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Unilet’s guide to the best hi-fi and home cinema

Open Mic

Iconic leaders speak out

How do you choose?

The art of auditioning

What price perfection?

Every product

listed

What does it all mean?

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What does it all mean? www.unilet.net Tel: 020 8942 9567 Unilet S O UND + V

Unilet

S O UND + V ISION

Secret of the hidden hi-fi store For more than forty years Unilet has been the

Secret of the hidden hi-fi store

For more than forty years Unilet has been the worst-kept secret in the hi-f- world, with audiophiles flocking to visit the showroom that is situated back from the High Street in New Malden. Inside the Tardis-like store they found a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of the latest and best in all things hi-fi. Today they can also find superb home cinema equipment ready to be demonstrated in any of the three fully air-conditioned demonstration suites. We invite you to visit us and see and hear for yourself.

In this edition of The Volume, you will find interviews with eight of the industry’s key figures, advice on choosing and installing the right equipment, and listings of all the brands we normally have in stock many of which are on demonstration.

The prices shown are the suggested retail prices in April 2010 and so are for guidance only. We are anxious to offer customers the best value and service possible so please come and talk over your requirements and budget with one of our team. I’m sure we’ll come up with the right equipment combination at a price you’ll be happy with.

Team talk

Some people have called us The Magnificent Seven but in truth we’re just seven guys who love what we do. We’ve got a lot of experience between us and each of us is an expert on something!

between us and each of us is an expert on something! Vernon – Never at a

Vernon – Never at a loss for words, he knows every manufacturer personally so we get the latest models first. Vernon claims to have been an audiophile before Eddison invented the Phonograph and we tend to believe him! Passionate about the latest developments he’s also a real lover of vinyl and is responsible for our in-store vinyl collection.

Amit – is brilliant at knowing exactly what works with what. He ensures we have stock of the best of the best at great prices. He likes to keep a low profile but, after 30+ years in the business, what he doesn’t know about hi-fi and cables, connectors and headphones isn’t worth knowing.

and cables, connectors and headphones isn’t worth knowing. Joe – isn’t someone you’ll forget. Once you’ve
and cables, connectors and headphones isn’t worth knowing. Joe – isn’t someone you’ll forget. Once you’ve

Joe – isn’t someone you’ll forget. Once you’ve met him, you’ll know what we mean. He’s learned a lot about hi-fi and home cinema in the 10 years he’s been in the industry and he’ll be only too happy to pass on his views to you – especially if you offer him a plain chocolate digestive.

David – having studied Film, Media and Graphical communications is our resident film buff and

David – having studied Film, Media and Graphical communications is our resident film buff and is the man to talk to regarding aspect ratios, colour timing, frame rates, digital theatre sound system calibration etc., etc. He’s also responsible for updating our website.

Erick – our latest member is the man to talk to if you want a specialised Sky or Free Sat installation or state-of- the-art multi-room system. When it comes to wiring up the house for multi-room sound, there’s no-one remotely as talented as Erick. He spent many a year in audio retailing in Tottenham Court Road, before spending seven years at Sky.

in Tottenham Court Road, before spending seven years at Sky. Keith – Quieter than the rest
in Tottenham Court Road, before spending seven years at Sky. Keith – Quieter than the rest

Keith – Quieter than the rest of us, and some would say the wiser for it, Keith’s youthful looks hide the fact that he’s lived audio for thirty years or more. Keith has taken on our service department, getting everything in order. He’s a good listener, great at solving problems and just the sort of ‘teccie’ everyone needs.

Phillip – Having studied studio recording and mastering, Phil has one of the best ears in the business. Actually, make that two. If you want to compare different speakers, Phil’s your man. He’s pretty hot on computer systems too which comes in very handy with some of the latest computer-controlled gear.

man. He’s pretty hot on computer systems too which comes in very handy with some of

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From first steps

From first steps 1969 July 1969 the eyes and ears of the world waited for those

1969

July 1969 the eyes and ears of the world

waited for those few words that would announce man’s first steps on land other than earth. It was “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” But meanwhile down in a sleepy suburb of London, another man was taking his first steps into the unknown. Peter Merrick, decided that he didn’t want to follow into the family firm of Ferrograph Reel-to-Reel recorders. His vision was to open a store that would dedicate itself to the very best in two-channel reproduction. He opened

the store that stands today – Unilet at 35 High Street, New Malden. It was one of the very first stores to dedicate itself to high fidelity. While Michael Caine was driving Minis around in Turin and was saying ‘Hang on lads. I’ve got a great idea’, at Unilet that idea was being turned into reality.

idea’, at Unilet that idea was being turned into reality. 1970s Peter saw that there were

1970s

Peter saw that there were some tremendous advances in high fidelity happening around the world and strived to bring the best of the best to his store in New Malden. In America he found Stanton cartridges and became their UK distributor. The quality of their cartridges was appreciated by budding audiophiles long before DJs used their more robust cousins in ‘Scratching’

contests in the Royal Albert Hall which Unilet sponsored. In Japan he found the Stax range of headphones and became their UK distributor. Soon the Unilet store was gaining the reputation of being the avant garde of hi-fi stores demonstrating Accuphase, Fidelity Research, Audio Research, Krell, Apogee, and Macintosh. It was Unilet that first offered customers a bespoke cabling service becoming distributors of Monster Cable and supplying other legendary brands such as Ultra Cables. As Unilet progressed, supported by its quirky ads in the hi-fi press, it became the champion of brands new to the UK such as Nakamichi, Koetsu and was sought out by now legendary Japanese manufacturer, Sansui. But it wasn’t all foreign products. In 1973 Unilet became the first KEF Reference dealer, followed in 1975 by becoming one of the very first Linn/Naim dealers and a couple of years later one of the first to stock the emergent A&R Cambridge (ARCAM) brand.

1980s

1980s By this time Unilet was operating three more stores in Guildford, Wimbledon and South Kensington

By this time Unilet was operating three more stores in Guildford, Wimbledon and South Kensington as the demand for quality audio products reached its peak. But Peter continued in his quest to find ever more interesting and great performing products. Twice a year he would be found at the American CES shows in Las Vegas and Chicago as well as at all the major international shows. Unilet, as a result, expanded their range of products still further becoming involved in the distribution of ProAc loudspeakers in 1980. Unilet was a very early champion of

Antony Michaelson’s new Musical Fidelity brand and was the very first AudioLab dealer in the world. When Yamaha introduced their new surround sound technology, Unilet was very quick to set up a dedicated DSP room, one of the first in the country.

up a dedicated DSP room, one of the first in the country. 1990s This decade saw

1990s

This decade saw many changes but Unilet continued to offer the very best in hi-fi although it now was operating just one (enlarged) store in New Malden. Custom Cable Service was established in the 80s but by now was the leading supplier of bespoke cables in the UK. Determined to champion new products Unilet was one of the first dealers to recognise the qualities of Chord Electronics and was an early championer of Ken Ishiwata and his Marantz

Sadly, our founder died in 1998 and it was left to members of his team including Amit Patel and Vernon Hamblin to carry on the Unilet tradition.

2000s

The team set about completely renovating the New Malden premises, upgrading the demonstration suites to help customers audition the esoteric equipment on offer. Home Cinema was now introduced and Unilet Hi-Fi was now known as Unilet Sound and Vision. But throughout, Unilet has stayed faithful to its two channel roots. And true also to its mission of offering new and exciting brands to audiophiles, during this period manufacturers such as Plinius, Leema, Heed and PMC were welcomed in. Many

such as Plinius, Leema, Heed and PMC were welcomed in. Many And now Unilet has always

And now

Unilet has always attracted the very best manufacturers and through them the most appreciative of customers. Unilet has always been sought out by hi-fi and home cinema by many famous actors, rock stars and TV personalities. We’re too discreet to mention their names. But you don’t have to be a singer or a film star to appreciate the service and enthusiasm you’re guaranteed at Unilet. Join us as we enter our sixth decade – whatever new products this decade throws up, you’ll catch it first in New Malden.

Acoustic Energy

Wireless Series Bluetooth/AE Speaker System

99.95

Aego Series AEGO M 2.1 Sub/Sat Black/White

129.95

AEGO T Satellite White/Black

99.95

AEGO T Sub Woofer White/Black

389.95

AEGO M Sat Kit White/Black

34.95

Neo Series NEO One Bk/Wt/Oak

194.95

NEO Three Bk/Wt/Oak

364.95

NEO Seven Centre Bk/LM/DM

144.95

NEO Eight Sub Black

344.95

Aelite Series AELITE One Cherry/Black

324.95

AELITE Three Cherry/Black

734.95

AELITE Seven Cherry/Black

264.95

AELITE Eight Cherry/Black

589.95

Radiance Series Radiance 1 Antique Ash/Natural Ash Radiance 3 Antique Ash/Natural Ash

599.95

1499.95

Radiance 7 Antique Ash/Natural Ash

399.95

Radiance 8 Antique Ash/Natural Ash

499.95

Reference Series AE1 Classic Textured Black

979.95

AE1 MkIII Cherry SE

2439.95

AE1 MkIII Maple

2249.95

AE1 MkIII Piano Black SE

2439.95

AE3 Piano Black

5869.95

AE1 MkIII Stands

479.95

Alphason Designs

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Nucleus Micro Series Micro Black/White/Sil each

150.00

Micro SS/Gl-Bk/Rd/Bz/Yl/Blue each

175.00

Micro 5.1 inc. TR-1 Bk/White/Sil

950.00

Micro Ti Black/White each

175.00

Micro Ti Stainless Steel each

200.00

Nucleus Micro Series Accessories STB/W Stands Black/White/Silver

150.00

STS Stands Stainless Steel

175.00

G-Mount Wall Brackets Bk/White each

25.00

Ceiling Mount White each

30.00

A’Diva Series A’Diva Gl-Bk/Bk/White/Sil each

250.00

A’Diva Stainless Steel each

275.00

A’Diva Ti Matt Bk/White each

275.00

A’Diva Ti Stainless Steel each

300.00

A’Diva 5.1 inc. TR-1 Bk/White/Sil

1350.00

Due Series Due each

500.00

Due Floorstand Silver/Black each

85.00

Subwoofers TR-1 Black/Silver

350.00

TR-2 Black/Silver

600.00

TR-3 Black/Titanium

750.00

MPS150 Powered Sub

600.00

MPSB Bass Unit Only

300.00

Reference Series Strada Steel/Black each

750.00

Ref 3 Stainless Black

2750.00

Ref 5LS Stainless Steel pair

16000.00

Ref Centre Sil/Black/White each

1100.00

Ref AV Sil/Black/White each

1100.00

Ref SA Amp Stainless Sil/Black

1000.00

Apollo

Full Range Available

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Arcam

Solo Series Solo Mini Music Player CD/Amp/DAB

 

750.00

Solo Music Neo CD/Amp/DAB

1350.00

Solo Movie 2.1 DVD/Amp 2.1 2x50w

1450.00

Solo Movie 5.1 DVD/Amp 5.1 5x50w

 

2000.00

Muso Satellite Speaker each

200.00

Logo Sub-Woofer each

650.00

irDock iPod dock inc. PSU

150.00

rLead 1.0m Cable for iPod Solo

65.00

FMJ Series FMJ A18 Amp Bk/Sil

600.00

FMJ A28 Amp Bk/Sil

900.00

FMJ A38 Amp Bk/Sil

1450.00

FMJ P38 Power/Amp Bk/Sil

1000.00

FMJ CD17 CD Player Bk/Sil

700.00

FMJ CD37 CD Player Bk/Sil

1300.00

FMJ T32 FM/DAB Tuner

600.00

FMJ DV139 DVD Bk/Sil

2000.00

FMJ AV888 Processor Bk/Sil

4600.00

FMJ P777 P/Amp 7 x 150w Bk/Sil

3575.00

FMJ AVR500 Bk/Sil

2555.00

FMJ AVR600 Bk/Sil

3575.00

Atacama

Loudspeaker Stands Nexus 5i/6i Silver/Graphite/Black

79.99

Nexus 7i Silver/Graphite/Black

89.99

Nexus 10i Silver/Graphite/Black

99.99

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HMS1 Standard Black

169.99

Bosendorfer

 

HMS2 Standard Black

199.99

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SL200/300/400 Silver/Graphite SL500/600 Silver/Graphite SL700/1000 Silver/Graphite

109.99

129.99

149.99

Boston Acoustics

Full Range Available

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Aurora 6

179.99

 

Bryston

 

Equipment Racks

169.99

84.99

499.99

CD

Player

Silver/Graphite/Black/Diamond White

BCD-1 CD Player Inc Remote Bk/Sil

2750.00

Equinox 2 Shelf Base Module

 

Equinox Single Shelf 130/180mm

DAC

 

Equinox Celebration

BDA-1 Multi source/format DAC

2350.00

Equinox XLPro SE 2 Shelf Base Module

 
 

249.99

Integrated Amplifiers

 

Equinox XLPro SE 130/180mm Shelf

124.99

269.99

159.99

299.95

B60 2 x 60w Bk/Sil

2990.00

Equinox AV 2 Shelf Base Module

Option R/Control

500.00

Equinox AV Single Shelf

B-100SST-C 2x100w Bk/Sil

4675.00

Equinox AV Plus

Option-DAC

1500.00

Equinox AVI-TS Screen Mount 26/37

Option-MM

625.00

 

349.99

Option R/Control

500.00

Equinox AVI TL Screen Mount 37/42

399.99

279.99

129.99

 

Cuatro 120 AV Rack Up To 50

Pre

Amplifiers

 

Europa Ref 6.5 SE Base Bk/Bk Glass

B-16 inc. Integrated PSU Bk/Sil

3350.00

Europa Ref 6.5 SE Shelf 135/185/235mm

Option-DAC

1500.00

 

129.99

Option-MM

625.00

Europa Ref 8 Base Module Sil

99.99

Option R/Control

500.00

Europa Ref 8 Shelf 135/185/235mm Sil

BP-26 Bal/RC/MPS-2 Bk/Sil

3995.00

 

99.99

BP-26-P MM Bk/Sil

4620.00

Europa Ref 8 SE Base Bk/Bk Glass

129.99

BP-26-MC MM/MC Bk/Sil

5495.00

Europa Ref 8 SE Shelf 135/185/235mm

BP-26-DAC Bk/Sil

5495.00

 

129.99

BP-26-PSU MPS-2 Power Supply

1550.00

Elara 5 Hi-Fi Black

199.99

Elara AV54 Black

369.99

Power Amplifiers (New Squared Series)

Elara AV64 Black

399.99

2B-SST-C 2x100w Bk/Sil

3225.00

Modena 36 Black Up To 37

124.99

3B-SST-C 2x150w Bk/Sil

3990.00

Eclipse

149.99

4B-SST-C 2x300w Bk/Sil

4500.00

14B-SST-C 2x600w Bk/Sil

8775.00

 

7B-SST-C 1x500w Bk/Sil each

4700.00

Audiolab

8000CDE CD Player Silver/Black

349.95

599.95

499.95

599.95

399.95

399.95

549.95

999.95

1499.95

28B-SST-C 1x1500w Bk/Sil each

8850.00

8000CD CD Player Silver/Black

 

8000S Integrated Amp Silver/Black

Processors

 

8000Q Pre Amp Silver/Black

SP-2 Pre/Processor 7.1 Bk/Sil

7000.00

8000P Power Amp Silver/Black

 

8000M P/Amp Mono Sil/Black each

THX Power Amplifiers

 

8000PPA Phono Stage Silver/Black 8000AP 5.1 Processor 8000X7 Power Amp 7x100w

9B-SST THX-3CH 3x120w Bk/Sil 9B-SST THX-4CH 4x120w Bk/Sil 9B-SST THX-5CH 5x120w Bk/Sil 875HT 8x75w Bk/Sil

5925.00

6825.00

7750.00

8300.00

AudioQuest Cables

6B-SST-C 3x300w Bk/Sil

8500.00

Full Range Available

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B&W

 

600 Series

 

Audiovector

686

Bk/Oak/Red Cherry/Wenge

279.00

Full Range Available

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685

Bk/Oak/Red Cherry/Wenge

379.00

 

684

Bk/Oak/Red Cherry/Wenge

699.00

Beyer

Full Range Available

 

683

Bk/Oak/Red Cherry/Wenge

899.00

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249.00

399.00

Phone 020 8942 9567 for the latest price

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Ken Ishiwata

Brand Ambassador, Marantz

When you’ve been in the industry as long as Unilet have, you get to know the movers and shakers. Men like Ken Ishiwata of Marantz, Pete Thomas of PMC and Antony Michaelson to name but three. You may know their products well but what about the men behind the brands? Vernon Hamblin, Unilet’s elder statesman, talked to eight of the industry’s leading lights (to start with!) and asked them about their likes and dislikes, what got them into hi-fi in the first place and other questions. Their answers are fascinating and the full interviews can be found on the Unilet website. In The Volume we print extracts from the interviews.

In The Volume we print extracts from the interviews. Ken Ishiwata is probably the single most

Ken Ishiwata is probably the single most influential personality in today’s high-end audio industry. Universally acclaimed for his remarkable talent in conceptualising stunning sound reproduction, his views and visions are avidly reported by the world’s Hi-Fi press - and avidly consumed by the world’s music lovers. That’s how Marantz describe their Brand Ambassador. We discovered his love of music started with the violin and that he has always preferred Elvis to the Beatles

At what point in time did you decide that you wanted to design and manufacture audio equipment? I have built my first amplifier when I was 10 years old and since then it was my dream to design and produce most musical audio equipments…

What is it that you love about music? Music touches you in such special way and emotional movements you get when music touches you…. This feeling is so unique and there isn’t any other form of art which can do the same…

Apple Mac or PC? Both have strength and weakness… It’s like LP or CD question!! I like both as I love both LP and CD. As you may know I’m a photographer and I use Mac for Photoshop and of course some of music programs they have but audio design tools are mainly on PC!!

CD or Vinyl?

In my opinion we shouldn’t compare

those…. There are so many LPs I have

are never issued on CD

both are wonderful format to give me

pleasures of enjoying music I love very

much…

For me they

What was your first product as a manufacturer? It was Pioneer PL-12 Turntable when

I was working at Pioneer Europe, I’ve

given so many inputs on this product which I learned from European

products…

What is your point of reference when designing new products? As you know we design many products based on price positioning in mind and finalise accordingly but I’m always making sure they all perform in Marantz way!! This tradition is so important to maintain our identity! That’s why I always say “Because Music Matters” In my opinion this is the only reference point regardless of price tags…

Beatles or Rolling Stones?

I was not too crazy about both since

I loved Elvis so much but I know they

both made wonderful songs and I can

appreciate both of them now

I’ll pick Beatles if I have to pick one…

I guess

Do you play any musical instruments?

First instrument I’ve learned was violin… I can play some guitar… I also enjoy playing Ukulele sometime…

What was the first record you ever bought?

I was playing violin, so I bought many old masters like David Oistrakh and Jascha Heifetz LPs.

What piece of Hi-Fi/Home Cinema equipment do you consider to be totally iconic? Marantz Model 7C Tube pre-amplifier, this is the absolute icon for Marantz…

What is your favourite album/piece of music? Again so many of them but if I have to pick one then Patricia Kaas album ‘Je te dis vous’.

What Hi-Fi System do you have at

home? They change all the time because of

my work

speakers stay.

But B&W Emphasis

What is your favourite book? If you are talking about novels, then SHOGUN… Amazing book knowing it’s written by Non Japanese…

How do you see the future for this industry? People will always listen to music!! Of

course they’ll listen in so many different ways but they will always need some sort of playback system! We must understand needs of people.

I always say “We must understand NTV

of people and come up with concepts”.

NTV stand for Needs, Tastes and Values.

How do you think audio/visual products will develop during the next 20 years? As I mentioned in Q20, NTV will change and we all have to adapt and come up with products meeting NTV of people! One thing for sure, Quality will keep improving!!

DS3 On Wall Black/White

549.00

ASW608 Bk/Oak/Red Chry/Wenge

349.00

ASW610 Bk/Oak/Red Chry/Wenge

449.00

ASW610XP Bk/Oak/Chry/Wenge

699.00

CM

Series

CM1 Gloss Black/Rosenut/Wenge

499.00

CM5 Gloss Black/Rosenut/Wenge

799.00

CM7 Gloss Black/Rosenut/Wenge

999.00

CM9 Gloss Black/Rosenut/Wenge

1799.00

CMC Maple/Rosenut/Wenge each

399.00

CMC 2 Gloss Black/Rosenut/Wn

750.00

ASW 10CM Gloss Black/Rosenut/Wn

875.00

FS-700CM Stand Silver/Black

200.00

XT

Series

XT2 Curved Cabinet Black

799.00

XT8 Curved Cabinet Black

2300.00

XTC Curved Cabinet Black

599.00

FS-XT2 Stands pair Silver/Black

199.00

iPod Speakers Zeppelin Speaker System

399.00

Zeppelin Mini

299.00

Zeppelin Wall Mount

50.00

Integrated Sound System Panorama Dolby and DTS

1495.00

Flat Panel Series FPM2 Sil/Bk each

245.00

FPM4 Sil/Bk each

445.00

FPM5 Sil/Bk each

495.00

FPM6 Sil/Bk each

595.00

FS-FPM4/5 Silver Stands each

100.00

FS-FPM6 Silver Stands each

100.00

TS-FPM Table Top Stand Silver each

50.00

Leisure Products VM6 White/Black/Silver each

249.95

VM Stands Silver pair

149.95

M1 White/Black/Silver Each

124.95

MT25 MT/ASW608 5.1 Pack Sil/Bk

974.95

MT30 MT/PV1 5.1 Pack Sil/Bk/White

1574.95

M1 Stands Silver/Black pair

149.95

PV1 Sub White/Black/Silver

949.95

ASW608 Matt Black

349.95

ASW10 CM 10” 500w Sub

875.00

LM1 White/Black/Silver/Red/Blue

199.95

LM Stands Black/Silver

119.95

WM2 White/Black Weatherproof

199.95

WM4 White/Black Weatherproof

299.95

WM6 White/Black Weatherproof

399.95

In Wall/Ceiling Series

Full Range Available

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Chord Cables

Full Range Available

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Chord Electronics

Integrated Amplifiers CPM2650 2x120w Inc R/C

4375.00

CPM2800 2x170w Inc R/C

6025.00

CPM3350 2x220w Inc R/C

7575.00

Cyan Click 2x100w

4125.00

Cyan Click 2x50w

3875.00

Digital Pre Amplifiers

Indigo DAC/iPod Dock

8870.00

Pre

Amplifiers

CPA 2500

3175.00

CPA 3000 Balanced Design

5480.00

CPA 5000 Balanced Design

10610.00

CPA 8000 Dual-Mono Pre Amp

POA

Power Amplifiers SPM 650 2x130w

3175.00

SPM 1050 2x200w

4245.00

SPM 1200E 2x350w

7375.00

SPM 1400E 1x500w each

8170.00

SPM 4000 2x480w 8 Legs

11345.00

SPM 6000 1x750w 12 Legs

12400.00

SPM 14000 1x1000w 24 Legs

22115.00

CD

Players

Red Standard MKII CD Player

8610.00

Red Reference MKII CD Player

13345.00

Multi Channel Power Amplifiers SPM 2400 5x135w

6150.00

SPM 3005 4x300w/1x350w

13340.00

Multi Media Media Engine 8 Legs Up To 6 Terabytes Of Storage

17500.00

Choral Range One Balanced CD Player Satin/Bk

3505.00

Blu Transport

5395.00

QBD76 D/A Satin/Bk

3245.00

Prima Pre/Amp Satin/Bk

3335.00

Mezzo50 2x50w Satin/Bk

2225.00

Mezzo140 2x140w Satin/Bk

3800.00

Symphonic Phono Stage Satin/Bk

2410.00

Chordette Gem Satin/Bk

399.00

Choral System Rack Satin/Bk 1 Tier

455.00

Choral System Rack Satin/Bk 2 Tier

580.00

Choral System Rack Satin/Bk 3/4/5/7 Tier POA

Aspire Floor Stand Satin/Bk 5 Tier 2200.00

Chord Touch Screen R/Ct

416.30

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Creek

Full Range Available

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Da-Lite Screens

Full Range Available

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Denon

AVP-A1HDA Premium Silver

6849.99

POA-A1HD Premium Silver

6999.99

AVC-A1HDA Premium Silver

7149.99

DVD-A1UD Premium Silver/Black

4599.99

Amplifiers PMA-510AE Silver/Black

249.99

PMA-710AE Silver/Black

349.99

PMA1500AE Silver/Black

749.99

PMA2010AE Silver/Black

1699.99

Tuners TU1500AE Premium Silver/Black

184.99

TU1800DAB Premium Silver/Black

299.99

CD

Players

DCD-510AE Premium Silver/Black

229.99

DCD-710AE Premium Silver/Black

349.99

DCM-500AE 5 Disc Changer Sil/Blk

279.99

DCD1500AE Silver/Black SACD

719.99

DCD2010AE Premium Silver SACD

1699.99

Receivers DRA-700AE DAB Premium Silver/Bk

499.99

AV

Receivers

AVR-1610 Premium Silver/Black

349.99

AVR-1910 Premium Silver/Black

449.99

AVR-2310 Premium Silver/Black

799.99

AVR-3310 Premium Silver/Black

1219.99

AVR-4310 Premium Silver/Black

1949.99

AVR-4810 Premium Silver/Black

2849.99

DVD Players DVD-1740 Silver/Black

224.99

Bluray Players DBP-1610 Black

399.99

DBP-2010 Black

599.99

DBP4010 Premium Silver/Black

1949.99

CX3 Series DRA/DCD-CX3 CD Receiver Silver

2199.99

SC-CX303 Speakers Cherry

909.99

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1549.99

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229.99

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99.99

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299.99

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649.99

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535.00

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600.00

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750.00

DM2/10 Rosewood/Black Ash

930.00

Excite X12 Maple/Ch/RW/Blk

710.00

Excite X16 Maple/Ch/RW/Blk

1020.00

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1820.00

Excite X36 Maple/Ch/RW/Blk

2300.00

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550.00

Focus 110 Maple/Ch/RW/Blk

1210.00

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1690.00

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1590.00

Focus 220 II Maple/Ch/RW/Blk

2750.00

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5110.00

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930.00

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2600.00

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4600.00

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2500.00

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1850.00

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5550.00

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9950.00

Confidence C4 Maple/Ch/RW/Blk

14950.00

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5590.00

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10500.00

Consequence UE Ch/RW

45000.00

Evidence Temptation

34500.00

Evidence Master

78400.00

Evidence Centre

18600.00

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800.00

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760.00

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1820.00

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295.00

DV20X High/Low Output

449.00

D17D3 Low Output

699.00

XX2 II Low Output

999.00

TE-Kaitora RUA Low Output

1999.00

DR

T XV1-S Low Output

3295.00

DR

T XV1-S Mono Output

3700.00

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5500.00

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535.00

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25.00

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1475.00

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1750.00

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1390.00

PSF-1 Loudspeakers

1560.00

PSB-1 Bookshelf Loudspeakers

850.00

Classic Series ECI-3 Integrated Amplifier Black

1750.00

ECI-5 Integrated Amplifier Black

2750.00

EC4.7 Pre Amp Black

1890.00

EC4.8 Pre Amp Black

2750.00

ECP-1 RIAA Stage

795.00

AW2x120-M Dual Mono Amp

3490.00

AW3x120-M 3-Ch Power Amp

4550.00

AW250-R Power Amp Black

4550.00

AW180 Mono Power Amp Black

2590.00

AW400 Mono Power Amp Black

3590.00

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4990.00

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2290.00

EMC-1UP CD Player Black

3890.00

EMP-1/S SACD Player Black

4650.00

EMP-1 Multiplayer Black

5490.00

ECD1A DAC Black

1290.00

EC4.9 Basic Module

3350.00

EC4.9 Complete

4190.00

EC4.9 Multi Channel Package

850.00

ETC2 RF Remote Control

400.00

Spider Black/Blue/Silver

228.00

Nordic Tone Loudspeakers

16990.00

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5290.00

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7960.00

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18580.00

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3995.00

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5995.00

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10995.00

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4195.00

P05 CD Transport

4495.00

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9995.00

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10495.00

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459.99

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919.99

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45.00

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100.00

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120.00

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175.00

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350.00

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600.00

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850.00

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1100.00

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1175.00

Obelisk X2 Power Supply

690.00

Obelisk PAS Power Amplifier

915.00

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1290.00

Obelisk Pre Amp

1290.00

Zene MC Cartridge

700.00

Obelisk Dactil DAC Board

160.00

Questar MM or MC Phono Stage

300.00

Quasar Phono Pre/PSU MM/MC

740.00

Q-psu PSU for Quasar

300.00

CanAmp Class A Headphone Pre

350.00

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350.00

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350.00

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370.00

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149.99

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199.99

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299.99

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399.99

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499.99

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179.99

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649.99

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699.99

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899.99

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1099.99

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299.99

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379.99

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599.99

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799.99

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999.99

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349.99

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19.99

iQ Series AV System Pack AV10 Bk/Dark Apple/American Wt

1099.99

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1299.99

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1399.99

AV70 Bk/Dark Apple/Americam Wt

1599.99

AV90 Bk/Dark Apple/American Wt

1799.99

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799.99

XQ 20 Blk/Maple/Khaya Mahogany

999.99

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1499.99

XQ 40 Black/Maple/Khaya

2499.99

XQ 50c Black/Maple/Khaya

749.99

XQ 20 Stands Black

249.99

XQ60b Subwoofer

799.99

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High Gloss: American Walnut, Piano Black,Che

Model 201/2 Piano Laquer Finish

3499.99

Model 203/2 Piano Laquer Finish

5999.99

Model 205/2 Piano Laquer Finish

7999.99

Model 207/2 Piano Laquer Finish

13999.99

Model 202/2c Piano Laquer Finish

1999.99

Model 204/2c Piano Laquer Finish

3499.99

Model 206/2ds Piano Laquer Finish 3999.99

Model 208sub Piano Laquer Finish

3999.99

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7999.99

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Model 201/2 Satin Laquer Finish

2999.99

Model 203/2 Satin Laquer Finish

3999.99

Model 205/2 Satin Laquer Finish

5999.99

Model 207/2 Satin Laquer Finish

9999.99

Model 202/2c Satin Laquer Finish

1699.99

Model 204/2c Satin Laquer Finish

2479.99

Model 204/2c Satin Laquer Finish

2479.99

Model 206/2ds Satin Laquer Finish

2999.99

Model 208sub Satin Laquer Finish

2999.99

Model 209sub Satin Laquer Finish

6999.99

Model 201/2 Stands Black pair

399.99

Model 202/2c Stands Black each

299.99

Model 204/2c Stands Black each

499.99

Subwoofers KUBE1 Sub Black

249.99

KUBE2 Sub Black

349.99

C4 Sub Bk/EU Walnut

299.99

HTB2SE Sub Woofer Black/Silver

499.99

HTB2SE-W Wireless Sub

749.99

XQ60b Sub Piano Black

799.99

KHT Series KHT 1005.2 5.1 Pack Gloss Black

499.99

HTS 1005.2 Gloss Black each

74.99

HTS 1001 Stands Gloss Black pair

79.99

HTS 1001 Wall Brackets 3 pack

20.00

KHT 2005.3 K1 5.1 inc. K1 Sub

699.99

KHT 2005.3 5.1 Pack Gloss Black

799.99

HTS 2001.3 Gloss Black each

99.99

HTS 2001.3 Stands Matt Black pair

99.99

KHT 3005.3SE K2 5.1 inc. K2 Sub

999.99

KHT 3005SE 5.1 Pack Gloss Blk/Sil

1199.99

KHT 3005SE-W 5.1 Pack W/less Sub 1299.99

HTS 3001SE Gloss Black/Silver pair

299.99

HTC 3001SE Black/Silver each

249.99

HTS 3001 Stands Black/Silver pair

129.99

KHT 5005.2 5.1 Pack Black/Silver

1499.99

HTS 5001.2 Gloss Black each

249.99

HTS 5001.2 Stands Gloss Black pair

274.99

KHT 6000 5.1 Pack Gloss Black

1999.99

KHT 6000 Gloss Black each

349.99

KHT 6000 Centre Gloss Black each

349.99

KHT 6000 F/Stand Gloss Black each

199.99

KHT 9000 5.1 Pack Gloss Black

3999.99

KHT 9000 Gloss Black each

799.99

KHT 9000 Centre Gloss Black each

799.99

KHT 9000 F/Stand Gloss Black each

249.99

KHT 9000 Desk Stand Gl/Black each

199.99

KHT 9000 Centre Stand Gloss Black

199.99

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5000 Wireless System 5000.2 W Module

399.99

Wireless System

449.99

Ventura Series Ventura 4 Outdoor Speakers

249.99

Ventura 5 Outdoor Speakers

299.99

Ventura 6 Outdoor Speakers

349.99

Ci Series Ci50R each

49.99

Ci80QR each

89.99

Ci100QR each

99.99

Ci130.2 FR/FS each

89.99

Ci160.2 FR/FS MkII each

119.99

Ci160FRLT MkII each

149.99

Ci130.2 QR/QS each

149.99

Ci160.2 QR/QS MkII each

199.99

Ci200.3 QR/QS each

269.99

Ci3-80QT each

399.99

Ci200.3QT each

499.99

Ci400 Bk/Sil/White each

199.99

Ci400LT Bk/Sil/White each

249.99

Ci9000ACE each

999.99

Ci130DS pair

469.99

Ci500AW pair

499.99

Ci50 Soundlight System

374.99

CiFDT pair

629.99

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Spectrum Series

Stream CD Player

1299.00

Pulse Amplifier

1299.00

Constellation Series Antila II CD Player

3060.00

Tucana II Amplifier

3499.00

Hydra Power Amplifier

3060.00

Corvos Mono Amplifier

3060.00

Reference Series Pyxis Pre Amplifier

4010.00

Altair IV Mono Amplifier

8685.00

Agena Phonostage

3060.00

Lehmann

Black Cube Statement Phonostage

335.00

Black Cube Standard Phonostage Bk

435.00

Black Cube SE Phono Stage Bk

615.00

Black Cube SE II Phono Stage Bk

820.00

Black Cube Twin Phono Stage Bk

920.00

PWX Power Supply Standard to SE

335.00

Black Cube Decade Phono Sil/Bk

1330.00

Silver Cube Phono Stage Silver

3300.00

Black Cube Linear Head Amp Sil/Bk

665.00

Black Cube USB Head Amp Sil/Bk

930.00

Black Cube Stamp P/Amp Sil/Bk

635.00

Black Cube Buffer Bk

635.00

Rhinelander Head Amp

400.00

Lyra

Lyra Dorian

595.00

Lyra Dorian Mono

649.00

Lyra Argo i

895.00

Lyra Helikon

1295.00

Lyra Helikon Mono

1449.00

Lyra Helikon SL

1449.00

Lyra Skala

1995.00

Lyra Titan i

2995.00

Lyra Titan Mono

3395.00

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Amplifiers/Receiver

PM5003 Black/Silver

249.90

PM6003 Black/Silver

299.90

PM7003 Black/Silver

509.90

PM8003 Black/Silver

769.90

SR5023 Black/Silver

429.90

Tuners

ST6003 Black/Silver

229.90

CD Players CC4003 5 Disc Player Black

359.90

CD5003 Black/Silver

249.90

CD6003 Black/Silver

299.90

SA7003 SACD Black/Silver

619.90

SA8003 SACD Black/Silver

849.90

Turntable

TT42 Black

199.90

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M-CR502 DAB

399.99

Audio Visual Components AV8003 Black Surround Processor

2599.90

PM8003 Black Power Amp 8x140w

1499.90

A/V Receivers NR1501 Black/Sil HDMI 4>2 7x50w

449.90

SR5004 Black/Sil HDMI 3>1 7x100w

699.90

SR6004 Black/Sil HDMI 3>2 7x110w

809.90

DVD/Bluray Players DV4003 Silver/Black

219.90

BD5004 Bluray Black/Silver Gold

449.90

BD7004 Bluray Black/Silver Gold

699.90

UD8004 Bluray Black

2449.90

UD9004 Universal Player Black

5099.90

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John Franks

Founder, Chord Electronics

Chord Electronics was founded in 1989 by John Franks who professes to having never played a musical instrument, describes himself as a bit of a Luddite but has been responsible for some of the most esoteric equipment we’ve ever sold. Have you heard the RED Reference Mark II?

At what point in time did you decide that you wanted to design and manufacture audio equipment? I must have been around 16 when I sold my first home made amplifier. It was a 10 Watt Germanium powered transistor unit and it sounded pretty good as I recall. That would have been in 1971.

What is it that you love about music? Music is the door to your soul, so I do wonder about those who love Lady GaGa. Seriously, it should always be an emotional experience and my favoured music, if I am in a classical mood, seems to evolve around 20th Century Romanic

classical mood, seems to evolve around 20th Century Romanic composers such as Ravel, Debussy and I

composers such as Ravel, Debussy and

I do love Russian composers such as

Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Borodin etc.

I love the brittleness and calm they

impart, like a hard, bright winters day.

What was your first product as a manufacturer? My first product was a 200 Watt per channel amplifier known as the SPM

900. It was little more than a shoe box

in size, you see I made the mistake that because I could make it small, I did and although it was appreciated by some it ultimately failed in the market place because of its small size. I think I have always been ahead of my time.

What is your point of reference when designing new products? Often my point of reference when designing new products is the last

product I have designed. You see, one design will often lead to another.

I tend not to look at anything from

the industry and certainly, I believe that form should follow function and the aesthetic design should be clearly recognizable, even in a crowded Hi Fi store. I hate bland boring black boxes that are supposedly worthy because they are so boring.

Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles: for their musicality and Rolling Stones for their sheer guts and staying power. Old rockers should never retire; they should just shrivel up like a bunch of old grapes in a forgotten fruit bowl.

CD or Vinyl? Both. If done right and with the right electronics.

What was the first record you ever bought? ‘Get a little help from my friends’ by Joe Cocker. First album was Soft Machine 3. This was progressive Jazz, fronted by Robert Wyatt who went on to sing, Ship Building, about the Falklands war, written by Elvis Costello.

Global Warming

Definitely man-made, thank God. I think it’s probably a good thing though, because if you examine the geological record for England and Northern Europe for the last two million years, for all but ten thousand years it’s been an ice age, with a mile of ice above Birmingham. So that’s the normal condition and the last 15,000 years has been warmer but definitely abnormal, so I think it’s probably a very good thing, taking the world further away from a hair trigger of flipping back into another ice age. Mind you, a mile of ice over the top of Music Matters wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Only kidding, I love the guys really.

made or not?

Man

What piece of Hi-Fi/Home Cinema equipment do you consider to be totally iconic? I think Ken Ishiwata from Marantz should be totally preserved in wax. He’s done great things for the industry and has always been a warm and friendly presence at so many hi fi shows. Apart from that I think the Sony Esprit amplifier of the 1980 period was pure genius, although not a commercial success.

What is your favourite film? My favourite film is Blade Runner. With beautiful cinematography for its time, especially the scene of the Chinese bicycles running through the city, all very evocative of a far future that would in fact only be 8 years away.

Do you play any musical instruments? And no I don’t play any musical instruments. As a working class boy of the sixties, only the specky, spotty, swatty kids were made to play instruments.

What Hi-Fi System do you have at home? My hi fi system is a Chord CPM 3350 integrated amplifier with a RED Reference playing into Wilson Benesch

ACT2s.

What is your favourite album/piece of music? I don’t think I can answer this question because favourites always change from day to day, month to month, but I do like cool jazz when it’s all going in the right direction.

What is your favourite book? My favourite book is The Lost Domain by Alain Fournier, a rather strange and mysterious tale of 18th century France. He only wrote the one book as he was killed at Verdun.

What music are you currently listening to? Stanley Clerk, Underworld. Miles Davis What is your favourite food? My favourite food is a beautiful tender steak, 24 oz is perfect, the perfect size to get half way through, realize what a pig I have been and ask the waiter if I can take it home.

Accessories

RC9001 Remote Control

1199.90

RX8001 WiFi/Lan Remote Extender

349.90

RX9001 Remote Extender

579.90

IS301 iPod Docking Station Black

259.90

Marantz Premium Range

Legendary Series SA-7S1 CD Player Gold

5099.90

SC-7S2 Pre-Amp Gold

8199.90

MA-9S2 Power-Amp Gold each

7149.90

Amplifiers

Ki Pearl Black

2499.90

PM-15S2 Gold/Platinum

1749.90

PM-11S2 Gold/Platinum

3349.90

SC-11S1 Pre-Amp Gold/Platinum

2899.90

SM-11S1 Power Amp Gold/Platinum3299.90

CD Players/Recorders Ki Pearl Black

2499.90

SA-15S2 Gold/Platinum

1749.90

SA-11S2 Gold/Platinum

3349.90

Tuner

 

ST-15S1 Gold/Platinum

999.90

Turntable

 

TT-15S1 inc. MM Cart

1499.90

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F

Series

F80 Red/Silver/White/Blk/Yellow

1500.00

i80 Matching iPod Dock

200.00

AD88 Alfred Dunhill System inc. iPod Dock

2000.00

i80P Universal iPod Dock

200.00

G

Series Receivers G51 Tuner/Amp 2x100w Bk/Sil

2500.00

G51DAB Tuner/Amp 2x100w Bk/Sil 2700.00 G1 MM/MC Phono Stage Factory Fit 225.00

G

Series Pre/Power Amplifiers

G01 Pre/Tuner Bk/Sil

2000.00

G01DAB Pre/Tuner DAB Bk/Sil

2300.00

G01 MM/MC Phono Stage

225.00

G02 Pre-Amp Balanced Bk/Sil

2300.00

G02 MM/MC Phono Stage

225.00

G56 Power Amp 2x100w Bk/Sil

2150.00

G57 Power Amp 2x200w Bk/Sil

2750.00

G

Series CD Players

G06.2 24 Bit Bk/Sil

1800.00

G08.2 24 Bit Balanced Bk/Sil

2400.00

G

Series One Box

 

G95 DVD/Amp/FM 5.1 Bk/Sil

4300.00

G95-DAB DVD/Amp 5.1 Bk/Sil

4500.00

G

Series DVD/Tuners

G92 DVD/Tuner Bk/Sil

3900.00

G92DAB DVD/Tuner DAB Bk/Sil

4250.00

G96 DVD Transport Bk/Sil

3350.00

G

Series Controllers/Amplifiers

G61R Controller Bk/Sil

3500.00

G68ADV Controller/Tuner Bk/Sil

5000.00

G68AXV Controller/Tuner Bk/Sil

5000.00

G68XXV Controller/Tuner Bk/Sil

5000.00

G68AXD Controller/Tuner Bk/Sil

5000.00

G68XXD Controller/Tuner Bk/Sil

5000.00

G55 Power Amp 5x100w Bk/Sil

3250.00

G41 Active Crossover Amplifier

3350.00

800 Series

 

808.3 Sig CD/Pre Bk/Sil

10000.00

861

V4 Sound Controller

11500.00

800D V4 DVD-A/V Bk/Sil

13000.00

800DAX V4 DVD-A/V Bk/Sil

14000.00

96KHz/24Bit Active Loudspeaker/Sub

DSP420 In Wall each

1500.00

DSP3100 DSP Bk/Sil pair

3500.00

S3100 Stands Bk/Sil pair

500.00

DSP3100HC Horz/Ctr Bk/Sil each

2000.00

S3100C Stands Bk/Sil pair

250.00

DSP5200 Graphite/Bk/Sil pair

6750.00

DSP5200HC Horz/Ctr each

3500.00

DSP5200VC Ver/Ctr each

3400.00

DSP5500 Graphite/Bk/Sil pair

9999.00

DSP5500HC Graphite/Bk/Sil each

5999.00

DSP5500VC Graphite/Bk/Sil each

5900.00

DSP7200 Gloss Bk/Sil pair

17500.00

DSP7200HC Graphite/Bk/Sil

9000.00

DSP7200VC Graphite/Bk/Sil each

9000.00

DSP8000 Graphite/Bk/Sil pair

29999.00

DSP8000VC Graph/Bk/Sil each

16000.00

SW1600 Black

2300.00

SW5500 Black

3150.00

Faroudja Meridian Processors/Projectors

DVP-2351 Digital Video Processor

2500.00

DVP-1080HD Digital Video Proc.

4000.00

DILA1080MF10 Digital Projector

7500.00

810

Digital Projector

140000.00

Meridian System Components HDMAX621 HDMI Audio Processor

1500.00

HDMAX121 HDMI Extender 1 - 1

275.00

HDMAX421 HDMI Extender 4 - 1

575.00

MPMAX221 Media Player Dig. Link

325.00

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Andrew Watson

Accoustics Engineer, KEF

KEF acoustics engineer Dr Andrew Watson says the Muon is the result of a series of acoustic experiments. The 2-metre tall floorstanders cost £70,000 a pair; there are only 100 pairs in existence and visitors to Unilet’s Open Day a couple of years ago were some of the first people in Britain to hear them. Read what Andrew thinks about the industry (when he’s not doing a gig in Tunbridge Wells with his rock band!

When did you decide that you wanted to design and manufacture audio equipment?

I started building my own speakers when

I was about fifteen so, when it came

to thinking about university courses, acoustics was an obvious choice as it

encompassed quite a few of my interests. After graduating and a few years hopping between university research contracts

I landed myself a job in the speaker

industry and I’ve been here ever since.

job in the speaker industry and I’ve been here ever since. What is it that you

What is it that you love about music? Listening to music is like sitting round a camp fire - it connects with something very deep within us.

CD or Vinyl?

I quite happily use both. Even if

recordings, Hi-Fi components and rooms were capable of being ‘perfect’, we’d probably still want to tweak the sound in one way or another.

What was your first product as a manufacturer? The first ‘from the ground up’ project I did at KEF was probably the TDM THX system for which I worked on the front speakers and the 34DS dipole surround.

It was nice to do a project that required

a significant amount of background

acoustical work on things like timbre matching and minimizing the localization of the surrounds. Then, when it all comes together and sounds good, it’s very satisfying – the front speakers set up the soundstage and the surrounds pull it back into the room to envelop the listener.

What is your point of reference when designing new products? Raymond Cooke said: ‘without drama, without exaggeration, without artifice’.

Q9. Beatles or Rolling Stones? Not wishing to downplay their

significance, but I never really got into either, although I remember playing Eleanor Rigby as a bass guitar duet at

a folk club once. Everyone was into

the Beatles and the Stones when I was growing up but I was drawn more to blues and jazz rock – Weather Report, Muddy Waters and all sorts of obscure stuff I’d find at the local second hand record shop. The only superstar band I was into at the time was The Who.

What was the first record you ever bought? The first single I bought (or was bought for me) was ‘Two Little Boys’ by Rolf Harris. I also remember buying ‘Rubber Bullets’ by 10CC and an EP by Brian Ferry featuring ‘The Price of Love’. The first album I bought was ‘Honky Chateau’ by Elton John.

Global Warming

The hype is definitely man made. It is most likely a natural phenomenon that

goes through cycles over time. However,

I cannot believe than man’s activities

on this planet are not influencing it to

some degree. So the increased awareness

is probably a good thing. There are

a few other candidates for upcoming

global catastrophes, maybe these will start to get more of a hearing (that’s assuming we don’t get hit by an asteroid in the mean time – that would be a real bummer).

Man

made or not?

What piece of Hi-Fi/Home Cinema

equipment do you consider to be totally iconic?

It was way before my time at KEF, but the

Model 105 did a lot to define the modern loudspeaker and how they are designed and manufactured.

Do you play any musical instruments? Yes, bass guitar mainly. In the past I’ve played in a variety of bands from Jazz to Reggae, including the once-a-year KEF Christmas party band. Currently gigging around Tunbridge Wells with classic rock band ‘Deep Fix’.

What Hi-Fi System do you have at home? My house is full of hifi equipment, old and new. Systems get changed often as I like to experiment quite a bit and there’s normally a prototype speaker or two that’s being tinkered with.

What music are you currently listening to? ‘Enigmatic Ocean’ by Jean Luc Ponty.

How do you see the future for this industry? The industry is always changing for a host of reasons. There are constant shifts in the product types that are manufactured, new product types bring in associated technologies from new sources, talented young engineers are always coming through and technical capability is spread around the world much more than it once was. However, the essence of our business on the loudspeaker side is much the same – researching and designing quality components and combining them intelligently into systems which sound good and look good.

How do you think audio/visual products will develop during the next 20 years? That will be partly down to the usual forces of customer requirements and the desire for products of a certain type, and the possibilities resulting from new technology that’s always being developed by audio companies. But it’s also dependent on by the types of houses that we live in because they are not always HiFi or AV friendly.

Our challenge it to make sure the public is aware of the standard of sound reproduction that’s possible, ensure that high quality source material gets into people’s homes, and to produce products in a form that people want to invest in because they know they will get a lot of satisfaction from them.

Plasma or LCD?

Vernon Hamblin explains why Jeremy Clarkson looks better than James May!

explains why Jeremy Clarkson looks better than James May! Popular opinion is divided by the Sales

Popular opinion is divided by the Sales and Marketing teams of the principal manufacturers. Sony, for example, will tell you that LCD is best. Why? Because they don’t make Plasmas. Fujitsu will give you the contra-argument for obvious reasons and Panasonic will sit with the fence post planted well and truly where the sun doesn’t shine because they make both to a very high standard. So it’s much like the divided opinions on Jeremy Clarkson. Some think he is a witty, informed writer and presenter who deals out common sense in handfuls and should be Prime Minister. The rest just think he’s an annoying self-opinionated prat!

Firstly, we have to ask ourselves what size of new TV do we want? If the answer is up to 36’’, then you simply have no choice - LCD, LCD or, er LCD. None of the manufacturers make a plasma below 37’’. Between 36’’ and 46’’ you have a choice. For larger screens it’s a Plasma.

Next, the “Green” argument. All manufacturing industries are under the Ecology hammer and TV manufacturers are no exception. Since 2006, all the leading companies, particularly Pioneer and Panasonic, have made sure that their Plasma screens consume no more power than their LCD stable mates. In either case, both use far less power

than your old CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) television.

HD Ready or Full HD? This question has much less relevance today than it did. Put simply, HD ready means that the screen accepts High Definition connections, but isn’t actually operating at full resolution (1080p). Full HD means all of the above, but is operating at full resolution. Most LCD’s and Plasma screens are now Full HD.

Now we come to the crux. LCD or

Plasma

analysis, all Reference studies on this subject agree on the following principal points that make Plasma the superior medium over its back-lit rivals (LCD, Rear Projection and CRT TV’s).

1. Nominal life 100,000 hours. Twice

that of CRT and Rear Projection. A third more than LCD.

2. Plasma achieves better colour

reproduction than any other format apart from some projector/screen combinations. To be precise, 68 Billion

colours per square metre vs. 20 Million over the same area for LCD.

3. Far superior contrast ratios -

Nominally 1:1000,000 on a good screen. Greater than CRT and on average, twice as good as LCD. In other words, the blacks are blacker and the whites are whiter.

4. Very fast response

times - Up to 0.001 m/secs which enables plasma ideal for viewing fast motion.

In particular, sports and films. LCD is much slower therefore causing motion blur.

5. Viewing angle -

Similar to CRT (180

degrees). LCD suffers from degradation well below this angle, and the picture ‘greys’ at high angles. 6. Irrefutable point - The larger the screen, the more apparent these differences become.

So, there we have it. Where you have the choice, then go Plasma. Where you don’t, then go for the best and most advanced LCD you can afford. So for a small screen (36’’ and below) you still have to embrace Jeremy Clarkson. 42’’ and above, the decision, I’m afraid, is still Jeremy Clarkson. Regarding the middle-ground, you could pretend that you prefer James May, but somewhere, deep in the recesses of your mind, you know that Jeremy Clarkson is still the right choice.

The future? There are distant rumblings about OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), but these screens are currently very small and very expensive. And on that bombshell, I’d like to thank you for your interest, and if you want more detailed information on the above discussion then you know where to find me.

which

one? In the final

and if you want more detailed information on the above discussion then you know where to

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Joe Reynolds

President of Nordost

Joe Reynolds, the President of Nordost reckons that the ultimate audio connection is silent and invisible. Fortunately for Unilet, he was far from silent when it came to talking to Vernon. At what point in time did you decide that you wanted to design and manufacture audio equipment? This was in 1991 when I started looking at the cabling requirements for a line of loudspeakers that Nordost was importing from Denmark. This project started with one flat extruded FEP cable and soon morphed into a full line of unique cable products. I learned a lot about cables during that period.

products. I learned a lot about cables during that period. Apple Mac or PC? I use

Apple Mac or PC?

I use an Apple Mac which I just got

about a year ago with the matching iPhone.

What is it that you love about music? The emotional experience it conveys. Good music paints pictures and it can alter ones state of mind in a very positive way.

CD or Vinyl? Vinyl definitely I just got a VPI Classic turntable last year and I am having a lot fun rediscovering music. There is something magical about the sound.

Bach or Beethoven? Maybe Beethoven but my favourite

classical composer is Aarvo Part who is

I think a genius. I also like composers such as Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Aaron Copeland.

What was your first product as a manufacturer? This product was Nordost Flatline speaker cable which was the first flat extruded FEP (Teflon) cable on the market back in 1992.

What is your point of reference when designing new products? Live music is the reference point of

course. In the last year we have started

a partnership with a research company

in the UK. The results of this ongoing work are very exciting indeed as we can now see what is happening to signals when we improve the cabling, racks and other ancillary equipment around the electronics. We have started to scientifically verify what a lot of people could hear but could not measure for the last forty years. Yes a good power cord or rack can improve a CD player and we can now measure the results in verifiable and repeatable manner. This science is helping us to develop much better products and take away the voodoo elements of cable design.

Beatles or Rolling Stones? The Beatles for sure I think they revolutionized popular music.

What was the first record you ever bought?

I think it was Hey Jude by the Beatles.

Global Warming

We have definitely affected the climate

with our activities.

Man

made or not?

What piece of Hi-Fi/Home Cinema equipment do you consider to be totally iconic?

I don’t think there is one. The standard of equipment on the market now is very high the problem is that most people don’t know how good it is. At Nordost we can make all most any equipment sound good when we give

it the full treatment of cables and Sort

Kones resonance control devices. Quite

a few manufacturers of electronics and

speakers have been surprised when they have heard the sonic results when we use their products at various shows around the world.

What is your favourite film? My favourite film is Lawrence of Arabia an absolute classic with superb cinematography.

What is your favourite album/piece of music? This is a tough one. I would say Hot Rats by Frank Zappa.

What Hi-Fi System do you have at home?

I have a Krell Evolution CD player

and a VTL pre and power amp 400 series with a VPI Classic Turntable. The

speakers are Verity Parsifal’s. I am using

a Stillpoints rack with a full loom of

Nordost Odin cable and a Thor power distribution system with Quantum QX 4 field generators. I also use Jeff Rowland amps with System Audio speakers.

Is there one place on Planet Earth that you would like to visit or re- visit? Patagonia is high on my list. I have hiked in Iceland and Spain but I would love to do a trip to Patagonia.

What music are you currently listening to? Gotan Project which is a new take on tango music.

How do you see the future for this industry?

I think it is very positive and it will continue to grow and change; that is for sure.

How do you think audio/visual products will develop during the next 20 years?

I am sure we will have 3D video. I think

vinyl will still be around. I think that products will be easier to use and it will be a lot of fun.

Cables and Wireless Why you still need to wire up your system Those among you

Cables and Wireless

Why you still need to wire up your system

Those among you of a certain age will no doubt remember those 1960’s puppet based kids TV programmes. I’m sure the opening credits of “Supercar”, “Fireball XL5”, “Thunderbirds”, “Captain Scarlet” etc, etc are flashing past your eyes as you read.

Their creator, Gerry Anderson, used every trick in the book to try and fool us that he wasn’t actually using puppets. Vast amounts of smoke and many mirrors. Lots of deliberately “out-of-focus” camerawork and even substituting the puppets’ hands with human ones! But none of that mattered to us because we all knew that the whole thing relied entirely and absolutely on wires. The puppet characters themselves, the aeroplanes and other flying gizmo’s. Even the cars were pulled along model roads with wires and you could see ‘em all!

Today, just about everything we touch

and use is connected to something else

by wires

your car, Dell, your telephone, the BBC, the lights in your home and office, Apple, your bank, Nokia, your cooker and Stephen Hawking would all be completely buggered without them!

And so it is with any Hi-Fi or Home Cinema System.

And yet I am constantly asked by many people who are clearly intelligent and well informed this question:

“Why do I need so many wires?”

I’m sorry people but the plain answer is “You just do” Particularly when installing and commissioning a Home Theatre system. Whilst this “wiring loom” is not as complicated as the one in a modern car I would suspect that it is, probably, more sophisticated than the one in the vehicle

The

London Electricity Board,

that put Neil Armstrong on the Moon 40 years ago!

So, we have two choices. Either ignore them because they are helping to make the 5.1 Surround Sound in your front room so brilliant. Or, we do our best to disguise them. We keep them tidy with Cable Management Systems. Tuck them under carpets and behind skirting boards. Plaster them into walls and hide them under suspended floors. Either way you need them.

All is not lost though. We now have a modern wire called an HDMI Cable.(High Definition Multi-Media Interface). This wire can carry High Def video and up to 8 channels of uncompressed digital audio down its slim profile. Think of it as a digital SCART Lead. This wire has enabled us to reduce greatly the number of wires required to connect up the principal components of a modern Home Theatre system. You still, of course, need a minimum of 5 Loudspeakers plus a Subwoofer to do proper Surround Sound and they need wires.

Some readers are, no doubt, saying things like “Bluetooth” and “Wi-Fi” for wireless loudspeaker connections. True providing you are happy to compromise the sound quality. These two wireless options are incapable, at the moment, of supporting the very high data rates required of the latest digital carriers found on Blu-ray discs.

So, for the time being I’m afraid, Gerry Anderson and NASA did it right in the first place.

On a final note, I would always advise that you purchase the best quality wire you can afford. Thanks for your interest, take care and see you next time.

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