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Telephone Issues!

31st October 2017

We are sorry to report that we are still having issues with our telephones at the moment.

Until otherwise notified this is our telephone number.

0131 516 7561

You can email us at edinburgh@loud-clear.co.uk or message us on our Facebook page.

We hope to have this resolved shortly!

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.

 

 

Edinburgh Shop Closing Early

18th April 2017

The Edinburgh shop will be closing at 2pm on Wednesday 26th April for a Private Event.

We will reopen at 10am on Thursday  27th April.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

 – NEW TT PSU

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

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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.

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.

Festive Opening Hours

1st December 2016

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.

We will be open as usual throughout the month, with the following exceptions:

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

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.

***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

Devialet at Loud & Clear

30th January 2015

Both Loud & Clear stores, Edinburgh & Glasgow now have Devialet on permanent demonstration.

Why not book to test one of these fantastic looking and sounding groundbreaking systems? We have available the 120, the 200 and can also set up the Ensemble system with the Atohm GT1 speakers (pictured in our Edinburgh store) or a mighty 800 dual mono system for the high-end audiophile.

Ben Howard (Live)

10th December 2014

I was lucky enough to be among the 2000 (or so) people that crammed themselves into Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, eager to spend a cold, wet Saturday night with Ben Howard and his amazing band. We’d had to wait a while since falling for his amazingly soulful sound but it was absolutely worth it.

The venue was perfect. Even Ben, mentioned how lovely it was. And the gig itself turned out to feel slightly like an out of body experience with the crowd alternating between mesmerised-into-silence and almost-taking-the-roof-off appreciation. There was however, a bit of banter between some songs with (an obviously having a good time) Ben. It turns out that he likes a drink!

Recent album, I Forgot Where We Were is quite a departure from his first and I get the impression that the new, slightly downbeat but incredibly intense songs might have left some fans of his previous work a little confused. Personally, I adore it and hearing it performed live was a real pleasure.

This show was recorded at The Bataclan, Paris on December 1st and it’s the closest thing I can offer you to the real thing. Prepare to be amazed at how good it sounds even when squeezed through the wonder of the interweb…

p.s. I must mention support band Hiss Golden Messenger who were surprisingly enjoyable and looked like they were having as good a time as the crowd!

The Pineapple Thief (Live)

28th November 2014

A number of years ago, I discovered these guys via a recommendation based on other music I was listening to at the time. And as I’m always looking for my next fix of new music, I decided to give them a try. I was surprised to find that they had already been around for a while (since 1999) and had a substantial back catalogue to choose from. Then came the booking of tickets to see them live at the Classic Grande in Glasgow back in 2011 and the discovery that they are also a superb live band.

Now, it’s your chance to see them live in Edinburgh! Fast becoming a regular haunt for seeing some great bands close to home, the Liquid Room  in Victoria Street will be host to The Pineapple Thief on their current ‘Magnolia’ album tour. You can read more about that and book your tickets (of which there are only a few left so book now to avoid disappointment) here.

It’s next Saturday, 6th December but please note the early start time of 6.30pm. The venue is also host to club nights after gigs but this time, it’s also to allow superb support band Winter in Eden to play an extended slot due to phenomenal demand. So don’t miss your opportunity for a great Saturday night of live music and to see these two great bands for the price of one ticket!

See you there…

Totem Kin Mini Loudspeakers

27th November 2014

It’s been a long time since we received a new small loudspeaker from Totem, and in the Kin Mini they have a real star at only £449.

Measuring just 9 inches tall, the Kin is rather petite, with the considerable attraction of being able to place these in areas other speakers wouldn’t fit, and still get a remarkably large soundstage for such a size of speaker. They are flexible in where they are positioned for maximum imaging.

These funky little loudspeakers are available in white or black satin, both Edinburgh and Glasgow stores have the Kin Mini on demonstration now.

For more information see the Totem website >>

If you want a little more on the bass side, there is also a Kin subwoofer too.

 

 

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.

Haken, Leprous & Maschine (Edinburgh-Live)

23rd October 2014

Hello People and apologies for the lull in communication recently. There have been a lot of non-music based activities going on in the background but we’re finally back in live music mode! So, with the clocks going back this weekend, you’ve got almost a full week to recover and then…

Join us at The Liquid Room, Victoria Street on Saturday 1st November for a whole variety of proggy goodness courtesy of Ridgeback Rock and Ridgeback Rock Scotland. Not two but three bands in Haken, Leprous and Maschine,  guaranteed to keep you warm on a (probably) cold, dark autumnal evening. And it’s not even a school night. What more could you ask for?! It’ll be a fine way to start the season as you mean to go on. More live music dates to be announced very soon.

You can still get tickets for this via Tickets Scotland but they’re going fast. If it sells out, don’t be too disappointed as you can always try the venue on the day. There may just be some returns available on the door.

p.s. The eagle-eyed amongst you will also get a sneak preview of that exciting date mentioned above via the ticket page…

 

Opeth (Live – 2)

16th October 2014

This week, I have mainly been having my mind blown (again) courtesy of Swedish medieval-jazzy-folk-prog-metallers Opeth. We made the journey down to Nottingham’s historic Rock City venue where we had opted to do a meet’n’greet with the band. Which was fun. And the show that followed was a rapturous two hour extravaganza that zig-zagged through almost every record from their back catalogue (please see photo of my beautifully signed and framed setlist) in what can only be described as a mind bending show of extreme talent.

Fast forward to Tuesday night and we did it all again in Glasgow (minus the meet’n’greet – we didn’t want to look like stalkers). Only this time the gig (and the crowd) was even better. Which I didn’t think was possible. I left on a high before realising that it would be a while before they return on the second leg of this tour. Roll on next year…

You can read my original post about them here and my first live review here.

And if you would like a taste of what all the fuss is about, you can try this short and sweet festival set from Rock Am Ring earlier this year here.

WARNING: This is best played loud but you may want to remove any children/pets from the immediate area first…

 

The Parlor Mob (2)

12th September 2014

When I first wrote about The Parlor Mob back in May 2012, nothing could’ve prepared me for what came next. There I was, waiting for them to announce their plans for more music or a world domination tour, but what I and all the other Mob fans actually got was…radio silence.

They had never been all that good at updating their facebook page or website but as time passed and it became apparent that they no longer had a label, my heart sank. It looked like the difficult nature of the music industry had claimed another casualty in their prime . So after a while, I came to terms with the fact that I would never have the privilege of seeing them perform live and would just have to make do with their two brilliant studio albums.

Then in June, out of the blue came the announcement. A new album called ‘Cry Wolf’ to be released in the fall along with a few US tour dates. It’s not clear what’s been going on and they may well be financing everything themselves, but it’s great to have them back! And we’ve already decided that if they don’t make it back to the UK any time soon, we’re going to them.

They have their own YouTube channel but the quality of the live clips varies wildly. One that I will recommend however is this one which, strangely enough is the title track of their upcoming album and was written around the time of their first but for some reason, didn’t make the cut. I can only presume it was deemed to be TOO EPIC for a debut. They were also ejected from a support slot on tour after a few dates with no apparent reason. The fans guess was that they had been too EXCESSIVELY AWESOME and made the headliner look bad. Ha!

Get The Mob mentality at http://www.parlormob.com

 

Royal Blood

29th August 2014

Like most people who have heard of/about them, I was anticipating something new and exciting from Royal Blood’s self-titled debut album. We caught the last part of their set on the NME tour earlier this year and were immediately impressed. Likewise when they appeared on Jools Holland. I just wasn’t sure if, as a two piece that their sound might be a little limited…

First off, I would like to publicly apologise to Mike and Ben for ever doubting them. They have riffs aplenty with hooks to reel you in, coupled with bags of attitude. It sometimes sounds so complex that you’d swear there was more than just two of them making that racket. And, it’s a solid album from start to finish so if you think you’ve heard the best of them via their singles/EP, then you might just be pleasantly surprised by the rest. I know I was.

Anyone missing The White Stripes or (early) Black Keys sound, and fans of Queens of the Stone Age etc should definitely check these guy out.

Here they are causing a bit of a rumpus at T In the Park a few weeks back with the help of an enthusiastic crowd…

Brighton Rocks at http://royalbloodband.com

 

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.

Crown

15th July 2014

I’m so glad that we stumbled upon Crown at The Maverick Music Festival in San Antonio earlier this year (you can read that story here). Their own list of influences includes The Beatles, Led Zep, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, My Morning Jacket and Queens of The Stone Age, which you can hear (along with others) throughout their first proper full length album release entitled ‘Are These The Good Days’.

I would say, yes. As with most up and coming bands, these guys have had to fund almost everything themselves. From the cost of instruments (especially when your original ones have been stolen) to the rental of rehearsal space (plus recording time) and not forgetting touring (transport and accommodation etc) which can be prohibitively expensive in itself. And they’ve worked so hard to achieve this that none of them have been able to afford a trip to the barbers for quite some time (ha ha, only kidding guys)!

You can listen on Spotify now but please note that they share their name with a rapper(!) so best to look the album up by title (you should also check out their Thousand Men To Save The King EP while you’re there). Or refer to their Facebook page which is choc full of links and info including clips like this. And then please do lend them your support by buying their tunes.

You know you want to…

 

Interpol

1st July 2014

I’ve been infatuated with Interpol for a long time. Ever since I came home late from a gig, tuned into (now long defunct) music tv channel The Amp and stumbled upon the ever so slightly creepy video for hit single ‘Evil’. Playing in the background, I soon found myself drawn to it firstly by the music and then by what was happening on screen. After that, I couldn’t take my eyes off it.

I couldn’t believe I had never heard of them before as it was just my kinda stuff. However, comparisons have been made which I don’t really agree with (I’m not sure what other people hear sometimes) and I may never have found them based on those alone. But that video led to the purchase of sophomore album ‘Antics’, followed by investigation of debut ‘Turn on the Bright Lights’ (which celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary in 2012). With the addition of 2007’s ‘Our Love to Admire and 2010’s triumphant self-titled ‘Interpol’, it’s a back catalogue to be proud of.

September 8th sees the release of album number 5 ‘El Pintor’ (that’s one for our spanish-speaking anagram fans) and they don’t sound like a band who are getting tired or running out of steam. I’ve already heard them play some new stuff live earlier this year as part of the NME tour and I’m happy to report, it sounds like classic Interpol. And that’s the thing about these guys. Even though they’ve definitely expanded on their sound over time, they never sound like they’re trying to be anyone other than Interpol.

Here they are playing a Friday evening set at Glastonbury and (probably) taking some people by surprise by a) how good they are and b) how many songs they actually recognise…

NYC’s Most Wanted at http://www.interpolnyc.com

Les-Fest

26th June 2014

There’s an amazing festival happening this weekend. No, not Glastonbury (although, that’s happening also apparently). I’m talking about Scotland’s very own premier rock and metal festival, Les-Fest 2014. Now in it’s third year, it has moved to the new and quite frankly beautiful location of Wiston Lodge, South Lanarkshire making it less than a hour away from Edinburgh, Glasgow and even Carlisle. With 52 acres of land, there’s enough space for the usual parking and camping but if you don’t fancy roughing it there’s the Lodge, Wooden Cabins and even some Tipis. But time is short so please go here for your options and how to book.

So, if you’re a fan of raucous rawk music and are looking for something other that a quiet weekend then Les-Fest might just be for you. It’s already won Best Musical Event of the Year back in 2012 at the Scottish New Music Awards but if you need any more convincing, there are plenty of reviews of previous years here. Still relatively young, it’s only going to get bigger year on year. And just imagine being able to tell your grandkids ‘I was there, back in the day…’

Glaston-who?! at http://www.les-fest.co.uk

A Liquid Landscape

17th June 2014

I had never heard of A Liquid Landscape before running into them when they supported Crippled Black Phoenix at the Liquid Rooms a couple of weeks ago. My first impression was ‘great name’. And they didn’t disappoint with their emotive live sound either.

Now that I’ve had time to digest their ‘Nightingale Express’ album, I have to say that I’ve really fallen for them. It’s a beautiful collection of songs that take you on a journey of discovery, hope and longing. This is not an itunes/ipod shuffle album people, and requires listening to in its entirety for the full experience. You’ll soon find yourself pressing repeat at the end…

The band have even been good enough to collaborate with film maker Lex Vesseur to produce a short film which captures the very essence of their sound and concept. You can view it here.

I’m hopeful that they will make it back to these shores again in the not too distant future. Now that I know the music, I would love the chance to hear it live again and I will let everyone know if/when that happens. Until then, please feel free to do some Facebook liking and purchasing of a physical/download copy of the album obviously.

Good bands like this deserve your support…

Check out the landscape at https://www.facebook.com/aliquidlandscape

 

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

White Denim & Crippled Black Phoenix.

20th May 2014

This week sees two outstanding bands gracing Edinburgh’s very own Liquid Rooms with their musical goodness.

On Thursday 22nd, you could choose to spend the evening with one of the finest four-piece guitar bands on the planet. Ladies and Gentlemen all the way from Austin, Texas (and also to be seen on Jools Holland this week) I give you White Denim. Now, I’ve already bigged these guys up here and here but if you need any more persuasion then please check out this recent set from Seattle’s KEXP radio station. Not requiring any excuse, I will also be attending their Newcastle date on Saturday, as one night with these guys just never seems quite enough.

Bank holiday Sunday 25th (hurrah!) sees the many members of Crippled Black Phoenix squeeze themselves onto the Liquid Rooms’ stage for a night of something between an apology and a fight. Musically, of course. CBP were the first band that I chose to write about here and this show should give you an idea of what they do. Expect to see some different faces though (due to their ever changing line-up), keeping the live experience fresh every time.

You can find links for buying tickets for both of these events on the Ridgeback Rock Scotland Facebook page, along with lots of other music based treats. And as it’s quite close to the actual gigs, if you can’t collect your tickets from the booking agent in time there is always the option to buy on the door. But please call first to check availability on 225 2564. See you there, hopefully…

 

Getting Involved…

16th May 2014

So as mentioned in my previous post, I think it’s about time us music lovers took action and helped to create the kind of live music scene that we want for Scotland. And there are some tools at our disposal to help achieve that.

First up is local networking site Meetup. This allows people to set up/become part of a locally based group with common interests who can then spread the word about upcoming events that might be of interest. Like live music, perhaps. So, I’d like to introduce you to Meetup Edinburgh’s Rocksteady. If you’re up for it, please sign up for this interactive group hosted by Jason. He’s done the ground work and is happy for members to make suggestions and post reviews etc. His outlook seems to be the more, the merrier. And why not.

Next, came by way of my encounter with Riverside just last month. When discussing my meet’n’greet with promoter Ridgeback Rock we bonded very quickly over music (or rather the lack of it). So much so, that by the end of the whole fantastic experience we realised that we had inadvertently joined their crew. So, meet Ridgeback Rock – Scotland where we’ll be posting recommended music and details of upcoming events. Please pop by our page and let us know if you like what we’re doing. And if you don’t, please be gentle as we’re still finding our feet.

Also, Loud & Clear will continue to host their own regular events. Details of which will be posted here and come by invitation via our mailing list which you can sign up for here (bottom right).

The only way we can make a difference is by getting enough people on board. So if you know of anyone who might be interested, please pass it on…

The Live Music Scene…

9th May 2014

Dear Music Lovers of Edinburgh (& beyond),

Those of you who’ve read my blog before (if you haven’t and you’re interested, you can view it here), may have noticed that I travel quite a lot for live music. This is not because I like travelling. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had some good times on our road trips but we make these journeys mostly out of necessity. Why? Because the live music scene can be a tough gig. Over the last 2-3 years, more and more bands that we love aren’t even making it north of the border. And it’s not because they don’t want to. Scottish crowds are world re-knowned for their sheer up-for-it-ness.

The problem? Well, a combination of things. A lack of decent sized venues (not helped by the recent closure of Edinburgh’s Picture House, soon to be turned into just what we don’t need – a superpub), a cost effective way to promote/publicise your event (in a sea of other similar sized events) and MOST OF ALL, enough participants willing to spend their hard-earned cash (especially at the moment) on a night at your event.

Touring is one of the only ways that artists can make any money these days but it can be an expensive business and most are probably happy if they manage to break even. Often, paying the extra travel/accommodation/venue costs means that they can’t justify coming this far north. But with the help of like-minded people like you (if you’re still reading, I have to assume that you’re interested, right?!), the wonder of the web/social networking and not forgetting good old word-of-mouth, I think we could change that.

Stay tuned for some ways to get involved and hopefully help to breath some new life into an old (but worthwhile) friend…

Angie

Artists' Night At The Mill – This Thursday 6-8pm

7th May 2014

For those of you who’ve been in the shop in the last couple of months, you will have noticed the new artwork adorning our rooms. From Martin’s funky and colourful illustrations, to Lauren’s quirky Rocket sculptures, Orains’ stunning felt piece and Bill’s poetic oil paintings. There is something for everyone, with prices ranging from £20 to £3,500.

We are delighted to announce that all the artists will be with us on Thursday 8th May, between 6 and 8pm, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet them and ask all the questions you may have about their work: From their technique to where they take their inspiration from.

We look forward to seeing you on the night for a glass of wine and nibbles on the house! And of course, great music playing in the background…

Here is below, in their own words, a bit more about them.

Orains is a unique arts & design business owned by Pieter van der Werf and Fiona Page.

They design and create products for interiors, both domestic and commercial. They work exclusively with Scottish wool (in particular Scottish Blackface fleece) sourced from farms in Argyll and visit the sheep farmers personally. They manage the primary and secondary processing using ecological materials only.

The farm-to-felt process guarantees control over the supply chain and creates a unique opportunity to make large individual art pieces and commissions together with a lighting range and rugs.

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Since graduating from Grays school of Art in Aberdeen in 2009, Martin McBride has been busy experimenting with various new media to advance the aesthetics of his work.

Working mainly within the field of printmaking and illustration, his work is a bold mixture of block colour and pattern with the key focal point being animals from all areas of the world.

He tries to create interesting yet beautiful images that people from all walks of life can enjoy.

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Bill McArthur is an Orkney based seascape painter who spent twenty years working as a commercial fisherman.

He has lived for the past 36 years on the remote island of Sanday in the Orkneys and his work reflects his interest and experience of the sea… from the towering rock stacs of St Kilda to the tide race at Cape Wrath on the Scottish mainland’s most North Westerly point.

The implacable power of the sea is what informs all his work, from the gentle ripple of tide on the long sandy beaches of his home to the crashing Atlantic breakers of the Outer Hebrides.

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Lauren Fox is an Edinburgh-based sculptor who works primarily in metal. She trained in Edinburgh & Barcelona, where her passion for sculpture was originally sparked.

Lauren has exhibited in various galleries in Barcelona & the UK, including Untitled BCN (Barcelona), Cock & Bull (London), & Whitespace (Edinburgh). She also takes on private commissions.

The pieces currently on show at Loud & Clear are from her signature series, Rockets.

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!

Pentland Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe Launch | 3rd & 4th April

3rd April 2014

Pentland Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe Launch | 3rd & 4th April

We will be on hand at the launch events for the new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe at Pentland Jaguar in their Perth and Edinburgh showrooms. The Perth event is on April 3rd from 5 till 7pm, the Edinburgh event is from 4 till 6pm on April 4th.

We will be demonstrating the Meridian Audio Sooloos music streaming system and M6 loudspeakers. Pop along and check out this amazing new car and it’s Meridian audio system and see what Meridian can do to provide fabulous audio in your home too.

Fome more info click the link below.

http://www.john-clark.co.uk/jaguar/new-offers/f-type-coupe-launch/

 

 

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 Week at Loud & Clear – Update

13th January 2014

Loud & Clear Edinburgh are delighted to announce a week of events based around Meridian products. From 5-9th of March you will have the chance to visit us and hear all that is new from Meridian Audio including the SE versions of their DSP loudspeakers. Created to celebrate 25 year since they launched the first ever Digital Active Loudspeaker. Some other manufactures and now following this path but need to bridge the gap of a quarter of a century!

Meridian staff will be here all week to give you all the answers to your questions and to demonstrate Sooloos streaming, Digital Theatre & Computer Audio.

On the evening of Friday the 7th we will have a very special concert from local singer songwriter Amy Duncan. Tickets for this event go on sale soon but are restricted to low numbers for this very intimate and special gig.

There will be plenty of other activities be announced in the coming 2 weeks, so watch this space.

NEWS:

Classic Album Sundays, Lenny Kravitz, Let Love Rule. Doors open at 12pm and album spins at 2.00pm on Sunday 9th March 2014. Get your tickets HERE

Amy Duncan – SOLD OUT

Legendary designer and co-founder of Meridian Audio Bob Stuart will be with us on Saturday 8th March. More details HERE.

The systems are now set up! Check out our Facebook page for updates and pics.

Today, Thursday 6 March we have these amazing cars at the Mill: the Rover Range Rover Vogue SE with a Meridian Audio 3D Sound System and the Jaguar F-Type V6 S with a Meridian 380 system inside it. They not only look stunning… they sound AMAZING!

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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:

Edinburgh:

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

HiFiMAN HE-300 – £270

KEF M500 – £249
Glasgow:

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.

 

 

 

Music, Art and Mulled wine at the Mill

26th November 2013

Join us on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December (10-6pm) at the Mill for our Pre Christmas get together. Enjoy mulled wine and nibbles whilst you listen to live music from our pal, Mark Corbett on Saturday afternoon at 3.30pm. There will also be some great offers on a selection of perfect Christmas gift ideas for you and your family. Check here our Top 10 perfect Christmas presents for music lovers.

Next door to us, Artist Jenny Smith is also having on open studio. She will have a selection of paintings and prints for sale and there will be a 20% discount on selected work for sale. There will be a laser cutting demonstration at 3pm on the Saturday too! Here for more details.

So escape the horrors of high street Christmas shopping and head to The Mill to regain your sanity.

Vinyl available at the Mill

15th November 2013

Music On Vinyl is a vinyl only record label that releases high quality 180g LP and 7″ vinyl pressings of titles licensed from a wide range of record companies and artists who control their own repertoire.

These are both re-issues of classic titles, or a simultaneous vinyl release to compliment a CD/DVD release, all marketed under the Music On Vinyl brand, which vinyl lovers worldwide recognize as a trusted name providing a superb LP vinyl product.

They are provided with the best possible (analogue) masters available. On top of that, our sound engineer has over 35 years of experience in cutting and mastering records for (major) labels.

Albums currently available at Loud & Clear in Edinburgh (in alphabetical order):

Blind boys of Alabama / I’ll find a way / More details here / £23

Bob Dylan / Oh Mercy / More details here / £18

Bob Marley / Natty Dread  / More details here / £20

Bonnie Raitt / Give it up / More details here /£19

David Bowie / Earthling / More details here / £19

Faithless / Sunday 8pm / More details here / £22

Fleetwood Mac / Greatest Hits / More details here / £19

Fleetwood mac / Peter green’s Fleetwood Mac  / More details here / £18

Fleetwood Mac / Pious bird of good omen / More details here / £18

Jeff Buckley / Grace / More details here / £18

Kings of Leon / Aha Shake Heartbreak / More details here / £22

Lou Reed / Rock’n roll animal / More details here / £19

Lou Reed / Transformer  / More details here /£18

Love / Love / More details here / £18

Manic Street Preachers / Everything must go / More details here / £18

Mott the Hoople / All the young dudes  / More details here / £18

Portishead / Roseland NYC / More details here / £23

Primal Scream / Screamadelica / More details here / £23 (Expanded vinyl edition – Remastered – Includes booklet with unseen images and brand new band interviews)

Rodrigo y Gabriela  / Rodrigo y Gabriela / More details here /£19

Roy Ayers / Virgo vibes / More details here / £18

Shuggie Ottis / Inspiration information / More details here / £18

Stevie Ray Vaughan / Couldn’t stand the weather / More details here / £22 (Expanded vinyl edition)

Stone roses / Turns into stone / More details here / £18

Tedeschi Trucks Band / Everybodys Talkin / More details here / £43 (First live release)

The Who / Who’s next  / More details here / £20

Yello / Flag / More details here / £20 (Exclusively remastered)

 

Music On Vinyl launches classical label. Read more about this!

 

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.
Cheers
James”
We are already working on the battery question and will have the answer shortly

Music is at our core

3rd October 2013

Just had lunch with one of Scotland’s rising stars of the ‘singer song writer’ genre. Well, she is much more than that, she is a ‘music charm’. Who is she? You’ll have to wait for a little more info but she will be performing a very special live set at The Mill in Edinburgh during the dark winter months and a couple of lucky Loud & Clear customers will receive free tickets.

Please stay in touch for updates and further info on “Live at the Mill” gigs.

 

John Carroll

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