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Fanthorpes Hi-Fi at the North West Audio Show 2017

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North West Audio Show 24th – 25th of June

Fanthorpes HiFi at the North West Audio Show hosting Pro-Ject, Luxman, Innuos, Martin Logan and PMC

It’s always nice to do something for the first time, and on the weekend of the 24th – 25th of June, Fanthorpes Hifi are making their first trip to the North West Audio Show, at Cranage Hall in Cheshire.

Something else that will be happening for the very first time is the debut UK show outing of the Innuos Zenith SE (£4999). This limited edition Zenith represents the pinnacle of Innuos audio technology.

Antony from Innuos will be on hand to answer all your technical questions and to demonstrate how rewarding and easy streaming can be, whether over a network, or connecting directly into your DAC via USB.

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We haven’t forgotten Analogue though. Kieran Pickaver from Henley Designs will be with us too. Kieran will be showcasing the Project Signature 12 turntable (£7499) with the Ortofon Cadenza Black cartridge (£1825) and Project’s Reference Phono Box

From a practical point of view, there will also be two demonstrations during each day showing the benefits of improving your cartridge. Kieran will be rotating through the Ortofon black cartridges moving from 2M Black (£495) to Quintet Black (£679) and then Cadenza Black (£1825), pointing out the improvements on the way.

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Amplification will be provided by Luxman of Japan. We will be using the C-900u Preamplifier (£10999) for control and the mighty M-900u (£10999) for power.

Speaker wise we will be bringing our Martin Logan Classic ESL 9 (£7999) along to demonstrate the room filling sound stage that can be created using hybrid electrostatic speakers, and as a counter point we will also be bringing our show stalwarts, the always amazing PMC FACT 12 (£12995).

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We always enjoy the interaction and challenge of a show demonstration, and we look forward to meeting you all again. Pop along to Bedroom 8 to say hello, and enjoy a listen.

For anymore information about the North West Audio Show or what we are exhibiting please call us on 01482 223096 or email shop@fanthorpes.co.uk

AVM Audio Now At Fanthorpes HiFi

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AVM Audio Now At Fanthorpes HiFi

We’re pleased to announce the latest addition to our store, AVM Audio. Based and designed in Malsch, Germany, AVM is the brainchild of managing director Udo Besser. The company, which has been developing and manufacturing electronic equipment for over 30 years, believes electronics must relay the purest emotions of recorded music, regardless of genre, directly to the listener.

This objective drives the company’s product design process, which is centred on keeping the “fingerprint” of the design inaudible and as musical as possible. Simplicity of design is key, as Udo Besser says, “Trial and error does not produce good sounding equipment. Therefore we do not develop unnecessarily complicated circuits that need a lot of compensating components in order to function correctly. We prefer a simple, straight circuit design where every component has its own clearly defined task. This circuit concept provides the best result, by far.”

AVM offer a wide range of products, spanning three ranges, namely: Inspiration, Evolution and Ovation. It consists of pre, power and integrated amplifiers, plus CD players, streamers, CD-receivers and all-in-one CD/streamer/amplifiers.

Here at Fanthorpes we offer a selection of products from each range including the AVM Inspiration CS 2.2 Streaming CD Receiver, AVM Evolution CS 5.2 Streaming CD Receiver, AVM Ovation SA 6.2 Power Amplifier and AVM Ovation SD 6.2 Pre Amplifier, with more arriving in the near future.

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For more information about AVM Audio please call us on 01482 223096 or email shop@fanthorpes.co.uk

Trade In
Of course, at Fanthorpes we love to trade in, so if you want to trade in your existing HiFi against AVM, contact us and we will let you know what it is worth as a trade in.

Finance Available
We can also offer buy now pay later on AVM Audio, allowing you to spread or defer your payments over a year.

UK Delivery and Install Service
When you buy AVM from Fanthorpes HiFi, we can provide a nationwide delivery and installation service within mainland UK. Our installer will drive to your house and install your new electronics.

AVID HiFi Unveil New Amplifiers & Tonearms

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AVID HiFi announce new products at Munich 2017

Conrad Mas announced a new range of amplifiers and tonarms at the Munich High End Show 2017. A popular brand within the store, needless to say we are very excited about the new products on the way from AVID.

AVID Celsus Pre and Power Amplifiers

Using many of the features found in AVIDs Reference Pre, the Celsus Pre-Amplifier comes partnered with a dedicated power supply. The Celsus Pre retaines the Reference Pre Amplifiers fully balance topology, a built in phono-stage offers the same options to easily configure any cartridge of two that can be connected, including Subsonic and Mono facilities. Four line level inputs (2x RCA, 2x XLR) give the AVID Celsus Pre exceptional flexibility.

The matching AVID Celsus Power Amplifier incorporates many of the components used in the Reference Mono and Stereo Amplifiers and retaining the distinctive pure powerful sound expected from AVID.

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AVID Sigsum Integrated Amplifier

The new Sigsum Integrated Amplifier is set to be the foundation and entry level product in AVIDs full electronics line. Complete with phono-stage and four line level inputs (2x RCA, 2x XLR), it will also include a headphone amplifier and be available in both Black and Silver finishes.

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AVID Tonearms

The long awaited AVID tonearms arms made their debut in prototype format at the Munich High End Show 2017.

AVID has placed the control of energy flow at the heart of all its designs. AVID believe the key to good sound is separating the good and bad vibrations at source, and giving the ‘bad’ vibrations a path-ofleast- resistance to an ‘energy sink’ where it can be harmlessly converted into heat.

AVIDs tonearm designs follows the same philosophy, grounding the cartridge and transferring the bad vibrations to the subchassis whilst supporting
and maintaining the structural rigidity the cartridge requires.

The flagship tonearm in the range is the Oxytone, in creating this arm AVID employed innovative 3D printing technology to produce a unique single piece titanium arm tube. In combination with an internal bracing structure, an internal energy conducting beam efficiently transfers bad vibration to the subchassis. Rigidly coupled bearings ensure vibration transfer and a unique preload system keeps constant pressure regardless of ambient temperature and prevents damage due to accidental overloading. Bi-axis bearing configuration importantly places the counterweight over the rotational axis, reducing damaging lateral inertia.

Fixed weight bias compensation avoids the use of resonating springs, a magnetic mass compensator offsets bearing loading and a unique locking system makes adjustment of VTA quick and simple.

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Cascading the Oxytone design philosophy, both the Paroxytone and Barytone tonearms use titanium technology. A 3D printed titanium headshell is coupled to aerospace grade high tensile thin wall titanium tubing reducing its ability to store unwanted energy, maintaining high rigidity and transmitting vibration to the mounting. The new rigid bearing pre load system used in the Oxytone is transferred to AVIDs other designs. Features include easy adjustable VTA on the Paroxytone and the Barytone the classic single locking point.

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Both the amplifiers and tonearm ranges are expected to be available late 2017.

For more information about AVID HiFi please call us on 01482 223096 or email shop@fanthorpes.co.uk

Trade In
Of course, at Fanthorpes we love to trade in, so if you want to trade in your existing HiFi against AVID, contact us and we will let you know what it is worth as a trade in.

Finance Available
We can also offer buy now pay later on AVID HiFi, allowing you to spread or defer your payments over a year.

UK Delivery and Install Service
When you buy AVID HiFi from Fanthorpes HiFi, we can provide a nationwide delivery and installation service within mainland UK. Our installer will drive to your house and install your new electronics.

Spendor A2 Speakers First Impressions – Unboxing And Review

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Spendor A2 Speakers – First Impressions

We recently took delivery of the new Speaker A2 Speakers, we thought we’d share a few thoughts about one of the latest Spendor Speakers.

The overall experience of unboxing the new A2 floorstanders from Spendor is quick and simple. The only small hurdle is removing the large staples which run along the seam of their boxes. Once you have located a set of pliers or robust scissors, simply pop them off and the rest of the unboxing process is plain sailing.

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These speakers come sealed within a neat plastic bag. Completing the A2’s are a good quality set of spikes and locking nuts. There are four metal round fixing plates on the underneath of the speakers to screw the spikes into, giving you strong and secure housing for your spikes.

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The overall fit and finish is of a very high standard – as we have grown to expect from Spendor. The only thing to bear in mind is that these speakers are not supplied with grilles.

At the rear of the A2 are a single pair of robust looking speaker terminals, there is no Bi-wiring option here. Spendor believing that a superior single terminal cross over design is better than using a Bi-Wireable design with four terminals on each speaker.

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Once the A2 are set up in their listening position, it strikes you just how small in stature these floor standers are, standing at just over 75cm tall. However, they give an impressive soundstage for their size.

Listened to using a full Cyrus system comprising of a Stereo 200 and Pre2 DAC for the amplification and using a Cyrus CD Transport as the source. This combination was a pleasure to listen to.

The Spendor A2 Speakers delivered a warm and full character performance, with a good proportion of bass. The newly designed EP77 Polymer bass drivers coupled with the soft dome tweeters give a sound which is an easy listen, without being fatiguing at all.

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The diminutive Spendor A2 Speakers retail for £1595 and are available in three natural veneered finishes (Black Ash, Dark Walnut and Natural Oak). Dark Walnut is the finish featured in the pictures.

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For more information about the Spendor A2 Speakers call us on 01482 223096 or email shop@fanthorpes.co.uk

Trade In
Of course, at Fanthorpes we love to trade in, so if you want to trade in your existing HiFi against the Spendor A2, contact us and we will let you know what it is worth as a trade in.

Finance Available
We can also offer buy now pay later on Spendor Speakers, allowing you to spread or defer your payments over a year.

UK Delivery and Install Service
When you buy Spendor Audio from Fanthorpes HiFi, we can provide a nationwide delivery and installation service within mainland UK. Our installer will drive to your house and install your new electronics.

Constellation Audio at Fanthorpes HiFi

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Constellation Audio is now available for demo in or Hull showroom

The latest addition to our Hull showroom is Constellation Audio, founded in 2008 by Australia-based financiers and audiophiles Murali Murugasu and David Payes, Constellation Audio assembles a dream team of star audio designers and engineers.

Audiophiles will recognise the names of audio engineers such as John Curl, Bascom King, Peter Madnick, and Demian Martin. They will also recognise the work of industrial designer Neal Feay, who is responsible for the look and feel of many of the high-end audio industry’s most distinctive products.

The Constellation Audio “dream team” is aimed to go beyond their past achievements – they employ whatever methods and technologies they thought best, regardless of cost or complexity.

As you examine their products, you will notice numerous construction methods you have never seen before. You will see circuit topologies far more advanced than any you have previously encountered. You will find the most exotic and expensive parts available. And you will confront entirely new and vastly better solutions that have never been tried in the past but will surely be emulated in the future.

We currently have the Inspiration Pre (RRP: £11999) and Inspiration Mono Power Amps (RRP: £12999) available for demo, with more models landing with us over the coming weeks.

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Each and every Constellation Audio product is made at their factory in Newbury Park, California.

For more information about Constellation Audio call us on 01482 223096 or email shop@fanthorpes.co.uk

Trade In


Of course, at Fanthorpes we love to trade in, so if you want to trade in your existing HiFi against Constellation, contact us and we will let you know what it is worth as a trade in.

Finance Available


We can also offer buy now pay later on Constellation Audio, allowing you to spread or defer your payments over a year.

UK Delivery and Install Service


When you buy Constellation Audio from Fanthorpes HiFi, we can provide a nationwide delivery and installation service within mainland UK. Our installer will drive to your house and install your new electronics.

Martin Logan Speakers At Fanthorpes HiFi

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Martin Logan Speakers now at Fanthorpes HiFi

Martin Logan speakers are a unique speaker design like nothing currently at Fanthorpes HiFi.

Formed in Kansas USA in the 1970′s by Gayle Martin Sanders and Ron Logan Sutherland. Both driven by their passion for music they were determined to design an electrostatic speaker that would work in a domestic enviroment.

Years of research and development led Martin Logan to unveil its first prototype in 1983, the Monolith, to critical acclaim and since then they have never loked back.

Martin Logan are now firmly established as the world leaders in Hybrid Electrostatic design. The Martin Logan hybrid design pairs an Electrostatic panel with a conventional cone speaker for bass, this results in a stylish, elegant electrostatic speaker that combines beautiful clarity with powerful bass.

We have a growing portfolio of Martin Logan speakers available for demonstration in our Hull store that includes the Electromotion series plus Martin Logan ESL 9, ESL 13A and ESL 15A with more lines to be introduced to the store over the coming weeks.

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For more information about Martin Logan Speakers call us on 01482 223096 or email shop@fanthorpes.co.uk

Trade In
Of course, at Fanthorpes we love to trade in, so if you want to trade in your existing HiFi against Martin Logan Speakers, contact us and we will let you know what it is worth as a trade in.

Finance Available
We can also offer buy now pay later on the Martin Logan, allowing you to spread or defer your payments over a year.

UK Delivery and Install Service
When you buy Martin Logan Speakers from Fanthorpes HiFi, we can provide a nationwide delivery and installation service within mainland UK. Our installer will drive to your house and install your new Speakers.

Cyrus Experience Event


 
Cyrus Experience Event – Saturday 8th April – 10:00am till 6:00pm
 
Following an enormously successful pilot in 2016, Cyrus are bringing the Experience roadshow to Fanthorpes HiFi. 

 

Want to know whether a Cyrus Pre sounds better than using an integrated as a Pre?

Want to know what running Cyrus monos v biamping sounds like?

CDi v Cyrus signature transport?

Want to know what your older Cyrus kit sounds like compared to the newer models?

If the answer to any of the above is yes then come on down and see us

The idea of our day is to put our Cyrus stock at your disposal, making the event as flexible as you want it to be. To find out which configurations work better than others, to find out how to make the kit we love sound as good as it can.

We are open to any of your ideas too please get in touch with your suggestions for the day.

The event will be hosted by ourselves alongside Nick Price the Cyrus UK sales manager, who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the brand.

Show Discount

If you chose to order Cyrus at the event we are able to offer you a 10% discount off the RRP.

Free Streamer Upgrade

Own a Cyrus streamer in need of a firmware update? Bring the streamer in store over the weekend for a free firmware update.
 

 
Trade In Scheme

As you would expect from Fanthorpes HiFi, we will be offering generous part exchange deals against Cyrus bought at the event.

Cyrus Hark 2 Stands

When clearing out our store room we discovered three Cyrus Hark 2 stands. Ready to take away, the now discontinued Hark stands are hard to come by on the second hand market. Please contact us if you are interested.
 

For more information about our Cyrus event call us on 01482 223096 or email shop@fanthorpes.co.uk
 

Fanthorpes HiFi at the Stylus Show 2017

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A last-minute plan has come together & we now pleased to inform you that we will be exhibiting at Stylus Show North 2017, in Manchester.

The event will take place from the 18th – 19th March at the The Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa. Located a block from Piccadilly train station. With us exhibiting in MEETING ROOM 10

We’re really looking forward to the event as it gives us a fantastic chance to connect and chat with our ever growing list of valued customers.

We have decided to take three different brands of turntable;AVID Acutus (£11999) with an SME V, Bryston BLP-1 (£3995) & the Luxman PD171A (£5299). All the decks are contrasting in design, deliver different styles of performance.

The rest of the system:

- AVID Pulsare Phono Stage £4999
- Bryston BP26 Pre Amplifier £4999
- Bryston 4B3 power Amplifier £5299
- PMC FACT 12 Speakers £12,995
- Chord Signature cables & interconnects
- Townshend Podiums Seismic Isolation Podiums
- Atacama stands

The Acutus, in our opinion stands out as must hear of high end turntables – it has been with us at every show we have exhibited at over the past
few years.

The Bryston BLP-1 launched late in 2016. This is Bryston’s first venture into to turntable market, a fantastic deck with a great engineering story behind it.

Luxman was added to our portfolio in 2016 and has been an instant success, also release in 2016 was the PD171A turntable. A vintage and traditional looking deck combined with a big, fluid & rich performance.

All these decks are built superbly and look as stunning as they sound.

So come down and see us in MEETING ROOM 10

We will also be running an in room competition with the chance to win a Project Debut Carbon Turntable worth £349, so make sure to pop in to our room to be in with a chance to win (and say hello)

Ticket Discount!

With just 10 days until Stylus North 17, we are offering a 10% discount on tickets to everyone.

COUPON CODE: STYLUS17

Valid for all show days, redeemed at online check out or show reception.

For more information about what we will be exhibiting call us on 01482 223096 or email shop@fanthorpes.co.uk

Full address details for the show:

Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa
London Road
Manchester
M1 2PG

Chord Company unveil Sarum T range

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Chord Company unveil Sarum T range

Chord Sarum T builds on the hugely successful Sarum Super Tuned ARAY cable range. The Sarum T range introduces Chord’s very own insulation material, Taylon, bringing a major performance upgrade. Previous Sarum ranges have used PTFE insulation, however the upgrade to Taylon introduces a huge wealth of performance benefits.

Chord discovered Taylon, a new, high-technology alternative to PTFE in 2015. Designed originally for super critical, precision guided weapons systems, Taylon eliminates the temperature related phase instability and mechanical variation that hinders the sonic and musical performance of PTFE.

This breakthrough led to the creation of the flagship ChordMusic range, which Chord have now fed down into the Sarum T range of cables.

Combining Taylon® insulated conductors, and Chord’s most advanced Super ARAY technology, Chord Sarum T offers a huge upgrade in performance over the Sarum Tuned ARAY range. It offers the same natural sense of rhythm, pace, musical energy and presence that ChordMusic delivers, but in a simplified design that costs considerably less.

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SARUM Upgrade Scheme – Are you a current Sarum owner? You can upgrade to Sarum T at a fantastic price.

Sarum T RCA Analogue Interconect – RRP £2099 – Upgrade Price £1000

Sarum T XLR Analogue Interconect – RRP £2999 – Upgrade Price £1450

Sarum T RCA Digital Interconect – RRP £2099 – Upgrade Price £1000

Sarum T XLR AES/EBU Interconect – RRP £2099 – Upgrade Price £1000

Sarum T USB Cable – RRP £1499 – Upgrade Price £700

Sarum T Ethernet Cable – RRP £2099 – Upgrade Price £1000

Sarum T Power Cable – RRP £1899 – Upgrade Price £900

All the prices above are 1 metre lengths

View the full Sarum T range on our site here…

For more information about the Chord Sarum T call us on 01482 223095 or email shop@fanthorpes.co.uk

Neat Elite SX Speakers – B Stock

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Neat Elite SX Speakers – B Stock – Save £795

We have a limited number of B stock Neat Elite SX Speakers available in either Rosenut, Cherry or Maple for sale at £1599, saving you £795.

RRP: £2395 Our Price: £1599

Save: £795

The Neat Elite SX Speakers incorporates a carefully judged port tuning design, this allows the Neat Elite SX Speakers to showcase its mind blowing bass performance, especially from a speaker with such a small stature. The Neat Elite SX Speakers utilise the Ultimatum main drive unit, this allows a smoother intergration with the Neat Elite SX Speakers tweeter.

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For more information about the Neat Elite SX Speakers call us on 01482 223095 or email shop@fanthorpes.co.uk

Finance Available

We can also offer buy now pay later on the Elite SX Speakers, allowing you to spread or defer your payments over a year.

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