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ALLNIC Factory Visit 2019

Here at Lotus we take on a new brand only very rarely and only after exhaustive research and scrutiny. We drop a brand though even less frequently, something we hate doing and something that there really shouldn't ever be a need to do if you select properly in the first place. Occasionally of course, the political landscape or business approach of a company can alter which means it's suitability wanes but thankfully this is a very rare event and to date in 9 years of trading we have only had to let go of a very small handful [...]

15th December 2019|

VITUS SIA-030 vs SIA-025 vs RI-101

In a year replete with hot products say hello to quite possibly the biggest star of 2019. My apologies for the late publication of this investigation but the truth is I have just been too busy selling these things to find the time to write about them. Five to be precise placed in the UK in just a few months and one in the USA to boot. Stepping up to the canvas, Achilles, Orpheus and Hercules. Let's take this opportunity to afford ourselves a good look at how these three illustrious Gods of Highend Hifi all compare to one another. [...]

28th November 2019|

NEW VITUS MASTERPIECE DAC

Say hello to the new flagship digital source from Hans Ole Vitus. The team over in Herning Denmark have been working on this one for some time now and here at Lotus we have had plenty of time with it and a chance to compare back to other machines of similar pedigree. Any discussion of a heavily reworked Masterpiece DAC might start with some notes on the previous model. I wrote about this unit extensively back in 2014 but this summer an example passed through my classifieds so I recently was able to freshly reacquaint myself with its abilities and [...]

3rd September 2019|

Introducing the Vimberg Mino

For those of you who don't know yet, Vimberg is the sub brand of Tidal Audio in Koln Germany. Vimberg is the result of Tidal CEO Jorn Janczak's vision to offer a Tidal-like zero compromise product with Tidal sound and credentials but for half or a third of the price and hence to a much wider audience. If you've not been keeping up with the worldwide audio shows the past year or so then take a quick glance at some of my links below. When the Vimbergs were first played to the public at Munich Highend last year, [...]

16th May 2019|

Life after the Linn LP12 SE ?

Like my original Naim to Vitus writings, the LP12SE to Brinkmann Bardo upgrade path has become so commonplace here at Lotus that I felt it was finally time to sit down and explain it all in detail. Many LP12 owners with the Keel and Radikal have been stuck at an upgrade dead end for some years now. Whilst having fun with small additions like the various third party top plates, counterweights and bearing modifications does bring about additional worthy improvements within the performance sphere of the Linn, the truth is that moving into the very cheapest deck we sell here [...]

13th April 2019|

VITUS RD-101 DAC/STREAMER

Somewhat belatedly the new £10,800 Vitus RD-101 DAC/Streamer has arrived at Lotus and this new year I have had some time to really put it through its paces. Some of you may remember the RD-100 which this new 101 replaces. The RD-100 was a superb Dac and sold well here in the UK but had it's own linestage as well. This new model ditches the linestage and is just a pure DAC with a plethora of regular inputs and crucially its own streaming board for use with an additional ethernet input. The RD-101 is also Roon ready for those people [...]

11th January 2019|

First UK VIMBERG delivery

I am extremely proud to document the first ever UK delivery of a pair of gorgeous Vimberg speakers, the new offshoot brand from the Ultra highend German company “Tidal Audio”. Available at Lotus Hifi as of now, the Vimberg Mino, starting at £23,000 for the ceramic tweeter version, will provide over 95% of the clarity, purity, transparency and sheer invisibility that we know and expect from a Tidal loudspeaker, but at less than 50% of the price. A huge sound and simply so much speaker for the money. The highest levels of openess and transparency but, like a Tidal, [...]

2nd January 2019|

The new Allnic H1202 Phono

The entry level Allnic H1201 phono stage has always been one of the biggest selling units here at Lotus. I'm probably past 100 units now for numbers sold, who knows for sure, it's a big amount though. The baby phono from Kang Su Park just sounds so right and natural in almost every system that rarely did it ever come back returned from home demo or indeed find itself beaten by another rival product. A little like Mr. Vitus and his recently improved RI-101 amplifier, the H1201 never really needed improving at it's pricepoint and still offered performance that made [...]

27th December 2018|

The new VITUS RI-101 Integrated in depth

The previous Vitus RI-100 has been a firm favourite here at Lotus since the very first days we started with the brand back when there was only 2 or 3 other UK retailers and most people had never even heard the name of this obscure company from Denmark. We have been championing this multi award winning amp for nigh on 5 years now and it is the heart of many a Lotus based system still to this day providing year upon year of pleasure. All those years ago we also devised the Naim to Vitus philosophy and pathway. We pioneered [...]

28th October 2018|

TIDAL / VIMBERG FACTORY VISIT 2018

In the Summer of this year I had the pleasure of visiting the Tidal factory. We do pop in to periodically to keep abreast of things but this time was rather special because firstly we were set to investigate and gloat over the newly launched Vimberg brand of loudspeakers and secondly, the team have just finished a sizeable factory expansion with the launch of a stunning brand new demonstration room. Whilst the electronics assembly and R&D has always been off site at a different location, the speaker manufacturing and assembly was always located on the ground floor at [...]

4th September 2018|