KJ West One - Connoisseurs of Sound - Est. 1965
KJ West One - Connoisseurs of Sound - Est. 1965

Over the past 50 years KJ West One has become an authority in the UK hi-fi industry, our illustrious collection has featured the top brands from around the world. This week we have added another in the form of the legendary US-based manufacturer McIntosh

Since 1949, McIntosh Labs have been one of the most iconic hi-fi brands in the world. They have been producing some truly legendary products for over half a century. Their unique and distinct style has in itself become an icon. The blue meters are now synonymous with the brand and are instantly recognisable to all audiophiles. 

Over that time McIntosh have been involved in some of the biggest events in music history. Famously the 1969 Woodstock festival was completely powered by McIntosh amps and in 1974 The Grateful Dead played using a ‘Wall of Sound’ which features 28,800 watts of McIntosh amplification, an event which is still talked about to this day. 

Looking past the brand history and reputation, ultimately there is one reason we take on a brand at KJ and that is the sound. McIntosh are stunning sounding products, which can compete with some of the very best high-end products in the world. They are very easy to listen to and non-fatiguing with fantastic power and control as well an exceptionally wide sound stage. McIntosh products really are a joy to listen to!

The products are made with exceptional build quality. For example the glass front plates are cut with garnet dust to diminish friction and painted with 12 layers to produce a beautiful and sturdy finish. McIntosh products last for decades. People often regard their McIntosh as a product for life. This is why McIntosh have an army of dedicated followers the world over. 

We now have the largest range of Mac products available for demonstration in London. With our first order, we decided to go big! We have in the C2600 Tube Preamplifier, MX122 Processor, MA800 Integrated Amplifier, MHA100 Headphone Amplifier, C1100 2-box Tube Preamplifier, MCD 550 CD Player, MC452 Power Amplifier and the mighty MC1.2kw Mono blocks. 

We are extremely happy that the UK’s most iconic hi-fi shop now stocks probably the world’s most iconic hi-fi brand. 

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There are very few products in the hi-fi world which are genuinely custom built for you, but The Bespoke Audio Company offer a passive preamplifier which is. 

Rather than mass-produce a one size-fits-all preamplifier that will please everyone, The Bespoke Audio Company have chosen to offer a more personalised and intimate product that is hand built specifically to the customer’s requests. 

This dedication to perfecting their product stood out to us at KJ West One, and we believe it is the perfect product for our high-end showroom. 

To mark our collaboration, we are planning a special event to showcase The Bespoke Audio Company on the 21st September 2016 from 6pm.

They will present their pre-amplifier in our demonstration facility together with some of the most desirable audio equipment available. The Bespoke Audio Company will discuss the concept and the philosophy behind their company and products and will be able to answer any questions guests may have.

To demonstrate one of the processes behind the product, they will bring their transformer winding machine to show how they make the custom components which are at the heart of the preamplifier. While their unique approach means there is an almost unlimited range of options, they will be showing a few examples to give those attending an idea of what is possible in terms of finish and technical choices.

Refreshments will be provided and we will invite guests to sample some local ales, wines and cheeses made in, or near to, The Bespoke Audio Company's home town of Hastings on the south coast of England.

This is a very interesting product which has received some incredible reviews. We expect this to be a popular event so be sure to register quickly to avoid disappointment. 

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