paul@hifilounge.co.uk

Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you, please find a couple of links below for the ND555 and NDX 2

Regards,

Paul.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/naim-nd-555-network=player

http://hifilounge.co.uk/naim-ndx-2-network-player

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Install Blog - Wilson Audio / Audio Research / SME / Martin Logan / Devialet!

posted on Mon, 11 Jun 2018 06:59:02

Hi Everyone,

This was certainly a nice install, not sure if anyone one saw on social media that we did the below home demo for a customer to compare the Wilson Audio Sabrina’s v the Yvettes a couple of months ago?

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Well last week we finally installed his new Yvette’s in the stunning Macadamia finish along with an Audio Research Reference 6 Pre-amp and Reference 75SE Power amplifier and SME Model 15 turntable and SME V tonearm, we are still experimenting with various cartridges but for now we went with the Dynavector  TKR and it sounded pretty damn good if I do say so myself :-)

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We installed the Ref 6 a couple of months ago when the weather was a little cooler -

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Wilson Audio Yvette Loudspeakers

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

Audio Research Reference 75 SE Power Amplifier

http://hifilounge.co.uk/audio-research-reference-75-se

Audio Research Reference 6 Stereo Preamplifier

http://hifilounge.co.uk/audio-research-reference-6-stereo-amp

SME Model 15 Turntable

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

SME Series V Tonearm

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

Martin Logan Install

In another nice install last week we installed a pair of Martin Logan Electromotion X’s Electrostatic speakers partnered with a Devialet 220 Expert Pro, I have to say that Martin Logan are fast becoming one of our most popular speakers and rightly so.

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Martin Logan ElectroMotion ESL X Speaker

http://hifilounge.co.uk/martin-logan-electromotion-x

Devialet Expert 220 Pro

http://hifilounge.co.uk/devialet-220-pro

Please keep an eye on our website for further updates as we have some really nice installs coming up.

Thanks,

Paul.


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A Big Thanks To Our Radical Sponsors!

posted on Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:22:27
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I’m not really sure when the idea popped into my head about going racing with Radical Sportscars but as soon as it did I thought it would be really cool if we could run it as a HiFi Car, then the idea developed into a ‘Best Of British’ HiFi Car, so the next step was to approach all my British brands that we work with, now I knew this wasn’t going to be everyones cup of tea, in fact I did wonder if anyone would be mad enough to agree but luckily enough 6 of our brands were crazy enough to think it was a good idea and they agreed to help with sponsoring the car.

So the next step was to design the livery in the HiFi Lounge colours and to cover it with our sponsors, I am really pleased how it has turned out, it looks like a real racing car now where as at the first race weekend it did look a little plain but at least it is easy to spot on track now and is also getting people talking in the pit lane, it turns out one of my competitors makes the case work for dCS, small world.

So I’d like to say a huge thanks to the following companies for supporting this mad cap idea especially as I am finding out that motorsport is definitely not a cheap past time but with their support it is definitely helping but more importantly it is really cool to be driving a HiFi themed Race Car :-)

So thanks to our 4 main sponsors of (in alphabetical order) Chord Electronics, Naim Audio, PMC Speakers and Trilogy Audio as well as our other 2 additional sponsors of Atlas Cables and Rega, thanks guys, really appreciate your support.

A couple of weeks ago we had a photo shoot at HiFi Lounge with all the representatives from each company which was a lot of fun, here are a few of the pics from the day with each relevant sponsor -

Maurice From Chord Electronics

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

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Mike From Naim Audio

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

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Tom From PMC Speakers

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

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Nigel Representing Trilogy Audio

http://hifilounge.co.uk/trilogy

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Rob From Rega

http://hifilounge.co.uk/rega

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Donal From Atlas Cables

http://hifilounge.co.uk/atlas-cables

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Also here are a few random pics from the day + a couple from when on track -

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Thanks again everyone for your support, know I just need to start getting faster :-)

Cheers.

Paul.


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Silverstone Testing Lap + Free Hospitality Results from Our Boys Toys Day!

posted on Sun, 03 Jun 2018 05:28:10

Hi Everyone,

Our next Radical SR1 race is at Silverstone on June 23rd and in preparation for this I was out testing on Friday to help get more familiar with the car and also with the track, I have to say this was the first time I have been in the car and actually not been scared :-) I actually started to feel relaxed in it and really enjoyed the day, I think it helps that even though Silverstone is a fast track it is very wide with large run off areas, I have watched many of my heroes over the years race around here, there is just so much great history, it really was epic to drive a race car around here myself :-)

We were testing on the full Grand Prix layout which was great fun but for our race we will be on the National layout which is much shorter but I am really hoping I can be more competitive here, at the end of the day there are only 5 corners, how hard can that be, famous last words :-)

Anyway, please find a lap from Friday’s testing, not sure if it was my fastest time as my telemetry was all up the spout, it still amazes me how fast it feels in the car but when I watch it back it really looks like I’m not even trying, I can definitely see where I can improve though which is good news, especially as there were a couple of mistakes on this lap, thanks again to Daz at UPE Motorsport and Tom, my coach, for helping me get the best out of the day.

Silverstone Hospitality - June 23rd

So for this years Boys Toys Day we said for the top 5 times on our simulator we would offer free full hospitality and free entry to our Silverstone race on June 23rd, so please see below for the top 5 times, if you are on this can you please e-mail me on the below address, also for £30 a head if you’d also like to come along and take advantage of Radicals brilliant Hospitality package please let me know.

paul@hifilounge.co.uk

The Top 5 Times.

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Everyone else’s times -

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Cheers,

Paul.


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Install Blog - Focal / Chord Electronics / Bryston / BlueSound / Atlas!

posted on Sat, 02 Jun 2018 09:27:45

Hi All,

Here are another couple of systems that we have installed recently, have to say with 2 x REL S5′s on this system it really rocked the customer’s foundations when turned up loud, sounded brilliant :-)

Focal Sopra N°2 Floorstanding Speakers

http://hifilounge.co.uk/focal-sopra-no-2-loudspeakers

Chord Electronics Dave Reference DAC / Headphone Amplifier

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

Bryston 4B³ Dual-Channel (Stereo) Amplifier

http://hifilounge.co.uk/bryston-4b3-dual-channel-stereo-amplifier

BlueSound Node 2 Streamer

http://hifilounge.co.uk/bluesound-node-2-streamer

Connected Up With Atlas Cables

http://hifilounge.co.uk/atlas-cables

Focal Kanta No2 Install

This was an install from a couple of weeks ago, I have to say I love this colour combination, just needs a touch of orange to turn it into the Gulf Racing Colours :-)

Focal Kanta N°2 Floorstanding Speakers

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

Cheers,

Paul.


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Melco Open Day June 9th, For Those Who Want The Best From Their Digital Music!

posted on Mon, 28 May 2018 02:58:08
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Hi All,

I’m pleased to announce that our next open day isn’t too far away, we will be holding an event in conjunction with Melco on Saturday June 9th between 10am-4pm, Melco really are the leaders when it comes to digital servers and players whether it is to feed an existing streamer or to feed a DAC direct as a player, Melco really does get the best from your digital music collection.

We are really pleased to say that we will have Alan Ainslie here for the whole day, a lot of you may already know Alan from his time at Naim Audio where he helped develop their range of servers and streamers, well he is now applying his expertise at Melco, when it comes to digital music there really isn’t anything Alan doesn’t know so if you have any questions please feel free to come along and pick his brains.

Why Melco?

For me the beauty of Melco, other than the excellent sound quality of course, is firstly it’s ease of use whether that is ripping your CD’s directly to it or moving your existing library over to it or even downloading direct from HiResAudio.com to the unit, it really has been designed to take the hassle out of storing your digital music and all the components have been designed with the best audio results in mind, it isn’t just a NAS Drive in a HiFi case, it can also be used as a CD player to feed your DAC and backing up is also made very easy, another point worth mentioning is that the Melco range has 2 network ports which really is a stroke of genius, so one sits on your network whilst the other feeds your streamer direct so there is no need for your music to travel over the whole network resulting in much better sound quality from your streamer, but the main reason to add a Melco I would say is to get the best sound quality from your digital music collection whether that is CD rips or HiRes music.

Digital Discussions

There are 3 different models in the range, the plan for the day is to run different presentations throughout the day explaining the virtues of what Melco can bring to your HiFi System, we will have all 3 models setup in our Naim demo room so that you can hear the difference between the models.

The idea is also for Alan to do a small talk on digital music and the Melco players, we are aiming for one presentation around 10.30am and another just after lunch at around 2pm, talking of lunch, if the weather is on our side we will be firing up the BBQ :-)

So basically if you are looking to get into streaming and storing your digital music collection somewhere or you are already up to speed in this area but have some questions or you simply want to get the best from your digital music and would like to hear how Melco can help you achieve this please feel free to come along, you can read more about the 3 Melco models below -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/melco

We will also have a Melco server running in our Highend Room and also our Headphone room so you can see and hear them in action is a variety of different setups so help show how versatile they are.

RSVP

If you are planning to come along please can you just send me a quick e-mail to the below address, thanks -

paul@hifilounge.co.uk

Since I have been using Melco regularly myself I have been totally won over so please feel free to come along to find out for yourself how a Melco server can slot into your system and help take it to another level.

Look forward to seeing you on the 9th.

Regards,

Paul.

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Melco N1A Internals

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Melco N1ZS Internals with Audio Grade Solid State Drives

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