Well wasn't March a bit of a write-off? It's true we have experienced some of the darkest days in our retail careers, but we have also been utterly overwhelmed by the support, love & well wishes of this great audio community that we are a part of.
Briefly, for those who were unaware, we had a 1 in a 100-year flood in Lismore (make that 2 in a 100-year flood in the space of 3 weeks 🤷🏻♀️). It decimated the CBD and several surrounding suburbs. At the moment, we no longer have a shop. It took out our retail space, along with all of our stock and as a result, we threw out 95% of our waterlogged speakers & we are still hopeful to revive some of our electronics (for display only) through a vigorous method of water torture / CPR, not traditionally recommended, but vital to our business's survival.
To be expected, we are still processing the devastation. The true extent of what has happened in town, to our neighbours, our family & friends, & to our own small business could never be expressed in news footage or measly words in a blog. To be honest, we actually don't want to keep harping on about it, it's too painful & we feel like we just need to keep moving. So the purpose of all of this is to highlight something else altogether - the outpouring of encouragement we have received during this awful season.
With all tragedies come great stories of defiance, grit & hope. What this situation has highlighted to us is the camaraderie of our beloved audio industry. We have seen distributors, international brands & audio news outlets like Stereonet offer up massive financial reprieves, donating display stock for when we are ready to rebuild (which we definitely will, more on that in due course). We even saw our 'competing' hi-fi stores/friends put forward huge chunks of cash via a GoFundMe campaign that was set up to assist Nat & Renae in their recovery efforts.
Overall, it's been an overwhelming response from our customers & industry friends & it's one that we will not soon forget.
Although we would love to call you all out by name, we are reluctant to, just in case we miss anyone unintentionally. For those who like to have a stickybeak, check out the full list of donors on the GoFundMe & consider giving them a hug or high-five from us! NB: Quite a few BIG BIG donors have also contributed behind the scenes, so please shake their hands or give them a cuddle in spirit.
The LENC crew want to continue the love-fest by thanking all of you, our dear customers. You have shown your support by coming out of the woodwork & purchasing some serious big-ticket items from our online store this month. It has given us a great deal of hope that we have a business worth fighting for. It's now our duty to continue selling & educating the masses about all things audio. So let's get on with it, shall we?!
Now for what you actually came here for - What's on in April at LENC.
It's a big one because we took a little break last month. So, here is what we have for you in April:
- Product of the month: Moonriver Model 404 integrated amplifiers
- New product releases: B+W Panorama 3 Soundbar & Hotel Revolution Hi-fi pack
Stock arriving this month: Pro-Ject Automat A1 turntable & Earmen Colibri
- Promotions: Denon Home, Marantz Cashback, Hotel Revolution Hi-fi Bundle
- My favourite video this month - Chord Mojo vs Mojo 2 - Its a knockout!
1] Product(s) of the month: Moonriver Model 404 integrated amplifiers
It's time again for our "Product of the month" - for April we have 2 products instead of 1. Looking square at the Moonriver Model 404 series of Integrated amplifiers, both standard & reference editions.
If you have never heard of the brand, let me invite you to take a look at our latest YouTube video review. Here you will get a complete overview, covering everything from manufacturing processes & sound signature through to the product's aesthetics. Spoiler, these amps are stunning to both listen to & look at, in equal measure. They are the right mix of old school weight & tactile beauty in our books.
For the month of April, we are offering our customers the opportunity to get some great freebies with their Moonriver Model 404 amplifier purchase. You will automatically receive 10% off the RRP of your amp along with a FREE set of AudioQuest Rocket 11 3m cables with every 404 integrated amp.
That's a whopping saving of up to $1138!
2] New product releases
For Bowers & Wilkins fans out there, fresh excitement, as the monolith brand teases us with the release of their new Soundbar. Introducing you to the B+W Panorama 3 Soundbar. While we are currently accepting pre-orders, the official date of availability has not been announced in Australia as yet. We will be sure to keep you apprised of that all-important information once it comes to light.
Audiolab & Wharfedale have teamed up once again to offer a tantalising combo pack. In our view, the combination of the Audiolab OMNIA 'Just-Add-Speakers' Hi-fi System with the Wharfedale Evo 4.2 Standmount Speakers is an absolutely divine pairing. A new hi-fi pack, balancing the tightrope of high-fidelity & convenience.
3] Stock arriving this month
The hotly anticipated Pro-Ject A1 Automatic Turntable will be here in just 3 weeks! Pre-orders are open for the brand's first foray into the fully-automatic world. As expected, the quality is a standout in the category.
And if you are looking for the perfect headphone amplifier/DAC alternative to the Chord Mojo II (at a fraction of the cost might I add), why not consider trying the Earmen Colibri on for size. It's a cracker & will absolutely obliterate your phone or computer's existing DAC or sound card. Stock is ready to go right now click here to order yours.
4] Promotions in April from Marantz, Audiolab x Wharfedale & Denon Home
A tantalising cash back offer from Marantz.
You may be familiar with these products from our recent video review here, and if you are like us, you are a BIG BIG fan of the new Model 30 range from Marantz. Well, now is the best time to get your hands on this gear.
For a limited time, purchase the SACD30 N & get $250 cash back from the brand plus a limited edition double SACD set curated by Yoshimori Ogata. Purchase the matching Model 30 amplifier & get a further $250 cash back on that purchase as well.
At LENC, we've combined Wharfedale’s EVO4.2 bookshelf loudspeakers with Audiolab’s OMNIA all-in-one streaming amplifier to create a complete music system with advanced technological features & audiophile-grade sound quality.
The Hotel Revolution Pack is a new hi-fi bundle. Balancing the tightrope of high fidelity & convenience. It comes with everything you need to start playing music - just add music.
And lastly, Denon Home is offering up the opportunity to max out the house with wireless audio. Simply purchase a Denon Home 150, 250 or 350 speaker and you can then purchase a second (or third) Denon Home speaker and get 30% off the RRP of both additional units.
Offer runs from March 1st to April 30th, 2022.
The second and third purchases must be in the same transaction/receipt as the first unit purchased and must be of equal or lesser value. Click here to check out the deal.
5] My favourite video this month: Chord Mojo vs Mojo 2 - Its a knockout!
We are a little late to the party but the Chord Mojo 2 is finally out & in our hands!
Of course, the question on everyone's lips is how does it compare to the original? Sure it looks slightly different but is there a lot of new features going on under the hood?
That's it for now!
As always, thank you for your support of our small business.
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Gabi & the LENC team.