Hi-fi news

As solid as steel!

8th February 2019

Style meets performance!  These elegant stands are brand new in our shop in Commercial Quay from Italian company SolidSteel, so no surprise they are rather pretty, the good news doesn’t stop there either. Though a simple design these monitor stands manage to achieve effective decoupling and provide a very solid foundation for any stand mount speaker.

Due to the tripod construction in this particular model (the SS-6) they prove brilliantly stable from little adjustment. Think of a drum stool, on an uneven stage, it doesn’t move around. With more finite adjustments these stands allow you to unlock and hear the potential of your book shelve speakers, sharpening the position of the instrumentation and enlarging the sound stage, especially in regards to the surrounding, ambient or ethereal parts of the music.

SolidSteel have an extensive range of beautifully crafted Hi-Fi furniture that is well worth investigation.

 

 

 

 

Get the best from your room.

7th February 2019

We are introducing a new service for our customers – Room Acoustics Analysis and Treatment

People often don’t realize the importance of the room and it’s contribution to the listening experience. With a bit of basic room treatment you can get so much more out of your Hi-Fi system – bigger, wider sound stage, more focused center image and tighter bottom end are just some of the improvements that good room acoustics can bring.
Our room analysis service gives you the chance to acoustically measure your room and identify the core problems which are directly affecting what you hear. You will then receive a written report including graphs and treatment recommendation.
We offer an extensive range of acoustic treatment from a leading manufacturer Artnovion, they not only work well but also are aesthetically pleasing.

Get in touch for more information!

Fabulous Affordable Hi-fi

27th October 2018

If you ask any Hifi enthusiast about how they started their journey into finding their ideal sound, they will always willingly reel off the exact components of their first system. Most people will agree that there is certainly something special to be said about how memorable the “first” in many areas of life can be.

 

Onkyo A – 9010/ 9110

As the beating heart of any Hifi system the right of amplifier is paramount, just as important is that you get the best possible performance your budget will allow. For these reasons we have carefully selected some entry level integrated amplifiers for any music lover to get started on their own path to building the perfect system.

These two units are the best of their price range and at that range, amazing value for money. With an engaging and energetic performance they both punch above their weight. With an array of analogue connections on board such as four line level inputs, a moving magnet phono pre-amp input, a 6.3 mm headphone output on designated amplification circuitry and a line level output. On the A-9110 there is an additional sub woofer line lever output. Also the A- 9110 has a display for ease of use, both come with a remote control. These are both completely analogue units, to maximize the potential no digital circuits have been used.  If not introduced carefully digital circuitry can create unwanted noise on the analogue circuits.

 

Rega P1

Often we hear people say “you must be pleased that vinyl is back!”. As far as we are concerned it didn’t go anywhere, though we do see more young people showing an interest, therefore picking the best turntable to start with is essential. For us there is only one choice. The Rega P1.  Factory fitted with a Rega Carbon Cartridge, no bias to set and available in two stylish high gloss finishes, white and black, the P1 is ready to play out of the box, looks very slick and due to Rega’s long history in making quality decks of all ranges it sounds fantastic.

 

Fyne Audio F-301

With so many options within this price range picking the the best of the bunch is seldom a simple decision, unless there is something very special on the market. This is one such occasion! The F301 really stands out from the crowd in terms of performance, pricing and styling, as does the rest on the F – 300 range. Coming in three beautiful finishes, walnut, light oak and black ash. The F301 is a two way standmount speaker featuring a ported cabinet and a 150mm mid bass driver and a 25mm tweeter. Whilst being perfect for smaller rooms you get a great sense of scale from these bookshelf speakers. They can be positioned closely to a back and side wall making them particularly versatile in terms of where you can place them.

Pairing with the right amplification is not going to be a problem with these loudspeakers as they are extremely efficient and easy for the vast majority of amplifiers to drive, however the configuration above is a sensational match and truly deserves demonstration.

 

Its clear to see that our passion is music and getting the best possible replay of it, but it’s not only that. It is sharing our knowledge so others can get much as they can out of their collection and perhaps pass on this passion to other generations. The high fidelity road starts here!!

 

Introducing the new Moon 390

15th May 2018

The new MOON by Simaudio 390 has been included in the What Hi-Fi? top product list for this year at the Munich High End Show.

https://www.whathifi.com/…/15-best-new-hi-fi-products-high-…

The Moon 390 is a £4950 streaming DAC/preamp with MiND 2 network streaming, digital and analogue outputs, a headphone amp and an MM/MC phono stage.

Just add amplification and speakers, and you’re away!

Exciting news from Innuos!

11th April 2018

They have announced the imminent arrival of a brand new flagship product.

The new ZENith Statement builds on the award-winning ZENith Special Edition, which was considered by many as one of the best sounding digital sources to date.

The first unit is currently on a flight to Chicago to be launched at the Axpona HiFi show.

The ZENith Statement takes Digital Audio to a new level by innovating a number of areas:

Double enclosure linear power supply
• New power supply architecture designed in partnership with Dr. Sean Jacobs.
• Separately enclosed AC/DC conversion stage to isolate transformer vibration and EMi emissions.
• Regulation stage within main system enclosure to shorten the clean DC power path.

8 independent power rails
• Reduces electrical noise generated by regulators’ voltage conversions.
• An individual dedicated power supply for each critical component.

Custom designed components
• innuos-designed USB board with a dedicated 5V power line.
• independently powered 3ppb OCXO clock for higher precision and lower phase noise.
• Custom motherboard exclusively designed for innuos.

As yet we have no price information but we will have more info soon.

Get in touch if you would like more info.

 

Time for a Spring Clean!

7th March 2018

The brand new Watson’s Record Cleaning Machine has arrived!

It’s really well built & powerful yet super compact. In fact it’s small enough to fit into an Edinburgh press or your vinyl storage rack.

The Watson’s cleaning fluid is a blend of detergents and alcohol. It softens grease and releases dirt by forming ‘micelles’ in the fluid. The cell structure of micelles can enclose floating particles and prevent them from sticking to the record’s surface again. It keeps the dirt in the fluid, not on the surface. So, once the dirt is loosened from the record’s surface, it will not stick to the surface again, but will be extracted by the vacuum.

Available now for only £449

Click here to buy

SME Turntable Event

30th January 2018

We will be showcasing all things SME on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th February.

Things kick off from 3pm till 8pm on the Friday where you will be able to meet some of the team from SME and experience their wonderful turntables.

We will also have some amazing trade up offers for you during the event, more info to follow!

3pm till 8pm, Friday 9th February and 10:30am till 5pm, Saturday 10th February

Coming Soon – Hegel H90

3rd October 2017

The H90 provides the most dynamic 60 watts per channel sound you have ever heard, and comes with a set of features that add value and flexibility. In the Hegel H90 features network streaming, Apple Airplay®, and a variety of digital and analogue connections. All (except streaming) of which are configurable to be fixed level inputs, allowing you to easily integrate the H90 in a Home Theatre system. Or perhaps you just want to connect the digital output of your Sonos streamer and use the Sonos volume attenuator rather than the Hegel remote? There is also a high quality headphone output and a sleek, informative, white OLED display.

The new and improved SoundEngine2 reduces distortion even further than the H80 it replaces. It makes certain you hear all those tiny details in the music. The ones that suck you in and give you the feeling of actually being there, while also sounding natural and fluid. SoundEngine2 also quite dramatically improves bass control, and the amplifier’s grip of the loudspeakers, which is why even a tiny 60 watts of output power can be enough. The grip, or damping factor as it is called, is up to 20 times higher than the industry average. Ensuring a dynamic and powerful bass response, even on larger floor standing loudspeakers.

The H90 is designed simply, making it a perfect stand-alone unit. Connect your TV, cable decoder, phono stage or phones. Add a pair of speakers and you are good to go!

We will haver this on demo shortly so get in touch to have a listen.

£1500

Coming Very Soon – Rega Planar 6 & NEO PSU

11th August 2017

Excitement is mounting for Rega’s new Planar 6 and NEO PSU

This brand new deck and power supply unit is due any day now and we can’t wait to hear it!

The Planar 6 has one goal, to reproduce your vinyl as accurately as possible. Rega have engineered every aspect of this turntable to extract as much detail from the vinyl surface as possible. Advanced materials and engineering solutions have been used throughout the design to ensure the greatest level of performance.

The Neo PSU offers electronic speed change, advanced anti-vibration control and user adjustable electronic fine speed adjustment only found on the RP10 until now.

The deck is great value too! Prices start at £998 for the deck with no cartridge and rise to £1398 with the brand new Rega Aria Cartridge.

Sonus faber – Back at Loud & Clear!

3rd May 2017

We are delighted to announce that the latest and greatest loudspeakers from Italy’s finest Hi Fi manufacturer have arrived at Loud & Clear.

We welcome the Homage Tradition range featuring Amati, Guarneri and the Serafino, a 3.5 way floor-standing loudspeaker, whose name is taken from the history of Italian violin-making. The made-in-Italy appeal and the great Sonus faber tradition find their expression in a classic and slightly retro approach, where the classical lute shape is still central to maintain roots with the history but with components, finishes and design that have been completely renewed.

We also have the Olympica.  The Olympica family use two iconic Sonus faber materials, walnut wood and leather, combining modernity with the classic stylistic canons of Sonus faber.

They are simply beautiful sounding and looking, true works of art. Get in touch for more info.

 

 

7 Steps to getting the Perfect Summer Record Collection

29th March 2017

With the hot, lazy summer months approaching, many people are starting to worry about losing the pounds they’ve piled on over Christmas and getting their bikini bodies ready for the beach. However, such trivial things are of little concern to the dedicated audiophile…

With that in mind, read on to get this seasons hottest tips for getting your record collection in shape for the summer.

1) Bulk up and fill in the gaps.

Everyone has holes in their collection, empty slots waiting to be filled with rare pressings, modern remasters, fan favourites and underground cuts. However, if you want to whip your collection into shape, it’s time to plug those gaps with black wax. If you’re having a hard time thinking of anything, have a browse through MusicOnVinyl’s catalogue for some inspiration, and contact us with an order if anything takes your fancy.

2) Get Rid of the Gunk

Collection completed, but is it up to scratch, or, heaven forbid, is it scratched?! Now would be a good time to check…

Whilst you’re checking your records you should give them a clean, removing all the grit and grime that builds up over time and can lead to broken cartridges and dull, fuzzy sounding records. Even new records can benefit from a clean, as it removes any rubbish left over from the pressing plant.

We do offer limited record cleaning services to customers, but the serious enthusiast will want to clean their own. If that sounds like you, check this out….

3) Dress to Impress

From “that Little Black Dress” to your lucky pair of threadbare underwear, everyone has some special garments, and your records are no different. Tailor-made by Tonar, this collection of inner and outer sleeves will protect your precious vinyl from the world. 

4) Preen to Perfection

Now that you’ve washed and dressed your records, it’s time to play them! Right? Sadly, not quite yet….

Before you let stylus meet vinyl, you should give your selected record a brush to remove any bits of dust that it may have acquired. Far from a deep clean, this serves as a quick preen to make sure your disk is ready for showtime. This lovely little velvet and carbon fibre number from Tonar should do just the trick.

5) A la Cartridge

Diamonds may be forever, but the styli that use them to track the grooves of a record sadly are not. Whether it’s from constant use, regular wear and tear, or a (hopefully) accidental bump, your stylus’s days are limited. If you use an Ortofon Red or Blue 2M cartridge, you can actually replace the stylus yourself at home. In fact, the 2M Red and Blue styli can be used interchangeably on the Red and Blue cartridges.

Not all styli can be replaced though, and sometimes a breakage means a total cartridge replacement. If this happens to you, don’t despair! You can use this unfortunate situation as a chance to upgrade your cartridge and get more out of your collection than ever before. Talk to the guys in store for their suggestions.

6) Don’t Forget the Deck

If the record you’re playing is the star of the show, then your turntable should be the perfect stage from which to perform. Whilst you might not be 100% sure what exactly needs doing to your deck (if anything), you can be sure we’ll spot any problems if you bring it in for an inspection. Whether it’s a loose drive belt, shoddy suspension, or  if you’re just worried something’s wrong, our turntable experts will find the issue.

7) Select a Record to Spin.

Ah, the last step, and probably the most enjoyable. All that’s left to do is make the difficult decision of what to play, but with so many good albums out there, it’s never an easy task.

Once you do make up your mind, lie back, relax, and let the warm crackle and pop of vinyl whisk you away to audiophile nirvana. Certainly beats trying to find a spot on an overcrowded Benidorm beach this summer.

 

 

Say hello to my Little Fwend

You’ve probably heard us say this before, but we love records, turntables, pretty much anything vinyl related. However one thing we don’t love is the runoff groove of a record. Once the stylus hits it, not only is the album you were enjoying over, but if left running you can actually reduce the lifespan of your precious cartridge as the stylus wears down. Sadly no matter how careful you are, the tonearm doesn’t always get lifted off once the record is over (ever fall asleep listening to your turntable?. . .) but now you needn’t be ever vigilant, with the help of your Little Fwend from Oslo.

Sitting on your turntable’s plinth between the platter and tonearm, the Little Fwend waits to intercept and gently lift the cartridge away from the record once the last track has played. Available in two versions, High (49 – 82mm) and Low (32 – 49mm), which are both user adjustable, the Fwend will buddy up with most decks, and lift any cartridge with a VTF of less than 5g. The list of compatible turntables can be found here, and includes the SME 20/12 and 30/12, the VPI Prime, HR-X and Scout, and the Rega P1, P3, RP6 and RP10, along with many others. Thanks to the mounting platform, you can even use it with your next turntable when you decide to upgrade.

Priced at £180, this won’t improve the sound of your system, but it will look after you and your record collection. What more can you ask of your Little Fwend?

If you’d like to purchase one for yourself, please check out our brand new online store by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

What the hell am I reading?

Instead of tricking you all into believing yet another cockamamy April Fools story, this year we decided to take a look at something a bit different: Products that sound like an April Fools joke, but are actually very much the real deal.

Originally we were going to talk about a few manufacturers and their products, such as the MAG LEV floating turntable, but when we stumbled across MachinaDynamica, it became the primary focus of our investigation.

Touting themselves as dabblers in “advanced audio concepts”, their main aim seems to be the improvement of a system’s sound through room treatment, cable shielding, specialised equipment, and phone calls. Perfect for the audiophile who wishes to banish the last bit of sonic imperfection from their hifi. With that in mind, lets take a look at their catalogue…

Animal Magnetism IC collars: Short metal tubes that slip over your cables, shielding them from magnetic interference and such. It’s a concept that works very well in some situations. At $10 each, it was nice of them to mention you could get 8 for $80.

Cyro Baby Promethean Mini Isolators: Cryogenically treated springs to place under your equipment and isolate it. They also do non-cyro, super stiff, and super compressible versions for different weights. Makes sense, seems like they could work.

Codename Blue/Green Meanies: Small adhesive dots that attach to your room’s walls, and can be hidden behin decorations and bookcases. They, and I quote, “operate via mind-matter interaction. The subconscious mind interacts with room boundaries, i.e. closed-in spaces, producing a claustrophobic reaction that interferes with and degrades the listener’s sensory perception.” Apparently these dots help with that, and are compared to “putting in a better set of interconnects”. I’d stick to upgrading your cables personally…

Frog Jump in Water Sound Room Acoustics Tweak: Yup, that’s really the name of this “product”. $39 for 4 small plastic containers you fill with ordinary tap water and put around your room. A revolutionary bargain.

Super Intelligent Chip: A tiny little self-adhesive dot that upgrades CDs permanently, making them sound “remastered”. Apparently they work thanks to the miracle of Quantum Material. I’m going to leave it at that…

Ultra Signature Clever Little Clock: Originally released in 2005, this is a modified battery-powered travel clock. Promising less distortion and a more coherent soundstage, as well as better picture quality for any AV systems. All you have to do is put one in your room. You don’t plug it in or attach it to anything, and it starts effecting your equipment as soon as it enters the house. They say the effects are cumulative, so adding more makes everything better. People have reported buying as many as 20 of them and still wanting more, however I remain sceptical as to their efficacy.

Brilliant Pebbles: Clear plastic ziplock bags filled with magic crystals which have profound effects on your hifi if you tape them to your interconnects and speaker cabinets? I’m wary of this hifi hippy voodoo, especially at $129 for a bag of rocks…

Particle Accelerator Ion Gun: That’s a bloody hairdryer!

Teleportation Tweak: You can pay $60 to have someone phone up your house, play a series of clicks down the line for twenty seconds, and then hang up, which will drastically increase the clarity and frequency extension of your hifi. They work thanks to the wonders of quantum teleportation and mind-matter interaction (I’m starting think the latter is code for “wishing it true”). It also works for video systems like TVs and projectors, which is a great bonus.

Morphic Message Labels: This one really, really takes the piss… Stickers. Stickers that you stick over the barcodes and logos on anything and everything throughout your house. From the CD cases in your listening room to the cleaning products under the sink, your hifi will have added “AIR and REALISM” if you cover their barcodes with these… I can’t even…

Maybe I’m just a cynic, but I must say I’m doubtful as to whether any of these products do much. I’d love to be proven wrong, but if I am, how long till our listening rooms are full of modded travel clocks, sticker dots all over the walls, and bags of magic crystals on every available surface.

YG Acoustics @ L&C

1st December 2016

To celebrate the recent 20th anniversary of Loud & Clear Glasgow, we decided to put on an evening of quality music played through truly luxurious hi-fi. We chose to showcase equipment from far-flung Canada and Colorado: respectively MOON by Simaudio, and YG Acoustics. After a successful soirée in Glasgow’s Malmaison hotel, which had guests asking for the evening’s playlist (see below,) Loud & Clear Edinburgh are proud to showcase YG Acoustic’s Sonja 1.2 loudspeakers paired with the finest MOON Evolution electronics.

If you fancy treating your ears to this exquisite system, it’s as simple as dropping by our store.

 

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As promised, the evening’s playlist:

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Norwegian Tunes

13th June 2014

Loud & Clear are happy to announce an exclusive arrangement with Hegel of Norway. The first product that will arrive into the Edinburgh shop will be the stunning little HE-80 amplifier and digital hub. Priced at only £1300 the product just plays music as it should. We auditioned it yesterday with a MOON 260D and a pair of Living Voice Auditorium 3 and were amazed at the sound. Anders from Hegel was also blown away with the sound that we created in our demo room and will now have a really disappointing tour of the UK trying to match our standard.

Contact Iain in Edinburgh for more details

Kiseki Purpleheart N.O.S.

16th April 2014

This is number 48 of only 49 made. Again Loud & Clear Edinburgh have secured several of only 10 coming into the UK. Priced at £1995 this is a must for the real music fan. Contact John or Iain in Edinburgh for full details, but be quick!

SMARTractor set up tool

5th February 2014

With vinyl playback reaching a new peak, top performance turntables and cartridges have always got more to give with a precise set up. Having the correct tools for the job makes this a whole lot easier. Welcome the SMARTractor from German company Acoustical Systems. £449 and only available in Scotland via Loud & Clear

 

More info available here or contact John Carroll

Meridian Director DAC

16th August 2013

We’ve finally got stock of Meridian’s new mini DAC, Director.

Director is a high-quality DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) designed to deliver superior audio quality from any digital source. Built in Britain to the same standards as any Meridian product, Director breathes new life into digital sources when listened to on analogue hi-fi systems.

Director forms the ideal add-on for network players and music servers with digital outputs, bringing Meridian performance and ultimate sound quality to an entirely new class of audio products and systems. These sound enhancing technologies are derived from the award-winning line of Reference 800 Series components, and significantly out-perform the DACs found in computers and most network players.

Director can plug into any Mac or PC via USB, or streamers with the S/PDIF connection. It will sample all the way up to 24-bit, 192kHz too. This is a compact and stylish way to get the very best out of your digital sources.

Retail price is £449

For more information see Meridian Audio >>

Glasgow and Edinburgh will be stocking Director.

 

Devialet

9th August 2013

We don’t often copy and paste from a web site but thought that on this occasion we would use the words of the manufacturer to describe this highly unique system.

“When you meet a Devialet for the first time, you will realise that this is an exceptional invention with just a glance. Our simple and sophisticated design magnifies the technological prowess and prepares users for the emotion of the music to follow. Forget the thick casings of traditional hi-fi units, Devialet clearly states its excessive taste for balance. Devialet will fit naturally into your lifestyle. – See more at: http://en.devialet.com

Prices start at £4500

 

Contact John or Simon at the Edinburgh shop for more details

The passion for vinyl replay continues at Loud & Clear

3rd November 2012

With some of the finest phono cartridges in world on demo the passion for vinyl replay continues at Loud & Clear. We are now able to let you hear Lyra, Soundsmith Grado, Ortofon, Transfiguration, Kiseki, Dynavector, Nagaoka, Rega & many more. Now you may well have seen similar lists before but we actually have these available for demo (by appointment only).

The image shows the Lyra Atlas mounted on a VPI Classic 3, surely one of the best vinyl sources available today.

50th Anniversary Mini Monitor Arrives From KEF

21st August 2012

Loud & Clear are delighted  to announce the launch of the eagerly anticipated new mini monitor from KEF the LS50. An innovative concept inspired by the legendary KEF, Rogers and Spendor LS3/5a, the LS50 mini monitor speaker is designed to bring the accuracy of a professional studio monitor concept into the home.

As the launch information says, “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”

Available to listen to in both our Glasgow and Edinburgh stores this is a fanatic speaker designed to look stylish and contemporary as well as packing a real punch. Initial listening shows massive potential – with an accuracy and crispness combined with a wide soundstage and bass weight seemingly in contradiction to its small size.

Pop in for a listen today!

It’s not only Loud & Clear that have fallen for these fantastic speakers; they have just been awarded European Loudspeaker 2012-13 from EISA.

Click for more info on the KEF website

MOON 810LP – The Best Phono Stage Ever?

3rd July 2012

We have taken delivery of the new reference MOON phono stage, the 810LP.

We can guarantee that you will never have heard your records properly till you have used the 810LP.

“The new state of the art 810LP. For many years as music lovers, we at Sim Audio wanted to have the opportunity to do the best phono playback system that today’s technology permits.  We wanted a project where no restriction limits the goal to bring all the emotion that the artist and sound engineer wanted to generate with a piece of music and get it straight to you in your living room, and we have done it… Listen and feel for yourself, the emotion, soul and power of music will reach you…”

Jean Poulin, CEO of Sim Audio

All the technical details and specifications can be found here. You should also check out Tone Audio’s review

We’ve already had some stunning feedback from the demonstrations that we’ve conducted so far.

Please get in touch with either the Edinburgh or Glasgow shop to book a demonstration.

This is truly world class hi-fi, and in a league of its own. I think we may be gushing a bit on this, but really, you NEED to hear this!

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