Rega P30 50th Anniversary finishes


Musical Fidelity returns

1/12/2033 We're thrilled to welcome Musical Fidelity back into our store.

In the 80's we were the third store in the UK to start selling Musical Fidelity. This was back when the company was essentially assembled on a kitchen table. These were the days of The Pre-amp and the DR Thomas power amp.

It was the relaunched of the classic A1 that set our interest off. Since then we've slowly added the M3 series, the M6 series and the new LS35a loudspeakers. All of these are available in store if you'd like to come and listen.

Hallmarks of the Musical Fidelity sound are great control, an open characteristic and a good deal of musicality. Come and have a listen to their products.


Rega Naia feedback and press

Rega Naia

We've had the Naia in store for a few weeks now and we've been delighted by it's performance. Our event launched the turntable to around 40 lucky people who were all extremely impressed with the performance and the reduction in noise floor. Many were Rega owners themselves.

Since then we've also done a lot of demo's and comparisons with the Rega P10 and the LP12. Feedback has again been extremely impressive and has resulted in sales.
The product has also been getting some great press and you can read some of the articles here;,the%20way%20of%20rhythmic%20drive.

Naia is now in store and on demo. Call in for a look and a listen.


Hegel Viking CD player arives

18/11/2033 We're delighted to announce this fantastic new CD player is in store and on demo.

In store and sounding fantastic! Possible the best CD player we've heard.

The Hegel Viking CD Player stands as a true testament to audio perfection, meticulously crafted from the ground up to optimize performance for standard (Redbook) CDs. Our unwavering dedication to delivering the most authentic sound reproduction possible has led to the creation of a CD player that captures the essence of the original recording.

Engineered to deliver unparalleled sound fidelity, the Viking CD Player is a true native 16/44.1 CD player, purpose-built to unlock the potential of each standard CD. Every component has been meticulously optimized to ensure a high-quality output that remains faithful to the original recording.

With a dedicated laser and CD drive, the Viking guarantees optimal data reading for precise playback. Its state-of-the-art DAC achieves unrivaled digital-to-analog conversion, preserving even the subtlest nuances within the music. Our commitment to audio purity means the Viking does not upsample or alter the signal in any manner. By maintaining the integrity of the original signal on the disc, the exceptional DAC performs at its peak.

Our proprietary Master clock system orchestrates flawless synchronization between the drive and DAC. This system, driven by a low phase noise quartz crystal and our patented SoundEngine technology, effectively minimizes jitter, ensuring precise timing for an immersive listening experience.

The Viking CD player is equipped with an OLED display meticulously chosen for its low noise properties, contributing to a clearer and more detailed sound rendition. The dedicated analog stage in the Viking is meticulously designed, incorporating our analog low-pass filter and Line Driver technology. This ensures a fully balanced and noise-free signal path all the way to your amplifier, preserving audio integrity throughout the journey.

Elevate your auditory senses and embrace a new realm of sonic authenticity with the Hegel Viking CD Player. Experience music as it was meant to be heard, with unwavering precision and unmatched clarity. The Viking CD Player is a masterpiece born from a passion for pure sound, setting a new standard for CD playback excellence.

Technical Specifications

Supported Discs: 12 cm Redbook CDs
Line Level Output: 1 unbalanced fixed (RCA) 1 balanced fixed (XLR)
Output Voltage Analog: 2,5V RMS
Digital Output: 1 BNC true 75 Ohm
Frequency Response: 0Hz-22 kHz
Distortion: Less than 0.0015%
Finish: Black
Dimensions/weight: 9,9 cm x 43 cm x 30,5 cm (HxWxD), 7,3 kg
Dimensions/weight US: 3,54" x 17" x 12" (HxWxD), 16,1 lbs

Atom £2299
Star £3499
Nova £4399

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Naim Audio Price reductions


With immediate effect Naim Audio have lowered the prices on their Muso and Uniti ranges.

Atom £2299
Star £3499
Nova £4399

Muso QB2 £699
Muso 2 £899


Expert Experts.

Does anyone remember the Not the 9 O'clock News sketch about hi fi shops? If not you can see it here;

In it a customer walks into a hi-fi store and gets met with an "hilarious" pair of salesman who are the wrong type of expert. They talk in highly technical terms and they intimidate the customer at every opportunity; either subtly or not so subtly.

We often meet new customers and we can tell that they come in quite wary of us. Perhaps they've had bad experiences of other shops or even see the sketch above. In any event we do our best to reassure people and also we're at great pains to not discuss things in technospeak or technobabble. Of course hi-fi equipment can seem complex but in reality it is simply a better way to enjoy music at home. And music is a passion we share with all our customers. For this reason we try to play music at every opportunity and also to show rather than to explain. I'm glad to say this approach works.

Our store is light and open and you can see many of the products we stock. You can browse uninterrupted or engage with us and when you're ready. We're always happy to see our customers and we don't require you to make an appointment unless you're wanting to listen to something very specific and you require one of our demo rooms to do that. Even then if you pop in and we've time we're happy to set it up for you on speck if the rooms are not in use.

In fact our smaller room always has a music system ready to play vinyl or to stream. In this room we have something affordable set up to give people an insight and a listen to something that sounds fantastic but that won't break the bank. Something like the Rega System One for example. This is ready to go and can always be played easily. You can sit and listen to how good a British Hi-Fi system can sound. One that costs less than a lot of mobile phones and will last twenty years plus.

This is our 41st year and we've survived umpteeen recessions, two lockdowns and numerous idiot governments (and local councils) by doing everything we can to look after our customers. We've learned that doing so makes them happy to return and to recommend us to their friends. To quote CJ we "didn't get where we are today" buy not looking after customers.

Money is tight these days but music is something that feeds our minds and our emotions. For some people it is part of their emotional well-being. Myself and my staff all feel the same. Music keeps us sane when the World around us is going crazy.

If you love music and haven't visited our store then we'd love you to do so. We'll make you welcome. We'll listen to you and discover how we can help you get your first proper music system or to best improve the one you have. We won't ram any particular brand down your throat but we will certainly aim to find the very best product for you.

Online is an important part of the World today and its how we communicate with many of our customers either for the first time or on an ongoing basis. However as a bricks and mortar retailer we love seeing our customers face to face best of all. If you're able to visit us we'll take the time to make you glad you did.

We're not a big company. We're not global and nor are we owned by a conglomerate or a chain. We're a family-run business still owned and run by the family that started the business 41 years ago and who still work in the store. I'm the one sat in the showroom behind the computer screen, ready to step out and welcome you. We really do believe in old fashioned service.

Rest assured that although we know our stuff, we will not thrust it down your throat. Our knowledge helps you make the best choices and we do that by inviting you to listen to music. Music you know and perhaps we can introduce you to some you don't but may grow to love. Music is our language and our god.

And finally; we love music so much that we built a record store in our basement!

Looking forward to meeting you.

Paul Hobson


Join us for our Rega Naia launch event on Friday the 6th of October

From 12 till 5. All welcome

The Naia is based on the Rega Naiad. This was effectively an R&D exercise to develop new materials and push the envelope of what Rega was capable of. The Naia is the 1st realisation of this product in commercial form.

The Rega Naia turntable is the result of years of painstaking development which was used to create the now famous Naiad test bed turntable.

The Naia takes the best of this development and technology and transfers it into a production ready version without compromise. The Naia is packed with ground-breaking features, materials and technology developed by Rega over many years to reach new levels of vinyl replay. The Naia takes our pioneering low mass, high rigidity plinth technology to the next level by using a Graphene impregnated, carbon fibre skeletal plinth with Tancast 8 foam core. This ultra rigid structure is then strengthened further using two ceramic aluminium oxide braces, the same material used to create the redesigned, resonance controlled ceramic platter with improved flywheel effect and complex profile. 

The event does not require tickets and it's at our store on Chesterfield Road in Woodseats. Meet Rega and see and hear the new Naia turntable.


Audiolab 9000 Network Streamer

Livin’ the stream: Audiolab’s flagship network player

Smooth and stable operation, state-of-the-art hi-res credentials, an intuitive, feature-rich control
app and a sound that simply soars – Audiolab’s top-of-the-range 9000N is a streaming tour de force
Audiolab’s flagship audio component range, the 9000 Series, welcomes a network streamer to its ranks.
The 9000N joins the 9000A integrated amplifier and 9000CDT CD transport, delivering feature-rich and
sonically captivating streaming from online services and local storage devices via Wi-Fi, Ethernet and

It comes as no surprise to see the 9000 Series gain a network streamer; after all, Audiolab’s entry- and
mid-level 6000 and 7000 ranges also consist of amp, CD and streaming components. But while the
6000N Play and 7000N Play utilise the Play-Fi platform, the 9000N’s additional development budget and
higher retail price has enabled Audiolab to explore new high-end solutions for its flagship streamer.
Following an exhaustive analysis of every available option, Audiolab selected a platform that is firmly
established at the forefront of top-tier network streaming, globally acclaimed for its slick, well-featured
app, unwaveringly stable operation, excellent technical specification and outstanding sound quality. By
integrating this leading-edge streaming hardware and software with Audiolab’s award-winning
digital/analogue circuit designs, the 9000N delivers the ideal streaming solution for the most discerning
of music lovers.

Sweet streams (are made of this)
Audiolab has worked closely with its new high-end streaming partner to ensure its technologies gel
seamlessly. The network streaming platform has been built from the ground up to deliver sonic
excellence, utilising a powerful, highly efficient ARM processor and Linux-based operating system. The
manner in which streamed audio data is handled, latency eliminated and sonically deleterious noise
eradicated all contribute to the glorious clarity and transparency with which music is conveyed.
The 9000N’s main control app provides quick, easy access to fully integrated services such as Tidal,
Qobuz, Spotify and TuneIn Radio, with a superbly intuitive yet feature-rich interface that makes
browsing a pleasure. Intelligent search functions and the ability to create multi-source playlists, group
albums and organise folders create a personalised experience that allows the user to discover, sort and
play their music however they prefer.

Impressive though it is, the 9000N’s dedicated app is not the only way to stream. Tidal Connect and
Spotify Connect permit direct streaming from within the Tidal and Spotify apps, and any UPnP/DLNA
app – mconnect or BubbleUPnP for example – can be used to control the 9000N. The provision of
AirPlay 2 is handy for users of Apple devices and the 9000N is also Roon Ready, able to slot straight into
a Roon audio environment and work seamlessly with Roon streaming software.
Hi-res audio support is state-of-the-art, handling PCM up to 32-bit/768kHz and native DSD up to
22.5MHz (DSD512) no matter how one streams to the 9000N – Wi-Fi, Ethernet cable or USB. Every
significant hi-res and lossless audio format is catered for, including FLAC, Apple Lossless (ALAC), WAV
and AIFF, alongside native DSD in DSF and DIFF form, as well as DoP (DSD over PCM).
MQA – the hi-res streaming technology, as used by Tidal’s ‘HiFi Plus’ tier – is comprehensively supported,
with full decoding/upsampling of MQA files right up to the format’s highest 384kHz specification. Full
decoding means that the full ‘three unfold’ decoding process is performed internally, as opposed to only
the final unfold in the manner of an MQA ‘renderer’. Alternatively, if the 9000N’s digital outputs are used
to connect an external MQA-supporting DAC, MQA ‘passthrough’ or ‘core decode’ may be selected – the
former allowing full decoding and the latter rendering by the connected DAC.
Listeners can opt to upsample lower resolution PCM streams to 352.8kHz or 384kHz, or select between
five DAC reconstruction filter settings, thus tuning the sound to suit the source material. This is
particularly useful given the variable quality of digital formats and streaming services.
Left The 9000N’s leading-edge streaming technology delivers sonic excellence and a consummate user

Audiolab’s audio know-how
The 9000N packs impressive processing power under the hood. A quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 chip forms
the streamer’s ‘brain’, ensuring swift, rock-steady operation and additional benefits such as album
artwork caching for speedier loading. But no amount of processing power can redeem a streamer that
lacks the ‘audio smarts’ to deliver the sonic goods. Audiolab has drawn upon decades of class-leading
audio design to ensure the 9000N offers an exceptional sonic experience, making the most of the highend streaming technology that nestles within.

DACs from ESS Technology’s excellent 32-bit Sabre family are now used by many manufacturers, but
none rival Audiolab’s experience of designing circuits with these chips. The company was an early
adopter of the groundbreaking ES9018, released in 2009 and famously used by Audiolab’s classic
82000CD and M-DAC components which launched the following year.
Since then, Audiolab devices have featured successive generations of Sabre chips, culminating here with
the ES9038PRO – a preeminent DAC from the top tier of ESS Technology’s current range. The DAC’s eight
channels are fully utilised in stereo configuration – four for the left channel, four for the right – to
eradicate noise and distortion, accompanied by proprietary Audiolab circuitry including an ultraprecision master clock. This makes the most of the chip’s HyperStream II architecture and Time Domain
Jitter Eliminator, delivering a remarkable signal-to-noise ratio and exceptional dynamic range.
Although always technically excellent, Sabre DAC chips are challenging to implement to maximum
effect and must be integrated into a product’s circuit design with care to extract their full sonic
potential. The post-DAC active filter is a critical element and Audiolab has developed a new Class A
circuit for its 9000 Series components that is perfectly tailored to make the most of the ES9038PRO.
The 9000N benefits from an expertly engineered linear power supply incorporating a 50VA toroidal
transformer, delivering clean, consistent power to all the sensitive parts of the digital and analogue
stages. The DAC has its own dedicated supply, featuring multiple discrete ultra-low-noise regulators to
provide power separately to the left and right channels for each stage of the digital-to-analogue
conversion process – this is a design feature developed over a decade ago to maximise the quality of
Audiolab’s first Sabre-based DAC stages and it remains a vital contributor to the 9000N’s performance.
The post-DAC analogue circuitry incorporates top-grade components and features a balanced topology,
designed to eliminate noise and distortion in the signal path. This feeds the XLR outputs directly,
enabling anyone connecting the 9000N to an amp with balanced inputs to reap the full sonic benefits.
Left Available in black as well as silver, the 9000N benefits from Audiolab’s longstanding experience in
developing circuitry around ESS Technology’s Sabre DACs

Elegant form, sophisticated function
Crisply designed and impeccably built, the 9000N is a perfect match for the other 9000 Series
components. Two rotary controls (‘select’ and ‘volume’) and a single ‘standby’ button contribute to a
clean, assured look that reflects the streamer’s calm, composed operation – responsive, simple to
navigate and stable as a rock. This unfussy fascia is augmented by a 4.3in colour IPS LCD screen
positioned to the left – like a sharp Savile Row suit complemented by a perfectly appointed accessory.
The same screen graces the 9000A and 9000CDT, but it really comes into its own with the 9000N thanks
to its ability to display full-colour album artwork. A wealth of data is available to the listener, including
the presently engaged streaming service, playlist position, network type, file format, bit depth/sample
rate, artist name, album and track title, time elapsed/remaining and volume level – with various options
to select which information is displayed and how it appears on screen.

The screen is also the gateway to the 9000N’s menu system, providing numerous options including the
digital upsampling and filter settings, fixed or variable analogue output, left/right channel balance, time
idle before entering standby, volume curtailment upon powerup and Wi-Fi diagnostic data. Like the
9000A and 9000CDT, the screen can be set to display a VU-style meter showing real-time decibel levels
for the left and right channels, while those who prefer their displays to be simple and unintrusive can
turn animations off, adjust brightness and more.
Making connections
Around the back, the 9000N offers a well-appointed array of connections. A Wi-FI antenna and Ethernet
port handle network connectivity, while USB-B and USB-A ports permit asynchronous PC/Mac
connection and USB storage input respectively – so, the 9000N can perform as a USB DAC as well as a
network streamer. A USB update port and 12V trigger input/output are also supplied, alongside a WPS
button for easy Wi-Fi set-up.
Analogue outputs are provided in both single-ended RCA and balanced XLR form, with fixed and variable
output options – the latter engages the 9000N’s volume control, performing preamp duties for direct
connection to a power amplifier. S/PDIF digital outputs in coaxial and optical flavours enable the
streamer to be connected to an external DAC if desired.
Left With a wealth of information and options available, the 9000N’s display can be configured as the listener prefers

High-end audio that shoots for the stars but doesn’t cost the earth
Audiolab’s 9000 Series streaming component had to be worthy of flagship status and working with a
new technology partner was central to achieving this aim. Combining leading-edge streaming
hardware/software with Audiolab’s eminent audio design has delivered a remarkable network music
player that is a pleasure to use, whether streaming from online services and network-connected storage
via Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet, or computers and drives via USB. And as the capabilities of this worldleading streaming platform continue to evolve, so too will 9000N thanks to free over-the-air updates.
Like the other 9000 Series components, the 9000N is the epitome of affordable high-end audio: state-ofthe-art specification, uncompromising circuit design, seamless operation, build quality to be proud of
and a performance that brings music to life in captivating style. It delivers remarkable transparency
across all manner of digital formats, producing a deep, broad and spacious soundstage endowed with
crisply defined detail that reveals the full character of voices and instruments. Impressive dynamic
range, pace and timing convey engaging impact, fully involving the listener with all manner of music,
while the finest recorded details – the attack of a plucked string, for instance, or the decay of a
percussion instrument – are fully captured, never curtailed. In short, the 9000N delivers an open window
on the music being played, as all great hi-fi should.

The Audiolab 9000N network streamer is available from mid-September in a choice of black or silver, at
an RRP of £2,499 inc. VAT.


WiiM Pro Plus arrives

Hot on the heels of the surprisingly good and very cheap Wiim Pro (£150) Network streamer, we now have the Pro Plus with better performance due to an improved DAC. And at £229 we think it offers pretty remarkable value for money and feature set.

Performance is better than we expected and put a smile on our face. Ease of use and set up is pretty class-leading too. We listened to it compared with the standard beast and we felt the small increase in cost was audible and well worth it. We've used this with fixed output into an audio system and also with variable ouput into a small power amp. Either way it worked seamlessly and well.

As an introduction to Network streaming this is pretty convincing. We think it will also appeal to the vinyl enthusiast who wants to "try before he buys", especially with the cost of new vinyl having risen over the last year.

WiiM Pro Plus - Powerful and Versatile

Turn any audio gear smart
WiiM Pro Plus is an audiophile-grade music streamer with AirPlay 2, Chromecast, DLNA, Spotify Connect, TIDAL Connect, Alexa Cast and multiroom audio. WiiM Pro Plus turns your existing stereo system into smart, so you can play all your favourite music from your music service App, the WiiM App, or your voice using Alexa, Google Voice, or Siri all in the highest possible sound fidelity.

Simple to set up and use
Step 1: Plug in the WiiM Pro Plus, connect to your stereo.
Step 2: Connect to your network with the WiiM Home App.
Step 3: Configure your device and play Hi-Res music.

AirPlay 2 Receiver
WiiM Pro Plus turns your stereo into an AirPlay 2-enabled receiver. Stream your favourite music from your iOS and Mac devices or stream TV audio from Apple TV. Use Siri on your phone or HomePod to control music selection, volume, and playback. WiiM Pro Plus is an easy and affordable way to connect your Apple devices to your favourite audio equipment at home. PLEASE NOTE: It's a receiver only device, can't transmit AirPlay 2.

Chromecast Audio
WiiM Pro Plus lets you stream music, TV audio, radio station, podcast and local content from any Chromecast-enabled apps to one or multiple audio devices at the same time.

All music in one App
It's more convenient than ever to control your music and device in one place. With the WiiM Home app, easily browse all your favourite music without jumping to other music apps. Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TIDAL, TuneIn, Napster, Deezer, and Qobuz are all integrated into the WiiM Home app. You can also control the device EQ, set music alarms, and create personalised routines using the WiiM Home app.

Agnostic Multiroom Audio
Easily build your multiroom sound system with HomePod, Google Home, Alexa devices or multiple WiiM devices and play to multiple audio devices all at the same time. WiiM Pro Plus supports the multiroom from various audio source inputs, including WiFi, BT, or Aux/SPDIF input. Making it versatile with almost every music listening option.

Works with Voice
Ask Alexa, Siri or Google Voice to control your WiiM Pro Plus to play music, listen to news, or your favourite podcast with voice assistants in your phone, HomePod, Echo or Google Home devices. Automate WiiM Pro Plus with other smart home devices by creating routines in the Alexa App, Apple Home or Google Home App.

Spotify Connect and TIDAL Connect
Use your Spotify or TIDAL app as your remote control for WiiM Pro Plus and stream directly from these services. WiiM Pro provides higher audio quality and longer operational work range longer than traditional Bluetooth or AirPlay 2 receivers and frees your mobile device for other tasks. Spotify works for both Spotify Free and Premium users. TIDAL works for both HiFi and Master Quality.

WiiM Voice Remote
Upgrade your listening experience with the WiiM voice remote, which allows using the remote with your voice to search and control via Alexa (No extra Alexa built-in device needed), while also enjoying a super easy setup through the WiiM Home App to pair with any WiiM Mini or WiiM Pro Plus. Use the remote to control music playback, volume, mute audio, and launch your presets with one button.

Gapless playback
Precise gapless playback is essential to your listening experience. With precise gapless playback, playback timing is guaranteed to be identical to the source. WiiM Pro Plus uses two decoders to remove extra samples at the beginning and end of each file and combines them. This works for all the supported music services and music on your phone or local network.

10-band graphic EQ and 26 preset EQ
Twenty-six preset EQ gives you various choices to meet your specific listening needs. The preset EQ includes EQ choices from music genres, bass/treble adjustment, loudness, movie, gaming or speech enhancement etc. You can also custom your own with the 10-band graphic EQ for your room or taste.

Premium AKM HiFi DAC
The WiiM Pro Plus features the latest generation AKM 4493SEQ DAC. This high-precision, low-jitter DAC supports audio up to 768 kHz/32-bit, boasting an impressive 123 dB (A-wt) SNR and -115dB THD+N (1 kHz). It's the perfect choice for Hi-Res audio streaming, satisfying even the most discerning music enthusiasts with its superior audio quality.


ConnectivityIEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac dual band Wi-Fi, BT5.1, Ethernet (100M)
Power InputUSB Type-C power
Audio Output/InputLine out, digital Coaxial Out, digital Optical SPDIF Out / Line In, digital Optical SPDIF In
SNR120 dB
THD+NAnalogue Line out: 0.00032%
Music inputUp to 192 kHz, 24-bit
Music outputUp to 192 kHz, 24-bit (Bit perfect output, i.e., output matches input source format)
Sample RateDecoding up to 192 kHz, 24-bit
ProtocolAirPlay 2,Chromecast Audio, DLNA, Spotify Connect, TIDAL Connect, Amazon Music Casting
Integrated Streaming SourcesSpotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, Tunein, Tidal, Qobuz,SoundCloud, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Napster, Soundmachine, Calm Radio etc.
Control DevicesiOS and Android based smartphone and tablet, Alexa speaker, Google Assistant speaker, HomePod
On device ButtonsCapacitive touch control: Play/Pause, Volume +/-, 1 x Preset
Accessories in packageUSB power adapter, Type-C Cable, RCA to RCA Cable, Optical Cable
Weight/Dimension14.1 oz (400 g)/5.5 x 5.5 x 1.6 in (140x140x42 mm)
Does not supportTransmit the Aux-in audio to AirPlay 2, Echo or Google Home devices, Group with other Sonos speakers in the Sonos App.

On demo now and available to buy here.

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