Hi-fi news

New From Rega

25th November 2016

The Brio Integrated Amplifier – NEW for 2017

The Brio has a completely new case to house its improved circuits and parts. It now sits 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.

Throughout the design process the Brio has been meticulously improved in every aspect, from the quality of materials to the manufacturing process, to make this new Brio a step ahead in Rega’s engineering and design for amplifiers.

Going Gold

5th August 2016

Whether you’re a dedicated follower of Phantom or an audiophile who’s never heard one, Devialet have something special for you.

Enter Gold Phantom: With a brand new titanium tweeter, sophisticated looks, and eight times more power than it’s predecessor, Gold Phantom really is something exciting for both the eyes and the ears.

We’re proud to be the only shop in Scotland stocking Gold, and the only place you can hear it! Take advantage and arrange a demo with us, and experience the combination of smart design, powerful technology and beautiful sound.

Priced at £2190, and with free UK shipping, Gold Phantom cannot be missed, and deserves to be heard.

SAM Lab Tour Event

11th November 2015

Saturday 28th November, 10am – 5pm
Come along & discover SAM – SPEAKER ACTIVE MATCHING
For the first time, SAM® technology incorporated in Devialet systems enables the precise adaptation of the sound signal to the specifications of your speaker model.
This is made possible by the powerful DSP at the heart of each Devialet system. These built-in systems protect your speakers and ensure top performance.
544 speakers can already benefit from the revolutionary SAM technology but if your speakers aren’t on the list then this is your chance!
In 2015, Devialet’s engineers succeeded in miniaturising the speaker analysis laboratory, allowing the equipment to be portable for the first time. SAM Lab has enabled Devialet engineers to speed up their mission to make all speakers worldwide SAM® ready.
We are offering you the chance to bring in your speakers whatever they are to be analysed by the SAM Lab at Loud & Clear. We only need one of your speakers to perform the SAM Lab tests but you can bring both for a before and after demo of what SAM Lab can add to their performance.
We will have Devialet Le 120, Le 200, Le 400 and Le 800 Expert systems on demo. The Devialet UK staff will be joined by one of their engineers from Paris who will perform the Sam Lab sessions.
Book your place: 0131 555 3963

Devialet at Loud & Clear

30th January 2015

Both Loud & Clear stores, Edinburgh & Glasgow now have Devialet on permanent demonstration.

Why not book to test one of these fantastic looking and sounding groundbreaking systems. We have available the 120, the 200 and can also set up the Ensemble system with the Atohm GT1 speakers (pictured in our Edinburgh store) or a mighty 800 dual mono system for the high-end audiophile.

Totem Kin Mini Loudspeakers

27th November 2014

It’s been a long time since we received a new small loudspeaker from Totem, and in the Kin Mini they have a real star at only £449.

Measuring just 9 inches tall, the Kin is rather petite, with the considerable attraction of being able to place these in areas other speakers wouldn’t fit, and still get a remarkably large soundstage for such a size of speaker. They are flexible in where they are positioned for maximum imaging.

These funky little loudspeakers are available in white or black satin, both Edinburgh and Glasgow stores have the Kin Mini on demonstration now.

For more information see the Totem website >>

If you want a little more on the bass side, there is also a Kin subwoofer too.

 

 

Native DSD from MOON

12th November 2014

We are delighted to announce the arrival of the MOON 380DSD. This new DAC from MOON offers the facility to play DSD files which can be delivered direct to the DAC chip in native format via USB. Please call in to the Edinburgh store and speak to John to find out more about the advantages of this system over the more conventional DSD over DOP, for the real fans of the DSD format.

New KEF Reference range on Demo

19th August 2014

Loud & Clear Edinburgh are delighted to announce that we are the only dealer in the UK to have the brand new KEF Reference series on demo. We have all three models, Reference 1, Reference 3 & Reference 5.

Please contact us to book a listen at the Edinburgh listening facility at The Mill.

0131 555 3963

 

 

Lyra Etna now in stock at Loud & Clear

17th July 2014

The long awaited Lyra Etna stock has now arrived. If you want one of these then your only chance is to contact John Carroll at the Edinburgh shop with your payment details.

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. Priced at only £1300 the product just plays music as it should. We auditioned it yesterday with a MOON 260D and a pair of Living Voice Auditorium 3 and were amazed at the sound. Anders from Hegel was also blown away with the sound that we created in our demo room and will now have a really disappointing tour of the UK trying to match our standard.

Contact Iain in Edinburgh for more details

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. Priced at £1995 this is a must for the real music fan. Contact John or Iain in Edinburgh for full details, but be quick!

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

 

More info available here or contact John Carroll

Rega Saturn-R CD-DAC Player

8th January 2014

Both store now have the new Rega Saturn-R CD-DAC player on demonstration now.

Not only is the Saturn-R an impressive CD player, it’s also a fully functioning DAC as well. So, you can have the best of both worlds; by still playing CDs and stream from computer or hard drive without compromising either.

The Saturn-R has benefited from the technology used in Rega’s flagship Isis CD and award winning DAC. The DAC has two digital coaxial inputs, two optical inputs and, of course, an asynchronous USB input all of which can handle streams right the way up to 192kHz/24 bit.

This makes the ideal partner for Rega’s Elicit-R integrated amplifier, which is also on demonstration.

The Saturn-R retails at £1,598.

Come into Edinburgh or Glasgow and hear this stunning player in the flesh.

More info on Saturn-R from Rega’s Website >>

 

 

Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier

12th December 2013

After the huge success of the Explorer DAC, Meridian have turned their attention to the headphone amplifier; with the release of the Prime. With so many of us turning to quality headphones, it makes sense to feed them with a dedicated amplifier.

Prime has Meridian DNA running right the way through: with the high quality sound designed by Bob Stuart and chassis design by Allen Boothroyd. Its looks are recognisably Meridian, so fitting into any of their systems or if it’s your first time, adding a new piece of iconic hi-fi design and engineering into your space.

With three inputs: USB asynchronous input for computer audio, 2 x RCA analogue, and 3.5mm to enable phones and tablets to be connected.

Based on years of Bob Stuart’s research in the science of psychoacoustics, the Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier also features new, proprietary Meridian audio processing technology called ‘ASP’, or Analogue Spatial Processing, to provide “outside the head” listening through headphones to make the experience more like listening to a pair of loudspeakers in the room.

It can also be improved upon with the addition of Prime Power Supply, for those that want the ultimate headphone experience.

Prime Headphone Amplifier – £1,200
Prime Power Suppler – £800

For more information check the Meridian website >>

Pop into Edinburgh or Glasgow for a demonstration.

 

 

 

 

 

Headphones at Loud & Clear

4th December 2013

Both stores are stocking some fantastic headphones at the moment.

You’ll find STAX, HiFiMAN and KEF in Edinburgh and Glasgow; plus some extras from Grado and Sennheiser in Glasgow

Here’s a run down on what you can find in each store in December:

Edinburgh:

STAX SRS4170 Signature system (SR-407 Headphones and SRM006tS energiser) – £1,695

HiFiMAN HE-300 – £270

KEF M500 – £249
Glasgow:

STAX SRS3170 Classic system (SR307 Headphones and SRM323S Energiser) – £1,195

HiFiMAN HE-6 – £950
HiFiMAN HE-400 – £395

KEF M500 – £249

Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear – £169.95

Plus most of the Grado range, which has just seen a big cut to the retail price:

Grado SR60i – £79.95
Grado SR80i – £99.95
Grado SR125i – £149.95
Grado SR325is – £299.95

We can assist in supplying other models from these suppliers, as we can’t stock every product.

Pop into either store and we’ll make sure you get the right headphone for how you listen to music.

We also do a range of different headphone amplifiers, but that’s for another post.

 

 

 

Fantastic tunes on the go

16th October 2013

Both Loud & Clear shops will be taking delivery of the best sounding portable music players on the market, the i-river players from Astell&Kern. These are sure to be the best gift for any music fan or audiophile looking for top notch sounds on the move. Packed with amazing features and great sound quality in a beautiful compact case, there are 2 models to choose from, The AK100 & AK120 with dual Wolfsen DACs.

Please get in touch to arrange a demo or to add to your wish list for christmas.

And don’t just take our word for these players. Here is an e-mail from one of our customers

“Hi John/Iain,

You asked for some feedback on the AK120…..for the remainder of Thursday, I purchased 2 micro SD cards and put on some of my own music on….and right from the start, it’s clear this device is on another level, just able to get that bit more enjoyment out of the recordings…next day at work I was grinning every now and again and had to resist nodding my head…..
Pros – love the ability to put in 2 micro SD cards and therefore your not limited to a fixed capacity, especially important with the larger 24 bit files.
Love the small attentions to detail like the ability to change track and volume with the screen not coming to life, so saving on battery.
Love the fact that you don’t have to use a music managing software app like iTunes…essentially the device is like a small external USB hard drive and you can just drag the music folder across to the device or either of the micro sd cards and can change file names easily enough.
Cons – only one so far….can’t change the battery….this is a gripe for many an apple owner…and one I do also dislike…batteries don’t last for ever and a product at this price point really should give you the ability to swap batteries out…
Overall impressed very impressed.
Cheers
James”
We are already working on the battery question and will have the answer shortly

Integrated Amplifiers at Loud & Clear – MOON, Rega, Primare & Naim

29th August 2013

When you don’t want to take up too much space, and a two box amplifier is out of the question, then there are plenty of integrated amplifiers that can satisfy any budget, without sacrificing audio quality.

Both stores stock a broad range of integrated amplifiers with core brands MOON and Rega to be found in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Each store has their own specialist brands with Edinburgh also featuring Primare and Glasgow the full range of Naim Audio.

MOON by Sim Audio – Edinburgh & Glasgow

Moon have just given their integrated amplifier range a total overhaul with a new name too – Neo.

Neo 250i – £1,890

Neo 340i starting from £3,525 – optional extras include: a phono stage, DAC and balanced input stage.

The MOON Evolution range is where you’ll find their reference amplifiers with two integrated models proving that you don’t need to have a separate pre and power to obtain exceptional performance.

Evolution 600i – £6,450

Evolution 700i – £9,450

Rega – Edinburgh & Glasgow

Rega have provided us with one of our biggest sellers with their Brio-R amplifier. This is a fantastic starting point for anyone wanting to own a proper hi-fi amplifier without breaking the bank. Rega have recently brought out a revamped Elicit-R too.

Brio-R – £498

Elicit-R – £1,598

Primare – Edinburgh

The Edinburgh store have always loved the sound of Primare, and it’s not easy to understand why. Fabulously well made amplifiers from Scandinavia. Both models stocked have options to add internal upgrades: either a DAC in the I22 or media board that turns the I32 into a full digital streamer.

I22 – £1,250 or £1,590 with integrated DAC

I32 – £2,200 or £3,150 with media board that incorporates a full digital streamer

Naim Audio – Glasgow

Naim have been a core product in the Glasgow store since we opened in 1996. One of the UK’s most renowned hi-fi manufacturers. They have been upgrading their product range massively over the last little while, and remain focused on delivering world leading performance from their hi-fi products.

NAIT 5si – £925

NAIT XS 2 – £1,595

SUPERNAIT 2 – £2,750

All these products will give you many years of musical enjoyment. Get in touch with either store to arrange a demonstration or pop in and have a chat about your requirements.

 

 

ProAc Response D30R Loudspeakers

22nd August 2013

We always look forward to listening to a new speaker from ProAc – one of the UK’s foremost audiophile loudspeaker manufacturers.

The new addition to the Response series, the D30Rs, are every bit as good as we imagined they’d be, and at a price point that we hadn’t had from ProAc before.

We have taken the model with the ribbon tweeter; the same tweeter fitted to the larger D40 speaker. There’s also technology to be found in the carbon fibre drive units which is derived from ProAc’s statement Carbon Pro 8s; one of the reasons they are so spectacular. All this brings incredible performance into a box that can fit into most rooms.

The D30R with the ribbon tweeter retails at £4,750, whilst The D30 with the dome tweeter, £4,500.

These are on demonstration in Glasgow now, and are sounding rather sumptuous in our main dem room.

More information on ProAc Response D30R >>

Meridian Director DAC

16th August 2013

We’ve finally got stock of Meridian’s new mini DAC, Director.

Director is a high-quality DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) designed to deliver superior audio quality from any digital source. Built in Britain to the same standards as any Meridian product, Director breathes new life into digital sources when listened to on analogue hi-fi systems.

Director forms the ideal add-on for network players and music servers with digital outputs, bringing Meridian performance and ultimate sound quality to an entirely new class of audio products and systems. These sound enhancing technologies are derived from the award-winning line of Reference 800 Series components, and significantly out-perform the DACs found in computers and most network players.

Director can plug into any Mac or PC via USB, or streamers with the S/PDIF connection. It will sample all the way up to 24-bit, 192kHz too. This is a compact and stylish way to get the very best out of your digital sources.

Retail price is £449

For more information see Meridian Audio >>

Glasgow and Edinburgh will be stocking Director.

 

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.

“When you meet a Devialet for the first time, you will realise that this is an exceptional invention with just a glance. Our simple and sophisticated design magnifies the technological prowess and prepares users for the emotion of the music to follow. Forget the thick casings of traditional hi-fi units, Devialet clearly states its excessive taste for balance. Devialet will fit naturally into your lifestyle. – See more at: http://en.devialet.com

Prices start at £4500

 

Contact John or Simon at the Edinburgh shop for more details

Introducing the new Rega Elicit-R Integrated Amplifier

19th July 2013

Loud & Clear is proud to introduce the Elicit-R. The brand new high performance integrated amplifier from Rega.

As you would come to expect from Rega, it was designed and engineered to the highest standard to deliver the best possible audio performance whilst remaining simple to use and easy to setup.

Rega’s recent development work in amplifier design circuitry has allowed them to further advance the Elicit-R performance by using new and improved power amplifier circuits (based around the hugely successful Rega Brio-R amplifier). Combined with FET discrete line pre-amplifiers and a programmable stepped attenuator volume control ensuring greater levels of performance and control over the delivery of power.

Combine this with the output power up to 100 watts per channel, and housed in a brand new custom designed case, this is undoubtably the best performance Elicit to date.

The Elicit-R includes a high quality built in moving magnet phono stage designed to maximise the potential of your vinyl system. A simple switch on the rear panel allows the same input to be switched to a secondary set at line level. This input is specially configured to offer further isolation and reduce noise. This makes it ideally suited for connection of more sensitive products such as an external MM or MC phono stage.

The Elicit-R is also supplied with the new Solaris system remote handset offering full control over this and all of the current R range of electronics.

Available for £1598, the Elicit -R is on demonstration now in Edinburgh & Glasgow.

http://www.rega.co.uk

For more information or to arrange a demonstration, contact:

John, Iain or Simon in Edinburgh – Email Edinburgh >>
Or call 0131 555 3963

John or Ian in Glasgow – Email Glasgow >>
Or call 0141 221 0221

Audio Desk Vinyl Cleaning Machine

20th May 2013

Internationally recognised as a superior grade cleaning machine, the Audio Desk Systeme is not cheap but really works. Loud & Clear have ordered a demo machine which we hope will arrive at The Mill in Edinburgh within the next 2 weeks from Germany. Please let us know if you would like to book a time to come in and see the machine in action or for a quote for purchase.

Expected retail price is £2090

Contact John in Edinburgh for more information on this machine and all record cleaning solutions.

Linn Sneaky DSM – Now available in Glasgow

10th April 2013

The Glasgow store has the new super funky all-in-one Linn Sneaky DSM on demonstration.

The Sneaky DSM is a digital streamer; using the same high-end technology found in all Linn’s streaming products plus a built-in pre and power amplifer.

Along with the standard ethernet connection to hook up your music collection on hard drive, it has HDMI inputs; so you can connect your DVD player, games console, satellite receiver, plus more digital inputs (TOSLINK and S/PDIF). It also features an analogue input too.

It’s plug and play if you want to just add speakers to it in the beginning, or you may wish to upgrade later by adding a separate amplifier later on. Perhaps you might want to use it in another room when you already have a Linn DS in your main listening area.

Its entry price of £1,750 means it’s one of the most competitive products on the market – offering fantastic sound quality and functionality.

More information on Linn Sneaky DSM >>

 

Meridian Explorer DAC

11th February 2013

Meridian has announced the introduction of its Explorer, a pocket-sized high-resolution USB DAC that delivers best-in-class sound from any computer. Featuring a range of connectivity, the Explorer can be used in a variety of applications from private headphone listening to full system playback.

Explorer replaces a computer’s sound card with a USB-powered DAC featuring Meridian’s award-winning resolution enhancement technologies, and makes any audio file, from MP3 to high resolution, sound its very best.

From its best-in-class audio performance to the elegant presentation packaging Explorer is the perfect introduction to the Meridian Experience, allowing users to discover more from their music.

At £249 this little unit will unleash HD audio from the world wide web giving the user access to music at 24/192 resolution, which is up to 10 times the resolution of compact disc. Just plug into your audio system or plug in your headphones for the most lifelike music experience currently available. The design is so compact you can pop it in with your laptop when you travel.

The explorer is available worldwide as of 11th Fed 2013 and is exclusive in Scotland to Loud & Clear.

Rega RP8 Turntable

16th January 2013

We’ve just taken delivery of the new Rega RP8 Turntable – the first of their new “skeletal” designs. A stunning looking, and sounding, replacement for the well regarded P9.

The RP8 takes Rega’s design philosophy further than ever before. A radical new plinth using custom designed materials, a new tonearm bearing assembly, 24v low volt-age motor controlled by a hand tuned electronic power supply and a custom version of the Planar 9 engineered hub bearing assembly. These are just some of the features of this amazing new turntable designed to extract more music from your vinyl than ever before.

The tonearm,  RB808, is brim full of new features; pushing the boundaries of tonearm design. You’ll find improved bearings and a tightened spindle fit tolerance over previous models (each bearing is individually selected to find the perfect match for the chosen spindle). This is a proven method of increasing the amount of detail retrieved from the record surface.

A super lightweight plinth combined with a double brace mounted specifically where the increased rigidity is required (between the tonearm mounting and the main hub bearing) forms a structurally sound “stressed beam” assembly. This design prevents energy absorption and unwanted resonances which will add un-natural distortions to the music. The RP8 takes double brace technology to the next level.

All this adds up to very special turntable, indeed!

The RP8 can come with Rega’s MC Apheta cartridge factory fitted for £2,198, or simply the turntable at £1,598.

Get in touch for a demonstration.

Rega RP8 Product Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isol-8 Mains Conditioning

8th December 2012

We are big believers in taking a holistic view on system building. Something that can’t be ignored is the mains electricity supply to the equipment. The mains supply is the foundation of all systems and so is vital in ensuring optimum playback quality.

Your mains will be affected by other components within the home and also outside; resulting in radio interference and other distortion. This degrades the performance of the system. Using mains conditioning minimises this distortion resulting in a blacker background, more detail, cohesion and all round musicality of the system.

Read Isol-8’s overview on mains conditioning here.

Isol-8’s product range starts with Powerline with the basic 6 way distribution block that has the same high build quality as the rest of the range, but without the mains filtering – £339.

Our favourite product in this range is the Powerline Axis which is a 5 way distribution block that incorporates DC mains blocking – £499

More on the Powerline range

 

The audiophile range of Substation products brings out the best in high-end components.

The separate Substation LC and HC are the pinnacle – designed specifically for source and pre-amplifiers on the 4 way LC, and for power amplifiers on the HC. The axis model is a more cost effective version that eschews the multi-stage filtering of the LC and HC, but has the DC blocking with its 4 way output.

Substation LC – £1,999
Substation HC – £2,099
Substation Axis – £1,499

More on the Substation range

This year Isol-8 have expanded the range further and launched the Substation Integra. This brings together the LC and HC elements in one 6 way full size box, with slightly less current capacity than its big brothers, nevertheless the lower cost brings these critical technologies to a wider market, and one that should be on the shopping list of every high-end system owner.

Substation Integra – £1,799

More on the Substation Integra

Both Edinburgh and Glasgow stock Isol-8. Please get in touch if you’d like to hear how much more performance can be delivered from your existing system.

 

Scotland's exclusive Focal Utopia dealer

6th November 2012

We sometimes forget to tell our customers a few facts about how special some of our products are at Loud & Clear. We have now been dealing with Focal for 12 years and continue to be their exclusive dealer for both the Utopia and ElectraBe ranges of product. To celebrate this we will be showing the Stella Utopia EM in the Edinburgh store in the coming months. Focal Co. is the parent company of both Focal Loudspeakers & Naim Audio, another stalwart at Loud & Clear.

Please contact us if you have not had the opportunity to audition Focal before now and we shall be happy to arrange a demonstration for you. Electra 1008Be, 1028Be, 1038Be, Utopia Diablo & Utopia Scala are on permanent demo.

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. Now you may well have seen similar lists before but we actually have these available for demo (by appointment only).

The image shows the Lyra Atlas mounted on a VPI Classic 3, surely one of the best vinyl sources available today.

End of an era? No, just a bargain!

9th October 2012

A few years ago Loud & Clear brought you the Black Ravioli Pad. Now with constant development the Black Ravioli Sticky Pad has taken over from the original pad. As a farewell we have a great bargain price on the original Black Ravioli Pad, £15 each, but only whilst our stocks last.

 

Contact either of our stores for more info or to grab this bargain….

MOON 310LP Phono Stage

18th September 2012

We were delighted to see that one of our favourite products walked away with Outstanding Product Award in the November 2012 issue of Hi-Fi News.

The MOON 310LP was up against 5 other phono stages, with Ken Kessler stating, “this was audibly the best sounding of all the units”.

At £1,490 this marvellous phono stage really does punch above its weight with other units in the shoot out costing up to £500 more! Not only that, but it is fully upgradable by adding the 320S external power supply for £1,200.

Both Edinburgh and Glasgow have the 310LP on permanent demonstration.

Click here more info on the MOON 310LP

In search for the new & great

22nd August 2012

With our constant quest to find new & great product we have added Soundsmith USA to our line up. The first product to arrive is the ultra compact high performance MCP2. This is the moving coil version of Soundsmith’s best phono amp with variable loading. It offers a full 60dB of gain and has an output impedance of 600Ohms. Priced at £595 I am sure you will rate this pretty high when you hear it.

 

Musical perfomance is the key word to attch to Soundsmith products and we look forward to offering other items from the range soon

Contact John in Edinburgh for more details or visit Soundsmith at their website

50th Anniversary Mini Monitor Arrives From KEF

21st August 2012

Loud & Clear are delighted  to announce the launch of the eagerly anticipated new mini monitor from KEF the LS50. An innovative concept inspired by the legendary KEF, Rogers and Spendor LS3/5a, the LS50 mini monitor speaker is designed to bring the accuracy of a professional studio monitor concept into the home.

As the launch information says, “Rarely the case in such a compact design, the LS50 monitor delivers a rich, multi-dimensional ‘soundstage experience’ that is out of all proportion to its size. Patent-pending acoustic designs, together with state-of-the-art technologies from KEF’s latest flagship Blade loudspeaker, provide the ultimate studio experience – even in the smallest of spaces”

Available to listen to in both our Glasgow and Edinburgh stores this is a fanatic speaker designed to look stylish and contemporary as well as packing a real punch. Initial listening shows massive potential – with an accuracy and crispness combined with a wide soundstage and bass weight seemingly in contradiction to its small size.

Pop in for a listen today!

It’s not only Loud & Clear that have fallen for these fantastic speakers; they have just been awarded European Loudspeaker 2012-13 from EISA.

Click for more info on the KEF website

Antelope Audio Zodiac DAC

11th August 2012

Zodiac Gold is Antelope’s flagship USB D/A converter, providing exquisite audiophile sound. The DAC is among the very few on the market with 384 kHz audio streaming capability thanks to the custom designed USB controller chip that streams digital audio up to 480 Mbits.

 

Loud & Clear again lead the way in providing you the chance to have a full demo of this product at The Mill in Edinburgh.

If you need any advance details drop an e-mail to John in the Edinburgh shop or call The Mill on 0131 555 3963 to book your demo. We can also ship the demo units to Glasgow if you prefer to book a listening session in the west!

Click for more information from Antelope’s website

Audio Origami Launch The RB7 Tonearm

4th August 2012

Johnnie adds another cracker to his long line of specialist tonearms. Based on the Rega RB251, the new RB7 uses the Rega yoke and back section, but combines this with the outstanding Audio Origami PU7 arm-tube, headshell rear weight and stub. However top of the range bearings have been used in the yoke and the arm is fitted as standard with Cardas internal wiring, Cardas gold plated cartridge clips as well as Audio Origami’s super oxygen free copper external cabling.  The head-shell also rotates to give full azimuth adjustment. Having just had a fantastic review from Neville Roberts over at Hi-Fi Choice magazine, you couldn’t go far wrong with this upgrade to your vinyl set up. A stunning tonearm with more that a few nods to it’s £750 and available now, and as an added bonus come and have it fitted by Johnnie at Loud & Clear in Glasgow where you’ll find him every Saturday sorting out those pesky turntable problems!

VPI Industries Record Cleaning Machines

25th July 2012

Great news, we have just received our first delivery of the VPI HW-16.5 Record Cleaning Machines. Now in production for over 30 years this is the machine for the vinyl enthusiast that wants to keep his or her collection in top shape. At £650 we have tried to keep the cost low for you and think you will find this machine to be another Loud & Clear audiophile bargain.

Click here for more info from VPI

MOON 810LP – The Best Phono Stage Ever?

3rd July 2012

We have taken delivery of the new reference MOON phono stage, the 810LP.

We can guarantee that you will never have heard your records properly till you have used the 810LP.

“The new state of the art 810LP. For many years as music lovers, we at Sim Audio wanted to have the opportunity to do the best phono playback system that today’s technology permits.  We wanted a project where no restriction limits the goal to bring all the emotion that the artist and sound engineer wanted to generate with a piece of music and get it straight to you in your living room, and we have done it… Listen and feel for yourself, the emotion, soul and power of music will reach you…”

Jean Poulin, CEO of Sim Audio

All the technical details and specifications can be found here. You should also check out Tone Audio’s review

We’ve already had some stunning feedback from the demonstrations that we’ve conducted so far.

Please get in touch with either the Edinburgh or Glasgow shop to book a demonstration.

This is truly world class hi-fi, and in a league of its own. I think we may be gushing a bit on this, but really, you NEED to hear this!

Meridian Summer Offers

1st June 2012

High Performance Compact Audio System

Reviews of the Audio Core 200 and the DSP3200 loudspeakers seem to say it all. Jonathan Margolis recently wrote in the Financial Times ‘How To Spend It’ magazine, ‘This is the first fun-size serious hi-fi system from British superbrand Meridian. Those squat speakers you see are barely more than a foot high. But they, and the whole system, are whatever the audio equivalent of spectacular is… You really need to hear this system in action… the sound is just extraordinarily… realistic.’

For a limited period Meridian are offering customers the opportunity to purchase a complete Meridian high performance compact audio system comprising Audio Core 200, DSP3200 loudspeakers and S3200 speaker stands for only £4,000.00

861 V6 Reference Surround Controller includes HDMI Audio Processor

Meridian’s 861 Reference Surround Controller is simply one of the best digital surround controller available and, in partnership with their HD621 HDMI processor, forms the heart of the highest-performance home theatre system.

Supporting 3D as well as 2D video sources, Meridian’s HD621 HDMI audio processor is the vital link between your Meridian system and the HDMI sources such as blu-ray players, satellite/TV receivers and gaming consoles.

Now, for a limited period, the best is even better because customers who buy a new 861 V6 will also receive an HD621 as part of their purchase.

818 Reference Audio Core includes Digital Media System

Meridian’s 818 Reference Audio Core is the ultimate pre-amplifier providing control and Meridian Resolution Enhancement for all audio sources including high res 192/24 USB music streams. We are now delighted to offer a fantastic opportunity for customers to enjoy Meridian Reference audio performance from any music file including Meridian’s digital media system.

Critics and owners agree that Meridian Digital Media Systems provide a rich, intuitive user experience and best-in-class audio performance, all supported by robust proprietary media storage with automated back-up. Now, for a limited period, customers buying a new 818 Reference Audio Core will also receive a Media Drive 600 as part of their purchase to enable them to experience and enjoy Meridian’s award-winning digital media system for themselves.

Each of these offers runs from the 1st to the 31st of August. so pop into Loud & Clear and hear for yourself!

Nordost Norse 2 Range

24th May 2012

It’s the moment we have all been waiting for – the new Nordost Norse 2 range of cables have arrived! Our kit includes Heimdall, Frey & Tyr cables covering speaker, interconnect & power cords. Please contact us to arrange a system changing demo that will have you wallet twitching.

Available in both Edinburgh & Glasgow stores.

http://www.nordost.com

Norse Series 2 – Who Said Evolution Is A Gradual Process?

 

New Sonos Sub

23rd May 2012

Soul Shaking Sound. Heart-Pounding Design. One Button Setup.

The newest, deepest addition to the Sonos family arrives: the Sonos SUB.
It’s going to take the whole Sonos System one seismic step closer to the spine-curling, jaw-dropping, full body experience music was meant to be.

Whether you’re listening to Beethoven’s thunderous 5th or the pounding bassline of the latest four-on-the-floor obsession, the new SUB will fill any room with thick layers of bottomless sound that let you hear and feel the weight of every chord, kick, splash and roll.

Place it anywhere in a room, plug it into a power source, press a button and follow some simple prompts on your controller. The SUB wirelessly connects with your other Sonos components for a flawlessly optimized, whole-room listening experience. Within minutes of taking it out of the box, you won’t just hear the difference our new SUB makes—you’ll feel it with every bone in your body.

Available in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, so call for more details, or better still pop in and feel the earth move in rhythm with your Sonos setup!

New Rega RP6 Turntable

22nd May 2012

You certainly couldn’t accuse Rega of resting on their laurels. Over the previous year or so there have been some serious upgrades to older favourites: like the new Brio-R amplifier, Apollo-R CD and RP3 turntable, and now the P5 makes way for the rather splendid RP6 turntable.

Retailing at £798 in a variety of different piano gloss colour finishes, it certainly puts down a serious marker at this price point.

By rejecting fancy gimmicks, Rega have concentrated their effort in ensuring that all the investment has been put into manufacturing the key parts to the highest grade possible.

The RP6 features the newly updated RB303 tonearm, a precision main bearing, a low vibration, low noise 24v motor, TTPSU power supply with the remodelled good looks of the new casework and Rega’s Double Brace Technology. DB Technology provides a stiffened brace between the tonearm mounting and main bearing hub to prevent energy absorption and resonances that degrade sound quality.

Both Edinburgh and Glasgow have the RP6 on demonstration, so come in and have a listen to how good vinyl replay can be at an attractive price.

http://www.rega.co.uk/

 

May Moon Madness

4th May 2012

Get FREE Studio Connections cables with any Moon purchase during May!

Purchase any Moon product and receive a FREE Studio Connections Power Cord.

Purchase any Moon Evolution product and receive a FREE Studio Connections Power Cord & Interconnects.

Studio Connections strives to bring you the best audio performance in the world.

The state-of-the-art cable is directly evolved from the cables developed for EMI Abbey Road when rebuilding their studios.

Moon Website

Studio Connections Website

 

Meridian's 40th Anniversary System

18th April 2012

On Demonstration In Glasgow

Forty years ago, Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd worked together for the very first time and began to design their first products: the distinctive Lecson AC1 control unit and AP1 power amplifier, which went on sale the following year, in 1972.

These ground-breaking products won Bob and Allen their first British Design Council Award in 1974, and remain on permanent display in the New York Museum of Modern Art.

To celebrate the Ruby Anniversary of Allen and Bob’s creative partnership, Meridian is releasing a special limited 40th Anniversary Edition of Meridian’s most advanced audio replay system, consisting of a special version of the 808 CD and Meridian Sooloos Player with a pair of DSP8000 Digital Active Loudspeakers.

For this edition, each component is given a unique, distinctive and never-to-be-repeated Ruby Red finish and contrasting driver bezels. All the units are built from hand-selected components and include numerous special individually-adjusted performance enhancements that make this stunning system sound even better.

The system is unique in other ways too. Only 40 systems in total will be available. Each includes a hardbound system user guide with a unique introduction detailing Meridian’s history and loudspeaker design & philosophy, personally signed by Bob & Allen. Following installation, a senior Meridian engineer will be available to fine-tune the system in situ.

Only on demonstration for a limited period, so come along for a once in a lifetime listen to this stunning system.

The New Generation from Raidho

30th March 2012

Hearing is believing

“Raidho Acoustics found all their efforts were rewarded with a musical and aesthetic result matching the highest ambitions.”
Chris Thomas – HiFi+

A new addition to both Edinburgh & Glasgow comes in the form of Raidho. A Danish high end loudspeaker manufacturer.

Raidho Acoustics believe that Hi-fi sound is more than merely fulfilling the requirements of electronic measuring devices. The sound from a very (very) good loudspeaker must first of all fulfil the requirements of our most unique and delicate measuring tools – our hearing and the human brain. During the time developing the Raidho C4, they made improvements in the unit, tweeter, crossover and not least they have upgraded the internal wiring in the speaker cabinet with Nordost Odin and Valhalla cables.

Raidho have transferred these experiences and improvements into the new updated C-series.

Edinburgh have the small but perfectly formed Raidho C1.1 standmount loudspeakers on demonstration while Glasgow have the Raidho C2.1 floorstanding varients.

A must listen, and the only place to hear them outside of the Home Counties!

Origami @ Loud & Clear

1st March 2012

Loud & Clear in Glasgow are delighted to welcome John Nilsen of Audio Origami fame to the team as our newest turntable specialist.

John has over 25 years of experience in the hi-fi industry, being one of the founding partners of Prism Audio back in the dim and distant eighties.

Audio Origami was set up in 2005 as a specialist service and repair facility for all sorts of high end turntables, with John developing and launching the widely acclaimed PU7 tonearm in 2005 – winning Hi-fi World tonearm of the year in 2007.

Available in standard form with a Linn/Rega mount, the PU7 is also available in 12” as well as the standard 9”

Initially John will be working at Loud & Clear Glasgow on a Saturday where he will be available for all sorts of service and repair work including arm rewires, bearing replacement as well as general servicing and repairs on a variety of decks

John is happy to work on most performance turntables including Ariston, Avid, C J Walker, Clearaudio, Linn, Michell, Nottingham Analogue, Oracle, Pink Triangle, Project, Rega, Roksan, STD, Source, Technics Thorens, Townsend & VPI

Feel free to drop in and say hello give him a call on 0141 221 0221

Swedish Smorgasboard

10th February 2012

Primare’s new kids on the block arrive in Edinburgh

New arrivals from Scandinavia’s finest are the Primare CD22 compact disc player and I22 integrated amplifier DAC. Both devices are instantly recognisable with their clean lines and minimalist appearance.

The player raises the bar quite dramatically over previous models while the amplifier fights well above it’s weight with both healthy drive and a DAC boasting three inputs including High resolution USB.

Both are on demonstration in our Edinburgh showroom now, so contact Iain or John to arrange a demonstration.

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