Astell & Kern / Chord - High resolution portable audio

Listen to studio quality sound on the move! We are very excited to announce we are now an official dealer for both Astell & Kern, and Chord Electronics.

We have the whole range of A&K players available to demo, and buy. Starting with the entry level:

Astell & Kern - AK70

“ The most sophisticated hi-res music player you can buy for under £500 ”

  • This player, with its sharp distinctive design, has a lovely balance and naturalism to the sound, and can store up to 64GBs of music. Unlike a standard MP3 player ( which plays stripped down, overly compressed audio ), the AK70 uses 24-bit audio which comes close to the original sound that the recording artist intended, giving you 6.5 times more detail than a standard CD would. 
  • It’s also a digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) so can be integrated with your current home hi-fi set-up to improve your system’s overall sound quality.
  • WiFi is included for streaming music with Spotify, and it has a bright touchscreen which shows off the album artwork.

Astell & Kern - AK380 

This flagship portable player offers the most authentic sound from any digital music format with enhanced features. Click here for more info. 

For our full range of Astell & Kern portable players click here.

Chord - Mojo

WHAT HIFI? Award Winner - Best DAC £400-£800

  • Mojo brings studio quality sound to your pocket and is the ultimate, truly portable, DAC/Amp. Inside Mojo is a massively powerful headphone amplifier that will deliver crystal clear audio whether you use in-ear buds or large studio cans, it will even play almost any audio file that you can find, up to 768kHz 32bit, and quad DSD 256.

Here’s why our shop manager, Edgars, rates the Chord Mojo so highly:

“ Very impressed with its DSD playback capabilities, as well as the portability, and the fact that you can have a little portable headphone amp with you that produces amazing powerful sound. The two headphone outputs mean you can have two sets of headphones listening for those shared moments of music on the go or at home... Even the biggest and heaviest headphones will be well driven with this little nifty device. “ 

View our full range of Chord DACs here.

 
 

A Day of Vinyl - Turntable Open Day

Thanks to everyone who joined us for “A Day of Vinyl” at our Barnet Hi-Fi Studio on Saturday 9th July 2016. You arrived clutching your beloved vinyl, and hopefully left us enlightened, hearing your favourite records like never before!

The Rega RP10 Turntable was set up to perfection by our resident turntable surgeon, Derek, who spent all morning meticulously balancing the Aphelion MC cartridge, and RB2000 tonearm, with his trusty toolkit and protractor. He also imparted sage advice on turntable care and maintenance - giving us the chance to drool over some of your own turntables - Like the Linn Sondek LP12 - a modern classic, that still looks fresh after 40 years.

Thankfully, you also have impeccable taste in music, and we got to listen to a wide range of tunes: from the beautiful falsetto of Jeff Buckley; the laid-back electronica of Boards of Canada & Nosaj Thing, psychedelic rock from The Doors and 13th Floor Elevators, classic jazz from Art Blakey & Miles Davis, and an exciting fusion of jazz & electronica from Floating Points.

The Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3 Loudspeakers really came into their own with the dynamic range, and brooding darkness of Massive Attack’s Mezzanine LP, which showed off why these speakers are unsurpassed - Bone-shaking bass, combined with those crystal clear diamond tweeters. All powered by the pristine sounding Naim NAP300 DR Power Amp, with its own separate power supply.

To be honest, we could have happily spent an entire week just dropping the needle of the skeletal Rega RP10 into the the first groove of the record - totally hypnotic. 

 
 

Don’t worry if you missed the event, as we will be delighted to arrange a demonstration tailored to you! 

Rega RP10 turntable event
 
 

Bowers & Wilkins - 800 Series Diamond

The new B&W 800 Series Diamonds are, without a doubt, the finest speakers on the market - So we are proud to announce that we are among only a handful of dealers, in the UK, selected to sell them.

We have built a dedicated demo room for you to be able to listen to the 802 D3s with unmatched clarity & realism.
The diamond tweeters, partnered with the new Continuum Cone, ensure the speakers deliver pristine, natural sound, while the Aerofoil Cone delivers earth shaking bass.

Bring your favourite album to the shop, and we are confident that previously hidden depth and detail in the music will be revealed.

Book a session with us, and we'll work out together which speaker in the 800 Diamond range is right for you. We can also offer you a trial of the speakers in the comfort of your own home.

For more details please click below:

 
 

Features of the 800 Series Diamonds:

Diamond Dome Tweeters
Incredibly light, yet unbelievably rigid, Diamond is the ultimate tweeter material. Delivering the most revealing, natural treble you will ever hear.

Turbine Head
The Turbine head is the ideal shape for sound dispersion, while its internally ribbed, aluminium construction ensures that it is acoustically inert.

Continuum cone
The Continuum cone delivers pristine midrange performance by effectively negating the break-up behaviour that can adversely effect this all-important part of the spectrum.

Aerofoil cone
The Aerofoil cone’s variable thickness provides added strength where it is needed to maintain its pistonic shape, delivering rock solid bass.

Plinth
The innovative plinth provides an incredibly solid base for the 800 Series Diamond. The spikes are ideally positioned below the cabinet, and ingenious engineering allows you to switch between castors and spikes with ease.

Matrix
Bracing is essential in keeping a speaker stable, so the character of instruments comes through cleanly. Developed using computer modelling and constructed from wood ply with metal reinforcement, Matrix offers the ultimate in bracing.

Solid body tweeter
The Diamond dome tweeter is housed in a solid piece of aluminium. This mechanically inert structure provides an incredibly rigid platform from which the tweeter can deliver crystal clear sound.
 


802 D3
Delivers pristine, high-performance sound in any environment. Its Diamond tweeter partners with a Continuum cone to ensure revealing natural sound that will leave you speechless.

803 D3
“ Full range, studio-quality speaker built for the home" Revolutionary technology and design features including turbine head and reverse wrap cabinet but in a living room friendly size. A completely new speaker, and the most compact headed model Bowers & Wilkins has ever made.

804 D3
Delivers incredible acoustic transparency, thanks to unique 800 series diamond features such as the augmented matrix bracing system, and continuum cone.

805 D3 
The smallest of the range, and best in class. It's the only stand mounted speaker in the world to feature a diamond dome tweeter. For lifelike spaciousness, and detail, no other small speaker comes close.

 

B&W 802 D3 pristine, high-performance sound in any environment

B&W 803 D3 Full range, studio-quality speaker built for the home

B&W 804 D3 incredible acoustic transparency

B&w 805 D3no other small speaker comes close


Sat. 9th July - A Day of Vinyl - Rega Turntable Open Day

You are kindly invited to our open doors day at our
Hi-Fi Studio in Cockfosters, North London. Join us for drinks, treats, chat and music. It is an open day, and free entry, so pop in any time between 10am - 6pm.

Listen to the Rega RP10

You can book your very own personal listening slot with our reference 35k Hi-Fi system. You will be able to hear your own music like never before. Play your favourite records on a top of the range Rega RP10 with the brand new Aphelion Moving Coil cartridge. Feel the clarity, dynamics and drive of Naim Discrete Regulator amplification. Hear the crisp detail and the mind-blowing power of the absolutely stunning Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3 speakers.

 
 

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Thurs. 2nd June 2016 - Linn Series 5 showcase @ Lauren Nicholas

YOUR STYLE, YOUR SOUND

Experience sound and style exquisitely tailored to your tastes, in the stunning surroundings of the beautiful Lauren Nicholas Kitchen showroom.

You'll discover Series 5, Linn's revolutionary new music system that can be uniquely personalised to you. Relax with a drink as we play your favourite songs and legendary artists, uncovering hidden delights and subtle intricacies that you've never heard before.

You'll also enjoy nibbles courtesy of steam-cooking-pioneer's, Gaggenau, who will be on hand to demonstrate sous-vide cooking.

Event Location:
Lauren Nicholas Kitchen Showroom
42 England's Ln
London
United Kingdom
NW3 4UE

Date and Time:
Thursday 2nd June 2016, 7:00pm

 
 

lINN SERIES 5 - Demonstration

Enjoy your music in truly astonishing Linn sound quality on a system you can customise to perfectly complement your home. However you choose to personalise the look, we've made sure the music will always take centre stage.

Series 5 features Linn Fabrik, enabling every speaker to be uniquely tailored to your taste. And with Linn's ground-breaking Exakt technology on board, you will always hear a performance that's optimised for you and your home.

Series 5 - Speaker Features

  • Exakt technology built in
  • Connects via Exakt Link to any Exakt-enabled Linn networked music player
  • Aktiv Isobarik Bass system for accurate bass
  • Fully Aktiv integrated Chakra power amplification
  • Choice of 6 standard Fabrik covers plus special designer collections
  • Cut glass stand and top plate in choice of 3 finishes
  • Designed specifically for an Exakt system.

 

 
 

Akurate Exakt DSM 

Akurate Exakt DSM has all the inputs you need to connect or stream any source in an Exakt system and transmit each signal perfectly to your Exakt speakers or Exaktbox.

Not only does it stream digital music from any networked source, it also has connections for your turntable using its on-board phono stage, letting you enjoy the benefits of Exakt, no matter what you're listening to.

Akurate Exakt DSM Features

  • Streams any digital source over a standard network
  • Supports virtually any digital format up to 24-bit 192 kHz
  • Integrates seamlessly with Tidal & Qobuz lossless streaming
  • 13 digital & analogue inputs to connect all your other sources
  • Exakt Link
  • Built-in MC/MM phono stage for turntable
  • Space Optimisation

Rega Planar 3 with Elys 2 cartridge

We're very happy to announce that we now have Rega's stunning new turntable in stock. Feel free to bring your favourite piece of vinyl down to the shop for a demo.

The Planar 3 replaces the multi award winning and five times What Hi-Fi? Product of the Year (RP3). It took Rega's team of designers two years to develop and is their biggest re-design of the iconic 'three' model ever.

Every aspect of the turntable has been improved: ergonomics, usability, and sonic performance

Features of the Planar Three:

  • Hand assembled RB330 tonearm.
  • 24v low noise motor / 12mm float glass platter.
  • Lightweight double braced plinth.
  • Precision main bearing.
  • Factory fitted Elys2 MM cartridge (optional).
  • Compatible with the TT-PSU electronic speed change and power supply box (optional).
  • Dimensions (lid closed) H 11.7 x W 44.7 x D 36 cm
  • Weight 6kg

For further info visit here, or book yourself in for a demo:

 
 
 

Linn Series 5 - New 'Timorous Beasties' Fabrik range

"Specially Engineered, Meticulously Crafted"

Timorous Beasties designs are individually printed onto specially engineered Linn Fabrik by Glasgow School of Art’s Centre for Advanced Textiles. Every Linn System is designed, crafted and built in Scotland.

" With 10 distinctive designs, customise the look of your Series 5 system and enjoy astonishing performance with exceptional style. Linn has joined forces with fellow fearless Scots, Timorous Beasties, in a unique collaboration of acclaimed design and peerless sound. Pioneers in our respective fields and united by a shared passion of craftsmanship and innovation without compromise. If you’re looking for a beautiful music system with breathtaking musicality, Linn has you covered; choose the perfect Timorous Beasties design to complement your home. "

Each Series 5 System with a Timorous Beasties cover is handmade to order and production may take up to six weeks. To make sure you’re at the front of the queue, reserve your system today:

 
 

Linn's Series 5 customisable music systems uses:

  • Exakt technology to deliver world-class sound, and preserves the integrity of the original studio recording.
  • Space Optimisation+ removes the unwanted distorting effects of your listening environment, and reveals the true sound of the music. 
  • Fabrik offers unique style and customisation of Series 5, without affecting the performance.
  • Isobarik Bass System lets you enjoy a depth of bass normally associated with much larger speakers by using two bass drive units working in tandem, positioned face-to-face at the foot of the speaker.
 
 
 

Record Store Day 2016 - Strictly Limited Edition - Rega RP1 Turntable

As part of the celebrations for this year's Record Store Day, we have a customised Rega RP1 for sale. It will be 1 of only 500 worldwide. So it'll be first come, first served, this Saturday 16th April 2016!

The artwork on the turntable has been designed by Pete Mckee, who has worked with, amongst others, Warp Films and Arctic Monkeys.

Rega, sponsors of Record Store Day 2016 - "Rega are proud to be a partner again for Record Store Day 2016. It has been apparent from the beginning that the ethos ofRecord Store Day and Rega in supporting both vinyl replay and specifically the independent retail sector made the relationship a match made in heaven. We have again produced a dedicated RSD turntable and will continue to encourage our independent stores to work with independent record shops all year round."

The British-made RP1 features:

  • Brand new Rega RB101 tonearm.
  • Precision main bearing and sub-platter assembly.
  • High quality low vibration motor.
  • All new Phenolic resin flywheel effect platter for excellent speed stability.
  • Rega Carbon moving magnet cartridge.
 

Sound & Vision - The Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2016

It seems wholly appropriate that our annual trip to the Bristol Hi-Fi Show is named “Sound and Vision”, as it’s Bowie’s masterpiece, Low, that's been spending the most amount of time on the shop turntable.

“ I will sit right down, Waiting for the gift of sound and vision ”

The Bristol show is our chance to check out the latest, and greatest, hifi equipment.  As well an opportunity to catch up with the manufacturers - getting an insight into the technology and engineering that’s goes into each new release. They are often bubbling with enthusiasm, which soon becomes contagious, once you hear the results.

Highlights from the show include:

The Rega Planar 3 turntable -  a complete redesign of the RP3, which has been 2 years in the making. 

The Naim Mu-so Qb  - It's the smaller version of the Award-winning Mu-so. We know how meticulous Naim are when it comes to build & sound quality, and it really shows on this compact wireless speaker. We were also treated to Naim’s new range of classic power amplifiers, which included the DR (Discrete Regulator) technology, alongside the Focal Sopra loudspeakers.

In the PMC room, the monster PMC BB5 SEs really excited our shop manager, Ed:

“ The demo was pretty magical. As soon as we walked into the room, we immediately knew that these loudspeakers would sound amazing. We listened to Pink Floyd, along with some isolated guitar riffs from Jimmy Page - The soundstage was so huge and open, with such a natural sound, it really did feel like the band were in the room us.”

The speakers that really got our hearts racing though, were the B&W 802 D3, equipped with a diamond tweeter. These sound truly spectacular, and would definitely be in our ultimate hi-fi set-up.

We're looking forward to the 2017 show already!

 
 

What Hi-Fi? - 2015 Award Winners

 

We're proud to be working with many of the winners of the What HI-FI? Awards 2015.

Click on our gallery to take a closer look at the product highlights of 2015. You'll also be able to book a demo, or buy from our new online shop.

Naim Audio:

Rega:

Bowers & Wilkins: 

ATC:

   
Ruark:


 

Rega DAC-R

The REGA DAC-R has won a big group test in the latest edition of HI-FI CHOICE magazine.

" The Rega goes light on features to deliver a truly involving and highly engaging sound." 

  • Click HERE for full review. 

The Rega DAC-R is a 24-bit at 192kHz digital to analogue converter. It offers the highest possible resolution over all inputs including fully asynchronous USB with the addition of remote functionality.

 

Playlist No.2 - Available to listen now

An introspective selection for this month's playlist:

Glitchy electronica from Rival Consoles, other-worldly darkness from Pye Corner Audio, classic Aphex Twin, and Spacemen 3's beautiful psychedelic drone.

Join us and listen to some of these tunes on a range of our Rega RP Turntables at our stand in Old Spitalfields Market.

Friday 28th November
8am - 4pm


See you down there!
 

 

 

 

KEF - LS50 Monitor speakers - limited edition finishes - NEW IN!

We are proud to be one of the first dealers to stock the limited edition range of these award-winning speakers. All finishes are available in our shop from this week. Come and book a demo session with us to hear the outstanding studio sound quality.

 
 

LS50s

An innovative concept inspired by the legendary LS3/5a, LS50 mini monitor speaker is designed to bring professional studio monitor concept into the home.

Rarely the case in such a compact design, the LS50 monitor delivers a rich, multi-dimensional ‘soundstage experience’ that is out of all proportion to its size. Patent-pending acoustic designs, together with state-of-the-art technologies from KEF’s latest flagship Blade loudspeaker, provide the ultimate studio experience – even in the smallest of spaces.

" It is rare to find a loudspeaker that offers this combination of clarity and neutrality "

Product of the Year Awards  - Stereophile Magazine

 

Linn Series 5 - Launch event - Thurs. 26th Nov 2015

Join us for the launch of Series 5 where you’ll experience Linn’s revolutionary new concept for high performance, customisable music systems. Using Linn’s Exakt technology to deliver world-class sound, Series 5 systems can be personalised to complement any décor, while optimising performance for the unique characteristics of your room and placement of your speakers. 

You can now enjoy your music in truly astonishing Linn sound quality with a system that can be customised to perfectly complement your decor. However you choose to personalise the look, we've made sure the music will always take centre stage.

Featuring beautiful handmade Linn Fabrik covers, every Series 5 system can be uniquely tailored to your taste. With a whole range of colours and textiles to choose from, plus designer collections from Harris Tweed and Timorous Beasties (launching 2016), there’s a stunning look to match any interior. And with Linn’s ground-breaking Exakt technology on board, you’ll always hear a performance that’s optimised for you and your home.

Join us at our upcoming launch event and discover the breath-taking sound and style of Series 5 for yourself.
 

 


We'll also be showcasing a variety of  Linn streamers as part of this event,

Doors open at 6.30pm

 

Linn 530 - Oatmeal fabrik

Linn 530 System speaker - Oatmeal Fabrik cover

 
530 - close-up

Linn 530 System speaker - Scarlet Fabrik cover

 

Linn Lounge presents The Doors - 29th October 2015

Let us take you on a psychedelic adventure, listening to The Doors in the highest quality available - on a Linn music system in Studio Master.

Hear each song exactly as it was recorded as we uncover the wild tales of the 60s' most controversial and magnetic rock band.

"If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.” - William Blake.

Book your place here!

Doors open at 6.30pm

 

New Linn Series 5 system - with customisable speakers

We'll be stocking the new Series 5 system from Linn, which includes the 530 customisable floor standing speaker system with Exakt technology and Akurate Exakt DSM electronics.

Our shop manager, Edgars, believes that " these speakers sound great - with isobarik woofer built in - they produce a dynamic sound without compromising on sound quality. "

530 System

Exquisite tailoring and precision engineering come together perfectly in this compact and customisable music system.

The more powerful system in Series 5, the 530 System features speakers with a Linn Isobarik bass system, adding incredible bass without the bulk of conventional speakers. Together with the Akurate network music player, the system will stream all your digital music in stunning Linn quality, while also letting you connect all your other music sources.

530 Speakers

With its custom-designed drive units and Isobarik bass system, the 530 Speakers let you experience incredible musical accuracy with an energy that really lets the music flow.

Customise the look and place them where they fit best in your room — Space Optimisation+ takes care of optimising the sound for your room's characteristics and chosen speaker location.

Power and intelligence built-in

Linn's innovative integrated speakers have power and intelligence built-in. A specially designed module, suspension-mounted on the back of each speaker, houses the powerful amps and Exakt electronics that optimise performance. Now you don't need lots of hi-fi separates to make great sound.

Create your own look

Select your Fabrik cover, top plate and stand to personalise your speakers. With so many colours and textiles to choose from, and designer collections like Timorous Beasties and Harris Tweed coming soon, there's a look to complement any interior.

Fancy a change? All Linn Fabrik covers, tops and stands are available separately so you can refresh the look as often as you like.

 

 

View some photos from our recent trip to Southbank, London to listen to the new system in all its glory.

 

New B&W Speakers - 800 Series

802 D3s - Natural sound with ground shaking bass.

The 802 D3 delivers pristine, high-performance sound in any environment. It’s Diamond tweeter partners with a Continuum cone to ensure revealing natural sound that will leave you speechless. It delivers breathtakingly revealing audio across the entire sound spectrum. Its Diamond tweeter and Continuum cone deliver amazing levels of insight, while the Aerofoil bass cones supply ground shaking bass. 

Watch the wonderfully menacing video from B&W here.

Brand new Soundstage website!

Welcome to the first post of our brand new blog.

We're on an eternal quest to find that perfect sound. So over the coming months, we'll be recommending our favourite audio equipment, and taking an in depth look into why we think these products sound so great. 

As well as our obsessive love for hi-fi & home cinema equipment, we'd also like to share our passion for film, music, art, design, surfing, architecture, travelling, philosophy... in fact, pretty much anything, and everything, that inspires us. 

Also, every month we'll be compiling playlists of our favourite tunes in the shop. Check out the latest selection! 

As the late, great Bill Hicks once said, " Enjoy the ride " 


 

B&W 686 s2 Bookshelf speakers with Rotel 15 Series Integrated Amp & CD player

Future Artefacts - 23rd - 25th October - Shoreditch, London

"Turn me on with your electric feel"

We're super excited to be involved with Future Artefacts at Shoreditch Studios, Oct 23rd - 25th, and the prospect of rubbing shoulders with the likes of our favourite labels, Ninja Tune & Big Dada Records. The whole event is a celebration of the more tactile side of media. It's a chance to pay homage to the pops and crackles hidden in the grooves of a thick slice of vinyl; to revel in the detailed artwork of a freshly opened gatefold LP; or to breath in the inky goodness of a screenprinted book.

 
Win a customised RP1 Turntable
 

We thought this would be the perfect opportunity to collaborate with Rega to create a one-off, customised RP1 turntable, which we'll be giving away to one lucky punter!  Just come down to our stall at the event, fill-in a card with your details, cross your fingers and hope you win the golden ticket / turntable. So bring along your newly purchased vinyl and listen to it in perfect clarity.


Rega - RP Turntables

 

RP1 Turntable

This multi-award winning turntable is designed and engineered to achieve outstanding performance way beyond the expectations of a product at this price point. The minimalist design of the RP1 and the use of extremely high quality components throughout ensure this amazing product will deliver unrivalled performance for the price. Excellent build quality, reliability and the ease of use of this ‘plug and play’ design, combine to make a product guaranteed to offer a lifetime of musical enjoyment. The only thing entry level about the RP1 is the price.

£ 229.00    ( Trade-in available )

 

 

RP3 Turntable

The multi-award winning RP3 is the latest incarnation of the world famous Planar 3. Delivering serious performance at an unbeatable price, the RP3 guarantees to integrate into any hi-fi system effortlessly. The RP3 uses our lightweight high rigidity plinth design, a float glass platter, precision bearing and our unique double brace technology, all mounted with the hand assembled RB303 tonearm.

The RP3 also benefits greatly from a low vibration, low noise, 24v motor that is hand tuned to its own circuit before fitting. This circuit is designed to minimise vibration transfer and maximise performance.You can also specify to have the award winning Rega Elys2 moving magnet cartridge, factory fitted (recommended). All of these features combine perfectly to extract more detail from your vinyl than ever before.

£549.00    ( Trade-in available )

 

 

RP6 Turntable

The RP6, another multi-award winning turntable design, is available in three stunning high gloss piano finishes. Incorporating many advanced features, the RP6 boasts some major advances in platter and motor control technology.

The RP6 features an innovative two piece platter design constructed from float glass, improving speed stability, accuracy and consistency. The inclusion of the RB303 tonearm and our custom TT-PSU offers advanced motor vibration reduction and the convenience of electronic speed change. The option to have the Exact moving magnet cartridge factory fitted is available (recommended). Delivering exceptional performance through clever design and engineering solutions the RP6 provides a welcome addition to any hi-fi system.

£1098.00   ( Trade-in available )