The Death And Rebirth of Living Room Hifi

Great piece on Hifi systems and the reprise of Vynil


I’ve been loving my favourite audio shop for the last couple of weekends in particular.

Soundstage in Cockfosters have treated me well in recent times, helping me upgrade my speakers (KEF), CD player and amp (both Arcam). However to use the modern parlance, they’ve taken it to the next level.

On Saturday 9 July, they hosted a special in-store vinyl day showing off their new reference system. And man, what a system.


A combination of the Rega RP10 deck with the Naim amplifiers and the B&W speakers added up to a £50k drop. There are perhaps prettier systems out there (such as the Linn Timorous Beasties speakers featured in the ) or some with more of a retro appeal. In terms of sound, this set-up would take some beating. Soundstage have blogged about it themselves here.

IMG_0903 Here we go: Bowers and Wilkins 802 D3 Speakers (£12,500), Rega RP10 Record…

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Michael Priddle 1947 – 2011 RIP

I miss this lovely man every time I think of my time at Hastings Art College (1974-75 Industrial & Technical Graphics). He was a very special guy and a great teacher. Too gentle for this world.

Ian Beck

I had one of those awful e mails a week or so ago, the name of an old Art School friend was shown as the sender, followed by the words ‘sad news’. I sat looking at it wth a sinking heart. I opened the three or so other e mails in the inbox first. I wanted to put off the evil moment for as long as possible. I have lost so many close friends in the past few years. This is one of the hideous truths of entering the zone of late middle / early old age. Your friends start dying off around you. In this case the friend was Michael Priddle.  I had known him well since we had both gone to saturday morning painting classes for children in the old Brighton Art School building on Grand Parade. He was a middle class Grammar School boy, I was working…

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