2nd Anniversary Vinyl Bash in Conjunction With Rega with a 70’s twist - October 18th!

Posted 5 days ago Tags Rega, Rega RP10, Rega RP8, Rega RP6, Rega RP3, Rega RP1, Rega Turntables, hifi lounge,

Hi Everyone,

Wow, where did that last year go, it only seems like yesterday that we were preparing for our 1st anniversary and here we are a year later making plans for our 2nd Anniversary. This is a very special one for me as when we were discussing starting a HiFi shop I hoped we would make it to 2 years as I knew we had enough money to pay the rent till then but I had no idea what would be in store after that, luckily everyone has been brilliant and we are still here and fighting fit, so thanks to everyone who has helped support us so far and has made this the perfect job, well that is if you can call it work :-)

So after the success of last years vinyl bash we promised to make it a yearly anniversary event, this year it is made even more special as we are holding it in collaboration with Rega, probably the worlds most Iconic and successful turntable manufacturer around who have been making turntables for over 40 years now. There aren’t many vinyl lovers who haven’t owned a Rega deck at some point in their lives, so Rob from Rega will be here all day to answer any questions you may have and to help spin the tunes all day.

As last year Chris, and hopefully Martin, will be coming along with their great selection of new and used vinyl for sale, this proved extremely popular last year, and ended up costing me a small fortune as I couldn’t resist adding to our collection, if I remember right we went on late into the evening with people still buying vinyl at 8pm, then running upstairs to put it on for a quick listen, be warned, buying vinyl can become a real addiction.

This year we will have 2 vinyl systems setup, downstairs we will be running the excellent Rega RP6 with a Dynavector 10x5 cartridge, a match made in heaven in my opinion, we will run this through the Fono MM Phono Stage going into the excellent Rega Elicit-R amp with a pair of Rega speakers which are to be confirmed. In our upstairs demo room will be running the stunning RP10 turntable with the Apheta cartridge, if you love your vinyl you really do need to hear this turntable, we will run that into Rega’s Reference Ios phono stage then into the Rega Osiris flagship amplifier and a pair of PMC Fact.12’s or Twenty.26’s to finish of the system. Don’t tell anyone but there were rumours that Rega may be able to bring along their state of the art Naiad £30,000 turntable, this is far from guaranteed as none are available just yet but we live in hope :-)

In celebration of our 2nd Anniversary and as part of our partnership with Rega we are offering some special packages for any Turntables purchased on the day, please see below for more details -

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 see the full Rega range on our website below -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/rega

This event last year was great fun, one of the best we did, this year to keep it fresh we would like to try and do it with a 1970’s theme, don’t worry you haven’t got to dress up in flares and wear flowery skirts, but please feel free to do so if you want to :-) It would be great if we can play 70’s music all day as it was such a brilliant era for music in general. I will need some help here though as I haven’t got loads of 70’s vinyl what with being a bit of an 80’s boy. So if you’ve got any vinyl from that era that you’d like to hear through a great system please feel free to bring it in, this can be from any genre from dance, jazz, blues and rock etc.

We will have croissants and coffee for breakfast with nibbles throughout the day, so look forward to seeing as many of you as possible to help celebrate our 2nd Birthday but more importantly to have the chance to play some great music throughout the day.

Here are a couple of pictures rom last years event -

Cheers,

Paul.


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Obravo HAMT-1 Headphones On Demo, Offering Something Very Different!

Posted 6 days ago Tags Obravo Headphones, Obravo HAMT-1, Obravo HAMT-1 Headphones, hifi lounge,

Hi All,

Now I have to admit that until last Friday I had never heard of the Obravo HAMT-1 headphones but when Ricardo from Absolute Sounds came in last Friday saying that he had found a new headphone that he thought was amazing, well I just had to have a listen.

Where the HAMT-1 stands on its own is that it uses Air Motion Transformer technology, or AMT for short, for the tweeter, this is considered by many speaker manufacturer’s to be the best tweeter technology available but as I understand it this technology can only be used for tweeters so the HAMT-1 uses a more standard dynamic driver for bass duties, so now along with Electrostatic, Planar Magnetic and Dynamic headphones we have a 4th technology enter the headphone arena, needless to say I couldn’t wait to strap them on my head for a listen.

First off as seems the case with higher end headphones nowadays, they come presented in a nice cloth bag which is wrapped round a very solid flight case type carry case, once you open the case you can’t help but be impressed with the overall style of these headphones, they are certainly unique with a hint of Abyss about them, once on they sit quite snug and are very comfortable, the only 2 negative comments I would make so far is that I would like the cable to be longer than the 1m supplied and also I really feel that a headphone at this price point, around £1500, should come with a meatier cable and with a 6.3mm jack as opposed to the 3.5mm minijack, although an adaptor is supplied.

So how do they sound? very different is the word, the HAMT-1 definitely brings a different presentation to the table, I have to admit that initially I was a little underwhelmed but I have a feeling that these examples are brand new out of the box as after about an hour of listening I found them getting better and better so I am leaving them running today so I can have another listen tonight. From my initial listen the vocal seemed very clean and neutral but where these headphones really win is on bass weight and drive, they have a real solid punch which is tight and controlled, I compared them directly against the Audeze LCD-X’s and the HAMT-1 offered a far fuller bass presentation with real power at the bottom end, I am expecting when I re-visit them tonight after running them all day that the mid will have filled out a little.

These are not a Sennheiser HD800 as they offer a slightly more laid back presentation overall with more clout at the bottom but I do have to say that after spending a couple of hours listening last night that I can’t wait to re-visit them tonight to see how they perform after getting 24 hours on them as they definitely offer a different alternative to what is already out there in the headphone market and that can only be a good thing.   

We have exclusive rights on the HAMT-1 for the first month on sale in the UK and will have the only pair available at the moment on show at the National Audio Show’s Headzone this weekend plus we will have them on demo at our Highend Headphone shop launch on 27th September, so please pop by and say hello and give the HAMT-1 a listen as I will be interested to get other peoples thoughts.

Please see some pictures below and a link to Obravo’s website - 

http://www.obravo-global.com/Product/overview.aspx?id=24

Cheers,

Paul.


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HiFiMan HE-400i Headphones Now Available!

Posted 1 week ago Tags HiFiMan, HiFiMan Headphones, HiFiMan HE-400i, HE-400i Headphones, HiFiMan HE-400i Headphones,

Hi Everyone,

This is just a quick post to say that I have just got notification from the HiFiMan UK Distributor that the much anticipated HiFiMan HE-400i’s are now in the country and are available to buy from today, ready for immediate despatch, now I haven’t heard them but Mark, the distributor, was quite blown away when I spoke to him this morning so it certainly sounds like they are quite a special headphone, especially at that price point.

Now I can honestly say that I have never had so many enquiries about a single headphone before as I have with the HE-400i’s so with the limited numbers available from this shipment I don’t expect them to be around for long, the good news is that Highend Headphones / HiFi Lounge have managed to secure exclusive rights for this week up till the National Audio Show this weekend, where we will have the first UK showing of the HE-400i’s.

So if you would like to guarantee a pair which can be shipped direct to you from the distributor on a next day service then please feel free to ring 01767 448121 to place your order, without trying to sound too much like a salesman, I really can’t see this initial shipment lasting past the weekend.

They are priced at £360 + £10 shipping if required, please find more details in the link below -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/hifiman-he-400i-headphones

Below are a few quick pictures that were mailed over to me from the Distributor as he was amazed at the level of packaging and overall quality for a headphone at this price point.

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Cheers,

Paul.


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OPPO PM-2 Headphones Now On Demo!

Posted 2 weeks ago Tags OPPO, OPPO Headphones, OPPO PM-1, OPPO PM-2, OPPO HA-1,

Hi All,

Just a quick update in between being busy putting furniture together for the new headphone shop launch in a couple of weeks to say that we now have the much anticipated new OPPO PM-2 headphones on permanent demo.

I think it is fair to say that the OPPO PM-1’s have been extremely well received and really bought something different to the headphone arena what with being very easy to drive, extremely comfortable and offering a very insightful, detailed and clean sound whilst retaining a little warmth, the beauty of using planar drivers.

So how will the PM-2 compare being that they are £400 cheaper and uses the same drivers as the PM-1, well sonically they are quite similar but there is just a tad more refinement and control with the PM-1 which doesn’t take anything away from the PM-2 as a £400 saving is not to be sniffed at, a lot of the saving has been made by using cheaper materials, a cheaper cable and not providing the luxury wooden box with them.

Please see below for the key differences between the OPPO PM-1 and PM-2 Headphones - 

If you’d like to come in to try the new OPPO PM-2’s please feel free to get in touch to book an appointment.

Below is more info on our website and a few pictures taken earlier -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/oppo-pm-2-headphones

OPPO PM-1 (right) v PM-2

Cheers,

Paul.


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Arcam A49 Integrated Amp Now On Demo!

Posted 2 weeks ago Tags Arcam, Arcam A49, Arcam FMJ,

Hi Everyone,

I think it is fair to say that Arcam really are on it at the moment as we now have their new A49 Integrated Amp on demo and it really is something quite special.

We got it in last week but it wasn’t until Saturday that I had a chance to have a proper listen, once with a customer then later in the evening. I was always keen to listen to this amp at length as it uses a new type of amp design called Class G which Arcam promised would be something quite special and it appears that they weren’t wrong. Now I’m not that technical and to be honest it is the sound that matters but the beauty of Class G is that it gives you the first 50 watts as Pure Class A which always sounds natural and as soon as I powered it up I could hear that the A49 was something pretty special.

I was running it on the excellent PMC Twenty.23’s which I know extremely well and with the A49 driving them there really was a extra level of bass weight and control that sounded gorgeous and a fullness to the sound that just sounded right, it offers a very natural, effortless presentation that is hard to not be impressed with, this is an amp where you could listen for hours without any fatigue setting in.

In total it has 200 watts per channel, offers a MM phono stage and can power direct Arcam’s R Series of products so pair it with the irDAC or airDAC to add digital playback to it all powered from the A49.

Even better partner it with Arcam’s excellent D33 DAC to create something very special indeed, and with the UDP411 Universal Player just round the corner shortly followed by the C49/P49 Pre/Power Combo based on Glass G as well as some other exciting products from Arcam this year, it certainly looks like Arcam are going to be a big player in the 2 channel market again which is great news for everyone and needless to say that we will have it all on demo once available.

It is an exciting time at the moment for integrated amps as there is so much choice of really top end amps like Naim’s excellent SuperNait 2, Musical Fidelity’s new M6si or their storming M6500i, Devialet with their stylish highend amps, Bryston with the B135 SST2, or something quite different like the PrimaLuna Dialogue Premium valve amp, and now with the Arcam’s A49 joining the party there is now another top end offering that really does bring something quite different to the party.

If you’d like to book a demo of the A49 please get in touch, it is priced at £3750, please find more details below + a few pictures - 

http://hifilounge.co.uk/arcam-a49-integrated-amplifier

Cheers,

Paul.


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Highend Headphones Showroom Launch Party + NAS14 - UPDATED AGAIN!

Posted 1 month 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!

Yet another update!

It has been a bit of a frantic week trying to get everything organised ready for the National Audio Show this weekend but we are nearly there.

After taking a big HiFi rig to last years National Audio show the idea this year was to to just take a few headphones and amps, the trouble is over the last few months that idea has grown to the point that we are now pretty much running the whole headphone area at the show, below is a picture I have just taken of all the amps we are taking and this is without all the headphones, really do think we are going to need a bigger van -

We have also now got the 4 of the below banners just arrived that we will be using to help decorate the Headzone at NAS14-

Regarding the Highend Headphone shop launch next Saturday 27th we have now been running the below ads in HiFi News and HiFi Choice to hopefully get the word out there + we will be giving these out at the show -

And finally, Wendy is heading over to a local artist’s house this morning, who also happens to be a customer, to choose 2 of his paintings to hang on the wall of the new main showroom and Steven who has done all our art in HiFi lounge next week will be painting the below in the entrance to Highend Headphones. So as you can see the last few weeks have been consumed with headphones but I can’t wait for this weekend for the show and next weekend to finally open the doors to the Highend Headphones showroom and share with everyone what we seem to have been planning for months now -

Hope to see you at one or both of the following 2 events.

Cheers,

Paul.

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Update!

Hi All,

Just thought I would post a quick update as with the National Audio Show next weekend followed by the launch of Highend Headphones the week after it is going to be a busy couple of weeks, I seemed to be awake half the night last night trying to figure out how to connect up 20 headphone amps for the show with as few sources as possible, so far managed 11 amps from 2 sources, well that is in theory anyway :-)

The reason for this post is that a large milestone in the setting up of Highend Headphones happened last week as the chairs turned up, not really headphone news I guess but trying to decide on the look and feel of Highend Headphones seemed such a big task that once we had decided I really couldn’t wait for all the furniture to arrive, we decided on classic Chesterfields for the seating which were all hand made in the UK and took about 8 weeks to arrive, I was starting to worry a little as it is all starting to get a little close to launch now but once they arrived they were certainly worth the wait, we looked at many companies who produce Chesterfields but we decided on Distinctive Chesterfields who we couldn’t fault at all -

http://www.distinctivechesterfields.com/

One of the other chairs we bought from Ebay that had really seen better days and we had it totally re-furbished to something that really does look quite stunning, that is if like me you like Purple :-) It was done by local guy called Daniel Rycroft who we can highly recommend - 

http://danielrycroftupholstery.co.uk/

Anyway below are a few pictures of what we hope everyone will find very comfy headphone listening chairs -

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Before Refurbishment!

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After, Obviously :-)

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Anyway hope to see loads of you for the National Audio Show next weekend and then at our new Headphone showroom launch the following week, also don’t forget that we are offering 10% off any headphone products over those 2 weekends so a good time to save a few pennies.

Cheers,

Paul.

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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.

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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 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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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