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Lotus UK dealer for ENTREQ

I am very pleased to announce the exciting Swedish brand Entreq as the latest addition to the Lotus portfolio. After various trials it became very clear to me that the Entreq way of thinking fits in extremely well with what we do here. Not only does the Entreq philosophy mirror the sort of sound that I aspire to but their products also seem to marry beautifully with my other main resident players ... High Fidelity Cables, Allnic, Vitus to name but a few. Entreq ("energy transforming equipment") make passive grounding boxes, Interconnects and Mains equipment. All their products share [...]

1st May 2014|

Ultra Highend in one box, the SIA-025 Integrated

All the pieces i've talked about so far have been nothing less than utterly convincing in my trials but if I had to nominate one Vitus product as the all time showstopper then the no holds barred £18,500 SIA-025 would definitely be it. Forget about the word 'integrated', ignore the single box, ignore the modest 25W power rating and also turn a blind eye to the price tag as well; here is an amplifier that will mingle with the very best, a single chassis that gives absolutely nothing away to pre and power, a level of performance that [...]

3rd April 2014|

The RI-100 Integrated in detail

Before we get onto the big players of the Class A 'Signature Series' range, we must turn our attention to arguably the star of the reference range and that is the RI-100, 300 watts per channel Integrated amp. This £9500 beast has already picked up a whole stack of awards and is surely a classic in the making, one of those extraordinary products that is virtually peerless at it's pricepoint and gives such gobsmacking performance that you question why there is any point ever spending any more in this great hobby of ours or indeed making life any more [...]

13th March 2014|

The RD-100 dac/Pre in detail

Getting into a little more detail, here is the RD100 in situ in my dem room. This £8500 piece is a stunning dac for the money and a full preamp too with analogue inputs (the digital section shuts down when these are in use, it does NOT convert to digital). Functionality and connectivity is of a very high standard, no less than 6 different digital inputs, RCA, XLR analogue inputs and also single ended and balanced output. Whilst you can obviously plug a decent laser transport into the RD-100 to play all your CD's, most customers will be [...]

3rd March 2014|

An introduction to the Vitus range

VITUS RI-100 Integrated Amplifier The other Signature series unit I wish to mention is the £16,500 SCD-025. This Signature series unit is a significant jump from the RD-100 dac or RCD-100 integrated CDP and Vitus's contender for the finest ever single box player. Of course with an extensive range of inputs this can also act as a pure DAC as well if needs be. It will be my new digital reference here at Lotus. That completes the blurb for now. Whilst all Vitus pieces can be demonstrated by appointment, the four units mentioned above will be [...]

3rd March 2014|

Lotus appointed UK dealer for Vitus

I am very excited to announce that Lotus have been made an official UK retailer of the multi-award winning premium brand of electronics Vitus Audio. In choosing a solid state line of equipment to bring to my customers I have deliberated long and hard. Through my bouyant secondhand business I have over the years sampled the delights of many many different boxes. I am primarily a vacuum tube man at heart but I have honestly now found what I was searching for in this marvellous Danish brand. Whilst a small handful of other highend marques offer similar world class [...]

1st March 2014|

EXTRACTING THE NECTAR – THE HA3000

Please excuse my slightly sugary sense of enthusiasm but I have had a fabulous days listening with this new piece. It seems odd to talk in terms of upgrading the H3000V phono stage but what KS Park's HA3000 active Nuvistor head amp does is nothing short of incredible. I was expecting a moderate but detectable increase in all the usual hifi properties - resolution, speed, space, depth, purity, timing, coherency, solidity - and you do get all of that, but in a bigger dose than I could have imgained. What that doesn't tell you though is more about the [...]

28th May 2013|

ALLNIC PHONO’s + DYNAVECTOR/SHAHINIAN

The other afternoon I spent some very interesting time in the company of Jason Hector. Some of you may remember Jason from when he was a well known reviewer for Hifi Plus magazine. These days he runs a very nice Well tempered system with the Amadeus turntable, XV1-s cartridge, Dynavector amps and Shahinian Obelisk 2 speakers. This is a nice little system I know well and one that has gained a lot of traction over the last few years here in the UK courtesy of Pear Audio. It's a cohesive balanced marriage that works well, has a low box [...]

16th May 2013|