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Sonata's RSD14 Rega prize draw

Sonata and Sister Ray Records join for an RSD14 prize draw

We love Record Store Day and we’ll be enjoying it even more this year !

Alongside our friends at Sister Ray Records, we’ll have a ‘pop-up’ hi-fi shop at 75 Berwick Street in Soho on the 19th April.

To celebrate all things vinyl, we’ll be having a prize draw to win a lovely Rega RP1 turntable.

So, pop in to see us, enter the draw and check out our other special offers on Hi-Fi and Record Cleaning services.

 

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The April issue of GQ Magazine has just hit the newsagents with a super cool Bachelor Pad interior.

Page 123 has a photo spread for a Music Room, complete with guitars, amps, iconic photographs and a lovely Rega RP6 turntable in eye catching ‘Rega Green’, supplied by Sonata.

No self-respecting home for the modern music lover is complete without a quality turntable.

The revival continues…….

Next stop: Record Store Day 2014 with Sonata and Sister RayGQ Rega

Green Rega RP6 turntable in GQ Magazine

Rega RP6 plays vinyl for GQ

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Bargains galore ! It’s the time of year when we look to refresh our demo stock and move on some of our trade-in items.

We currently have a superb used Boulder 1010 preamp (with phono input) and an excellent Audio Research REF CD7 (with updated power supply board)

Also some pristine ex-demo Naim, Epos, Nagra and Rega kit

Check out our specials page

https://www.sonatahifi.com/specials/

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Here’s a few shots of us and the system we put together for the recent David Hepworth sessions at Bluesfest.

Our VPI Scout II, Dynavector, Moon 610LP, 700i and ProAc K6’s played out the tunes at the request of our famous guests.

David interviewed legendary DJ’s – Bob Harris, Johnnie Walker, Robert Elms and Mark Ellen.

The music played was typically eclectic and all from vinyl.

Hopefully these popular sessions will be continued at next year’s Bluesfest…… stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just a couple of shots from the superb Bluesfest that we were recently involved in at London’s Albert Hall.

We put a Linn system in the VIP Lounge and a VPI-Moon-ProAc system in the Music Seminar room.

So, here’s a  nice backstage shot of Van Morrison from the monitor desk and a gallery shot of Robert Plant’s band doing their sound check.

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We’ll be at The Shepherds Bush Empire this Wednesday (16th Oct) supporting Emily Barker’s latest UK Tour.

Emily and Sonata will be promoting her new album ‘Dear River’ which is out on Linn Records.

The concert will see her performing with The Red Clay Halo and will be a fantastic evening.

We’ll be holding a prize draw for lots of signed Emily goodies.

Tickets are selling incredibly quickly but there might still be some available:

http://www.musicglue.com/emilybarker/eventdetails/16-oct-13-emily-barker–the-red-clay-halo-02-shepherds-bush-empire/

Hope to see you there.

 

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Our recent trip to Glasgow saw us celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Linn Products.              

While it was fascinating to look around the factory display of Linn’s incredible history (see the photo of me admiring various LP12’s) the most impressive element of the event was the unveiling of the companies latest development – Exakt.

Finally, a digital crossover system with drive unit optimisation and room correction that works musically !

I’ve come across numerous similar systems in ‘pro-audio’ that attempt to do this but ultimately fail to deliver on the promise, not so with Exakt.

This new technology is so good that it even made the glorious analogue sound of the latest LP12 turntable more musically compelling – a stunning achievement to begin the next 40 years with.

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Our first show turned out to be a real baptism of fire.

We never seemed to stop over both days and the Classic Album Sundays lounge was always packed, which was great for such a big room.

The VPI HRX turntable was constantly spinning the vinyl, although we did give it a break from time to time and popped a CD on the Moon 650D.

The rest of the electronics just got on with producing a great sound (Moon 610LP, 740P and 870A) all running off Isol-8 mains conditioners.

As usual, all the equipment from Renaissance Audio worked flawlessly.

Our life was also made slightly easier thanks to the ProAc factory being about 20 minutes away, so the guys could jump in the van and bring the lovely K6’s directly to us (phew)

Our supporting cast was also world-class, especially the amazing Sonority Design racks and platforms that Steve Hitch kindly supplied (we couldn’t have done it without him).

It was a real team effort to get the ‘lounge’ up and running for Colleen’s album presentations and we’d like to thank all our friends who joined in.

John at Renaissance and Allan at Loud & Clear, David at ProAc, the aforementioned Mr Hitch, Michael from Studio Connections and our new volunteer, Angus of Westminster Lab.

Finally a big shout out to St Pauls Gallery for the stunning art work and of course DJ Colleen for putting together a brilliant programme of superb music.

 

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Here I am with the brilliant John Burns alongside the mythical Shahinian Diapason speaker.

This was taken after a refreshing walk on the Northumberland coast which really helped after a late night listening to a lot of great music from John’s vinyl collection.

The rest of the system was classic Pear Audio, a gorgeous Well Tempered Versalex turntable fitted with the latest Symmetrix arm tube, the ultimate Dynavector Dr T cartridge and the amazing Dynavector amps (a pair of HX100’s)

Simply one of the most musically enjoyable systems ever.

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Here’s a pic of the fabulous system that Renaissance Audio put together for the Classic Album Sunday at ‘Loud and Clear’ in Edinburgh last weekend.

The lovely guys and girls at L&C even managed to rope me into doing the presentation of that weekend’s recording – ‘Rumours’ by Fleetwood Mac.

Suffice to say, the music was superb (and the presentation wasn’t bad either !)

The sound was so good, we decided that this actual system will form the main playback for the CAS room at the National Audio Show (Whittlebury, 21-22 Sept) along with the wonderful ProAc K6 speakers.

Sonata will be supporting CAS’s Colleen Murphy at the show with the help of Loud & Clear and Renaissance Audio.

Drop in and hear this stunning system playing some of the greatest Classic Albums.

Me and Evie look forward to seeing you there.