OPPO Announce The PM-3 Headphones and HA-2 Portable Amp / DAC!

Posted 6 days ago Tags OPPO, OPPO PM-3, OPPO HA-2, hifi lounge,

Hi All,

Well there is certainly no stopping OPPO at the moment as they have just announced that in development they have the PM-3 headphones and the HA-2 portable headphone amplifier and DAC.

The PM-3’s are a further refinement of their Planar Magnetic drivers that are in their excellent PM-1 and PM-2 headphones, this time though they are even easier to drive making them perfect for a portable pair of headphones to be driven from a phone or portable device, especially as they are OPPO first closed back design. As with the PM-1’s and 2’s these use a very similar design meaning that they will be lightweight and extremely comfortable + they fold flat for easy transportation, looks like OPPO have another winner here.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/oppo-pm-3-headphones

Next up is the HA-2, which is an exciting new product just announced by OPPO for users who love their music on the go offering better performance than most smart phones and portable players available today.

It is a Class AB amplifier with a USB DAC offering up to 384 kHz PCM and DSD256. The USB DAC can be used with Apple Iphones and Ipods and all Android devices, the HA-2 also has a 3.5mm input for devices that don’t offer a USB output.

The HA-2 also offers rapid 30 minute charging and can also be used to power your mobile phone.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/oppo-ha-2-headphone-amplifier

More details to follow on both the PM-3’s and the HA-2 as soon as we have them. Needless to say that we will have both on demo once available, In the meantime please find a few pictures below -

OPPO PM-3’s

OPPO HA-2

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Paul.


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Don’t Miss Our 2nd Anniversary Vinyl Day With Rega This Saturday - UPDATED!

Posted 1 week ago Tags Rega, Rega RP10, Rega RP6, hifi lounge,

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Hi all,

Just a quick update to say that we have been busy setting up all day today but are now all ready for a 70’s vinyl fest tomorrow :-)

I’ve been sorting through all my records and actually have more 70’s vinyl than I thought, I’ve been listening to quite a lot of it today to get the vibe going but I resisted listening to Saturday Night Fever as I thought we should save that till tomorrow :-)

Anyway hope to see a few of you tomorrow,

Cheers,

Paul.

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Hi Everyone,

Just thought I’d write a quick post as a gentle reminder to everyone regarding our 2nd Anniversary vinyl bash in collaboration with Rega this Saturday the 18th.

If you love your vinyl, as we do, then this is certainly an open day not to miss as Chris will be here, as he was last year, with a great selection of new and used vinyl for sale, this year he has a credit card machine so beware as once you start flicking through all that vinyl it can become quite addictive :-)

This year we are holding the day with Rega, surely the most well known turntable brand in the world, they have been making decks for over 40 years now, Rob from Rega will be here to help run the day and answer any questions you have, more info below -

http://www.rega.co.uk/hi-fi-lounge-vinyl-open-day-18th-october.html

This year’s theme is 70’s vinyl, I have been buying up some 70’s vinyl from ebay lately and also bought the first 3 Led Zeppelin albums but we definitely need a greater selection so please start flicking through your vinyl collection and bring along any of your favourites from the 1970’s as for me it really was a great era with such a diverse selection which should make it a real fun day.

We will be running a reference Rega system upstairs with their stunning RP10 and downstairs we will run a more modest Rega system comprising of the excellent RP6 turntable, and don’t forget for any Turntable purchases on the day we will be doing special offers on Rega phono stages, details below - 

1, Buy a RP1, RP1 Performance or RP3 Turntable and receive a Fono Mini A2D phono stage worth £89 absolutely free.

2, Buy a RP6 Turntable and receive a Fono MM Phono Stage worth £198 absolutely free.

3, Buy a RP8 or RP10 Turntable with the Rega Apheta Cartridges and save 50% off the price from a Aria Phono Stage, so £399 instead of £798.

You can read more from my original blog regarding the open day below -

http://hifilounge.tumblr.com/post/97717171673/2nd-anniversary-vinyl-bash-in-conjunction-with-rega

Both Wendy and myself really hope that as many of you can come along to help us celebrate our 2nd anniversary along with all things round and plastic this Saturday, particularly from the 1970’s, as last years event was really good fun so can’t wait to do it all again :-)

Thanks,

Paul

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Astell&Kern AK240 BLUENOTE Limited Edition!

Posted 1 week ago Tags Astell&Kern, Astell & Kern AK240, Astell&Kern AK240 Bluenote, hifi lounge,

Hi All,

When I was told about this special edition yesterday I nearly choked on my coffee when I heard the price but now I have had time to look at the package Astell&Kern have put together I actually think that it is a very special package indeed and actually pretty good value for money.

Basically this is a collaboration between Astell&Kern and Blue Note Records to celebrate the record companies 75th Anniversary. There will only be 1000 sets available worldwide with only 10 coming into the UK, the price will be £5000. So now you are thinking the same as me, How Much :-) Where this package really wins other than the Blue AK240, book and nice case is that you also get 75 Blue Note albums in 24 bit on a SD card and  individually packed in a special case with the original artwork along with a really nice storage unit to display them in, if you love your Jazz then this really is a very special package.

We are talking about doing an event around this package in the near future so please keep an eye on our website for more details, and if you would like to place an order please feel free to leave a deposit now to make sure that you don’t miss out.

Please find more info and pictures below -

 Astell&Kern + Blue Note Records

Astell&Kern, the leading hi res portable music player that boasts studio sound quality, has announced a special package partnership with Blue Note Records to commemorate the record company’s 75th anniversary in the world of Jazz and Blues.

75 legendary Blue Note jazz albums that have been remastered in the Hi-Res digital format. Especially, five Blue Note albums make their exclusive hi-res audio debuts with this release: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers’ Mosaic, Tina Brooks’ True Blue, Don Cherry’s Complete Communion, Andrew Hill’s Point Of Departure, and Bobby Hutcherson’s Components.

The gorgeous collection spans Blue Note’s storied history, from Thelonious Monk’s first sessions in 1947 to GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz phenomenon Gregory Porter’s Liquid Spirit. Each album, in high resolution on a microSD card, in an acrylic glass case with original album artwork stacked in a beautiful, decorative tower that can be placed next to your home system for an elegant, luxurious display.

The 75 albums are pre-loaded on the included Astell&Kern AK240 high-resolution audio player, revealing every detail you might not have heard anywhere else, no matter how many times you’ve listened to these albums before.

The lavish collection includes the Blue Note branded Astell&Kern AK240 high-resolution portable audio player, a special hardbound book filled with original album art (front and back cover) for the 75 titles, as well as Richard Havers’ new book, Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression.

The Albums

Cheers,

Paul.


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Latest Arcam News, UDP411, CDS27 and A39!

Posted 1 week ago Tags Arcam, Arcam FMJ, Arcam FMJ UDP411, Arcam FMJ CDS27, Arcam FMJ A39,

Hi Everyone,

Well as we have said before, it is certainly a busy time for Arcam at the moment and as one of our favourite brands it is great to see so many excellent products coming out of Arcam HQ just up the road in Cambridge.

I thought I would just do a quick post with a couple of updates on some of the incoming products, please see below -

Arcam FMJ UDP411 Universal Player.

We took delivery of our demo UDP411 yesterday, this is a product I’ve been looking forward to quite a lot as it is going up head to head against my favourite Blu Ray player brand OPPO with their brilliant 105D player, I listened to an early UDP411 and for out and out sound quality I was really impressed, very different to the OPPO but then choice is always good, but apparently it is even more refined now than a few weeks ago when I listened.

I will run it in first but a player that can play Blu Rays, CD’s, SACD’s and is also a network streamer is always going to be an interesting proposition, please find more info on our site and a few pictures below, needless to say if you’d like a demo please get in touch.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/arcam-fmj-udp411-bd-player

Arcam FMJ A39 Integrated Amplifier

Every now and again a product comes along that just seems to be too good to be true and this is where the A39 comes in, basically this is a slightly cut down version of the awesome A49 and it only costs £1500, using the same Class G technology, I was lucky enough to have a listen to a early version again and I was amazed how close it gets to the A49, obviously it hasn’t got the same power but for normal listening it offers a very similar presentation at a price that I find hard to believe, we should have the A39 on demo shortly, if you are after a new amp then I would highly recommend a listen.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/arcam-fmj-a39

Arcam FMJ CDS27 Player

For the last piece of news, Arcam will shortly also have their new audio only player available, basically the CDS27 replaces the CD17 and CD37 and will play CD’s, SACD’s and is also a network steamer up to 24/192 and at a price of £800, what is not to like. 

It uses the class leading TI/ Burr Brown PCM1794 DAC and also uses a high precision re-clocking system along with a new specially designed power supply. The player has single-ended and balanced outputs so again I am expecting big things of the CDS27.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/arcam-fmj-cds27

So as you can see it is certainly a busy time for Arcam and great to see them really getting stuck back into the 2 channel market again where so many of us first really got into hifi with Arcam.

Next up will be the P49 and C49 but that is for another blog, if any Arcam products do take your interest please do get in touch as we will have the full range on demo.

Cheers,

Paul.


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Devialet’s SAM Comes to PMC’s Twenty Range Of Speakers!

Posted 2 weeks ago Tags Devialet, PMC Speakers,

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Hi Everyone,

I was just about to finish for the day when one of my customer let me know that he had just seen that Devialet’s revolutionary Speaker Active Matching or SAM technology is now available on PMC’s Twenty range of speakers, so I just thought I’d quickly mention it as this will be really interesting and something I can’t wait to try, especially on the awesome Twenty.26’s :-)

At the moment the Twenty.23’s, 24’s and 26’s have all been SAM’d, I will try all these combinations later in the week and let you know what I think but from what speakers I have tried so far with SAM applied I am really expecting great things.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/devialet

http://hifilounge.co.uk/pmc-speakers

Hopefully the below should make a stunning combination!

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Cheers,

Paul.


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The Best Vinyl News Of All Time :-)

Posted 2 weeks ago Tags hifi lounge,

Hi All,

There have been Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin remasters lately but this is the one I have been waiting for, Bruce Springsteen is re-releasing his first 7 albums remastered from the original master tapes as a box set on the 17th November as both CD and Vinyl :-) For me it doesn’t get any better than this although I must say though that it is a shame that there is no 24 Bit download available at the same time, but for me the vinyl is what I am most excited by, follow the link for more information -

http://brucespringsteen.net/news/2014/bruce-springsteen-the-album-collection-vol-1-1973-1984-boxed-set-out-november-17

For me the best of Bruce’s work were his first 4 albums, I grew up listening to these on my walkman with my first weeks wages going on Bruce’s back catalogue on tape back in ‘85, according to the reports, thanks to new mastering techniques there is a new level of detail on these albums that have never been heard before which really is fantastic news for all Bruce fans, I just can’t wait to sit back and re-visit these classic albums.

It is a real shame that the box set isn’t going to be released in time for our 2nd anniversary vinyl day on October 18th as it would have been fun to play a few tracks but maybe we should arrange another Bruce Springsteen day but this time just working through all 7 albums in order, now that sounds like fun :-)

Talking of our 70’s themed vinyl day in a couple of weeks, details below, I have been buying up a fair bit of 70’s vinyl lately, I have just got round to ordering the re-mastered Led Zeppelin box sets + I’ve just bought my 2 favourite Bowie albums on vinyl, Scary Monsters and Hunky Dory along with some Bread and Carpenters vinyl classics for a bit more laid back listening, but if you have got some 70’s vinyl please do bring it along to our vinyl day to give it a spin.

So although the new Bruce vinyl won’t be out in time for our vinyl day I do have the original versions so I guess we could still play a couple of tracks, anyway hope to see you at our Vinyl day on October 18th.

http://hifilounge.tumblr.com/post/97717171673/2nd-anniversary-vinyl-bash-in-conjunction-with-rega

Cheers,

Paul.


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Chord Hugo Now Available in Black Plus Leather Case!

Posted 2 weeks ago Tags Chord Hugo, hifi lounge,

Hi All,

Just a quickie to let everyone know that the awesome Chord Hugo is now available in Satin Black plus there is a really nice leather case that is also available in black or tan leather which protects Hugo but also allows you to strap your source device directly to it securely.

The Hugo really is one of those products that doesn’t come along too often that catches everyones imagination and almost over night becomes a huge success, I know that it even Chord were caught out by the demand.

Anyway we have it on permanent demo and personally I couldn’t live without a Hugo in my life and for anyone who loves their music and travels a lot it is the perfect companion plus where it wins also is that it is a brilliant DAC that can sit at the heart of any HiFi system, regardless of value.

We will be holding a Hugo open day in collaboration with Chord in the not too distant future so please keep an eye out for that.

Please find a few pictures and info below, any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we do try to carry Hugo’s and cases in stock at all times.

Black Hugo

http://hifilounge.co.uk/chord-hugo-black

Leather Case

http://hifilounge.co.uk/chord-hugo-case

Cheers,

Paul.


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A Big Thanks To Everyone Who Came To Our Highend Headphones Launch!

Posted 2 weeks ago Tags hifi lounge,

Hi Everyone,

Sorry this has taken so long to post, it has been a busy few days, but both Wendy and myself wanted to say a huge thanks to everyone who came along to the launch of our new shop ‘Highend Headphones’ and helped make it such a special and fun day, as ever it was great to see so many familiar and new faces.

We’d also like to thanks Shaun who came along from KS Distribution and ran the Final Audio Design workshop where customers could build their own Final Audio Design in ears which proved to be very successful, it involved a little patience and a tube of glue so I decided to stay away but everyone else were really happy with the results. 

It took a few late nights last week to get it ready and my main concern was that we hadn’t tested the network to get music to all the amps but luckily it held out until the end of the day when it got a little flaky and is still playing up today but at least we got through the launch event :-) Some more investigating needed later.

We’ve just got the smaller room to kit out now which we will use as a portable systems room for Astell&Kern, Hugo etc with in-ears and cheaper headphones. Once that is done we will start to think of some open day ideas, we have been talking to Chord Electronics about perhaps doing a Hugo event later this year or maybe early next year so look out for that one, and also I like the idea of a headphone listening party where we hook up 20+ amps and run over 20 pairs of headphones with everyone listening to the same classic albums, just an idea, but could be fun.

So a big thanks again and now we are open if anyone would like to explore how fantastic listening to music on great cans can sound please get in touch to arrange a demo and please keep an eye on the Highend Headphones website as we are constantly looking at new and exciting developments in the headphone arena.

Please find a few pictures from the event below -

This is the favourite part of the new shop :-)

Final Audio Design Workshop Proved Very Popular.

And in the main room it was starting to get busy.

Champagne anyone?

And that was that.

Thanks again,

Cheers,

Paul.


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Today Is D-Day Ahead Of Highend Headphones Showroom Launch Party Tomorrow!

Posted 3 weeks ago Tags hifi lounge,

Hi All,

Just a quick blog to say that we are sailing pretty close to the wind regarding the launch party tomorrow for our new Highend Headphones showroom but after a week of 10pm finishes it really is all starting to all come together and the end is in sight, I have to say that it is really looking pretty good.

I’ll keep this short for a change as really need to get back over there and get everything working, we did have one scare as for some reason the power sockets for all the amps kept blowing a fuse, I have been testing them over the last couple of days and they seem ok at the moment so fingers crossed.

Anyway look forward to seeing some of you tomorrow, we will have croissants and coffee for breakfast followed by nibbles around lunchtime, also don’t forget that for any headphone related purchases tomorrow there will be 10% off to celebrate our launch. I have actually decided to carry the discount on till Friday 3rd of October for anyone who can’t make the launch or would like to come in for some critical listening when it isn’t an open day.

Below are a couple of pics of the work in progress -

Amp testing earlier in the week.

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This was yesterday with a pretty awesome surprise being painted by our artist friend Stephen Hill at the entrance.

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Cheers,

Paul.


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Highend Headphones Story At The National Audio Show 2014!

Posted 3 weeks ago Tags nas14, National Audio Show, Headzone, hifi lounge,

Hi Everyone,

I’m a bit late posting this but it took a while to catch up after showing at the National Audio show at the weekend, but the good news it that we pulled it off, after what seemed like months of planning I’m pleased to say that it all went off pretty smoothly and we’ve had some great feedback since the show which is great news, so I guess that means that Highend Headphones is now out there as a real company :-)

Firstly I’d like to thank three guys who started off as customers and have become friends for helping run the stand, first a big up to Ross for helping set up on the Friday and help run the stand on both days, who knew he was such a good salesman, especially when it came to Stax, and also a big thanks to Ady and Kyri for all their efforts at the weekend, thrown in totally at the deep end but they both took to it like a duck to water, we really wouldn’t have coped without their help, thanks guys, also a big thanks to my nephew Sean and his girlfriend Sophie for making sure everyone got a leaflet when they walked in the entrance and for general promotion duties, what a team :-)

Finally I’d like to thank all the manufacturer’s who supported us by taking space in the Headzone under the Highend Headphones banner, so thanks to Chord Electronics, Audeze, Astell&Kern, Grado, Atlas Cables, Aedle, OPPO, Ultrasone and Fostex for all your efforts.

So in the end it was extremely hard work, from squeezing everything into the van, how taking a few headphones turned into what we ended up doing I’m still not sure, to setting up, running the stand and breaking it all down at the end of Sunday, but it was all very rewarding and great fun.

It all went reasonably smoothly, it did take a while to get 20+ amps running from 4 sources , at one point I really did think that I had bitten off more than I could chew but at the last minute, well around 9.30pm on Friday it all came together. The only real issue we had was that we went in on Saturday morning and the credit card machine had a critical failure over night but fair play to Worldpay as they sent a guy out with a new machine within 3 hours who stayed to get it all working and we were back up and running by midday, great service.

Here is a couple of blogs from Chris Martens from HiFi+ regarding Headzone this year -

http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/headzones-at-the-national-audio-show-2014-part-1/

http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/headzones-at-the-national-audio-show-2014-part-2/

Anyway thanks again to everyone, look forward to doing it all again next year, below are a few pics of our adventures at the weekend -

A week before the show we went for a quick look.

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Off we go.

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Time to get busy.

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Let the show begin.

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In the blink of an eye it was all over!

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What a team, minus Kyri, and still smiling :-)

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So now it is just the small task of carrying on setting up the Highend Headphone shop in readiness for the launch on Saturday, still so much to do.

Cheers,

Paul.


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