As solid as steel!

8th February 2019

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Get the best from your room.

7th February 2019

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

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

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!!

 

#MostAmazingHifi

17th May 2018

The sun came out and Iain went AWOL from the shop to see a customer…..well that’s what he said! He came back looking relaxed with photographic evidence…yeah, right?

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Introducing the new Moon 390

15th May 2018

The new MOON by Simaudio 390 has been included in the What Hi-Fi? top product list for this year at the Munich High End Show. https://www.whathifi.com/…/15-best-new-hi-fi-products-high-… The Moon 390 is a £4950 streaming DAC/preamp with MiND 2 network streaming, digital and analogue outputs, a headphone amp and an MM/MC phono stage. Just add amplification and […]

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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.

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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.

Available now for only £449

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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.

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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.

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Coming Very Soon – Rega Planar 6 & NEO PSU

11th August 2017

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.

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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

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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 […]

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Say hello to my Little Fwend

29th March 2017

Don’t let runoff grooves run off with your groove, read on to find out what this lovely lump of fwendship can do for you and your records…

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What the hell am I reading?

29th March 2017

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 […]

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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 […]

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Blossoms

3rd June 2016

Each week it’s on, we go through a ritual of checking out who’s on our pre-recorded version of the Jools Holland show and then spend much of it fast forwarding through the bits that we’re not that keen on. And recently, that’s been quite a lot (sorry Jools). However, occasionally it throws something interesting at […]

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Kiev

27th May 2016

We made another trip to The States recently, the main objective of which was to attend Levitation festival in Austin, Texas. Whilst perusing what else might be happening there around that time, we were stunned to discover that our very own Foals would be playing legendary venue Emo’s on the Friday night of the same […]

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Sumer

16th March 2016

Sel Balamir of Amplifier loves a good joke. So, when he posted on Facebook that he was rocking out to a British band who sounded a bit like Tool, I thought ‘yeah right, no one else really sounds like Tool’. However, Sumer‘s debut album ‘The Animal You Are’ is a surprising mix of influences and manages to come […]

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Nothing But Thieves

27th November 2015

I literally tripped over these guys whilst browsing for something on a well known website, when they popped up on my home page because of other things I’d bought recently. I normally ignore those ‘recommendations’ but something caught my eye (namely the cover art) and I decided to investigate further. After a bit of reading, […]

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The Black Jesuses & Gods

24th March 2015

So, I’ve mentioned The Parlor Mob (only 3 times now) before. I may even have said that they weren’t all that great at communicating (maybe by today’s social media standards) what was happening in their world.

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The Parlor Mob (3)

5th February 2015

I’m writing about The Parlor Mob for a third time here.

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Amy Duncan

24th January 2015

Amy Duncan will be playing a gig at Loud & Clear Edinburgh on 7th March 2015. Full details to follow but this is a charity gig and numbers are very limited so please register your interest.

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Gig Finder

22nd January 2015

Gig Finder for promoting gigs in and around the Edinburgh area.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Avantgarde Acoustic

30th October 2014

On a recent visit to Germany I had the great pleasure of visiting the team at Avantgarde Acoustic. I think it was around 15 years ago that I first listened to these speakers at the Hi-End show in Frankfurt. At that time I think the style was a little too much for the UK market […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Norwegian Tunes

13th June 2014

Loud & Clear are happy to announce an exclusive arrangement with Hegel of Norway. The first product that will arrive into the Edinburgh shop will be the stunning little HE-80 amplifier and digital hub.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Baroness

6th May 2014

Baroness came recommended by the Ancient VVisdom guys (I reviewed them here) when we met in Austin last year. For some reason, it took me a while to get round to checking them out. But I’m glad I did. Things almost ended very badly when the band were involved in a nasty tour bus accident […]

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Going that extra mile

30th April 2014

Loud & Clear Edinburgh have set up base at an additional location in the Central Highlands. We hope that by next year we will be able to welcome you for demonstrations.

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Tool & Failure (Live)

29th April 2014

So it was a biggy that sparked our last minute dash to the US of A. If you’ve seen my previous review of Tool (you can view it here) you’ll know that I was already champing at the bit for another album and therefore a tour, back in 2012! As you can imagine, I let […]

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The Maverick Music Festival (San Antonio)

22nd April 2014

So, we decided on a bit of a whim to organise another music based road trip to The States. It was mainly to see one band in particular (more of that to come in my next post) but also being able to attend The Maverick Music Festival was what nailed it in the end. We’ve […]

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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.

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Riverside & Votum (Live)

15th April 2014

So, after a great trip Stateside (more of that to come soon) we came home feeling a little deflated but knew that we had a triple dose of delectable Polish rockers Riverside to help soften the blow. Then, a couple of days before it was all due to kick off, I opened an e-mail that I […]

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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

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Editors, White Denim (& Syd Arthur)

26th November 2013

Well, my weekend turned out to be somewhat of a musical extravaganza. First up was a trip down to Leeds for my second helping of Editors this year and as they were at their usual dynamic-tour-de-force best, it made the journey well worthwhile. Here is a good example of how they continue to up their game […]

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Pearl Jam

12th November 2013

Who remembers grunge?! Pearl Jam do. Starting in the Seattle area of Washington State in The US, the movement was driven by bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains. The scene was at its peak when Pearl Jam released their classic debut album back in ’91 and it’s easy to see how they got […]

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Please trust your ears

7th November 2013

Here in my hidden little page on the Loud & Clear site I sometimes have a rant about things. Today is one of those days when the rant comes out all guns blazing. Please, for the love of god ( or your equivalent ) trust your ears. Over the past few months I have listened […]

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Franz Ferdinand

15th October 2013

So, Franz Ferdinand are back. Where have they been you say? From the ‘mugshots’ on the right you might assume ‘jail’?! But before their recent hiatus they were pretty much selling out huge venues all over the world. That’s right, although we love them here the music scene can be quite fickle and they had […]

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Drenge

8th October 2013

I thought Drenge sounded dreadful when I heard their album being advertised on TV a couple of months ago (the sound of their name didn’t help either). But when I saw them perform on the Jools Holland show recently, I was happy to admit how wrong I had been to judge them on a poorly […]

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Music is at our core

3rd October 2013

Just had lunch with one of Scotland’s shining stars of the ‘singer song writer’ genre. Well, she is much more than that, she is a ‘music charm’. Who is she?

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Dead Meadow (Live)

1st October 2013

Dead Meadow have always boggled my mind. But having just spent the last two evenings with them at gigs in both Glasgow and Edinburgh, my ears have joined in as well now. Last night’s show at Sneaky Pete’s was phenomenal. Here they are performing a psychedelic swamp blues number from their new record ‘Warble Womb’ (I […]

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The Black Angels (Live)

17th September 2013

By the time you read this, I will already have (once again) travelled up and down the country just to see The Black Angels perform live. Twice. Possibly three times if I have the strength for it. Please visit here for as good an explanation as I can give of why. My advice is to scroll […]

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Foals

10th September 2013

It feels like Foals have been around forever. Cast your mind back and I’m sure you’ll recollect them bursting onto the music scene with super-catchy math-rock classics like ‘Cassius, it’s over!’ That was back in 2007 and since then, an unbelievable work ethic coupled with a steadfast musical integrity has seen them take on (and […]

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Ancient VVisdom

3rd September 2013

I thought everything was bigger in Texas. So I was surprised by how small legendary venue The Mohawk in Austin was when we visited it earlier this year. The welcome however, was huge. It was late afternoon and when we spoke to order a drink, the barman (followed by the security guy) said ‘No way! […]

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Grim Tower

27th August 2013

You may have heard me mention Black Mountain once or twice, maybe even three times (but hey, who’s counting?!). Well, I can’t help it if Stephen McBean rocks my world with almost everything he touches. And not content with the behemoth that is his day job he’s also involved in a few side projects and […]

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Editors (Live)

20th August 2013

Let me begin by clarifying one thing. Editors DO NOT sound like a Joy Division/Interpol tribute band. Those comparisons were made (via lazy journalism) early on in their career and regurgitated so often that they’ve struggled to escape from them since. There are similarities. Four blokes, a distinctive bass heavy guitar sound, a tall, skinny baritone-voiced […]

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Meridian Director DAC

16th August 2013

Meridian have launched their new super mini DAC, Director. The perfect way to boost the performance of any computer or networked system.

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Ben Howard

13th August 2013

I first saw Ben Howard perform on a music chat show a few years back. Sitting on a stool with his guitar, all blue eyes and floppy hair, I assumed that he was the music industry’s latest boy band reject. But that notion was thrown straight back in my face as I quickly realised that I […]

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Devialet

9th August 2013

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

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Suuns

6th August 2013

On the way to Austin Psych Fest (please see my last post), we decided to take a slight detour via Dallas. This was mainly because Black Mountain were playing a gig there a couple of nights beforehand and we decided that we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see them twice in quick succession. But […]

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Austin Psych Fest

30th July 2013

Music festival season has taken me back to April this year when we made the trip over to Austin Psych Fest for the second year running. We hadn’t planned to, until we saw the first wave line-up announcement in December. With some great bands already listed (Black Mountain, Warpaint, B.R.M.C and of course, The Black […]

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Classic Album Sundays

25th May 2013

Check out this great documentary from City Radio, about Classic Album Sundays. Featuring our very own John Carroll from the Edinburgh store, and Allan Boyd and Andrew Pirie from the Glasgow store, it tells the story of how Classic Album Sundays were born and how they have caught on around the world. https://soundcloud.com/cityradioglasgow/classic-album-sundays

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Classic Album Sundays Jazz & Classical with Loud & Clear present Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" and "The Firebird" on Sunday 19 May

24th April 2013

Classic Album Sundays with Loud & Clear Hi-Fi present Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” and “Rite of Spring” on Sunday 19 May.

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Lunatic Soul

9th April 2013

I know that words like ‘genius’ tend to be over/misused these days (along with a whole load of others) but there are times when I think it’s warranted. And I don’t think it would be inappropriate to use it when describing a musician like Mariusz Duda. He is the bass playing frontman for Polish prog-rockers […]

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Riverside

19th March 2013

Riverside were mentioned to me by a fellow fan of music (you know who you are) and although I had checked out their previous efforts, I hadn’t really connected with what they were doing. Until now. This music fan mentioned during an exchange of e-mails that he was spinning their new record (yes, the actual […]

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Quest For Fire

12th March 2013

Forming from the remnants of other bands might be how Quest for Fire came by their ‘stoner rock’ tag. It’s a bit of a lazy generalisation and not all that accurate as far as I’m concerned. However, second album ‘Lights from Paradise’ could be labelled as stoned rock. With a psychedelic chaser and a side […]

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I Am Kloot

5th March 2013

The Kloot might not ever rock your world. They’re more likely to buy you a pint and tell you a bad joke. But that’s the point. They sound like the kind of guys that you could easily spend a Saturday night down the pub with. That’s not to say that their music isn’t top quality stuff […]

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Hexvessel

26th February 2013

You may not have heard of Hexvessel. Neither had I until I read about them recently in a back issue of Prog magazine, who made it sound interesting enough for me to give it a try. And I’m glad I did. 2011’s ‘Dawnbreaker’ was the solo effort of English born singer/songwriter Mat McNerney (aka Kvohst) […]

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Federale

19th February 2013

Whilst checking out the list of bands on the line-up for last year’s Austin Psych Fest, I stumbled upon Federale. After a quick listen and some online investigation, I became a little confused as what I was reading didn’t quite match up with what I was hearing and it wasn’t long before I figured out that […]

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Classic Album Sundays Edinburgh – Miles Davis "Kind of Blue", Sunday 3rd March

16th February 2013

Classic Album Sundays with Loud & Clear Hi-Fi Present
Miles Davis “Kind of Blue”
Loud & Clear @ The Mill, 72 Newhaven Road Edinburgh EH6 5QG
Sunday 3rd March 2013

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Biffy Clyro

12th February 2013

I first became aware of The Biff when a loved one gave me their first two albums to try, on the premise that I might agree to attend a gig with him. I wasn’t sure, even after several listens whether I liked them or not. I can probably put that down to the fact that I […]

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Supergrass

18th December 2012

A lot of people will remember Supergrass as a bit of a ‘comedy’ band, which is partly true. They did have a great sense of humour. But have a closer look and listen to their back catalogue and you might be surprised by how much great stuff they wrote. A particular highlight for me was […]

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Pure Reason Revolution

11th December 2012

It’s time for another ‘support band incident’. And probably one of the best. Because the headline band sucked (no names and I’m sorry, but you did) so it was a relief that we at least left with these guys ringing in our ears. All the more surprising because most of the time, we avoid getting […]

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The Dead 60's

4th December 2012

I didn’t know that there was a big ska meets punk scene in Liverpool back in the early 2000’s. Maybe there wasn’t. But if there was, it was probably down to The Dead 60’s. Starting out in their teens, they changed their name twice and recorded a couple of EP’s, a session for John Peel […]

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The Cinematics

27th November 2012

Over the last few years, there has been a spate of bands ‘reforming’ but (I won’t name any names) not always successfully or for the right reasons. Over the next few weeks, I would like to give a mention to some that I wish had never split up in the first place. First up, some […]

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Opeth (Live)

20th November 2012

I’m late with this post. Mainly because I still haven’t recovered from my first Opeth ‘live’ experience last week. And I’m not sure I ever will. So by way of an explanation, I would like to share this with you. Apologies in advance if it has the same affect on you that it has had […]

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Jack White

13th November 2012

For most people, Mr Jack White III doesn’t need much introduction. He is the singer-songwriting, multi-instrument playing musician and producer who fronted popular Detroit garage duo The White Stripes, collaborated with Brendan Benson on The Raconteurs as well as rocking the role of drummer in The Dead Weather. Somehow he also found the time to move to Nashville […]

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St. Andrews Night event and Saturday open day

12th November 2012

Just a little reminder that the Edinburgh shop will be hosting an event with Simple Audio, STAX & Hi-Fi Man on Friday the 30th November, 5pm-8pm & Saturday the 1st December, 10am-5pm.

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Puscifer (and A Perfect Circle)

6th November 2012

When good musicians hit their stride and comfort zone in a band, some have a tendency for starting side projects that allow them to stretch their creative wings in other directions. Say hello to Mr Maynard James Keenan. Not content with a 20+ year career in massively popular ‘art-metal’ band Tool (you can read my […]

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The passion for vinyl replay continues at Loud & Clear

3rd November 2012

With some of the finest phono cartridges in world on demo the passion for vinyl replay continues at Loud & Clear. We are now able to let you hear Lyra, Soundsmith Grado, Ortofon, Transfiguration, Kiseki, Dynavector, Nagaoka, Rega & many more.

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My Sleeping Karma

30th October 2012

When 3 members of German stoner rock band The Great Escape began jamming together they planted the seeds of what was to become My Sleeping Karma. When the main project disbanded in 2006, they drafted in the help of a keyboard player to allow them to expand on the instrumental sound that they had created […]

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Is the more to music than 4 blokes in a band?

29th October 2012

Is the more to music than 4 blokes in a band? Sometimes I wonder if there is anything new that can be done with music. You may think the classic 4 piece rock band is the best, or a full orchestra, a jazz trio or maybe even a smart guy or girl with some samples […]

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The Cosmic Dead

23rd October 2012

There are some good reasons to likeThe Cosmic Dead. One, they hail from Glasgow (but let’s not hold that against them) so are homegrown talent. Two, they are funny (please refer to their website/facebook page for proof of this). And three, because they rule. They also have a great work ethic. With 3 releases in […]

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Opeth

15th October 2012

It’s official. I’m in love with a ‘Swedish Death Metal’ band. And they’ve been hiding themselves in full view, just waiting for me to fall for them. I’ve been aware of them for a while but the genre tag made it difficult for me to get past the growling vocals. So after catching a couple […]

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Diagonal

9th October 2012

At one point there were seven members in Diagonal and, as demonstrated on their self-titled 2008 debut, they each brought their own influence to the sound. It’s a mind boggling blend of jazz, folk, psychedelia and prog (please note: prog is not a dirty word) and it sounds so authentically retro it’s like it’s been […]

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Black Mountain

2nd October 2012

I’ve been trying to write a piece about Black Mountain for a while now but haven’t been able to find the words to describe them. Or even how to start. It all began for me when a loved one said that they had found a track on a new album that they thought I would […]

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Six Organs Of Admittance

25th September 2012

Ben Chasny has an incredible work ethic. Either that or he never sleeps. Having now released 12 albums under his solo moniker of Six Organs, he’s also managed to collaborate with other bands and musicians too numerous to mention. Born in L.A., the family moved to Northern California when his disillusioned Father returned from service […]

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Tool

18th September 2012

If you had told me a few years ago that I would soon be listening to a well known American ‘alternative metal’ band, I would have applauded the comedian in you. Now not only have I listened to and bought their entire back catalogue (most on both CD and vinyl), I’m also a member of their ‘Collective […]

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Days Of The New

11th September 2012

Travis Meeks was born into a musically gifted family and although painfully introverted, found his voice after learning to play guitar at the age of 9. It was a long time before he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and it’s possible that he found creating music therapeutic and an easier way of communicating with the […]

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The Mars Volta

4th September 2012

To say that these guys can be a challenging listen is probably putting it mildly. The first time I heard them, I wanted to run from the room screaming. So when I was asked if I might accompany a loved one to a gig, I agreed but was filled with a sense of dread and […]

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Storm Corrosion

28th August 2012

After discovering them via a friend, Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth became a fan of Steve Wilson’s Porcupine Tree. And when metal fan Wilson was given an Opeth album a few years later he knew that the two had to meet up for what was to become a beautiful musical ‘bromance’. Since then, Wilson has overseen […]

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50th Anniversary Mini Monitor Arrives From KEF

21st August 2012

Loud & Clear are delighted to have the award winning new mini monitor from KEF the LS50. Winner of EISA European Loudspeaker 2012-13.

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Dead Meadow

14th August 2012

When you hear singer/guitarist Jason Simon’s vocal style, it’s easy to assume that Dead Meadow are just another ‘psychedelic stoner rock’ band. And whilst being under the influence might enhance the experience for the listener, it would surely make his phenomenal guitar work almost impossible. Often achieving the illusion that they are more than just a […]

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Junip

14th August 2012

A long time in the making and with a lot of obstacles to overcome on the way, the very existence of Junip’s first full length release ‘Fields’ is mainly due to the patience, persistence and friendship of the musicians involved. Jose Gonzalez and Elias Araya grew up together in Sweden and started playing in their […]

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Wolfmother

31st July 2012

Even if you don’t recognise the name, you probably know at least one Wolfmother song from either TV or radio. When their debut was released in 2005, it was difficult to escape the cries of “WOOOMAN!” (from the song of the same name) or a catchy riff from one of their classic sounding rock tracks. […]

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Syd Arthur

31st July 2012

Now that summer has (hopefully) finally arrived, we’ll need an appropriate soundtrack to accompany it. Enter Syd Arthur. No, not just one bloke but four very talented young men. These guys have been rattling around on the outskirts of ‘favourite new band’ territory for a while now, honing their live sound which by all accounts […]

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Dishwashers and HiFi together, not really my thing.

30th July 2012

Just as I was in the thick of conversation with Hi-Fi reviewer Roy Gregory discussing the Development of The VPI brand in the UK my door bell rang. Enter dishwasher repair man, with his accepting nod I continued my call. Eventually having completed putting the world to right with Roy and agreeing to make further […]

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Classic Album Sundays Edinburgh – Pink Floyd "The Dark Side of the Moon"

26th July 2012

Classic Album Sundays is joining forces with Loud & Clear for its debut in Edinburgh. Playing Pink Floyd “The Dark Side of the Moon” from beginning to end on a high-end MOON system.

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Arbouretum

17th July 2012

I see lead Singer/Songwriter of Arbouretum, Dave Heumann as a type of messenger. The progressive psychedelic folk type. And if you allow yourself to become completely immersed in their sound, especially on last album ‘The Gathering’, you might find their remarkable ability to create stories and imagery with their music an experience bordering on meditative. […]

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My Morning Jacket

17th July 2012

What you see, isn’t always what you get. Otherwise, my first encounter with MMJ via their Okonokos dvd might have been a full aural assault on my ears by some hairy bottomed metal merchants. Instead, I was treated to exactly what I wasn’t expecting. Starting out with a slight reggae feel (which put me straight on the back […]

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MOON 810LP – The Best Phono Stage Ever?

3rd July 2012

We have taken delivery of the new reference MOON phono stage, the 810LP. The best phono stage ever?

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Godsmack

3rd July 2012

Sully Erna’s musical life began at the age of 3 with a drum kit and it was an interesting journey that saw him rise up to become one of the best multi-talented frontmen that today’s rock scene has to offer (take a bow Dave Grohl also). But music was in his blood and most people he […]

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Grails

3rd July 2012

Starting out as the bedroom side project of some restless musicians in Portland, Oregon I can only assume that Grails now inhabits not only the rest of the house, but the garden (including the shed) as well. To say that they are an extremely eclectic and prolific bunch would be underplaying it a little. As […]

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Alberta Cross

19th June 2012

A number of years ago, the BBC’s Reading Festival coverage included a red button multi-screen service (whatever happened to that?) and these guys really stood out against the other bands on offer. It was early days for them and they were a little rough around the edges, even having to re-start a song they messed […]

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The Boxer Rebellion

5th June 2012

These guys haven’t had it easy, both personally and professionally. Not that you would know it from listening to them. And the fact that they’re still making music, including setting up their own record label, is testament to how much it means to them. For their last studio album ‘The Cold Still’, producer Ethan Johns took […]

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Warpaint

5th June 2012

With a few notable exceptions, I’ve never been a big fan of female singers. It’s just not my thing. And there have been precious few women that have reached out to me musically in many years of listening. Until quite recently. They are called Warpaint. And these ladies have it all. Despite having connections to […]

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Rocket Juice & The Moon

1st June 2012

Rocket Juice and The Moon is name of the new “supergroup” of Damon Albarn, former Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ Flea.

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Making of a Legend,

24th May 2012

Driven by my own passion for the music of Bob Marley, Loud & Clear Edinburgh will present ‘Catch a Fire’ on glorious vinyl during this year’s record shop & music weekend in August at Bonnington Mill, and that’s just the start of it!

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The Parlor Mob

15th May 2012

There’s been talk of rock music dying out. Obviously, no one has told The Parlor Mob this. And it wouldn’t matter even if you did as they’re not the kind of band who follow rules. Or fashion. Their modern take on a classic rock sound is so refreshingly authentic that you would swear they had […]

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Wolf People

15th May 2012

Wolf People, (or the Funky Folksters as I frequently refer to them) came to me via a collection of snippets called ‘Tidings’. I can’t remember what drew me to it in the first place. Possibly the cover, which shows a group of old reel-to-reel tape recorders and amplifiers. Or maybe the fact that it was […]

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Pontiak

24th April 2012

Brothers Jennings, Van and Lain Carney grew up on a farm in rural Virginia and after some well travelled life experience each, came together to form Pontiak. These guys are the real deal, not only writing but recording and producing their own music on their own terms. And now, they even do it all in […]

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The Black Angels

24th April 2012

It’s really difficult to express just how much The Black Angels mean to me, personally. So I’ll just say that they’re absolutely my favourite band. Ever. I bought their magnificent debut album ‘Passover’ after reading a short review which made it sound ‘interesting’ but nothing could have prepared me for the impact they would have […]

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Demo discs, will we miss them?

20th April 2012

Now that we are spending our days doing more dems using music on a hard drive I wonder if the demo disc will become a thing of the past. As I type there is a bloke sitting next door listening to his own CD copy of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s classic, Tin Pan Alley. It was […]

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White Denim

3rd April 2012

I heard somewhere that White Denim had been awarded the ‘Best Live Act’ award at Austin’s famous SXSW festival more than any other band. I wouldn’t be surprised if that were true. Last year’s quietly released ‘D’ made it into the top 10 of a lot of ‘Best of 2011’ lists. And with good reason. […]

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Crippled Black Phoenix

3rd April 2012

There are a few rumours surrounding Crippled Black Phoenix. Most of them started by the band themselves. This may also be due in part to the many people that have been through their revolving door of members over the last few years. Starting out as a collaboration of like minded musicians who were either in […]

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Classic Album Sundays needs that classic edge… a classic cartridge.

21st March 2012

I have really warmed to the the whole concept of Classic Album Sundays but feel that the whole experience is enhanced with the correct choice of kit. Flicking through my own record collection lots of great memories (and a few scary ones) from the 1980’s jumped out. Grace Jones Night Clubbing, Human League Hysteria, Aztec […]

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Self indulgent Hi-fi, the ultimate expression of you. Headphones!

21st March 2012

Without a doubt the most self indulgent item of Hi-fi has got to be headphones. Walking through Heathrow’s terminal 5 at New Year I noticed the sheer volume of people wearing headphones and earbuds. From street style kids wearing Dr Dre cans to ‘suited chaps’ with B&O’s very ‘clean looking devices’ right back to studious […]

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