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All Set For Our Wilson Audio Open Day Tomorrow!

posted on Wed, 10 Apr 2019 08:33:19

Hi All,

Just doing a final sound check ahead of our Wilson Audio Open Day tomorrow, been a busy day setting up but everything really is sounding great, certainly looking like it is going to be a busy day with people coming from all over the country and with more people registering for this open day than any before so Wendy has been busy turning 10 loaves of bread into sandwiches, it has been like a military operation in the kitchen 🙂

Really looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow, it’s going to be a good one.

A fine selection of Wilson Speakers ready to rock.

The TuneTot’s are in the upstairs demo room fed by the Melco N100, Chord Electronics Hugo TT2 and M Scaler with Bryston BP17 Pre and a 4B SST3 power amp and the iconic Michell Orbe turntable.

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The Sabrina’s are in the Naim Lounge fed by the full 500 System and the Rega Planar 8 Turntable.

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And the star of the show, the new Sasha DAW’s are in the Highend Room driven by Audio Research 160M Monos Blocks, a REF 6 Pre, dCS Rossini and Melco N1ZS and the cherry on the top, the VPI Prime Signature, all very nice indeed.

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Let the fun begin,

Cheers,

Paul.

All Set For Our Wilson Audio Open Day Tomorrow! was originally published on Hifi Lounge


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dCS & Constellation Audio Open Day -  27th April.

posted on Tue, 26 Mar 2019 16:13:53
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Hi Everyone,

Time for another Open Day, this time 2 of the big guns together, dCS and our newest addition to our portfolio, Constellation Audio.

Hear the dCS Vivaldi Stack + much more!

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In all honesty this was going to be a standalone dCS day with a Constellation launch day to follow but as so many people came our Wilson Audio day recently it seemed a shame to use the same electronics when we had something new in the wings so we thought this would be a good idea to give a really different flavour to this open day.

So from dCS we are really pleased to have the epic 4 stack Vivaldi setup, this is arguably the best digital front end in existence so this is a great opportunity to hear how good digital really can be, at around £80,000 this is serious kit, this will be running in our Highend Room with a pair of Wilson’s, I have requested that our friends at Absolute Sounds can lend us a pair of Alexia 2′s for the day so let’s keep everything crossed.

Introducing the new dCS Bartok

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It’s not all about Vivaldi though as dCS have just released the Bartok DAC / Streamer / Headphone Amp and Pre-amp, we will have 2 of these running, one in the headphone shop to show how capable it is as a one box solution for your headphone needs and also we will use one running into a hifi system, spec yet to be confirmed.

As well as this we will have Rossini running into our 500 Naim system into a pair of Sonus Faber Amati Tradition speakers, I tried this the other day with a customer and it worked really well and also we will run the dCS Network Bridge into another system, so there is definitely plenty to keep everyone busy there.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/dcs

Constellation Audio Join HiFi Lounge

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So we have decided to bring on Constellation Audio, I really feel they will add something different to what we presently have on offer, at the moment we have bought on the Inspiration series, we went with the 2 x Mono’s and the Pre-amp, this is the entry level for Constellation but on doing my research they get absolutely stunning reviews with plenty of trickle down technology from their far higher end offerings, so basically we will be running a full Vivaldi stack into this setup so I can only imagine it will absolutely sing, especially if we bag a pair of Wilson Alexia’s for the event :-)

You can see more about the range on Constellations Website in the link below -

https://www.constellationaudio.com/inspiration

We will have representatives from dCS and Absolute Sounds here to help run the day as well as refreshments throughout the day.

RSVP Please!

If you would like to come along could you please just fire over a quick e-mail to the below to let me know, thanks -

paul@hifilounge.co.uk

Many thanks and look forward to seeing everyone on April 27th which will offer a real taste of Highend Audio.

Regards,

Paul.


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On Holiday Till April 12th!

posted on Tue, 26 Mar 2019 15:32:22

Hi Everyone,

Wendy is dragging me of the the Seychelles for a couple of weeks, we’ll be back on April 12th but Ady will be opening the shop on the Friday’s and Saturday’s whilst we are away so please feel free to come along and bother him :-)

I’ll be on my e-mail much ot Wendy’s annoyance whilst we are away so please feel free to mail me on the below with any queries or more importantly any orders :-)

paul@hifilounge.co.uk

Many thanks,

Regards,

Paul.


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dCS & Constellation Audio Open Day - 27th April.

posted on Tue, 26 Mar 2019 12:13:20

Hi Everyone,

Time for another Open Day, this time 2 of the big guns together, dCS and our newest addition to our portfolio, Constellation Audio.

Hear the dCS Vivaldi Stack + much more!

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In all honesty this was going to be a standalone dCS day with a Constellation launch day to follow but as so many people came our Wilson Audio day recently it seemed a shame to use the same electronics when we had something new in the wings so we thought this would be a good idea to give a really different flavour to this open day.

So from dCS we are really pleased to have the epic 4 stack Vivaldi setup, this is arguably the best digital front end in existence so this is a great opportunity to hear how good digital really can be, at around £80,000 this is serious kit, this will be running in our Highend Room with a pair of Wilson’s, I have requested that our friends at Absolute Sounds can lend us a pair of Alexia 2′s for the day so let’s keep everything crossed.

Introducing the new dCS Bartok

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It’s not all about Vivaldi though as dCS have just released the Bartok DAC / Streamer / Headphone Amp and Pre-amp, we will have 2 of these running, one in the headphone shop to show how capable it is as a one box solution for your headphone needs and also we will use one running into a hifi system, spec yet to be confirmed.

As well as this we will have Rossini running into our 500 Naim system into a pair of Sonus Faber Amati Tradition speakers, I tried this the other day with a customer and it worked really well and also we will run the dCS Network Bridge into another system, so there is definitely plenty to keep everyone busy there.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/dcs

Constellation Audio Join HiFi Lounge

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So we have decided to bring on Constellation Audio, I really feel they will add something different to what we presently have on offer, at the moment we have bought on the Inspiration series, we went with the 2 x Mono’s and the Pre-amp, this is the entry level for Constellation but on doing my research they get absolutely stunning reviews with plenty of trickle down technology from their far higher end offerings, so basically we will be running a full Vivaldi stack into this setup so I can only imagine it will absolutely sing, especially if we bag a pair of Wilson Alexia’s for the event 🙂

You can see more about the range on Constellations Website in the link below –

https://www.constellationaudio.com/inspiration

We will have representatives from dCS and Absolute Sounds here to help run the day as well as refreshments throughout the day.

RSVP Please!

If you would like to come along could you please just fire over a quick e-mail to the below to let me know, thanks –

paul@hifilounge.co.uk

Many thanks and look forward to seeing everyone on April 27th which will offer a real taste of Highend Audio.

Regards,

Paul.

dCS & Constellation Audio Open Day – 27th April. was originally published on Hifi Lounge


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PrimaLuna launch New Range of Tube Products!

posted on Mon, 25 Mar 2019 14:27:35
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Hi Everyone,

Firstly, a massive thanks to everyone who came to our Wilson Audio Open Day on Saturday, most definitely one of our busiest open days, thankfully we opened the gates into the barn area to use for an overspill car park, needless to say that the Sasha DAW room was the star of the day :-)

Anyway, onto PrimaLuna

So this is pretty big news as PrimaLuna are one of our most popular brands, we really do sell a lot of their amplifiers so it is fantastic news that they have just launched a 100% new range of integrated amps, Power amps, Preamps and even a Valve DAC, looking forward to listening to that I have to say.

The new range is called the EvoLution range and it is pretty straight forward, there are 4 new Integrated’s, 4 new Pre’s and 4 new powers and a DAC, so 13 new products in total, all I need to decide now is which ones to put on demo, I really like the look of the smaller chassis 100 series and the most powerful integrated, now the Evo 400, has always been our most popular product so we definitely need one of those.

The great thing with PrimaLuna is they give a very natural presentation, are extremely reliable and are still cost effective solutions to getting a very Highend Sound, in all honesty I get more positive comments from customer’s who have bought PrimaLuna than any other amp brand we sell, people really do love their PrimaLuna’s, and for anyone who thinks Valves are going to be nothing but trouble then think again as PrimaLuna really are one of our most reliable brands, thankfully, as they weigh a tonne so I wouldn’t want them coming back too often. 

We will have a selection of the new range on demo shortly but please see below for all the new products just released -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/primaluna

PrimaLuna Evo DAC Below

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More Pics of the rest of the range.

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Cheers,

Paul.


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All Set For Our Wilson Audio Open Day Tomorrow!

posted on Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:52:39

Hi All,

Just doing a final sound check ahead of our Wilson Audio Open Day tomorrow, been a busy day setting up but everything really is sounding great, certainly looking like it is going to be a busy day with people coming from all over the country and with more people registering for this open day than any before so Wendy has been busy turning 10 loaves of bread into sandwiches, it has been like a military operation in the kitchen :-)

Really looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow, it’s going to be a good one.

A fine selection of Wilson Speakers ready to rock.

The TuneTot’s are in the upstairs demo room fed by the Melco N100, Chord Electronics Hugo TT2 and M Scaler with Bryston BP17 Pre and a 4B SST3 power amp and the iconic Michell Orbe turntable.

image

The Sabrina’s are in the Naim Lounge fed by the full 500 System and the Rega Planar 8 Turntable.

image

And the star of the show, the new Sasha DAW’s are in the Highend Room driven by Audio Research 160M Monos Blocks, a REF 6 Pre, dCS Rossini and Melco N1ZS and the cherry on the top, the VPI Prime Signature, all very nice indeed.

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Let the fun begin,

Cheers,

Paul.


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Radical SR1 Season 2 - Here We Go Again!

posted on Thu, 21 Mar 2019 15:06:20
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Hi Everyone,

So this is a question I get asked a lot, will I be doing another season in the Radical SR1 Cup again this year? So I am pleased to say that yes I will although I did think long and hard about it as last season ended up being much tougher than I ever imagined it could be to be honest, I ended up being no where as fast as I thought I would be although I did love the whole experience, but I have been told by so many people that I’d be mad to abandon it after one season as the first season is such a big learning curve that the 2nd season will be much more straightforward and most people are always quicker in season 2 so fingers crossed.

We have moved teams to 360 Racing who are based at Silverstone, these guys run in the European LeMans series which is pretty epic so they really are a serious racers and I’ll have a team mate this year which will be a great yard stick, they’ve even got a truck with a meeting room to look over data and somewhere to get changed, really feels like we’ve gone up a level already, and I’m really pleased to be working with Darren Winter again and Tom Gladdis who is still trying to coach me to going faster, poor lad, he’s really got his work cut out.

https://www.360racing.net/elms

I’d like to thank our sponsors who have stuck with us for another year so thanks to, in no particular order, PMC, Atlas, Rega, Chord, Trilogy, HiFi Pig, Naim and I’d like to welcome dCS as a new sponsor, still waiting on a couple more that we hopefully can announce soon.

Goals for the year?

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So it looks like the grid for the SR1 Cup is going to be much bigger this year which hopefully will lead to much more close racing, there is almost more pressure this year as I can no longer hide behind the Rookie status of last year so I guess my main goal is to definitely be faster than last year, in all honesty it took me till the last 2 rounds to really feel like I was getting on top of the car so hopefully we can carry that into 2019.

It was the last race at Brands that really did help spur me on to this year as it was the first meeting where I actually felt I was racing so I want to attack more and be more aggressive, by the end of the year over 1 lap my times were OK but my racing still left a lot to be desired so I really need to work on that also, I’ve also decided to insure the car this year as last year I took my chances and got away with it but I did feel it was holding me back a little as these things are not cheap to mend so now I’ll be insured that is another excuse gone :-)

Loosing the Fangio Cup by 0.2 Second

I really meant to post this last year but it has been extremely busy lately but here is the last lap of the last race, basically at the start of the video the car that is 2 ahead was my main title contender for the Fangio Cup, David, I beat him in race one so it came down to whoever won between us took the Fangio crown, as you can see I had plenty of opportunities, unfortunately I just didn’t realise it was the last lap so I have fitted a countdown stop watch in the car for this year, but as you can see I definitely need to toughen up for this coming year, so in the end we lost the title by 0.2 of a second which I felt was a fitting end to any season of motorsport as it went to the wire but congratulations to David, the best man won in the end.

Testing at Snetterton

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So yesterday was my first time out in the car since the races at Brands and boy do I ache today, my arms are killing me, Snetterton is a pretty fast circuit and the last part of the lap really does have you holding on for dear live but it was good to be back in the car, in the end we went 1.5 seconds quicker than my best lap last year and there was plenty of potential to go even quicker, I just never managed to link up all the sectors but happy with that, the next stop is the first race of the season at Oulton Park, this will be interesting as last year when at Oulton I hadn’t driven the car before the race weekend so hopefully I should be much quicker there.

2019 Calendar

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All the best,

Regards,

Paul.

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