After what seems like a very long time its nice to open the doors and start seeing people again. It has certainly been an interesting time over the last year... Whilst adapting to working in a different way, it has been great to continue interacting (albeit remotely) with everyone. Challenges of doing home demos by sending equipment to your homes and then holding FaceTime / Zoom consolations whilst you are listening has certainly been a new experience!
To the many of you who continued to purchase from us despite the absence of our demo facility, a big thank you for the support - it has been interesting to see how the home demo experience has been beneficial to so many, we will of course continue to offer this service and perhaps even expand this further.
Our supplier and manufacturer partners have been incredibly busy over the last year and we have plenty of new products plus significant revisions to existing models too. Over the next few weeks we will introduce you to these exciting developments plus new arrivals in our demo stock.
Another interesting part of the last year has been remotely diagnosing potential improvements in systems. We all had more time to enjoy and analyse our systems that’s for sure, combined with some intriguing new products we have been able to bring some already great systems to new levels of performance, again over the next few weeks we will be sharing those discoveries through our newsletter
Some current news :
Moon by Simaudio - Now with Apple Airplay 2 & Spotify..
The team at Moon have been busy implementing new features to our favourite streamers and all MOON products that contain the MiND module. Now with Apple Airplay 2 - integration with your favourite "i" device is super slick, a simple gesture on the screen of your iPhone or iPad will reveal your MOON available as an Airplay device.
Watching Netflix on your iPad? Just send the audio to your MOON system for the full soundtrack!
Listening to BBC sounds on your MacBook? simply click on the Airplay icon in the task bar to beam the sound out of your laptop and into your MOON system - Amazing !
As if that wasn't enough, Spotify is now supported too, although we have always recommended other higher bitrate platforms we know a lot of you use Spotify and happily Spotify are now moving to higher bitrates too
Click here to read more
Nordost - Power Cables & Jumper Links
As many of you have experienced recently, our recommendation of Nordost cables has shown just how much more your system can be capable of when connected with high performance cables.
We have always suggested that power cables are an often overlooked, important component in their own right. The Red Dawn power cables offer a significant improvement for all pieces of equipment, amplifiers, streamers, DACs & CD Players. Hi-Fi Choice recommend the Red Dawn in their latest review (linked below)
We have stock of the Red Dawn power cables in the popular 1m, 1.5m & 2m lengths.
Click here to view the Hi-Fi Choice Nordost Red Dawn review
Another cable link in our systems that is often overlooked are the small metal plates used to connect the bi-wire terminals on the back of our speakers. If you haven't tried changing these for dedicated links you might be in for a pleasant surprise - possibly one of the cheapest single upgrades on any system.
Click here to read the Hi-Fi Choice Nordost Link Jumper review
Sonus Faber - Heritage & Sonetto range news
Exciting news from Sonus Faber in the form of an elegant new floor standing model in the Heritage Range. The Maxima Amator expands on the traditional design lines of this range with exemplary performance. The style looks back to Sonus Faber designs of years gone by however, the sound of these speakers is anything but! The Maxima Amator wowed Hi-Fi News to the extent of awarding the speaker "Outstanding Product" status. You can read all about that below :
Sonus Faber - Maxima Amator Hifi News Review - Outstanding Product !
The Sonetto range continues to find new homes amongst our customers, The Sonetto 3 & 5 proving very popular. The sonic pairing with MOON amplification is sublime, the combination of the ACE and Sonetto is very strong indeed. We have the Sonetto models available for demo either in the showroom or at home.
Some glowing reviews can be read below :
Sonus Faber - Sonetto 3 Hi-Fi World Review
Sonus Faber - Sonetto 8 Hi-Fi Critic Review
VPI - Prime 21 Turntable
Another new member of our demo team, the Prime 21 is an extraordinary turntable, so quite and so refined, the music simply jumps out of the groove when playing on this deck.
We have the Prime 21+ on demo - perhaps the first plug and play high performance turntable - The Prime 21+ has the addition of a VPI Shyla MC cartridge (custom made by Audio Technica) and a VPI Weisline tonearm cable (manufactured by Nordost) included in the box, simply unpack and plug in ! The new walnut finish is very nice indeed..
VPI Prime 21 - What Hi-Fi Review
As we slowly return to normal, the offices and showroom will continue to operate by appointment (as we have over the last few years) however we will be specifically reserving wednesdays as a day the showroom is regularly staffed for any last minute visits / deliveries / collections etc.
Please just call to book a slot.
We are all very much looking forward to seeing you again, face to face, for chat about Audio, Music, Movies, or just about anything in particular!
Alex, Simon, Mark & Ksenia
This is a fresh promotion available to anyone looking at a Moon ACE (and you should be..) Any purchase from now until December 18th will include a free Nordost Blue Heaven cable of your choice!
Moon by Simaudio
MOON by Simaudio MOON by Simaudio are recognised as one of the few who have successfully transcended beyond science into bringing you the spirit of a musical performance. Simaudio has its own factory tailored to meet their rigorous needs and expectations. This unique production facility permits an elevated standard of production in terms of quality and consistency. Simaudio is located in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada.
Moon ACE - The best One Box System option on the market!
The ACE is A Complete Experience of musical ecstasy. An Integrated Amplifier and Streaming DAC, simply hook up a pair of speakers, connect to the internet and you are ready for music, lots of music.
Featuring Simaudio’s MiND2 (MOON intelligent Network Device) module which provides convenience and a full graphic interface, allowing you to effortlessly access your digital music library with power and flexibility; Add TIDAL and an unlimited world of music awaits you.
Nodost - Blue Heaven
Nordost’s Blue Heaven range is the third tier in the entry-level, Leif family. A reference amongst affordably priced audio cables, the Blue Heaven range has made a big impact on music enthusiasts and has been converting Hi-Fi novices into audiophiles for years.
“[The Blue Heaven range] is a very sweet set of cables indeed that can offer tonal balance that is just about perfect with a depth, image stability and quietness that you normally only hear in much more expensive models. Combine this with the virtually unique speed and rhythmic delicacy that has always been a hallmark of the Nordost approach…” – Chris Thomas, Hi-fi+
Blue Heaven cables incorporate Nordost’s core cable design, including silver-plated, solid core conductors and their innovative FEP extrusion process as well as integrating patented Micro Mono-Filament technology in its power and digital interconnect cables. This combination provides a near perfect virtual air dielectric with excellent mechanical damping. Thanks to such precise and advanced engineering, listeners are able to enjoy both the subtle nuances and explosive dynamics captured in a recording that would otherwise be lost in transmission.
We are very happy to announce that Sonus Faber has launched its trade in promotion (previously not available in the UK) to allow anyone interested in upgrading their speakers, a fantastic opportunity to do so with Sonus Faber. The promotion will run until the end of 2020 and works like this :
You can trade in your existing speakers for any new Sonus Faber speaker 2.5 times (or more) the value of your original speakers purchase price. When doing so Sonus Faber will give you back the price you paid for your original speakers. I don't think we have ever seen such a great trade in deal before from any manufacturer!
Please get in touch to discuss this further, the trade in is very simple and includes any loudspeaker brand or existing Sonus Faber you have. Amazing!