A Big Thank You to Everyone Who Made Our Naim Uniti Event a Great Success

We had a great time at our Naim Uniti Roadshow event at The White Horse Hotel on Tuesday evening.  

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Thanks to all who attended and much gratitude to Naim for making the event possible, especially Daniel Raggett (against the wall) for helping us to ensure everything went smoothly, Naim guru Phil Harris for answering technical questions, and most importantly, Naim brand ambassador, Jason Gould (by the left speaker) for his entertaining and informative presentation of the new Uniti range, all the more remarkable considering how jet lagged Jason was, having just got off the plane from Rocky Mountain Fest!

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The Stables event room at The White Horse, as ever, looked great and, I'm sure all who attended will agree, that the sound was superb, even the baby Atom making a tremendous job of driving the PMC Twenty5 26 speakers.  It's not the usual pairing; compact £2000 system with large £7350 floor standers, especially given the scale of the room with vaulted ceiling, but it's testament to the capabilities of the new Uniti range and explains why the products took a bit longer than expected coming to market.  It was well worth the wait.  Unsurprisingly, the bigger Uniti Star and Uniti Nova sounded even more effortless with their enhanced control of the big PMCs.  A Uniti Core CD ripper and server provided the music for all three Uniti systems.

Those who didn't make it to our Naim Uniti event, and missed out on the chance to win a Naim Mu-so QB,  are welcome to join us, once again at The White Horse, at 7:30pm Thursday 9th November, for a spectacular Arcam Cinema event, also featuring PMC speakers, Sony projector and Chord cables.  We will be showing a full length movie for an authentic cinema experience and you might even win an Arcam rPlay music streamer worth £399.00!

See you soon,

Alan and John

Join us in Uniti on Thursday 9th of November at Jurys Inn Brighton

On Thursday 9th of November we will be showing the new Uniti range from Naim Audio, at the Jurys Inn located at Brighton Station

We will be joined by representatives from Naim Audio, who will not only demonstrate the products but answer any questions you may have about them.

It all begins with the Uniti Core

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NAIM UNITI CORE

From there you are able to add your network player of choice, starting with the Uniti Atom.

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Naim Uniti Atom

If you have a larger room or even a larger room and bigger speakers it could be the Uniti Nova that would suit you best.

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NAIM UNITI NOVA

If you are one of those people who like to still play CDs and also have the ability to rip them to some local storage such as an SD card or USB drive then the Uniti Star would be just the job for you.

Naim Uniti Star

Naim Uniti Star

We will be demonstrating these through a pair of ProAc Response D20R loudspeakers and the ProAc representative will also be there if you have any questions regarding their speakers.

So please don't be shy, come along and experience an evening of great products and great tunes, tickets can be booked here, if that isn't enough all attendees can enter our FREE prize draw* to win one of 3 Mu-So QB's worth £649 each.

*T&Cs apply. Mu-So Qb prizes are for the entire roadshow not per event. One entry per person. Prize draw will take place after the final roadshow event on the 9th November and the lucky winners notified by phone or email and published in the Audio T eClub newsletter.

Julian, Paul & John look forward to seeing you on the night.

Naim Uniti products are stocked at all branches of Audio T.

ProAc loudspeakers are stocked in Brighton and Preston.

Rega Apollo CD Player and Brio Amplifier Two Compact Hi-Fi Wonders

We've been playing with the latest versions of the Rega Apollo CD player and Brio Amplifier and are loving the music they make.

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The new Rega Brio is an improved version of an old shop favourite. Not only has the casework been redesigned but the circuitry has been given a good going over and now includes a high quality headphone amp for all you can fans out there. Of course, being Rega, there is still the great moving magnet phono stage for your precious turntable!

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The Rega Apollo CD player is another tried and trusted favourite of the shop. It has also been re-housed in the new sleek casework. With its manual lid and push on CD mechanism it gives a little bit of the turntable experience to CD users.

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I could talk for ages about technical specs and improvement, but the thing about these little bricks is they just make great music sound great. Most of all they're fun to listen to. Partner them up with some good interconnects and speakers of your choice - we've been having fun using the new B&W 707, or the Dali Zensor 3, or of course Rega's own RX1 and they sing. Kraftwerk's wonderful "3D the Catalogue" is rich and full of texture whilst on the album "Haunted" by Poe her vocals come across with wonderful warmth and clarity. They'll handle any music that you throw at them with ease and aplomb. Another hit for British made Hi-Fi!

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So to sum up, with their sleek new styling and improved features the Rega Brio and Apollo continue to make music with a great sense of fun.

Come and have a look and listen we know you'll enjoy what you hear.

Paul, Francis, Jason and of course Boswell at Audio T Brentwood.

Rega Hi-Fi products are also available from the following branches of Audio T:
BrightonBristolCardiffCheltenhamEnfieldManchesterOxfordPortsmouthPrestonReading,SouthamptonSwanseaSwindon

Return Of The Black! We Take A Closer Look At The New Arcam irDAC II DAC And Headphone Amplifier

We take a closer look at the Arcam irDAC II digital to analogue converter and headphone amplifier. With the current revival of high quality headphone listening, it was with interest we learned that Arcam's replacement for their much admired irDAC would sport the headphone output stage from their £4000 FMJ A49 stereo amplifier.

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Handily, the digital out socket has been replaced with variable output analogue RCA phonos. This enables the unit to be used with a power amp or a pair of active loudspeakers which are often the choice of the desk bound audiophile. We also lose the USB-a port but keep the asynchronous USB-b port and Bluetooth functionality. It's also worth noting that the Arcam irDAC-II is capable of DSD128 replay.

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Arcam were the first company to launch an outboard DAC way back in 1987 (with the revolutionary Black Box) and they re-entered the DAC market with the rDAC a few years ago. The brief for this unit was to produce an enhanced design that would raise performance and improve ease of use by a significant margin over the existing rDAC. Arcam tell me that their engineers have worked hard to isolate the digital and analogue stages and develop ultra low noise power supplies to reduce digital jitter to vanishingly low levels.

All of the inputs can be controlled through an IR remote control that will also give you transport control of a PC or Mac USB source.

So how does it sound?
Well, very good indeed. We partnered it with KEF's revered LS50 stand mount speakers, Arcam's own very capable A39 integrated amplifier and rPlay music source. It was an immediate improvement over the DAC in the rPlay – itself no slouch. Spacial information was much more apparent, instruments were solid and punchy with a much fuller, fruitier soundstage. It didn't seem to favour any particular musical style, be it the finely etched Laura Marling “Soothing”, Fink's intimate live recording of “Trouble's What You're In” or the pounding beats of Gentleman's Dub Club.

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It's on demonstration in our music salon as we speak. Why not pop over and give it a try? We'll make you a brew while you settle in and immerse yourself in the music.

Arcam Hi-Fi products are available from the following branches of Audio T:
BrentwoodCardiffCheltenhamEnfieldOxfordPortsmouthPrestonReadingSouthamptonSwanseaSwindon

Naim Uniti Nova Music Player Shines Brightly

The long awaited Naim Uniti Nova has finally arrived. Joining its little brothers the Uniti Atom and the soon to be released Uniti Star the flagship of the Uniti range has a stellar (sic!) performance and it is beautiful too.

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This is effectively the replacement for the Superuniti, but it is a completely revamped streaming system. With an 80W Naim class A/B amplifier it sounds amazing. We've been playing it with PMC and Russell K speakers to great effect. It will stream music across your network, has Tidal and Spotify built in, plays internet radio and has a USB input that will allow playback from an external drive.

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The build quality is superb borrowing the beautiful silky volume control we first saw on the Naim Mu-So devices and as for the display...

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This high quality LCD screen, with its built in proximity sensor, is easily visible from a distance and displays album art with great flair. There is also a bi-directional remote whose styling mirrors the unit and its volume indicators. Of course the Naim App can be used to control the Uniti Nova as well. There will be a version with DAB/FM radio in the near future as well and we will be able to retro fit that for you if you wish to upgrade the unit in the future.

So if you want an elegant one box system with that wonderful Naim musicality, battleship construction, ease of use, and the ability to drive almost any speaker, you really don't need to look any further than the Naim Uniti Nova

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Why not come in and have a look and listen or join us as one of our many Naim Uniti events over the next couple of months.

Naim Hi-Fi products are available from all branches of Audio T.
BrentwoodBrightonBristolCardiffCheltenhamEnfieldManchesterOxfordPortsmouthPrestonReadingSouthamptonSwanseaSwindon

Catch of The Day. Latest Products from Naim, Rega & Acoustic Energy .

Caught at last!:

They may well be seven months late but oh boy was it worth the wait; finally we have the fantastic Naim Uniti Atom & Uniti Nova on demo and (limited quantities) in stock!

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Naim uniti atom

Naim uniti nova

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Straight out the box these really impressed but fully run-in they are nothing short of astonishing; seemingly able to drive almost any of our speakers. Finally, all-in-one systems that don't mean one has to use with small or budget speakers. 

The latest haul from Rega:

Rega's fabulous new Ania MC cartridge and the Fono MC phono stage have also been 'landed' here as well as the much anticipated RP6 replacement, the all new Planar 6 turntable, now available for demonstration; 'another big step for'... Rega well done guys! Full details available here.

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rega planar 6 inc. ania mc cartridge

details: twin layer glass platter and machined hub

details: twin layer glass platter and machined hub

ania mc cartridge available separately £495

ania mc cartridge available separately £495

rega fono mc £248 (also avalable, new version fono mm £198)

rega fono mc £248 (also avalable, new version fono mm £198)

fono mc rear showing dip switches for load and gain adjustment

fono mc rear showing dip switches for load and gain adjustment

 

'Caught, landed and fully prepared': 

Acoustic Energy's brand new AE109 is now on demo. At last a sub £500 (£549 in black) floor-standing loudspeaker that really shines. Stupendous value we think.

all new acoustic energy ae109 also available in walnut £499.99

all new acoustic energy ae109 also available in walnut £499.99

Rega Turntables Are Superb And We Couldn't Make It Any Planar

Here at Audio T Preston we are pleased and proud to say that we stock the entire British made Rega Planar turntable range, from the modest entry level Planar 1, all the way up to the range topping RP10.

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This is a great entry level record player for anyone starting out listening to vinyl. It's easy to set up, and you can buy with confidence knowing that you are buying British and getting the best performance you can buy at this price point. The RB110 tonearm with the Rega Carbon cartridge combination works really well together. It sounds great and is easy to use and easy on the pocket. The P1 is available in two different finishes black and white and costs just £248 and is excellent value for money.

Rega Planar 1 Rega's entry level turntable

Rega Planar 1 Rega's entry level turntable

Rega Planar 2.
The next step up the Rega record player ladder is the P2. Whilst this turntable shares the Rega Carbon cartridge with the Planar 1, this is where the similarities end. The Planar 2 has the RB220 tonearm, which requires minimal set up to get the best from your vinyl collection. It also introduces a heavier glass platter, which increases performance. Like the Planar 1 this turntable is available in black and white finishes and costs only £375.

Rega Planar 2 Turntable

Rega Planar 2 Turntable

Rega Planar 3.
This multi-award winning incarnation of an iconic turntable has managed to improve vinyl reproduction even further. With structural bracing top and bottom between the sub platter and the RB330 tonearm, this turntable has been the benchmark model for avid vinyl listeners for many years. The RB330 arm requires the standard set up, however for even better performance this can be purchased with a variety of Rega's own cartridges to improve sound quality. We're on hand to guide you with the set up and offer a cartridge fitting service so that your music sounds as good as this turntable can reproduce. The Planar 3 is available in black and white finishes.

The Rega P3 record player

The Rega P3 record player

Rega Planar 6.
The newest edition to the range features the Neo PSU electronic speed change, advanced anti-vibration control and user adjustable electronic fine speed adjustment which until now was only found on the RP10. With a two tone black finish, dark matt grey at the top and high gloss black around the edges, this player looks stunning. We have our Planar 6 fitted with the Ania moving coil cartridge and the performance is outstanding. The Planar 6 can also be purchased with Rega Exact moving magnet cartridge.

Rega P6 turntable

Rega P6 turntable

Rega RP8
The RP8 is a ground breaking turntable which takes Rega’s design further than ever before. With low mass, high rigidity plinths combined with an electronically controlled low vibration motor, it makes this player a true force to be reckoned with. The RP8 is the first of Rega's “skeletal” design turntables with a new plinth using custom materials and the RB808 tonearm. Our demonstration RP8 is complete with the Apheta 2 MC cartridge. You can also get it with the new Ania MC cartridge.

Rega RP8 turntable

Rega RP8 turntable

Rega RP10.
As with the RP8, the RP10 utilises the skeletal design and space age materials, however the RP10 is fitted with the RB2000 tonearm, which is simply stunning both in appearance and in performance. The RB2000 tonearm requires the standard set up (we can fit this for you) and has a ceramic platter and a dedicated power supply, which is the same size as Rega's Brio amplifier. The combination of the changes from the RP8 to the RP10 make a huge difference in performance and make this turntable the one to aspire to own. The only way to truly appreciate just how good your music on vinyl can sound, is to bring it in and take any Rega record player for a spin in our comfortable demonstration rooms. 

The range topping Rega RP10 record player

The range topping Rega RP10 record player

Thanks for reading and we look forward to seeing you in store soon.

Ian, Gavin and Andy - Audio T Preston

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

All New Bowers And Wilkins 700 Series With 800 Diamond Tech Make A Beautiful Noise

Introducing the new 700 series from Bowers and Wilkins. Our eyes are usually first to draw an opinion and we like what we see. Bowers & Wilkins have always had a reputation for creating some of the most undeniably beautiful and great sounding speakers on the planet i.e. Nautilus

The brand new 700 series has not been neglected nor skipped in design or quality and should be enough to convert anyone who isn't a fan of  'big speakers'. B&W have ditched their distinctive yellow cone for a slicker silver and black one and they do look the business.

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The 700 series cabinet is quality as always, shown here in gloss black but it is also available in satin white and rosewood finishes. The new range also utilises tech from the flagship 800 series, which is stocked at out our Cardiff branch. Most notable is the new carbon coated tweeter, similar to 800 series but at less cost. Aerofoil bass cones, were developed using a computer and which varies the thickness and gauge of the drive unit as the distance from the centre phase cone increases makes big improvements to bass response. Aerofoil tech is taken directly from the 800 series.

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The B&W 703's are out on display and now in our demo room in Manchester.

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B&W have developed a new mid drive unit using a patented technology called Continuum weave technique, which is very lightweight but also tough and it makes the mid driver very easy to manipulate when dealing with the break up of mid range frequencies.

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Other notable changes, which again, stem from the 800 series include decoupling the mid range unit. Since mid range frequencies are what we are most receptive to, for example, vocals and talking, this is where we are going hear things that don't sound quite right, which is more commonly referred to in the Hi-Fi world as colouration. By decoupling the mid drive unit from the cabinet, which will be vibrating predominantly from lower frequencies, this isolates and drastically reduces any transient/ interfering harmonics generated by the other drive units, which results in a clearer sound quality.

Chromey is taking full advantage of the new floating drive unit in the 700 series. Chill out dude, chill out. 

Chromey is taking full advantage of the new floating drive unit in the 700 series. Chill out dude, chill out. 

Bowers and Wilkins have also added two centre speakers to the new range. The new HTM72 S2. and the larger HTM71 S2 which will be added to our range later.

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Our new 700 series is out on display and ready to demonstrate. Pop over to Audio T Manchester and take a look and listen. 

Dave, Simon, Mike, Haden and Munir should be on hand to help.

Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers and Hi-Fi are available from the following branches of Audio T.
BrentwoodBrightonBristolCardiffEnfieldManchesterOxfordPortsmouthPrestonReadingSouthamptonSwanseaSwindon

Michell Gyrodec Turntable Build And Set Up

In this month’s blog from Audio T Cardiff we thought we would take you step by step through a Michell Gyrodec turntable build and set up..

The system we have chosen consists of Michell Gyrodec including Techno arm, HR power supply and Ortofon 2m Black cartridge. Leema essentials phono stage, NYTECH CP202/CPA402 and Spendor A1.

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Displayed below we have the packaging of the Gyrodec including all relevant parts for building. We have removed the top section here, which contains the clear acrylic plinth with a fitted, hinged lid.

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Acylic plinth with hinged lid.

Acylic plinth with hinged lid.

One of the first jobs in the build is to fit the adjustable threaded feet x3.

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Now the feet are in place the plinth can be put in position over the separate motor housing. At this point we also level off the plinth by adjusting the threads on the three feet.

Plinth levelled correctly with motor in place.

Plinth levelled correctly with motor in place.

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Next, you can see above the labelled suspension springs ready to be fitted to their relevant points and below the initial collar is being gently placed over the first spindle.

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All three collars in place ready to take the suspension springs.

All three collars in place ready to take the suspension springs.

Suspension springs threaded onto the collar ready for adjustment.

Suspension springs threaded onto the collar ready for adjustment.

Gyro chassis ready for the Techno tonearm.

Gyro chassis ready for the Techno tonearm.

Above we have the last spacer/thread fitting to the Gyro chassis and below the Techno arm being placed before being screwed down.

Offering arm to Gyro chassis.

Offering arm to Gyro chassis.

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Tonearm cables can now be dressed correctly on the underside of the chassis. The tonearm is earthed to the chassis.

Chassis placed over springs with bearing with housing now in place

Chassis placed over springs with bearing with housing now in place

Above the cartridge has been fitted to the arm and the bearing housing has been attahced to the main chassis of the Gyrodec. The main chassis is then placed over the suspension springs ready for the platter and then levelling.

View from above before the platter is placed over the bearing and spindle.

View from above before the platter is placed over the bearing and spindle.

Platter in place from the front of the turntable.

Platter in place from the front of the turntable.

Platter in place - view from above.

Platter in place - view from above.

Once the platter is in place and the belt fitted around motor pulley and turntable platter we can level the suspension using the threads on the top of the suspension springs. Once the platter is level and the drive belt sits nicely on platter and pulley, we can start making adjustments to the cartridge position, arm height and lastly the tracking force for the cartridge. Before we continue with the arm and cartridge adjustments we can now fit the finishing caps to the suspension springs.

Arm height adjusted using the three point mount collar and thread.

Arm height adjusted using the three point mount collar and thread.

Adjusting tracking force for cartridge using the Pro-ject "measure it".

Adjusting tracking force for cartridge using the Pro-ject "measure it".

Michell Gyrodec complete with record clamp

Michell Gyrodec complete with record clamp

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Michell turntables are available to order from all Audio T shops. We currently have a Gyro SE on demonstration in Manchester, Enfield and Southampton so come and take it for a spin!

Film Night Featuring Home Cinema System From Arcam PMC And Chord Co Cables

Hot on the heels of our Naim Uniti roadshow we are delighted to announce that we will be hosting another exciting event at The White Horse Hotel, Romsey on Thursday 9th November.

We are very proud that our store is designated a Centre of Cinematic Excellence by Arcam. 

This will be a unique opportunity to experience a truly high end Cinema system featuring Arcam's awesome amplification.

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powering a potent PMC theatre speaker package.

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The system will be fully wired with The Chord Company cables...

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with 4K HDR picture provided by the stunning new Sony VPL-VW760ES 4K SXRD projector...

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We plan to make the most of the splendid, spacious venue of The Stables at The White Horse Hotel and run a full length feature film to showcase just how totally immersive the experience of a top notch Home Cinema system can be.  

We can't promise ice cream and popcorn but there will be an intermission for refreshments from the hotel bar and plenty of opportunity to chat to us or company representatives.

Special offers will be available exclusively at the film event as well as a prize draw to win an Arcam rPlay worth £399. (No purchase necessary).

Arcam rPlay worth £399 in our free to enter prize draw.

Arcam rPlay worth £399 in our free to enter prize draw.

If you are planning a home cinema it's an ideal opportunity to get technical advice about screens, projectors, speaker and cable choice, set up and positioning plus Arcam's AV solutions and DIRAC room calibration, as experts from Arcam, PMC, Chord and Sony all plan to be there.

Doors open at 7.30pm on Thursday 9th November. 

A limited number of free tickets available, so to be sure to reserve your place click here.

We very much look forward to seeing you there,

Alan and John