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Loud & Clear @ Scottish Interiors Showcase

23rd February 2017

Scottish Interiors Showcase, Dunblane Hydro 21st – 22nd February

Our founder and resident interior design guru, Mr. Allan Boyd, has just returned from an intense but rewarding few days at the Dunblane Hydro, taking part in 2017’s Scottish Interiors Showcase.

Exhibiting some of our Smart Home technologies and more ‘design-friendly’ products – Linn and Devialet – the show was a roaring success and Allan secured a string of interesting contacts (as well as some beautiful new home furnishings).

Pop over to our Facebook page for more pictures.

Beat the SONOS price increase ** 23rd February **

7th February 2017

Sonos price rise

In a world where chocolate bars are getting smaller and Uber surge pricing is, well, surging, is it any surprise that technology-packed devices such as Sonos are rising in price?

Just as we still love our chocolate bars and an Uber ride home after a night out., Sonos is still the same sensational, market leading product, innovating and paving the way in home entertainment.

If you are considering a Sonos purchase now is the time to act. From next Thursday 23rd February, Sonos prices will increase across the range as follows:

Sonos Play:1 £169 New price – £199
Sonos Play:3 £259 New price –  £299
Sonos Play:5 £429 New price – £499
Sonos Playbar £599 New price – £699
Sonos Sub £599 New price – £699
Sonos Connect £279 New price – £349 
Sonos Connect:Amp £399 New price – £499 
Sonos Boost £79 New price – £99
Sonos Playbar Mount £35 New price – £39

Uncovered – Rega RP8 Turntable

20th January 2017

Rega Research’s RP8  turntable re-wrote the design rule book when it was launched in 2013.

Watch Rega’s new video to discover the design ethos, precision-engineering and manufacturing intricacies that are behind this iconic British deck.

 

 

Naim Audio Statement

10th January 2017

This January we have something rather special in store for you…

Statement, from Naim Audio, will be available for a limited time only for private listening sessions hosted by Loud & Clear and Naim.

No compromise, performance first engineering; crafted for pure musical performance, Statement is the pinnacle of Naim Audio engineering knowledge and artistry. The series comprises the NAC S1 preamplifier and NAP S1 mono power amplifiers and will be on demonstration with a reference source and loudspeakers.

Your chance to hear £168,000 worth of amplification. As Naim so eloquently put it, “It’s not just for football players and Russian oil barons”.

Interested in a listen? Email us.

 

 

It’s here – Oppo 4k Ultra-HD Blu-Ray

Widely heralded as the best 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray player money can buy, the Oppo 4k UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray player is here… and we have to agree.

Delivering an unmatched AV experience to home cinema enthusiasts, the Oppo 4k UDP-203  player draws from over a decade’s worth of experience in advanced imaging processing technology and high fidelity audio performance to provide the ideal source to complete the ultimate home cinema room.

It’s not just a high-end video device, it can also play high-resolution audio from SACD, DVD-Audio discs or digital audio files, be it AIFF, WAV, ALAC, APE, FLAC , DSD64 or DSD128.

The striking, black brushed-aluminum facia incorporates an LCD status display, easy access front USB 2.0 port and a complete set of transport controls (play, pause, stop, track forward and track back) for easy menu navigation.

Oppo 4k

There are two USB 3.0 ports on the rear panel, along with eight RCA jacks so you can deliver analogue stereo or surround sound to an older AV receiver or amplifier that doesn’t support HDMI. There are optical and coaxial SPDIF outputs, HDMI out (audio and video), audio-only HDMI out and even an HDMI in – there’s really nothing that the UDP-203 won’t send an audio signal to.

We have this fabulous player installed in our full 4k, Dolby Atmos, 7.1-channel home cinema room – prepare to be blown away!

Oppo 4k and Blu-Ray player

Oppo Menu

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Oppo 4k players are now being installed as standard in our Home Cinema installations, click to view.

In with the new… Linn DS

6th January 2017

Kicking off 2017 in style, the second in their Trade In Trade Up promotion series, Linn are now offering a whopping 10% off a Linn DS product when you trade in any music player.

Linn DS

It couldn’t be easier. 10% off any Linn DS – Sneaky or Sneaky DSM, Majik or Majik DSM, Akurate or Akurate DSM when you trade in anything you currently listen to music on, whether that’s an old CD player, Bluetooth speaker, iPod dock, or DAB radio. Even a Fisher Price record player…

The offer runs from 4th January 2017 until 15th February 2017. Happy New Year!

Christmas Opening Hours

13th December 2016

It’s been a busy year here at Loud & Clear, so we’re putting our feet up for a day or two over Christmas and New Year. We advise you all to do the same. Here’s when we’re open:

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

May we take this opportunity to wish all of our friends a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2017!

WIN KEF M500 Headphones

2nd December 2016

Straight from our Christmas Gift Guide for 2016, we are offering customers the chance to win a pair of these awesome KEF M500 headphones in store now.

Raffle tickets are available in the Glasgow shop at £5 each, with all proceeds going to MacMillan Cancer Support. Our lucky winner will be drawn on Thursday 22nd December so can pick them up in time for Christmas.

Goodbye Turntable. Hello LP12.

1st December 2016

Trade In, Trade Up to a Linn Sondek LP12.

Last year, vinyl revenues surpassed those of digital streaming services; the tenth consecutive year of growth for LP sales. To celebrate, Linn are offering a helping hand to vinyl lovers.

From 1st December until January 15th 2017, you can trade in your old turntable and receive 10% off an iconic Linn Sondek LP12.

It couldn’t be easier. You get 10% off any full, pre-configured LP12 when you trade in any turntable, of any brand.

Shop closure – Wednesday 30th November

18th November 2016

As a mark of respect and to allow staff to attend the funeral of one of Loud & Clear’s extended family, we will be closed on the morning of Wednesday, 30th November. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

New Generation Naim?

3rd October 2016

06.10.16

The date when Naim are promising to unveil ther ‘most advanced development yet’ with ‘infinite possibilities’.

Watch this space…

 

Sonos PLAY:5 – European Multiroom System 2016-2017

EISA European Multiroom System

It’s a regular feature in many of the multiroom systems we install here at Loud & Clear with effortless integration and ease-of-use, so it’s no surpirse that the Sonos PLAY:5 has won an EISA (Eurpoean Imaging and Sound Association) award for 2016/17 – European Mulitroom System of the Year.

“Sonos has become the byword for multiroom, wireless audio and in the PLAY:5 it has found a champion worthy of the acclaim.”

See the full Sonos range here.

90 Days Free TIDAL for Naim Customers **Extended until 30/6/17

22nd September 2016

Say hello to TIDAL with Naim… for free.

TIDAL lossless streaming service is now available as a free 90-day trial for new and existing owners of Naim Audio streamers. That includes the Mu-so and Uniti ranges, as well as Naim network audio players and streaming pre-amplifiers.

Until the 310th June 2017,  Naim owners can redeem this free offer by simply selecting the TIDAL input within their Naim Audio App (iOS and Android) and creating an account. Sounds too good to be true? It’s not, so what are you waiting for?

Linn Price Increase Imminent!

2nd September 2016

We have received advance notification from Linn Products of an imminent price increase across all of their products, with the following exceptions:

The increase will be 8.5% and will take effect on 1st October 2016 for all current products.

So if you’re mulling over a Linn purchase, now could be the time to act. Any product orders placed before 30th September 2016 will beat the price increase.

Introducing our new partner – YG Acoustics™

12th July 2016

Loud & Clear are thrilled to announce a new addition to our elite manufacturing partners – YG Acoustics™; world-leading ultra-high-end speaker manufacturer.

YG Acoustics™ design and build a range of simply sublime loudspeakers – and we are delighted to have them here in the shop for your listening pleasure.

Established in 2002 and located in Denver (Arvada), Colorado, U.S.A., YG are one of very few manufacturers to make their own drivers, cabinets and most other high-precision parts in-house, allowing them to design and produce loudspeakers that are incredibly accurate. BilletCore™ (drive units), ForgeCore™ (tweeters), DualCoherent™, ToroAir™ and FocusedElimination™, just some of the in-house, proprietary technologies and software that set YG apart from other loudspeaker manufacturers.

The beautiful Carmel™ 2 loudspeaker is the culmination of years of research, and a near-obsessive desire by YG Acoustics™’ lead-designer Yoav Geva, who insisted that his inevitable responsibility was to extend the leading-edge technologies of Sonja™ and Hailey™, to Carmel™ 2. The result is astonishing – world-class performance in a gorgeous marvel of industrial design and precision-manufacturing.

Carmel™ 2 is a champion of transparency, 3D-soundstaging, dynamics, inner-detail and the natural sound of a live performance that YG Acoustics™ is famous for, all presented in a refined, elegant speaker with an exquisite fit-and-finish.

Welcome on board Barry

14th June 2016

We’re delighted to welcome a new recruit to the team at Loud & Clear, one Barry Christie, aka legendary producer and DJ Milton Jackson!

Barry has over 15 years experience in the music industry, from DJ-ing across the globe – Japan, Ibiza, Brazil to name a few – to installing and supporting broadcast audio systems in the UK, Africa and Middle East.

Under his alter ego ‘Milton Jackson’ Barry has produced house music for the likes of Freerange, Glasgow Underground and Planet E recordings; with over 150 house music releases under Barry can count producers such Carl Cox, Romanthony, Kerri Chandler and Jimpster as fans.

His track ‘Ghosts In My Machines’ was the biggest selling house record on Beatport in 2009 and won Best Track in the Beatport awards for that year. He also won the ‘Best Deep House’ DJ award at the DJ Awards in Ibiza 2009. In total he has sold around 100,000 units as Milton Jackson.

In all-too-familiar style, the arrival of a family (Barry is now dad to two young girls) curtailed the exotic travelling and high-living, and Barry has spent the last 4 years in with Clyde Broadcast where he installed and supported turnkey radio stations, transmission systems and audio over IP networking capabilities for customers in Africa, the Middle East and UK, training end users and station engineers and project managed many export installations.

Barry hopes to bring his wealth of experience in music production and broadcast audio into the specialist Hi-Fi and AV installation sector with Loud & Clear.

Beat the NAIM price increase

25th April 2016

If you’ve been saving up for your dream Naim Audio purchase, now is the time to raid your piggy-bank!

Naim will implement their annual price increase on 1st May this year so you have until this Friday, 29th April, to order at current prices.

The increase effects most products, including streamers, all-in-ones, amplifiers (pre-, power and integrated), power supplies and cables. Mu-so and Mu-so Qb are unaffected. The average rise is around 3% – several hundred pounds on some products – please get in touch if you would like to know any specific product price changes.

Order before end of business on Friday to ensure pre-increase price.

** Devialet Expert 15% Trade In Offer **

19th April 2016

Throughout April and May, Devialet are offering 15% off any Expert product (Le 120, Le 200, Le 250, Le 400 and Le 800) when you trade in any audio equipment. That’s savings of up to £2700 on a system!*

Devialet 120 – RRP £3990 – Offer Price – £3390 – Saving £600

Devialet 200 – RRP £5490 – Offer Price – £4660 – Saving £830

Devialet 400 – RRP £9980 – Offer Price – £8480 – Saving £1500

Devialet 250 – RRP £9990 – Offer Price – £8490 – Saving £1500

Devialet 800 – RRP £17980 – Offer Price – £15280 – Saving £2700

*These are minimum savings – if you’re trade-in is worth more, we may be able to offer even more.

Don’t forget you can hear the full Expert range at our Devialet Day on Thursday 21st April, 4pm – 8pm.

Linn introduce Timorous Beasties Collection

Linn Series 5 System, launched late 2015, delivers exceptional audio performance in a compact, stylish package that you can customise to perfectly complement your home.

Now, Linn has joined forces with fellow fearless Scots, Timorous Beasties, in a unique collaboration of acclaimed design and peerless sound; pioneers in their respective fields and united by a shared passion of craftsmanship and innovation without compromise. The Timorous Beasties Collection is now available for Series 5, in 10 distinctive Fabrik designs.

Featuring Linn’s Akurate network music player, Exakt digital technology and Space Optimisation+, Series 5 systems deliver incredible audio performance in two compact, stylish packages: 530 loudspeakers with custom-designed drive units and explosive Isobarik bass system, in sleek 30 litre cabinets; or the 520 variety, staggering performance from Series 5 smallest sibling in an amazingly compact 20 litre cabinet.

Once you’ve chosen your design, position these loudspeakers wherever they fit best in your room and let Space Optimisation+ create the perfect sound.

Exaktly as you want it.

Astell&Kern AK500 System on demonstration now

28th January 2016

Acclaimed Astell&Kern AK500 – BOOK your DEMO today!

Astell&Kern’s high-resolution music players have redefined what’s possible from portable audio, in terms of both premium performance and design. Now that award-winning expertise is available at home, with the arrival of the Astell&Kern AK500 System. Combining a network player, power amplifier and power supply on a bespoke stand. The system looks and sounds truly exceptional – a sleek, simple yet technically advanced way to bring you closer to the music you love.

Expert reviewers have rated the AK500 an outstanding product: why not see and hear the difference for yourself? We have a full AK500 system ready to demonstrate to you in our listening rooms. 

Book a demo today to experience Astell&Kern’s expertise in action!

Email Glasgow >>

Or phone 0141 221 0221

NEW EVENTS SERIES: Learn… with Loud and Clear

21st January 2016

We are delighted to announce the first in our new series of events, Learn… with Loud and Clear.

The Learn… series is a range of educational events – seminars, listening sessions, demonstrations, workshops – designed to de-mystify some of the confusing areas of HiFi for you. We’ll be covering turntable basics, smart-home possibilities, music streaming and active versus active speakers to name a few, so watch our Events page for details.

Simpy Streaming…  is first up, starting in February. See Events for details.

Christmas opening times

17th December 2015

Thursday 24th Dec: 10am – 4pm
Friday 25th Dec: closed
Saturday 26th Dec: closed
Sunday 27th Dec: closed
Monday 28th Dec: closed
Tuesday 29th Dec: 10am – 6pm
Wednesday 30th Dec: 10am – 6pm
Thursday 31st Dec: closed
Friday 1st Jan: closed
Saturday 2nd Jan: closed
Sunday 3rd Jan: closed
Monday 4th Jan: closed
Tuesday 5th Jan: 10am – 6pm

On the first day of Christmas… My true love sent to me…

10th December 2015

Santa’s little elves have been very busy this year preparing 12 of the best Christmas treats to indulge your true love (or yourself) over the festive period. Loud and Clear proudly present….

12 Christmas Objects of Desire:

Astell and Kern Jr – pure, portable pleasure. £399
Stunning good looks, lightweight and compact yet delivering extraordinary sound quality,the AK Jr is today’s iPod for audiophiles. There’s enough internal memory for close to 100 CDs (non-compressed) and if you need more, just add a memory card. And when you’re not on the go, plug it into your PC or Mac as a high quality USB DAC. What HiFi’s Product of the Year 2015

Naim Mu-so – wireless HiFi with Naim expertise. £895
Gorgeous design, packed with features – Airplay, TIDAL, Spotify, Bluetooth, iRadio to name a few – and backed up by Naim’s renowned audio-engineering. For the first time, we have a desirable, convenient wireless speaker with audiophile sound quality.

Rega RP3 – beautiful vinyl playback. £475
The latest incarnation of Rega’s Planar 3 turntable, the RP3 combines stylish looks with effortless, precision playback at an unbelievable price. Our most popular turntable and for very good reasons.

KEF M400 – seriously cool on-ears. £200
Outstanding sound quality from state-of-the-art driver technology in a seductively sleek design engineered for total comfort. Available in Racing Blue, Sunset Orange, Deep Black or Champagne White, we’ll even gift-wrap them for you!

Devialet Phantom – futuristic, fabulous and French. £1390 / £1690
Simply put, the best and most exciting complete music streamer we have heard or seen. Phantom will find and play all of your digital music (iTunes, Tidal or Spotify playlist, studio master files, YouTube clips or other). And it will not just play your tunes, it will blow your socks off with power, clarity and sheer musical performance.

Linn Series 5 – flawless sound, impeccable style. from £9250
Featuring Linn’s Akurate network music player, Exakt digital technology and Space Optimisation+, Series 5 systems deliver incredible audio performance in a choice of compact, stylish packages. You can position these loudspeakers wherever they fit best aesthetically in your room and let Space Optimisation+ create the perfect sound. And with Linn Fabrik acoustically transparent textile cover, you can even design your own finish!

dCS Rossini – music doesn’t come much better than this. £15,500
Considered by many as manufacturer of the world’s finest source components, dCS’s truly superlative new Rossini player sets the performance standard for single-box digital systems. British designed and made to the highest standards, Rossini’s elegant chassis uses aerospace-grade machined aluminium with internal acoustic damping panels to minimise mechanical vibration and magnetic effects. The result? Simply superb digital music performance – with flexibility, without compromise.

MOON 230 HAD – indulgent headphone listening. £1150
Are you passionate about music and desire a unique personal listening experience, yet don’t have the urge to build a “full blown” music system? Are you looking for the perfect desktop solution for a computer based audio system? Do you already own a high-performance music system and have a craving to listen to headphones without making a compromise? Or do you simply want to get maximum performance from your reasonably efficient, unbalanced headphones? The possibilities are endless…

Grooveline Records – our very own disco-funk label.
Re-releasing some of the very best disco sounds ever recorded, Grooveline is a new side-project for us this year. Re-issuing fabulous disco tunes with no audio compromise, our records and CDs make the perfect stocking-filler!

Totem Kin Minis – our secret Santa stunner! £399
At less than 10″ tall, these mighty little speakers belie their ultra-compact design with simply breath-taking performance. Small enough to fit in spaces most loudspeakers can’t and yet super tuned for sonic and musical capability many floorstanders would be proud of. Jingle Bells!

New Sonos PLAY:5 – the ultimate smart speaker. £429
The best-sounding Sonos product we’ve ever heard and amazing performance for the price. Packed with more than double the power of the original PLAY:5 and featuring Trueplay, the new Sonos smart sound innovation that allows you to use their iPhone or iPad to fine-tune it for the best possible sound in any room. Your new standalone music centre? Or integrate into existing Sonos systems…..decisions, decisions…

RHA T20i – sexy, sophisticated and Scottish. £190
Beautifully designed, lightweight and comfortable – these may just be the perfect ear-bud. Perfect for those January mornings in the gym.

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So there you have it, spoilt for choice! Pop into 520 St. Vincent Street to hear any of our treats in action, or call us on 0141 221 0221.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!

All New Sonos PLAY:5 is now in store

26th November 2015

We’re delighted to announce that the all-new PLAY:5 is now here in the shop, just in time for Christmas!

As those who came along to our champagne preview will know, this is the best-sounding Sonos product we’ve ever heard, amazing performance for the price.

“The quality here is light-years ahead of anything Sonos had done before.”
– engadget

“The new one sounds even better, offering a more nuanced, layered sound that gives more separation and clarity to vocals and instruments alike”
– The Wall Street Journal

“Damn. That’s good.”
– Rick Rubin, Fast Company article

Packed with more than double the power of the original PLAY:5 and featuring Trueplay, the new Sonos smart sound innovation that allows you to use their iPhone or iPad to fine-tune it for the best possible sound in any room.

Its sophisticated, sealed architecture delivers the deepest, most precise bass ever heard from an all-in-one speaker. The 60,000-hole grille won’t block any of the music or WiFi waves. And, like all Sonos, the PLAY:5 can be easily integrated into existing Sonos systems.

 

To 4k or not to 4k

22nd October 2015

Ultra HD /4K

The Following is an extract from CEDIA (The Consumer Electronics Design and Installation Association) recent white paper on UHD/4K

The transition from analog to digital TV opened our eyes to a world of vivid high-definition images that we now take for granted – but around the corner is always something bigger and better. Imagine quadrupling what was recently considered a top HD resolution and you’d have the next-generation of TV/video. This spectacular format is called 4K and is capable of delivering 8 million pixels of luscious detail.

While the picture makes things easier to see, there is actually a limit to the level of detail that our eyes can handle, so Ultra-HD requires a very large screen to appreciate its incredibly fine resolution. With a common 40-inch TV, you would have to sit pretty close to appreciate the extra detail — which is why the technology first found success in cinemas.

 

Some Common Questions

Can I enjoy Ultra HD now even though there is not a lot of 4K content available to the consumer?

While it is true that there is a limited amount of Ultra HD content available today, the amount is growing at a steady rate. The good news is that many studios have been recording content in Ultra HD type formats for quite some time and once Ultra HD takes off, they will be able to quickly and moderately easily distribute their content across the globe. More importantly, the ability of a Ultra HD display to upscale HD content to Ultra HD means that almost anything you watch will look better on an Ultra HD set.

 

What is the next step beyond Ultra HD?

Will my television become obsolete in a matter of a few years? While it is impossible to predict, it appears that nothing beyond Ultra HD will be available to consumers at until 2020. There are prototype “8K” displays which display 4 times more pixels than their Ultra HD counterparts, but on a practical and affordable level it will be close to a decade out before those will become mainstream adoption.

 

4K-Resolution-Comparison Ultra

 

Can I keep my existing home entertainment system when I upgrade to Ultra HD?

This answer is a little tricky because each entertainment system varies based on the parts and materials that comprise the system. Your existing AV receiver, if you have one, may or may not be able to pass Ultra HD signals. The peripheral devices may or may not connect directly to the television. As for your cables, according to HDMI.org, the HDMI 2.0 specification which defines support Ultra HD signals, states that current HDMI cables marked “High-Speed” should be able to support Ultra HD.

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