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HiFi Lounge
13-05-2015, 16:12
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An Open Day For Both HiFi and Car Enthusiasts.

Hi All,

And now for something a little different :-)

I must admit that this open day is a total indulgence on my part and is one that I have been thinking about holding for quite some time now, so this one is a little un-conventional for a HiFi Shop but should be a lot of fun.

The idea is to mix my 2 passions of HiFi and Cars and we have teamed up with PMC Speakers and Lotus Cars to create an open day with a difference, basically a summer car event where you can hear the ultimate HiFi.

So if you have a sports car, classic or just an interesting car please put July 18th in your calendar or if you have a passion for all things PMC as we do then also put a ring around that date, also I should point out that you don't need to have a sports car to come but I am hoping we can have a car show and PMC event at the same time, also if you'd like to spread the word please do.

You can read much more in my blog from the link below but the basic idea is to bring your car to meet at HiFi Lounge for breakfast where we will have both HiFi Lounge and Highend Headphones open for demo's then we'll set of around 11am for a drive through the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside to arrive at PMC's HQ at Holme Court, Biggleswade for around midday where they will be running the awesome Active MB2 XBD-A speakers amongst other systems with various other activities, so you could call it a PMC open day with cars I guess, if you just want to attend the PMC part of the day please just go straight there for Midday.

We are also pleased to announce that Lotus Silverstone have agreed to bring along one or two cars to offer test drives, being that PMC HQ is based virtually on the A1M will give easy access to some really exciting motoring.

As well as a BBQ and 10% off any PMC and Bryston bought on the day it should be a really fun event.

You can read more below + the timetable of events -


So please put July 18th in your Diary and pray for sunshine :-)

BTW, I should also mention that Girls are more than welcome despite the name of the open day :-)

Finally because non of us really have any idea how an event like this will be attended could I ask that if you are planning to come along could you please e-mail me on paul@hifilounge.co.uk to let me know, thanks.

More details to follow.


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HiFi Lounge
02-07-2015, 09:04
An Open Day For Both HiFi and Car Enthusiasts.

Hi all,

Well with our Boys Toys Open day only a couple of weeks away now I thought I would do a quick update, basically we have over 100 people registered now with a great collection of cars coming along which really is excellent news, I really didn’t know what response we would get to this idea but it seems to have gone done well so far, so thanks to everyone who has registered so far.

Obviously the biggest concern when organising an event like this is that it is heavily reliant on good weather, well I have just done a long range forecast on Accuweather and it is showing a big round yellow sun at the moment so it is looking very promising :-)

I will update this one more time at the beginning of the week of the event but the basic timetable will be for the car owners to come to HiFi Lounge from 9am onwards for Sausage and Bacon butties on the BBQ for breakfast in the HiFi Lounge gardens, then around 11am we will go for around a 40 min drive around some gorgeous Bedfordshire lanes, so make sure you have fuel in the tank, to arrive at PMC around 12pm where the HiFi fun will begin.

We will have the run of the downstairs of PMC’s stunning Georgian Manor House where you will be able to hear a Best of British system comprising of Naim, Rega and PMC Twenty Speakers, there will be a headphone room using the Bryston BHA-1, PMC will be holding demo’s in their mixing room to show how studio work is done then there is the main event, a chance to hear the awesome active MB2 XBD-A’s with a £30K Vertere Turntable, and as a bonus Stephen Hill, a local artist and petrolhead will be displaying a collection of his car art, I have known Stephen for many years now, he actually designed our HiFi Lounge logo and he really has a unique style that looks really awesome.

Finally there will be a Hog Roast and drinks available at PMC so all in all it really should be a fun event, oh yes, not forgetting there is a 10% discount on any PMC or Bryston purchased on the day.

So to sum up, cars to HiFi Lounge for the morning and all the HiFi guys to PMC from midday onwards, for anyone who hasn’t registered yet please fire over an e-mail to me on paul@hifilounge.co.uk

For those who didn’t see the below newsletter that PMC sent out I thought I would copy it below.

Hope to see everyone on July 18th :-)

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HiFi Lounge
10-07-2015, 09:17
Hi All,

I just want to post one more blog before the event next weekend, firstly I’d like to thank everyone who has registered to come along, the response has been truly amazing and due to the numbers now involved we are unfortunately going to cap it to only people who have registered, sorry.

For those who have registered please find a map below to PMC + the address to HiFi Lounge and PMC with Google Maps Link, basically they are the first turning on the right after the first Biggleswade turning, after the new big roundabout, heading North.

Just to re-cap, the idea is for cars to come to HiFi Lounge for breakfast of Sausage and Bacon Rolls, we will depart around 11 - 11.30am for a short drive through the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside to arrive at PMC around midday for the afternoon’s fun and HiFI activities with drinks and a Hog Roast.

The plan is to run Presentations of the MB2 XBD-A setup at 1pm and then another at 3pm with food around 1.30pm, with the Mastering Suite running in-between and the headphone room running at all times.


HiFi Lounge (9am-11am)

4 The Granary Buildings

Millow Hall Farm

Millow, Nr Dunton


SG18 8H

Google Maps Link - http://bit.ly/1IAsS8H

Link To Our Visit Us Page With Videos How To Find Us

- http://hifilounge.co.uk/index.php?route=information/visitus

The Professional Monitor Company Limited (12pm-5pm)

Holme Court


SG18 9ST

Google Maps Link - http://bit.ly/1K5Q1Ss

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Thanks again to everyone who has registered, look forward to seeing you all next Saturday 18th for what promises to be a brilliant day :-)



HiFi Lounge
16-07-2015, 12:43
Hi All,

As the weekend is now getting close we thought it would be worth posting the route that we will be driving through the Bedfordshire Countryside once we leave HiFi Lounge around 11.30am after breakfast to arrive at PMC around midday.

I really want to park all the sports cars in one area at HiFi Lounge so that we can all leave as a convoy, the idea is for only sports cars to come to HFL for breakfast, normally everyone would be welcome but due to restricted parking spaces and the number of people and cars intending to come we really would only mainly like sports cars here, thanks.

Anyway on with the route :-)

Countryside Sports Car Driving Route - Wrestlingworth Ring

Route from HiFi Lounge to PMC

30 minute driving route of 15 miles of beautiful Bedfordshire countryside.

We will be driving through a number of villages please respect the speed restrictions and enjoy the fabulous driving on the route in between.

When arriving at PMC we will be turning directly off the A1 at a point where there is no slip road, please be careful to try and space out as we approach to avoid backing the traffic up to the Biggleswade roundabout.

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Route Step by Step:

Leave HiFi Lounge Millow Hall Farm - Turn right
Dunton Roundabout - Take 3rd exit
Drive through - Dunton (30mph)
Drive along ‘Cambridge Road Straight’ (60 mph)
Drive through - Eyeworth (40 mph)
Drive the ‘Eyeworth Esses’ (60 mph)
Turn Left onto B1042 High Street, Wrestlingworth
Drive through - Wrestlingworth (30 mph)
Pass by Cockayne Hatley via ‘Hatley Road Corner’ (60 mph)
Down ‘Hatley Hill’
Take 1st Left - Sutton Road (40mph)
Cross staggered cross roads ‘Follow Through’ across B1042
Continue Sutton Road (60 mph)
Pass by Sutton and enjoy ‘Sutton Road Curves’
Dunton Roundabout - Take 2nd exit
Drive by HiFi Lounge - Millow (30mph)
2nd Left - Towards Water Tower A1 junction
Mini Roundabout - Take 1st exit for slip road onto A1
‘Final Straight’ - to Biggleswade Roundabout (60/70mph)
Biggleswade Roundabout - Keep to in inside lane
Go straight over roundabout, take it easy exiting A1 North
PMC is 1st left off roundabout - 300 yards
Enjoy PMC and afternoon of fun

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Google maps full directions:

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Roll on Saturday :-)



HiFi Lounge
19-07-2015, 08:24
Hi All,

Well, for once I really don’t know what to say other than a huge thanks to everyone involved who helped make our first Boys Toys Event something very special indeed, it certainly looks like the big man above is obviously car and HiFi fan as he really did lay on glorious weather which really helped make the day something quite special.

Now for the Oscar speech :-) Firstly I’d like to thank everyone at PMC Speakers who really did got the extra mile on this one, without them this would never have happened, they really did put in a tonne of work that I really do appreciate, also to Ross who was a star trapped at the BBQ cooking breakfast all morning, well until all the food had gone, it was certainly a hungry crowd :-) thanks also to Matt from Lotus Silverstone from taking time out of running a busy showroom to bring along a Lotus Evora which certainly got a lot if interest and to Stephen ‘hilly’ Hill for bringing along a selection of his great and unique motor inspired art, but most importantly I’d like to thank everyone who came along and supported the event and really did make the day an amazing success that really did far surpass any thoughts I had regarding how many would come, 5 acres was almost not enough :-) This started as a small idea a couple of years ago that I had so it really was pretty awesome to see it all come to fruition with so many people and cars attend and with the sun beating down all day in PMC’s beautiful grounds, well I don’t think I could have wished for more but it was only a success thanks to all the Petrolheads and Music Lovers that came, so thanks again to everyone :-) I have to say that I think HiFi Lounge has the best customers out there :-)

I have been waiting years to hear PMC’s awesome active MB2 XBD-A’s but I ended up spending all day outside talking cars + hifi whilst enjoying the glorious weather, there were most definitely worse places to be that’s for sure, I did try once to get in but people were spilling out the door, so I am still waiting to hear these speakers but everyone I spoke to really did seem blown away by them, especially with the Vertere Turntable running through them, it really does sound as if I missed something quite special there, maybe we’ll have to arrange another PMC open day without the cars next time :-)

Below are a few of the pictures from the day, all cars I’m afraid, there really was a great selection of different marques on show, there were a few very nice camera’s floating around so hopefully I will be able to post some better one than what my phone produced later in the week, actually if you have got any nice pictures can you please send to paul@hifilounge.co.uk and I’ll create an album on Photobucket, thanks.

So again, a huge thanks to everyone who made our first Boys Toys event such a success, I was asked several times if this will be a yearly event, I have to say that it would be hard to top this one to be honest but it was mentioned that maybe a live band next year would be a good idea, definitely food for thought :-)

We started off with just 3 cars

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But that soon grew to 50+ cars at HFL, we just about got away with squeezing them all in :-)

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Then it was off to PMC where there was a lot more space thankfully.

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2 Of only 81 Lotus LF1′s in the world either side of an Evora

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Does it get any better than a DeLorean?

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I’ll hopefully get some more pictures up later this week.

Thanks again everyone :-)



HiFi Lounge
20-07-2015, 12:13
Hi All,

Been getting some amazing feedback since Saturday, thanks for everyone’s e-mails and messages :-)

Attached are a couple more pics that have been sent in, thanks to Steve Crowe for the montage of the day, Adrian Palmer and Jason Beeby :-)

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