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Cadwell Park Race Weekend Report!

posted on 2019-05-23 17:58:54 GMT

Hi Everyone,

This is just a quick one as I wanted to share my quickest lap from last weekend as I feel that I probably did my best lap yet in our Radical SR1, it is a slow process getting on top of these cars but everytime we go out we get a little bit faster which I guess is all I can ask for.

My problem is that I love chasing lap time and here I can find reasonable speed now but I go slower in the races for some reason, not ideal I know so just need to treat the races like qualifying.

This past weekend at Cadwell Park went pretty well, closed the gap to the front guys again, have to say that I absolutely love cadwell Park, probably my favourite track of the year, it is a stunning location and the track really is quite technical and challenging but it definitely rewards an attacking driver and getting air at the mountain is definitely a unique experience which keep you awake.

So I went 4 seconds quicker than when I was Cadwell last year, I put it down to my new helmet design, if I knew it was going to make that much difference I would have done it earlier 😉 I was concentrating on carrying more speed into the corners which I am getting the hang of now, for once the below lap actually looks reasonably fast whereas last year they looked pretty pedestrian.

I was mortified when I got home to watch my lap and find that the file was corrupted somehow but luckily I found some guys in California who somehow un-corrupted the file for me which was a huge relief, thanks guys.

So anyway here is the lap, for me it is worth watching just for how beautiful the track is -

Next Stop Brand Hatch in a couple of weeks 👍

Cheers,

Paul.

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Wilson Audio Sabrina Speakers For Sale - Pre-Owned!

posted on 2019-05-13 09:34:26 GMT

Hi Everyone,

I just thought I would do a quick blog to say that I have a traded in pair of the Wilson Audio Sabrina Speakers, these really are one of my favourite speakers.

These are a customer trade in who has upgraded to Wilson Sasha DAW’s, they are in black, as new condition and boxed with all the accessories.

New Price - £18,998

Our Price - £13,998 

If you’d like a listen anytime please feel free to get in touch.

http://hifilounge.co.uk/wilson-audio-sabrina-loudspeakers

Below are a couple of pictures when in use at the customer’s house before we swapped them for the DAW’s.

Cheers,

Paul.

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PMC Launch the Fact Signature Range!

posted on 2019-05-10 16:19:18 GMT

Hi Everyone,

Some more Munich news, this is quite a big one as I use Fact.12′s at home at the moment so the news of a new and improved Signature version is great news.

The Signature applies to both the Fact.8 and Fact.12, both have been extremely popular speakers over the years so the fact they have been given a re-fresh can only be good news.

From what I can gather PMC learnt so much from developing the epic Fenestria, especially the crossover, that they have now passed that down to the Fact.8 and Fact.12 to give a more open and insightful sound whilst reatinging their sheer musicality.

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Fact.8 as it is quite unique in its presentation, extremely quick, open and resolved so I can’t wait to hear the new Signature version, we’ll have these on demo shortly.

They are available in White Silk or Metallic Graphite which sounds quite interesting but I have to say that I think they look really cool in white so I may order a white pair for demo.

The good news is that the prices are staying the same, so £6995 for the Fact.8 and £14,495 for the Fact.12.

Please find a few pictures below and if you’d like to book a demo anytime please feel free to get in touch.

PMC Fact.8 Signature

PMC Fact.12 Signature

Cheers,

Paul

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Chord Electronics Announce Huei Phono Pre and Ultima 2 and 3 Mono Amplifiers!

posted on 2019-05-10 06:48:12 GMT

Hi Everyone,

The Munich news is coming thick and fast with Chord Electronics announcing 3 new products.

Huei Phono Stage

So Chord over the last few years really have been known as the kings of digital but they have always made brilliant Preamps, Power amps and sources etc but I have to say with the Huei they have perhaps designed the coolest looking Phono Stage around and I can see this being as big a success as their Qutest Dac, with which it shares a similar form factor, especially considering the vinyl revival we have been enjoying for the last few years.

It caters for both MM and MC Cartridges and will be compatible with most cartridges out there thanks to its wide range of gain and impedance settings which are easily accessible from the front panel controls, no jumpers here, and it also caters for RCA and XLR outputs.

Priced at £990 I can really see this flying off the shelf, it is available in black only from late summer, we have already ordered our demo model so can’t wait to give it a try.

Ultima 2 and 3 Mono Power Amplifiers

Late last year Chord unveiled their awesome Ultima mono Power Amplifiers, priced at £30,000 each these were definitely not for everyone, but now this tech has tricked down to 2 more affordable offerings in the Ultima 2 at £18,360 each which outputs 750W RMS and the Ultima 3 at £11,000 each which gives 480W RMS each channel, granted still not cheap but they are guaranteed to pack a punch and if you have a highend system then these would most definitely be worth a listen. 

Please see below for a description from Chord on the Ultima Range -

‘The ULTIMA topology is incredibly powerful with an extraordinarily high peak output current (the speed at which the dynamic peaks can be delivered), bringing astonishing dynamics, fidelity and unrivalled musicality. ULTIMA is a truly unprecedented amplifier topology with exceptional performance and is one of the most advanced amplifier technologies in the world.’

These are all hand made over the course of several days Chord’s HQ in Kent and are available to order now, I hope to have a pair on demo later in the year.

Ultima 3

Ultima 2

Cheers,

Paul.

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Naim Announce Muso 2nd Generation!

posted on 2019-05-09 08:29:18 GMT

Hi Everyone,

It is a big few days coming up with the Munich Highend Show over the next 4 days so expect plenty of big announcements.

Naim are first to kick of the new releases by announcing the new Muso 2 or Muso 2nd Generation as they like to call it, have to say I didn’t see this coming but it has been 5 years since the original Muso was launched to great success so I guess after this time span then an upgrade makes sense.

Basically it does look quite similar to the original Muso but it has been thoroughly upgraded on the sound quality front but also on features, it now contains the streaming section from the latest range of Naim streamers so can now stream higher bitrates and it is also Roon ready which is great news.

The volume and control wheel has also been updated to offer much more functionality with 15 touch sensitive buttons and with the inclusion of an HDMI ARC socket then it really can be used as TV Soundbar / Music System.

You can read more on our website on all the new features, we now have the new Muso 2 on demo and in stock to take away on the day so please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to come in for a demo sometime -

http://hifilounge.co.uk/naim-audio-muso-2

Cheers,

Paul.

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Let’s All Do The OKKI NOKKI at HiFi Lounge 😉

posted on 2019-05-08 13:29:21 GMT

Hi All,

I’ve been thinking about bringing on a record cleaning machine for years so I’m really pleased at last to be able to offer the Okki Nokki range of Record cleaners and accessories at HFL.

There are many different price points when it comes to record cleaning machines but the Okki Nokki is definitely considered one of the best and at £435 it really isn’t going to break the bank and if like me you love your vinyl then you really should consider a record cleaning machine as the difference from before and after a clean really can be very noticeable indeed, and not everyone realises that even new vinyl will benefit from a clean as it helps wash away the releasing agent used when records are pressed.

I haven’t put it on our website yet but any questions please feel free to get in touch and we now have a unit on permanent demo so if you fancy having a demo then feel free to bring in a record you know is a bit noisy and we can give it a clean so you can hear the difference.

You can see the Okki Nokki product range below -

https://www.okkinokki.com/

Cheers,

Paul.

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