Archive for March, 2017

SONOS PLAYBASE Wireless Speaker and TV Base

28th March 2017

Available Tuesday 4th April…

Next week will see the release of Sonos PLAYBASE – the new wireless TV speaker and base and alternative to PLAYBAR.

Sonos PLAYBASE is not just full cinema sound for your TV; it streams music, too. Just connect to Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, etc. or play from your own personal digital collection.

PLAYBASE is designed to sit under your stand-mounted TV with a super-thin low profile design (it measures just 720mm x 380mm x 58mm) and with 10 downward-firing drive units (6 mid-range, 3 tweeters and 1 low frequency) it certainly packs a punch.

PLAYBASE incorporates all the usual Sonos features – Trueplay for fine-tuning to your room, addition of a Sonos SUB and 2 PLAY:1s for full 5.1 surround sound and integration with a host of streaming services. Available in black or white, at £699 PLAYBASE is a credible alternative for stand-mounted TVs.

NEW Rega Brio Integrated Amplifier

27th March 2017

Rega’s Brio-R integrated amplifier has been one of our best selling products for several years. Rumours of a new and improved Brio have been rife since late 2016, we’ve even fleetingly had our hands on a few before they were whisked off to their excited new owners. Now, we are delighted that Rega have caught up with demand for this phenomenal product and we are in the position to have one on permanent demonstration.

New and Improved for 2017

2017’s Brio has been meticulously improved in every aspect, from the quality of materials to the manufacturing process. It has a completely new case to house its improved circuits and parts, now sitting in a fully aluminium two-part case which boosts the Brio’s heat sinking capabilities and improves on Rega’s already solid build quality and reliability. The new Brio has a cleverly integrated headphone socket specially designed to avoid interference with the audio circuit when not in use and as you would expect, a very high specification moving magnet phono stage is built in as standard.

But most importantly…it sounds delightful! Reliable, fun and tuneful and at only £598, a real bargain too.

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ARCAM rPlay – Simple Music Streaming

24th March 2017

ARCAM rPlay

The rPlay is the latest addition to ARCAM‘s rSeries and allows you to add network audio streaming services and internet radio to any system using DTS PlayFi, Apple Airplay® or UPnP enabled music sources. It also features an SPDIF output for connection to an external DAC.

The rPlay benefits from Arcam’s more than twenty years of digital audio expertise and use the finest quality parts in a layout that is optimised for low noise and minimum distortion. The four-layer PCB allows ARCAM’s designers to maximise the quality of the ground plane in order to further reduce interference between components. The use of multiple low noise individually regulated power supplies ensures the rPlay delivers the cleanest signal to the audiophile quality output stage. As well as a fixed line level analogue output, the rPlay also features a variable analogue output which uses the same volume control as the A49 flagship amplifier.

The rPlay’s WiFi is compatible with 802.11 b/g/n but it also hosts a wired Ethernet (RJ45) connector for the most reliable results from your network.

The rPlay is one of the simplest ways to enjoy streaming audio services regardless of platform and brings Arcam quality sound to a whole new generation of music lovers.

And sticking to the rSeries attractive price-tag of £399 its the perfect introduction to music streaming.

 

ARCAM rPhono – rSeries comes to vinyl

23rd March 2017

ARCAM rPhono

Just released by our friends in Cambridge, the ARCAM rPhono is designed specifically to replace an in-built phono amplifier or to add a turntable connection to your existing amplifier.

The rPhono benefits from Arcam’s more than forty years of analogue audio expertise and uses the finest quality parts in a layout that is optimised for low noise and minimum distortion. The multi-layer PCB allows ARCAM’s designers to maximise the quality of the ground plane so that interference between components is further reduced. The use of multiple, low-noise, individually regulated power supplies ensures the rPhono delivers the cleanest signal to the audiophile quality output stage.

Featuring a wealth of features specifically designed for optimal matching of your turntable’s cartridge, the rPhono is the perfect solution for the vinyl lover. Moving coil users benefit from precision impedance matching using high-quality trimmers instead of discrete steps, while moving magnet users have a wide variety of capacitance options. An optionally selectable low frequency “rumble” filter eliminates the effects of warping or pressing irregularities, which can be present on some vinyl.

And at only £399, an affordable and simple way to improve your turntable performance.

Linn Klimax 350 Katalyst has arrived!

17th March 2017

Linn Klimax 350 Katalyst

A few months ago Linn unveiled Katalyst DAC architecture for their Klimax DS and Klimax DSM. And what an astounding upgrade that is – no wonder it received rave reviews from across the world and Klimax DS was named ”The finest-sounding digital source around.” (What-Hifi, 2017).

Now Linn have introduced Katalyst to the Klimax 350, with a dedicated DAC for each individual speaker channel. Double wow.

Klimax 350 featuring Katalyst has arrived and is available to hear in our demonstration room; available for Artikulat, Klimax 350A or passive Klimax 350 loudspeakers with the combination of both Katalyst & Exakt.

So whether you have any of these Linn loudspeakers, are dreaming of owning them, or just want to hear how they sound, book a demo now.

See more photos of the upgrade process on our Facebook page.

 

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