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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 – 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.

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® 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.

 

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.

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