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HiFi Lounge are Proud to be Appointed a Melco Master Dealer!

posted on Mon, 18 Feb 2019 04:40:18
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Hi Everyone,

Just a quickie to say that I am pleased to say that I passed my Melco training the other day which now means HiFi Lounge is one of the select few of Melco dealers who are considered a ‘Master Dealer’ I even got a really lovely certificate to prove it :-)

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As far as I am concerned if you want to get the very best from your digital music you need a Melco server / player at the heart of it, they are all designed from the ground up to get the very best from your music collection unlike a NAS drive and other options on the market.

Fair enough a few years ago we all used NAS drives as there wasn’t really an alternative but now with Melco there really is no need to use a NAS, especially if you want to get the best from your digital collection, whether that be CD rips or from Hi Res downloads as a NAS drive is solely designed for storage with no importance given to music playback at all and we all know that when it comes to 2 channel playback everything in the chain matters, yep even in digital :-)

We now also have the new Melco N10 on demo, this sits just under the top of the range N1ZS but offers a different solution as the power supply sits in a seperate box and it really does give a different presentation compared to the rest of the range, it comes across as a little more forward and lively which I really like.

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Anyway I won’t bang on too much longer but I really do believe Melco make the best servers out there so if you’d like to get the best from your music collection please feel free to give me a ring anytime to explore the range.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/melco

Below is a excerpt from the Melco website on our Melco Master Dealer Status and a link to their dedicated Master Dealer website -

https://www.melco-audio-masters.com/

‘Melco is a unique high-performance digital music source – quite unlike the alternatives of IT devices or servers comprising basically a PC in a box.

It is therefore important that Melco is demonstrated by Hi-Fi experts who really know and understand not only Melco, but all aspects of digital music including music formats, tagging, streaming, control, and infrastructure. The same experts would be able to properly integrate Melco into HiFi systems without any compromise, and help the user understand and enjoy the whole Hi-res Digital Music experience.

Melco have a training programme dedicated to creating a network of skilled MELCO Master Dealers who have been trained and assessed in respect of Melco Features, Installation and Support, as well as Advanced Hi-res Music Techniques and Network Infrastructure of Hi-Fi devices.

The Melco Master Dealers are listed below – you can be assured of an expert reception and guidance on all aspects of Digital Music and streaming.’

Regards,

Paul.

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Wilson Audio TuneTot Speakers Now On Demo!

posted on Mon, 11 Feb 2019 07:05:01

Hi Everyone!

Now I must admit that I am a bit of a speaker tart, I really do love speakers, for me it is the most important part of a system and it can also be the hardest part of a system to choose as it is the part of your HiFi that actually talks to your room which can transform how your HiFi Sounds so careful choosing is a must.

Now I have always been a floorstander kinda guy, I always felt I was being short changed by a standmount speaker, well that was until I heard the awesome Brigadier Mu.2 speakers, this changed everything for me and since then I have been bringing on quite a few stand mount speakers to feed my addiction, I can really see why people prefer standmounts, there really is speed, agility, rhythm and a tightness that you don’t always get with a floorstander.

So in my search for the ultimate Stand Mount speaker I had to bring on the Wilson Audio TuneTot for Demo as I think everyone agrees that Wilson make some of the best speakers in the world, now I am a little late to the TuneTot party as they have been out for a few months now and initially I wasn’t going to bring them on but as the Brigadiers and Wilsons share a similar Mid/Bass unit I just couldn’t help myself in the end and I am so pleased I did as they are truly epic.

How such a small speaker can give such a big sound I have no idea, that is the Wilson magic I guess, you get that great Wilson mid and top but they really do give a fair bit of punch at the bottom end and I am running them in free air where to get the best from them they are designed to be on a unit or shelf close to the rear wall to help reinforce the bottom end.

You can spec your TuneTot’s as you please but I fully loaded mine with the IsoBase, Grills and Aluminium Ring which hides the mounting screws for the mic/base driver.

They really do look stunning in the red finish we went for which is a standard colour, it is like a semi matt which really works but as good as they look it is the sound that really impresses, what I love is that for people that haven’t got a large listening room they don’t have to compromise as you can now get that Wilson sound no matter what, well other than the £10,998 price tag which I guess could be an issue for some.

Anyway they are now on permanent demo so please feel free to come in anytime for a listen, so now for some unboxing pics - 

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

Time to get unwrapping the protective film!

With Grills!

No Grill or Trim Ring!

With Aluminium Trim Ring

Cheers,

Paul.


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The Problem Room and the PMC Fenestria Update!

posted on Tue, 05 Feb 2019 14:29:58

Hi Everyone,

Firstly I just wanted to say a quick thanks to everyone who came to our Fyne Audio open day on Saturday, way more people than I expected, really impressive turnout for a speaker brand that most people had never heard of 12 months ago so thanks again everyone, maybe we should offer free Whisky at every open day :-)

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So onto the point of this blog, I get asked quite a lot from customers who read the original blog explaining how important the room is to any HiFi install and how we recently encountered this head on when installing a pair of the excellent PMC Fenestria’s before Christmas if the issue had been resolved yet, and the good news is that yesterday we got the Fenestria’s singing as they should.

For those who missed the original overview you can get up to speed from the below link - 

http://hifilounge.tumblr.com/post/181928796758/pmc-fenestria-install-not-the-most

Basically there was no real reason why the speakers wouldn’t work in the room as it is a nice size room driven by a high end Naim system, it turns out that we think the issue, which was 2 very large bass lifts at 2 certain frequencies, is caused by the composition of the stud wall behind the speakers as the rest of the room is solid wall.

So active bass traps were tried at the back of the room a couple of weeks ago which helped a fair bit but not enough really, to use this option it was recommended that 4 traps should be used ideally, one in each corner, this wasn’t really feasible so it was back to the drawing board, I knew what the answer was but it was finding the right implementation.

For me DSP in HiFi is massively overlooked, the rest of the world seems to welcome it’s advantages but for whatever reason in the UK it is frowned upon, personally I think this is the future of hifi as it is just getting better and better, I was first introduced to a system I liked with Dirac in the Arcam Cinema Receivers and Processors, this was the first EQ system that I actually liked and actually prefered to not using any EQ, so it was a matter of finding a good enough solution to slot into a Naim system which has it’s own challenges.

Testing the Idea of putting the Trinnov between the Naim NAC 252 and NAP 300, worked a treat :-)

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Step forward Trinnov, this is something I have tried in here a few years ago and was impressed then but just couldn’t see if anyone would adopt it but in this situation it is the perfect solution other than the fact you are looking at just over £6000, saying that if you want to hear your system at its best then if you can eliminate the problems with the room it is money well spent, especially on a system at this price.

And this was the case here, after a quick few measurements it showed the 2 big bass lift issues which once the processing was complete it almost eliminated, it actually did such a good job we actually put a little bass back in but by controlling these issue it allowed the mid and treble to shine through as well as giving a much tighter central image with better separation, focus and soundstaging, in this scenario the difference was chalk and cheese and I should mention that the Trinnov was totally invisible, you still kept the Naim sound that the customer loves and the Fenestria’s sounded just like they do in our showrooms, so other than the extra cost in this system it really did let the system shine and the music come through with no negative side effects.

I should say though that DSP shouldn’t just be used when you have a issue, you may think your room is fine but I am quite confident once you have tried something like this in your system you would prefer it, hence why most of the recording studios use solutions like Trinnov as if you can eliminate the room to hear the music more accurately then it really is a no brainer.

Anyway I’ll get of my high horse :-) but the main thing is that this install almost felt like a case study on what can go wrong when the room isn’t on your side, I was confident we’d find a solution but was relieved when we finally did so now we are happy as the customer can enjoy his upgrade and music again.

Cheers,

Paul.


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All Set For A Fyne Open Day!

posted on Sat, 02 Feb 2019 03:51:40

Hi Everyone,

This is a real quick one just to say that the roads are very clear round here so it is full steam ahead with out Fyne Audio Open day.

We spent all day yesterday setting up and we have now got 4 demo rooms running with a combination of Fyne Audio speakers ranging from £599 to £17999, I have to say that what impresses me most about Fyne Audio is that 10 months ago they hadn’t released any speakers to the world and here we are now with a full range and everything I hear from them I am always impressed, I know they may be a new company but they have decades of experience between them and it really does show.

I had my first listen to the F1-10′s last night, they really are fantastic, very different to anything else I have heard before really, very captivating giving a really big and ethereal sound, look forward to trying some more tunes on them today.

Please see a few pics of the rooms we have setup for today’s Fyne Audio Open Day -

F500′s on a Naim Uniti Atom

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F501′s on a Naim Uniti Star with a Rega Planar 3

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F702′s on a dCS Rossini and Audio Research Ref 160M Mono Blocks

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F1-10′s on a full Naim 500 System fed by a Melco N1SZ

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I have to say all the rooms are sounding great so hope you can make it over today.

Oh yeah don’t forget the Whisky and Stovies :-)

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Cheers,

Paul


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We’re Going All Scottish This Saturday For Our Fyne Audio Open Day :-)

posted on Thu, 31 Jan 2019 08:26:41
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Hi Everyone,

Really looking forward to this weekends Fyne Audio Open Day and to get in the spirit, quite literally, we have decided to go all Scottish, firstly thanks to Loch Fyne Whiskies who have sent down 5 bottles of Whisky and a bottle of gin to help us enjoy the day, thanks guys, better bring your sleeping bag if anyone is going to try a tipple from each or at least organise a lift home.

https://www.lochfynewhiskies.com/

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The Menu for the Day!

Wendy is also busy preparing a Scottish themed menu of Stovies with Nairn’s Oatcakes, I taste tested some last night and it was gorgeous, perfect for a winter’s day, we’ve also got Scotch Pies, Oatcakes with Salmon Mousse and some Loch Fyne Smoked Salmon which I am sure washed down with some Whisky will be most agreeable, below is Wendy’s Stovie test from last night, Mmmmm.

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But What About the Speakers?

So obviously the whole point of the day is to listen to the excellent Fyne Audio Range of speakers, we will be running the F501′s upstairs with a Naim Uniti Atom to show how good a sensible priced system can sound, then we will run the F1-10′s in the Naim Lounge, these arrived yesterday in 2 awesome flight cases on wheels, a very easy way to transport speakers that weigh nearly 60KG’s each, and Finally we will be running the mid level F702 in the Highend Room with some dCS and Bryston for something a little different, please see the full range of Fyne speakers on our website below - 

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

Here’s a sneak peak of the F1-10′s as I haven’t unboxed them yet -

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Looking forward to seeing what this dial does.

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So hopefully the weather behaves itself and everyone can get in as once here we will definitely have enough music, food and booze to keep you warm :-)

Hope to see you on Saturday, Kilts are optional by the way ;-)

Cheers,

Paul.


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Check These Out, A Couple of Music Suggestions!

posted on Wed, 30 Jan 2019 03:53:14

Hi Everyone,

So every now and again you stumble across things to do with music that really float your boat, last week this happened twice to me so I thought I would share them with everyone so you can give them a try to see if you enjoy them as much as I do.

Greta Van Fleet!

So I am a little late to this band but one of my customer’s mentioned them last week and now I am totally obsessed having bought both albums on CD and Vinyl and have booked tickets to see them at Rock City in March.

Basically they are a young band of 3 brothers who share guitar, bass and vocal duties and a friend on drums coming out of Michigan, basically they are heavily influenced by their parents music growing up so if you like Led Zeppelin, Rush, AC/DC and even some Gun’s N Roses you need to listen to them, I would say they are one of the most exciting bands in decades.

They really seem to split people’s opinion though with people like me and Wendy who have really fallen under their spell and there are others who really don’t like them and see them as a tribute band which I really don’t get as it was around 40 years ago we had rock like this so it is great to bring it back in a fresh way for a new audience, the way I see it they have got a huge possible audience with old time rockers like myself + they appeal massively with the young, it must be a really exciting time for them as they start to gain some real momentum, anyway check out the video below to see if it is something for you, I know your first thoughts will be of Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin, someone described them as the most important band since Guns N Roses which I have to agree with, personally I just can’t get enough at the moment, roll on the gig in March :-)

Vinyl Heaven

Another great find last week was when I was looking on internet radio for Virgin to tune in to the new Chris Evans show I stumbled across a UK station called Vinyl Heaven and I have been listening to it ever since during the day, their big thing is that they only play Vinyl which I guess is a little questionable when being played out on a digital radio station but there is no questioning the music they play, I turned it on yesterday to Bruce’s Thunder Road and today they have just played Prince’s Paisley Park, 2 of my favourite tracks of all time.

A couple of cool time slots are 70′s at 7am and 80′s at 8am but basically if you are of a similar age to me, 50, then I would most definitely recommend a listen as they really do play tracks I haven’t heard on the radio for years like last week they played Boxer Beat and Let’s Go All The Way, 2 of my favourite 80′s tracks.

You can listen online from their website below if you fancy giving it a try.

http://www.vinylheaven.co.uk/

Cheers,

Paul.


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Radical Awards Evening, Wasn’t Expecting This!

posted on Mon, 28 Jan 2019 04:02:35
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Hi Everyone,

In a nice way to look back at last year Radical hold a yearly awards evening where everyone gets a chance to dress up in their finest, have a nice meal and celebrate the winners from the season that is now behind us, this was my first year obviously, it was held at the Belfry and I have to say that it really was a brilliant evening with a fantastic live band that really rocked, although having to wear a Tux is always a little odd.

So obviously as I came 2nd in my class I wasn’t expecting anything, I will actually upload the last lap when I get a moment from the last race at Brands Hatch to show how close losing a championship by 0.2 sec looks like, I think that will haunt me forever. So anyway I was chatting to Wendy when I heard my name called out and unexpectedly I thrust from my seat and before I knew it I was on the stage accepting my award for ‘First of the Losers’ :-) Seriously though it was a nice touch and actually a really nice trophy that will take pride of place in the HFL office as something to spur me on to go one better this coming season :-)

Thanks again to Radical for hosting a brilliant evening, to Darren Winter for being a brilliant Mechanic through last season and also to Tom Gladdis for attempting to coach me on how to drive faster and especially to our sponsors for helping to make last season possible as I am sure it won’t come as a big surprise that motorsport really isn’t cheap, right that is the Oscar speech part out of the way, here’s looking forward to doing it all again this coming year :-)

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Blimey, wasn’t expecting this.

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I’ll definitely take 2nd in the Fangio Class in my first year :-)

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Cheers,

Paul.


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