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17th May 2013
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Yet another great review of the AURALiC Vega from Digital Audio Review ....
10th April 2013
Check out this great review of the AURALiC Vega from 6moons.com ....
8th April 2013
The MBL 1511F DAC has received a highly commended award in this months Hi-Fi News. Click below to read the full review...
..... we have just been appointed as the UK distributor for all AURALiC products.
With the mission to capture and reproduce every tiny detail in recordings with purity and emotions, AURALiC produces high-end audiophile products both reliable and upgradable. Using the latest digital technologies, AURALiC products will bring live music back to music lovers in the most agreeable and convenient way.
AURALiC, innovate technologies & inspire the music.
Check out the range of AURALiC products:
- Vega - Digital Audio Processor
- Taurus Pre - Balanced Class A Pre-amplifier
- Merak - 400W Power Amplifier Monoblock
- Taurus - Balanced Headphone Amplifier
- ARK MX+ - 32 bit/192KHz USB D/A converter
... that we have just been appointed as the UK distributor for all Gato Audio products.
Conceived to represent the absolute pinnacle of Danish High End audio technology, performance and design, Gato Audio brings together decades of experience in the purest imaginable statement of Scandinavian excellence.
They have gathered an all time competent team of highly specialized and experienced acoustical, electrical and mechanical designers and engineers to join forces in Gato Audio with deep roots extending all the way back to the mid twentieth century (Rossing Electronic, Avance, Holfi, Thule Audio, GamuT).
"Gato Audio shows that design, production, features, and sound absolutely can be united at the highest level. The Danish premium manufacturer has implemented the concept of high-end audio nearly perfectly with the audio system presented here; there’s nothing more to be said."
- Markus Leibl - HIFI Stars, Germany
"The AMP-150 is both physically beautiful and sonically uncompromised."
"Like an accurate and precise conductor, the AMP-150 is clear-cut and never vague about how each musical instrument each and every musician should perform"
- HiFi & HIVI, Taiwan
A Lovely Audio Physic Tempo 25 - want to more behind the design and company ?
We all know how superb the Audio Physic 25th Anniversary Loudspeakers are, and indeed they remain one of our best selling loudspeaker brands by some margin, but have you ever wanted to know more about the people and the design philosophy behind the brand ?
This month in one of Germany's most respected high end magazines, we get to look deeper into the people behind the brand, acoustic engineering, appetite for perfection, and the continual drive to improve - fantastic incite - please click the link below :
Audio Physic - A Portrait
Antelope Audio's Zodiac with yet another top review and award.........
Dr John Richardson from Stereo Mojo has just reviewed the sensational Zodiac stating :
"Most impressive sound-wise were the rhythm and timing of the music as well as the incredible sense of presence and extension of the treble.........Along with this sense of transparency came an uncanny sense of pace and rhythm. The DAC just felt fast, in the sense that it was easily letting go of the notes......I also heard more precise soundstaging in all directions than I’m normally accustomed to. I loved hearing the shimmery sweetness of cymbals and triangle, whose reproduction took on a lifelike presence I normally don’t get to hear in my home system... There was a sense of harmonic extension that in a dark room could sound hauntingly like the real thing......."
Awarding the "Stereo Mojo Specific Recommendation" is the icing on the cake !
We have these in stock now at only £1449.00.
More details on the Antelope Audio Zodiac DAC here
The UK is the bastion of hi fi manufacturing and from our experience it is exceptionally difficult to obtain a 5 star review from hi fi magazines in this part of the world.
Once in every 15 or so years the "stars align" for a manufacturer and a reviewer from a prestigious UK magazine when he becomes totally enchanted with the product.
HI FI CHOICE MAGAZINE.....DECEMBER 2012 EDITION
PERREAUX AUDIANT DP32 AWARDED 5 STARS
PERREAUX AUDIANT 100p AWARDED 5 STARS
TOTAL 10 STARS OUT OF 10
HI FI CHOICE "EDITORS CHOICE" AWARD DECEMBER 2012
READ THE REVIEW HERE
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Have a look and download the all new Audio Emotion brochure!
If you would like a hard copy please do not hesitate to drop us a message or a phone call, we can get one out in the post to you right away.
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Read the new MBL C51 review from HiFi News, which awards the fantastic editors choice award to the C51!
"Audition the C31/C51 combo at your peril, as it’s highly addictive."
- John Bamford | HiFi News
Read the full review here
A story of lust, desire and passion...............
We are delighted to bring you the above video. Commissioned by Audio Emotion and produced by Big Creative, 'Irresistible' is a sign of things to come...
Make sure you watch in HD by selecting '720p' from settings.
Watch the video above, or follow this link to watch the video on vimeo:
The MBL C31 CD Player recieves an absolutely fantastic review in September's hi-fi news magazine. With glowing words from John Bamford, backed up by a highly impressive lab report courtesy of Paul Miller, this is a must-read review about a must-have product.
We are running a special offer; £1000 minimum part exchange for your current CD player or DAC.
This is just a stunning unit, not one to be missed. The 86% rating in hi-fi news is one of the highest we've ever seen for a CD player... and it is fully deserved!
For more details on the product, head over to Audio Emotion's listing here.
The 'must have' addition to your music collection........
We are often bombarded with new music here at the shop, and indeed this is a marvellous thing as we often discover new artists which we had never come across before....but unfortunately most of the recordings are simply average, still sound good, but you know that your system is capable of far more given the right material.
Enter the "Groove Into Bits Vol.1" CD from recording guru's STS, this isn't the usual "plink plonk" pieces so often heard in demo rooms around the world, but simply great artists recordred and mastered to perfection.
If you buy one CD this year, buy this..........
In stock at £17.99.
Read the full review here
" ....vast reserves of power : with grace and guts AND eloquence.."
"Highly Commended' - Hi-Fi News - August 2012
Over the past 18 months, a growing number of Hi-Fi enthusiats have been discovering the audio gem that is the Perreaux Eloquence 250i Integrated Amplifier.
The August Edition of Hi-Fi News reviews the 250i and Ken Kessler exclaims "....I was taken aback by the Perreaux's subtlety and finesse......unbridled dynamic contrasts....the sound itself was so involving and captivating...."
It is also the 250w amplifier which caused Editor Paul Miller to state "....other manufacturers could learn a thing or two from Perreaux..." as he measured it at 420w into 8 Ohms !!! - Now that is dynamic headroom !
Available from stock at only £5695......and for a limited time* you even get a free Vertex Roraima Power Cord worth £360......
Read the full review here
* - Valid until 30th June 2012.
Yet more accolades for the Perreaux Audiant 80i.........
Our most highly awarded amplifier, the Audiant 80i integrated amplifier, has been honoured with a coveted Editors' Choice Award from The Absolute Sound magazine.
Each year the editors and writers at The Absolute Sound compile a list of recommended products for their Editors' Choice Awards. The Awards represent the products the editors and writers have selected as the most worthy of consideration and are components they would buy themselves – or recommend to friends and family.
The USB DAC equipped Audiant 80i integrated amplifier was reviewed by Neil Gader in TAS 213. He found the Audiant 80i had a natural symphonic perspective – where dynamics had vitality and drive, and vocals were full-bodied; and described it as "The Right Amp at the Right Time".
Read Neil's review of the Audiant 80i in full.
Tannoy arrives at audio emotion.......... (but that's not me in the suit.....)
We are delighted to announce that Tannoy has chosen audio emotion as their new dealer, to include their simply sensational Prestige range of loudspeakers.
We are delighted at being able to offer our customers yet another option in their quest for THE speaker - and what a speaker we have to consider here.
Arguably the world's best known and envied loudspeaker company, whose quest for the world's best possible domestic sound, has resulted in a range of loudspeakers which push the boundaries of what is possible to hear in our music.
Tannoy's unique blend of cutting edge technology, blended with aesthetics that simply ooze class, make them the genuine audio connoisseur's choice.
Having now spent weeks with their Stirling SE, Turnberry SE and Canterbury SE's, we have found a number of sensational amplifier combinations which will set your audio world on fire.......
With prices starting from £1549 (Prestige range), one could even say they are a bargain !!
Drop in for a listen, but be prepared, you may stay longer than you think........
What a nice pair of Perreaux's..................
We are only 4 weeks away from the hotly anticipated release of the Perreaux Audiant DP 32 DAC/Pre and the matching Audiant 100p Power Amplifier.
Expect (as usual with Perreaux) exceptional build, fit and finish - but more importantly be ready for class leading performance from this duo.
The DAC/Pre will feature :
Reference ESS Sabre32 32-bit DAC
Asynchronous 24-bit/192kHz USB
Fully balanced signal path
I2S digital audio bus re-clocking
Shunt voltage regulators
Isolated digital inputs
Touch panel interface
Home theatre bypass
The 100p Power Amplifier will feature :
MOSFET output transistors
High-current power supply
12V trigger input
Shunt voltage regulators
Touch panel interface
Separate power supplies
Cant wait.............look out for the up and coming review in Hi-Fi News.
Full specification on the DAC/Pre here
Quite a busy month this is turning out to be !!
Today we had the pleasure of listening to the superb little USB Wireless DAC from NAD.
The aplty named 'NAD DAC 1 Wireless USB Digital-to-Analogue Converter' simply plugs into your USB port of Laptop or Computer and plays all your CD quality (16/44.1) files anywhere in the house (in fact will transmit over 100ft !!).
The Receiver/DAC plugs into any free input on any Hi-Fi System in any room, and voila, CD quality music streaming perfectly to that location.
It will also upsample to full 24 Bit /192 Khz before feeding your amplifier with the streaming music file.
It has also just won the SmartHouse Award's 2012 with the coveted 'Smart Award' !!
Now, at £295 is there a better buy ? - We dont think so.........
Mmmm Nice Offer.......
You may have heard mumblings recently of a Roksan CD Player buy back offer........well this is it !
Roksan will offer a £700 rebate for any customers purchasing an M2 CD Player when they trade in an old DP-1, Atessa or Caspian CD Player through a recommended Roksan Caspian M2 reseller. The old CD Player can be broken and in a state of disrepair – we will still accept it as a valid exchange.
This promotion as another example of Roksan’s enduring commitment to our existing customers. Just like when they allowed all existing K2 owners to take advantage of the new 5-year warranty, now they are supporting our even older customers by allowing them to upgrade their kit in a cost-effective way. When second hand market and trade-in values are dropping, Roksan’s older CD Players have just got more valuable!
The exchange will work in this way.
All customers who want to take advantage of this offer should call 01333 425 999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and arrange to purchase an M2 CD Player on exchange of the customers DP1, Attessa or Caspian CD player.
This offer is valid only in United Kingdom, until August 31st, 2012.
Look forward to hearing from you..........
January is well known for being the month for grabbing a bargain in the sales.
Well this year we thought we would look at a particular brand, and offer a few special deals on some selected new stock...................so here we go !!......
Musical Fidelity M1ViNL Phono Stage - RRP of £699 - Discounted to only £595.....
Musical Fidelity V-LPS II - RRP is £119 - Discounted to only £99....
Musical Fidelity V-LINK II - RRP is £99 - Discounted to only £75.....
Musical Fidelity M1HPA Headphone Amp - Normal RRP is £499 - Discounted to £419
Musical Fidelity V-DAC II - Normal RRP is £199 - Discounted to only £169.....
Musical Fidelity V-Link I - Normal RRP is £90 - Discounted to only £69......
The New Quadral Aurum C5 CD Player Gets 5 Globes From Hi-Fi World !
Quadral are well known for receiving top awards around the world for their Loudspeakers - well we can add their latest CD player to that list !!
In awarding their top 5 star award, Hi-Fi World's Paul Rigby comments :
"it is one of the most satisfying and cultured CD players I have heard at this price point"
he goes on :
"I'd say it certainly deserves to be right at the top of any prospective purchaser's 'to dem' list "
At only £2395, you get one of the most accomplished CD players in terms of clarity, transparency and bass punch.
Full details here
Full review here
The King Of Airplay Is Here !
Apple Corporation have always been the leader in the portable hi-fi and music server arena's with their range of iPods/Pads and the all conquering iTunes.
The introduction of their Airplay technology has again moved the goal posts in what is possible in wireless music systems - true CD quality was the aim, and this has been achieved with Airplay's introduction.
The race was on with all apple approved manufacturers to produce a high fidelity, mutli-room product which could take full advantage of this technology, and allow users to seamlessly spread their music collection throughout their household, but with no compromise in the quality of the music !
B&W launched their Zepplin Air recently, and indeed it is a great product, but then the rulebook has just been re-written with the introduction this month of the Klipsch Gallery G-17 Air Airplay Speaker System - Simply plug it into your wall, and connect wirelessly over an exisiting Wi-Fi Network.....Done.
Stock has just arrived, and with a price tage of only £498, this is an absolute must have to those who want no compromise between convenience and performance.
Full Details here
Full Review here
Full Specification here
One of the best amplifiers we have heard...Grant 'ed
Here at audio emotion we are always looking out for new products which significantly outperform their price, and never was the case more in point than with the New Grant Fidelity W-30GT All Valve Integrated Amplifier.
Awarded the "Best of 2011" award from 'Enjoy The Music', this sensational amplifier is much more than just another integrated, boasting :
- 40 WPC Output with KT88 tubes (Can accept KT66, KT77, KT88, 6550, EL34, 6CA7, 6L6, KT90, KT120 Ships with four KT88)
- Vacuum Tube preamplifier section (Can accept 6922, 6DJ8, ECC88, 6N1, 6N1P, 7308 Ships with two 6N1)
- Driver tubes can be interchanged with the preamplifier tubes. (Ships with two 6N1)
- 24-bit/192kHz Non Upsampling DAC (Limited to 16/48 via USB)
- Vacuum Tube Phono Stage (Ships with two 12AX7)
- Headphone output (Driven from Output Tubes and Output Transformers)
- Modular Construction
- Patented Square Wound Pure Copper Transformers
- Pre Out/ Main In jacks
- Line Out Jacks (bypasses the tubes to connect to a CD Recorder.)
- Subwoofer output
- Remote Control
And the best news ?......it's is available for only £1995 !!
Read the review, as it will tell you all you need to know :
It's December again, so once again we waited for the results from Hi-Fi News, as it confirms it's hotly contested "Ultimate Hi-Fi 2011" Awards.
They have looked at every tested product throughout the year, and agreed on what they have deemed as the best of the best.
The results are in, and once again, we have a host of winners from our own portfolio here at Audio Emotion :
Thorens TD2030A Turntable - £2475 - "Highly Commended"
Benz Micro ACE Cartridge - £595 - "Outstanding Product"
Ortofon 2M Black - £460 - "Outstanding Product"
Quad CDP Elite CD Player - £1199 - "Highly Commended"
Benchmark DAC1 USB - £1260 - "Oustanding Product"
Musical Fidelity V-DAC II - £199 - "Highly Commended"
Musical Fidelity CLiC - £1250 - "Outstanding Product"
Olive 6HD Music Server - £4500 - "Editors Choice"
Icon Audio MB845 MKII - £5500 - "Editors Choice"
Quadral Aurum Orkan VII Loudspeaker - £2700 - "Highly Commended"
And as it is the Christmas month, we have decided to offer unbeatable packages on these award winners, please give us a call on 01333 425 999 to find out more details.
The trophy cabinet at ATC is getting full......
We have known for many years that the SCM-11's from ATC were a very special loudspeaker, offering the audiophile unprecedented sonic performance for a exceptionally modest budget.
During this time, the SCM-11 has won many group tests, and individual awards worldwide, but when it wins "Best Standmount of the Year" in a price category covering loudspeakers at almost double its cost, then we should all stand up and take notice.
What Hi-Fi? has just done so, and we applaud the judges for their accolade of "simply better than anything else at the price".
We love them, you'll love them too.......you'll also love the offer which Audio Emotion are running until the end of November :
Buy a pair of ATC SCM-11's (normal retail price of £1036) for only £897, and get free delivery and a full 6 year warranty to boot !!
Now that's just lovely !!
the full award review here
Now that is what I'm talking about.........
The long awaited Eastern Electric Minimax DAC Plus model has just arrived with us, and this hugely anticipated DAC has the all important Asynchronous USB to 24/192 !!
Safe to say that after a days listening, we are (as always with Eastern Electric) blown away with this little black box is capable of - feeding our music server directly into the new USB connectivity has proved hugely impressive, and dare we say it, is embarassing a number of vastly higher priced alternatives.
The new speciification reads as follows :
1. Sabre ES9018 DAC chip.
2. ASync USB 24/192.
3. Dual power transformers separate digital and analogue.
4. Improved tube output stage.
5. Improved PSU.
6. Improved signal input section with high frequency relays/resistors module.
7. Tube/SS outputs selectable.
8. Socketed output opamps.
9. Improved S/N level.
For the first 30 orders, these will be only £995. (Normal RRP £1095).
Full details here
Do my eyes deceive me........
No, they don't........yes this is the long awaited CDA2 Compact Disc Pre Amplifiier from the genius's at ATC.
There is no doubt that this ATC CDA2 will have a dramatic effect on this sector of the market, offering true audiophile performance in a superbly engineered single unit with a full precision analogue pre-amplifier with line level inputs, a host of digital inputs, and both fully balanced and line-level outputs.
These are exciting times at ATC at the moment, and with this being unusually fully hand-built in the UK, the guys in Stroud are justifyably proud of their new baby.
The usual 6 year warranty applies, which only underlines the craftsmanship at work here.
And to add the icing at the very top of the musical cake, the ATC CDA2 will cost only £2050.........now where's my credit card......
Full Details here
Too Good to be true ?
You'll be glad to know it 's not !
New into stock this week is the highly anticipated Musical Fidelity V-DAC MKII.
Boasting a built in V-Link, plus improved digital to analogue performance, this is a hell of a lot of kit for £198.
The new V-DAC II also has an asynchronous USB input. This is exactly the same technology and programming as used in their highly successful, and very enthusiastically reviewed V-Link.
What an amazing combination: superlative 24bit 192k upsampling reclocking V-DAC technology and a super-performance, asynchronous USB in one box. This is amazing stuff!
The V-DAC II improves upon the original V-DAC’s benchmark performance. They have halved the distortion (0.002%) and improved the stereo separation to an incredible –105dB !!
Did I mention that we have them in stock now for only £198 including delivery........
Full review here
A True Icon...........
We are delighted to announce that we have been appointed as a Reference Supplier for Icon Audio.
CD Players, Integrated / Pre / Power Amplifiers, Phono Stages and Headphone Amplifiers are all available from the stable of design guru David Shaw.
Sporting a display case full of awards, the Icon Audio range has captivated customers and reviewers alike.
With full Valve Integrated Amplifiers starting from £499 (Stereo 20 PP), there are sensational musical solutions for every budget.
Move on up to the MB845 MKII Mono Blocks (£5499), an you have one of THE best sounding amplifiers options on the worldwide market today.
Call us today regarding the special offer we have on the Icon Audio Range.....
Manufacturers Website here
After a months of anticipation, MBL have finally released their corporate video, which absolutely encapsulates why they are regarded as the best audio manufacturer in the world.
For all us Audiophiles, this MBL 'story' will make you smile (it made me laugh outloud !) as it really is art reflecting life.
We have the New MBL Corona Line system coming in within the next 8 weeks or so, and like all MBL systems, offers a truly inspirational and at times incredibly emotional musical experience.
MBL systems are not cheap, they don't apologise for that, but they are enormously addictive with a level of holographic realism that at times seems to defy the laws of physics.
Please enjoy the full video by clicking on the MBL logo below......
Reset The Rule Book
"Is this the most beautiful CD player on the market ?"......... an interesting question posed by my brother Mark when we first saw the All New Shanling CD-T2000 - we all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I have to say that there is just something 'right' about the aesthetics of this new Red Book player from Shanling.
The beauty is certainly not only skin deep you'll be pleased to hear - oh no, this is a very special CD player indeed - using four 12AUX7's in the output stage (covering both single ended and balanced outputs), this Burr Brown 24-bit 192khz equipped unit offers up a simply superb balance of tonal delight, with a breathy, open mid-range full of sparkle and shimmer, but without the occassional 'hardness' that always comes to the fore with almost every other CD in this upper sector - it's natural, truthful and spacious with wonderful depth and timbre - you can guess I like it.......
At £1895 this is not a cheap CD Player, but given it's real world ability it is worth every single hard earned penny...........now what will it sound like when partnered to the Eastern Electric M88 below.............
Full Review here
The Astonishing New M88 Integrated Amplifier from Eastern Electric.
Eastern Electric are a brand that have always stood for offering ridiculous musicality for very, very affordable prices.
This ethos has never been in sharper focus than with the introduction of their new Integrated Amplifier the M88.
Using the KT88 Valve, the new M88 outputs 40wpc into 8 Ohms, and has a fully balanced input alongside 3 line level inputs, plus the ability to use an exisitng pre-amp.
At £2195 (with a full 5 year warranty), this really does set the bar for what is musically acheivable at this price - we have been quite literally astonished with the M88, and can confirm that it is a genuine world-class amplifier by any standard.
Have a look at our facebook page for details on a very special offer on this amplifier.....
See the video review here :
Klipsch Heresy III - The Secret's Out !
With the first signs of summer just beginning to make an appearance, it appears that the chaps at Tone Audio have rightly cast a ray of sunshine over the superb Klipsch Heresy III Loudspeaker.
In thier latest review they state :
“....no matter where you are on your hi-fi journey, these speakers provide a constantly engaging and truly thrilling musical experience.....One of the secrets to any good loudspeaker at any price is its ability to convey natural reproduction of the critical mid frequencies. The Heresy III’s can handle this job better than its competitors, and by adding huge dynamics, they are an unqualified success. I know this much : I need a pair.”
These handbuilt speakers are truly sensational, offering the partnering amplifier ridiculous levels of dynamic headroom and control - and at £1998 they are affordable to boot !
Read the full review below, and see why Jeff Dorgay (Tone Audio) is going to buy a pair himself !
Review Page 1 Page 2 Page 3
New Awards For Perreaux Audiant 80i
The trophy cabinet at Perreaux HQ must be needing the shelves re-inforced, as this month sees another two awards.
Hi-Fi News' Ken Kessler awards "Highly Commended" to the superb 80i, commenting :
"......the Perreaux revealed all manner of desirable traits, not least being impressive punch, bass extension and airiness.......the Perreaux simply delivered..... every note loud and clear, with heart stopping breaks. The sound was diaphanous (transparent, translucent) or raucous as required, open or congested, abrupt or flowing....you were left breathless.....fast and precise, yet never grating, never aggravating..... the Audiant 80i is a charmer from down under......"
Hi-Fi Magazine 'Audio Art' awards is highest accolade "Best Recomendation" to the 80i confirming the Perreaux's status as the must have integrated amplifier of the moment.
With huge Toroidal Power Supply, MOSFET output and built-in DAC and Phono Stage, the exceptionally addictive and musical Perreaux Audiant 80i is understandably in high demand at the moment.
See this amp in all it's 360 degree glory here
Grab yourself an amazing bargain in our first ever ex-demo sale. Massive savings of up to 65% on new RRP. Be quick as sale ends in June 2011. List here.
Antelope Audio's incredible Zodiac range of Audiophile DAC's has just received yet another sensational review, this time from Jason Kennedy of Hi-Fi Choice Issue 345 :
"Stereo separation is outstanding – instruments being precisely placed in the lateral stage, which contributes to excellent image depth and solidity.......... harmonics, reverb and temporal subtleties are brought to the fore that usually remain hidden............ is in another league to most of the similarly priced competition........... it should have the competition quaking !!”
See the full review here
We are offering, free of charge, the multi-award winnning WireWorld Ultraviolet Digital USB Cable (or Equivalent Coaxial, Optical, AES/EBU or BNC up to 2m) for all orders taken this month.
See full product details here
Time to unleash the full potential of your digital music collection ?............We think so.
Olive update the 3HD (£925) - Olive have at last added a digital output for the 3HD which now makes an already attractive package almost perfect!
This is a firmware update, which means that excisting Olive owners can take advantage straight away.
Utilising the USB connection (which was previously enabled to connect a network drive) you can now connect directly to a USB equiped dac or if you connect to something like a Musical Fidelity V-Link, you can benefit from almost zero jitter S/PDIF via a standard coaxial connection. (See Paul Millers article on this very subject in the June 2011 issue of HiFi News.)
The Olive 3HD is available directly from stock.
This is turning out to be a busy old month, with new products, and incredible reviews hitting the shelves, we're working all hours to keep you guys up to date with all the comings and goings !!
The audio gurus at Vertex have clearly been scoffing a few more shredded wheat these days, as we have just spent a whole day luxuriating (is that a word ?) in their hot off the press Vertex Aletheia dac-1.
'Wow' is an overused, but perfectly apt way to convey our shock at the real world performance of this new 'standards setting' DAC.
We have a huge array of DAC's in stock, from £200 crackers to £14,000 behemoths, and literally began to conduct back to back auditions from bottom to top - after 4 hours, we now have the Vertex Aletheia dac-1 as the flag bearer of this digital art.
Considering the level of engineering know-how that has formed 'the beast' (as we now refer to it as), we are suprised that Vertex have been able to produce such a product for under £12,000 - now that is no small investment, but arguably if you seek the absolute pinnacle in digital to analogue conversion, before you go and buy that new pair of speakers at £15,000, get the source perfect first, and grace your system with the fundamental building block of sonic excellence.
Full Details here
One of the most overlooked facts in Audio is that not even the best power amp and speakers can acheive the sound of a similar active system.
The educated fellows over at What Hi-Fi ? have just completed a very in-depth review of the sensational ATC SCM 100A Towers and in awarding their top '5 Star' accolade they concluded that "tonal neutrality, dynamic reach and deep bass, we haven't heard anything better at this money".
We are offering free upgrade mains cables (WireWorld Stratus 5 - 2m Pair) worth over £200, and free XLR Intreconnects (Chord Cadenza - 3m pair) worth £285 with every ATC Active Loudspeaker ordered this month.
See the full review here.
Hear the wonderful ATC Active Loudspeakers here.
- a very happy HD800 customer......
The sensational Sennheiser HD800's have always been a model on all Headphone lovers pencilled short lists, but with the latest Hi-Fi News GroupTest (May 2011 Issue), the rubber will be out leaving them at the very top !!
Winning the 'Oustanding Product' award, and subsequent 'Group Test Winner'. Keith Howard reported on the Sennheiser HD800's "Vocal tonal balance was neutral.....suitably assertive.....cymbal sound was crisp and clean, the bass tuneful and notaby well extended, the vocal quality smooth and grain free, the overall sound commendably natural and unmolested" - Wow, now that is a review !!
Your £1000 buys you this mighty musical group test winner, but throw in the audio emotion offer of 20% off any matching headphone amplifer, and it becomes incredible value to boot !!
Full TechRadar review here
The latest (May 2011) edition of Hi-Fi World has just hit the shelves, and once again one of our turntables has been awarded the highest '5 Globes' mark.
The Roksan Radius 5.2 with matching Nima tonearm fought of stiff competition from Project, Nottingham Analogue and SRM Tech, with Adam Smith stating "Excellent Stage Depth, Insightful Midrange and Effortless Cohesion" - we agree with Adam !!
Your £1449 buys you a delightful slice of spacious and vivid musicality, and for a limited period audio emotion are offering the lucky buyer one of the following when bought in conjunction with the Roksan Radius 5.2, choose either :
1) 20% discount on the cartridge of your choice
2) Free Roksan Digital Stylus Scales (worth £99)
3) Free Chord Cadenza Interconnect (worth £190)
Full What Hi-Fi review here
Perreaux is a brand which almost all audiophiles will be familiar with - For almost 40 years, these guys in New Zealand have been quietly producing some of the most musical and involving amplifiers that your hard earned money can buy.
2011 is a very exciting time for Perreaux, the introduction of their brand new Audiant 80i Integrated Amplifier has had the industry buzzing, with tales of the perfect tonal balance, huge dynamic headroom, and dexterity mated to impeccable build and super reliability - add in the built in DAC with the reference Sabre ESS Chipset, Moving Magnet Phono stage and a price of £2299, and we really do have something a bit special on our hands this year.
Audio Emotion are offering a free Squeezebox Touch worth £280 for every Perreaux 80i Intergrated Amplifier ordered this month !!
Audiomods (Jeff Spall) Tone Arm - New Series IV
The undisputed king of tone arm perfection Mr Jeff Spall has just re-defined the market once again by introducing the New Series IV Arm.
While the rest of us were watching 'The Great Escape' and pulling a few crackers at the end of last year, Mr Spall was locked away in the depths of his development studio finalising his new 'latest and greatest' engineering achievement to date.
Boasting a host of additional enhancements for 2011 including revised horizontal bearings, cryo treated signal wires, revised micrometer, chrome vta lock, and alloy arm rest, this takes the ground breaking Series III and leaps a few more rungs on the Audio ladder.
TNT Audio have just released their in depth review on the New arm here.
Make no mistake that this should be the arm on your shopping list if you have £2000 aspirations, with a £899 budget !!
We have these in stock now (11th February).
All hail the new price/performance hero from Klipsch !
The Klispch RF-7 II has just been awarded "Best Floorstanding Speakers For Music" by Bestcovery On-line Magazine, commenting "among the best floor standing speakers widely available" - strong praise, but worthy none the less.
Seeing off stiff competition from the likes of KEF, Dynaudio, and Bose, the Klipsch RF-7 II offers the most ridiculous musicality for the investment .
Sporting 101db sensitivity, and engineered with their legendary Tractrix Compression Drivers, and twin 10" Cerametallic Low Frequency Drivers, these Flagship speakers from their Reference Series, have re-defined what is achievable for under £3000.
The stunning Dark Cherry Wood Finish, only serves to underline the premium nature of their top Reference Series product.
Partner with any quality valve or solid state amplifier and prepare for incredible micro and macro dynamics, ridiculous bass extension and sensational rhythm and timing.
And to add the icing on a very musical cake, Audio Emotion are offering 0% finance on the Klipsch RF-7 II (50% deposit, followed by 3 months) and a 30 day money back guarantee.
Call us now on 01333 425 999 to reserve yours.
Full Specification here
German perfectionists Heavens Gate Audio have unleashed their exceptional, high fidelity audio cable range on the UK this month, and boy are you in for a treat.
Christoph Kraemer (the brains behind the brilliance) has spent years researching the interaction between our beloved audio signal and all known conductors, and has actually written a white paper on the subject - after reading, you will understand why this range of cable solution is so special.
The Heavens Gate Audio portfolio covers Digital Cables, Interconnects, Speaker Cables (Including fully matched Bridging Links), Power Cables, and LAN Cables.
Build quality is bordering on the fanatical, with each cable being hand made at the facility in Germany.
With prices starting at £280.00, this is an affordable top end cable option, and one which can define the un-tapped possibilities of your system.
There has been a lot of development work going on at Eastern Electric over the past 2 years, and along with the recent arrival of their astonishing Tube DAC, they have announced their new Reference Pre Amplifier - the Avant.
Taking the accomplishments of the fully tube based Minimax Pre-amp, but adding Remote Control and Fully Balanced Inputs and Outputs, the Avant now ventures into
territory where is has previously never trodden - as with all Eastern Electric components, the Avant will appeal to those looking for Audiophile Performance at an affordable budget.
Boasting Volume and Gain Controls, Phase Control, 4 inputs (1 x Balanced, 3 x Single Ended) and 3 Outputs (1 x Balanced, 2 x Single Ended) not forgetting Tape Out, this Fully Hardwired, Fully Valve based Pre Amplifier is a force to be reckoned with.
For the first 10 lucky customers, we are offering the Eastern Electric Avant Pre Amplifier for £1395.00 along with a free upgraded Chord Superscreen Mains Cable (worth £75).
With the New Year brings yet more audiophile offerings from the leaders in the digital high end audio.
MSB have taken us all by surprise by announcing the hottest product ever to leave their laboratories -enter the MSB Universal Media Transport.
Sporting full compatability for CD, SACD, Blu-Ray, DVD Audio/Video, HDCD, FLAC, DIVX, WAV, HRX, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, this digital transport will become the 'must have' component this year.
So regardless of where your music is stored, or indeed how it is stored, it can be played bit-perfect every time.
Whether you have your music stored on USB Memory Stick, External HDD, Networked Computer or any kind of Disc, let the MSB Universal Media Transport pull the data from the media source, store, rebuild and clock back out using a highly stable clock.....wow.
We can all now remove the word 'compromise' from this area of audio, and embrace a digital solution that genuinely offers the very pinnacle in high fidelity, regardless of the format - now that is big !!
Prices from £3595.00.
Full Specification here
We have long sung the praises of the Verity Loudspeaker range, with ridiculous levels of 'real world' musicality, sublime balance of dynamics, transparency and tonal beauty, fit and finish that would embarass the very best in the business, and a price point that astonishes all who have had the pleasure of auditioning the range.
Well it seems that the secret is out, as Tone Audio has just awarded the Verity Audio Finn Loudspeaker the prestigious 'Product of The Year' - an accolade, that those who know, fully endorse !!
See report here
With Prices from £4795.00, what's stopping you !!
Antelope Audio products are due to arrive with us very soon. We are extremely excited about this range of digital DAC and clocking products from one of the worlds most recognised Pro Audio Brands. This is a unique product in may ways and currently it has no peer at this price point for its feature set/specification. Full details available from the Antelope Website HERE
Prices start at £2395 for the Zodiac Plus rising to £3495 for the Zodiac Gold 2-box reference model.
10% discount available for orders received before 30/11/10 backed with a no quibble 30-day money back guarantee.
Once again one of audio emotion's best selling CD Players scoops the top award.
The Roksan K2 CD Player has just won the Hi-Fi Choice Award for Best CD Player up to £1000 for 2010 - a wonderful achievement, but certainly well deserved.
We have these sensational players available from stock at only £889, so why not give us a call to discover why the Roksan won the most hotly contested category in the audio business !!
Phone - 01333 425 999
Adding to a growing list of admiring reviewers, Daryl Hoffman from Headphonista has just reviewed the stunning Eastern Electric Tube DAC, and after awarding the coveted 'Editors Choice' he stated "the Eastern Electric Tube DAC is an absolute monster. It’s resolving power is off the charts, it handles bass extremely well, and it can take every input known to man".
Strong praise indeed, but wholly justified after you experience it yourself !
For any orders taken from 1st to the 31st of October, we are offering a free Chord Signature Digital Cable (worth £230) - now that is what I call a deal too good to miss.
Full Review here
Roksan Audio have once again picked up the top award from What Hi-Fi?.
The 5 Star rated Roksan M2 Integrated Amplifier was quoted in the October edition as :
"A dynamic sound packed with detail, finesse and rich tonality; excellent build and finish"
This sensational amplifier is in stock and at only £1595.00, must be on your auditioning list.
Full Details here
The amazing Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC receives a brilliant review on 6-moons. You read all about this here
HiFi News (September 2010 issue) has just awarded the Restek MPre+ and Mamps (monos) an outstanding 85% score and a Highly Commended award. These retail for £1295 and £1530 respectively and are available on a 30-day money back guarantee.
After the sensational review resulting in the coveted 'Editors Choice' and group test victory in Hi-Fi News (May 2010) we quickly sold out of our Eastern Electric M520 Integrated Amplifiers - But after a bit of arm twisting at the factory, we have managed to land our stock order 8 weeks early, and have these sensational amplifiers in stock again.
Added to this we are upgrading these with a perfectly matched set of Harma-Diamond Cryogenic EL34 Valves, raising the performance still further. Add in a 5 year warranty, and free delivery, and the £1995.00 price tag seems too good to be true..........it's true, and indeed it is too good !
Call 01333 425 999 now to reserve your musical nirvana.
Audiomods (Jeff Spall) Tone arm series III
Great review just published (click here or use the link below)
We have been shouting from the rooftops for some time now about just what amazing value for money this arm actually is. Make no mistake - any other brand name would have it for sale at £2k+.
At £695 it almost seems too good to be true? Without doubt this arm will go up in price in the very near future. Our advice? Get one while they are still only £695!
Every now and again a product comes along that re-defines what is possible with your Hi-Fi - enter the PurePower Range of Mains Regenerators.
With 3 Models in the line up (PurePower 700i, 1050i and 2000i) there is a suitable unit for all your audio / visual applications.
The PurePower Mains Regenerators are unique in the worldwide market, as they are the only products that resolve all of the 10 mains issues which affect your audio components, namely : Blackouts, Frequency Variation, Transients, Harmonics, Over Voltage, Brownouts, Sags, EMI, RFI, and Surges.
Underlining the extraordinary results that PurePower brings to your Hi-Fi, Bill Gaw from 'Enjoy The Music' on-line magazine has just finished a very lengthy test and review of the models here. (no more needed to be said !!)
Prices from £1595.00
Olive 4 HD on TV ! - Click Here
(Skip to 1hr, 16m, 45s for review)
The Olive 4HD Hi-Fi Music Server redefines the two often conflicting elements of Digital Music Servers - Ease of Use and Audiophile Performance.
With the 'Editors Choice' award from Hi-Fi Choice, this new ground breaking system allows you to fully integrate your entire digital music collection from one high fidelity unit.
- Store up to 20,000 high-resolution HD tracks in 24-bit.
- Access all your digitized music from one centralized library.
- Use the HDMI interface to turn your TV into an oversized colour navigation display
- Hear your music like never before with golden master sound quality.
- Connect all your audio sources to your existing hi-fi system
We have been mightily impressed by the Olive, and can fully understand why Hi-Fi Choice were so bowled over - one can understand why it is being referred to as the 'Music Server for the Audio Connoisseur'.
We have both Black and Silver available from stock - so why not give us a call to take your Digital Music forward to the next level.
Full Review here
The NAD M2 Digital Amplifier has been hailed worldwide as the amplifier of the moment.
Its combination of internal high performance DAC, with multiple digital inputs, and an incredibly articulate and texture filled amplifier signature make this one of the outstanding products of 2010.
TOPS, EXCITE, Innovation 2010, and TAS Product of the Year, are only a few of the awards given to this ground breaking amplifier - using unique 'direct digital feedback', NAD have spent 13 years developing this product, and the result is simply staggering.
Priced at £4995 and deliveries available from the 24th of April , all April orders will receive a free Chord Optichord Digital Cable, along with a free Chord Superscreen Upgrade Mains Cable.
Find out what all the fuss is about.
Luxman CL-88 and MQ-88 Back In Stock !!
It's been far, far too long a wait, but finally we have the sensational