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    the little audio company
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    the little audio company is a fresh new retailer situated in Birmingham's historic and vibrant Jewellery Quarter. Moving away from the usual shop front style of retail, the little audio company has chosen to set up in a studio in The Big Peg. This approach allows, by appointment, you to audition products or systems without interruption and away from the usual distractions associated with conventional retail stores.

    Unlike many other dealerships, we genuinely choose our manufacturers and product lines to not only bring you high quality hi-fi and home theatre equipment, but also the most reliable too, offering genuine value for money. We also aim to bring you better quality alternatives to the usual generic brands you will usually find in 9/10 retailers. You can visit us and you will be guaranteed to see and hear something different, as many of our brands are exclusive to us in Birmingham city centre, and some exclusive to Birmingham and the surrounding areas. And there's more to come.

    Whilst we offer hi-fi of all shapes and sizes, we particularly specialise in hi-fi and AV systems that sound just as great as they look in smaller spaces and average to small living rooms too.

    Our neatly laid out website won't bombard you with specs and details - manufacturers have websites they've spent a fortune on to provide you with this, so our website currently gives a basic outline of what we do.

    Our brands:
    Amphion loudspeakers
    AudioQuest cables, headphones and accessories
    Audio Technica turntables, cartridges, and headphones
    Bluesound streaming and multi-room products
    Clearaudio turntables
    Chord Company cables
    Convert Technologies media streamers and systems
    Custom Design loudspeaker stands
    Chord Mojo
    Cornered Audio loudspeakers
    Cyrus Audio
    Eclipse loudspeakers
    Emotiva electronics
    Elipson turntables and loudspeakers
    Golden Ear loudspeakers
    Hegel Music Systems
    Heco Direkt loudspeakers
    Innuos media servers and digital storage
    KEF Audio loudspeakers
    Larsen loudspeakers
    Moon Neo electronics
    Ophidian loudspeakers
    Optoma projectors
    Revel loudspeakers
    SVS subwoofers
    Spectral furniture
    Tangent electronics
    Technics loudspeakers and electronics

    our reviews page

    our offers thread


    There will be a few more product announcements over the coming months, so do pop back and look out for them. In the meantime, if you'd like to discuss your system's possibilities, please call or email via the contact details below to make an appointment - we do generally run an appointment only based system in order to offer visitors the best experience possible.

    the little audio company
    120 vyse street
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    B18 6NF

    0121 638 0721

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    All the very best! I shall pop in soon :)
     
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    amphion loudspeakers

    One of our main loudspeaker brands is Amphion, mainly the Argon range. Based upon Amphion's passive studio monitors, their waveguide allows a uniform dispersion of high frequencies (everything from 1600Hz upwards), resulting in you hearing more of the speaker and less of your room. How can a speaker cheat room acoustics? They can't, but the end result is easily appreciated. They're a nice easy 8ohm load too, so don't require mega amps to drive them.

    All of their positive specs and features add up to a speaker that is great for home theatre as well as hi-fi. Prices start from £720/pair for the Argon range, and £480/pair for the Helium range. Pictured are the Argon 0 and larger Argon 1 loudspeakers.

    Distributed by Auden Distribution.

    HiFiChoice review of Argon 1

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    ophidian loudspeakers

    Another main loudspeaker brand at the little audio company is British manufacturer Ophidian. The M Series is a compact range of loudspeakers that work well in all sizes of rooms, mainly thanks to their Aeroflex technology. Aeroflex acts in a similar way to a reflex port, but the airflow is virtually non existent by comparison! This allows them to be used closer to room boundaries than conventional ported speakers. Due to their tiny mid/bass drivers, their speed and attack is hard to match.

    The smallest model - the Minimo - is barely taller than a Bluray case. Prices start from £600/pair. Pictured are the Minimo and the three-way floorstanding Mambo loudspeakers.

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    bluesound multi-room and streaming products

    the little audio company support Bluesound as our main manufacturer for streaming and multi-room products. A wide range of stable, great sounding products that are capable of hi-res music, as well as being able to take full advantage of TIDAL's MQA Masters titles.

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    moon neo

    Moon Audio produce some of the best audio to come out of Canada. The Neo series may be their entry level range, but it certainly isn't lacking on the quality front. Moon's own MiND control software is a stable platform that intuitively allows you to control Moon products or complete systems, as well as faultlessly stream music on relevant products.
    Most Moon products come with a 10 year warranty.

    Pictured is the Moon Neo Ace streaming/Bluetooth amplifier.

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    heco direkt loudspeakers

    Heco's range of Direkt loudspeakers are a little unconventionally shaped - wide and tall rather than deep and tall - are quite shallow, and their dual downward ports allow greater flexibility with regards to placement. A high sensitivity allows them to be used with lower powered amplifiers and valve amplifiers alike. Models start from £1849/pair.

    Pictured is the Heco Direkt Einklang.

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    innuos

    Innuos currently make some of the best media servers money can buy. Not only do they sound fantastic, but they're extremely simple to use too - their own bespoke editing software allows you to easily edit metadata and artwork via your web browser on your PC, laptop, tablet, or even your phone.
    Prices start from £695

    Pictured is the Innuos ZENith MkII

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    kef audio

    Another speaker brand that is just as good for movies as it is with music, thanks to KEF's UniQ driver which has been perfected over almost three decades, as well as technology that has trickled down from the Concept Blade - and later, the commercially available Blades - to the R Series, Q Series, T Series, as well as their custom installation ranges.

    Pictured are the KEF LS50 Wireless loudspeakers

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    Some very nice brands/seperates etc in your portfolio.
     
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    Thanks LFC4TUNE - I’ve been adding these here in my spare time - still more to add - and one or two new brands on the horizon :)
     
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    svs

    the little audio company feels that SVS currently make some of the best budget/mid priced subwoofers for hi-fi and home theatre use, particularly their sealed box range of subwoofers. Their Prime Satellite speakers make a great pairing with these subs.​

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    clearaudio

    German manufacturer Clearaudio produce some of the best turntables available today, both in terms of sound quality and build quality - including the award winning Concept MM.

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    David,

    Have you got the LS50 actives on demo?

    Fancy sticking with active speakers for now and the LS50’s seem the next step up from my JBLs!
     
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    I certainly do :)
     
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    larsen

    Larsen loudspeakers are designed to work tight up against the wall behind them - perfect for those who don’t want their living space invaded by boxes that need to be a metre away from the room boundaries. Despite their placement, their bass is tight and tuneful, and very well balanced. Their drive units angle upwards, creating a large soundstage instead of the tweeter level soundstage that many produce.

    Pictured are the Larsen 8.2 model

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    hegel

    the little audio company brings another exclusive to Birmingham - Hegel Music Systems. We start off with their range of UPnP/DLNA streaming amplifiers, complete with digital and analogue inputs, as well as supporting Airplay.

    Their bespoke amplifier technology make them some of the most informative and fluid sounding amplifiers in their price brackets, with plenty of muscular power to drive almost any loudspeakers - they are perfect partners for Amphion and KEF loudspeakers.

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    technics

    Technics have been producing high quality hi-fi products since 1965, including the world's first Direct Drive turntable in 1970, which was soon widely adopted as the standard for radio broadcasting.

    Technics' Grand Class and Premium Class separates are on offer, including the SU-G30 amplifier, SB-C700 flat diaphragm, coincident loudspeakers, and the SL1200G turntable, which will be set up with an Audio Technica AT-33sa cartridge.

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    I love the new TT’s from Technics but don’t care much for the rest of their new product range personally.
     
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    Had a few days last week with the SU-G30 amplifier streaming from my Innuos ZENith and directly from TIDAL (it is MQA compatible), and it is very good. The SB-C700 speakers are based on a point source arrangement, which, being used to KEF’s UniQ and liking Eclipse’s single driver speakers, I like what they do. As for the turntables, they may look the same, but they’ve been improved quite a bit!
     
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    KEF LS50 Black Edition

    5 years on from the launch of the revered LS50, KEF have added a full satin black anniversary model - if you ever felt the black/blue model was great for home theatre (which I can vouch for, as I did a few years back), the new black/black model is perfect!

    The LS50 Black Edition are now on demo at the little audio company. kef ls50 black edition .jpg
     
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    With the Bristol Sound & Vision Show kicking off on Friday, I thought I'd list the manufacturers and rooms where you'll be able to see and hear products associated with the little audio company.


    ground floor

    The Chord Company are in the usual place in Foyer 1 near the entrance.

    Innuos are in their usual place in the centre of the Bristol Suite.

    Audio Technica are also in the Bristol Suite just across from Innuos.

    Monitor Audio are a little further down on the ground floor in Empire 1.

    Cyrus Audio are at the end of the ground floor in SS Great Britain 2 and 3.

    Chord Electronics are next to them in SS Great Britain 1.

    Custom Designs will be on the Henley Designs stand in the Bristol Suite on stand 12 and 13.


    lower ground floor

    KEF Audio are in their usual place in the Concorde suite.

    Technics are at the end of the corridor in the Cabot suite.


    second floor

    AudioQuest are in their usual place in room 202.

    Sound Fowndations, who distribute Clearaudio turntables and Larsen loudspeakers, are in rooms 209 and 220.

    Auden Distribution, who distribute Amphion loudspeakers and Hegel electronics are in room 222. I'll be manning this room for the weekend, so do pop in and say hi if you're passing.

    Hegel Music Systems are in room 230, who will also be using Amphion loudspeakers.


    third floor

    Karma AV, distributors of SVS, Revel, Cornered Audio, and Emotiva are in rooms 330 and 332.

    Bluesound multi-room and streaming products are in room 310

    Eclipse TD loudspeakers will be in room 318.


    fourth floor


    Avoke Distribution, who distribute Elipson turntables and speakers, and Tangent electronics and speakers, are in room 412.

    Ophidian loudspeakers are in room 406.

    So do pop into these rooms as there's some great products there which are a step away from the norm and offer just as good value as many of the mainstream products available, and in some cases, sound much better!
     
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    It was nice seeing you Dave after awhile. Mightily impressed with the Amphion Bookshelf ones. I shall pop into the store one day soon.

    Good luck!
     
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    A week on from the end of the Bristol Show, and on the tail end of the viral infection I caught while I was there, one room really stood out for me, despite not being able to visit many rooms whilst there.

    On the Friday night after the show finished I was invited to the Technics room for a dealer launch of the SL-1000R Reference Class turntable. It was set up with an Audio Technica ART-1000 cartridge and a Luxman EQ500 phono pre-amp. Technics own SU-R1 pre-amplifier and SE-R1 power amplifier were used, along with their SU-G90 loudspeakers - a surprising £1800 choice to place on the end of a £30k+ pre/power and front end! But they dealt with the whole thing admirably, not sounding out of place on such a system.

    First track up was a Nina Simone track, which, despite being a 50s recording, sounded like it could quite easily have been recorded last week on very modern recording equipment. Her voice seemed unhindered by the electronics and speakers, hanging in mid air - quite some feat considering it was being generated by a wiggly groove in some plastic.

    Fleetwood Mac's The Chain sounded unlike I'd ever heard it before, and I've not even heard any digital version of it sound that good as yet! The same goes for Massive attack's Angel from the album Mezzanine. It was doing everything the CD would do (in a good way), but managing to retain the power of the drums throughout the build up towards the latter part of the track. That has kept me smiling ever since.

    You'd expect such good specifications to produce a bit of a 'matter of fact', cold reproduction, but not so. There was plenty of feeling with the Nina Simone track, and Angel still made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. The SL-1000R seems to reproduce as cleanly as digital but in a way that doesn't sound artificial or stifled.

    The last time I questioned the worth of everything else above a certain product was when I first heard the KEF Blade loudspeakers at their Munich launch. I feel the same way about the SL-1000R. You're struck by a lack of something, as at this sort of level it's not only about what the kit does, but also what it doesn't do. You know you're listening to something pretty special.

    Sure, it's not cheap, but there are far more expensive turntables that would kill for these specifications, and when you consider that what is pretty much "perfection" can be had at this sort of price point, that makes the SL-1000R somewhat of a 40kg bargain.

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    At the little audio company, we don't choose our loudspeakers based their popularity, profit margin, or how many stars they receive in magazines - we choose them based on their technology, what they have to offer the music lover, and above all, their sound quality.

    A common theme that runs through many of our speaker ranges - 'point source' - where all frequencies are effectively emanating from a single point.

    Read our blog here on the benefits of dual concentric and single driver loudspeakers.​

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    They’re quite similar in many ways, and when I say similar, I’m referring to the benefits of their design. Whilst the Amphions aren’t quite point source like the UniQ design, they are point source down to 1600Hz, which is where the mid/bass driver takes over in the Argon range - still lower than most speaker manufacturers. Because of the HF unit using a large waveguide, bit the Amphion and KEFs tend to behave very well in many different types of room. They don’t tend to excite the first reflection points like many other speakers do, so reduces (or even negates) the need for EQ, particularly higher up the range. Imaging and focus is a strong point of both manufacturers.

    The overall tonal balance isn’t too different, as both manufacturers use metal drivers - the KEFs don’t really sound like an all metal driver speaker, and the Amphions even less so, maybe because they use titanium for the HF unit.

    I’ve had the Argon 0 model at home in my own (currently 2.0 AV system) and they sounded great - I just placed them where my existing speakers are and away they went (I don’t use EQ), they just worked and didn’t produce any boom issues. My room is a bit more damped than most, so like the KEFs in my room, I tend to add a slight treble lift to keep things exciting, but in a normal room this isn’t needed.

    If I was only selling one of these manufacturers, I’d be stating a few negative points of the ones I don’t keep (only natural :)), but as I keep both, I’m hardly going to pitch them against each other :)

    The Amphions are a little easier on the amplifier being an 8ohm load, so better suited for those who want R Series quality but don’t or can’t have a suitable amplifier to do them justice. I’d still treat them like R Series though as they’re revealing of the source - their speakers are derivatives of (passive) studio monitors after all!
     
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