15 Years Later...

15 years ago, I started to undergo changes I didn't fully understand.  It was triggered by an event which has etched itself in my memory with a permanence few others have.

I was 12 years old, taking a food break after a morning full of swimming and sliding goodness at Amazons water park in Queensland.  A friend of mine sat down next to me and pulled a CD Walkman out of his bag and offered me an earbud.  I accepted and continued munching away on my hotdog.

He hit play and music filled one side of my head.  It was the Red Hot Chili Peppers' seminal release, Californication.  I was engrossed, taken into the music more than I remember from any album before and certainly few enough since.  After a song or two, he offered me the second earbud and went back into the pool for another round of swimming.  I was completely blown away by how real the sound was - how believable the performance.

It was the point at which my fascination with the experience of music listening formed.  I became intrigued with friends' stereos, the differences in their headphones and earphones and, most importantly, found just what it was for music to sound good.  Having the hair on the back of my neck stand up as I listen to a song I love... that's my metric for quality.

15 years later...  I have turned my passion into a job, and an entire generation of people have brought their own similar enthusiasm to the industry.  As a result, we are amply supplied with amazing headphones, incredible portable playback devices and the ability to carry massive quantities of CD quality music around everywhere we go.

For music fans, this is truly a golden age.  You can hear a piece of music the closest to the original studio master that has ever been achieved, anytime, anywhere.

We're celebrating this anniversary the best way we know, with a sale!  Investigate our full range of headphones here, or for any recommendations feel free to drop us a line.

24 June, 2014 by Angus Perry

Theatre or stereo? Why not both?!

I grew up in a world of stereo.  My first system was a tower of AKAI, playing two tapes, radio and vinyl through a pair of speakers which were simple two-ways in enormous boxes.  The music was king - ABBA, Neil Diamond, all the heroes - and the parties were rocking.

Nowadays, there's a more common sight in living rooms; a TV, five speakers and a sub, all arranged to give the best sound for two or three seats in the centre.  Turning the system over to stereo to listen to music, the limitations become apparent.  While great at distributing reasonable power to all channels via a plethora of small amp stages, sending big power to just the two speakers at the front can sound deficient, harsh even.

For people who want to relive the glory days of stereo without dismantling the surround system, two solutions have been available heretofore:

1. The expensive, yet effective, choice has always been to purchase a pre-processor and separate power amplifier.  With newer digital pro-processors, the expensive idea is being challenged, but all too often the price point is beyond most budgets.

2. The second option is to buy a big, juicy and catastrophically heavy integrated AVR which has big enough amplifier stages to perform in a stereo system.  Pushing well into the three, four and beyond thousand dollar mark still asks a little too much of many budgets, (and let's not think too hard about the price of the truly awesome Denon AV-A1 series!) although we have a great suggestion to fix that right up.

Cambridge Audio 751R and BD 752 Package

Presenting the Cambridge Audio 751A, an AV receiver designed to be the best solution to our problem and leave change in your pocket.  The big toroidal power supply and massive amplifier stages (200w/channel for stereo!) allow even the most demanding of speakers to drink deeply of the electrical supply without ever sounding lean or harsh.  The surround decoding into up to seven speakers or two zones is state-of-the-art, simply eschewing unwanted and excessive feature lists in order to save on both licensing and manufacture costs.

The special price speaks for itself, and to make the flavour even sweeter over Christmas we've also bundled it with the matching Cambridge Audio BD752, a bestseller in its own right as the alternative to the Oppo BDP105.

Cambridge Audio 751R and BD 752 Package

Have a look at the special and act fast!  We have three of the bundles to sell!

~Angus

Busy Busy Buys!

#prepostxmassale #specials I have been doing my best to update the site with lots of superb specials. Too many to list here but they include a range of the Bowers and Wilkins products, don't forget the UNBOXED promotion they are running as well great bonuses just for buying the things you love.
09 December, 2013 by Omer Sheikh
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