Since DSD is the hot subject now with it being a must for almost every new DAC being released to have DSD decoding capabilities, we have decided to explore deeper into the format called Direct Stream Digital (DSD) and the role played by the electronic giants Sony and Philips in promoting the format.


This white paper is from Grimm Audio.

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By Lam Seng Fatt

There I was still continuing with my journey of discovery to find differences in sound quality between the analogue LP and digital CD when I suddenly discovered there was a major difference not related to sound quality. The channels were switched on the CD!

I was playing Simon and Garfunkel’s Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. The CD (CBS62825) was printed by CBS/Sony in Japan while the LP was released in 1966 on the CBS label.

By Lam Seng Fatt

The times are really a-changing these days – and at a very rapid pace too. For the music lover and audiophile, this will change the way you access music.

From the outset, I must state that these days trends in CAS, DACs, streaming and digital music file formats, and how people access music files by downloading instead of buying physical copies of CDs are not decided by hi-fi reviewers or bloggers, but by the movers and shakers in – first and foremost – the Internet business such as Google and Apple, and then those in the hi-fi industry.

By Lam Seng Fatt


It is with some irony that in the dying days of the CD I am reviewing a pure CD player. The Pro-Ject CD Box DS plays CDs – that’s it. Unlike many other CD player these days which have a USB input for a laptop or music streamer to be plugged to their internal DACs, the Pro-Ject CD Box DS has only a pair of analogue out jacks and a co-ax out.

Article by WL Low

We’ve found that recently certain “original” and new movie Blu-ray titles have their prices slashed to RM$79.90, due to local or regional pressing. Whilst this is good news for the avid Malaysian Blu-ray collector, does, it provide good value? We bought an original Blu-ray in the form of Mark Wahlberg’s Lone Survivor which is a regional pressing at the special price of RM$79.90, to compare with an imported US pressing of the same movie, borrowed from a fellow videophile and movie collector.

By Lam Seng Fatt

Acoustic Energy made an impressive debut in 1987 with its AE1 bookshelf speakers that were compact but delivered a big sound.

The AE1 is still available in its latest form, but that is not the subject of this review. I have been listening to its bigger brother – the AE2. Those who started out in hi-fi back in the late 1980s and 1990s would recall the AE2 which had twin woofers, a tweeter and three ports in front.

The latest version of the AE Reference 2 still uses two bass drivers and one tweeter, but there is only one port and it is placed at the rear of the speaker.

By Lam Seng Fatt


During the talk on vinyl at Centre Circle recently, well-known audiophile Danon Han said his friend had sold 5,000 master tapes (from the good old reel-to-reel recorders used in studios) to HDtracks which are now being converted into hi-res digital files for paid downloads.
One day a few weeks ago, I was visiting the HDtracks website when I spotted John Coltrane’s Lush Life (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) which was available in 24bit 44.1kHz download. Why wasn’t it in higher sampling rate? I do not know.
The Coltrane album could be from the master tape collection previously owned by Danon’s friend. Since I already have an audiophile LP of the same album in 180gm vinyl, I decided to purchase the download.

By Lam Seng Fatt

During the Vinyl Talk at Centre Circle in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, recently, two well-known Malaysian audiophiles Danon Han and Jo Ki said they could hear that the vinyl versions of Linn’s digital music sounded better even though the LPs were pressed from the same digital Studio Master file.

It was a ‘how can that be?’ moment for me and I had to put on my thinking cap and use whatever brain cells I have left to do some pondering on this mysterious phenomena which apparently has puzzled even Linn’s sound engineers.

Article by WL Low

Vermouth makes great looking products at modest prices, and the Red Velvet power cable is no exception. The thick and bright red sleeving is at once striking and stand out from the cable crowd. Though thick in diameter, the cable proved easy to manipulate for those who believes in cable dressing their hifi… [cont]

Article by Dick Tan

If you are familiar with the development of the home theatre side of the audio business you will recall that industry stalwart, Pioneer, contributed what is essentially the ‘lion’s share’ of the technologies that has made home entertainment as sophisticated as it is today.

Article by Venoth Nair

In this third and final instalment to the basics of hi-fi, we are going to look at what you should do after the purchase of your system to maximise its performance and ensure that it runs at its best.

By Lam Seng Fatt


The ‘Vinyl Talks’ session at Centre Circle, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur on Saturday turned out to be a casual and informal meeting of audiophiles and vinyl addicts.


Though the guest speaker was Calvin Sin, Director of New Wave Records, it was the impromptu sharing by well-known audiophiles Danon Han and Jo Ki that turned the discussion up many notches in terms of banter and debate.