Another quick blog to just say that we now have the new Chord Etude amplifier on permanent demo, this is a total re-design of Chord’s amplifier topology and although it may look small at 150 watts per channel it will drive most speakers with ease and at a cost of £3900 it won’t break the bank.
I set it up for a demo yesterday comprising of a Melco N1ZH into the Chord Hugo TT2 and M Scaler into the Etude driving the new PMC Fact.8 Signatures and I have to say that it really did sound particularly sweet giving great separation and transparency along with speed and a certain delicacy, as a system it really works and it also has the advantage of being a very stylish system that on the electronics side is quite small so it is a win win.
The Etude is now on permanent demo so if you ever fancy a listen please feel free to pop in for a listen.
Just a quick heads up to say that we now have the brilliant PMC Speakers new Fact.8 and Fact.12 Signature speakers now on Permanent demo, the fact range has always been popular with our customers, one because they look quite discreet so can fit in with a lot of peoples living spaces but mainly because they sound so good, I have always said that the Fact.8′s are one of my favourites and I have had Fact.12′s at home for a couple of years now and I have to say that the new Signature versions really are a step up, they just seem to have another level of engagement which is saying something as the originals certainly weren’t lacking in that department.
Anyway if you fancy a listen anytime please feel free to get in touch to arrange a demo, we are also happy to look at any trade in’s you may have.
In other PMC news, at the moment we also have the awesome MB2 SE’s on demo, these really are the speakers that inspired Wendy and Myself to start HFL as we had a pair for home around 10 years ago and I got so addicted to them I left my job as a printer, sold our house to free up some cash and start HFL which was the best decision of my life, so thanks PMC for giving the world the MB2 SE’s 👍
The plan has always been to run our Boys Toys Day every other year but I always seem to buy a new car and then I just get the urge to organise another BTD, I really should stop looking on Pistonheads at all the temptations really, so as ever if you have an interesting car of any kind please feel free to come along, it’s just a good excuse to get your car out for a blast really and to mingle with fellow petrolheads.
For this year’s event we are going to do something I have fancied doing for a couple of years now, basically we have hired Rye House Go Kart track for the afternoon and hopefully we can fill up the 26 car grid with HiFi Lounge customers and we can all go racing, what could possibly go wrong.
So the plan for the day, well there are several ways people can come along really to enjoy the day, please see below -
As ever everyone is welcome to come to HiFi Lounge for 9am onwards where we will park everyone’s cars out the front of the shop and have a BBQ breakfast of bacon and sausage rolls with tea or coffee, we will have all the demo rooms running blasting out some tunes, we’ve done this a few times now and we always get a great turnout, you don’t have to have a sports car or supercar, just anything that is interesting and your pride and joy, all petrolhead welcome, it is just an excuse for a drive, then we will head over to Rye House for the afternoons racing action, a nice drone shot from our BTD 2017 below.
Let’s go racing
Rye House is a brilliant outdoor Go Kart track based at Hoddesdon, Herts, in my opinion it is one of the best in the country, this is where Lewis Hamilton spent a lot of his time racing and practicing when he was much younger, I have raced here many years ago in the past so really looking forward to re-visiting this old haunt as it looks like it has had a lot of redevelopment lately, please see below for a video the BBC did with Lewis at Rye.
The Go Karting is going to cost £85 per head, places are limited to 26 cars in total so if you do want to join us please let me know asap to avoid any disappointment.
If you are attending the Go Karting you can either come to HFL first or meet us at Rye House or if you’d like to spectate please feel free to come over to watch the chaos.
The track action starts at 2pm with a briefing from 1pm so we will look to leave HiFi Lounge around midday for the 45 Minute drive to Rye House so it will be cool to go over in convoy.
Please find more about Rye House on their website below -
So the format for the day is briefing at 1pm, a 15 minute qualifying session at 2pm and a 45 minute race after that so it is a decent length race which will really get your arms aching towards the end as there are a couple of fast corners, then there will be trophy presentations afterwards.
Rye house supply helmets and race suits but obviously if you have your own you can use those.
So that is it really, a day of cars and racing, what’s not to like, should be good fun, if you do fancy joining us on track please let me know on the below e-mail address, I will need payment of the £85 beforehand as I can see this getting a lot of interest so to guarantee a place payment via Bank transfer would be appreciated but we can take card also.
All we need now is for the weather to realise it is actually summer and let’s all hope it is a hot and sunny day, so to sum up please feel free to come over to HFL for just the morning car meet or feel free to join us on track at Rye or just come over to spectate if you like.
Really can’t wait for this Boys Toys Day myself, just hope I don’t get beaten on track too badly.
Hope that all makes sense but any questions please feel free to get in touch.
Exciting times ahead as we get ready to launch our new website, it has been quite a while in the making but the end is in sight and I just wanted to share this short video we have shot, this is the 1 minute version and the director’s cut ‘Lord Of The RIngs’ Mammoth 2 minute version will be on the new websites homepage once launched.
I’d like to thank Ian at IDB-Creative for doing a brilliant job as he didn’t have the best material to work with in all honesty but once I saw the final edit I was over the moon, please find a link to his website below -
I actually didn’t realise I was going to be in the video in all honesty, so sorry if it is more of a video nasty but hope you enjoy it, I think it paints a pretty good picture of what we offer and the level of customer service we strive to achieve.
Enjoy and Look forward to hearing people’s thoughts, hopefully 😉
Firstly I just want to thanks to everyone who came to our PMC Fact Launch event last weekend, it was a busy one again and the Fact.8 and Fact.12 Signatures went down really well, the Fenestria room definitely got a reaction, most people loved it but it is a big sound and I think some people just weren’t used to it, all in all though I have to say all 3 rooms sounded brilliant and the new Signatures really are quite a step up over the older designs, it is amazing how updating the crossover can make that much difference.
Anyway, onto the point of the blog, for anyone who didn’t come to the event PMC bought a cutaway speaker of the Twenty.21 to show how their Advanced Transmission Line works so I thought it was worth sharing, it is a very elaborate design but changing the length and shape of the line + trying different materials really does give PMC the opportunity to tune the speaker to however they want to, it is a much more flexible design but it just takes a lot more work to get right in development and also to build for the customer, you can see why PMC are one of the only manufacturer’s who now make Transmission line speakers.
I always say that the Transmission like is like adding another bass driver to the cabinet as it gives extra bass extension and it also makes the speaker think it is bigger than the cabinet actually is so you always get this big soundstage that always defies the size of the speaker, all very clever stuff indeed.
Needless to say we have the full PMC speaker range on permanent demo so please feel free to come in anytime to experience them.
I really don’t know where the time goes but we’ve been setting up since 7am this morning and now at 6pm we are nearly finished getting everything ready for tomorrow’s PMC Speakers Fact Signature Launch event and I have to say we have 3 brilliant sounding rooms, these new Fact Signatures are seriously good, please see an overview of each room below.
All we need now is for the weather to actually realise it is summer as we are still ploughing ahead for a BBQ tomorrow 👍
Room One - Fact.8 Signatures
I’ve got a real soft spot for the original Fact.8′s, they really are quite unique and the Signature iteration seem to have taken them up another level, I can see it will be a late night tonight.
For this system we are running a Melco N1ZH into the Chord Electronics M Scaler and Hugo TT2 combo into the PMC Cor amplifier, this system really is singing.
Room 2 - Fact.12 Signatures
I run the original Fact.12′s at home so really looking forward to sitting down and getting to know the new Signatures, for this system we are running them on a full Naim 500 System, there has always been a great synergy between PMC and Naim and this certainly continues with this system.
Room 3 - Fact Fenestria’s
I know these are not really part of the launch event but they are part of the Fact range and if you’ve got them sitting around then why not fire them up, these really are incredible speakers and to help get them really singing we are driving them with a pair of the incredible Bryston 28B3 Mono’s fed by a dCS Rossini and Audio Research Reference 6 Pre, very nice indeed.
Anyway we’ll be kicking off around 10 am tomorrow so look forward to seeing everyone during the day.