By Lam Seng Fatt

For the past few years, I have been using a pair of generic steel four-pillar speaker stands with felt pads stuck on the top plates to decouple the speakers and sheets of Dynamat stuck on the bottom of the top plates to dampen vibrations.

These served me well till I encountered the TAOC speaker stands. What happened was that I was at Perfect Hi-Fi in IOI Mall, Puchong, to return the Sonus Faber Venere 2.0 speakers when I spotted a pair of KEF LS50 speakers and asked Andy if I could review them as well. And since Andy is now also selling TAOC products, a pair of TAOC AST-60HB speaker stands was also passed to me for review. To cut a long story short, I ended up paying my hard-earned money to Andy for the TAOC speaker stands which I will use as my reference stands from now on.

Article by WL Low

This year’s show theme is Big Picture = Big Sound, with obvious reference to the latest Dolby Atmos surround decoding format, used to match ever bigger screen sizes at more afforfable price points. Dolby Atmos is a whole new relevation is surround sound experience and there will be new competing decoding formats appearing on the horizon too, just like Aura 3D, which will most likely make it’s Malaysian debut at the show

Article by WL Low

SVS has always been know for it’s high performance, great value subwoofers, but now they seemed to be aspiring to just more than the lower octaves. SVS has just launched the Prime series of speakers for folks who want to go all the way with them.

By Lam Seng Fatt

Even an aged pair of ears belonging to an old cynical fellow who scoffed at silly guys who pay tens of thousands of ringgit for short pieces of wire could tell the difference when one power cord – already quite expensive- was substituted with an even more expensive model.

The power cords used for the demo were the Nordost Heimdall – which costs less than RM10k – and the Nordost Valhalla 2 – which costs more than RM30k. The event was the Nordost presentation at the Perfect Hi-Fi showroom in Wisma MPL, Kuala Lumpur, on Saturday, conducted by Nordost International Product Training & Sales Support chief Bjorn Bengtsson.

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

In 1999, a Japanese audiophile decided to make a simple amp quickly and based it on an integrated circuit – the National Semiconductor LM3875.

 

That simple amp became famous as it sounded rather good and many DIYers copied or modified its design and created a genre called the chip amp or gainclone amp. Just google chip amp or gainclone amp and you can see the number of variations of the 47 Labs amp out there. There are even gainclone kit amps for sale.

 

Clones – the name itself informs you that it is a clone – is a company based in Hong Kong operated by a DIYer and audiophile who apparently cloned the 47 Labs for his father.

Article by WL Low

What could be more fun than an easy to use, and bring improvement to the sound product, than Shunyata Venom Defender? Yeah, I could think of similarly fun products from the stables of Audio Prism and Nordost too

Audiophiles are invited to an event by Nordost at the Perfect Hi-Fi showroom in Wisma MPL (HLA) in Kuala Lumpur on March 14.

Article by WL Low

In this last and final Best Of 2014 episode, we feature deserving home theater products that can help us to re-create that cinematic experience, right in the comfort of our own home. Watch movies anytime you want, in your PJs if you like!

Article by WL Low

Cables, along with tweaks & accesories, when used effectively can give an already well sorted system a boost in musical performance. However, don’t be mistaken that cables, tweaks & accesories can cure your hifi ailments. I would simply put it by saying this, if you’re sick, go see a doctor, but if you’re not feeling so pretty, put on some make up.

Article by WL Low

[...]and now let me present to you my Best of 2014, speaker choice!

Article by Dick Tan

Marantz’s latest top of the range AV receiver, the SR7009, replaces the SR7008. Although spotting a near identical look the SR7009 is packed to the gills with new features, the most important of which is Dolby Atmos, the current hot new thing in multichannel surround systems.

Article by WL Low

Their performance, is anything but insignificant, based on the way they have musically captured our hearts, and soul. For performance to value ratio, these amps are the champions!

Article by Dick Tan

SVS, a name synonymous with high performance, affordable subwoofers is today making more than just great subs, they are also making great full range speakers such as their Ultra Series and more recently the Prime Series