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Vinyl on order! Can’t wait to receive this at Sonata HQ.

“It is a prayer into the void – alone at Alexandra Palace – a souvenir from a strange and precarious moment in history.”

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MOON's 40th limited edition DAC?streamer
Limited edition beauty!

Only 40 sets available worldwide to celebrate MOON by Simaudio 40th Anniversary. This integrated amp and streamer/DAC in rose gold and ruby red is truly stunning!

Currently no.1 and no.40 have been reserved for the UK by our distributor Renaissance Audio – if you’re interested please contact rob@sonatahifi.com

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Strive for Perfection is a fully illustrated coffee-table book celebrating the 110th anniversary of Rolls-Royce’s iconic Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament.

Coming soon! The new publication Strive for Perfection: Celebrating 110 Years of the Spirit of Ecstasy pays tribute to a landmark anniversary for Rolls-Royce’s famous hood ornament.

This hardback, fully illustrated coffee-table book charts the origins and subsequent influence of the Spirit of Ecstasy – an iconic design that has transcended the world of high-end motoring to become synonymous with unparalleled luxury and quality the world over.


Produced by one of the world’s most prestigious car clubs – the International Club for Rolls-Royce and Bentley Enthusiasts (or simply the RREC) – this new title also celebrates the remarkable heritage of Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars, from the turn of the 20th century to the modern day, and features a carefully curated selection of luxury brands from around the world – with Goldmund being one of them!

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The first ‘official’ trade show for Sonata/Goldmund UK was at the HiFi Show Live at Ascot.

We would like to thank our fellow hi-fi colleagues and partners at Goldmund International, Renaissance Audio, Studio Connections, Loud and Clear, Nordost, Rega and Node Audio for all their help.

We are very much looking forward to the next Ascot show due in Sep 2020.

Also thanks to journalists Jay Garrett at Stereonet UK, Phil Wright at Dark Audio and HiFi Pig for the mentions in their show reports.

Also, Michael Fremer at Analog Planet for the video coverage at 20.24 mins.

All links below…

https://www.stereonet.co.uk/features/uk-hi-fi-show-live-2019-ascot-report-and-gallery?fbclid=IwAR1wtBUBro8sBeck4UvOXRiTElygeu_IqDPc3r5HhM0F5CsykU-ARf0PWRs

https://hifipig.com/uk-hifi-show-live-2019-ascot-show-report/?fbclid=IwAR2JAs3vInR6GOHuzQ7nj0AhyyYvnLyfDDKAXJluZER8UcQw8kw1L3BsQqE

Ex demo stock for sale

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Lots of ex-demo bargains to be had and all come in excellent condition, boxed and warrantied (except for trade-in and used products)

Have a browse and give us a call or send us an email if anything takes your fancy.

Tel: 0330 111 5653 Email: rob@sonatahifi.com

Ex-demo…

Goldmund Telos 590 NextGen integrated amp (ex-demo) – £15,000 (RRP £25,000)

Linn Majik DSM/2 Exakt (ex-demo) – SOLD

Linn Series 530 speakers with Paprika or Kaleido Splatt covers (ex-demo) – SOLD

Linn Akudorik Exakt speakers, white (ex-demo) – SOLD

Naim Audio UnitiServe, serviced with new 2TB drive (ex-demo) – £750 (RRP £2100)

Neat Acoustics SX1 speakers, oak (ex-demo) – £1200 (RRP £2100)

ProAc Tablette 10 speakers, white (ex-demo) – SOLD

ProAc D30RS speakers, cherry (ex-demo) – SOLD

Rega Aria phonostageSOLD

Rega RX1 speakers, black – SOLD

Rega RX3 speakers, walnut – SOLD

VPI Prime turntable and 3D arm (ex-demo) – SOLD

Used/Trade-ins…

Goldmund Eidos 36U universal disc player (serviced, used) – SOLD

Goldmund Mimesis 24 digital preamp/processor (used) – SOLD

Goldmund Telos 200 mono amps (pair, used) – SOLD

Goldmund Logos 1+2 speaker system (pair, used) – SOLD (comprises: 2 x Logos 1 HE passive monitors, 2 x Logos 2 active subs, 2 x Logos Frames)

Complete Goldmund System (all of the above with Goldmund cables) – SOLD

Meridian 500 Series System (trade-in) –  SOLD

507 CD player, 504 Tuner, 502 Preamp, 557 power amp, MSR remote

All in immaculate condition, boxed with manuals and accessories

May sell separately (please enquire) 

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As Elbow fans, we’re extremely excited to have been asked by Classic Album Sundays to install a high-end music system at Elbow’s exclusive album launch event at the Albert Hall on Sunday 6th October.

Host Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy will be joined by Elbow’s Guy Garvey to talk about their brand new album ‘Giants of All Sizes’ and what inspired the songs. Then there will be an exclusive full playback of the album allowing fans the chance to hear it a week before the actual release.

Our high-end system will consist of Goldmund Prana speakers, a Brinkmann turntable and phono stage, a Lyra cartridge and a Goldmund processor and sub-woofers.

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There are still some bargains available!

We’ve had a look through our storage unit and decided to sell some of our demo stock. All of these products are in excellent condition, come boxed with manufacturers warranties (except traded in units).

Have a browse and contact us if there’s anything that takes your fancy…

Contact us on 0330 111 5653 for details


Rega Aria phonostage (ex-demo) – £600 (RRP £830)

Rega RP10 turntable (ex-demo) – £2000 (RRP £3150) – (£2400 with Apheta-2 cartridge) SOLD

Rega Apheta-2 cartridge (ex-demo) – £500 (RRP £1000) SOLD

Rega RX1 speakers in Black Ash (ex-demo) – £500 (RRP £800)

Rega RX3 speakers in Walnut (ex-demo) – £900 (RRP £1300)

Linn Sneaky DSM (ex-demo) – £900 (RRP £1750) SOLD

Linn Majik DSM Exakt (ex-demo) – £1500 (RRP £2500)

Linn Akurate DSM/1 Exakt (ex-demo) – £3500 (RRP £5850) SOLD

Linn Akudorik Exakt speakers in White (ex-demo) – £7500 (RRP £15000)

(Exakt system – £10,000 Akurate DSM + Akudoriks)

Linn Series 530 Exakt speakers in Paprika (ex-demo) – £6000 (RRP £9500)

(Series 5 system – £7000 Majik DSM + 530’s)

Naim UnitiServe with new 2TB drive (ex-demo) – £900 (RRP £2100)

Naim Qute2 streamer/amp (used/trade-in) – £600 (RRP £1300)

ProAc Tablette 10 speakers in White (ex-demo) – £700 (RRP £1000)

Neat Acoustics SX1 speakers in Light Oak (ex-demo) – £1200 (RRP £2000)

Moon 180D-MiND with Mk2 upgrade (ex-demo) – £900 (RRP £1600) SOLD

Moon Neo MiND with Mk2 upgrade (ex-demo) – £1400 (RRP £1900)

Melco N1A server in Silver (ex-demo) – £900 (RRP £1600) SOLD

Innuos Zenith Mk2 server (ex-demo) – £1400 (RRP £2300) SOLD

Lavardin ISx with Remote (used/trade-in) – £2000 (RRP £3000) SOLD

Well Tempered Lab Versalex turntable in Walnut (ex-demo) – £2500 (RRP £4000) SOLD

VPI Prime turntable (ex-demo) – £2750 (RRP £4200)

Goldmund Metis 7 integrated amp/DAC (ex-demo) – £4500 (RRP £9000) SOLD

Goldmund ProLogos Mk2 wireless speakers (ex-demo) – £32,500 (RRP £62000) SOLD

Goldmund Mimesis 11 preamp/hub (ex-demo) – £7500 (RRP £11000) SOLD


Party at the Handel/Hendrix Museum

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We’re excited to have been asked for the second year running by Classic Album Sundays and the Jimi Hendrix Museum to install a high-end music system at the upcoming Hendrix ‘Friday Late’ event this Friday 8th February in Mayfair, London.

The iconic venue at 25 Brook Street was where Hendrix lived from 1968–69 and referred to as ‘my first real home of my own’.

The Museum is opening it’s doors to the public for an evening of pure Hendrix pleasure including DJ’s, live music, drinks and dancing. There’ll also be access to exclusive areas usually closed to the public, like the guest room where George Harrison famously stayed.

For this exclusive event Sonata will be installing a Rega RP10 turntable and Aura phonostage, Goldmund Telos 590 amp and ProAc D48R speakers for two playback sessions of Hendrix’s debut album “Are You Experienced” presented by DJ Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy.

 

       

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A very early start to catch the first flight out of Heathrow for Geneva can be made a great deal more pleasant on a gorgeous mid-summer morning, and this was certainly the case as I boarded my Swiss Air flight at just after 6am.

Trips to Geneva are always greatly anticipated these days, because it means we’re visiting Goldmund, which also means we’re in for another Swiss-Made audio treat.

Goldmund, had office Geneva

However, this two day trip will be even more special as we’ve organised a meeting with a well known and respected HiFi Journalist who will be conducting an exclusive ‘40thAnniversary’ interview with Michel Reverchon, the legendary owner of the company and Dr Veronique Adam, the genius Acoustical Engineer who heads Goldmund’s world renowned R&D Labs – but that story will have to wait for another time

As usual, Swiss Air flight 359 arrives on time, although it takes a lot longer than normal to get through passport control….. a taste of our post-Brexit travelling future, possibly ?

Anyway, sales director Rodolphe is waiting to meet me at the Arrivals Gate and after a short 10 minute drive, I’m sitting in the Goldmund meeting room having a well-needed espresso.

So, what wonderful audio delights do we have planned for the remainder of 2018 and into 2019….

Firstly, we have the Samadhi speakers that were unveiled at this years Munich High-End show – more about them later. There will also be a new, small ‘2-box’ design called the Prana. Due in the Autumn, these will be the smallest model in the iconic ‘Z-Frame’ range alongside the aforementioned Samadhi and the classic Satya designs.

 

Unfortunately that morning, I had just missed out on seeing the newest addition to Goldmund’s world beating amplifier range, the Telos 3300 NextGen. The guys in the factory had crated up the last one of six newly built pairs that were heading off on a flight to Asia in the afternoon.

The same production line was now occupied by a batch of 14 Telos 1000 NextGen amplifiers, which gave me a chance to inspect at close quarters the incredibly intricate construction and the typically Swiss attention to detail from the staff at Goldmund that goes into making these class leading products.

We also discussed with Michel, the latest Goldmund universal disc player. The new Eidos 36U-4K will be the ultimate playback machine for both digital audio and video discs.

In fact, Michel pointed out that Goldmund had worked very closely with the manufacturer of the disc mechanism and had acquired all remaining stocks of this device when the decision was made to cease production by the supplier.

Therefore, this might possibly be the last disc player that Goldmund will also produce and it will definitely be the finest 4K-HD player ever – a future classic that will sell out quickly, no doubt.

So, it was time for a listen to what is probably the finest audio system currently available on this planet – the Eidos 36U-4K transport, the Mimesis       32.5 processor and the superb new Samadhi wireless speakers.

Now, I must admit, this was an interesting demo session because the last time that I had sat in this chair was 6 months previous, to hear the astonishing, limited edition Apologue Anniversary speakers (with the same processor but using the previous generation 36U player) and I will happily tell anyone and everyone that it was the most realistic, life-like, reproduction of music that I had ever heard – by a huge margin, this was Goldmund not just moving the goal posts but blasting them off into space and sticking them on another planet !

Surely, these new, smaller and considerably less expensive (we’re talking half the price) models couldn’t challenge their much bigger brothers….. ?

Oh yes they can, in some areas they lose out a little bit to the Apologues as they don’t quite have the scale or effortless presence of the big boys and they just lack the complete bandwidth of those incredible speakers at the very deepest of bass frequencies and the most imperceptibly delicate of top ends.

But, I’d say you’re getting 95% of the Apologue with possibly a more coherent and seamless presentation – all in all, a remarkable achievement given the size and cost savings.

Our Journalist guest was also suitably impressed, commenting that once he’d adjusted to complete absence of the usual sonic aberrations that plague other systems, he was totally enthralled and captivated by the musical communication and performance that he was experiencing… as he played disc, after disc, after disc.

    

However, this is simply the starting point for the new Samadhi, as further conversations with Veronique regarding the progress of various R&D projects from the Goldmund Foundation across the globe, will redefine a great many parameters and limitations of even these magnificent designs.

This research work is so far-reaching that it’s pushing the limits of what is possible with the current architecture of computer processing as Goldmund begin looking at ways of putting the power of a Geneva based Supercomputer into their speakers and preamps.

Exciting times ahead, for the next chapter in the Goldmund story. Watch this space…

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Join us for a Pink Floyd Experience on Sun 10th June at the Vinyl Revival in Barnes. Guest speakers will include John Giddings, music agent and promoter who has worked with the Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop, Dave Bowie to name a few, and who is also responsible for resurrecting the Isle of Wight Festival which he still runs today.

There’ll be vinyl pop art exhibited by SupersizeArt and a pop-up record shop by Eel Pie Records. What’s not to like!!

For tickets go to Eventbrite

More info…