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  1. Hi Everyone, Just a quick heads up to say that due to rising prices in costs of materials and manufacturing PMC are having to rise some of their prices from August 1st so if you are considering new speakers shortly please feel free to get in touch to discuss how certain products are affected, any that are already on order will stay at the current price. As an example please find the new prices below for the multi award winning Twenty5 Series and Fact Range. in other PMC news the original Twenty Series has now been discontinued due to the success of the Twenty5 range, I remember when I first heard the Twenty series before HFL was even an idea and was truly blown away how PMC had moved things on from the i Series but then came along the Twenty5′s and moved things on again Cheers, Paul.
  2. Hi All, Just a quick blog to say that we now have the new Audio Research 160M Valve Mono Blocks now on Permanent demo and I have to say I have never seen a cooler looking amp with their VU meters that can be switched off if required as it is projected onto the glass, I know it isn’t sound quality related but who said HiFi shouldn’t look great They use 4 x KT150 Valves each giving around 150 Watts Per Channel with also the option for Ultra-Linear or Triode mode and now with Auto Bias this is a very easy valve amp to live with. I have them set up in our Highend Room now to give them a chance to run in and they really do sound quite spectacular with our Reference 6 Preamp being fed by the dCS Rossini. Needless to say if you’d like to come in for a demo anytime please feel free, please find more information on our website below - http://hifilounge.co.uk/audio-research-Reference-160m Also please find a stunning review below from HiFi News - http://bit.ly/2unUVa0 Finally here is a small video showing how cool they look Regards, Paul.
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    HiFi Lounge Brands Reviews!

    PMC Speakers Fenestria Brochure Hi All, In preparation for our demo PMC Speakers Fenestria’s arriving around September time all being well I have uploaded the brochure to our website, please find the link below. http://bit.ly/2L3z0iA http://hifilounge.co.uk/pmc-fact-fenestria-speakers I still haven’t heard them yet but hopefully we can announce a date soon for a Fenestria open day where we can all hear why everyone who heard them at Munich were so blown away. Cheers, Paul.
  4. Product Reviews From Our Manufacturer's! Hi Everyone, Every now and again some of our manufacturer's buy the rights to reviews of their products from certain respected HiFi magazines for us to use so I am going to start posting them now for everyone to read, you can always find them on our downloads tab on the product page on our website, link below - http://hifilounge.co.uk/image/attachments/Chord/HFN_Aug_Chord_Hugo_2_Reprint-LOW[1].pdf The first review is from HiFi News for the Chord Electronics Hugo 2, and a pretty stunning review it is too Cheers, Paul.
  5. ND555 Launch Event Update For Tomorrow! Hi Everyone, Just a quick update regarding tomorrow’s Naim ND555 launch event, thanks to everyone who has registered so far, we still have a handful of places left so please feel free to send me a mail if you’d like to come along to the below address - paul@hifilounge.co.uk We will be firing up the BBQ at around 5.30pm with the presentation starting at 6.30pm till 8.30pm where you will also be able to hear Naim’s new Reference Streamer and also compare it against the NDS, that will certainly be interesting. Look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow evening, Regards, Paul.
  6. Hi Everyone, Sometimes it really is a now brainer to bring on a new brand and this was the case when looking at the Roon Nucleus Servers, personally I have been running Roon at home for quite some time now and I really wouldn’t want to go back to life before Roon, it really is a game changer if you stream your music. Roon can be a little difficult to explain but one thing is for sure once you have experienced it then there is no going back. Basically if you stream your music then Roon is the ultimate app, the one app to rule all other apps really, it is an extremely metadata rich piece of software which you control from your phone, tablet or computer that has so much information embedded in it that browsing your music collection becomes a real adventure. For Roon to work then the Roon Core needs to be running somewhere, this is where the Roon Nucleus products come in, these are optimised to give you the best Roon experience and they really do work, for ages I had been struggling to get the Roon Core to see my Synology Nas drive when installed on my MAC, in the end I gave up but as soon as I installed our new demo Nucleus+ at the weekend it saw my Nas straight away and started scanning my music collection straight away. A word of warning, don’t try Roon unless you are willing to sign up for the yearly or lifetime subscription packages as once you have tried Roon there really is no going back. As good as other streaming apps are nothing comes close to the ease of use, beautiful interface and information contained within Roon, basically it is the ultimate interface for managing and streaming your music. It can be a little complicated to start with but with the Roon Nucleus products this has been made extremely easy and will also give you the best Roon experience, personally I love Roon Radio, baically once an album has finished that you have selected Roon will carry on playing similar music to that album using your muisc collection and Tidal which is a great way to find new music. So if Roon sounds like something you would like to experience and discuss in more depth then please feel free to come into HFL to see what all the fuss is about. http://hifilounge.co.uk/roon Cheers, Paul.
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    HiFi Lounge Goes Motor Racing!

    Silverstone SR1 Photo Book + Fastest Lap & Cockup Video! Hi All, Well the weekend was definitely a big tick on my bucket list to say that I have now raced at Silverstone In all honesty though I really thought this would be my best track as I had driven it before in a Caterham but in reality it turned out to be a real bogey track, I made progress on the quick guys and I was generally OK everywhere other than Maggott’s, I just couldn’t get that corner right all weekend, as you can see from a clip taken from Qualifying, I was determined to get it right but in the end I think I was just trying too hard so in this clip you will see the first damage I have done to the car by hitting a cone pretty hard which split my front splitter, then I did my quickest lap of the weekend, a 1.02.27, then I attacked again and went straight on at Maggots and had a nice chat with the marshalls, certainly an entertaining qualifying session. At the end of the weekend though I was fairly happy as I drove as hard as I could, it just wasn’t quick enough compared to the rest of the grid finishing both races towards the back, Cadwell Park next though which looks terrifying but as I have found out at Silverstone you never know which tracks will suit your driving style so fingers crossed. Please find a few pictures below from the weekend. Cheers, Paul.
  8. New Rega Aura Reference Moving Coil Phono Stage On Demo! Hi Everyone, When it comes to vinyl there are not many companies as experienced as Rega so when they say they have a new phono stage that is the best they can possibly make and will get the best from your record collection, well I just couldn’t resist, so I am pleased to say that we now have the new Rega Aura Reference MC Phono Stage on permanent demo. I have just finished un-boxing it so please find a few pictures below, it is certainly beautifully made, it is priced at £3999, so certainly not cheap, but if you love your vinyl and want to get the very best then please feel free to get in touch to arrange a demo or alternatively please feel free to try it in your system at home. Please find more info below - http://hifilounge.co.uk/rega-aura-reference-series-amplifier Cheers, Paul.
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    HiFi Lounge Installs Blog!

    Installs Blog - Wilson Audio / Chord / Melco / Naim / Michell Hi Everyone, Just a quick blog with a couple of very nice installs from last week, unfortunately the pictures are not the best from the first one but the system certainly sounded awesome, it is only a temporary install at the moment whilst the customers listening room is being finished. Wilson Audio Yvette Loudspeakers http://hifilounge.co.uk/wilson-audio-yvette-loudspeakers Chord Electronics Dave Reference DAC http://hifilounge.co.uk/chord-dave-dac Melco N1ZS MK2 2TB SSD Player / Server http://hifilounge.co.uk/melco-n1zs-mk2 Naim NAC 552 Preamplifier http://hifilounge.co.uk/naim-nac-552-preamplifier Naim NAP 500 DR Power Amplifier http://hifilounge.co.uk/naim-nap-500-amplifier All Hooked Up With Chord Sarum T cables - http://hifilounge.co.uk/Chord-sarum-t Michell GyroDec Install Up there with the most Iconic turntables ever made and still incredible value, it is always great to install a Michell Engineering GyroDec, this time in the stunning black finish with the SME 309 tonearm and Dynavector 20x2L cartridge, going into a Naim system. Michell Engineering Gyro Dec Turntable http://hifilounge.co.uk/michell-gyro-dec-turntable SME Series 309 Tonearm http://hifilounge.co.uk/sme-series-300-tonearm Dynavector DV-20X2 Low Output Moving Coil Cartridge http://hifilounge.co.uk/dynavector-dv-20x2-hl-cartridge Dynavector P-75 MK 4 Phono Pre-Amplifier And Phono Enhancer http://hifilounge.co.uk/dynavector-p-75-phono-stage-preamplifier Cheers, Paul.
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    HiFi Lounge Goes Motor Racing!

    We're Racing In The Radical SR1 Cup at Silverstone This Saturday, How Exciting! 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 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. Cheers, Paul.
  11. 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. 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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    HiFi Lounge Installs Blog!

    Install Blog - Wilson Audio / Audio Research / SME / Martin Logan / Devialet! 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? 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 We installed the Ref 6 a couple of months ago when the weather was a little cooler - 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. 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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    HiFi Lounge Goes Motor Racing!

    A Big Thanks To Our Radical Sponsors! 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 Mike From Naim Audio http://hifilounge.co.uk/naim-audio Tom From PMC Speakers http://hifilounge.co.uk/pmc-speakers Nigel Representing Trilogy Audio http://hifilounge.co.uk/trilogy Rob From Rega http://hifilounge.co.uk/rega Donal From Atlas Cables http://hifilounge.co.uk/atlas-cables Also here are a few random pics from the day + a couple from when on track - Thanks again everyone for your support, know I just need to start getting faster Cheers. Paul.
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    HiFi Lounge Goes Motor Racing!

    Silverstone Lap + Free Hospitality Results from BTD Day! 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. Everyone else’s times. Cheers, Paul.
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    HiFi Lounge Installs Blog!

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