Hi-fi news

Festive Opening Hours

1st December 2018

Over the Christmas period, the Loud & Clear Edinburgh staff will be taking some time off to kick back with their families and enjoy a festive mince pie or two. Unfortunately, this means we will be closing our doors over a few days.

Our opening hours over the festive period are as follows

Tuesday 18/12 10am – 6pm
Wednesday 19/12 10am – 7pm (HYGGE NIGHT 4pm – 7pm)
Thursday 20/12 10am – 6pm
Friday 21/12 10am – 6pm
Saturday 22/12 9:30am – 6pm
Sunday 23/12 CLOSED
Monday 24/12 CLOSED
Tuesday 25/12 CLOSED
Wednesday 26/12 CLOSED
Thursday 27/12 10am – 5pm
Friday 28/12 10am – 5pm
Saturday 29/12 10am – 5pm
Sunday 30/12 CLOSED
Monday 31/12 CLOSED
Tuesday 1/1 CLOSED
Wednesday 2/1 CLOSED
Thursday 3/1 10am – 6pm

Happy holidays from the everybody at L&C, and have a very merry Christmas.

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.


The Moon 390 is a £4750 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

Edinburgh shop is open!

2nd March 2018

Loud & Clear Edinburgh will be open for business today, Friday 2nd March.

We are running with reduced staff and we will close at 5pm but the coffee machine will be on and there will be a warm welcome for any hardy hi-fi enthusiasts that venture in!


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.


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.



Ye Online Shoppe

18th March 2017

As the eagle eyed among you may already be aware, we now have an online shop. We hope it’ll provide a quick and hassle free way of purchasing small items and making additions to your system without leaving the comfort of your home.

Accessing it couldn’t be simpler, just click on “Online Shop” at the top of the page and away you go!

We’ve only just opened, so expect plenty more items to be added as time goes on.

If you have any comments or requests, please feel free to drop us a message at Edinburgh@loud-Clear.co.uk

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.

New for 2017: REGA

3rd March 2017

Rega have some exciting announcements, kicking off this year with a slew of interesting products:

 – Gloss Red Finish for PLANAR 2 and PLANAR 3.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


A distinct change from the white/black Planar finishes we’re used to seeing, these red turntables are the same price as their monochromatic cousins, and are available for preorder for delivery in April.

 – ANIA MC Moving Coil Cartridge.

A welcome addition to Rega’s line of moving coil cartridges, Ania is perfect for for those who crave detailed music without the expense of Apheta 2 or Aphelion. Priced at £498, it pairs well with Rega’s next release:

 – FONO MC Moving Coil Phono Stage.

The perfect companion to any turntable equipped with an Ania (or any other MC) cartridge. Reasonably priced at £248, the Fono MC is designed to fit with the new Brio.

 – ATLAS Digital Track Force Gauge.

scale unspecified

If you enjoy fiddling with turntables as much as we do, then you’ll know that it’s imperative to get the tracking force right whilst setting up. Rega have created a precision engineered tool to help with a crucial part of turntable setup, at just £175.


Using a new electronic speed adjustment system and housed in a new case to match the Brio and Fono MC, the redesigned TT PSU will be available with the new Planar 6 at first, before being sold separately. Price will be announced shortly.

 – Record Store Day

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Combining the best elements of the Planar 3 with the RB110 tonearm, this limited run of 500 specially designed turntables is apparently “the best performing RSD deck (REGA) have produced.” 50 of them will be signed by famous bands an artists, meaning you have a 10% chance nabbing one for yourself.

Meridian and Tidal and MQA, oh my!

22nd February 2017

If you’re one of the clever people who read our newsletter (high-five!), then you already know about Tidal Masters, a collaboration between high quality streaming service Tidal, and MQA. If not, you can find out more about it here.

MQA uses an ingenious encoding method, which involves taking the original master recording of a track, encapsulating it to be streamed or downloaded as a lossless file, and then decoding it at the listener’s end with the relevant hardware, to bring the magic of the studio to your system. Unfortunately, this mostly involves very expensive Meridian Reference equipment, such as the 808v3, 818, and UltraDAC.

However, fret not, for there is an relatively inexpensive way to experience MQA in your own home thanks to Tidal Masters and the Meridian Explorer 2 DAC.

Capable of fully decoding MQA, the Explorer 2 connects to your computer with a simple USB cable. Output wise, you have the option of either plugging in a pair of headphones, or using the 3.5mm line out. After that, simply select it as the default sound output on your computer and away you go!

Any music that you then listen to in this way will be enhanced by the DAC’s apodising filter and upsampling capabilities, which means you’ll notice an improvement before you even start playing with MQA.

Speaking of which, where can you get MQA files?

If you’re lucky enough to have downloaded some encoded files for local playback, you’re well placed to experience the best MQA has to offer. However, you can still get excellent results from streamed MQA files.

You’ll need to download Tidal for your computer, and if you don’t have one already, you’ll need to make an account. Like all the best things in life, Tidal isn’t free, but you can get a 30 day free trial right here. Make sure you apply for the Tidal HiFi service, as this gives you access to Tidal Masters.

Once you’ve got your account and downloaded the program, all you need to do is find something to play!

On the lefthand side of Tidal, click on “What’s New”, scroll down to “ALBUMS”, and select “Masters”. You can click “Show All” to see the entire list of available titles, which ranges from Iron Maiden to Madonna, with plenty in between to suit your tastes. Once you’ve found something that tickles your fancy, simply select it and let it play.

If you’ve done everything correctly, your ears will be rewarded with the dulcet tones of fully decoded, master quality authenticated music. Bravo, welcome to the future.

And how much would a setup like this cost? Presuming you already own a computer and some headphones, your only expenditures are the Explorer 2 DAC, which comes in at a very reasonable £199, and the Tidal subscription, which is £19.99/month after the 30 day trial expires, although cheaper options exist for those who decide to pay for several months upfront.

All in all, it’s a small price to pay to experience the very best modern digital formats have to offer. If you’re interested in trying this in the comfort of your own home, either send us an email, ring us on 0131 555 3963, or drop by our Edinburgh store.

CES 2017

1st February 2017



An opportunity for manufacturers to unveil their plans for the coming year or show off the very best of their creations, the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is always a treat for audiophiles. Although not all of us are lucky enough to experience it firsthand, thanks to the joys of high-speed internet, we can share a glimpse of what went down at this year’s CES…


MOON by Simaudio


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Obviously aiming for domination in the global “My Monoblocs Are Bigger Than Yours” competition, Simaudio unveiled their greatest achievement to date: What Hi-Fi’s “Star of CES 2017”, the MOON 888 monobloc power amplifier. Named for its prodigious power output of 888 Watts (which is about 1.2 horsepower, for those interested), they apparently sound like nothing to have come before them, boasting unmatched clarity and detail reproduction thought unobtainable until now. These bad boys will be visiting Edinburgh very soon, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for that.


YG Acoustics


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

If you were lucky enough to experience the Sonja 1.3 from YG Acoustics whilst they were in Edinburgh then you know how impressive these loudspeakers are. Beautifully detailed highs that you could listen to for hours, and a tremendous bass presence thanks to the added modules. Never one to rest on their laurels, YG Acoustics got the chance to show off their latest extension of the Sonja line: Sonja XV, an eXtreme Version commemorating 15 years of YG Acoustics. A total of four towers, with new drivers and a host of improvements making this iteration of Sonja the very best yet.




This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Showcasing the brand new LS50 Wireless bookshelf speakers, the guys at KEF thought they’d try something new: Combining the LS50s with Amazon Echo, they created a system that sounds wonderful and is controlled by shouting at it. The perfect combo of wireless and hands-free control.




This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The main star of the show for these guys was their new Valhalla 2 USB 2.0 Cable. Totally designed from the ground up to reach their exacting standards, they promise that this new cable will “push sonic boundaries.” Not content to stay in their own room, Nordost cables and accessories were spotted throughout the show, proving to be a favourite of Simaudio, Hegel, VTL, and many more.



Totem Acoustics


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The Canadian speaker specialists, creators of the much loved Arro, revealed their most recent work: the Sky. A compact bookshelf speaker dedicated to pure, honest musical reproduction. They boast that it can be placed on any surface, and that it works brilliantly up against walls. A perfect solution for those with limited space who yearn for great sound.

A pair of Element Metal floorstanders were spotted being driven by two brand new Bret D’agostino M5 monoblocs. After his unfortunate demise in January, these were the last amplifiers that Bret designed. Quite the swansong.





This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Following on from the hype they generated with the Debut series, the engineers at ELAC decided to try and outdo themselves. Again. The result is the Adante range: a trio featuring a floorstander, the AF-61; a standmount, the AS-61; and a centre channel, the AC-61; all with brand new concentric midrange/tweeter, improved woofers, and a cabinet architecture that leaves nothing to be desired.



Tidal x MQA


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

If you’ve not heard about MQA by now, it’s a super fancy file format that takes studio master recordings and encapsulates them to be streamed or downloaded, before being unpacked at the end and played through your hi-fi at quality levels thought unobtainable beforehand. You can learn all about it here at the MQA website.

By teaming up with Tidal, the CD-quality streaming service giant which you can read more about here, MQA can now be streamed straight to your home. The new service is called Tidal Masters, and already has over 1200 albums available (full list here).

MQA does require a compatible decoder to unlock the full experience, such as the Special Edition Meridian DSP speakers, Prime headphone amp, or Explorer 2 DAC.





This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Aiming to create a masterpeice combining unbeatable sound quality and stunning (if somewhat bling) aesthetics, Focal took their reference Utopia headphones to master jewelers  Philippe and Mathieu  Tournaire. Priced at £100’000, and an extra £10’000. for the stand, we don’t imagine we’ll be seeing many people sporting these cans. However, if you can live without the glitz of 18-carat gold and 6.5 karats of diamonds, the original pair can be picked up for £3’900, and sound just as impressive as without all the jewels.

Last of the Mohicans? Best of the CD Players!

17th December 2016

When you spend £4000 on any piece of hi-fi, you expect it to do 4000 things. However, Hegel’s latest offering bucks convention and focuses on doing one thing and doing it better than anyone else on their level.

The brand new Hegel Mohican CD Player is currently raking in awards left, right, and centre for its uncompromising dedication to playing CDs and nothing else. HiFi-Choice, HiFi News and Home Cinema Choice have all named it their CD player of the year, despite having zero digital inputs, not playing SACD, and not doubling as a DAC.

However, the one thing that it does do, it does like no other. Its 32bit AKM AK4490 converter allows it to natively output 16bit/44.1kHz, which means no upsampling, allowing for a relaxed, natural and easy to enjoy sound. Instead of using a CD-ROM drive like most players, Hegel opted for one of the few CD Audio Drives still available to deliver 100% of a disk’s potential. Outputs are minimal too: Analogue balanced and unbalanced, and a BNC connector for hooking up to an external DAC if so desired.

Billed by many as “The Last” CD player you’ll ever buy, the Mohican will be arriving in our store very soon. Book your demo today to hear for yourself what your CD collection is capable of.

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.


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

As promised, the evening’s playlist:


Handheld High-Resolution Revolution

14th October 2016

Now priced at only £399 due to the imminent release of its bigger brother, the XDP-300R, there’s never been a better time to try out one of the best sounding and most user friendly portable players on the market.

Remember the classic iPod? Certainly revolutionary at the time, but with our world of touchscreens and apps, the little music brick has become a relic of a bygone era. Personally I now use my Android smartphone to listen to music on the go: I’m used to tapping on the screen, how it feels in my hand, and it’s already something that I have with me every day.

It’s for this reason that I’m rarely impressed by portable music players. No matter how good they sound, the interface is not as intuitive for me as my phone. I usually get stuck fiddling with a scroll wheel, trying to find what I want to listen to, and working out which button is ‘Volume Up’ and which is ‘On/Off’. Sadly, it’s an experience that has me putting down the portable in favour of something more user friendly.

Enter the XDP-100R-K from Pioneer: An Android device with a 4.7″ touchscreen, machined aluminium body, 32GB of internal storage and 2 MicroSD slots,  MQA and DSD capabilities, and a headphone amp/DAC combo which is isolated from the rest of the circuitry to reduce noise and distortion for the listener. Not only does it sound great, but it feels great to use too, like a smartphone with a few clever tweaks. The volume control is a rotary knob, rather than the standard up/down buttons; play, pause, and skip buttons are located on the side, for controlling the music without turning the screen on; and the headphone jack can be used as a line output to connect it with a traditional hi-fi system. It can even run all your usual Android apps, meaning you can finally play Angry Birds on your music system.

Available in-store now, book a demo at the Edinburgh shop to try it for yourself with a pair of our excellent headphones.

Audio Indulgence

1st November 2016

Recently our very own John Carroll travelled to London to work alongside some of our favourite hi-fi manufacturers for the new Indulgence show. Featuring kit from MOON, VPI, and Studio Connections, all supported by Quadraspire’s racks, and speakers from KEF. We were lucky enough to get a glimpse at the preparation and work that went into their room.

Pre-show preparations in the L&C Edinburgh workshop:

Indulgence .07

Tweaking to perfection:

Indulgence .03 Indulgence .05

A room fit for Indulgence:

Indulgence .04Indulgence .01Indulgence .06

The happy team after a long day of work:

Indulgence .02

***STOP PRESS*** Only nine days left, 9.41am 21/09/2016

21st September 2016

Meridian are running an exclusive Summer deal until the end of September. All Special Edition Loudspeaker upgrades and Reference Series upgrades benefit from an additional 20% discount! Please contact us to secure your last chance of getting one of these fantastic upgrade at an amazing price.

Please Pass the Plato

1st September 2016

The home of the future is often seen a connected cocoon, where the inhabitants’ every desire can be fulfilled by a simple button push. Every film you own can be watched on any screen in your house; every room can be filled with music, no matter the format of your collection; lighting and temperature can be controlled from your phone; and your robot butler can both prepare delicious meals for you and walk the dog;

Although Convert haven’t quite covered all that, they have addressed the need for a smart storage and playback device, for both music and movies. With the ability to import digital music and movie collections; record and recognise live vinyl, CD, DVD, and tape sources; and download high resolution music to its internal drive, then simultaneously stream video to any smart TV or tablet in the house, and play music to multiple rooms, Plato is a powerful addition to any home.

Ranging from the Plato Class A, featuring a unique class A amplifier, MM/MC phono stage, and 2TB of storage, to the stripped back Plato Lite, with its unique streaming and recording capabilities. With options to suit every system, regardless of collection format and equipment, its easy to envisage one working in your home.

Due to our newfound status as Convert’s only Reference partner in Scotland, we have the unique position of being able to demonstrate the entire Plato range alongside the usual selection of high-end hi-fi in our Edinburgh store.

Rack The Casbah

20th August 2016

Overlooked by many, the humble hifi rack has come a long way since someone had the bright idea of dedicating a piece of furniture to their system. From simple shelves to multi-level monstrosities, Quadraspire’s latest offering could easily fall into the latter category, were it not for the sheer beauty and elegance it exudes.

Using a unique “shelves-within-shelves” design, and years of knowledge and experience, the X-Reference really stands out. By combining coated bamboo supports, bronze feet, beautifully curved columns and Sunoko Vent shelves, Quadraspire have imbued their hifi holder with isolating properties greater than the sum of its parts.

More than just being something to put your kit on, the X-Reference also improves the sound of the system it supports. Everybody in the shop was blown away when we first heard it, and everyone who’s had a demo of it has purchased one. At £1000 per level, it is an investment, but a worthwhile one to know your hifi is supported by one of the best racks on the market today.

Going Gold

5th August 2016

Whether you’re a dedicated follower of Phantom or an audiophile who’s never heard one, Devialet have something special for you.

Enter Gold Phantom: With a brand new titanium tweeter, sophisticated looks, and eight times more power than it’s predecessor, Gold Phantom really is something exciting for both the eyes and the ears.

We’re proud to be the only shop in Scotland stocking Gold, and the only place you can hear it! Take advantage and arrange a demo with us, and experience the combination of smart design, powerful technology and beautiful sound.

Priced at £2190, and with free UK shipping, Gold Phantom cannot be missed, and deserves to be heard.


Vinyl Sale – This Weekend

29th June 2016

The Edinburgh shop are offering 20% off all stock vinyl and 10% off anything ordered from musiconvinyl.com

Rega Planar 3 – re-designed and revolutionised!

20th May 2016

Replacing the multi award winning RP3 was never going to be an easy task. But now after two years of development, the all new ‘Planar 3’ is here following the biggest re-design in this iconic product’s 40 year history.

Every aspect of the turntable has been improved – ergonomics, usability and first and foremost, sonic performance. The new ‘Planar 3’ is truly a new turntable for 2016 carrying over just two components from the previous model.

Planar 3 builds strongly on its award-winning predecessor delivering a class-leading combination of sound, build and ease of use. To date, the generational changes have always been about steady evolution, with the aim of improving performance. But by Rega’s usual standards, the shift from the RP3 to this new 2016 Planar 3 is seismic.

Almost every part has been revised to give a proper jump up in sound quality and it looks a lot slicker too. It starts with the glossy plinth – available in black or white acrylic laminate – smarter and better finished than before. and more rigid thanks to a pair of phenolic braces on the top and bottom surfaces, strengthening the area between the tone-arm and main bearing.

That main bearing is redesigned to improve fit and reduce stress, and there are also upgrades to the sub-platter, platter, motor PCB and feet. Add a new tone-arm, the RB330, new bearing housing and redesigned arm tube and it’s pretty much a new design altogether.

Despite the scale of the upgrade, the 2016 Planar 3 remains what it has always been: a simple, well-engineered deck that puts performance first.

All New Arcam Solo Music & Solo Movie – better than ever!

19th May 2016

A decade ago, Solo redefined the style and performance of compact Hi-Fi & Movie systems, bringing Arcam’s legendary sound quality into ‘non Hi-Fi’ homes.
The new third generation Solo Movie and Music systems use technology and components from Arcam’s latest home cinema products and hi-fi separates, including Class G amplification, high-end disc replay and app-controlled music networking.
Arcam’s Solo Movie: the high-end heart of your cinema system.
The Solo Movie supports Blu-ray, DVD, CD and SACD playback, has a total power output of 250 watts, and uses a housing designed to reduce any vibrations. Connections include one HDMI output and four HDMI (1.4) inputs, plus a couple of digital inputs. There’s also built-in Bluetooth that lets you beam audio to the Movie or you can simply stream over your home network. With the same components as its £4,000 AV receivers, Arcam’s new one-shot cinema box could be all the movie tech you need.
The Arcam Solo Music meanwhile supports CD and SACD playback and has a total output power of 160 watts (all channels into 8 ohms). It uses the same cabinet construction as the Solo Movie. It has the same array of connections and a similar set of features, including Bluetooth and a DAB/DAB+/FM tuner.

Devialet 15% Off – Trade In Offer

Devialet are offering 15% off any Expert product (Le 120, Le 200, Le 250, Le 400 and Le 800) when you trade in any audio equipment.

That’s savings of up to £2700 on a system!*
Devialet 120 – RRP £3990 – Offer Price – £3390 – Saving £600
Devialet 200 – RRP £5490 – Offer Price – £4660 – Saving £830
Devialet 400 – RRP £9980 – Offer Price – £8480 – Saving £1500
Devialet 250 – RRP £9990 – Offer Price – £8490 – Saving £1500
Devialet 800 – RRP £17980 – Offer Price – £15280 – Saving £2700
*These are minimum savings – if you’re trade-in is worth more, we may be able to offer even more.

Offer available until 31st August 2016

Native DSD from MOON

12th November 2014

We are delighted to announce the arrival of the MOON 380DSD. This new DAC from MOON offers the facility to play DSD files which can be delivered direct to the DAC chip in native format via USB. Please call in to the Edinburgh store and speak to John to find out more about the advantages of this system over the more conventional DSD over DOP, for the real fans of the DSD format.

New KEF Reference range on Demo

19th August 2014

Loud & Clear Edinburgh are delighted to announce that we are the only dealer in the UK to have the brand new KEF Reference series on demo. We have all three models, Reference 1, Reference 3 & Reference 5.

Please contact us to book a listen at the Edinburgh listening facility at The Mill.

0131 555 3963



Lyra Etna now in stock at Loud & Clear

17th July 2014

The long awaited Lyra Etna stock has now arrived. If you want one of these then your only chance is to contact John Carroll at the Edinburgh shop with your payment details.

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

Rega Saturn-R CD-DAC Player

8th January 2014

Both store now have the new Rega Saturn-R CD-DAC player on demonstration now.

Not only is the Saturn-R an impressive CD player, it’s also a fully functioning DAC as well. So, you can have the best of both worlds; by still playing CDs and stream from computer or hard drive without compromising either.

The Saturn-R has benefited from the technology used in Rega’s flagship Isis CD and award winning DAC. The DAC has two digital coaxial inputs, two optical inputs and, of course, an asynchronous USB input all of which can handle streams right the way up to 192kHz/24 bit.

This makes the ideal partner for Rega’s Elicit-R integrated amplifier, which is also on demonstration.

The Saturn-R retails at £1,598.

Come into Edinburgh or Glasgow and hear this stunning player in the flesh.

More info on Saturn-R from Rega’s Website >>



Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier

12th December 2013

After the huge success of the Explorer DAC, Meridian have turned their attention to the headphone amplifier; with the release of the Prime. With so many of us turning to quality headphones, it makes sense to feed them with a dedicated amplifier.

Prime has Meridian DNA running right the way through: with the high quality sound designed by Bob Stuart and chassis design by Allen Boothroyd. Its looks are recognisably Meridian, so fitting into any of their systems or if it’s your first time, adding a new piece of iconic hi-fi design and engineering into your space.

With three inputs: USB asynchronous input for computer audio, 2 x RCA analogue, and 3.5mm to enable phones and tablets to be connected.

Based on years of Bob Stuart’s research in the science of psychoacoustics, the Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier also features new, proprietary Meridian audio processing technology called ‘ASP’, or Analogue Spatial Processing, to provide “outside the head” listening through headphones to make the experience more like listening to a pair of loudspeakers in the room.

It can also be improved upon with the addition of Prime Power Supply, for those that want the ultimate headphone experience.

Prime Headphone Amplifier – £1,200
Prime Power Suppler – £800

For more information check the Meridian website >>

Pop into Edinburgh or Glasgow for a demonstration.






Headphones at Loud & Clear

4th December 2013

Both stores are stocking some fantastic headphones at the moment.

You’ll find STAX, HiFiMAN and KEF in Edinburgh and Glasgow; plus some extras from Grado and Sennheiser in Glasgow

Here’s a run down on what you can find in each store in December:


STAX SRS4170 Signature system (SR-407 Headphones and SRM006tS energiser) – £1,695

HiFiMAN HE-300 – £270

KEF M500 – £249

STAX SRS3170 Classic system (SR307 Headphones and SRM323S Energiser) – £1,195

HiFiMAN HE-6 – £950
HiFiMAN HE-400 – £395

KEF M500 – £249

Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear – £169.95

Plus most of the Grado range, which has just seen a big cut to the retail price:

Grado SR60i – £79.95
Grado SR80i – £99.95
Grado SR125i – £149.95
Grado SR325is – £299.95

We can assist in supplying other models from these suppliers, as we can’t stock every product.

Pop into either store and we’ll make sure you get the right headphone for how you listen to music.

We also do a range of different headphone amplifiers, but that’s for another post.




Fantastic tunes on the go

16th October 2013

Both Loud & Clear shops will be taking delivery of the best sounding portable music players on the market, the i-river players from Astell&Kern. These are sure to be the best gift for any music fan or audiophile looking for top notch sounds on the move. Packed with amazing features and great sound quality in a beautiful compact case, there are 2 models to choose from, The AK100 & AK120 with dual Wolfsen DACs.

Please get in touch to arrange a demo or to add to your wish list for christmas.

And don’t just take our word for these players. Here is an e-mail from one of our customers

“Hi John/Iain,

You asked for some feedback on the AK120…..for the remainder of Thursday, I purchased 2 micro SD cards and put on some of my own music on….and right from the start, it’s clear this device is on another level, just able to get that bit more enjoyment out of the recordings…next day at work I was grinning every now and again and had to resist nodding my head…..
Pros – love the ability to put in 2 micro SD cards and therefore your not limited to a fixed capacity, especially important with the larger 24 bit files.
Love the small attentions to detail like the ability to change track and volume with the screen not coming to life, so saving on battery.
Love the fact that you don’t have to use a music managing software app like iTunes…essentially the device is like a small external USB hard drive and you can just drag the music folder across to the device or either of the micro sd cards and can change file names easily enough.
Cons – only one so far….can’t change the battery….this is a gripe for many an apple owner…and one I do also dislike…batteries don’t last for ever and a product at this price point really should give you the ability to swap batteries out…
Overall impressed very impressed.
We are already working on the battery question and will have the answer shortly

Integrated Amplifiers at Loud & Clear – MOON, Rega, Primare & Naim

29th August 2013

When you don’t want to take up too much space, and a two box amplifier is out of the question, then there are plenty of integrated amplifiers that can satisfy any budget, without sacrificing audio quality.

Both stores stock a broad range of integrated amplifiers with core brands MOON and Rega to be found in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Each store has their own specialist brands with Edinburgh also featuring Primare and Glasgow the full range of Naim Audio.

MOON by Sim Audio – Edinburgh & Glasgow

Moon have just given their integrated amplifier range a total overhaul with a new name too – Neo.

Neo 250i – £1,890

Neo 340i starting from £3,525 – optional extras include: a phono stage, DAC and balanced input stage.

The MOON Evolution range is where you’ll find their reference amplifiers with two integrated models proving that you don’t need to have a separate pre and power to obtain exceptional performance.

Evolution 600i – £6,450

Evolution 700i – £9,450

Rega – Edinburgh & Glasgow

Rega have provided us with one of our biggest sellers with their Brio-R amplifier. This is a fantastic starting point for anyone wanting to own a proper hi-fi amplifier without breaking the bank. Rega have recently brought out a revamped Elicit-R too.

Brio-R – £498

Elicit-R – £1,598

Primare – Edinburgh

The Edinburgh store have always loved the sound of Primare, and it’s not easy to understand why. Fabulously well made amplifiers from Scandinavia. Both models stocked have options to add internal upgrades: either a DAC in the I22 or media board that turns the I32 into a full digital streamer.

I22 – £1,250 or £1,590 with integrated DAC

I32 – £2,200 or £3,150 with media board that incorporates a full digital streamer

Naim Audio – Glasgow

Naim have been a core product in the Glasgow store since we opened in 1996. One of the UK’s most renowned hi-fi manufacturers. They have been upgrading their product range massively over the last little while, and remain focused on delivering world leading performance from their hi-fi products.

NAIT 5si – £925

NAIT XS 2 – £1,595

SUPERNAIT 2 – £2,750

All these products will give you many years of musical enjoyment. Get in touch with either store to arrange a demonstration or pop in and have a chat about your requirements.



ProAc Response D30R Loudspeakers

22nd August 2013

We always look forward to listening to a new speaker from ProAc – one of the UK’s foremost audiophile loudspeaker manufacturers.

The new addition to the Response series, the D30Rs, are every bit as good as we imagined they’d be, and at a price point that we hadn’t had from ProAc before.

We have taken the model with the ribbon tweeter; the same tweeter fitted to the larger D40 speaker. There’s also technology to be found in the carbon fibre drive units which is derived from ProAc’s statement Carbon Pro 8s; one of the reasons they are so spectacular. All this brings incredible performance into a box that can fit into most rooms.

The D30R with the ribbon tweeter retails at £4,750, whilst The D30 with the dome tweeter, £4,500.

These are on demonstration in Glasgow now, and are sounding rather sumptuous in our main dem room.

More information on ProAc Response D30R >>

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.



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

Introducing the new Rega Elicit-R Integrated Amplifier

19th July 2013

Loud & Clear is proud to introduce the Elicit-R. The brand new high performance integrated amplifier from Rega.

As you would come to expect from Rega, it was designed and engineered to the highest standard to deliver the best possible audio performance whilst remaining simple to use and easy to setup.

Rega’s recent development work in amplifier design circuitry has allowed them to further advance the Elicit-R performance by using new and improved power amplifier circuits (based around the hugely successful Rega Brio-R amplifier). Combined with FET discrete line pre-amplifiers and a programmable stepped attenuator volume control ensuring greater levels of performance and control over the delivery of power.

Combine this with the output power up to 100 watts per channel, and housed in a brand new custom designed case, this is undoubtably the best performance Elicit to date.

The Elicit-R includes a high quality built in moving magnet phono stage designed to maximise the potential of your vinyl system. A simple switch on the rear panel allows the same input to be switched to a secondary set at line level. This input is specially configured to offer further isolation and reduce noise. This makes it ideally suited for connection of more sensitive products such as an external MM or MC phono stage.

The Elicit-R is also supplied with the new Solaris system remote handset offering full control over this and all of the current R range of electronics.

Available for £1598, the Elicit -R is on demonstration now in Edinburgh & Glasgow.


For more information or to arrange a demonstration, contact:

John, Iain or Simon in Edinburgh – Email Edinburgh >>
Or call 0131 555 3963

John or Ian in Glasgow – Email Glasgow >>
Or call 0141 221 0221

Audio Desk Vinyl Cleaning Machine

20th May 2013

Internationally recognised as a superior grade cleaning machine, the Audio Desk Systeme is not cheap but really works. Loud & Clear have ordered a demo machine which we hope will arrive at The Mill in Edinburgh within the next 2 weeks from Germany. Please let us know if you would like to book a time to come in and see the machine in action or for a quote for purchase.

Expected retail price is £2090

Contact John in Edinburgh for more information on this machine and all record cleaning solutions.

Linn Sneaky DSM – Now available in Glasgow

10th April 2013

The Glasgow store has the new super funky all-in-one Linn Sneaky DSM on demonstration.

The Sneaky DSM is a digital streamer; using the same high-end technology found in all Linn’s streaming products plus a built-in pre and power amplifer.

Along with the standard ethernet connection to hook up your music collection on hard drive, it has HDMI inputs; so you can connect your DVD player, games console, satellite receiver, plus more digital inputs (TOSLINK and S/PDIF). It also features an analogue input too.

It’s plug and play if you want to just add speakers to it in the beginning, or you may wish to upgrade later by adding a separate amplifier later on. Perhaps you might want to use it in another room when you already have a Linn DS in your main listening area.

Its entry price of £1,750 means it’s one of the most competitive products on the market – offering fantastic sound quality and functionality.

More information on Linn Sneaky DSM >>


Naim NAC-N 172 XS Preamplifier / Streamer

15th March 2013

Naim have been involved in some serious product development over the last couple of years. They have embraced the digital streaming revolution with gusto, no more so than on the rather clever preamplifier / streamer – the NAC-N 172 XS. This is one of our favourite new products in the Glasgow shop at the moment.

We’ll leave it up to Naim to explain:

“The NAC-N 172 XS defines a point at which worlds collide – the traditional world of separate pre and power amplifiers, and the new world of network streaming. It’s a conventional preamplifier, perfectly at home in a Naim separates environment where, partnered by a Naim NAP 155 XS power amplifier perhaps, it can reproduce music from CD or vinyl in a way that stirs the soul and quickens the pulse. But the NAC-N 172 XS also opens the door onto the new sphere of high resolution audio, internet radio and streamed music. It’s a sphere that has just the same soul stirring potential as conventional audio sources, but that’s effectively limitless in scope and content.”

Retailing at £1650 or £1,900 with an FM/DAB module it can handle high-resolution files right up to 24bit/192kHz. This packs a serious punch for the money and was recently awarded the What Hi-Fi? Streamer of the Year 2012 for products between £1,000 and £2,000.

For more information, or to book at demonstration, get in touch with Ian or John in the Glasgow store.

See the Naim website for more information >>


Meridian Explorer DAC

11th February 2013

Meridian has announced the introduction of its Explorer, a pocket-sized high-resolution USB DAC that delivers best-in-class sound from any computer. Featuring a range of connectivity, the Explorer can be used in a variety of applications from private headphone listening to full system playback.

Explorer replaces a computer’s sound card with a USB-powered DAC featuring Meridian’s award-winning resolution enhancement technologies, and makes any audio file, from MP3 to high resolution, sound its very best.

From its best-in-class audio performance to the elegant presentation packaging Explorer is the perfect introduction to the Meridian Experience, allowing users to discover more from their music.

At £249 this little unit will unleash HD audio from the world wide web giving the user access to music at 24/192 resolution, which is up to 10 times the resolution of compact disc. Just plug into your audio system or plug in your headphones for the most lifelike music experience currently available. The design is so compact you can pop it in with your laptop when you travel.

The explorer is available worldwide as of 11th Fed 2013 and is exclusive in Scotland to Loud & Clear.

Rega RP8 Turntable

16th January 2013

We’ve just taken delivery of the new Rega RP8 Turntable – the first of their new “skeletal” designs. A stunning looking, and sounding, replacement for the well regarded P9.

The RP8 takes Rega’s design philosophy further than ever before. A radical new plinth using custom designed materials, a new tonearm bearing assembly, 24v low volt-age motor controlled by a hand tuned electronic power supply and a custom version of the Planar 9 engineered hub bearing assembly. These are just some of the features of this amazing new turntable designed to extract more music from your vinyl than ever before.

The tonearm,  RB808, is brim full of new features; pushing the boundaries of tonearm design. You’ll find improved bearings and a tightened spindle fit tolerance over previous models (each bearing is individually selected to find the perfect match for the chosen spindle). This is a proven method of increasing the amount of detail retrieved from the record surface.

A super lightweight plinth combined with a double brace mounted specifically where the increased rigidity is required (between the tonearm mounting and the main hub bearing) forms a structurally sound “stressed beam” assembly. This design prevents energy absorption and unwanted resonances which will add un-natural distortions to the music. The RP8 takes double brace technology to the next level.

All this adds up to very special turntable, indeed!

The RP8 can come with Rega’s MC Apheta cartridge factory fitted for £2,198, or simply the turntable at £1,598.

Get in touch for a demonstration.

Rega RP8 Product Information








Isol-8 Mains Conditioning

8th December 2012

We are big believers in taking a holistic view on system building. Something that can’t be ignored is the mains electricity supply to the equipment. The mains supply is the foundation of all systems and so is vital in ensuring optimum playback quality.

Your mains will be affected by other components within the home and also outside; resulting in radio interference and other distortion. This degrades the performance of the system. Using mains conditioning minimises this distortion resulting in a blacker background, more detail, cohesion and all round musicality of the system.

Read Isol-8’s overview on mains conditioning here.

Isol-8’s product range starts with Powerline with the basic 6 way distribution block that has the same high build quality as the rest of the range, but without the mains filtering – £339.

Our favourite product in this range is the Powerline Axis which is a 5 way distribution block that incorporates DC mains blocking – £499

More on the Powerline range


The audiophile range of Substation products brings out the best in high-end components.

The separate Substation LC and HC are the pinnacle – designed specifically for source and pre-amplifiers on the 4 way LC, and for power amplifiers on the HC. The axis model is a more cost effective version that eschews the multi-stage filtering of the LC and HC, but has the DC blocking with its 4 way output.

Substation LC – £1,999
Substation HC – £2,099
Substation Axis – £1,499

More on the Substation range

This year Isol-8 have expanded the range further and launched the Substation Integra. This brings together the LC and HC elements in one 6 way full size box, with slightly less current capacity than its big brothers, nevertheless the lower cost brings these critical technologies to a wider market, and one that should be on the shopping list of every high-end system owner.

Substation Integra – £1,799

More on the Substation Integra

Both Edinburgh and Glasgow stock Isol-8. Please get in touch if you’d like to hear how much more performance can be delivered from your existing system.


© 2019 Loud & Clear Edinburgh