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In conversation with ............. Oliver Thomas from PMC

Oliver Thomas is the Commercial Director at PMC. With a wide reaching role that encompasses Products, technical and all things engineering, Ollie leads the technical teams of product development, R&D, Service, quality and production engineering. He also ensures that new products are released with the right message and strategies to make them successful.

In his own words "I like to make things, to create things. I always have. Whether those things are racing cars, electronics or speakers. The world of audio is full of wonderful and weird humans, and that is why I fit in here"

We caught up with Ollie virtually to ask him some questions about PMC, R&D and specifically the new Active Twenty5 series.

We're excited to get our hands on the new active Twenty5 range. We've had plenty of experience with active speakers over the years but it hasn't always been positive. My guess is it is very much down to the application. However we're seeing a trend towards reducing the box count without reducing the performance so this product is exciting to us. We're also huge fans of the Twenty5 series and we think it is genius that you're allowing active as a retrofit. Well done for that alone.
What was the motivation to produce an active version of the Twenty5 series?

As you can guess from the retrofit ability, we have been wanting to create an active version for the twenty5 series since the passive range was originally designed! As an Audio company building numerous active designs for the Professional studio market we have wanted to apply some of that technology in our HiFi products

What could PMC achieve her that they could not passively? What advantages do you feel "active" offers other than reduced box count?

Active crossovers can be more accurate, both in terms of the crossover knee shape and roll off gradient and phase relationship.

What does the development cycle of a product like this and how many people worked on it?

We had involvement from 4 key engineers on this project with a development schedule of 7 months. This project followed the same process as with all new products; Design concept, specification, development, preproduction & release testing, and product launch.
I enjoyed close involvement in the voicing stage, working with a number of our excellent engineers to perfect the final sound of the products.

Like any product the Twenty5 series are built to a price. Were you able to solve any problems with the active crossover and amplifiers? I'm thinking of cabinet issues for example.

Typically there are no significant cabinet issues in any of our designs, no matter how large and expensive, right down the least costly in the range, they are all well braced cabinet construction from optimised materials and all with our trademark ATL labyrinth inside, Which inherently brings additional bracing panels to a design.
The active crossovers definitely allowed us to refine some elements of the low frequency sound reproduction, but also, due to the added crossover accuracy, allowed us to improve the mid and high end to, if you back to back compare with the passive version.

How big a part does listening have on the development of new products? Do you ever use other brands in comparison?

The PMC mantra is; Design, simulate, listen, measure – repeat!
Every change is listened to, to the extent that at the end of a hard days development, we’ve heard the same track 200 times and the ears feel tired!
We absolutely benchmark ourselves against a number of reference points – from previous and current PMC designs, to a variety from competitor offerings. It’s key to be aware of what everyone else is producing, looking outwardly as well as inwardly.

The active modules you used; were they unique for this product or did you repurpose and develop other designs you had within the PMC family?

The circuit topology is very similar to that of our result6 professional product, whilst the amplifier and power supply modules are derived from our other active professional products of studio grade pedigree.

Loudspeaker design has evolved but never seems to make a quantum leap. I'm thinking in terms of conventional drive units and box cabinets. Why is that? Do you feel that you're close to hitting the limit of what can be done with a wooden box featuring drive units that move air in the conventional fashion?

I feel that we were close to the upper limit of what could be achieved back in the early 90’s, all things considered with the way we typically reproduce sound. There are still some significant steps to come, especially from PMC over the next few years, and then we are looking to the long term future and investing in R&D to find that big leap in audio reproduction technology.

What do you envisage might come in the future?

Very small, incredibly efficient transducers

This is exciting, especially considering the space limitations that face many listeners. What else excites you as a designer and what would your dream project be?

True R&D. Creating designs which are unique, innovative and pioneering with new aspects of performance or design features not used previously.

In the world of audio what other brands do you respect and find interesting from a design point of view? Are there any that you would love to have worked on?

I love the technical prowess of BOSE, I get the feeling everyone there is passionate about all aspects of audio technology and bringing high quality to the masses. They have over 4000 patents!
I am impressed at the brand image of Sennheiser, leading with trust and integrity.
I really respect the creativity and beautiful designs that have come out of B&O for the last many decades. I would have loved to be involved in something like the Beocenter, which is such a complete all-rounder product and beautiful piece of industrial design.

What equipment do you use at home?

I have mixture of PMC ci speakers in the house and fact8’s as my main lounge stereo. I power them with a Cor amplifier. Amongst a variety of musical sources are my Direct Drive turntables, for DJing

We'd like to thank Oliver for his time, his insight and his answers.

Discover more about PMC here.

We are hosting a PMC Active Twenty5 launch at our store on Friday the 21st of June from 12.00 till 5.00. PMC will be joining us and you're welcome to attend and discover and hear more. Everybody welcome and the event does not require a ticket. Light refreshments provided.


Rega launch the first of a new range of MM Cartridges

Nd3 will replace the Elys and sell for £175. It's now on demo and you can see more info here.

Replacing the multi award winning Elys 2, the all new Nd3 moving magnet cartridge was developed over 10 years and promises to deliver ‘next level’ performance from moving magnet technology. The Nd range (patent pending) we believe is a world first MM to use ultra-high powered Neodymium magnets which allow us to create this totally unique design.

Nd3 new

The all new Nd3 moving magnet cartridge was developed over 10 years and promises to deliver ‘next level’ performance from moving magnet technology. The Nd range(patent pending) we believe is a world first to use ultra-high powered Neodymium magnets which allow us to create this totally unique design.


Advanced Technology

Each Nd3 is meticulously hand-made by our highly skilled technicians. The design uses brand new generator geometry with perfect symmetry to achieve highly accurate channel balance. The Nd3 also has an optimised pole gap for superior linearity and cross talk characteristics. This new cartridge is created with miniaturised parallel coils which are wound in house utilising 38-micron wire with just 1275 turns. This produces a low inductance, low impedance generator giving vastly improved high frequency response. In keeping with our commitment to sustainability, the Nd range is supplied in 100% recyclable packaging.

Key Features

  • Elliptical profile stylus
  • Aluminium cantilever
  • Neodymium magnet
  • Unique generator
  • Rega 3 point mounting system
  • Highly rigid lightweight PPS body
  • Handmade stereo cartridge
  • 100% recyclable packaging
  • Lifetime warranty against manufacture defects

Cyrus offer 40th Year Promotion

Available soon as a finish option on the P3 and at a standard price.

Cyrus Audio 40th Anniversary Bundles are as follows;

Get in touch to discuss how you can benefit from these offers and to have a listen.

Available until the end of June 2024.

Bundle 1

i9-XR + PSU-XR - Saving £1000

Bundle SRP £5990

Bundle Promo Price £4990

Bundle 2

i9-XR + CDt-XR - Saving £1400

Bundle SRP £6390

Bundle Promo Price £4990

Bundle 3

CDi-XR + PSU-XR - Saving £800

Bundle SRP £4790

Bundle Price £3990

Bundle 4

CDt-XR + PSU-XR - Saving £1000

Bundle SRP £5190

Bundle Price £4190

Bundle 5

Pre-XR + Power-XR - Saving £1600

Bundle SRP £7590

Bundle Price £5990

Bundle 6

Power-XR + PSU-XR - Saving £900

Bundle SRP - £5390

Bundle Price - £4490

Bundle 7

i9-XR + Stream-XR - Saving £600

Bundle SRP - £6090

Bundle Price - £5490

Bundle 8

Pre-XR + PSU-XR - Saving £2000

Bundle SRP - £6990

Bundle Price - £4990

Classic Series Bundles

Bundle 9

Classic PRE + Classic POWER - Saving £1000

Bundle SRP - £4990

Bundle Price - £3990

Bundle 10

CDi + PSX-R2 - Saving £500

Bundle SRP - £2590

Bundle Price - £2090

Bundle 11

Classic POWER + PSX-R2 - Saving £500

Bundle SRP - £3390

Bundle Price - £2890


PMC "Activate" the .25 series

Not only are PMC launching Active versions of their award winning Twenty5 series, but they're allowing existing owners of this series to have amplifiers fitted inside their speakers.

Active marries amplification to the speaker directly and internally. This means the amp drives each unit directly and is set up precisely to meet that drive units exact characteristics. The end result is an elegant audio system with less boxes! All you need is a streamer with a variable output or a pre-amp if you have multiple sources.

PMC introduces an elegantly simple solution for any music lover – the Active twenty5i series. With optimised amplification built into every speaker, all you need is a preamplifier or streamer with an output volume control to create a world-class music system.

At PMC, we're always striving for a closer connection with the music through greater transparency, purity and resolution. For over 30 years, we've been applying this thinking in the professional world through active speakers, with precision analogue crossovers feeding dedicated amplification optimised for each drive unit.

With the new Active twenty5i series, we're bringing this approach to the best-selling twenty5i speaker series, with integrated electronics and amplification enabling superb performance and a fuss-free system without needing a separate power amplifier or integrated amp. Add a preamp or streaming device, and you have a complete high-resolution system without the clutter of multiple hi-fi components.

In the Active twenty5i series, each driver is directly coupled to an ideally matched 100W power amplifier, able to control the driver with a vice-like grip. Ahead of the power amps, a meticulously modelled analogue crossover splits the incoming signal, so each amplifier is only handling the frequencies appropriate to the driver it's powering, guaranteeing ideal driver integration and a staggeringly pure, natural, and free-breathing sound.

It's an elegantly simple solution for any music lover, reinventing the twenty5i speakers with even greater resolution and control and bringing you even closer to the music.

We are eagerly awaiting our demo stock. We're also awaiting the kits to modify existing customers speakers. We'll keep you informed when they're on demo. We understand that 4 models will be available.

Expected Mid April


Interview with Rob Watts from Chord Electronics

Rob Watts is a renowned British audio engineer and designer specializing in digital-to-analog converters (DACs). With decades of experience in the field, Watts has become synonymous with high-fidelity audio reproduction. His work emphasizes cutting-edge technology and innovative approaches to achieve exceptional sound quality.

Notably, Watts is recognized for his tenure at Chord Electronics, where he served as the company's Digital Design Consultant. During his time at Chord, Watts developed a series of groundbreaking DACs, including the Hugo, Hugo 2, and Dave models, which have received widespread acclaim for their unparalleled sound performance.

Watts's designs are characterized by his unique use of FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) technology, which enables him to implement highly advanced digital signal processing algorithms. This approach allows for precise control over various aspects of audio playback, resulting in exceptionally accurate sound reproduction with low distortion and noise.

Throughout his career, Rob Watts has garnered numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to the audio industry. His DAC designs are revered by audiophiles worldwide for their ability to convey music with unparalleled transparency, detail, and realism.

Today, Rob Watts continues to push the boundaries of audio engineering, striving to further elevate the listening experience through his ongoing research and development efforts in digital audio technology.

Watch this fascinating insight here'


New Naim Nova PE launched

The most powerful all-in-one player Naim has made the new Uniti Nove PE (Power Edition) a great addition to the Uniti range. with 150 watts (into 8Ω and 250W into 4Ω) of power.  

All-in-one player

Incorporating all the wireless connectivity you need no matter what device you have it covers all the options with Apple Airplay 2, Chromecast built-in and Bluetooth along with the Naim App available for Apple and Android devices, which incorporates streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL and Qobuz all built in.


The Uniti Nove PE also has great connectivity with two analogue RCA inputs a couple of optical inputs along with a coax digital input, it also has a USB and an ARC HDMI input to connect to your TV.  A Pre-out section allows for either a subwoofer to be added or a power amp for future upgrade path. This really is superbly built and a great sounding one box Hi Fi. Just Add Speakers

More powerful than ever

The Uniti Nova PE (Power Edition) is powerful enough to drive the most demanding loudspeakers to fill large spaces, thanks to Naim’s incorporation of the finest class D amplification technology. Designed and engineered in Britain, this new Power Edition is a feat of 50 years of engineering innovation, culminating in our most efficient, powerful, and ecological streaming all-in-one product to date.

Power in one box

The Nova PE offers all the features and sophistication that have won the Uniti series global acclaim, but now with more power. It condenses 150 watts (into 8Ω and 250W into 4Ω) of power thanks to the finest class D amplification technology into an exquisitely crafted, brushed aluminium box that delivers room-filling audio without compromising on the characteristic Naim sound. It is ideal for experiencing punchy sound through a compact, easy-to-use solution.

Vivid display and intuitive control

Nova PE features a gorgeous 5” LCD display screen, Naim’s iconic volume dial, and simple control via the ZigBee remote (no line of sight required) and/or the Focal & Naim app. Uniti Nova PE gives you complete freedom of movement. Using it becomes a real pleasure.

Everything you need to get the most from your Nova PE

The Focal & Naim application allows ease of control over multiple music and streaming services via a single interface when using the Multiroom feature. For sharing the same music throughout your home network (up to 6 devices), use the Party Mode function in the app to easily control the playlist, independent device volume and more. What's more, you can update your system wirelessly in just two clicks.


TypeAll-in-one Player
Amplifier Output150Watts 8Ω @ 0.1 % THD+N
250Watts 4Ω @ 0.1% THD+N
Analogue inputs2 x RCA pairs
2 x 5-pin DIN
Analogue outputs1 x Stereo power amplifier
1 x 4-pin DIN
1 x RCA pair
1 x 3.5mm headphone jack
USB2 x USB Type A Socket (front and rear – 1.6A charge)
Digital inputs (S/PDIF)2 x Optical TOSLINK (up to 24bit/96kHz)
2 x Coaxial RCA (up to 24bit/192kHz, DoP 64Fs)
1 x BNC (up to 192kHz, DoP 64Fs)
StreamingChromecast Built-In, Apple AirPlay2, TIDAL, TIDAL Connect, Spotify® Connect, Qobuz, Bluetooth® (AptX HD), Internet Radio, UPnP™ (hi-res streaming), Roon Ready.
Multiroom ConnectivityServe up to 4 network-connected players via UPnP™ at full CD quality. Party Mode Streaming: Sync up to six Uniti or other Naim streamers, and control via the Focal & Naim app.
Audio FormatWAV - up to 32bit/384kHz
FLAC and AIFF - up to 24bit/384Hz
ALAC (Apple Lossless) - up to 24bit/384Hz
MP3 - up to 48kHz, 320kbit (16 bit)
AAC - up to 48kHz, 320kbit (16 bit)
OGG and WMA - up to 48kHz (16 bit)
DSD - 64 and 128Fs
Gapless playback supported on all formats
Frequency response5Hz to 25kHz (-3dB)
Burst power 2Ω
(1kHz for 20mS, repeat 500mS IHF)
Peak current into 1Ω (1kHz 1mS)25A
THD+N at 2/3rds full power 8Ω @1kHz<0.005%
Input signal for clippingAt default:
Digital inputs: -10.6dBfs (max. sensitivity: -18.25dBfs)
Analogue inputs: 770mV (max. sensitivity: 65mV)
Signal to noise ratio ref 1W 8Ω A-weighted61dB
Signal to noise ratio ref 100W 8Ω A-weighted81dB
Damping factor into 8Ω43
ControlFocal & Naim app control (iOS and Android), Bi-directional ZigBee remote
UpdatesUpdate your system wirelessly via the Focal & Naim app.
NetworkEthernet (10/100Mbps), Wi-Fi antennas (802.11 b/g/n/ac) built into heatsink (patent GB2524815B)
Typical use consumption120W
(Power consumption will vary depending on the size and type of attached USB devices)
Network standby mode consumption<2W
Standby mode consumption<0.5W
Mains Supply115V or 230V.50/60Hz
Dimensions (HxWxD)4.56x17x10.43" (11.6x43.2x26.5cm)
Weight33.3lbs (15.1kg)

Chord Ultima Integrated amp

We've always been fans of the Chord Ultima series but today was our 1st chance to listen to their new integrated. We listened to it for around an hour in our main listening room. It sounded superb with a Naim streamer and a pair of PMC Twenty 5 .26i floorstanding speakers.

I'll admit to being an Ultima fan since first hearing the pre-power. It moved me in ways I can only think of two other amps doing and both of them were more expensive. And the Chord isn't cheap but the Ultima integrated at £8500 is almost getting there.

It has detail it has control, it had musicality and it has complete and utter grip in the speakers. Ours will be here in March and we can't wait.

The ULTIMA INTEGRATED is a class-leading 125-watt integrated amplifier benefitting from the latest dual-feed-forward error-correction topology, Chord Electronics’ legendary proprietary ultra-high-frequency power supplies, plus an unmistakable industrial aesthetic.

Designed by Chord Electronics’ founder, owner and chief engineer, John Franks, the advanced ULTIMA circuit monitors and immediately corrects audio signals before the output stage, for astonishing signal accuracy from a one-box integrated device.

The ULTIMA INTEGRATED also takes advantage of the very latest developments in advanced low-distortion power supplies – devices offering exceptionally low noise and outstanding amplifier operation – for even greater fidelity.

A four-input design, one fully balanced and three unbalanced, all enjoy individual buffering and are selectively filtered against potential ingress from radio frequency interference; selection switching is via microprocessor-controlled sealed relays.

The ULTIMA INTEGRATED is the first new Chord Electronics integrated amplifier for seven years and remains the sole full-width integrated model in the range.

All metalwork is precision-machined from solid aircraft-grade aluminium, including Chord Electronics’ iconic Integra Legs. The fascia sports a 28-mm-thick front panel with a perfectly symmetrical aesthetic, centered around a spherical power on/off control with polychromatic lighting, flanked by illuminated volume and balance controls.

Frequency response

10 Hz-200 kHz +/- 3 dB


0.01 % 20 Hz-20 kHz

Signal-to-noise ratio

90 dB on all inputs

Input impedance

100 kΩ

Input maximum voltage


Output maximum voltage

35 V RMS



Channel separation

100 dB

Operation voltage

80-250 V AC auto-switching 

Power output

125 W into 8Ω

Power consumption

 200 W

Dimensions with included Integra legs:

13 cm(H) x 48 cm(W) x 38 cm(D)

Dimensions with optional side blocks (can not be stacked):

11 cm(H) x 43 cm(W) x 38 cm (D)


14.75 kg


Naim Prices to rise 1st Feb


Naim prices are rising in Feb. This averages out at just under 10% across most products. The following are NOT increasing in price -

ND5XS2 Streamer
NDX2 Streamer
Nait XS3 amplifier

Old prices are available until Weds the 31st of January so please get in touch if you'd like to place your order pre-price rise.

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