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  1. 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! 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 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 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.
  2. 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 More Pics of the rest of the range. Cheers, Paul.
  3. All Set For Our Wilson Audio Open Day Tomorrow! 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. The Sabrina’s are in the Naim Lounge fed by the full 500 System and the Rega Planar 8 Turntable. 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. Let the fun begin, Cheers, Paul.
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    HiFi Lounge Goes Motor Racing!

    Radical SR1 Season 2 - Here We Go Again! 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? 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 Losing 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 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 All the best, Regards, Paul.
  5. Hi Everyone, So I certainly love a gadget and have to say this is pretty cool, matching one of the oldest HiFi brands in the world with cutting edge Alexa Voice control, basically partnering an Amazon Echo Dot with the new McIntosh RS200 Wireless speaker allowing you to control it via speech, this really does feel like we are finally getting to what was portrayed in Back to the Future all those years ago It is all run totally wireless other than the mains of course but it was pretty straight forward to setup, even for a dinosaur like me who is all a bit out of touch with all this kinda tech, basically first you setup the McIntosh with the Play-Fi app, then setup the Echo Dot with the Alexa app, then you have to install the Smart Home Play-Fi app within the Alexa app, then do a search and Alexa finds the RS200 and off you go, loads of talky fun It is definitely a gadget but I have to say it is good fun and personally I would be pretty keen to see this implemented into proper hifi as originally I thought about adding a DOT to my hifi at home for fun but I could only do this via the 3.5mm analogue out of the Dot, unfortunately it hasn’t got a digital out, so this would mean I would be using the DAC in the Dot and considering this is a £50 product you can imagine how rubbish that would sound but this way all the DOT is dong is controlling the RS200 so you don’t lose any of the sound quality. Certainly a technology to keep an eye on, if you’d like to come in at any time to have a chat with Alexa please feel free as we have this setup on permanent demonstration. Oh yeah, so how does the RS200 sound? very good to be fair and it means you can get those blue meters in your house without spending a fortune, I’m going to hook a REL T Zero up to it later today which will definitely improve things, it is certainly a versatile piece of kit. Please find a video below of me playing with the system this morning, look forward to trying some other stuff later. http://hifilounge.co.uk/mcintosh-rs200-wireless-speaker Cheers, Paul.
  6. Hi All, So this is something I didn’t think I’d ever see from Stax, a battery powered portable energiser with a DAC built in, think of it like a Mojo for Stax Earspeakers, brilliant idea, all we need now are a closed back pair of SR-009′s and I’ll be sorted when travelling Anyway we now have the SRM-D10 on permanent demo if you’d like to come and try it anytime with the Stax Earspeakers of your choosing. Features Compact electrostatic headphone amp/DAC Battery-powered, rechargeable Li-ion built-in battery pack High-resoluton Digital-to-Analog converter, supports up to DSD128 User selectable line-in and USB DAC All-aluminum chassis http://hifilounge.co.uk/stax-srm-d10-energiser Cheers, Paul.
  7. Hi All, So this is something I didn’t think I’d ever see from Stax, a battery powered portable energiser with a DAC built in, think of it like a Mojo for Stax Earspeakers, brilliant idea, all we need now are a closed back pair of SR-009′s and I’ll be sorted when travelling Anyway we now have the SRM-D10 on permanent demo if you’d like to come and try it anytime with the Stax Earspeakers of your choosing. Features Compact electrostatic headphone amp/DAC Battery-powered, rechargeable Li-ion built-in battery pack High-resoluton Digital-to-Analog converter, supports up to DSD128 User selectable line-in and USB DAC All-aluminum chassis http://hifilounge.co.uk/stax-srm-d10-energiser Cheers, Paul.
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    HiFi Lounge Installs Blog!

    This Weeks Installs - McIntosh / Sonus Faber and Wilson Audio! Hi There, Well it has certainly been a busy week dashing around the country installing some great HiFi so I thought I would share the 2 from below - Install one Have to say there was a great synergy with this system, the Sonus Faber Guarneri Traditions speakers give such a big but controlled sound they will play anything and driven by the Big Mc it was all so effortless and in all honesty is there a better looking system Please find the kit installed below - Sonus Faber Guarneri Tradition Speakers http://hifilounge.co.uk/sonus-faber-guarneri-tradition-speakers McIntosh MA9000 2-Channel Integrated Amplifier http://hifilounge.co.uk/mcintosh-ma9000-amplifier HiFi Racks Podium XL (V) http://hifilounge.co.uk/podium-xl-v-av-tv-stand All Hooked Up With Atlas Hyper Cables http://hifilounge.co.uk/atlas-hyper-cables Just waiting on the Chord Hugo TT 2 now to finish it all off. http://hifilounge.co.uk/chord-hugo-tt-2 Install 2 This one was a nice 200 mile round trip to deepest Norfolk but I will travel anywhere to install a pair of Wilsons This time it was to upgrade the customer’s Wilson Sabrina’s to the new Sasha DAW’s, needless to say he was very happy when we left him. From The Sabrina - To the Sasha DAW Wilson Audio Sasha DAW Loudspeakers http://hifilounge.co.uk/wilson-audio-sasha-daw-speakers Cheers, Paul.
  9. Hi Everyone, For our next Open Day we are going to be showcasing Wilson Audio Speakers, without doubt makes of some of the finest speakers in the world, you get certain moments in your HiFi life where you hear something for the first time and you know that is the sound for you, it happened many years ago when I heard my first pair of PMC Speakers and more recently I got that same feeling again when I heard my first pair of Wilsons and to be honest with the release of the new Sasha DAW there has never been a better time to hold a Wilson Audio Open day as these speakers who have been designed by a team at Wilson Audio led by Daryl Wilson in tribute to his Dad, David Wilson, the founder of Wilson Audio who sadly passed away last year, hence Dave’s initials DAW, are quite exceptional, they really are an amazing tribute to a real pioneer in speaker design. So what is the day going to comprise of? well we will be running 3 rooms, the final setups are yet to be 100% confirmed but I thought it was time that we also run turntables in each room as well as digital so if you’ve got any vinyl you’d like to bring along please feel free, please see below for what we’ll be having running on the day. Room 1 - Upstairs Demo Room As well as the DAW’s being new the TuneTot’s were only released a few months ago and really are an incredible speaker, giving all those brilliant Wilson attributes but in a smaller package that isn’t fussy in placement, we will be running these in our upstairs room driven by a Bryston Pre/Power with the dCS Network Bridge or Bartok and the Michell GyroDec for Vinyl duties so make sure you venture upstairs as this room is bound to sound excellent. Room 2 - The Naim Room In here we’ll be running one of my favourite Wilson’s, the Sabrina, what I love about these speakers is the size and quality of sound they give from a small speaker, they are just so musical and they always make me smile when I’m listening to them, there really do defy their size, so we will be running our Sabrina’s on our 500 Naim System with the new Rega Planar 8 on hand for vinyl duties, again this is a another combo that will really sing. Room 3 - The Highend Room So this is the big one, all guns blazing in here to really show what the Sasha DAW’s are capable off, I stayed late this last Saturday night listening to this exact system and I was sitting there wondering how things could really sound any better as it really was singing. So we will have the DAW’s driven by the epic Audio Research Reference 160M Mono Block valve amps with the matching Reference 6 Pre-amp, for digital duties we will be using the dCS Rossini running the new version 2.0 firmware which really is a step up in sound quality and for vinyl duties we will be using our newest Turntable brand, the brilliant VPI Prime Signature running a Lyra Kleos cartridge which I must say sounds brilliant. RSVP Please So there should be enough there to keep everyone busy for a while, we will also be having american themed food for the day + drinks and help will be on hand from the guys from Absolute Sounds who can answer any Wilson or Highend HiFi Questions you may have, it will be great if you can come along but if you could please just let me know on the below e-mail address that will be great, thanks - paul@hifilounge.co.uk I’m really looking forward to this one as I know we will have 3 fantastic sounding rooms so hope to see you on March 23rd, we’ll be starting from 10am till 5pm so hope to see you then. Please see below for the Wilson Audio Range of Speakers on our website below - http://hifilounge.co.uk/wilson-audio Wilson Audio Visit 2017 Finally for those who didn’t see my original blogs back in July 2017 when I was lucky enough to visit Wilson Audio in Utah for a factory tour and more importantly visit Dave Wilson’s house to hear the incredible WAMM’s which is an experience I will never forget, please see below for a couple of links What it is like being Wamm’d - http://bit.ly/2uga6Ux Wilson Audio Factory Tour - http://bit.ly/2v9vt8i Regards, Paul.
  10. Hi Everyone, Here is the 2nd video in our Time Lapse series as we try something different, just a bit of fun really, anyone know the song being played? most definitely one of my favourites Bartok’s First Demo! So here we go, just finished setting up for a demo today with the dCS Bartok v the Chord Electronics Hugo TT 2 with Scaler, this is our first demo of the Bartok going up against it’s main rival, I have a feeling Dave will be entering the shootout at some point, certainly going to be an interesting demo. http://hifilounge.co.uk/dcs-Bartok-dac Cheers, Paul.
  11. Hi Everyone, So we have been waiting for some time to get our hands on the new and very exciting dCS Bartók so I am very pleased to say that our demo model arrived on Friday and already we have quite a few demo’s booked in for it which is great news and just goes to show the anticipation for this product. There is certainly a lot of excitement around the Bartók and rightly so, for one it is built around the legendary dCS Ring DAC that is seen in the dCS Highend Vivaldi systems with it’s user selectable filters and DXD oversampling and switchable DSD upsampling all of which would have been great in itself for £9999 but it is so much more than that as it is also a streamer which can be fed from local storage such as a Melco or from streaming services such as Tidal and is full MQA Compatible, it also supports Roon which I know is a must have for a lot of our customers nowadays, it is also a pre-amp with XLR and RCA outputs and for an extra £2000 you can spec it as a Highend Headphone Amp with a 6.3mm and 4 Pin XLR outputs, I mean for £11999 in this guise it really is an incredible product, almost like a swiss army knife for Highend HiFi especially if going with the Headphone version which we have here on demo, I certainly don’t know of any product that is this complete and if like me you love your headphone listening as an all in one solution there really is nothing to compete. As for sound quality, well we have only been playing it on headphones since it arrived and it has performed brilliantly, even headphones that are not my favourite sound great on the Bartók which is a good start, I have now moved it into one of our demo rooms to run it all week to get some hours on it to get it at it’s best before the demo’s start but I should say that until the new recent firmware came out for the Rossini the Bartók sounded very similar, so much so that dCS had to up the performance of the Rossini to make the step up more noticeable, which I should say really has taken the Rossini to another level, but considering the Rossini starts at £17,089 again this is another indicator to what great value to Bartók is. The above Rossini upgrade is also worth mentioning as this is a really big positive for dCS as when you buy a dCS product if they find a way to improve the performance and sound quality they will release new firmware for free so it is like getting a new product a few years into its life which is no bad thing. Also if you want to get more performance from the Bartók you can also add the external Rossini clock which will take it to another level again, when adding the Clock to the Rossini it really does focus the presentation and tighten everything up, it isn’t a subtle change and is definitely worth considering, it’s like adding the Chord Electronics M Scaler to DAVE, it does a different job but the gains are equally as impressive. Talking of DAVE, this leads me nicely into the million dollar question that I know I am going to get asked an awful lot of times going forward, what is better, Bartók or DAVE? Well the demo’s I have booked for the Bartók so far all want to compare it to Chords Brilliant DAVE and it goes without saying these 2 are going to be going head to head a lot in the future, one thing I know is that Chord and dCS approach their DAC technology in very different ways and they really do both sound quite different so without wanting to appear to be sitting on the fence it really will be down to personal preference and I can’t wait personally to start these demos’ But one thing is certain the Bartók is a brilliant addition to the DAC and Headphone market and if you are looking for the ultimate one box solution for your headphone listening I would say the search is now over and I should just say that the built quality of the Bartók really is quite stunning, dCS have always been known to make beautiful equipment and it is the same with the Bartók, it just oozes quality. A Rather Nice Headphone Setup. I just couldn’t resist setting this up on Friday as soon as the Bartók arrived, my 2 favourite headphones fed by the Bartók, the Focal Utopia’s fed direct by the Bartók and the Stax SR-009S’s with the T8000 Energiser fed by the Bartók’s XLR outputs and the beauty is that to switch between the 2 you just press the output button on the Bartók and it switches between the headphone sockets and the analogue outputs on the rear and it remembers the volume for each output individually which just goes to show the amount of thought gone into this product. Anyway I’ll shut up now but please find a link to the Bartók on our website and some pictures below and if you’d like to come and experience the Bartók for yourself please get in touch to arrange a demo - http://hifilounge.co.uk/dcs-Bartok-dac Running the Bartók In with Bryston 28B3′s and the new Wilson Audio DAW’s, Not too Shabby :) Cheers, Paul.
  12. Hi Everyone, So we have been waiting for some time to get our hands on the new and very exciting dCS Bartók so I am very pleased to say that our demo model arrived on Friday and already we have quite a few demo’s booked in for it which is great news and just goes to show the anticipation for this product. There is certainly a lot of excitement around the Bartók and rightly so, for one it is built around the legendary dCS Ring DAC that is seen in the dCS Highend Vivaldi systems with it’s user selectable filters and DXD oversampling and switchable DSD upsampling all of which would have been great in itself for £9999 but it is so much more than that as it is also a streamer which can be fed from local storage such as a Melco or from streaming services such as Tidal and is full MQA Compatible, it also supports Roon which I know is a must have for a lot of our customers nowadays, it is also a pre-amp with XLR and RCA outputs and for an extra £2000 you can spec it as a Highend Headphone Amp with a 6.3mm and 4 Pin XLR outputs, I mean for £11999 in this guise it really is an incredible product, almost like a swiss army knife for Highend HiFi especially if going with the Headphone version which we have here on demo, I certainly don’t know of any product that is this complete and if like me you love your headphone listening as an all in one solution there really is nothing to compete. As for sound quality, well we have only been playing it on headphones since it arrived and it has performed brilliantly, even headphones that are not my favourite sound great on the Bartók which is a good start, I have now moved it into one of our demo rooms to run it all week to get some hours on it to get it at it’s best before the demo’s start but I should say that until the new recent firmware came out for the Rossini the Bartók sounded very similar, so much so that dCS had to up the performance of the Rossini to make the step up more noticeable, which I should say really has taken the Rossini to another level, but considering the Rossini starts at £17,089 again this is another indicator to what great value to Bartók is. The above Rossini upgrade is also worth mentioning as this is a really big positive for dCS as when you buy a dCS product if they find a way to improve the performance and sound quality they will release new firmware for free so it is like getting a new product a few years into its life which is no bad thing. Also if you want to get more performance from the Bartók you can also add the external Rossini clock which will take it to another level again, when adding the Clock to the Rossini it really does focus the presentation and tighten everything up, it isn’t a subtle change and is definitely worth considering, it’s like adding the Chord Electronics M Scaler to DAVE, it does a different job but the gains are equally as impressive. Talking of DAVE, this leads me nicely into the million dollar question that I know I am going to get asked an awful lot of times going forward, what is better, Bartók or DAVE? Well the demo’s I have booked for the Bartók so far all want to compare it to Chords Brilliant DAVE and it goes without saying these 2 are going to be going head to head a lot in the future, one thing I know is that Chord and dCS approach their DAC technology in very different ways and they really do both sound quite different so without wanting to appear to be sitting on the fence it really will be down to personal preference and I can’t wait personally to start these demos’ But one thing is certain the Bartók is a brilliant addition to the DAC and Headphone market and if you are looking for the ultimate one box solution for your headphone listening I would say the search is now over and I should just say that the built quality of the Bartók really is quite stunning, dCS have always been known to make beautiful equipment and it is the same with the Bartók, it just oozes quality. A Rather Nice Headphone Setup. I just couldn’t resist setting this up on Friday as soon as the Bartók arrived, my 2 favourite headphones fed by the Bartók, the Focal Utopia’s fed direct by the Bartók and the Stax SR-009S’s with the T8000 Energiser fed by the Bartók’s XLR outputs and the beauty is that to switch between the 2 you just press the output button on the Bartók and it switches between the headphone sockets and the analogue outputs on the rear and it remembers the volume for each output individually which just goes to show the amount of thought gone into this product. Anyway I’ll shut up now but please find a link to the Bartók on our website and some pictures below and if you’d like to come and experience the Bartók for yourself please get in touch to arrange a demo - http://hifilounge.co.uk/dcs-Bartok-dac Running the Bartók In with Bryston 28B3′s and the new Wilson Audio DAW’s, Not too Shabby :) Cheers, Paul.
  13. Hi Everyone, I just can’t resist McIntosh so when they announced their new RS200 wireless system I was straight onto the UK Distributor to order for one for demo which should be with us in a couple of weeks. It looks like McIntosh are looking to move on the wireless speaker market with the RS200 offering all kinds of connectivity and I would expect it to sound very good, especially with a sub hooked up to it, time will tell but for me personally I was sold on it as soon as I saw it, the reality is that I can see it being a great 2nd system for another room or being used as a high-end sound bar which can be used for music playback also. Look forward to having a play with it shortly and if like me you’ve always fancied some McIntosh for home this is a great way to start so please feel free to get in touch to arrange a demo. http://hifilounge.co.uk/mcintosh-rs200-wireless-speaker Cheers, Paul.
  14. Hi Everyone, Well this one came out of the blue, last week Focal announced their new Highend closed back headphones, the Stellia, and today we had 2 pairs arrive, I had no idea they were this imminent but it is great news as from what I can tell this is a closed back version of the Utopia which I consider to be one of the best headphones currently available, so if Focal can get a similar performance from a closed back they are going to have a real winner on their hands. At the moment I consider the Sennheiser HD820 to be the best closed back headphone on the planet but just maybe it’s reign at the top is about to come to an end, we’ll find out tomorrow once we get them un boxed and up and running. http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/focal-headphones/focal-stelia-closed-back-headphones Introducing the Focal Digital Headphone Amp - Arche! Again, another surprise from Focal, they are about to release their own digital headphone amplifier called Arche, what is unique about this is that it will have presets built in to get the best from which ever Focal headphone you own from the Elegia to the Utopia which is a cool idea. This isn’t due for another couple of months but needless to say we will have it on demo once available. http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/focal-headphones/focal-arche-headphone-amp-dac Cheers, Paul.
  15. Hi Everyone, Well this one came out of the blue, last week Focal announced their new Highend closed back headphones, the Stellia, and today we had 2 pairs arrive, I had no idea they were this imminent but it is great news as from what I can tell this is a closed back version of the Utopia which I consider to be one of the best headphones currently available, so if Focal can get a similar performance from a closed back they are going to have a real winner on their hands. At the moment I consider the Sennheiser HD820 to be the best closed back headphone on the planet but just maybe it’s reign at the top is about to come to an end, we’ll find out tomorrow once we get them un boxed and up and running. http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/focal-headphones/focal-stelia-closed-back-headphones Introducing the Focal Digital Headphone Amp - Arche! Again, another surprise from Focal, they are about to release their own digital headphone amplifier called Arche, what is unique about this is that it will have presets built in to get the best from which ever Focal headphone you own from the Elegia to the Utopia which is a cool idea. This isn’t due for another couple of months but needless to say we will have it on demo once available. http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/focal-headphones/focal-arche-headphone-amp-dac Cheers, Paul.