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.

Article by WL Low

BMC, Balanced Music Concept astounded me with their KLIAV Show 2013 demo. I kept requesting for review samples, and our lucky high end guy, Tan TE got them in his system earlier this year. My interest lies clearly with the more affordable item, like the PureDAC, finally got it for review here, after more than a year. Reason being that they are being sold at a rate much faster then Ah Chee(Audio Art Ipoh) can bring them in to the country!

Vinyl addicts and audiophiles in general, take note. There will be a vinyl workshop called ‘Vinyl Talks’ at Centre Circle in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, this Saturday (Oct 18).

By Lam Seng Fatt

It just dawned on me this morning while I was listening to my stereo system that I am the Classic Hi-Fi guy. Actually I am probably the ultimate Classic Hi-Fi guy.

I have in my system components that were designed 20-30 years ago and are still in production in their latest guises. As they say, good designs will have lasting power.

Article by WL Low

It’s been a few years since the last 2V1G album and Leslie, head honcho of Pop Pop Music releases the latest one called Tempting Heart. For many audiophiles, the first 2V1G album has always been a benchmark of sorts for female vocal, thanks in no small part, the contrasting tone and chemistry between Winnie Ho and Regina Tai(who was having a bit mild storm in the tea cup of “love” her self, and her emotion swings was well translated in to the recording). Regina quit the music all together after the launch of the very first 2V1G album, and the rest as they say, is history.

By Lam Seng Fatt

For around RM2,800 or even less – if you are nice to Kenny Sin of Hiway Laser in SS2, Petaling Jaya – you get a DAC that can handle DSD up to 5.6 and PCM up to 384. And it sounds quite good to boot. What more can you ask for?
The TEAC UD-501 DSD DAC has turned the hi-fi world topsy-turvy as it has changed the game totally. There were other DACs in the market that could handle DSD 5.6 and PCM 384 before the TEAC UD-501 was launched last year, but they were not at the price that the TEAC was sold at.

Article by WL Low
For some years now, it has been desirable for most regional AV show organisers to give away a compilation CD souvenir for every ticket sold, based on first come, first served availability of course. I can’t quite remember who start the trend first, if it’s the Taiwanese show, or the Hong Show AV Show, but within a few short years, it would be near impossible to imagine attending a regional AV show without getting a CD as souvenir by now. [cont]

Article by Venoth Nair

In the previous feature, we looked at the knowledge that you need to equip yourself with when diving head first into the world of Hi-Fi. In this article we are going to look at the next step to building your very own piece of Hi-Fi heaven which is component selection and system matching.. [cont]