Chord Hugo In Stock and Ready To Ship!

Posted 2 days ago Tags Chord Hugo, Hugo, Chord Electronics, hifi lounge,

Hi Everyone,

This is a first for me as we don’t normally carry stock here but with the Chord Hugo they are so hard to get hold off I have decided to try and carry stock at all times, so with the holiday season now here and many people embarking on their travels I thought I would mention that if you are after a Chord Hugo please get in touch and I will be able to ship it on a next day courier service, so if you want to take real highend audio with you on your travels then the Hugo really is the best option.

It isn’t everyday that a new piece of equipment comes out in the HiFi world that really shakes things up but the Hugo really is one of those products, a real game changer, designed primarily as a portable headphone amp / DAC it has since found a home in may a highend full HiFi System as the quality of the DAC on board the Hugo really does have to be heard to be believed, I certainly wouldn’t be without my Hugo now, especially for travelling.

To be honest Hugo’s success even caught Chord out with the demand and I know that they have been working 7 days a week to try and meet demand, but even now there is around a 2-3 weeks wait.

Anyway I just wanted to make everyone aware that at the moment we have stock ready to ship overnight and if you have any questions regarding Hugo please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Please find more details and pricing below -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/chord-huge-mobile-dac-headphone-amplifier

Thanks,

Paul.

 


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Naim Summer Party This Weekend, It’s Going To Be A Hot One’

Posted 2 days ago Tags Naim, Naim Audio, Naim Open Day,

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Hi Everyone,

As we are fast approaching our Naim Summer Party this weekend I thought I’d just post quick thank you to everyone who has registered so far, this certainly looks like being our busiest open day so far, the Lure of Naim and a BBQ certainly seems to be a winning combination.

I have just checked the weather forecast and it looks like it is going to be absolutely perfect at around 80 degrees and sunny all day which is a fantastic news as with an event like this the weather really can make or break it.

In true HiFi fashion we have upgraded the BBQ, once we saw how many people were coming along we soon realised that our normal BBQ just wouldn’t be up to the job so off Wendy went the the Beds BBQ centre with the instruction to look at something around the £200 mark, £600 later she came back with the equivalent of an AGA for the garden :-) needless to say we have been testing it over the last few days and it really is a cracking BBQ, in HiFi terms it has been like going from a Sonos Connect to a Naim NDS/555, so really looking forward to putting it through its paces again at the weekend.

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So to re-cap we will be running several Naim systems with Naim representatives on hand to answer any questions, this is also one of the first private showings of Muso in the UK, Naim’s brand new £895 all in one music system which is to be released in September, I’m really looking forward to having a good listen to this myself and we are taking pre-orders for anyone who wants to get one as soon as released, there will also be Naim goodie bags, a BBQ and for any Naim purchased on the day we are running a special promotion, excluding Muso I’m afraid, please enquire for more details.

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If you haven’t registered yet please feel free to come along but if you could just drop me an e-mail to - paul@hifilounge.co.uk that would be much appreciated.

Thanks again and look forward to seeing you all on Saturday 26th, I will be here from around 9am and we will probably run late into the evening, that is as long as there are still some burgers left :-)

You can read a more in depth post regarding the event here -

http://hifilounge.tumblr.com/post/89945953948/naim-summer-party-hifi-lounge-on-july-26th

Cheers,

Paul.


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Latest News On Our New Headphone Shop!

Posted 4 days ago Tags hifi lounge,

Hi Everyone,

I just thought I would post a quick update regarding how we are getting on with the refurbishment of the old stable building that we are turning into a Headphone Demo facility, basically we have had the decorators in, yesterday the floor went down and next week the CCTV and Alarm systems are being fitted, once this has been done we can start with the fun part of getting all the Headphones / Amps and DACs up and running.

A date for everyones diary, We are having our official launch event on September 27th which should be a fun event with many representatives coming along from the headphone brands, we will also have special offers for the event, more info to come shortly regarding this.

Also Highend Headphones is going to be this years title sponsor for the ‘Headzone’ at this years National Audio Show at Whittlebury Hall over the weekend of September 20th/21st, basically we are taking over most of the area showing a selection of the best headphones and amps currently available in the world today, should be another great event.

Anyway I have been taking a few pictures of the work done so far, not the most exciting to be honest but all part of creating what we hope will become the premier place to visit within the UK for everyones serious headphone needs - 

Its getting serious, we now have a sign :-)

Time to do some decorating!

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Then the turn to get the floor laid!

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So it really is starting to take shape now, over the next couple of weeks we should get all the furniture in place and it should start to look how we’ve imagined it for the last few months, I’ll post some more pictures once done.

Please keep an eye on our website also for new products and news -

http://www.highendheadphones.co.uk/

Cheers,

Paul.


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New Astell&Kern AK100 II and AK120 II Portable Players on Demo!

Posted 1 week ago Tags Astell&Kern, astell & kern, Astell&Kern AK120 II, Astell&Kern AK100 II, Astell&Kern AK100, Astell&Kern AK120, Astell&Kern Portable Players,

Hi All,

I just wanted to mention that we now have the 2 new models on demo from Astell&Kern, the AK100 II and AK120 II, these are 2nd generation players that now replace the outgoing AK100 and AK120.

It looks like Astell&Kern learnt a lot when developing their top of the range AK240 and have now put a lot of that into the new models like MQS streaming, which I find really useful when listening at home as it gives the user the ability to access all their music stored on a NAS drive or computer and stream it wirelessly to any of the new A&K players and if you want you can then download directly to the player to take out and about with you. Also once connected to your home network you can now upgrade the firmware wirelessly which makes it all very easy.

Also now all 3 models share the same Cirrus Logic DAC’s with one in the AK100 II and 2 DACs in both the AK120 II and AK240 which allow playback of DSD files across the range, with only the AK240 playing it natively though, the 2 new players convert to PCM first.

The other main improvement other than increased storage is the new larger screens and a much improved user interface in my opinion which is now the same as the AK240, it is very clear and very intuitive to use.

Finally in a month or so Qobuz will be added as a firmware upgrade which will allow you to stream CD quality music from Qobuz’s servers directly to your Astell&Kern player, as a user of Qobuz this is something I am personally looking forward to.

So now the Astell&Kern range feels complete with all 3 models now sharing the same features and user interface, we have all 3 on demo so if you’d like to experience the ultimate portable systems please feel free to get in touch to arrange a demo.

Please find some more information below + a few pictures -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/astell-and-kern

AK100 II

  • Single Dac
  • DSD Playback (DSD to PCM)
  • Balanced Output
  • Wi-FI MQS Streaming
  • 64GB Internal Storage (Expandable to 192GB)
  • Optical Output

Price - £799.99

http://hifilounge.co.uk/astell-and-kern-ak100-II

AK120 II

  • Dual DAC
  • DSD Playback (DSD to PCM)
  • Balanced Output
  • Wi-FI MQS Streaming
  • 128GB Internal Storage (Expandable to 256GB)
  • Optical Output

Price - £1499.99

http://hifilounge.co.uk/astell-and-kern-ak120-II

AK100 II & AK120 II

AK100 II

AK120 II

The Full Astell&Kern Family

Cheers,

Paul.


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New Musical Fidelity M3si and M6si Amps Now On Demo!

Posted 1 week ago Tags Musical Fidelity, Musical Fidelity M6si, Musical Fidelity M3si, Musical Fidelity Amplifiers,

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick blog to say that we now have the new Musical Fidelity M3si and M6si integrated amps on demo, both offering a clear step up in performance and features to the older outgoing M3i and M6i models. I think it is fair to say that Musical Fidelity are best known for their high quality amps which always offer exceptional performance and power at reasonable prices, I’m glad to say that these new models are no different.

Please find a quick overview below -

Musical Fidelity M3si

  • 90 Watts Per Channel with virtual monobloc power amps with their own separate power supply.
  • High Performance Moving Magnet Phono Stage
  • 24 bit 96 kHz asynchronous USB input 
  • 4x Line Level RCA / Phono Inputs

Price - £1099

More information below -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/musical-fidelity-m3si

Musical Fidelity M6si

  • 220 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms, configured as a pre amp with two completely separate and independent monobloc power amps.
  • Moving Magnet and Moving Coil Phono Stages
  • 24 bit 96 kHz asynchronous USB input
  • 4x Line Level RCA / Phono Inputs
  • Balanced XLR Input/Output

Price - £2499

More information below -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/musical-fidelity-m6si-integrated-amplifier

If you’d like to experience these new amps for yourself please feel free to pop in for a listen, here are a few pictures below -

M3si

M6si

Cheers,

Paul.


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Grado Headphones Ex-Demo For Sale!

Posted 2 weeks ago Tags Grado, Grado Headphones, hifi lounge,

Hi Guys,

Grado have just announced their new range of headphones called the ‘e Series’ so we are now selling off our demo models of the much respected previous range, in fact it was the excellent PS1000 headphones that really got me into headphone listening.

We have 6 models available, they are all in excellent, as new condition, have only been used a handful of times and will come boxed with all documentation.

If you would like anymore information please feel free to ring me on 01767 448121 or e-mail me on paul@hifilounge.co.uk

Please find pictures and prices below -

SR80i

New Price - £99
Our Price - £59

SR325i

New Price - £299
Our Price - £199

PS500

New Price - £599
Our Price - £449

RS1i

New Price - £699
Our Price - £499

GS1000i

New Price - £999
Our Price - £749

PS1000

New Price - £1699
Our Price - £1199

Cheers,
Paul.

Cheers,

Paul.


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Naim Summer Party @ HiFi Lounge on July 26th!

Posted 3 weeks ago Tags Naim, Naim Audio, Naim Open Day, Naim Muso,

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Hi Everyone,

Now we are heading fast into the heart of British summertime we are really pleased to announce that this years BBQ in the HiFi Lounge gardens will be in conjunction with Naim Audio, basically Naim will be taking over HiFi Lounge for the day on July 26th so it will be great if as many people as possible can join us to celebrate all things Naim with a BBQ around lunchtime, Food and HiFi, my kind of event :-)

Every demo room will be turned over to showing Naim systems in action, for me the highlight will be getting a chance to hear the excellent new Muso from Naim which is due to be launched in September and at £895 is an affordable all in one network player which is sure to be a big hit, I went to the UK launch and heard it briefly at the Munich Highend Show but it will nice to get a chance to hear it in isolation, this is one of the first private showings of Muso in the UK so will definitely be worth popping along to experience it in action, more information on Muso below - 

http://hifilounge.co.uk/naim-audio-muso

So in the downstairs demo room we will have a SuperNait 2 with a HiCap DR and NDX network player partnered with a pair of Naim Ovator S-400’s along with a Muso on show so we can switch between the 2 systems, in our office we will have the UnitiQute partnered with a pair of Spendor D1’s which make a brilliant combination.

In our main demo room we will be running a NAP300 power amp with a NAC252 / Supercap Pre-amp with the excellent NDS/555 network player combo partnered with a pair of Ovator S-600 speakers, so this promises to be a brilliant sounding system. In our headphone room we will have a ND5 XS Network Player feeding the excellent DAC-V1 Headphone Amp / DAC, driving a selection of the finest headphones currently available.

We are in the process of kitting out our new shop which is just a couple of buildings along from HiFi Lounge, if this is completed in time we we probably have this kitted out with the Naim Uniti Range of products, I will confirm this nearer the time though.

There will be Naim representatives on hand throughout the day to answer any of your question, may also get them helping out on the BBQ :-) as well as Naim Goodie Bags and Special/Exclusive offers available on the day for those attending, please enquire for more details.

So to sum up - 

  • Please Join us in our beautiful, relaxed countryside surroundings.
  • listen to some great sounding system solutions from Naim. 
  • Special/Exclusive offers available on the day for those attending.
  • Be one of the first to hear the magnificent Muso from Naim.
  • Naim Goodie Bags for all that attend.
  • A real social event where you can enjoy a BBQ and refreshments in the unique & beautiful setting of the walled garden here at HIFI Lounge. 
Also if you could also please arrange to bring some sunshine that would be much appreciated :-)

This event is open to everyone, but could you please register your interest either via phone - 01767 448121 or e-mail - paul@hifilounge.co.uk so we know how many to cater for, thanks.

Hope to see you on July 26th for what promises to be a very fun day indeed.

Please find a few pictures below -

Muso

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The Gardens Hopefully will be basking in sunshine!

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Cheers,

Paul.


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McIntosh MHA100 and D100 Now On Demo - Updated!

Posted 1 month ago Tags McIntosh, McIntosh D100, McIntosh DAC, McIntosh Headphone Amplifier, McIntosh MHA100, hifi lounge,

Hi All again,

Well it has taken some time but I have finally got round today to having my first proper listen to both the MHA100 and the D100, now to be fair I bought on McIntosh on looks alone and a few listens at various shows so to say I was keen to have a listen was an understatement, needless to say I haven’t been disappointed.

Firstly both the MHA100 and D100 sound very different, I used the Audeze LCD-3’s as my cans of choice, with the MHA100 you get a very full sound, a little laid back with enough detail, but it is more about musicality than out and out detail, you really could listen to it for hours without any fatigue setting in plus it has loads of drive, I used the LCD-3’s on the normal gain setting and they are not the easiest cans to drive but with a high setting available also then I can’t imagine that there is a headphone out there that they would struggle with, next I will try the brilliant Abyss headphones.

As for the D100, that offers a more detailed, open and cleaner sound, as a headphone amp it hasn’t quite got the drive of the MHA100 but it really is surprisingly good and very capable, its great really as both are brilliant headphone amps and DACS but with 2 very different presentations.

You can’t ever miss a chance to take some pictures of McIntosh kit so here are a couple more of them running in, sad I know :-)

Cheers,

Paul.

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Hi All,

Today was a big day as I have always dreamt of owning some McIntosh equipment but never thought that would ever happen really but today that dream became a reality :-)

It has been a long while since I have been so excited in opening a box with new kit in, you only have that first time feeling once and as I had long admired McIntosh kit at shows and in magazines the fact that I had at long last had a couple of items in my possession was almost to much to bear, sad I know.

Anyway eventually I took a knife to the tape and got stuck in, I still can’t believe the packing for the D100 DAC, I have never seen such a well packed piece of hifi before, i really can’t imagine how big the boxes must be for their big amps, hopefully one day I will find out :-)

Needless to say once unboxed the build quality really is something else, the MHA100 really is a stunning design that looks absolutely beautiful, I know that the McIntosh design is very marmite, Wendy really doesn’t like it, but I just can’t get enough of it, this is real McIntosh kit, just shrunk down a little.

The Highend Headphone shop is still undergoing some work, the decorating is now all done, next the floor will be going down then it shouldn’t be too much longer before the grand opening, but once we get everything in place the McIntosh MHA100 and D100 will certainly take centre stage.

If anyone is interested in the MHA100 I would recommend picking up a copy of this months HiFi News as there is a stunning review of it in there, getting a score of 85% which for HiFi News is very high indeed, don’t forget this isn’t just a Highend Headphone Amp / DAC, but also a 50 watts per channel integrated that will run some very nice speakers indeed so it really can form the hub of a fantastic hifi setup.

Anyway I can ramble on about McIntosh kit all day so please find a few pictures below of the unboxing and more info can be found on our website then I’m off for a good listen, if you are interested in either the MHA100 or the D100 please get in touch to arrange a demo -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/mcintosh

McIntosh MHA100 Headphone Amplifier

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Funky Remote!

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McIntosh D100 DAC

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Cheers,

Paul.


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Arcam’s New FMJ UDP411 Universal Player - First Impressions!

Posted 1 month ago Tags Arcam, Arcam FMJ, Arcam FMJ UDP411, Arcam Universal Player,

Hi All,

Yesterday I was lucky enough for my friendly Arcam Rep to bring in their new Universal player, the FMJ UDP411, I only had an hour of so of listening and then unfortunately he had to box it up and take it away, what a spoil sport, but I did get a chance to put it up directly against the OPPO 105D for 2ch only, as for me sound quality will be the UDP411 main selling point and the OPPO is its main competition.

Firstly we hooked up the UDP411 via both RCA and XLR into the Bryston SP3 as the Arcam AV950 950 wasn’t hooked up unfortunately, and flicked between both connections, both sounded great but the XLR just edged it for me offering a slightly bigger soundstage with more drive with better dynamics, it was only slight but noticeable, I also tried it as a streamer, it saw my NAS and played with no problem at all, compared to Naim though Arcam’s app needs a fair bit of work, the good news is that Arcam have their own coder now who’s main job is to improve the app so all being well this should improve shortly.

So onto sound quality, to sum up I would say that at long last the mighty OPPO 105 has some real competition, not that either was better or worse, which sounds like a real cop out, but both sounded excellent but offering 2 very different presentations. I love OPPO’s presentation, I find it clean, detailed, immersive and all that stuff, but I have have always loved Arcam’s more slightly more laid back and smooth presentation and for me that was the main difference, the UDP411 came across with all the detail of the OPPO but with a weightier more life like presentation, especially apparent with vocals, it just felt more organic.

I guess the OPPO could be considered better value for money with the Darbee processing built in and the M/C analogue outs, but for out and out sound quality it is now great to have two great high performing options that offer 2 very different presentations, I can quite easily see the UDP411 ending up in my system, as I do like my system to match and having a full Arcam rig would be very satisfying, it will also be interesting to try it over HDMI into the AV950 and also digital out into the D33.

It looks like it is still a couple of months away before the UDP411 is available but yesterday’s taster has certainly left me wanting to explore it in more depth as early signs sounded very promising so needless to say we will have one on demo as soon as released. 

Please see a link below for more info and couple of pics -

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

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Cheers,

Paul.


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OPPO Announce Accessories For The PM-1 and HA-1 + Other News!

Posted 1 month ago Tags OPPO, OPPO PM-1 Headphone, OPPO PM-2, OPPO HA-1, OPPO Headphone Amp, OPPO Headphones, Hifi Lounge,

Hi All, 

This is just a quick post to say that OPPO have just released details of the accessory range that they will be offering for the their excellent PM-1 headphones and HA-1 headphone amp.

Please see below, these are all due in soon as we are taking pre-orders now - you can see the full OPPO headphone range here -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/oppo-headphones-and-amplifiers

OPPO Headphone Stand - £79

OPPO Headphone Amp Stand - £150

Balanced XLR Cable for Headphones From £129 for 2m, £149 for 3m.

We also have the new OPPO PM-2 headphones to look forward to, as far as I can tell they offer similar driver technology to the brilliant PM-1 but without all the frills and at a cheaper cost, more details and price to be confirmed.

OPPO PM-2 Headphones

OPPO HA-1 In Silver - Available soon!

So I think it is fair to say that OPPO really have thought through their Headphone products and will very shortly be offering a fantastic package with both a brilliant amp and headphones along with stands and balanced cable options, nice one OPPO :-)

Needless to say we will have everything on demo at our sister company Highend Headphones as soon as it is all available so please feel free to come in to have a look and a demo.

Cheers,

Paul.


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