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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Rega - How to make an RP8 Turntable

A new short film, by The Vinyl Factory, takes us through the process of building an RP8 turntable. 

The attention to detail that Rega gives to every hand-built turntable, is evident. They're as passionate about vinyl, as they are about engineering, with each component finely tuned to ensure the ultimate listening experience. 

Rega are now manufacturing 4,000 turntables a month, and all this, with zero advertising! 

Enjoy the film & click here to read the full article
 

New Online Shop - Free Delivery

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new online shop!

We'll be stocking products that we believe are the very best in their price range. Including award-winning systems from Bowers & Wilkins, Linn, Naim & Rega. You'll also be getting them at the best available price. Click here for details on our "Price Match Guarantee."

Free Delivery on all orders to Mainland UK!

You'll receive the same high level of service you’ve come to expect from us. And, if you live in North London, we'll be more than happy to come and install your purchase, to ensure you’re hearing everything to its optimum level, and with crystal clear clarity. 

Every month we'll be recommending our favourite Hi-Fi Packages, and letting you know why these products sound so great together, as well as offering package deals across a range of budgets.