High-end audio, Jimi Hendrix party

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We’re excited to have been asked by Classic Album Sundays and the Jimi Hendrix Museum to install a high-end music system at the upcoming Hendrix ‘Friday Late’ event on the 9th February in Mayfair, London.

The iconic venue at 25 Brook Street was where Hendrix lived from 1968–69 and told his girlfriend at the time Kathy Etchingham, this is ‘my first real home of my own’.

To celebrate their second anniversary the museum is opening it’s doors to the public for an evening of pure Hendrix pleasure including access to exclusive areas usually closed to the public, like the guest room where George Harrison famously stayed.

We will be installing a high-end music system for two playbacks of his iconic Axis: Bold as Love album presented by DJ Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy. The system will feature a Rega RP10 turntable and our exclusive Goldmund ProLogos speakers which will give such clarity and detail like one has never heard before.

There will also be live music and dancing sessions from the Meyer Dancers

The event is now SOLD OUT but we have great news – Sonata has been given two tickets to give away to a very lucky winner!

To enter the draw please like our Facebook page and submit your email address below…

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

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“…the SE is by far the quietest and most revealing digital source I have encountered in three decades of reviewing”

These wise words were written by well known hi-fi reviewer,Jason Kennedy, about the superb Innuos Zenith SE music server, a product that has become a real game-changer at Sonata and redefined the whole architecture of a modern audio system.

However, it’s not just the flagship (limited edition) Innuos server that takes all the glory, we have a great many very happy customers who have bought the other Innuos models and have had nothing but high praise to say about them.

The ease of use, quality of build and reliability have proven this brand to be a winner for our customers.

A major contender for our product of the year, 2017.

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Screen Shot 2017-09-12 at 17.57.45Sonata will be attending London’s Indulgence Show on Friday 29th Sep to Sunday 1st Oct.

We will be there on the 3rd floor helping out Renaissance Audio (room 33) showing and demonstrating Moon and VPI products and we’ll also be with Innous (room 24) where our Goldmund ProLogos speakers will be showcased along with the Zenith SE Limited Edition music server.

There’ll be plenty to see and do including luxury audio, live music, photography exhibitions, vinyl and bespoke home accessories.

So, why don’t you come along to the Novotel Hotel, Hammersmith, London and say hello!

More information about the show can be found at https://indulgenceshow.com

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And, joining the winner’s club is Nick Micouris.

 

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We teamed up with Sister Ray Records for Record Store Day 2017 and for the 5th year running we held a prize draw, giving away a limited edition Rega turntable. Only 500 were made and 36 of them were signed by artists such as Noel Gallagher, Elbow, Jarvis Cocker to name a few!

 

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Iggy Pop’s ‘Post Pop Depression’ still feels fresh and relevant one year later and regularly spins at Sonata.

The album’s raw, sonic textures blasts out pure pop classics such as ‘Gardenia’. But, pop with a dark ‘Iggy’ twist and sexual lyrics of forbidden dreams.

Iggy’s musical collaboration with Josh Homme, Arctic Monkey’s drummer, Matt Helders and LA multi-instrumentalist Dean Fertita is a dream combo delivering an album that picks up where ‘Lust for Life’ left off.

Another reason why this great album is close to our hearts here – Sonata’s very own Rob Wilson (Dr Rob) back in his lecturing days, taught the engineer and mixer, Mark Rankin. It’s great to see Mark putting all that knowledge to good use 😉

When questioned about this album, 68 year old Iggy said, “I feel like I’m closing up after this”. Let’s hope this is not the case, the world needs you Mr Pop…

Headphone Show

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We’re excited to announce that Sonata is exhibiting at the Headroom Show on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March.

What makes this audio show a bit different, is it’s location – the famous Metropolis Recording Studios in Chiswick, West London.

Metropolis, a Grade II listed former power station building, opened as a recording studio in 1989 and remains one of the few large recording studios still operating in London today.

For two days only, doors will open to the general public, giving an opportunity to wander around this beautiful building and listen to some of the best headphone systems currently available. By attending the show you will have rare access to the actual studios where famous artists have recorded, such as Queen, U2, Amy Winehouse, Adele and many more!

Sonata will be there showing the Moon 430 headphone amp, AKG Professional headphones, Innous Zenith server plus cables from Studio Connections and Nordost.
We will also be showcasing the legendary Goldmund THA2 headphone amp, an opportunity not to be missed for any headphone aficionados out there!

Don’t miss out, visit Headroom/tickets for advance tickets and do please come and say hello to us.

Ex Demo Hi-Fi

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Sonata’s 2017 spring clean…

For those of you wanting to shake off the winter blues, we have some fantastic ex-demo bargains to tempt you with…

 

Rega

Rega RP6-Exact turntable (Black)            SOLD

Rega Apollo-R CD Player                         SOLD

Rega Brio-R amplifier                               £300   (RRP £550)

Rega Elicit-R amplifier                              SOLD

Rega Saturn-R CD/DAC                           £1100 (RRP £1600)

Rega RS3 speakers (Cherry)                    £500   (RRP £800)

 

Naim

Naim Qute2 streamer/amp                       £900   (RRP £1300)

Naim Unitiserve                                        £1000 (RRP £2300)

Naim DAC V1                                           £900   (RRP £1400)

Naim NAP100                                          £500   (RRP £750)

Naim Flatcap2 PSU                                 £600   (RRP £850)

 

Linn

Linn Majik DSM/1 streamer-amp               £2000 (RRP £2950)

Linn Kiko system (White)                           £1500 (RRP £2500)

 

Moon

Moon 180D MiND streamer                         £600   (RRP £900)

Moon 310LP phono stage                            SOLD

 

ProAc

ProAc D1 speakers (Maple)                                               SOLD

ProAc Tablette Anniversary speakers (Ebony)                   SOLD

ProAc Studio 118 speakers (White)                                   £800 (RRP £1300)

 

Totem

Totem Arro speakers (Cherry) with Claw feet upgrade             £1000  (RRP £1700)

Totem Mite speakers (Black Ash)                                             £500   (RRP £850)

Totem Kin Mini speakers (White)                                              £250   (RRP £400)

Totem Kin Sub powered subwoofer (White)                             £400   (RRP £600)

 

Eclipse

Eclipse TD508 mkIII speakers (Black)                                £600   (RRP £950)

Eclipse 508 stands (White)                                                 £150   (RRP £250)

Eclipse TD M1 speakers (Black)                                        £500   (RRP £800)

 

Leben

Leben 300XS valve amplifier                                             £2000 (RRP £3000)

Leben 300F valve amplifier (new)                                      £2000 (RRP £2500)

 

Creek

Creek Evo 50A amplifier with phono (Black)                   £600   (RRP £950)

 

Melco

Melco NA1 digital music library (Silver)                           £1200             (RRP £1750)

 

Well Tempered

Well Tempered Lab Versalex turntable (Walnut)              SOLD

 

Kiseki

Kiseki Blue NS cartridge                                                  £1200             (RRP £1700)

 

Goldmund

Goldmund Telos HDA mk1 headphone amp/DAC           £5000             (RRP £8000)