Sorry been busy and forgot to give my impressions. I'll do a bigger write-up soon. For now, I'll just quickly give you guys some info. Welcome to ask more questions!
The staff over are very friendly and helpful. The selection is great. Well worth a visit for any music enthusiast.
Great selection and demos available. They have all the higher end HD series ready for demo on the HDVA800 dac/amp. They also take special requests (opened a new HD599 for me) and stock replacement parts.
It's currently hooked up to a CD player using the DAC inside the HE1. You're welcome to bring your own CDs.
The HE1 has about all inputs you'd need (digital and optical) so I think you can bring whatever you'd like. I just listened to whatever CDs they had available.
It's in a quiet room. You have to put on silk gloves before being allowed to touch it. And yes, you get to see the party trick of switching it on and off.
In short, like nothing you have ever heard before. Flat and neutral with EXCELLENT extension. Soundstage and imaging were probably the biggest WOW factors to me.
So there is a South African that owns an HE1. Anyone guess who it is?