Highend Headphones Showroom Launch Party + National Audio Show!

Posted 1 week ago Tags Headphones, Stax, Grado, Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser, HiFiMan, OPPO Ultrasone, Fostex, chord electronics, Audeze, Astell&Kern, hifi lounge,

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Highend Headphones Launch Event September 27th!

Hi Everyone,

A couple of dates for everyones diary’s, the first is Saturday September 27th which is our new shop launch for Highend Headphones, all being well it will all be kitted out and up and running by then as there still seems so much to do but now that the floor is down and the security all finished it is just  a matter of getting all the furniture in place and plugging everything in, it seems to have taken ages to get this far so both myself and Wendy can’t wait to open the doors to everyone.

Many of the manufacturer’s will be on hand to answer and questions and help run the event, also for one day only we will be offering 10% off any headphones, amps, dacs or cables that are bought at the launch event so a great time to save a few pounds.

Also in our smaller demo room Final Audio Design will be running workshops where you can build your own Heaven II earphones, this has never been done before outside of Japan where it always proves to be a a massive success. The Heaven II’s get great reviews and by building them yourselves you can tune the bass to a response that suits you, these will be limited in numbers so we may have to to a first come first served basis, more news to follow on this.

Both Wendy and myself are really looking forward to putting Highend Headphones out there as there really is no one doing Headphones like this in the UK where you can come and try all the best headphones and amps all under one roof, in a beautiful setting with no pressure sales, just sit back, relax and choose the right headphones for you.

We will have refreshments throughout the day with croissants and coffee for the early risers and nibbles throughout the rest of the day.

If you are planning to come along please feel free to let me know at paul@highendheadphones.co.uk, look forward to seeing you on the 27th!

Headzone @ The National Audio Show September 21st/22nd!

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We certainly don’t like to make life easy for ourselves as the week before our new shop launch we are packing up Highend Headphones and taking it all to the National Audio Show at Whittlebury Hall over the weekend of September 21st and 22nd as we take over the whole of the ‘Headzone’ Hall.

This is a brilliant audio show that I have attended for the last few years but this year we have been in discussion with the organisers for some time to taking the Headzone area to the next level, so there are going to be 12 stands that we are going to fill with the help of the manufacturers that have offered their support, we will be taking all the brands we represent but the below will have their own stands -

  • Fostex - Showing the new TH-500’s along with the TH-600’s and TH-900’s
  • Ultrasone - Showing the awesome Edition 5, Only 20 pairs available in the UK + the rest of their range
  • OPPO - With the new PM-2 Headphones along with the PM-1 and HA-1.
  • Chord - Showing the amazing little Hugo, this product really is a game changer
  • Grado - With the full range of their new ‘e’ Series of headphones
  • Audeze - Showing their complete range of LCD-2’s, LCD-3’s, LCD-X’s and LCD-XC’s
  • Astell&Kern - Bringing along the best portable players in the world with the AK100 II, AK120 II and AK240
  • Atlas Cables with Aedle Headphones - running 4 identical rigs showing the difference cables make in a highend rig by swapping over different cable ranges.

Plus Highend Headphones will have a large part of the display area to represent all the other brands like, Stax, HiFiMan, Beyerdynamic, Abyss, Sennheiser, Final Audio Design, McIntosh, Trilogy, Burson and Bryston + others so it is certainly going to be a week getting set up for this one. The Headzone area has now been moved into the Brooklands Suite which is right near the main entrance so very easy to find this year, please see the floor plan of where to find us.

Also for any purchases at the show we have worked with everyone to be able to offer 10% off for anything purchased at the show, if you would like anymore information regarding this please feel free to get in touch.

Please find a link below to the National Audio Shows website below and we hope to see you there.

http://www.chestergroup.org/nationalaudioshow/2014

http://www.chestergroup.org/nationalaudioshow/2014/news/2014/07/29/highend-headphones-to-sponsor-headzones

So it looks like September is going to be a very busy month :-)

Thanks,

Paul


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Something New From Bryston, The BDP-1USB Media Player!

Posted 1 week ago Tags Bryston, Bryston digital player, Bryston BDP-1, Bryston BDP-1USB, hifi lounge,

Hi Everyone,

It’s certainly been quite a while since there has been a new product announcement from Bryston and I guess this is more of an revisement rather than a new product but it is certainly a good idea, so basically Bryston have now added the BDP-1USB to their range.

The idea is that if you have a USB DAC like the BDA-2 you can run direct from the BDP-1USB via USB meaning that you don’t need an internal sound card creating a cheaper product, the difference between this version is that it only has a USB output, so no SPDIF or AES, I run the BDP-2 via USB out into my BDA-2 and I have to say that it offers the cleanest presentation I have ever heard.

The Bryston digital players have always sounded amazing and with the versatility of being able to read from an attached hard drive or thumb drive as well as reading from NAS drives it really is a very complete digital source.

Still waiting on price and availability to be confirmed - 

http://hifilounge.co.uk/Bryston-bdp-1usb

Spec Below -

  • EXCELLENCE in digital playback is a cost-no-object endeavor, but expense in engineering should not demand unnecessary features. If your digital-to-analog converter features only a USB input, or USB is the best sounding way to connect your source, choose Bryston’s BDP-1USB.
  • SOUND QUALITY When used with a USB DAC the expensive custom audiophile sound card found in our BDP-2 serves no purpose. The BDP-1USB eliminates this cost and saves you money with no sound quality penalty. The system is powered by a noiseless linear power supply which will not pollute the delicate digital audio path or your AC mains. It can also comfortably manage complex music libraries of up to 30,000 tracks stored on either locally connected USB drives or your home NAS.
  • FEATURES A vast array of features such as UPnP compatibility, Squeezebox® emulation, DoP (DSD over PCM), and more are all built in to our intuitive and attractive firmware accessible from practically all web browsers.
  • CONTROL Comfortably control your BDP-1USB from your chair using Android or iOS tablets and mobile phones using our built-in interface or your choice of many 3rd party apps.
  • You just discovered the perfect partner for your USB DAC. Hear the most engaging musical experience possible—Bryston’s new BDP-1USB.

Features:

  • Linear Power Supply - not switching common to computers and other digital music players
  • 4 USB inputs/outputs any of which can be used to connect mass storage or Digital to Analog Converter
  • Back bottom USB provides high current for large capacity buss powered hard drives
  • Fast Ethernet 100mbps connectivity to network Connect to music stored on NAS
  • UPnP/DLNA Client, Server, Renderer availability Large library support up to 30,000 tracks Gapless playback
  • Intuitive Graphical User Interface accessible by virtually all web-browsers including on mobile devices.
  • Support for FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, MP3, and a huge variety of other audio formats
  • Seamless control with iOS, Android, or other mobile devices
  • Bit perfect digital audio playback Compatible with Asynchronous USB DACs
  • DSD over PCM (DoP) playback with compatible DACs 5 year parts and labor warranty

Cheers,

Paul.


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New Beyerdynamic A2 Headphone Amplifier On Demo!

Posted 2 weeks ago Tags beyerdynamic, Beyerdynamic A2, Beyerdynamic Headphone Amplifier, hifi lounge,

Hi Everyone,

I Just wanted to post that we now have the new Beyerdynamic A2 Headphone Amplifier on demo, it is notable for a couple of features, firstly as you would expect from anything built in Germany it is beautifully finished, it really feels quite solid and well made, it also comes with a remote control which is something that more and more amps are now coming with which I feel is quite important as I do like to sit back when listening on headphones so a remote is quite handy. 

Another couple of novel features worth mentioning are that it comes with a headphone stand that you fit to the bottom of the A2 if you want to use it, also the Beyer logo is visible on the top plastic with 5 orange bulbs that glow when it is switched on giving it a valve’esq appearance which I quite like, I guess it would have been nice if this could have been turned off though if not wanted, and finally on the bottom you can alter the gain and output impedance so you can match it perfectly to your chosen cans, oh yeah and it can run 2 pairs of headphones.

So I think it is fair to say that features wise it ticks all the boxes and should be taken very seriously if you are looking for a new headphone amp. How does it sound? well I used my Beyerdynamic T1’s with it and I have to say the thing that hits you first is how smooth and natural it sounds, all the detail and dynamics are there but it just sounds so right, with the super comfy T1’s on this is a system you really could get lost in for hours, there is a richness and effortless that just lets the music flow, it probably isn’t the most insightful amp I have heard like say the Bryston BHA-1 but it is most definitely one of the most musical, so it really does depend what presentation you are looking for, it is priced at £1299.

You can find more info below and a few pictures, please feel free to get in touch to give the A2 a try with a selection of the best headphones currently available today.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/beyerdynamic-a2-headphone-amplifier

Cheers,

Paul.


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New Highend Headphones Logo!

Posted 2 weeks ago Tags hifi lounge,

Hi Everyone,

A really quick one this as I sit here on one of our quieter Saturday afternoons, I just thought I would post our new Highend Headphone Logo, I was really happy with our original logo that our web designer Jstyla came up with but we employed a graphics company to reproduce it in the different formats to be able to use for print and in true designer fashion he just couldn’t help himself and began to tinker, in the end he has come up with something that retains the original design but refines it a little and brings it closer to the HiFi Lounge Logo.

Original Logo

New Logo


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Grado Art + New Grado ‘e’ Series Headphones On Demo!

Posted 2 weeks ago


Hi All,

Whilst I was changing the Grado product ranges over to the new ‘e’ series on the website the other day I noticed that Grado have a done a funky set of pictures for their new range of headphones so I thought it would be cool to post them up here.

Also you can check out their new ‘e’ Series below, we have got a selection on demo + you will be able to hear them at the Headzone at the National Audio show, Whittlebury Hall on September 21/22 as we take over the headphone department, more news to follow on that next week.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/grado-headphones

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Cheers,

Paul.


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Ultrasone Edition 5 Headphones - The Worlds Best Closed Back Cans!

Posted 2 weeks ago Tags Ultrasone, Ultrasone Headphones, Untrasone Edition 5 Headphones, Ultrasone Edition 5, hifi lounge,


Hi All,

Yesterday I was lucky enough to spend some time listening to the very special Ultrasone Edition 5 Headphones, these are special for so many reasons, which I will go through shortly.

I did listen to these briefly at Munich back in May and was instantly impressed so when the Ultrasone guys offered to pop over for an extended listen, well I wasn’t going to say no.

Firstly there are only 555 pairs of Ultrasone Edition 5’s available worldwide with only 20 pairs coming into the UK making them a true collectors piece and an instant classic, also they are made from only premium organic materials so they have aluminium cups and headband, the earcups are made from bog oak meaning that they are 100’s of years old which give them a beautiful rich colour and unique grain, then the headband and earcups are lined with Ethiopian sheepskin, used for isolation, breathing ability and true comfort, it is obvious to see that Ultrasone have chosen these material very carefully which all helps to create a truly unique headphone.

As well as the very special materials used they also include an enhanced version of Ultrasone’s patented S-Logic technology called S-Logic EX, which helps give their headphones a more spatial, natural and open sound and it really does work, again making Ultrasone sound like no other headphone and closer to a highend pair of speakers.

Anyway that is all the spec, most importantly how do they sound? well firstly you can’t fail but to be impressed by their build quality and just how light and comfortable they are, these easily rival the Stax SR-009’s for being the most comfortable headphones I have ever tried, you just don’t know you are wearing them, listening for hours just wouldn’t be a problem. 

As for sound quality, well I knew they would be good but listening to music I actually know rather than show music really amazed me just how good these are, totally effortless, smooth, detailed, great bass weight, big soundstage but mostly just so musical, natural and listenable, so when you put this together with the comfort factor you end up with most definitely the best closed back headphones that I have listened to by some margin and to be fair one of the top 3 headphones I have ever heard regardless of closed or open back, they really are that good.

My only complaint is that they are only making 555 pairs, this is a real shame as even at their retail price of £3000 they are worth every penny, to get close to this performance from a pair of speakers you really would need to spend well over 10K or 20K, hopefully once they have all sold Ultrasone will bring out a full retail pair using the same technology.

Due to the fact that there is only 20 pairs coming into the UK we don’t have the Edition 5’s on permanent demo, which is a shame, but with a days notice we can get the UK demo pair in so please feel free to get in touch to make an appointment to hear what I consider to be a stunning pair of cans that I am actually considering buying a pair for myself.

We will also have these on demo at the National Audio Show at Whittlebury Hall this coming September 21st/22nd as Highend Headphones will be running this years ‘Headzone’ more news to follow shortly.

Please find more info below and a few pictures - 

http://hifilounge.co.uk/ultrasone-edition-5-headphones

Cheers.

Paul.


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Full Audeze Headphone Range Reduced In Price!

Posted 3 weeks ago Tags Audeze, Audeze headphones, hifi lounge,

Hi Everyone,

This is just a quick message to let everyone know that we have just been notified that to keep everything in line with the US Dollar that the UK pricing for all Audeze headphones has just been reduced by around £100 for each model, some by more.

Please see below for the new pricing, it goes without saying that we are huge Audeze fans at HiFi Lounge so it is great news that they monitor this situation and act accordingly.

We have the full range of Audeze on permanent demonstration with a selection of the best headphone amps currently available in the UK to help get the best out of the Audeze range.

Please see the below link for the full range available and please feel free to come in anytime to try these fantastic planar headphones out -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/audeze

New Pricing - 

  • Audeze LCD-2 Bamboo Headphones - Were £899 Now £799
  • Audeze LCD-2 Rosewood Headphones - Were £1025 Now £899
  • Audeze LCD-X Headphones - Were £1525 Now £1399
  • Audeze LCD-XC Headphones - Were £1600 Now £1499
  • Audeze LCD-3 Headphones - Were £1725 Now £1599

Any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thanks,

Paul.


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HiFiMan HE-560 Headphones Now On Demo!

Posted 1 month ago Tags HiFiMan, HiFiMan Headphones, HiFiMan HE-560 Headphones, HiFiMan HE-560, Hifi Lounge,


Hi All,

We seem to have been waiting for ages to get our hands on HiFiMan’s new HE-560 headphones, I heard them first at the Munich Highend Show back in May and was instantly impressed so I was really pleased when a HiFiMan labelled box arrived yesterday.

These headphones are entering a very competitive area of the higher end headphone market and being the direct replacement for the excellent HE-500’s they certainly have big shoes to fill. HiFiman are probably best known for making pretty much the hardest headphone to drive on the planet with the excellent HE-6’s, the HE-560’s are still use a planar driver like the HE-6’s but are much easier to drive. 

HiFiMan have also started again with the ergonomics of their headphones so we now have a redesigned headband, very reminiscent of the Stax SR-009’s if i’m honest, but they are considered one of the most comfortable headphones around so not a bad idea to copy that. The HE-560’s are also quite a bit lighter than their previous offerings and with the new ear cup design they are much more comfortable for longer listening sessions.

I have only just un-boxed them and will be running them in for the next few days but obviously I couldn’t resist a quick listen, and straight away they impress with a very open mid, a detailed but smooth’ish treble with a tight and punchy bottom end, I can really see that once these are run in they will be unbeatable at their price point.

They come in at £650, you can see more info below on our website, also please find a few pictures below, if you’d like to come in for a listen then please feel free.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/hifiman-he-500-headphones

Cheers,

Paul.


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Musical Fidelity NuVista 800, The Ultimate Integrated Amp?

Posted 1 month ago Tags Musical Fidelity, Musical Fidelity NuVista 800,

Hi All,

Last week I had the pleasure of spending some time listening to Musical Fidelity’s new monster integrated amp, the NuVista 800, to be honest I haven’t heard any of the original NuVista products launched back in 1999, but I am constantly reading HiFi Mags and often hear about the ‘much loved MF NuVista products from years back’ so when I was offered the opportunity to have a listen to the new NuVista offering I jumped at the chance.

From what I understand is that NuVista tubes offer many advantages over standard valves like better reliability, more consistant matching, they are smaller and run cooler + offering much better performance, apparently they were developed by RCA in the 50’s for TV’s and the like but around 15 years ago MF started using them in their NuVista HiFi range of components, but their availability was limited as there weren’t too many of the bases left that the valves sit in, so MF ended up with stacks of tubes left but no bases, now MF’s boss Antony Michaelson didn’t give up on the NuVista technology and after years of searching he came across more NuVista bases which he ended buying the whole lot meaning that NuVista is back.

Now the NuVista 800 really is a sight to behold, it is a beautiful piece of engineering, it is definitely a 2 man lift coming in at a back breaking 45kgs and it is certainly no shrinking violet as this is a big amp, its basic design is a hybrid so it uses the NuVista valves for the pre-amp section and uses a solid state dual mono design derived from MF’s Titan amp to create 300 watts per channel power amp section.

But what does it sound like? Well for our listening we used the Magneplanar 1.7’s panels with their additional bass panels, Maggies are notoriously hard to drive but when driven properly they really do sing, and this is what the NuVista 800 achieved, what is great is that the valve pre section just added a hint of warmth which made vocal tracks sound gorgeous but the power amp section really got hold of the Maggies in a way that I have never heard before, I can honestly say that I have tried our Maggie 1.7’s on a lot of amps and I have never heard them sound this good, I can only imagine what the bigger 3.7’s would sound like when driven by the NuVista 800.

It will be priced at £7999 which to be fair is a lot of money for an integrated amp, but the NuVista 800 doesn’t perform like any other integrated, it really is like a Pre/Power combo and with the NuVista Tubes really does offer something quite unique and really does have to be heard to be appreciated, we will hopefully have a NuVista 800 on demo in around a month so please do get in touch to arrange a demo.

Please find more information below on our website + here are a few pictures that really don’t do it justice.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/musical-fidelity-nuvista-800

I’m sure I could see the wooden shelf bowing under the weight.

4 NuVista Tubes glowing.

Beautifully Machined Military Spec Aluminium Front Panel.

Getting the best out of the Maggies.

Stock Picture.

Cheers,

Paul.


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Thanks To Everyone Who Came On Saturday And Helped Make Our Naim Day Such a Success!

Posted 1 month ago Tags Naim, Naim Audio, hifi lounge,

Hi Everyone,

Both Wendy and myself just wanted to say a huge thanks you to everyone who came along to our Naim Summer Party on Saturday and helped make it such a success, we certainly had the weather on our side.

We were expecting quite a large turnout but as the day got into full swing I was amazed how many people were here, at one point the car park was full and people were still streaming in, it really was a fun day and so nice to see so many our Naim customers as well as many new faces, with people coming from all over the country.

I also want to thank Mark, Phil and Grace from Naim for helping organise, setup and run the event, true pro’s that seemed busy all day talking and deming the Naim range, we certainly couldn’t have pulled it off without their help, have to say that I think Muso really was the star of the show which got great feedback from everyone who heard it with everyone agreeing that it was great value for money and just couldn’t believe the sound quality from such a device, Naim certainly are going to have a huge success on their hands with Muso.

I also want to send a big thanks out to Team HFL super subs, Ross, Ady and Damian who really did go above and beyond the call of duty running the BBQ and serving drinks, at one point they just couldn’t get the burgers and sausages on the BBQ quick enough, we bought about 150 burgers and 150 sausages and one point it really did look like we were going to run out of food, luckily this didn’t happen and everyone seemed to enjoy the grub, thanks guys, top job and we’ve had no reports of food poisoning yet which is always a bonus :-)

So once again thanks to everyone who helped out and also thanks to everyone who came along as events like this wouldn’t be the success they are without the support of our excellent customers, hope to see you at our next one :-)

Below are a few snaps that Wendy took throughout the day - 

The New shop gets it first use :-)

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Phil did a stirling job running through the Uniti Range + demoing Muso.

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Starting to get busy.

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Look out Jamie Oliver.

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And Relax, The serving up 100+ burgers and Sausages Ady, Damian and Ross take a much deserved rest. 

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Muso, Sure to be a huge success.

Thanks again,

Paul and Wendy.


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