Article by Venoth Nair
As a follow up to the “How To” guide on the basics of an AV system and system building, we now will look at what could be considered as the brains of the outfit, the source component. In today’s world of home cinema, the unchallenged king for a movie source is the Blu-ray player. This player will not only work with your average Blu-ray format discs, but also supports any other form of media stored on a 120mm compact disc which can be anything from DVD’s, VCD’s and even data discs. This wide scope of playability gives the Blu-ray player a strong lead in the market, leaving other possible source components in the dust.

Article by Randall Tan
The AR-UA1 is Acoustic Research’s answer to audiophiles wanting high-fidelity high-resolution audio on their personal computer, be it at home or on the move. This audiophile-oriented asynchronous USB DAC is more than just a pretty device.

By Lam Seng Fatt

Vince Whatsapped me again – his Clones monoblock amps and Sheva DAC had arrived and he said I just had to listen to the sound of these driving the Spatial open-baffle speakers.

So I popped by his showroom again yesterday morning to listen to the new components. During the previous visit, the speakers were driven by a Wyred4Sound mINT integrated amp/DAC. Before I went to his showroom, I was wondering if the Hong Kong-made Clones components could perform well. Was I in for a surprise.

Article by Venoth Nair
In the previous article we took our first steps into the complex but rewarding world of home cinema. We have identified the various kinds of systems that could be employed to provide cinematic enjoyment as well as the basic knowledge in decoding the numbers and figures that come with a typical home cinema. In this segment of our home cinema how-to-guide, we will dive into the individual components that make up your home cinema system beginning with the heart of any system, the AV receiver.

Article by Venoth Nair

Denon is no stranger to the world of home theatre, with an illustrious history of putting together high performance quality AV kit to meet the demands of the discerning Cinephile. For its 2013/2014 line-up, Denon has opted to redesign their entire AV receiver range to reflect the demands of the current “connected” market. This is thus the foundation for the current X-range of receivers.

Article by Dick Tan
Just barely three months into the distribution take over, Wo Kee Hong announced the release of its new Reference Speaker Series that comprises two floorstanding, one bookshelf/standmount, one centre channel, a dipole surround speaker as well as two active subwoofers, the R-12SW and the R-10SW.

Article by Venoth Nair

Technology today is becoming more affordable than ever before, and with that in mind, many consumers are furnishing their homes with all the gadgets and gizmos they can get their hands on. In today’s world where many love the experience of watching movies, it has become a norm to own a system of sort to make movie enjoyment more pleasurable then just watching it straight from the TV.

Article by WL Low
If you’ve not heard the new generation Rega turn tables, now is the time to do so at Asia Sound’s Amcorp Mall outlet.

By Lam Seng Fatt

It is not often that you get to hear Open Baffle or baffle-less speakers. I remember hearing one many years ago in a DIYer’s house in Kepong and he used a full-range speaker unit in his design. Just recently, I heard something special in the form of Spatial speakers.

Article by Dick Tan

Not getting the visual impact from your 60″ HDTV ? Nothing is really wrong, you get a great picture and the colours are stunningly gorgeous. Yet there’s this underlying feeling of dissatisfaction that you can’t quite explain. What is it? The answer is simple.

Article by Dick Tan

Following the success’ of its PM-1 and PM-2 planar magnetic headphones Oppo recently announced the release of another two ‘head-fi’ products – the PM3 headphone and its matching HA-2 portable headphone amplifier.

Article by Dick Tan

Available in the top two models, the AVR-X5200w and AVR-X4100w, of Denon’s latest AV receiver range is the new Dolby Atmos Surround decoding format that is taking the surround audio world by storm. What is Dolby Atmos?

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

We live in exciting times. Today may just be the day that the music world as audiophiles know it will change. For the better? I do not know yet.

 

Meridian, the British high-end company, has launched Master Quality Authenticated (MQA), which is a new digital encoding format which will improve sound quality and make downloads and streaming faster.