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On March 9th we are teaming up with Vertere to bring you the first of our new Vinyl showcase evenings entitled ‘Strictly Vinyl’.

The aim of these events is to delve deep into the world of analogue. You will not just hear examples on a world class turntable and system but also Vertere’s Touraj Moghaddam will be revealing his 30 years of vinyl knowledge with a focus on vinyl production from original recording to mastering, cutting and pressing.

For this special evening, Touraj will be joined by two special guests. Joe Donnelly of CAEZAR (The first signing to Vertere’s new record label) will be on hand to meet and greet and talk about the project as well as Miles Showell from Abbey Road Studios who will be attending after 20:30 talking about how CAEZAR and some other new & older pressings were done using his unique half-speed mastering process.

Touraj and Miles will be bringing along some of their special test pressings, acetates plus new and old production records will be used to explain and reveal the different mastering and cutting techniques used.

We will be running two systems on the night.

Main System Downstairs
Vertere Reference Tonearm & RG-1 & Record Player 
FM Acoustics FM-122 MkII Phono Linearizer
Naim Audio Statement Amplification
Magico M3 Loudspeakers
All connected by Vertere Absolute Reference Pulse-HB Cable system

Focus:-
Back ground on Vinyl production from original recording to mastering, cutting and pressing
Special attention and demos of the Vertere Label Release CAEZAR 3track EP.
Several Acetates, Direct Cuts & also normal pressings

Second System Upstairs
Vertere MG-1 Record Player
Vertere PHONO-1 Phono Stage
McIntosh MA8000 Integrated Amplifier 
Sonus Faber Guarneri Tradition Loudspeakers
Full Vertere Cables

Focus:- 
Playing the CAEZAR EP & others
CAEZAR EP available for purchase... Joe would also be signing copies.

Refreshments will be available on the night.

There will be two sessions on the night to ensure that the demo room does not get too crowded. The first starting at 6pm and the second starting at 8pm.

We look forward to seeing you on the night! If you have any questions about the evening, please contact Lewis at lewis@kjwestone.co.uk.

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In our constant quest to provide the world’s greatest high-end audio to the UK, we have again brought another first to the country. 

The Magico M3 is a speaker that has been getting unbelievable praise and glowing reviews from just about everybody who has listened to it. With this speaker, Magico have exceeded even their own incredibly high standards.

In 2014, Magico invested a large amount of time and money into R&D and created a ground breaking and limited edition concept speaker called the ‘M-Project’. 

The new M3 picks up where the M-Project left off and also takes it several steps further. A new carbon-fibre side panel design, an all graphene mid-range and bass driver design, a new driver coupling system and Magico’s phenomenal 28mm diamond coated beryllium tweeter, previously found only in the M-Project, all come together in what is the most sophisticated loudspeaker that the company has ever created.

The materials utilised in this speaker are truly unique and exceptional. Graphene has many extraordinary properties and is approximately 100 times stronger than the toughest steel. The newly designed Magico six-inch midrange and seven-inch bass driver cones found in the M3 are both manufactured from multi-wall carbon XG Nanographene and a new proprietary ultra-stiff carbon weave which is 20% lighter and 300% stiffer than the cone material used in previous Magico loudspeaker offerings.

The M3 uses a diamond coated beryllium diaphragm tweeter (28-mm). Covering the Beryllium tweeter with diamond gives the acoustic properties of a diamond tweeter but without the weight of a full diamond dome. This revolutionary tweeter design offers a near perfect weight to stiffness ratio that is unmatched in the industry.

The internal structure is an engineering masterpiece. Magico have designed a three-axis matrix framework which is encapsulated in a sandwich Carbon-fibre skin. The aim of this is to contribute to an extremely rigid yet damped enclosure and eliminate the unwanted resonances. This allows all the drivers to perform with stunning resolution and dynamics. All five of the drivers in the M3 are acoustically integrated using Magico’s exclusive ‘Elliptical Symmetry Crossover’ topology.

This is a very special speaker indeed. At KJ we are lucky enough to be able to listen and evaluate much of the world’s best equipment, without a doubt these speakers are up there with the best we have ever experienced. 

Please get in touch to arrange a personal demonstration. 

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Since the introduction of our KJ Cinema division last year we have completed a number of impressive high-end home cinema systems for our clients. Now we have taken the next step and installed an extremely impressive yet simple reference quality AV setup in our main showroom. 

The difficulty with projectors and screens can often occur from the light in the room and also finding where the equipment can be housed. The setup we are now displaying gets around both of these issues and gives a truly fantastic result without over complication. 

The XTV is an ultra-short throw projector from Sim2 designed to sit on a surface below a screen. This removes the need for mounting a projector on the ceiling, and all the cabling and installation complications that this ultimately involves.

We have paired this with the Screen Innovations Slate 1.2 Screen which is specially designed for ultra-short throw projectors with a patented design to the structure and alignment of the light reflecting substrate. This is designed to reject light from above and only reflect light coming up from below - from the projector. In fact the SI Slate screen rejects 65% of the room’s ambient light vs. only <10% light rejection with a standard white or grey screen.

In addition to the light rejection the screen has a high contrast grey finish, improving the black levels. The result is a large screen image that is comfortably viewed in average home environment.

The source we are using comes from the new Oppo 203 UHD Blu-Ray and DVD player. Oppo are an incredibly high regarded manufacturer of players. At their price point it is extremely difficult to find anything that can come close to matching the performance that Oppos give.

There are a number of advantages to using a projection image over watching on a TV -

1) No glass - Every TV has a layer of glass in front and no matter how good the glass is, it will always be reflecting ambient light and movement from the room. The projected image has no reflections, so when you view the image it has a striking solidity and believability that is most compelling and natural.

2) The dynamic range is compatible with the human eye - TVs are designed to work in highly lit environments and use a dynamic range beyond what the eye can respond to without opening and closing of the Iris in the eye. This leads to fatigue as the eye is constantly having to react to sudden changes of light intensity. There is far less fatigue from using the projection system, and since the iris has less work to do the viewer can appreciate subtitles in the darker scenes and capture far more detail.

3) Focus of the RGB Components that make up the colours - In a TV the red, green and blue dots of light that make up a pixel are very close together, but discrete. In the projection system the red, green and blue components are all focussed at precisely the same location on the screen. This renders much purer colours.

The overall effect is much more cinematic, you’ll be struck by the much greater sense of depth and naturalness of the image.

When compared with a TV of a similar size its price point is extremely comparable.

The Sim2 XTV Projector is £13,995 (inc VAT) 
The 2m wide (90” Diagonal) Screen Innovations screen is £6,871 (inc VAT)
The Oppo 203 UHD Blu-Ray and DVD player is £649 (inc VAT)

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It has now been 40 years since legendary speaker designer Dudley Harwood (famous for his work at the BBC designing monitors including the LS3/5a) formed Harbeth Audio

To celebrate this occasion the company is releasing special edition variations of their current Super HL5+ and reference 40.2 speakers. The new Anniversary editions have many improvements inside and out. 

Aesthetically the new speakers have an impressive new walnut veneer and nice little variations, like new black 40th anniversary badges.

Internally the speakers have also been improved with a number of upgrades designed to take the clarity and realism of Harbeth speakers that extra bit further.  The speakers now feature WBT-nextgen binding posts (The Super HL5+ also now has 4 to allow for bi-wiring), a new-look super-tweeter with protection bar and new Harbeth branded British-made audio grade poly capacitors. 

For these speakers Harbeth have also teamed with established audio furniture manufacturers Hi-Fi Racks to produce two special walnut ‘Grand Stand’ speaker stands to compliment the speakers perfectly. 

Only 40 of each speaker will be designated to the UK meaning these will be an extremely rare and collectable piece of audio history. Harbeth has a fantastic following of dedicated owners, so we expect these to be very in demand. 

The retail price of the Walnut Super HL5+ is £4,475 and the price of the special 40.2s is £14,200.  The Grand Slam speaker stands are available for £650. 

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