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SME Centre of Excellence

We are excited to announce that Nintronics has been certified as a SME Centre of Excellence. There is only a limited number of dealers which SME have selected, that they felt confident to be able to display demonstration and calibrate their turntables and tonearms to meet their high standards and thus achieve the status of "Centre of Excellence".

We will be holding an extensive range of SME turntables and tonearms for demonstration with a fantastic selection of phono stages, step up transformers and cartridges to compliment any system.

Both Andy and I will have to attend specialised factory training in order to maintain our status of

Turntables on demonstration:

SME Model 10, Model 15, Model 15 Chrome, Model 20/3, Model 30/12

We will also be adding a gold variant to our line up shortly just because... It’s so shiny!!!

SME Model 30/2 Gold

Sale Now On

Nintronics has been running since 2008, we have been going from strength to strength year on year and 2017 is going to be a particularly great one... We are preparing to build and move into our new 4000 sq ft showroom. It will house multiple demo rooms to showcase the very finest audio visual products, a dedicated headphone area and oodles of showroom space.

To help prepare for the showroom move, we are having our first ever sale!!! We are making this an instore only sale,so pop down, check over our demo goods and grab a bargain. One thing we have never been faulted for is our level of stock commitment, with one of the largest portfolios in the UK, we generally have at least one demo unit from the entire range and sometimes a second one for home loans.

Amps, cables, speakers etc etc everything is being renewed fresh for when we move, so there are hundreds more deals and offers over and above what we have advertised on our site.

Give us a call 01707 320 788 if you wanted to check any stock levels before hand, otherwise we will see you soon :).

Nintronics Showroom Relocation & Warehouse Clearance Sale -- Upto 60% of selected goods.

Cyrus Factory Visit

Cyrus Audio Factory

We had the pleasure of popping over to meet the nice people at Cyrus Audio for a spot of training and a guided tour of their factory facilities. Based in Huntingdon Cambridge, Cyrus Audio are the quintessential example of British audio, famous for their exacting standards and brilliant engineering skills. Cyrus have always manufactured their designs into small chassis' which has become symbolic of the brand.

This has posed its own engineering challenges but it is something Cyrus have always overcome, and the sound quality achieved from these compact units is truly excellent.

Assembly Station

We started with the factory tour. This was split down into several stations where we were treated to seeing a Mono 300 being populated, where skillful hands at each assembly point carried out specified tasks to a high degree of accuracy. Each unit then went through an extensive testing process with every input plugged in and a speaker load applied. Cyrus’s own testing software runs a simulation which checks over every variable which the unit could encounter. This quickly identifies any potential issues, at which point failed units are returned to the production line for correction and passed units proceed on to soak testing. This involves CD players being put through a 14 hour simulation to make sure shipped units meet their stringent standards. A rather impressive operation which I thoroughly enjoyed seeing, and it is easy to see why Cyrus has been a staple name in Hi-Fi for many decades.

Cyrus Testing Bench

The other benches in the factory area are dedicated to maintenance and upgrades. Laden with parts and equipment, audio analysers, flutter meters, function generators, multi-meters, oscilloscopes, and more, it reminded me just how much Cyrus treasures its older customers and inspires loyalty with their efforts to support legacy equipment. They even offer upgrade paths for a lot of their aging kit, bringing them right up to date with their latest specifications.

The next stage was a quick presentation about the company, its history and their future. Cyrus have always stayed relevant through innovation and being at the forefront of the latest technology; whether be streamers, class D technology, aptx HD, they have found unique solutions for integrating them into a HiFi environment. The SoundKey is a classic example of this, a portable in-line headphone amplifier and DAC. This small device makes the most of music stored on our phones which is becoming an ever more important source in day to day life for most people.

Finally we got down to some listening, Chris and Nick were kind enough to do all the demonstration work so for once I got to sit back and listen. We started off with a modest setup, KEF LS50 being run off a Cyrus ONE (100W Class D Integrated), as entry level systems go it is always a good combination. AC/DC's You Shook Me All Night Long's lively and foot tapping performance came with great command over the kick drum and extension which I have come to expect from the Cyrus One. Switching over to the 6 DAC 57W Class A/B Integrated added an element of warmth and highlighted the vibrato on the notes in Angus Youngs intro, while Brian Johnson's vocals were a little easier on the ears, however there was a trade off with there being less control on the lower end. The 82 DAC gave the best of both worlds and I heard more information with added clarity on the high hats and the decay time of symbol crashes which sounded more extended and natural.

Cyrus Demo Rack

The fantastic thing was as we kept going through the range, the Cyrus kit kept its same signature but we just got more from it every time. When we switched over to Pre/Power they also introduced a set of PMC 25.24 speakers into the mix to help show the added detail and extension possible on route to their flagship system. The biggest difference for me came when they introduced the DAC XP Signature. As they were using purely the analogue outputs from a Stream Xa for each demo, it meant we were only listening to the Pre-amp section and it was like night a day. It all ended with the DAC XP Signature, PSX-R and a pair of Mono X300 which they allowed us to go nuts with the music selection (my personal favourite part).

After we finished a few hours of listening, our last task of the day was for Andy and I to get our QX certification. After a tutorial and quick poke around the inside of a streamer and integrated amplifier, we were put to the test and had to carry out the upgrades. Happily, I can say we both passed with flying colours, and can now offer the QX upgrades in-store.

Cyrus QX Upgrade Certificates

All around it was a fantastic day! It was great to meet the faces and brains behind the brand and when you see the passion they exude you know why Cyrus continues to be a success that it is. We are looking forward to hosting the Cyrus UK tour later in the year (details to be announced) and this will give you a chance to meet some of the team as well.

If you want to book a demonstration on any of the Cyrus equipment, we are a full signature dealer and have almost the entire range on demonstration, so just give us a call.

Adam

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Arcam AV860 AV Processor Announced

Some exciting news for the new year, Arcam have announced their long awaited replacement for the AV950 - The AV860!!! Due in January 2017. We are looking forward to receiving our demo model.

Arcam AV860 Front

This has caught a few people by surprise as earlier this year it was noticed off a return command:

"AV960 Response: “AMXB<Device-SDKClass=Receiver><Device-Make=ARCAM><Device-Model=AV960><Device-Revision=x.y.z> ”

So the forums were ablaze with talk of an imminent release of the AV960. This was followed shortly by denial from Arcam of there going to be an AV960 (sort of true), which many took as a sign that Arcam had pulled out of the AV processor market... Fortunately the rumours turned out not to be true with Arcam releasing specifications and pictures of the their new AV processor this week.

Spec wise the AV860 is looking impressive and ticking all the right boxes:

  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X 7.1.4 decoding
  • 4K (UHD) HDMI2.0a with HDCP2.2
  • 7 HDMI inputs, 3 HDMI outputs, ARC compatible
  • Dirac Live ® for Arcam room correction
  • Cirrus CS42528 audiophile DAC
  • Balanced Outputs

Arcam AV860 Rear

It will have a price tag of £3999 and Arcam have stated that it is going to be built in the UK, so overall rather reasonable. Currently if you are doing a full 7.1.4 system it will mean using 2 x P429 and a P349 as a minimum to drive your 11 channels making it a 4 box solution. There are other power amps on the market offering 5,7 and 11 channels, if you are looking to keep the number of boxes reduced. Either way you will want an AV860 at the head of your system for sure but here's hoping Arcam have something else up their sleeve.

Available for pre-order now just click here

REL No25 On Demo

We received a rather large and special delivery today, the first REL Acoustics No25 subwoofer in the country is now on demonstration at Nintronics :).

REL No25 On Demonstration

A quick summary of the specifications on this sub bass system - it is a sealed box, forward firing design with an ultra long throw 15” carbon fibre drive unit powered off a 1000W RMS Class D amp board. With an extension down to 15Hz @ -6db on paper this sub should be an absolute beast! But the key to REL has always been their speed and their control of bass, and with this being their first attempt at a 15” drive unit we were all excited to hear what it could do.

The first thing to strike you is it the sheer size of the package when it turns up, triple boxed and palletised for safety it is about as courier proof as a package can be. It comes packed with a Neutrik cable (for high level connection), manual and a glorious remote which has a carbon fibre finish. Unpacking the unit was fairly easy considering its size and weight. From there we got it installed in our demo room, plugged in and warming up.

Visually the No25 is striking, with its curvaceous finish distracting from its overall size and the 12 coats of piano black lacquer makes for a mirror like finish which gleams impeccably. It is certainly the "plus size" model of the audio world and we were confident that it would sound every bit as good as it looks and more.

REL No25 Grill Up close

Nothing seems to be a compromise here and we were left in admiration of how every detail has been addressed to achieve sub-bass perfection. The MDF is sourced from Australia as it was found to sound superior in their testing to MDF of the same thickness from other countries. The cabinets are formed by way of a sophisticated heating and pressing process so as not to structurally weaken it compared to standard cutting and bending techniques. Even details such as the size of the badge on top of the No25 are dictated by performance standards.

The set up is very much the same as standard REL subwoofers, but with one important introduction of two EQ filter bands which can apply upto +/- 6db across the frequency range, which can be set from 20-90hz. All the adjustments you need to make can be done from the supplied remote but also from the rear panel if required. For positioning REL usually suggest using a corner to help the in room response but the No25 needs nothing of the sort and will be happy to dig its way out of any modal issues to give a smooth response. 

For our listen we integrated the No25 into a system running a pair of B&W 805 D3 driven by a McIntosh MA8000 and after a little playing around and movement we had things blended perfectly. The No25 underpinned the B&W stand mounts, carrying their bass extension all the way down but with such tight integration that one could be forgiven for thinking that it was all coming from these small speakers.  Speed of bass is key and this is why we favour REL subs in particular - so many subwoofer companies focus on the thunderous side of bass which is relatively easy to do but they end up lagging with a slow impulse response making seamless integration within a music system impossible to achieve. The No25 simply excels in all areas - from frequency response to SPL it was capable of handling everything we threw at it with ease and that was with it being straight out of the box.

We will be giving it plenty more burn in over the coming weeks - our final conclusion will follow once it is fully run in, but if it is this sublime now then we can only imagine what is still to come.

We welcome you to come down and hear this impressive beast for yourself. Please give us a call on 01707 320 788 to book your demonstration.

Nintronics Ltd, Unit 7, Martinfield Business Centre, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 1HG
Tel: 01707 320788 Email: sales@nintronics.co.uk

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