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Welcome to Lyric Hifi

429 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7EY Tel: +44 (0)2890 381296, From ROI 04890 381296
Open: 10:00am - 5:00pm - Monday to Friday, Saturday by appointment only

Call in for a mosey round, tap us for good advice, and have a listen to great sounds

Spendor Loudspeakers

You probably know that at Lyric Hifi we are very careful about what we stock. This is because we don't want any products in here that we can't whole heartedly recommend so the addition of a new range of loudspeakers is an event. When times are more normal we might even run some events to introduce them, and hopefully we will soon.

Spendor have been around a long time. They came out of the golden age of the BBC engineers in the 60s/70s when they collaborated with local hifi companies. Rogers, Harbeth, Kef, Chartwell and Spendor all had BBC history.

Spendor was founded by SPENcer Hughes and his wife DORothy and their first famous speaker was the BC1 which we were still selling a version of in the 1980s! This had a silky smooth detailed vocal and the only fault it had was a nice one, a slight bloom in the bass.

The company was also famous for the quality of it's cabinet finish with beautiful veneers and that hasn't changed. They have beautiful walnut, oak, black and white finishes across the range.

So when looking at adding to our range how did we make this decision?

Just now the Kef range of loudspeakers is extremely strong, with many award winning models showcasing the latest development of their Uni-Q technology which is a wonderful technical advantage. That doesn't mean that they are for everyone however.

There are manufacturers around that seem to specialise in forward sounding, detailed sounding  presentation accompanied by a ported bass bloom to give the effect of bass that they don't actually have. They boast of their achievements and knowledge without any facts to back it up, just marketing-speak. Some of these, and you can probably guess the names, I believe are truly awful and destroy the music by turning it into a 'hifi sound'. 

Spendor doesn't do that, it is a window to the music. I first heard the latest range pre-covid and was really impressed with how natural and unforced they sounded on a range of music, so what are the best models and what do they cost?

The A'Line range is the most popular starting from a bookshelf speaker at £1300, the A1, then to a small floorstanding A2 at £ 1800, A4 at £ 2500 and A7 at £ 3500. These are all 2 way designs and the floor standers are very clever at giving a big open sound from small cabinets. At first glance it may look like you have small cabinets for the prices however small cabinets are a huge advantage in many rooms as long as you still have a broad sound. 

Above that the D-Line features 3 way designs, D7.2 at £4700 and the D9.2 at £ 8090

There is also a Classic range with the recreation of bygone looks running from £ 1600 to £20,000 but that's a story for another day!

Prices and pics appearing in our catalogue soon, A1, A2, A4, A7 and D7.2 are all on demonstration now!

 

 

Special Vinyl Records

The vinyl resurgence has led to amazing improvements in the quality of new vinyl records. Remastering from the original sources has led to new cuts of so many of the classics. I am such a vinyl head that I'm interested in these for myself and as a result we have started selling some.

Companies such as Analogue Productions, Speakers Corner and Mobile Fidelity Sound labs have re-issues and hidden pleasures a plenty! All are on 180g virgin vinyl and some are also half speed mastered. That puts the price up though, as does the highest level Mofi Ultradisc which is a limited edition of single stage pressing. The Stevie Ray Vaughan Couldn't stand the Weather with two discs at 45rpm sounds amazing. At £179 it should do, although some are already changing hands for more than that. Limited edition MFSL discs go up in price when the run ends, earlier releases can be twice what you paid for them after a few years.

Just this week we have arrivals from Lou Reed Transformer £29, Solomon Burke-King Solomon £29, Chet Baker and Art Pepper £29, Nina Simone Little Girl Blue £ 19, MFSL Supertramp Breakfast in America £ 59, MFSL Dire Straits Communique at £ 79 and MFSL Derek and the Dominoes Layla at £ 89

Call in for a look and treat yourself to a treasure!

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Also recorded a video about making vinyl records, available very soon, will add the link

The Online World

March 2021

We have now been closed for almost 3 months and I'm becoming institutionalised into online business and working!

While I know that this Blog is online I view it as talking to customers who mostly know me so it's also personal. I was shocked to find how I've been ignoring Blogs the past few months while busy on Youtube and eBay and spending hours ever y day at a keyboard answering emails!

YouTube videos are fun to do. I don't use a script and you can tell, for better or worse. I have a product, topic or person and off I go. If you haven't seen any do have a look and also subscribe, I hope to showcase all new products there as well as here in blogs. The advantage is that by subscribing you get an email every time I go off on another interview/rant about once every 2/3 weeks, and it's free.

The music ones are hugely rewarding. So far I have talked to Ronnie Greer and Ken Haddock and the craic has been great. Couple of great songs from Jimmy Neeson there too and reviews of Kef LS50, Linn Majik DSM4 and Rega Kyte speakers. Also a geeky one about equipment racks! Check these out and please subscribe, it costs nothing, 

Lyric Video Channel

We've also been doing eBay for a few years now and it keeps growing. We don't sell much new gear there, it is mostly trade-ins for which we have the original packing. We have never tried to be a second hand hifi store buying and selling used gear. We use trade-ins to make your new purchase easier and so if at a particular time we don't have a lot of used gear I'm happy. It's the profit on our last sales!

Check out our eBay store:

Lyric Hifi eBay store

Now we are all more than ready to return to talking to people face to face. Phone calls and emails just aren't the same. This time has been interesting though in clarifying what Lyric Hifi is here for. We are specialists. That means that we select and demonstrate the best gear we can find. The hifi shortages have meant waiting lists on Rega, Linn, Naim and Kef products. Sorry, if you have to wait for the best then wait. If you want second best then go elsewhere. And that's the difference, shops where you can buy any old hifi rubbish (some of it expensive!) are not specialists just because they sell hifi. They are just supermarkets driven by half truths and the biggest commissions. We apply the highest standards to selecting the best gear and limiting ourselves to that premise. Many stores sell, or at least list, lots of really expensive gear that they have never even seen or heard, that's not being specialist, that's being order takers and online sales lend themselves to that lack of knowledge, experience and even morals.

Anyway, rant over, I really hope that we will be back open in April to let you hear the finest recent new products, LS50 Metas are fantastic, the new Rega Kytes are also great and there is a very big announcement to come from Linn next week.

Keep safe, see you soon, Michael

 

 

Lockdown Blues

So it's 3rd January, Christmas and New Year have come and gone, lovely time thanks for asking, and now we get stuck in, ready to go back to work, let's go for it

But it's not quite the same this year.

The sales and installs we've planned are all on hold pending our folks on the hill deciding how long this lockdown goes on.

Karen starts tomorrow with a Vat return while I have orders to ship out, a proposal to finish and then chase up progress on ongoing projects.

During November and December business has been good to us, thank you again, and we have been too busy to sell on trade-ins.

So when Ross and Sam return even more refreshed on the 11th they have trade-ins a plenty to check out, listen to, clean and value.

That's many hours work when you have various Rega turntables, 2 Linn Sondeks, a VPI, a Luxman and a couple of Pink Triangles to work through! And that's only the turntables, there are also amplifiers, speakers and even tuners!

If you want to treat yourself to a bargain upgrade check out the Catalogue tab above followed by Used, Pre loved, Preowned, but wait until later in January, from about 15th on.

After that the guys have more to do in the shop before we re-open. I have purchased a very special music collection running to thousands of cds and vinyl records. These have been collated over many years and are mostly classical with some jazz and blues. While used Classical music usually doesn't sell, this collection has all been chosen as the best performances and recordings from Gramophone magazine over the past 30+ years and is in pristine condition. It is full of gems that can be treasured additions to any collection. We not only have to sort them we also need to work out some shelving/display for them

Someday when we are back open call in for a browse and pick up a bargain be it music or gear.

Happy New Year everyone, here 's hoping for great things in 2021