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Here at KJ, we are always looking to expand range of hi-fi equipment available for demonstration in our store. Getting a new set of speakers in is always exciting. This month we have received the recently released Focal loudspeaker ‘Sopra No.2’. 

Fans of Focal have been anticipating the arrival of Sopra since they were first announced. They have received exceptional reviews throughout the hi-fi press and blogs and there is a real buzz developing around these speakers.

The design of Sopra is unique. Focal have really made a concerted effort to create a speaker that is as beautiful to look at as it is to listen to.  They come in a range of colours including black, white, red, orange and walnut veneer. 

Sopra speakers are hand-built by Focal and use an array of new innovations including the best mid-range driver ever created by the company. They push back the limits of sound reproduction in terms of transparency in a very compact enclosure. 

There are two models in the Sopra range. The No.1 is a bookshelf version and the No.2 is a larger floor standing speaker. We also have the No.1's in store now. 

As with all Focal speakers, the build quality is fantastic. They are hand-built in France, with the cabinets being manufactured in Burgandy and the drivers in tweeters in St. Etienne. 

We have found the Sopras to give an incredibly detailed sound with a full and wide soundstage. These are speakers that will give any others in its price bracket a real run for their money. 

If you would like to hear them for yourself, please get in contact and arrange a demonstration with one of our experts. 

 

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Naim Audio have this week announced a significant upgrade to the software on their entire collection of hi-fi streaming products. Their range of Uniti all-in-one players, network players, streaming preamplifiers and Mu-so wireless music system all now feature native support for the hi-resolution digital service TIDAL. 

The lossless streaming service has been seamlessly integrated into the Naim App for iOS and Android to allow you to immerse yourself in high-quality sound via your Naim system. Existing and new Naim owners are eligible for a free 90 day trial of the Hi-Fi tier service which is redeemable any time before the 31st March 2016 via the Naim App.

You can download the latest updater for Windows HERE and Mac HERE.

As well as the update to the streamers, Naim have also added some fantastic new features to Mu-So, including full multi-room capabilities. That means it can stream music in perfect-sync to other Mu-so or Naim two-channel systems in up to four additional rooms.
 
The update also enables new features for Mu-so that owners of our two-channel systems already enjoy. These include support for gapless playback, Seek2Time to search through tracks using the UPnP input, and a new alarm clock feature.

If you would like to try any of the Naim streamers for yourself, please book an appointment to come in to our London showroom, we will be happy to give you a demonstration. 

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After the success of our UK launch event last month, we have received our very own Rossini streamer, enabling us to run personal auditions of DCS’ latest ‘all-in-one’ digital source, tailored to our customer’s requirements. 

The Rossini is a welcome addition to our hi-fi demo room as it offers customers a true high-end digital streamer (capable ofplaying practically any digital media) at a price that more can afford. The sound that the Rossini delivers is somewhat incredible.
Rossini plays music through an array of industry-standard USB, AES and S/PDIF digital inputs, and can stream over Ethernet from a NAS drive or online music services such as TIDAL, Spotify and Deezer, and from Apple devices via Airplay. An integral disc transport mechanism is fitted for Compact Disc playback.

Designed for flexibility and ease of use without compromise, Rossini uses the very latest dCS Digital Processing Platform and Ring DACTM technology, originally developed for the flagship Vivaldi series. Its single FPGA brings improved signal processing and superior flexibility, effectively making it future-proof.

Rossini is available in 2 versions, with and without the CD Transport, which sell at £18,000 and £15,500 respectively. A Rossini Master Clock is also available for £5,000.

For more information on Rossini please visit our collection page.

If you would like to visit our Central London based showroom for a demonstration, please get in touch now to arrange a time. 

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