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Merry Christmas from Loud & Clear!

22nd December 2017

Welcome to our Twelve Days of Christmas; twelve special treats for music lovers; twelve of our favourite things.

You may well have seen these on emails and social media but for any you missed, here’s the final countdown of our 12 Christmas Treats:

12. A Chord Ethernet Cable
Controversial? Good. Because we need your attention, this is relevant to everybody who has a music streamer; and that is most of our customers. Your Ethernet cable makes a difference; a huge difference. We know, we’ve done the dem. From Chord Company C-Stream through Shawline, Epic, Signature, Sarum T to the jaw-dropping ChordMusic, each step delivers a major performance leap. Connect a Chord Company Ethernet cable to your streamer and you will, quite possibly, fall off your seat at the improvement it makes. Don’t believe it? Pop into the shop, its 5 minutes that may well change your life ūüėÉ.

11. Technics Ottava SC-070 music system
When space is tight, an all-in-one music system is a great solution. The Technics Ottava SC-070 all-in-one combines CD playback with DAB radio, high-res audio support and Bluetooth streaming, It may be compact, but the Ottava is notable for its wide sound-stage and open, spacious presentation. At ¬£799, it may be one of the cheapest one-box systems we have, but it certainly doesn’t sound it.

10. Rega Research Neo power supply
Neo PSU is a standalone advanced turntable power supply; a perfect upgrade for RP3, Planar 3, RP6 and older Rega turntable owners. Neo reduces noise, improves speed stability and rotational speed accuracy, allows user controllable fine speed adjustment previously seen only in Rega’s reference RP10 and the convenience of electronic speed change. Sonically, a big improvement on its predecessor, TTPSU, and only ¬£27 more. ¬£225

9. Innuos Zen Mini music server
Complete music library management; Innuos Zen servers are the easiest and one of the best ways we have found so far to rip, store, manage and play your music collection. No need for a PC, slip a CD into your Innuos and 5 minutes later, out it pops, perfectly copied and stored losslessly, with all cover-art, artist and track information beautifully displayed on your screen, tablet or smartphone. Stores up to 4000 CDs, from £699

8. Rega Research Planar 2 turntable
Want to get back into your vinyl? Or are you just discovering the charms of analogue? Then really your only question finish – gloss black, white or red? Relaunched last year by Rega, the Planar 2 ‘plug ‘n’ play’ turntable is a thing of beauty and considerable quality; there isn’t a deck to touch Planar 2 for sound quality at this price-point. And it looks pretty awesome too. ¬£375

7. Can You Feel The Force? The John Luongo Disco Mixes CD
From our very own Groove Line Records, a quite stonking double CD disco delight to really get those Christmas parties started! John Luongo, having forged an unparalleled reputation in his native city of Boston as a DJ, promoter and mixer at the vanguard of the disco movement, went on to deliver an unprecedented number of classic disco mixes. This double CD showcases the finest productions created by this pioneering and hugely influential DJ and mixer and is the very first collection of its kind. £15.

6. RHA MA750 wireless in-ear headphones
Premium metal construction, noise isolating, Aerophonic‚ĄĘ sophisticated design and accurate and balanced audio are some of the added benefits of the MA750 wireless earbud from Glasgow-based headphone specialists RHA Audio. Complete freedom of movement with Bluetooth aptX‚ĄĘ connectivity to any compatible device (including socketless iPhones!). Just ¬£150

5. ARCAM rPhono phono stage
A pocket dynamo, the diminuitive size of this fantastic MC/MM phono preamplifier belies its punchy output. Amplifying the tiny signal from a cartridge is no mean feat but the rPhono does it in style. Whether you are looking to upgrade performance of your inbuilt pre-amplifier phono stage or adding a turntable into your set-up, for sheer audio quality and bang-for-buck, rPhono is our choice. £399

4. MOON by Sim Audio 2401 integrated amplifier

Our go-to stereo integrated amplifier, this powerhouse from Canadian giants MOON ticks all boxes. Every input you could need, including a moving magnet phono stage and digital connectivity (up to 24-bit/352.8 kHz and DSD 256), two channels of conservatively-rated 50W amplification, the 240i delivers performance and finesse of something far pricier. £1990

3. Sondek LP12 Service Gift Voucher

Ivor Tiefenburn MBE, great inventor of the Linn Sondek LP12, built this wonderful turntable to last and 45 years on, it most certainly has. But every machine needs servicing for optimum performance and when it comes to LP12s, we’re the experts. An LP12 Service Gift Voucher entitles the bearer to a full strip-down and meticulous rebuild of their cherished deck, renewing all perishable parts (springs, grommets, nuts et al), replacement bearing oil, speed-check, cartridge alignment and tonearm balancing, leaving your LP12 singing, no matter how old! ¬£100

2. Naim Audio Uniti Star
This one-box music streamer is aptly named, it may well be Naim Audio’s new shining star. Play, rip, store and serve your treasured CD collection, stream and download music in high-resolution, choose from the international world of internet radio stations or a host of streaming services; all in traditional Naim high quality audio performance. ¬£3499

and a cartridge in a pear tree…

1. Dynavector 10X5 MC cartridge
The 10X5 will extract musical detail from your vinyl that you just didn’t know was there. A brilliant all-rounder, the benchmark for high output moving coils and a firm favourite at Loud & Clear, you can even use it with a moving magnet phono stage. Crystal clear tunes and perfect timing, this is the best value cartridge we know. ¬£499

Wishing all our friends, customers and colleagues a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

Christmas Opening Hours

14th December 2017

Less than 2 weeks to go ’til the big day so we thought we’d let you know our opening times this Christmas:

Saturday 23rd December – 10am – 5pm
Sunday 24th December – Closed
Monday 25th December – Closed
Tuesday 26th December – Closed
Wednesday 27th December – Closed
Thursday 28th December – 10am – 6pm
Friday 29th December – 10am – 6pm
Saturday 30th December – 10am – 4pm
Sunday 31st December – Closed
Monday 1st January – Closed
Tuesday 2nd January – Closed
Wednesday 3rd January – back to normal, 10am – 6pm

Naim Price Increase 1st January 2018

5th December 2017

If you’re thinking of asking Santa for some Naim Audio equipment this Christmas, make sure you write your letter earlyūüėČ.

Naim has announced it’s annual price increase will take effect from 1st January 2018, with an average 4% increase across the range.¬†Any product ordered up to and including Saturday 30th December will be honoured at existing prices.

Please note the new Uniti by Naim range – Uniti Atom, Star, Nova and Core – and Mu-so range are unaffected by the increase.

 

A Christmas cracker from Linn

4th December 2017

Christmas in Waterfoot clearly comes early. Linn HQ have today announced a rather special early Christmas gift:

So an additional room of Linn DS audio for your home over the festive period and beyond. No more arguments with the kids over who gets control, you can settle down to Dr. Dre while they bounce around to Bing Crosby’s Christmas GreatsūüėČ.

Offer runs from today, 4th December for orders placed up to and including 26th January (delivery by 6th Feb).

 

What Hi-Fi? – Best 29 Products of 2017

17th November 2017

Following the announcement a few weeks ago of the 104 award winners for 2017, excitement surrounding this week’s¬† revelation of the What Hi-Fi? Best Products of 2017 had reached fever-pitch.

Well, the waiting is over. Here they are:

What Hi-Fi? Best 29 Products of 2017

Well deserved awards for lots of our favourites on demonstration here in the shop, including:

Why not pop in and see if you agree with the judges?

 

Shop Closure Day – Tuesday 7th November

31st October 2017

Inspired by the sparkling new premises of our sister store, Loud & Clear Edinburgh, the Glasgow shop will be closing the doors for a few days this weekend for a good old-fashioned clear-out.

Success is lovely, but it has made us grow in every direction… and not always tidily. So we need to free up a little behind-the-scenes space in time for Christmas. To minimise inconvenience to our dear customers, we’ll be working our socks off this Sunday and Monday, but will also need to close the store on Tuesday 7th November to finish off.

We will reopen as normal on Wednesday 8th November at 10am, all clean, shiny and spacious.

Rega Planar 6 and Ania MC – a perfect pairing

15th September 2017

“a wonderfully refined, articulate and precise turntable that‚Äôs lovely to listen to”

What Hi-fi’s verdict on this delightful pairing from Rega Research, UK manufacturer of some of the best turntables we know.

Planar 6 was launched to universal accolades last month, a turntable of such high quality engineering, it really deserves to be paired with the highest quality of cartridge. Step up Rega, who are offering this deck at a special package price of £1398 with their own precision Moving Coil cartridge, Ania.

Throw in Rega’s new competitvely priced moving coil phono stage, Fono MC¬†(¬£248) and you have spectacular turntable system for well under ¬£1700.

A Great British victory.

Naim Muso cashback offer

14th September 2017

Naim Audio likes to give something back. So, perhaps to celebrate the success of the new Uniti range, is offering it’s customers money back in their pockets for purchasing one of Naim’s wireless lifestyle Mu-so systems. This one is as straightforward as it gets:

РBuy a Mu-so before 2nd October 2017 and receive £75 cashback from Naim

РBuy a Mu-so Qb before 2nd October 2017 and receive £50 cashback from Naim

That’s a good few months subscription to TIDAL, Spotify or Qobuz, or up to a dozen album downloads. Or a nice meal out… you choose!

We have both in stock, so come on in.

Geek Like Me – Loud & Clear’s weekly guides on how to enjoy your music more.

8th September 2017

Episode III:  WiFi Woes and Wonders

Geek Like Me – Loud & Clear’s weekly guides on how to enjoy your music more.

1st September 2017

Episode II:  Beats and PCs Рthe pursuit of perfect digital music.

Geek Like Me – Loud & Clear’s weekly guides on how to enjoy your music more.

25th August 2017

Episode I:  Music on the move Рstreaming in your car

 

 

Uniti by Naim – now shipping!

24th July 2017

Today’s the day! After months of extended licensing, testing and approval challenges, Naim Audio are finally in a position to ship the long awaited and much anticipated Uniti by Naim range, starting today with the Atom.

Uniti Atom is a beautiful, compact multi-source music player that will seduce you with its amazing sound quality and outstanding feature-set. Its 40-watt integrated amplifier and high-resolution music streaming capabilities will fill your home with stunning high-fidelity sound. Perfect as a high-end main system or for use in the kitchen or study, where space is at a premium; just add speakers. The Naim App for iOS and Android combines all of your music sources in one place, making it easy to access with a simple finger swipe.

We will have this little beauty in the next few days, book a dem now.

Rega Planar 6 – UK Hi-fi’s worst kept secret unveiled

18th July 2017

First we had 2016’s revamped Planar 3, quickly followed by Planar 2 and Planar 1, so much anticipation surrounded the next new Rega turntable last year. They’ve made us wait for it but now at last we can unveil the all new Rega Research Planar 6 and Neo PSU.

Built around the hugely successful RP8 and RP10, Planar 6 is the first new Rega turntable to be constructed with an ultra lightweight foam core plinth. This material is sandwiched between a new HPL (high pressure laminate) which is exceptionally thin but extremely rigid and presented in a stunning matt Polaris grey finish with high gloss polymer, black edge trim. The Planar 6 now benefits from a single piece, machined aluminum sub-platter and custom drive pulley fitted with the Rega upgrade drive belt as standard.

Planar 6 is supplied with the brand new Neo PSU power supply, which uses the RP10 DSP generator built upon a high stability crystal. The DSP generator will divide the accurate signal from the crystal to the exact frequency required to turn the platter at the selected speed. The DSP generator will also produce a near perfect sinusoidal waveform to drive the motor. This, along with an efficient drive amplifier, generates a 24V AC balanced signal of less than 0.15% distortion, which is completely unaffected by any changes in the mains/line voltage and conditions.

Key Features:

NEO power supply.
Super lightweight foam core plinth.
Plinth laminate: New Polaris HPL (high pressure laminate). Non-marking matt finish scratch resistant high rigidity skin.
Available in one finish ‚ÄėPolaris Grey‚Äô matt finish with high gloss black polymer edge trim.
Upgrade white drive belt fitted as standard.
Custom dual layer smoked / clear float glass platter.
Single piece aluminium sub platter.
Custom machined high precision drive pulley.
Patent pending, ultra-low friction central brass hub.
Rega’s double brace technology, with integral custom matched aluminium tonearm and hub pillars to ensure maximum rigidity and accuracy.
RB330 handmade precision tonearm with custom stainless weight.
New high spec Rega 24v low noise synchronous motor ‚Äď each motor matched by hand to its own NEO PSU ensuring optimum anti-vibration control.
New smoked dust cover.
New aluminium foot trims and Planar style feet.
Available with Ania MC cartridge factory fitted.

Innuos ZEN – The Art of Serving Music

7th July 2017

We have been selling and installing music streaming systems for over 10 years now and we’ve seen (and tried) every¬†method of ripping and storing CD libraries. But nothing we have experienced compares to Innuos ZEN.

For simplicity, practicality, flexibility and performance, Innous ZEN servers are streets ahead. In short, nothing makes it easier to listen to your music collection.

The ZEN range РZen Mini, Zen and Zenith MkII (with incremental improvements in audiophile performance)- provide a rock solid, incredibly simple way to rip, store and playback your CD library. Lossless ripping, easy editing of album data (including artwork) and full library back-up without needing a PC/Mac are additional bonuses.

Innuos will serve any music streamer on the market and runs its own proprietary operating system –¬†InnuOS – and features many intelligent features to help organise your music library. Storage size can be specified from 1TB (2000 CDs) up

So for hassle-free, perfectly lossless CD copying and storage, look no further.

Linn end service support for CD players

6th July 2017

All good things must eventually come to an end and for Linn, the era of the CD player is over.

It’s been 8 years since Linn stopped producing CD players and they have now announced the end of service support for these legacy products. That includes all CD players РGenki, Ikemi, Akurate, etc.- as well as Unidisk and Classik products.

It’s not all bad news though. With Linn’s summer promotion, The Great Exchange, you can exchange your Linn¬†CD player, or preamplifier, for a fixed discount off a new Linn product, up to ¬£2000. And the old player doesn’t even have to be working! Until 31st August, receive:

£2000 against any Klimax product
£1000 against any Akurate product
£500 against any Majik product

in The Great Exchange.

The Great Exchange from Linn

4th July 2017

Up to £2000 off a Linn product? Yes please.

This year’s summer promotion from Linn has just started and is a cracker. The Great Exchange allows you to trade in your old Linn cd player or pre-amplifier for a fixed discount off any* new Linn product:

The promo runs from 3rd July until 31st August so don’t delay, bring your old Linn in today!

*exceptions – Majik loudspeakers, Exakt only DSM and Exaktbox sub

 

Linn Katalyst coming to Akubarik and Akudorik

22nd May 2017

Linn Katalyst DAC architecture has been taking the Hi-fi world by storm since it was launched last year. Here’s just a few comments from Hi-fi reviewers:

And for those who have Linn Akubarik or Akudorik systems, the Katalyst upgrade is on the way! Linn have confirmed that Katalyst DAC architecture will be rolled out to these systems this Autumn. Upgrade prices are yet to be confirmed, although Linn have issued a ‘price match’¬†guarantee that any Akubarik or Akudorik system purchased now will¬†benefit from the Katalyst upgrade in Autumn at no financial disadvantage.

To whet your appetite, read Alan Sirom’s HiFi Plus Klimax Katalyst review here.

Triple Triumph from Rega – NEW Fono MC, Fono MM mk3 and Apollo CDP

19th May 2017

Rega Research’s new product development team have been in overdrive for the past couple of years. Hot on the heels of last year’s Planar 1, 2 and 3 and new Brio amplifier launches, this week Rega unveiled THREE new products, all coming this month: brand new Fono MC moving coil phono stage, redesigned¬†Apollo CDP cd player and new Fono MM Mk3 moving magnet phono stage.

NEW Fono MC
Specifically designed to complement Rega’s range of moving coils but equally good at¬†improving the performance of any MC cartridge, the new Fono MC promises to be a great addition to Rega’s portfolio. With circuitry design taken¬†from the development of Rega’s reference phono stage Aria, and the same stylish aluminium casing as Fono MM and TTPSU, this¬†fits perfectly into the range. Price ¬£248.

Apollo CDP
Re-designed to¬†aesthetically match the sleek look of their new Brio amplifier, Rega’s new Apollo CDP player will be revealed at the Munich High End Show this week (18th-21st May) and should be available in the shop in the next few weeks. Price remains ¬£598.

Fono MM Mk3
Completing the trio of new releases from Rega is a new Fono moving magnet phono stage.¬†Housed in the latest design case to match the new MC stage the Fono MM Mk3 is the perfect partner for Rega’s¬†range of moving magnets – Bias2, Elys 2 and Exact – but is compatible with¬†any other moving magnet cartridge. Price remains ¬£198.

So a busy launch schedule for Rega this month, with all three new products being unveiled in¬†Munich. We’re already wondering what’s next from the turntable specialists… watch this space!¬†

Sonus Faber Homage Tradition

12th May 2017

This week we unboxed something beautiful from Italy – Sonus Faber Serafino loudspeakers. Bellissimo!

Stunning Italian design and creativity at their best, with performance to match, these gorgeous floor-standing 3.5 way loudspeakers are the newcomer to Sonus Faber’s revamped Homage Tradition series,¬†along with re-designed Amati and Guarneri models from the original iconic Homage range.

Continuing the tradition of naming its speakers after famous Italians, the Serafino speakers pay tribute to Santo Serafino, a famous yet mysterious¬†18th century Venetian master of violin-making who trained¬†at Nicol√≤ Amati’s workshop. Serafino also continues the tradition and precious legacy of Homage – classical lute shape, sumptuous hand-crafted cabinets and powerful, detailed performance.

At ¬£18,000, the Serafino’s sit in between Guarneri (¬£13,600) and Amati (¬£23,500) in the series and are available in Piano Red or Sonus Faber’s new Wenge finish.

The Amatis and Guarneris are coming soon to complete the line-up and we’ll be hosting an exclusive Lounge… with Loud & Clear listening event featuring Serafino on Saturday 10th June.

Email for details.

NEW Technics SL-1200G and SL-1200GR Turntables

9th May 2017

Double excitement! We now have both new Technics SL-1200G and SL-1200GR turntables in Glasgow and WOW, are they worth waiting for.

Technics, and technology, has moved on significantly since the first SL-1200 in 1972. Technics¬†hasn’t entirely forgotten its DJ models of old –¬†the SL-1200s share their predecessors’ aesthetics (and lid) – but these are serious hi-fi decks, completely re-engineered from the originals.

As always though, the proof is in the listening¬†– hearing is believing after all.¬†Both decks are available for demonstration now in store, and we’ll be having a special launch event here in the shop on Thursday 22nd June. Details to follow but we expect this to be extremely busy so email now to pre-book¬†your space.

And here’s how it all comes together:

 

Here’s just some of these decks’¬†improvements on the originals:

Book a dem now.

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 РTrueplay 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‚Äôs heat sinking capabilities and improves on Rega‚Äôs 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.

What HiFi Review

 

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¬ģ or UPnP enabled music sources. It also features an SPDIF output for connection to an external DAC.

The rPlay benefits from Arcam‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúrumble‚ÄĚ 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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