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Brinkmann’s Belt Drive SPYDER

We do very well with the Brinkmann decks here at Lotus. They sell at a strong steady pace and owners are always delighted with what is a very staunch reliable product. Stability of the product, the company and the UK distribution is a major part of the appeal as is of course, the superb performance that they offer. Whilst the keenly priced Bardo is the biggest seller here (what other deck can genuinely perform as high as a Bardo for under £5000) we should not neglect Helmut's most recent creation, the belt drive multi-arm Spyder which at £7996, sits neatly [...]

15th September 2017|

The LINN LP12 – into the Highend league

The Linn Sondek LP12 has been there all of our adult lives. A hugely lovable legend in its own right it is also a deck that has evolved steadily through the decades. The last time I personally owned one was way back in 1991 when it was looked after by Chris Thomas from Audio Venue in Crystal Palace. Back in those days he (along with Derek Jenkins) was the very best person in the country at setting one up. Since then of course through the earlier days of Lotus Hifi I have literally sold hundreds of them secondhand, [...]

1st May 2017|

The linn/naim to VITUS FAQ

In over 3 years of retailing Vitus Audio I have moved many Naim Audio owners over to the Danish brand as a complete system upgrade. Out of about 5 or 6 dozen Naim to Vitus customers over the years, pretty much all of them still have the Vitus we sold them and it continues to deliver long term fuss-free listening pleasure. This then is now a very well trodden path and one that has produced many deeply satisfied customers who came to Lotus looking for an upgrade and/or system simplification. When I wrote my original Naim to Vitus guide back [...]

20th March 2017|


Meet the Int one, possibly the most interesting Alluxity product to Lotus customers and the first one that we will cover here in the blogs. I don't want to labour on the brand and the aesthetics too much. When most people see the units in the flesh the reaction is usually really positive and brings about a smile or a strong level of inquisitiveness. Alluxity looks like little else in the marketplace and the Scandanavian elegance the product exudes, especially in the white finish, I find really rather appealing. What the pictures don't tell you is just how high [...]

12th March 2017|


I thought it might be useful and fun to list a few recommended systems here at Lotus and some of our most popular combiations with our customers. Save the very last these are all arrangements that we have sold or tested and they all work really well together in a balanced and cohesive fashion. There is obviously a huge price difference between first and last but the point is these all make stunning music and are all so fundamentally right that you don't sit there wanting for more or being distracted by niggles. You obviously get more and more as [...]

26th February 2017|


With another year flown by I thought it might be interesting to look back at the Lotus Stars of 2016. The Lotus product portfolio is already finely handpicked (we don't automatically list every single product that our brands manufacture) so almost every item you see on this website comes highly recommended and will sell at some point or other. There are of course products that sell in far greater numbers though. It might be because they are one in million items, amazingly competitive in their own marketplace or just reflective of new trends and habits. Let's check over the sales [...]

20th January 2017|


With just 7 months under our belt since we launched Tidal here in the UK, myself, importers Kog Audio and the factory in Germany could not be more pleased with the beginnings and early progress that's been made. The reaction from customers in shop and home demos has been everything we expected and hoped for and more. Things will continue to move fast in the world of Tidal. We have recently had news of several imminent new products which will be released at the Munich show in Spring 2017 so stay tuned for a number of really [...]

13th December 2016|


In the last few years I have witnessed a very strong trend towards simplification in this great hobby of ours. People want far fewer boxes, less wires, less clutter and a system that just takes up a much smaller amount of real estate. The reason ? Well I suspect it’s partly because the way we live is fundamentally changing. In 2016 the lounge is for many, a veritable feast of entertainment, 50” plasmas, bluray collections, netflix, ipads, Xboxes, Call of Duty multiplayer; the age of the dedicated listening room is now no longer quite so appropriate . The other major [...]

17th August 2016|


Budget isn’t really a word you immediately associate with Lotus. When I started out on my journey back in 2010 I wanted to deliver a very natural "non-hifi" sound with little compromise. The simple fact is that to meet my minimum level of expectation there are no real shortcuts. That said, the lower end of the marketplace is evolving very very fast and its also a challenging area to operate in so over the next couple of years, I will be turning a little more of my attention to the smaller budget and trying to offer more in this sector. [...]

20th June 2016|


In March and April we had the very first UK Tidal sales. The intial demo pieces were loaned out and demonstrated from as early as February and we couldn't have asked from a better response from real customers in their real living spaces. It's not everyday that in excess of £85,000 worth of equipment gets purchased and delivered and there is quite a lot involved in moving 280kg+ of kit around so here is a pictorial insight into one these early installs to a very good Lotus Customer. Whilst the entry Piano speakers come [...]

5th May 2016|