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Martin Logan Impression ESL 11A Now On Demo!

posted on Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:09:21

Hi All,

This is just a quick one to let everyone know that we finally have the Martin Logan Impression ESL 11A Electrostatic speakers on permanent demo, I actually bought these late last year to replace our Montis Martin Logan speakers but the bass enclosure is much bigger than the Montis so I had to wait patiently until our new rooms were up and running before un-boxing as there is no way they would have fitted in our upstairs demo room.

So the good news is that they are all ready for action, the great thing about the 11A is that it is the first speaker in the new Martin Logan range which uses the much respected Anthem room correction software to tune the bass response to your room as the biggest challenge with any Martin Logan has always been blending the 2 different technologies of the electrostatic panel and the dynamic bass driver, something which hasn’t really been a problem for a while now but the Anthem room correction really does take that integration to another level and is really noticeable, it is very simple to setup, you just need a laptop and microphone, you then run the Martin Logan software which takes several room sweeps for each speaker then sets the EQ and loads it to the speakers, you can then easily flick a switch on the back of the speaker for EQ On/Off so you can hear the improvement, all very clever stuff.

As you can see from the pictures we have our 11A’s on the Townshend Seismic Isolation Platforms which also helps with the general presentation of the speaker as it isolates it from the floor freeing up the speaker to perform at it’s best, these can be used on any speaker and are definitely worth giving a try if you are looking for a noticeable upgrade to your speakers.

So if you are interested in demoing these new Martin Logan speakers or the Townshend Platforms please feel free to get in touch anytime.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/martin-logan-Impression-esl-11a

http://hifilounge.co.uk/townshend-seismic-isolation-podium


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Devialet Lost Recording Playback August 31st, A Truly Special Evening!

posted on Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:57:18
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Hi All,

This is set to be a very special evening where in collaboration with Devialet we will be playing back the Lost Recording of Sarah Vaughan’s concert ‘Divine’ recorded Live at Laren Jazz Festival in 1975 amongst a tropical heatwave, it must have been some concert. 

What really stands out about this playback is that it will be from the Lacquer, which quite simply is the best analog playback medium there is, basically it is like a traditional record but the lacquer is so soft that it can only be played once as the needle destroys it as it is traveling through the groove and they cost £7000 each, very much like a fine bottle of wine that can only be enjoyed once.

So as you can see this is going to be quite a special occasion and a very rare opportunity to hear something quite special that in reality we will never get a chance to hear again.

We are also going to use this opportunity to use our new ‘Highend Room’ for the first time as we have finally now finished adding all the room treatment required and I am glad to say that it is now sounding excellent.

So for such a special occasion we will need a very special system so we will be using the brilliant Devialet Expert 1000 Pro into our Wilson Audio Yvette’s and using a Brinkman Turntable with a 12″ arm which is a requirement to play these lacquers.

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Now it is possible to buy these recordings in traditional Vinyl form for between £90 - £120 each which we will have for sale on the day and these really do still offer exceptional sound quality with every Lost Recording limited to only 900 copies each so are very collectable and offer stunning sound quality.

Limited to only 25 People Unfortunately - Please Register Your Interest.

I really wish we could offer this opportunity to everyone but due to space restrictions, we will try to squeeze as many people in as possible, we can really only fit a maximum of 25 people into our new room so if you would like to be part of this rare occasion can you please register your interest to my e-mail address below -

paul@hifilounge.co.uk

We will then monitor the interest and will maybe have to hold a lottery or something depending on demand.

More Information on these amazing Lost Recordings.

https://www.devialet.com/en-eu/the-lost-recordings

And the Lacquer’s in particular

Lacquer, the ultimate analog medium

The ultimate analog medium. A fascinating phenomenon. Cut from a single sheet of pure aluminium coated in nitrocellulose, lacquers demonstrate exceptional physical properties, making it possible to capture even the most intricate nuance and texture of a recording. Incomparably. And yet they are never supposed to be listened to, their sole purpose being to provide the master copy for vinyl cutting.

Few people have the privilege of experiencing this unique medium. The Lost Recordings collection is a rare invitation to explore and share intense emotion. In its purest and truest form.

Event Details

We are holding this event in our new ‘Highend’ Showroom at HiFi Lounge on August 31st, the presentation will start at 7pm but please feel free to come along from 6pm onwards for Champagne and Canapé’s, we will have representatives on hand from Devialet to help run the evening and answer any questions.

For more information on the system we will be using please see below - 

http://hifilounge.co.uk/devialet-expert-1000-pro

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

http://www.brinkmann-audio.com/main.php?prod=oasis&lang=en

Personally I am really looking forward to this event, I was lucky enough to hear the recording on a lacquer a few weeks ago but it was in a big room so this will be amazing to hear it in a more intimate setting.

Look forward to hearing from you if you would like to attend.

Regards,

Paul.


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New Rega Planar 6 Turntable Now on Demo!

posted on Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:50:48
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Hi All,

Just a quick message to say that we now have the much anticipated Rega Planar 6 turntable on permanent demo fitted with Rega’s excellent Ania Moving Coil Cartridge and partnered with their Fono MC phono stage which really does make a brilliant package.

I have to say I have been waiting for this turntable for quite some time as when the brilliant new Planar 3 came out it was so good that it really did knock on the RP6′s door, in fact once the Planar 3 was released I don’t think we sold another RP6 as the 3 was just ridiculously good so Rega actually ended up putting themselves under quite a bit of pressure to improve the RP6, well the good news is that they haven’t disappointed, with the MC Ania fitted it is a brilliant setup, almost like a cut down RP8 with Apheta if you like and in true Rega fashion is brilliant value for money.

The styling is quite different from Rega’s recent turntables, they have gone back to the smoked lid with a matt black plinth with gloss black surround, I have to say that it looks really classy but obviously it is the sound that really matters here and with the Ania fitted you really feel you are getting everything out of the groove but not in a bright or forward way, you still get that lovely analogue presentation but with the pace and rythmic way that Rega has always had.

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that Rega are going to have another hit on their hands here, I don’t know how they do it as every generation just gets better and better and it is brilliant to see with the vinyl revival still going strong that we have such a brilliant British company producing products at this level for everyone to enjoy their vinyl collections on, from the brilliant Planar 1 to the RP10 with Aphellion Rega are really on a roll at the moment.

If you would like to demo any of the Rega turntable range please feel free to get in touch as we have the full range on permanent demo.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/rega-planar-6-turntable

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Cheers,

Paul.


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Closed Until August 22nd For Annual Leave!

posted on Sat, 12 Aug 2017 11:40:52
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Hi All,

A real brief one, Wendy is forcing me to take a week off so we are now closed until August 22nd, I will be on my e-mail though so please feel free to fire a mail over to the below -

paul@hifilounge.co.uk

I am hoping I will be able to work on our new website from home as it is so nearly ready to launch and is looking excellent, just hope Wendy hasn’t got too many jobs lined up for me :-)

All the best,

Regards,

Paul.


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Applying Finishing Touches To Our New ‘Highend Room’!

posted on Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:13:51

Hi all,

Well it seems like ages now since we started work on our new showrooms, as many of you will know the Naim Room has been finished for some time but the ‘Highend Room’ has been sitting in a state of flux whilst waiting for all the room treatment to arrive from Artnovion, basically as the treatment is not what I would call cheap I decided to treat the Naim room first to see how effective it was and make a decision from there, needless to say it totally transformed the Naim room and made the ‘Highend Room’ unusable as there was just so much echo, I like a live sound but this was just way too much, like listening in a cave.

So the good news is that the Artnovion treatment is now wth us for the the ‘Highend Room’ and it is being fitted by Colin as we speak, you really have to think fitting this kind of thing through, something I would be rubbish at but he is doing a stirling job, we have gone for a different design for this room but all being well the 2 rooms should sound very similar so the idea is that if required we can demo a top end Naim system against something from the likes of dCS or Audio Research in the 2 different rooms and just move the customer rather than the kit, well that is the idea.

I am hoping to do a launch event at some point in September for the ‘Highend Room’ so please keep an eye out.

I will update this with more pictures once the room is finished.

All the above boxes are full of the gold diffusers below, you can’t beat a bit of bling :-)

Cheers,

Paul.


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Wilson Audio Factory Tour Pictures!

posted on Sat, 05 Aug 2017 07:13:50
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Hi All,

I just thought I would post a few more pictures from my recent trip to Wilson Audio when we spent the day doing the factory tour, I have to say I came away so impressed with the level of detail these guys go to when making their speakers, you can really see why they cost what they do.

Firstly they have developed their own materials to make the cabinets from, if you ever get a chance just tap a Wilson cabinet and hear how ‘Dead’ it is, they have also invested over half a million Pounds on their own CNC machine to cut the cabinet elaborate and intricate shapes out with, this is amazing to watch, the finish on the speakers has at least 7 coats of paint, they are also baked for 3 days then left to rest for another 2 days, I came away really impressed with the guy who polished the cabinets, he took 4 years of training and really did the polishing by feel and I am convinced once he had done his bit that the finish on Wilson speakers is better than most car manufacturer’s.

These guys really are top craftsmen making products that they really believe in with most of them being at the company for many years, in fact Wilson pride themselves on a very low turnover of staff as they have created a great working environment where everyone seemed very happy indeed.

Anyway on with the Pictures, I took way too many and have sorted them the best I could but there are still loads :-)

Finally a big thanks to Wilson Audio for such great access to an amazing facility.

The Packing Area with all the Wooden Crates

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A Part of a WAMM lying around

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Orange Alexia 2′s Wrapped in protective film ready to be crated up.

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More Wamm :-)

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Dummy’s of the Wilson Range used for Reference

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Here the work starts getting the cabinet material ready

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Then into the CNC Room

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Material now cut and glued to make the cabinet, still a lot of work to do.

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Sabrina’s at an early stage.

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Rubbing the Cabinets down before painting, this looks like hard work.

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Cabinet Spraying area.

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This guy was brilliant, the polisher, a real craftsman, amazing to watch.

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Nearly completed WAMM.

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All Wilson Speakers are wrapped in protective film before shipping.

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The only part of a Wilson Speaker not manufactured in house are the drivers but they go through over 4 hours of rigorous testing, good to see Bryston amps being used :-)

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A Mini 3D Printed XLF :-)

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Here is the finished product in the Wilson demo room, a pair of Alexia Series 2′s, absolutely stunning.

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Thanks again Wilson Audio and Absolute Sounds for an amazing trip :-)

Regards,

Paul.


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Naim Uniti Atom Now On Demo & In Stock - Update!

posted on Wed, 02 Aug 2017 12:09:59

Hi All,

For a bit of fun I thought I would just try the Atom on our Wilson Audio Sabrina’s, so a £20k speaker basically, not a combination you’d normally put together but it sounds surprisingly good and really shows how capable the little Atom is, I actually think a Uniti Nova on Sabrina’s would actually be a really lovely, stylish and compact system, look forward to trying it later this month once the Nova is with us :-)

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Cheers,

Paul.

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Hi All,

Well this has to be one of the most anticipated products in HiFi History but after what can only be described as a troublesome birth into the HiFi world I am glad to say that we now have a Naim Uniti Atom on permanent demo, we had our first batch delivered last week but they all went to customers but I had some more arrive today so I nabbed one for demo.

I haven’t had a chance to listen yet but thought I would post a few un-boxing pictures and if you would like to come in for a listen anytime please feel free to get in touch to book an appointment, I have to say though that it looks a million dollars and the remote is a really nice upgrade over the old Uniti Remote and the inclusion of a PowerLine Lite is a nice touch, it may have taken a long time coming but now it is with us I know it will be worth the wait and really does feel worth every penny.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/naim-uniti-atom-all-in-one-player

Some said it was a HiFi Folklore but the Atom really does exist!

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Cheers,

Paul.


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