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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.

 

 

Ben Howard (Live)

10th December 2014

I was lucky enough to be among the 2000 (or so) people that crammed themselves into Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, eager to spend a cold, wet Saturday night with Ben Howard and his amazing band. We’d had to wait a while since falling for his amazingly soulful sound but it was absolutely worth it.

The venue was perfect. Even Ben, mentioned how lovely it was. And the gig itself turned out to feel slightly like an out of body experience with the crowd alternating between mesmerised-into-silence and almost-taking-the-roof-off appreciation. There was however, a bit of banter between some songs with (an obviously having a good time) Ben. It turns out that he likes a drink!

Recent album, I Forgot Where We Were is quite a departure from his first and I get the impression that the new, slightly downbeat but incredibly intense songs might have left some fans of his previous work a little confused. Personally, I adore it and hearing it performed live was a real pleasure.

This show was recorded at The Bataclan, Paris on December 1st and it’s the closest thing I can offer you to the real thing. Prepare to be amazed at how good it sounds even when squeezed through the wonder of the interweb…

p.s. I must mention support band Hiss Golden Messenger who were surprisingly enjoyable and looked like they were having as good a time as the crowd!

The Pineapple Thief (Live)

28th November 2014

A number of years ago, I discovered these guys via a recommendation based on other music I was listening to at the time. And as I’m always looking for my next fix of new music, I decided to give them a try. I was surprised to find that they had already been around for a while (since 1999) and had a substantial back catalogue to choose from. Then came the booking of tickets to see them live at the Classic Grande in Glasgow back in 2011 and the discovery that they are also a superb live band.

Now, it’s your chance to see them live in Edinburgh! Fast becoming a regular haunt for seeing some great bands close to home, the Liquid Room  in Victoria Street will be host to The Pineapple Thief on their current ‘Magnolia’ album tour. You can read more about that and book your tickets (of which there are only a few left so book now to avoid disappointment) here.

It’s next Saturday, 6th December but please note the early start time of 6.30pm. The venue is also host to club nights after gigs but this time, it’s also to allow superb support band Winter in Eden to play an extended slot due to phenomenal demand. So don’t miss your opportunity for a great Saturday night of live music and to see these two great bands for the price of one ticket!

See you there…

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.

Haken, Leprous & Maschine (Edinburgh-Live)

23rd October 2014

Hello People and apologies for the lull in communication recently. There have been a lot of non-music based activities going on in the background but we’re finally back in live music mode! So, with the clocks going back this weekend, you’ve got almost a full week to recover and then…

Join us at The Liquid Room, Victoria Street on Saturday 1st November for a whole variety of proggy goodness courtesy of Ridgeback Rock and Ridgeback Rock Scotland. Not two but three bands in Haken, Leprous and Maschine,  guaranteed to keep you warm on a (probably) cold, dark autumnal evening. And it’s not even a school night. What more could you ask for?! It’ll be a fine way to start the season as you mean to go on. More live music dates to be announced very soon.

You can still get tickets for this via Tickets Scotland but they’re going fast. If it sells out, don’t be too disappointed as you can always try the venue on the day. There may just be some returns available on the door.

p.s. The eagle-eyed amongst you will also get a sneak preview of that exciting date mentioned above via the ticket page…

 

Opeth (Live – 2)

16th October 2014

This week, I have mainly been having my mind blown (again) courtesy of Swedish medieval-jazzy-folk-prog-metallers Opeth. We made the journey down to Nottingham’s historic Rock City venue where we had opted to do a meet’n’greet with the band. Which was fun. And the show that followed was a rapturous two hour extravaganza that zig-zagged through almost every record from their back catalogue (please see photo of my beautifully signed and framed setlist) in what can only be described as a mind bending show of extreme talent.

Fast forward to Tuesday night and we did it all again in Glasgow (minus the meet’n’greet – we didn’t want to look like stalkers). Only this time the gig (and the crowd) was even better. Which I didn’t think was possible. I left on a high before realising that it would be a while before they return on the second leg of this tour. Roll on next year…

You can read my original post about them here and my first live review here.

And if you would like a taste of what all the fuss is about, you can try this short and sweet festival set from Rock Am Ring earlier this year here.

WARNING: This is best played loud but you may want to remove any children/pets from the immediate area first…

 

The Parlor Mob (2)

12th September 2014

When I first wrote about The Parlor Mob back in May 2012, nothing could’ve prepared me for what came next. There I was, waiting for them to announce their plans for more music or a world domination tour, but what I and all the other Mob fans actually got was…radio silence.

They had never been all that good at updating their facebook page or website but as time passed and it became apparent that they no longer had a label, my heart sank. It looked like the difficult nature of the music industry had claimed another casualty in their prime . So after a while, I came to terms with the fact that I would never have the privilege of seeing them perform live and would just have to make do with their two brilliant studio albums.

Then in June, out of the blue came the announcement. A new album called ‘Cry Wolf’ to be released in the fall along with a few US tour dates. It’s not clear what’s been going on and they may well be financing everything themselves, but it’s great to have them back! And we’ve already decided that if they don’t make it back to the UK any time soon, we’re going to them.

They have their own YouTube channel but the quality of the live clips varies wildly. One that I will recommend however is this one which, strangely enough is the title track of their upcoming album and was written around the time of their first but for some reason, didn’t make the cut. I can only presume it was deemed to be TOO EPIC for a debut. They were also ejected from a support slot on tour after a few dates with no apparent reason. The fans guess was that they had been too EXCESSIVELY AWESOME and made the headliner look bad. Ha!

Get The Mob mentality at http://www.parlormob.com

 

Royal Blood

29th August 2014

Like most people who have heard of/about them, I was anticipating something new and exciting from Royal Blood’s self-titled debut album. We caught the last part of their set on the NME tour earlier this year and were immediately impressed. Likewise when they appeared on Jools Holland. I just wasn’t sure if, as a two piece that their sound might be a little limited…

First off, I would like to publicly apologise to Mike and Ben for ever doubting them. They have riffs aplenty with hooks to reel you in, coupled with bags of attitude. It sometimes sounds so complex that you’d swear there was more than just two of them making that racket. And, it’s a solid album from start to finish so if you think you’ve heard the best of them via their singles/EP, then you might just be pleasantly surprised by the rest. I know I was.

Anyone missing The White Stripes or (early) Black Keys sound, and fans of Queens of the Stone Age etc should definitely check these guy out.

Here they are causing a bit of a rumpus at T In the Park a few weeks back with the help of an enthusiastic crowd…

Brighton Rocks at http://royalbloodband.com

 

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

 

 

Crown

15th July 2014

I’m so glad that we stumbled upon Crown at The Maverick Music Festival in San Antonio earlier this year (you can read that story here). Their own list of influences includes The Beatles, Led Zep, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, My Morning Jacket and Queens of The Stone Age, which you can hear (along with others) throughout their first proper full length album release entitled ‘Are These The Good Days’.

I would say, yes. As with most up and coming bands, these guys have had to fund almost everything themselves. From the cost of instruments (especially when your original ones have been stolen) to the rental of rehearsal space (plus recording time) and not forgetting touring (transport and accommodation etc) which can be prohibitively expensive in itself. And they’ve worked so hard to achieve this that none of them have been able to afford a trip to the barbers for quite some time (ha ha, only kidding guys)!

You can listen on Spotify now but please note that they share their name with a rapper(!) so best to look the album up by title (you should also check out their Thousand Men To Save The King EP while you’re there). Or refer to their Facebook page which is choc full of links and info including clips like this. And then please do lend them your support by buying their tunes.

You know you want to…

 

Interpol

1st July 2014

I’ve been infatuated with Interpol for a long time. Ever since I came home late from a gig, tuned into (now long defunct) music tv channel The Amp and stumbled upon the ever so slightly creepy video for hit single ‘Evil’. Playing in the background, I soon found myself drawn to it firstly by the music and then by what was happening on screen. After that, I couldn’t take my eyes off it.

I couldn’t believe I had never heard of them before as it was just my kinda stuff. However, comparisons have been made which I don’t really agree with (I’m not sure what other people hear sometimes) and I may never have found them based on those alone. But that video led to the purchase of sophomore album ‘Antics’, followed by investigation of debut ‘Turn on the Bright Lights’ (which celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary in 2012). With the addition of 2007’s ‘Our Love to Admire and 2010’s triumphant self-titled ‘Interpol’, it’s a back catalogue to be proud of.

September 8th sees the release of album number 5 ‘El Pintor’ (that’s one for our spanish-speaking anagram fans) and they don’t sound like a band who are getting tired or running out of steam. I’ve already heard them play some new stuff live earlier this year as part of the NME tour and I’m happy to report, it sounds like classic Interpol. And that’s the thing about these guys. Even though they’ve definitely expanded on their sound over time, they never sound like they’re trying to be anyone other than Interpol.

Here they are playing a Friday evening set at Glastonbury and (probably) taking some people by surprise by a) how good they are and b) how many songs they actually recognise…

NYC’s Most Wanted at http://www.interpolnyc.com

Les-Fest

26th June 2014

There’s an amazing festival happening this weekend. No, not Glastonbury (although, that’s happening also apparently). I’m talking about Scotland’s very own premier rock and metal festival, Les-Fest 2014. Now in it’s third year, it has moved to the new and quite frankly beautiful location of Wiston Lodge, South Lanarkshire making it less than a hour away from Edinburgh, Glasgow and even Carlisle. With 52 acres of land, there’s enough space for the usual parking and camping but if you don’t fancy roughing it there’s the Lodge, Wooden Cabins and even some Tipis. But time is short so please go here for your options and how to book.

So, if you’re a fan of raucous rawk music and are looking for something other that a quiet weekend then Les-Fest might just be for you. It’s already won Best Musical Event of the Year back in 2012 at the Scottish New Music Awards but if you need any more convincing, there are plenty of reviews of previous years here. Still relatively young, it’s only going to get bigger year on year. And just imagine being able to tell your grandkids ‘I was there, back in the day…’

Glaston-who?! at http://www.les-fest.co.uk

A Liquid Landscape

17th June 2014

I had never heard of A Liquid Landscape before running into them when they supported Crippled Black Phoenix at the Liquid Rooms a couple of weeks ago. My first impression was ‘great name’. And they didn’t disappoint with their emotive live sound either.

Now that I’ve had time to digest their ‘Nightingale Express’ album, I have to say that I’ve really fallen for them. It’s a beautiful collection of songs that take you on a journey of discovery, hope and longing. This is not an itunes/ipod shuffle album people, and requires listening to in its entirety for the full experience. You’ll soon find yourself pressing repeat at the end…

The band have even been good enough to collaborate with film maker Lex Vesseur to produce a short film which captures the very essence of their sound and concept. You can view it here.

I’m hopeful that they will make it back to these shores again in the not too distant future. Now that I know the music, I would love the chance to hear it live again and I will let everyone know if/when that happens. Until then, please feel free to do some Facebook liking and purchasing of a physical/download copy of the album obviously.

Good bands like this deserve your support…

Check out the landscape at https://www.facebook.com/aliquidlandscape

 

Classic Album Sundays with Loud & Clear at Glasgow Jazz Festival 26th – 29th June

5th June 2014

We are joining up with our friends at Classic Album Sundays again at this year’s Glasgow Jazz Festival.

There will be five sessions from Thursday 26th June – Sunday 29th June.

There’s a Jamaican theme on the Saturday to celebrate the Commonwealth, so we’re straying a little and having some Bob Marley too!

Last year’s sessions were a lot of fun, so we are looking forward to bringing them back to the festival again at the end of June. We’ll also enjoying checking out some live jazz too.

Thursday 26th June – 8pm
Miles Davis – ‘Round About Midnight
Presented by Keith Loxam (BBC Radio 3 Producer)
Click for more info and to book tickets >>

Friday 27th June – 8pm
Kenny Burrell – Midnight Blue
Presented by Keith Bruce (Herald Arts Editor)
Click for more info and to book tickets >>

Saturday 28th June – 6pm
Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges – Back To Back
Presented by Stephen Duffy (BBC Radio Scotland)
Click for more info and to book tickets >>

Saturday 28th June – 9pm
Bob Marley – Exodus
Presented by Neil Murray (National Theatre of Scotland)
Click for more info and to book tickets >>

Sunday 29th June – 6pm
Etta James – At Last
Keith Moore (Herald)
Click for more info and to book tickets >>

We will be using Linn‘s new Klimax Exakt System with their iconic Sondek LP12 turntable ,all updated to the very latest specification, for vinyl replay of all the albums.

For more information on Classic Album Sundays >>

For more information on Glasgow Jazz Festival 2014 >>

White Denim & Crippled Black Phoenix.

20th May 2014

This week sees two outstanding bands gracing Edinburgh’s very own Liquid Rooms with their musical goodness.

On Thursday 22nd, you could choose to spend the evening with one of the finest four-piece guitar bands on the planet. Ladies and Gentlemen all the way from Austin, Texas (and also to be seen on Jools Holland this week) I give you White Denim. Now, I’ve already bigged these guys up here and here but if you need any more persuasion then please check out this recent set from Seattle’s KEXP radio station. Not requiring any excuse, I will also be attending their Newcastle date on Saturday, as one night with these guys just never seems quite enough.

Bank holiday Sunday 25th (hurrah!) sees the many members of Crippled Black Phoenix squeeze themselves onto the Liquid Rooms’ stage for a night of something between an apology and a fight. Musically, of course. CBP were the first band that I chose to write about here and this show should give you an idea of what they do. Expect to see some different faces though (due to their ever changing line-up), keeping the live experience fresh every time.

You can find links for buying tickets for both of these events on the Ridgeback Rock Scotland Facebook page, along with lots of other music based treats. And as it’s quite close to the actual gigs, if you can’t collect your tickets from the booking agent in time there is always the option to buy on the door. But please call first to check availability on 225 2564. See you there, hopefully…

 

Getting Involved…

16th May 2014

So as mentioned in my previous post, I think it’s about time us music lovers took action and helped to create the kind of live music scene that we want for Scotland. And there are some tools at our disposal to help achieve that.

First up is local networking site Meetup. This allows people to set up/become part of a locally based group with common interests who can then spread the word about upcoming events that might be of interest. Like live music, perhaps. So, I’d like to introduce you to Meetup Edinburgh’s Rocksteady. If you’re up for it, please sign up for this interactive group hosted by Jason. He’s done the ground work and is happy for members to make suggestions and post reviews etc. His outlook seems to be the more, the merrier. And why not.

Next, came by way of my encounter with Riverside just last month. When discussing my meet’n’greet with promoter Ridgeback Rock we bonded very quickly over music (or rather the lack of it). So much so, that by the end of the whole fantastic experience we realised that we had inadvertently joined their crew. So, meet Ridgeback Rock – Scotland where we’ll be posting recommended music and details of upcoming events. Please pop by our page and let us know if you like what we’re doing. And if you don’t, please be gentle as we’re still finding our feet.

Also, Loud & Clear will continue to host their own regular events. Details of which will be posted here and come by invitation via our mailing list which you can sign up for here (bottom right).

The only way we can make a difference is by getting enough people on board. So if you know of anyone who might be interested, please pass it on…

Classic Album Replay – Neil Young "Harvest", Thursday 29th May

14th May 2014

This month’s Classic Album Replay is Neil Young “Harvest”

Thursday 29th May, 2014

Album plays at 7pm

Loud & Clear Glasgow, 520 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G3 8XZ

Free entry

Please don’t feel intimidated in coming to the shop!! There is no sales pressure. Simply come along, grab a glass of wine or beer, and listen to this classic on a fabulous hi-fi system – taking you closer to the performance!

If you could get here 10 minutes before that would be great!

Inspired by Cosmo’s Classic Album Sundays:
http://classicalbumsundays.com/

And Greg Wilson’s Living To Music:
http://www.gregwilson.co.uk/2010/06/living-to-music

The Live Music Scene…

9th May 2014

Dear Music Lovers of Edinburgh (& beyond),

Those of you who’ve read my blog before (if you haven’t and you’re interested, you can view it here), may have noticed that I travel quite a lot for live music. This is not because I like travelling. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had some good times on our road trips but we make these journeys mostly out of necessity. Why? Because the live music scene can be a tough gig. Over the last 2-3 years, more and more bands that we love aren’t even making it north of the border. And it’s not because they don’t want to. Scottish crowds are world re-knowned for their sheer up-for-it-ness.

The problem? Well, a combination of things. A lack of decent sized venues (not helped by the recent closure of Edinburgh’s Picture House, soon to be turned into just what we don’t need – a superpub), a cost effective way to promote/publicise your event (in a sea of other similar sized events) and MOST OF ALL, enough participants willing to spend their hard-earned cash (especially at the moment) on a night at your event.

Touring is one of the only ways that artists can make any money these days but it can be an expensive business and most are probably happy if they manage to break even. Often, paying the extra travel/accommodation/venue costs means that they can’t justify coming this far north. But with the help of like-minded people like you (if you’re still reading, I have to assume that you’re interested, right?!), the wonder of the web/social networking and not forgetting good old word-of-mouth, I think we could change that.

Stay tuned for some ways to get involved and hopefully help to breath some new life into an old (but worthwhile) friend…

Angie

Artists' Night At The Mill – This Thursday 6-8pm

7th May 2014

For those of you who’ve been in the shop in the last couple of months, you will have noticed the new artwork adorning our rooms. From Martin’s funky and colourful illustrations, to Lauren’s quirky Rocket sculptures, Orains’ stunning felt piece and Bill’s poetic oil paintings. There is something for everyone, with prices ranging from £20 to £3,500.

We are delighted to announce that all the artists will be with us on Thursday 8th May, between 6 and 8pm, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet them and ask all the questions you may have about their work: From their technique to where they take their inspiration from.

We look forward to seeing you on the night for a glass of wine and nibbles on the house! And of course, great music playing in the background…

Here is below, in their own words, a bit more about them.

Orains is a unique arts & design business owned by Pieter van der Werf and Fiona Page.

They design and create products for interiors, both domestic and commercial. They work exclusively with Scottish wool (in particular Scottish Blackface fleece) sourced from farms in Argyll and visit the sheep farmers personally. They manage the primary and secondary processing using ecological materials only.

The farm-to-felt process guarantees control over the supply chain and creates a unique opportunity to make large individual art pieces and commissions together with a lighting range and rugs.

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Since graduating from Grays school of Art in Aberdeen in 2009, Martin McBride has been busy experimenting with various new media to advance the aesthetics of his work.

Working mainly within the field of printmaking and illustration, his work is a bold mixture of block colour and pattern with the key focal point being animals from all areas of the world.

He tries to create interesting yet beautiful images that people from all walks of life can enjoy.

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Bill McArthur is an Orkney based seascape painter who spent twenty years working as a commercial fisherman.

He has lived for the past 36 years on the remote island of Sanday in the Orkneys and his work reflects his interest and experience of the sea… from the towering rock stacs of St Kilda to the tide race at Cape Wrath on the Scottish mainland’s most North Westerly point.

The implacable power of the sea is what informs all his work, from the gentle ripple of tide on the long sandy beaches of his home to the crashing Atlantic breakers of the Outer Hebrides.

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Lauren Fox is an Edinburgh-based sculptor who works primarily in metal. She trained in Edinburgh & Barcelona, where her passion for sculpture was originally sparked.

Lauren has exhibited in various galleries in Barcelona & the UK, including Untitled BCN (Barcelona), Cock & Bull (London), & Whitespace (Edinburgh). She also takes on private commissions.

The pieces currently on show at Loud & Clear are from her signature series, Rockets.

Pentland Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe Launch | 3rd & 4th April

3rd April 2014

Pentland Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe Launch | 3rd & 4th April

We will be on hand at the launch events for the new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe at Pentland Jaguar in their Perth and Edinburgh showrooms. The Perth event is on April 3rd from 5 till 7pm, the Edinburgh event is from 4 till 6pm on April 4th.

We will be demonstrating the Meridian Audio Sooloos music streaming system and M6 loudspeakers. Pop along and check out this amazing new car and it’s Meridian audio system and see what Meridian can do to provide fabulous audio in your home too.

Fome more info click the link below.

http://www.john-clark.co.uk/jaguar/new-offers/f-type-coupe-launch/

 

 

Classic Album Replay – Herbie Hancock "Head Hunters", Thursday 27th February

30th January 2014

This month’s Classic Album Replay is Herbie Hancock “Head Hunters”

Thursday 27th February, 2014
Album plays at 7pm
Loud & Clear Glasgow, 520 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G3 8XZ
Free entry

We’ll be using our Linn Sondek LP12 turntable, with Linn’s reference Klimax Kontrol pre-amplifier and Akubarik fully aktiv loudspeakers.

This is one of the best selling jazz records of all time. Not strictly a jazz, it’s a major funk record, where the influences of Sly and The Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Donald Byrd and Curtis Mayfield shining through. It’s been highly influential to a whole host of musicians and been sampled by the likes of Nas and 2Pac.

Please don’t feel intimidated in coming to the shop!! There is no sales pressure. Simply come along, grab a glass of wine or beer, and listen to this classic on a fabulous hi-fi system – taking you closer to the performance!

If you could get here 10 minutes before that would be great!

Inspired by Cosmo’s Classic Album Sundays:
http://classicalbumsundays.com

And Greg Wilson’s Living To Music:
http://www.gregwilson.co.uk/2010/06/living-to-music

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 >>

 

 

Classic Album Sundays – Lou Reed "Transformer", Sunday 26th January, The Berkeley Suite, Glasgow

4th January 2014

Classic Album Sundays with Loud & Clear Hi-Fi Present

Lou Reed – “Transformer”

The Berkeley Suite, 237 North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DL
Sunday 26th January 2014
£6 on the door or online:
http://loudandclear.eventbrite.co.uk
5.30pm – 8.30pm (album plays at 7.30pm)
0141 221 0221

Facebook Event >>

“One of the world’s great albums, played on one of the world’s finest hi-fi systems in conjunction with one of the world’s best hi-fi stores.”

Classic Album Sundays: A Communal and Audiophile Listening Experience is joining forces with Loud & Clear Hi-Fi again for this now semi-regular event in Glasgow.

Listed as one of the Top 20 Trends of 2012 by London’s ES Magazine, Classic Album Sundays has become a media sensation in a little over a year. With features on BBC Breakfast, BBC 6 Music, NME, Elle, The Word, The Independent, The Evening Standard and more. Why all the fuss?

The concept is to enable people to experience music as close as possible to the way the artist intended, to treat music as a precious commodity and a classic album as a work of art which should be appreciated in its entirety. Classic Album Sundays’ use audiophile hi-fi equipment to ensure an awe inspiring listening experience. Visitors are invited to switch off their phones and refrain from unnecessary conversation: just sit back, listen and immerse themselves in the experience.

Music fans have enthusiastically responded en masse as Classic Album Sundays’ monthly listening sessions in London and New York have been selling out, with festival sessions featuring at The Vintage Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London (for which Loud & Clear put together a £130,000 hi-fi system), plus Camp Bestival and Bestival amongst others.

Here is what some visitors had to say:

Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” was our first visit, and it was excellent. Sounded as if Joni was playing live, and heard in reverential silence by a deeply appreciative audience.” – David Lye, CAS attendee

“Hearing that fabulous cello line in ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – I could’ve wept with the sheer beauty of it.” – Annette Corbette, CAS attendee

The event format:

Join us from 5.30pm to get in the mood by listening to some of the music that inspired Lou Reed, along with tracks from his musical contemporaries around the release of the album in 1972. The bar will be open, and you can grab some lunch/dinner beforehand at Chinaski’s next door, to ease yourself in, and then hang out with a great soundtrack.

At 7.30pm the lights go down, the volume goes up and we play the album from beginning to end on a reference Linn hi-fi system. We’ll be using Linn’s iconic Sondek LP12 turntable with a reference Klimax Kontrol pre-amplifier and Linn’s very own “black ops” custom made fully active PA system featuring 12 channels of their Akurate power amplifiers.

Listening to “Transformer” on a fabulous hi-fi system will let you hear it as never before; taking you closer to the performance.

We should have brand new copies of the Music On Vinyl reissue for sale on the night too.

More info:
http://classicalbumsundays.com/

http://www.loud-clear.co.uk

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.

 

 

 

Music, Art and Mulled wine at the Mill

26th November 2013

Join us on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December (10-6pm) at the Mill for our Pre Christmas get together. Enjoy mulled wine and nibbles whilst you listen to live music from our pal, Mark Corbett on Saturday afternoon at 3.30pm. There will also be some great offers on a selection of perfect Christmas gift ideas for you and your family. Check here our Top 10 perfect Christmas presents for music lovers.

Next door to us, Artist Jenny Smith is also having on open studio. She will have a selection of paintings and prints for sale and there will be a 20% discount on selected work for sale. There will be a laser cutting demonstration at 3pm on the Saturday too! Here for more details.

So escape the horrors of high street Christmas shopping and head to The Mill to regain your sanity.

Vinyl available at the Mill

15th November 2013

Music On Vinyl is a vinyl only record label that releases high quality 180g LP and 7″ vinyl pressings of titles licensed from a wide range of record companies and artists who control their own repertoire.

These are both re-issues of classic titles, or a simultaneous vinyl release to compliment a CD/DVD release, all marketed under the Music On Vinyl brand, which vinyl lovers worldwide recognize as a trusted name providing a superb LP vinyl product.

They are provided with the best possible (analogue) masters available. On top of that, our sound engineer has over 35 years of experience in cutting and mastering records for (major) labels.

Albums currently available at Loud & Clear in Edinburgh (in alphabetical order):

Blind boys of Alabama / I’ll find a way / More details here / £23

Bob Dylan / Oh Mercy / More details here / £18

Bob Marley / Natty Dread  / More details here / £20

Bonnie Raitt / Give it up / More details here /£19

David Bowie / Earthling / More details here / £19

Faithless / Sunday 8pm / More details here / £22

Fleetwood Mac / Greatest Hits / More details here / £19

Fleetwood mac / Peter green’s Fleetwood Mac  / More details here / £18

Fleetwood Mac / Pious bird of good omen / More details here / £18

Jeff Buckley / Grace / More details here / £18

Kings of Leon / Aha Shake Heartbreak / More details here / £22

Lou Reed / Rock’n roll animal / More details here / £19

Lou Reed / Transformer  / More details here /£18

Love / Love / More details here / £18

Manic Street Preachers / Everything must go / More details here / £18

Mott the Hoople / All the young dudes  / More details here / £18

Portishead / Roseland NYC / More details here / £23

Primal Scream / Screamadelica / More details here / £23 (Expanded vinyl edition – Remastered – Includes booklet with unseen images and brand new band interviews)

Rodrigo y Gabriela  / Rodrigo y Gabriela / More details here /£19

Roy Ayers / Virgo vibes / More details here / £18

Shuggie Ottis / Inspiration information / More details here / £18

Stevie Ray Vaughan / Couldn’t stand the weather / More details here / £22 (Expanded vinyl edition)

Stone roses / Turns into stone / More details here / £18

Tedeschi Trucks Band / Everybodys Talkin / More details here / £43 (First live release)

The Who / Who’s next  / More details here / £20

Yello / Flag / More details here / £20 (Exclusively remastered)

 

Music On Vinyl launches classical label. Read more about this!

 

Classic Album Replay – Bob Marley & The Wailers "Uprising", Thursday 28th November, Glasgow

7th November 2013

This month’s Classic Album Replay is Bob Marley & The Wailers “Uprising”

Thursday 28th November, 2013
Album plays at 7pm
Loud & Clear Glasgow, 520 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G3 8XZ
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/416679238458882

This was the last studio album released in Bob Marley’s lifetime, he died the following year. Many believe it to be the most musically accomplished of all the Wailers albums, and includes the classics, Could You Be Loved and Redemption Song.

Please don’t feel intimidated in coming to the shop!! There is no sales pressure. Simply come along, grab a glass of wine or beer, and listen to this classic on a fabulous hi-fi system – taking you closer to the performance!

If you could get here 10 minutes before that would be great!

Inspired by Cosmo’s Classic Album Sundays:
http://classicalbumsundays.com

And Greg Wilson’s Living To Music:
http://www.gregwilson.co.uk/2010/06/living-to-music

New Pioneer AV Range in Glasgow

19th September 2013

The Glasgow store has taken delivery of its new season stock of Pioneer’s heavyweight AV receivers: the £1,999 SC-LX87 and £1,199 SC-LX57, alongside the ever excellent LX55 Blu-ray players.

The LX87 pushing things forward again, offering a whole host of features, including: 9 channels of class D amplifier special tuned at Air Studios, asynchronous USB input to stream music up to 192 kHz 32 bit,  4K pass through to accommodate ultra HD in the video section, plus multi-zone functionality and their award winning app, iControlAV2013, for use with iOS and Android.

For full details on The SC-LX87 Receiver here ->

The LX57 shares most of the its more expensive siblings functionality, but dispenses with some of the analogue inputs, has slightly less power, and isn’t tuned at Air Studios or has THX certification. It’s a stunning receiver for the money.

Full details on the SC-LX57 Receiver here ->

Whilst not new onto the market, the BDP-LX55 Blu-ray is still one of the finest players. With 3D capability, and offering true universal functionality with the ability to play SACD and DVD-Audio. Retailing at £299.

Full details on the BDP-LX55 Blu-ray here ->

 

 

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.

 

 

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