Sat. 22nd April - Rega - Limited Edition P1/RP3 Hybrid - RSD 2017

Specifically created for Record Store Day 2017, the Limited Edition Rega Planar 1 & RP3 Hybrid Turntable combines the simplicity of the 'plug & play' attributes of Rega Planar 1 with the Platter, Plinth and Hub Bearing from the much more expensive Planar 3 turntable. 

Despite the enhanced specification, this Limited Edition turntable, produced to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Record Store Day in the UK, will be available to selected Rega dealers & independent record stores for £250 - considerably less than the RP3 retail price of £450. 

The all new completely British-made RSD 2017 Hybrid features: 

  • Brand new Rega Planar 1 RB110 tonearm. 
  • Precision main bearing and sub-platter assembly from RP3 
  • High quality low vibration 24v motor from Planar 1 
  • RP3 Glass Platter. 
  • RP3 plinth in White with descrete RSD 2017 livery 
  • RSD 2017 mat RSD 2017 branded lid badge 
  • Rega Carbon moving magnet cartridge. 
  • A limited number of turntables will be signed by musicians. Randomly allocated. 
  • Rega sound quality at an unrivalled price.

Only 500 have been produced, so make sure you join us on Sat. 22nd Aprilfrom 10am, to guarantee yours!

 

 

Wolfgang Tillsmans Retrospective @ Tate Modern

Bowers & Wilkins 800D3 & Rotel Amp
 

Wolfgang Tillmans' Retrospective at Tate Modern features an immersive ‘Playback Room’: A purpose built listening room with a pair of Bowers & Wilkins 800 D3s and Rotel amplifiers - continuously playing three tracks from Wolfgang’s favourite band Colourbox.

“ There is a lack in the world of spaces for recorded music although there are lots of spaces for live music. I think people feel that recorded music is not expensive and so doesn’t deserve a room the way a big painting that costs a million pounds deserves a room. So for me, something like New Order’s Blue Monday is a perfect work of art and it deserves a room. “

Read more about the listening room here, or book tickets for the exhibition.

Sound & Vision - Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2017

Our highlights from this year's show include:

Devialet

The Gold Phantom wireless speaker, with its 22 carat casing - wouldn't look out of place on the set of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. We were expecting style over substance, but were pleasantly surprised to hear lush powerful bass emanating from the side-mounted subwoofers, in perfect balance with the high-end. You can definitely see why Jay-Z is a fan.

Naim Uniti Atom

Part of the new, revamped Uniti range, which also includes the Star, Nova & Core. We listened to Aphex Twin’s 'Selected Ambient Works 85-92' - which sounded a tad flat, although to be fair, this was a prototype, so it was more about testing the functionality, which is impressive - with its Mu-So inspired volume dial, to the full colour LCD display. Sad to see the iconic Naim green disappear though.

Astell and Kern AK70

Stylish hi-res music player with a pair of Audeze LCDXC headphones. Listened to 24-bit version of Abbey Road, along with some Miles Davis. Lovely rich, crystal clear sound.

PMC Twenty5

PMC room were showcasing their new Twenty5 speaker range. Bravely opting to play the entry level Twenty5.21 stand-mounted bookshelf speakers, and you can see why! The sound fills the room just as well as any floorstander, thanks to the clever Laminair vent - allowing the smooth flow of rear wave energy through the cabinet - improving bass and dynamics.

New Rega Planar 3

The new luscious red RP3, with a Moving Coil cartridge and its own phono stage, using the new and improved Brio 2017 integrated amplifier. Playing "A Hard Day’s Night " LP - the usual brilliance we've come to expect from Rega. 

Bowers & Wilkins DB Subwoofers

We were treated to a demo of the DB Series within a set-up which included the truly awesome Diamond 800s - creating a deep & open soundstage. The dual balanced 12-inch Aerofoil drivers are contained within such a rigid & tightly compact enclosure, that the cabinet doesn't move a millimetre - even when pushed to the limit. Stand a glass of water on top of the DB1Ds, turn the volume up to 11, and the water stays as still as a duck pond.

Sennheiser Orpheus

We were lucky enough to the listen to the £52,000 Sennheiser Orpheus headphones, which have their own amp with retractable valves, and a marble base. Everything about them exuded calm, from the natural open sound, to the smooth way that the valves & dials disappeared back into the marble when switched off.

A fitting way to end the show.

 

"Slate-coloured Storm" by Abul Mogard ( Ecstatic )

6 Music's, Mary Anne Hobbes played "Slate-Coloured Storm" by Abul Mogard, earlier this morning. His story is inspiring, and we can only hope that one day we can make music as beautiful as this.

"Mogard worked in a Serbian factory for most of his life, and upon retirement began making synth music to remind him of the harmonic buzz and drone of heavy machinery." 

" ...his deeply evocative music, drawing out the sort of direct emotional quality from his limited set-up of Farfisa organs and a self-built modular system which many other synthesists can only dream of. "

Linn - Klimax DS 3 - Music streamer

Linn have launched the new Klimax DS 3, and it's been given a 5 star review by WHAT HiFi? 

They proclaim it to be “ the finest sounding music streamer on the market.” Strong & varied dynamics, along with a clean and clear sound among its highlights, along with an excellent build & finish.

“ Contains the Katalyst digital-to-analogue conversion architecture - bringing multiple isolated power supplies, a high-precision master clock, careful optimisation of the data before conversion and a new low-distortion output driver stage. ”
 


The new Kazoo control app is highly responsive and simple to use.

Tidal & Qobuz are built in - letting you stream music in 24bit hi-res, and is compatible with MP3, FLAC, WAV and ALAC. Also features Linn's ingenious Space Optimisation.

Come and hear for yourself, by booking a demo with us!

 
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