Audio T Southampton Summertime Store & Hi-Fi News!

We may have been quiet on our store blog for a while but we have certainly been busy!

We have just finished a makeover of our store.  It's now looking clean and bright with freshly painted walls and new carpet throughout. 

Here's part of the shop front with walls resplendent in crisp Atlantic Surf, white with a hint of blue, replacing tired old magnolia! The new carpet tones in with both the new shop colour and the dem room.

The dem room walls are painted in soft grey, befitting the lower light conditions required for home cinema.

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To go with our new shiny shop we have a lot of new products to show you.

Here's a taster!

Sony VPL-VW320ES 4K Projector

Sony VPL-VW320ES 4K Projector

Our new Sony VPL-VW320ES 4K projector is producing spectacular images to complement the great sound in our Dolby Atmos dem room. 

Dynaudio Contour S 3.4LE

Dynaudio Contour S 3.4LE

With the demo room in music mode we have been wowed by the awesome sound of these stunning Dynaudio Contour S 3.4LE speakers, in beautiful high gloss Bubinga finish.  Running from a Naim NAC N-272 streamer/pre-amp into our brand new NAP300DR power amplifier, with mains conditioning courtesy of an Isotek Sigmas this system is truly spectacular.  IsoTek's Titan and Mosaic Genesis mains regenerator are currently on hand for those who want to push audio performance to even greater heights!

Interest in vinyl continues to grow and we have some new turntables in store to suit all budgets.  

TEAC TN-300

TEAC TN-300

Teac's TN-300 is a well engineered and beautifully finished record player for £299.95.  Ours looks great in lacquered cherry, one of five superb finishes available.

Rega Planar 2 

Rega Planar 2 

Rega have impressed us with both the superb build quality and performance of the new   Planar 2 and Planar 3 models. Fantastic sound at affordable prices as always from Rega.

Michelle Gyro SE

Michelle Gyro SE

We thought it was time to offer another great British turntable brand so now have a magnificent Michell Gyro SE. Currently fitted with a Dynavector 10X5 it's not just beautifully engineered but sounds superb.  It looks good on our new carpet too!

Moving from source to speakers, we are delighted we now have some of the new PMC Twenty5 range on demo.

PMC twenty5 21

PMC twenty5 21

The Twenty5 21 look splendid in oak.  The cabinets are even better quality than the Twenty 21, our previous favourite compact speaker, and improvements in all key areas have really raised the audio performance to great effect.

PMC twenty5 23

PMC twenty5 23

Twenty5 23 looks set to overtake Twenty 23 as our most popular floorstanding speaker, building on the strengths of the earlier model whilst maintaining the all important compact, domestically acceptable, cabinet.

PMC twenty5 24

PMC twenty5 24

The Twenty5 24 is a revelation, sounding markedly superior than it's predecessor.  Our demo pair look splendid in Amarone finish.  Twenty5 22 and 26 will be in store soon.  We can't wait!

So, we have lots of new products for you to see and listen to in our newly refreshed store.  We look forward to welcoming you into our comfortable demo room very soon.

Alan and John

P.S. Watch this space for exciting news of a very exclusive product range arriving imminently!

New Rega Planar 1 2 & 3 Set The Benchmark For Entry And Mid Priced Turntables

New revised Rega Planar turntables are setting the standard for other manufacturers to follow. The most recent addition is the all new Rega Planar 1 inc Rega Carbon cartridge £248, joining the Rega Planar 2 also with Rega Carbon cartridge £375, and the Rega Planar 3 inc Rega Elys cartridge £625 or excluding cartridge £550.

All three Planar models have been thoroughly reworked, and set new performance levels at their price points. Available in either a gloss black or gloss white plinth they look pretty fabulous too! The red mat is an optional extra.

Just come along to Audio T Brighton with a favourite record or two and have a listen. Make  comparisons between them, and understand just how crucial the record player is in the great scheme of enjoying your music played on vinyl. It is vital, as once the signal leaves the record player that is what you get. So make sure you audition thoroughly to ensure you get the performance and sound you're looking for.

Buy the best you can realistically afford and then sit back and really start enjoying your music. It could be a real ear opener as a better record player can often give you what seems to be an entirely new record collection when you revisit the music and albums you thought you knew well. There is a lot of music in those grooves!

Rega Hi-Fi products are available from the following branches of Audio T: 
BrentwoodBrightonBristolCardiffCheltenhamEnfieldManchesterOxfordPortsmouthPrestonReadingSouthamptonSwanseaSwindon

Quad Artera Play CD Player & Pre-amplifier and Stereo Power Amplifier Arrive

The Quad Artera Play is a compact up to date CD and pre-amplifier that is not just stylish to look at but packed with connections and features that will enable you to enjoy your music from many sources and in many formats.

Ian unboxing the Quad Artera System

So, what connections are we talking about?

When we take a look at the inputs, of course we have the 2 RCA analogue inputs but this being a new QUAD product it also comes complete with a very competent Digital to Analogue Converter (DAC) that has optical, coaxial and USB inputs. This means that you can connect a wide variety of components to great little box of tricks. The DAC will decode through the optical and coaxial inputs from 44.1KHz up to 192KHz and the USB input will decode not only from 44.1KHz all the way up to 384KHz but also comes fully loaded with the ability to deal with DSD files up to DSD 256. This makes this pre-amplifier a very versatile box indeed.

THE QUAD ARTERA SYSTEM

THE QUAD ARTERA SYSTEM

This Artera play also comes with a very good quality cd player built in with a front loading no tray mechanism for a stylish clean look product.

It also has a variety of output connectivity for connecting to other media devices via digital optical and coaxial as well as RCA analogue output and balanced XLR for a solid performance as well as connection.

The Artera play comes with an easy to use remote control but also has limited touchscreen functionality on the display panel keeping the look clean and uncluttered. A quality Hi-Fi product for the modern age!

There is also a matching partner power amplifier being the QUAD Artera Stereo. This power amplifier is very straight forward. Input connectivity gives you the option of RCA analogue and balanced XLR. It has had Quad's patented current dumping technology applied to it, teamed together with a somewhat modest 140 watts per channel means that this is not an amp that you have to be picky when it comes to matching speakers to your amplifier. It will drive the majority of speakers on the market and all without breaking the bank.

All told, we find this new Artera system to be stylish and sleek, easy to use and most importantly offers great sound. A fantastic effort by a reputable manufacturer offering sleek looks, quality sound and great versatility.

Quad Hi-Fi products are available from the following branches of Audio T:
BrentwoodBrightonCardiffCheltenhamEnfieldManchesterOxfordPortsmouthPrestonReadingSouthamptonSwindon

PMC twenty5 22 Standmount Loudspeakers Arrive At Audio T Manchester

Introducing the new PMC twenty5 22's in Oak.

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For those of you familiar with the ever popular PMC twenty range, the visual similarities between the new twenty5 range should be instantly recognizable.

However, that's where those similarities end. The new twenty5 range has had major improvements. And in all the right places too.

We have taken some pictures below and added a little information on the new and current tech PMC have employed in new twenty5 range.

Yes Chromey!!  that's right, it's like a Formula 1 style diffuser baffle. Excellent.   

Yes Chromey!!  that's right, it's like a Formula 1 style diffuser baffle. Excellent.   

Laminair Aerodynamic vent for better air flow through the transmission line. Derived using formula one technology, the Laminair vents offer improved air flow through the advanced transmission line. This reduces resistance, increases efficiency and eliminates air noise.  

Really Sweet Tweet!

Really Sweet Tweet!

 A new improved tweeter gives better dispersion for a wider sound stage. New bass driver using G-weave technology, which helps to achieve increased low frequency, improved mid-range clarity and better linear response.

The wood finish, here in oak, now has an improved veneer. The floorstanders also get new feet and spikes for improved stability and ease of installation.

Oh!  and they are made right here in UK.

So, how do they sound? well for a starter they sound faster, deeper with cleaner bass with greater definition, dynamics and timing. There is sense of space in the reproduction of music and they have a greater ability to handle power. 

But that's our opinion, come along and try them for yourself, we have the 22's and 24's on demonstration at the store.

We hope to see you at the store.

Munir, Mike, Simon, Haden and Dave

PMC Loudspeakers are also available from the following branches of Audio T: BrentwoodBrightonBristol, CardiffCheltenhamEnfieldManchester
PortsmouthSouthamptonSwanseaSwindon

Come And Meet The Designer Of The Audiolab 8300A Amplifier

We have teamed up with Audiolab to give visitors an in depth listening experience, exploring their award-winning range of hi-fi amplifiers, DACs and CD players.

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Audiolab
Listening Session

Audio T Brentwood | August 5th 2pm – 8pm

Audiolab, one of Britain’s most revered audio brands, will be hosting a listening session at Audio-T Brentwood on August 5th, 2pm – 8pm. Hosted by Jan Ertner - designer of the 8300A and the UK sales team, the evening is your chance to discover Audiolab’s signature crisp, transparent sound, their innovative, performance-led design concepts and more importantly, how this can bring excitement and enjoyment to your music collection.

8300 Series Demo and Comparison

Audiolab introduced the full-width 8200 Series components in 2010, combining detailed sound with a user-friendly experience. The quality of these components, in tandem with the now-legendary M-DAC, earned Audiolab more awards in the UK press between 2010 and 2015 than any other brand of high-performance audio electronics.

The new 8300 series brings a whole host of improvements on an already industry-leading product range – for instance the 8300CD adds higher resolution data processing capabilities up to 32-bit/384kHz via USB with DSD compatibility. 

For the 8300A changes are radical – a clean-sheet circuit design ensures that the new amplifier, unquestionably is the best Audiolab has ever made. With versatile operational pre-amp section and a unique dual-mono power amp structure, the new amplifier is brimming with technology. There’s nobody better to tell you about that than project leader and audio designer Jan Ertner, who will be on hand throughout the event.

“Anyone looking for a fully-featured integrated amplifier for less than £1000 simply has to put the Audiolab 8300A at the top of their list” – Hi-Fi World February 2016 (5-Globe and value award Review)

The best just got better: M-DAC+

Also on demo is the new, premium version of the UK’s favourite high performance, multipurpose DAC. The new M-DAC+ sports a cleaner, softer and more modern aesthetic (matching the 8300 series) with DSD compatibility and extended audio resolution. A new internal power supply also is a major contribution to its improved sonic performance.

Only just recently, the Audiolab M-DAC+ has been awarded a five-star review from industry-leading publication What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision:

“Lavishly detailed, fastidiously organized and elegantly straight-edged in its sound, it absolutely demands an audition” – What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision – June 2016

M-ONE new Integrated Amplifier

The new Audiolab M-ONE  is the ideal compact integrated amplifier for modern music lovers, fully equipped to make the most of all forms of audio delivered from every type of playback device.

After being showcased initially at Sound & Vision – The Bristol Show, the M-ONE will also make an appearance at the Audiolab listening session. Set for release in August, the M-ONE harnesses trickle-down DAC technology from its bigger brother, the M-DAC+ combined with class AB amplification with additional aptX Bluetooth support.

There will be exclusive offers available on the day.

We very much look forward to seeing you.

Audiolab M-DAC+

Audiolab M-DAC+

Audiolab Hi-Fi products are available from the following branches of Audio T: BrentwoodBristolCardiffCheltenhamEnfieldManchesterOxford,PortsmouthPrestonReadingSouthamptonSwindon

Project Celebrate Their 25th Anniversary With The New Classic Turntable

Pro-ject's much anticipated 'classic' turntable is here and it has quickly become one of our favorites at the Cardiff store.

Pro-ject Classic Turntable

Pro-ject Classic Turntable

On the year of their 25th anniversary project have unveiled the 'Classic'. Taking inspiration from some famous turntable designs of the past, the Classic is nothing short of gorgeous to look at. Sat on a stunning wooden plinth available in Eucalyptus, Rosenut or Walnut, the turntable reeks of class and sophistication. But don't let the retro looks fool you the classic employs some very modern and original technology and materials that mean it has plenty to offer sonically.

There's a lot to talk about with the turntable, starting with its two-plinth design. Usually with this kind of setup the two plinths would be kept suspended from each other with springs, however the Classic utilises Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE) to isolate the sub-chassis instead. This material is less noisy than springs and provides excellent isolation between the motor and the tonearm, reducing interference. This is all topped off with a beautifully machined aluminum platter.

Speaking of the tonearm, it's a brand new design, the arm tube is made from aluminium, which improves damping and grounding , which is then wrapped in carbon fibre which keeps the arm light but solid. The bearing is also new having been sourced from Japan and has an extremely high tolerance. To top it off the fantastic Ortofon 2m silver cartridge is included in the price of the turntable.

Ortofon 2m silver moving magnet cartridge

Ortofon 2m silver moving magnet cartridge

We tested the classic in store through the Cyrus Phono Signature phono stage, Nytech CP202 and CPA402 Pre and power combination and then a pair of Spendor A6r loudspeakers. The result was astonishing. The Classic delivered a clear crisp presentation while having plenty of warmth, tight controlled bass combined with a beautifully defined mid range and lovely crisp high end, without being overbearing at all. This is a really musical turntable and an absolute treat to listen to.

We think Project have come up with a real winner here, the Classic is available for demonstration in store now! Please get in contact with us to book a session, it's well worth it!

Pro-ject Hi-Fi Products are available from the following branches of Audio T: 
BrentwoodBristolCardiffCheltenhamEnfieldManchesterOnlineOxfordPortsmouthPrestonReadingSwanseaSwindon

4K Ultra HD Home Cinema Event At Audio T Manchester

You may have heard about our upcoming 4K event and are excited as we are!

The event will take place in our Manchester branch and will feature native 4K picture with HDR from the superlative Sony VPL-HW320es underpinned with a full Dolby Atmos and DTS X demonstration powered by the Yamaha pre/power CX-A5100 and MX-A5000 behemoth.

The front end will be taken care of by the award winning KEF R series AV speaker package.

With 4K content from a hard drive and Blu-ray Ultra HD for our movie enthusiasts and high definition music played directly from our network drive for our music lovers, all tastes will be catered for.

Representatives from the industry will also be there to help with discussions about the set up on the day.

Members of staff will also be on hand to help with any questions you may have about the equipment on display.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Dave, Munir, Mike and Simon

New Rega Planar 2 Turntable Arrives At Audio T Cheltenham

Rega have been at it again. Following the recent release of the Rega Planar 3 turntable they have now resurrected the classic Rega Planar 2.

The new Rega Planar 2

The new Rega Planar 2

Over the last two years the new Planar 2 has been developed alongside the new Planar 3. 

Many new design features have been incorporated in the new Planar 2:

Tonearm: The brand new RB220 tonearm has been incorporated. Offering new ultra low friction bearings housed within a brand new stiffer light weight bearing housing. New automatic bias adjustment making the Planar 2 almost completely plug and play. (You just need to balance the tonearm and apply the tracking force).

The new RB220 Tonearm

The new RB220 Tonearm

Hub Bearing: A new 11mm self securing brass bearing is fitted offering extremely tight tolerances.

Plinth: Available in high gloss black or high gloss white the new acrylic laminated plinth offers greatly  improved stiffness and rigidity. The much improved appearance is enhanced by locating the switch on the underside of the plinth.

Platter: A new 10mm glass platter is fitted offering greater accuracy.

Feet: New re-designed anti vibration feet offering increased stability.

The new Planar 2 comes fitted with Rega's Carbon moving magnet cartridge. This is an ideal starter cartridge but the overall quality of the turntable really does deserve a higher quality pick up. We would recommend either the Rega Bias 2 (£79.00) or the Elys 2 (119.00)

Listening - On first setting the turntable up (This took about a minute) it was instantly apparent that the new Rega Planar 2 has set a new benchmark at this price point. Speed stability is excellent, giving great timing to the music. There are excellent levels of detail (Even with the basis Carbon Cartridge) and a very tight extended bass response. The soundstage and imaging are as good as it gets at this level. On fitting a superior cartridge things just got better proving the merits of the Planar 2.

Rega continue to lead the field in turntables at virtually every price point. The new Rega Planar 2 really has set a new standard at its level.

An audition is highly recommended.

Rega Hi-Fi products are available from the following branches of Audio T: BrentwoodBrightonBristolCardiffCheltenhamEnfieldManchesterOxford,PortsmouthPrestonReadingSouthamptonSwanseaSwindon

Audio T Brighton Special Offers: Naim, Chord Co, Denon, Music Works, Quadraspire, Restek

From time to time we have some used items available, some of which are not on our clearance listing.

All covered by our 3 month warranty on second hand equipment.

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restek concret cd Player £275

restek concret cd Player £275

Roksan Caspian M series 1 CD £380

Roksan Caspian M series 1 CD £380

Naim NAC 72K pre amp £350

Naim NAC 72K pre amp £350

Naim Hicap Power Supply £350 - 

Naim Hicap Power Supply £350 - 

Denon DRM510 cassette £60

Denon DRM510 cassette £60

Naim NAP250 £650

Naim NAP250 £650

Naim NAP135 pair £1750

Naim NAP135 pair £1750

Naim SBL’s passive black £750

Naim SBL’s passive black £750

Naim NACA A5 White 2 x 6 mtr inc Naim 4mm plugs £125

Naim NACA A5 White 2 x 6 mtr inc Naim 4mm plugs £125

Music Works 6 way mega block £100

Music Works 6 way mega block £100

Music Works IEC mains lead £45 x2

Music Works IEC mains lead £45 x2

Music Works IEC Plus mains lead £60

Music Works IEC Plus mains lead £60

Chord Cobra 2RCA to 5Din £45

Chord Cobra 2RCA to 5Din £45

Chord Chameleon 2RCA to 5Din £70

Chord Chameleon 2RCA to 5Din £70

Quadraspire Q4 6 shelf stand 140mm columns £300

Quadraspire Q4 6 shelf stand 140mm columns £300

Linn Trampolin Mk 1 £45

Linn Trampolin Mk 1 £45