Audio Affair News
Have you read all about Audio Affair on our About page, seen our weekly BLOG (interesting articles on hi-fi), liked our Facebook page, and joined our weekly Newsletter (you can do this at the bottom of this page), but still want more? You've come to the right place! This page is a single place for all other Audio Affair news, including announcements of new brands, new advertising, new staff or anything else new that we can't fit elsewhere.
1st November 2016 - Black Friday Month
Although Black Friday this year is on Friday 25th November (and "Black Friday week" starts on Monday 21st November), we are launching a daily deal featured deal on the wall of our Facebook page every day from today onward. To view all deals now, hover over Sale at the top of this page and click on Warehouse Clearance.
17th October 2016 - KEF launch a LS50 wireless speakers
Its been one of the most popular bookshelf speakers under £1000 that we've ever sold, the LS50 is a firm favourite among listeners (and even won What Hi-Fi's readers award in the 2015 awards as a result). Now that we've almost sold out of the limited edition finishes of the LS50, its come just at the right time that KEF has announced a wireless version of this iconic speaker, available in 3 finishes.
6th October 2016 - Naim launches new Uniti range
In some incredibly exciting news, Naim has announced a new Uniti range of all-in-one hi-fi systems to replace the Uniti Qute 2, Uniti Lite BT, Uniti 2 BT and Super Uniti BT. However, the new range features a streamlined selection of three rather than four models, with a half-sized model Uniti Atom to replace Qute, Uniti Star to effectively replace Uniti Lite and Uniti 2 (and is the only model in the range to feature CD replay as well as all the other streaming capabilities), and the Uniti Nova is the new flagship model to replace Super Uniti. To read more on this new range, read our latest blog.
11th August 2016 - Win 1of3 Yamaha EPH-M100 earphones
Our latest competition is live on Facebook and ends on 20th August. Head over to our Facebook page to enter for your chance to win one of three of these earphones worth £79 each.
2nd July 2016 - Flagship AV Open Day
Thanks to everyone who came to our flagship home cinema open day, during which we featured the Arcam's flagship AVR850 AV receiver, along with Arcam P49 and P349 power amps, along with a Grandview tab tensioned screen, flagship Epson EH-LS10000 laser projector and KEF Reference 5.1 speakers (consisting of Reference 5s on the front, Reference 1s on the rear, Reference centre and sub) playing content via an Oppo BDP-105D. It sounded incredible! It'll be on demo for the next two weeks for anyone who wishes to pop in and have a further listen.
25th May 2016 - Win 1of6 Roberts Classic DAB radios
Your chance to win a Roberts Classic DAB radio worth £39.95. Head over to our Facebook page to enter, we'll be picking 6 winners on 31st May.
15th December 2015 - Win a pair of HiFi Man HE560 headphones
For your chance to win this exciting prize - a pair of HiFi Man headphones worth £649, head over to our Facebook page, click "WIN Free Stuff" and enter. We'll pick a winner on Boxing Day, 26th December. Good luck!
1st October 2015 - FREE Yamaha EPH M100 earphones with orders over £500
To celebrate the launch of Yamaha MusicCast (view the full range here or read our MusicCast blogs), with every order placed over £400 from 1st October 2015 onward, we are giving away a FREE set of Yamaha EPH M100 earphones worth £79! This offer is only available while stocks last - shop now to avoid any disappointment. Read more on this offer here.
28th September 2015 - Whats new in AV?
This news page has been a little quiet since July as we've been putting all of our efforts into our Audio Affair Blog (with 2 or 3 new blogs being posted every week) and our Facebook page with the weekly competitions we often run. To keep upto date, we recommend visiting and bookmarking these now. You can also join our newsletter (enter your email right at the bottom of this page) for weekly news, blogs and updates on everything that's new in hi-fi, headphones and home cinema - including exclusive offers and discounts.
13th July 2015 - Focal Sopra arrives into stock
The stunning new Focal Sopra No1 and Focal Sopra No2 speakers arrive into stock and are on demonstration in our showroom now. These fantastic new speakers sit between the Focal Electra and flagship Focal Utopia range and essentially offer a taste of the highest level Focal Utopia at a much more affordable price point.
1st July 2015 - Audio Affair loyalty points launch
We just launched Audio Affair loyalty points. In addition to everything else we offer as a hi-fi dealer - including always offering the very best deals available, checking our online prices daily to ensure we're competitive, along with 0% finance and part exchange options, we launched loyalty points as another way of saying thank you to loyal customers and to give something extra back to you for coming back to us to order again.
How do loyalty points work? Its very simple - loyalty points are added to your account when you order and once you build up enough of them, they can be used against future purchases. More info here.
27th June 2015 - Audio Affair Open Day
Our first open day of the summer featured a range of hifi separates and speakers on demonstration to discover in our Birmingham showroom. The day's events included comparisons of bookshelf speakers (from budget models upto high end models), a full Naim separates system demonstration, a full Linn separates system demonstration and a full Primare separates system demonstration, along with KEF's recently released Reference 3 "Foundry" edition speakers and KEF Reference 5 speakers.
These demonstrations included playing music from a variety of sources including vinyl, CD and streaming. Vinyl systems started at our budget £249 solution for the Elemental USB with Yamaha NX-50 speakers, right upto Linn's LP12 Akurate set-up. Streaming solutions included demonstrating Naim NAC streamers (as well as the streaming capabilities of Naim Uniti systems) along with Linn's DSM range, and Cyrus CD transports took care of CD replay.
The open day was a resounding success and we were delighted to see both many regular customers, many online customers who hadnt visited before, as well as many brand new customers who had either seen the event advertised online or who walked in off the street and ended up discovering how good real hi-fi can sound! Our next open day is scheduled for Thursday 30th June which will be a LInn event at Lamborghini Birmingham.
7th February 2015 - Linn Open Day
Our first Linn open day (the Sneaky Streams event) was a resounding success. Linn open days are unlike many other "open days" and include a portion of informative videos and a talk with a fully trained Linn staff member. This affords you the opportunity to learn about the various Linn systems available, ask questions, and have a good listen without any pressure to buy! Keep your eyes peeled for the next Linn event, which will be advertised on our newsletter (sign up on the bottom of this page) and on our Facebook page
25th December 2014 - Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas to all of our customers and visitors! Thank you for making 2014 a record year for Audio Affair. We couldn't have done it without you. We look forward to providing the best possible deals on hi-fi and AV equipment over 2015 to fulfil your enjoyment of music and movies at home. Don't forget to sign up to our newsletter on the bottom of this page to keep upto date with the latest in new products, competitions and special offers!
20th November 2014 - Audio Affair now stocks Linn Akurate range
After only two months of being a Linn stockist for Sneaky, Majik and LP12 Sondek, Audio Affair is now also selling the Linn Akurate range. At the time of writing, we have the Linn Akurate. View the full Linn Akurate range here. At the time of writing, we have Linn Akurate Exact system and Linn LP12 Akurate on demonstration in store. Please call us for a demonstrationon 0844 50 403 50 or email to enquire.
13th October 2014 - What Hi-Fi Awards 2014 released
We were excited once again to attend the #WhatHi-FiAwards cerimony to see the yearly winners for the best in hi-fi and home cinema revealed. This was the biggest awards yet with 99 separate winners in categories including hi-fi systems, speakers, DACs, streamers, multi room systems, headphones, earphones, and much more. The event was held this year in the Hilton Park Lane (just down the road from last years venue in the Dorchester).
This year's awards was the biggest we've ever been to - a bigger venue, a bigger stage, a bigger audience and even greater recognition for the very best hi-fi and AV kit on the market. View the What Hi-Fi Awards 2014 winners
9th October 2014 - What's going on at the Audio Affair showroom
You may have noticed carpenters, decorators and interior designers buzzing around our showroom if you've visited us in the last week and wondered why we've moved to a temporary "pop up" shop over the road. Well, we've listened to your feedback (good and bad) on our showroom and we're making some pretty BIG changes. Watch this space!
10th September 2014 - Linn Arrives at Audio Affair
We're pleased to announce the arrival of Linn products, with Sneaky, Magik and LP12 available and on demonstration in store. We can demonstrate Sneaky DSM and Majik DSM (a very interesting comparison to the competing Naim Uniti range), along with both the Linn LP12 Sondek and Linn LP12 Majik turntables and the full Majik range of speakers and power amplifiers. Contact us now to arrange a no obligation listening experience in store.
30th August 2014 - Enter the Abyss
We just received the Abyss AB-1266 headphones into stock and WOW, these are the best we have EVER heard, eclipsing both the hugely popular flagship Sennheiser HD800 and Grado PS1000e headphones. Contact us now to arrange a listen.
24th July 2014 - Our Hi-Fi Manifesto (or why good sound quality matters)
Today we launched our Hi-Fi Manifesto. Many hours in the making, its been a topic of hot debate between Audio Affair staff, but its finally at the point where we're happy to release it on the world as our small way of saying why we feel sound matters and what you need to consider in putting together a good hi-fi system. Read the Audio Affair Hi-Fi Manifesto now
17th July 2014 - Dali Rubicon launch
Dali visited today to present their new Dali Rubicon range to us. Unlike some other retailers, we don't stock a new range just because we already sell that brand; we have to be impressed by something new to add it to our range and only sell ranges from each brand that we believe sound fantastic and offer excellent value. In this case, lets just say that we were blown away by the new range! Perhaps 90% of the performance of Epicon at a much lower price and hugely impressive at this level. They also look beautiful and we particularly liked their take on walnut. View the new Dali Rubicon range or read our Rubicon blog.
15th July 2014 - Aktimate at Audio Affair
Aktimate's award winning active speakers and wireless Bluetooth speakers arrive to Audio Affair. View the full Aktimate range
11th July 2014 - UK exclusive! Last Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 Speakers
Our delivery arrives of the very last Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 bookshelf speakers (in black) available and we've got them on offer at 35% off RRP! Order here or read our 30 years of Wharfedale Diamond speakers blog
7th July - Grado launches new "e" series headphones
Grado has massively updated their range of headphones to sound even better. They look the same, but under the hood they've made improvements that have resulted in noticeable improvements, all the way up from the entry level SR60e model to the flagship PS1000e. View the new Grado headphones range here
13th June 2014 - ProAc D20R available for pre order
Stocks are going to be limited on ProAc's new D20R speakers as soon as our first delivery arrives, so we recommend pre-ordering yours now to avoid waiting. Click here to pre order
21st May 2014 - Sennheiser Orpheus Promotion launched
Order either the Sennheiser HDVA 600 headphone amplifier (£1199) or Sennheiser HDVD800 headphone amplifier (£1499) and receive a free balanced cable to connect your HD800 headphones worth upto £249.95. Read more here
13th May 2014 - Music on Vinyl range added to our catalog
We are pleased to announce that we're selling a large range of the fantastic Music on Vinyl (MOV) catalog, both in store and online, and we're aiming to keep all titles in stock at all times! View the full range here
1st April 2014 - A leading UK KEF retailer
KEF's financial year just ended and we just want to say we've been delighted to bring you the very best service with KEF over the last year. We've done quite well too. Of hundreds of hi-fi stores in the UK, we're not allowed to say if we're top, second, third, etc (its all very hush, hush) but suffice to say, we're now one of KEF's leading UK retailers. This puts us in a leading position to offer you exceptional customer service whether you're buying online or in store, and our trained KEF experts are ready to assist you with your questions and to book you in for demonstrations - give us a call to discuss any KEF product further on 0844 50 403 50 or visit our KEF store here
21st March 2014 - Store Makeover
We've got some exciting new plans afoot for the Audio Affair showroom and you may have seen us posting colour swatches on our Facebook page with clues. We're not giving anything away yet save to say the new space is designed for you and following much customer feedback, to make demonstrations even more enjoyable and comfortable. The new space will also ensure our boutique showroom remains as one of the UK's leading hi-fi stores. Watch this space!
1st March 2014 - Gravity Blu Ray offer
Following the huge success of our Man of Steel Blu Ray campaign and following 7 wins at the Oscars last night for the movie Gravity, we launched our Gravity 3D Blu Ray offer (the special 3D Blu Ray + Blu Ray + Ultraviolet version) which will be included in every order for a AV receiver, blu ray player or 5.1 speaker system when you spend over £300. Its a fantastic movie and arguably the best blu ray yet to experience what your home cinema can really do! Shop now for an AV Receiver, Blu Ray Player or 5.1 speaker package
4th February 2014 - Blog relaunched
The Audio Affair Blog is relaunched and redesigned with a selection of blogs in the most popular categories, including hi-fi blogs, headphones blogs, tips and much more. Visit the Audio Affair Blog now
31st January 2014 - Blu Ray offer extended
Due to popular demand, our free Man of Steel blu ray offer is extended from 31st January until 28th February 2014. We're running out of these free blu ray's fast though, so make sure to claim yours now.
25th January 2014 - WINsday Competitions relaunched!
Our hugely popular WINsday (WIN a prize on a Wednesday, get it?!) competitions are relaunched with the chance to WIN a pair of KEF M200 earphones worth £149. Head over to the Audio Affair Facebook page to enter. For this competition, you'll need to enter a comment that states the reason you should win. We'll pick the best entry at 5pm on Wednesday 5th February!
1st January 2014 - Happy New Year - clearance bargains added
Happy new year from Audio Affair! To celebrate we've added lots of open box, ex demo and graded products at very special prices.
25th December 2013 - Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas to all of our customers, suppliers, staff and friends and best wishes for a great Christmas and prosperous new year!
24th December 2013 - Sale launched
Our BIGGEST EVER hi-fi and AV January SALE launches with many special offers, exclusive deals and hi-fi discounts - see all offers here
16th December 2013 - Online finance added for items £500-£1000
We were one of the first hi-fi retailers to offer you the option to checkout and apply for 0% finance on orders over £1000. Now we've also added the ability to checkout with finance on lower value orders between £500 and £1000. Applying for finance is really easy, simply order online as you usually would, but select "Finance" at the checkout and this will take you to the online finance application.
7th December 2013 - Hi-FI Racks slimline range now available
Hi-Fi Racks (winners of countless hi-fi awards for their Podium range of hi-fi stands) just released a new "slimline" range. These stands offer the same high quality solid hardwood finish as the Podium range, at an even more attractive price. Check out the Hi-Fi Racks Slimline Hi-FI stand and Hi-Fi Racks Slimline (600mm) speaker stands.
6th December 2013 - FREE Blu Ray Christmas Offer
29th November & 2nd December 2013 - Black Friday & Cyber Monday offers
Special limited offers launched with special savings online available for these two very busy annual shopping days!
28th November 2013 - Christmas Chocolates offer launched
From 9am this morning, spend over £100 and receive a FREE box of quality Lindt LINDOR chocolates with your order, spend over £300 and receive a FREE box of luxury Green & Blacks Connoisseur chocolates with your order.
We think this is the best offer going this Christmas for something FREE included with your order. Enjoy them yourself, enjoy them with the family, or gift them to almost anyone else (thats one down on your Christmas shopping list!)
26th November 2013 - Press release for new website
Audio Affair press release issued regarding new website - read the press release here: Audio Affair launches new eCommerce website
25th November 2013 - Movember donations
We pledge to donate 1% of all money taken this week (Monday 25th at 09:00 to Friday 30th at 17:30) to the Movember charity foundation. Read more on our Movember page.
20th November 2013 - Pioneer arrives
Audio Affair is to join our sister business DJ Tech Direct with the distinction of being a premier Pioneer account. DJ Tech Direct already sell the full range of Pioneer DJ equipment, and Audio Affair are due to start selling the full range of Pioneer Hi-Fi and AV equipment very soon. Watch this space for the full Pioneer range to be added to our catalog and be available to listen to in store.
18th November 2013 - Arcam arrives
Arcam is added to our range. This established British hi-fi brand won now one but two coveted "Product of the year" awards in this years What Hi-Fi 2013 Awards. One award was given to the Arcam FMJ A19 integrated Amplifier in the stereo amplifiers category and one for the Arcam irDAC DAC in teh DACs category. In addition to these two 2013 award winners, the range includes many other excellent DACs and products - view the full Arcam range here.
15th November 2013 - New website launches
The new Audio Affair website launches. Whilst we had made many style and feature updates to the old website over the years since it launched in 2006, we were keen to do even better. Following YOUR feedback that was gathered through newsletter surveys and focus groups, we made all the significant changes suggested and asked for and this new website is our first major redesign since Audio Affair began! New features include a less cluttered layout, greater focus on product information on product pages, more filtering options on searches, a better menu for browsing and a much easier single page checkout process. If you have any comments or suggestions on this new website, please send us feedback here.
12th November 2013 - Cyrus Signature arrives
Cyrus Signature range arrives at Audio Affair! Cyrus have replaced several of the old models with new Signature models which promise to deliver even better performance. We've replaced our demo system with 2 x Cyrus X300A Signature monoblocks, along with Cyrus DAC XP Signature and Cyrus Signature CDXT CD Player in use as a transport with the DAC. View the full Cyrus range here. Initial listening suggests this system is exceptional indeed. Contact us to book a demo in store or arrange a home demo.
8th November 2013 - Hi-Fi Choice feature
Audio Affair is featured in Hi-Fi Choice magazine in a 4-page article as part of their "Dealer profiles" series. You can read the full Hi-Fi Choice article on Audio Affair here.