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ChordMusic is a unique and revolutionary new high-end cable range from British manufacturer The Chord Company. We are pleased to announce that we now have a full range of demonstration stock in our London store.

At KJ, we believe cables are absolutely imperative to a system’s performance. When you have high-end equipment like we stock, it is so important that you use a cable that will get the best out of your electronics and loudspeaker. It is because of this that we chose to bring in ChordMusic. 

It is a very innovative cable which uses a unique new insulation material called Taylon (as opposed to the PTFE that has previously been used on Chord cables). This material behaves very differently to PTFE and one of its critical differences is that it is phase stable at typical room temperatures.  This material has previously been used only for military purposes. 

ChordMusic uses techniques developed for the Sarum Super ARAY, but has gone a step further and applied a constrained layer of mechanical damping to the conductor grouping. It’s a time consuming process but with a cable as transparent and neutral as ChordMusic, the improvements are easy to hear.

The cable also had an added external metallic braid to further improve mechanical damping and HF noise isolation before the final braided cover is fitted. 

ChordMusic is a true audiophile cable. It may not look spectacular, there is no matrix and it is relatively standard thickness, but rest assured ChordMusic can compete with the finest audio cables in the world in terms of its transparency and realism. This is a special cable. 

If you are looking to get a little more out of your system, we would encourage you to come in and hear what ChordMusic is capable of. Get in touch now to arrange a demonstration

 

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After much anticipation, Naim Audio’s latest all-in-one player ‘Mu-So Qb’ has now been released and we have stock available to audition and buy in our Central London showroom.  

The Qb is the more compact version of Naim’s incredibly successful Mu-So player which was released in 2014. 

Like the larger Mu-So, the Qb is able to stream music is a wide variety of ways including internet radio, UPnP, Airplay, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Bluetooth and USB as well as having an optical input to connect to other digital devices like TVs and CD players. 

Another appealing feature of the Mu-So range is their ability to be used in a multi-room system. All Naim streamers work from the same app, allowing you to operate all streamers and control the music throughout your home from just one app. 

Underneath the grill, the design of Mu-So Qb is very well thought out. To achieve that distinctive Naim sound, their engineers had to interrogate every component and adjust speaker angles by the smallest of fractions. It led to an arrangement of five drivers, offset and angled perfectly to create a left-right dispersion asymmetry.

Mu-So Qb uses the same 32-bit digital processor as Mu-So. Fine-tuned in the listening room, it controls the flow of music information to each speaker. 

This is an incredibly impressive machine. The size of the sound stage that it is able to produce is exceptional. If you couldn’t see the Qb you would never believe that such a full and detailed sound was coming from such a discrete system. The bass goes deep and keeps control extremely well. Quite remarkably, Naim have been able to keep their signature sound and scale it down into a fantastically compact and beautiful all-in-one device. 

Mu-So Qb is available now for £595. 

If you would like to try Mu-So Qb, contact us to arrange an appointment or just drop by for a casual listen. 

 

 

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Last Friday evening we were joined by Touraj Moghaddam of Vertere Acoustics and Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer at Abbey Road Studios to hold the first of our series of events devoted to all things vinyl. 

We set up a phenomenal system made up of the Vertere RG-1 Reference turntable, a FM Acoustics FM-122 MkII Phono Linearizer, the Naim Audio Statement Pre/Power Amplifier and Wilson Audio Alexia loudspeakers. The whole system was cabled using Vertere’s Absolute Reference Pulse-HB cables. 

The event was a sell-out. Our demo room was packed full of vinyl enthusiasts, who were even sitting on the floor in order to get a good spot to hear the presentation.

Touraj and Miles put on a fascinating show to the filled room, sharing insider knowledge from both sides of the cutting machine. Miles presented in detail the challenges he faces when mastering an album and cutting it to vinyl whilst Touraj detailed the key trials of vinyl playback and how to get the best sound from a good vinyl. 

The pair played a number of their favourite and rare vinyl as well as some special acetates. We were able to hear tracks like Bohemian Rhapsody and Magic Bus in a way that few have heard before. The system gave stunning realism with such depth to the music. You were really able to forget this was a hi-fi and believe you were there with the band in front of you. A number of guests commented that is was the best they had heard for some years. 

A particular highlight for many of the guests was the demonstration of Miles’ ½ speed mastering technique. He played us the same Donna Summer track, one mastered in the usual way and one done by him in ½ speed. The track was really opened up, the sense of space and the timing on the track was a real eye opener as to how big a difference mastering can make. 

People were having so much fun that we still had a full demo room at 11.30pm.

We enjoyed hosting this evening so much that we will be holding a number of vinyl events in the coming months. To keep up to date on the latest goings on, sign up to our newsletter

 

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