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RMAF 2016: AURALiC sighting by stars, Polaris and Altair

By | December 10th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

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AURALiC has a reputation for over-performing and under-charging customers (a trend I’d like to see a lot more of), and RMAF saw no major deviation from that line of thinking. You could say that they’ve charted a course and have been following it with dedication, persistence and tenacity.

As many of you no doubt know, the AURALiC brand launched their VEGA DAC some years ago to much acclaim — and, as we learned, that acclaim was very much deserved. They’ve branched out beyond the DAC (there are amps and preamps available, too), but it was the breach into high-end audio streaming that really saw them step away from the pack.… Read the full article

New hi-fi/AV outlet opens

By | December 10th, 2016|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ivan Patrick Hoh decided to turn his passion into a business.
Ivan Patrick Hoh decided to turn his passion into a business.

 

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

The latest hi-fi/AV dealer in town has officially opened. It is called Selective Hi-Fi and is located at Block F, Zenith Corporate Park, behind  Paradigm Mall in Kelana Jaya, Selangor.

 

It is run by audiophile Ivan Patrick Hoh and his business partner Vinson Tam with Siu Wan helping out.

 

Ivan Patrick said he had been in the hi-fi business since last year, but it was in a low-profile basis.… Read the full article

SVS 16 Ultra Series Subwoofers

By | December 10th, 2016|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

SUB-stantial

by Dick Tan
SVS’s new powerful subs the SB16 Ultra and the PB16 Ultra respectively
SVS’s new powerful subs the SB16 Ultra and the PB16 Ultra respectively

Maxx Audio-Visual recently announced the release of their latest 16 Ultra Series Subwoofers.

 

A two model range the new 16 Ultra Series comprises the triple front ported PB16 – Ultra and the fully sealed SB16- Ultra.

 

According to Max Loh of Maxx Audio-Visual, the distributor of SVS loudspeaker in Malaysia, the 16 Ultra Series Sub now effectively replaces SVS’s previous flagship 13 Ultra Series.… Read the full article

Graham Audio, Chartwell LS3/5 Bookshelf Monitor Speakers

By | December 10th, 2016|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

History has been remade

by Venoth Nair
With the grills on you can't really tell the difference between the Chartwell and other LS3/5A speakers.
With the grills on you can’t really tell the difference between the Chartwell and other LS3/5A speakers.

The LS3/5A was undoubtedly one of the most popular speakers of its time and even till today still commands a very strong cult following unlike any other design of speaker. Reproduced by many British speaker brands and in some cases still manufactured even till this day, the LS3/5A has left a very strong impression on many audiophiles with it amazing ability to faithfully reproduce recordings the way they were made.… Read the full article

Custom Cardas!

By | December 10th, 2016|Categories: Tone Audio|Tags: , , , , |

Custom Cardas!

If you have cable requirements that are slightly off the beaten path, and don’t like the idea of keeping (or losing) multiple adaptors on a regular basis, call the folks at Cardas Audio and get some custom cables made, pronto!

Josh Meredith at Cardas Audio and the team just sent me a pair of Clear Light interconnects to go from XLR to RCA, so that I have a wider range of connectivity with the PrimaLuna HP Integrated that I use as a reference component on my Audiophile Apartment site, and it only took a short while.

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Parents! Great Stuff On Kids Headphones!

By | December 9th, 2016|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I don’t do this very often…heck, I don’t think I’ve ever done it, but in this case I’m going to heartily recommend an article written on headphones from another publication.

Lauren Dragen and Brent Butterworth have recently published and excellent article on volume limiting headphones for kids. Parents should rightly be concerned for their children’s hearing health, and there’s no doubt that lots of kids are turning the volume up far too loud in their listening. Lauren and Brent go to great lengths in this review to educate parents on the subject; measure the headphones under consideration; test them with focus groups of youngsters; advise parents on best practices for children’s safe listening; and make product recommendations.… Read the full article

Christmas Music Part 3: “A String Quartet Christmas”

By | December 9th, 2016|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , |

John Marks’ Stereo System (as of fall 2016)

J Marks System fall 2016

The essential sound of this system is determined first by the loudspeakers, prototypes called Esperanto Parolantos. That’s something of a pun, in that it means “Esperanto Speakers.” (Esperanto, from the audio company I started after leaving Stereophile magazine.)

Mike Zisserson designed the Esperanto Parolanto loudspeaker while taking into account my “Wish List” of desired characteristics and capabilities. In that list I tried to express both in technical terms and in musical terms what I believe a music lover’s relatively affordable two-way non-mini monitor loudspeaker should sound like.… Read the full article

Christmas Music Part 2: “Carols of the Nativity”

By | December 9th, 2016|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , |

John Marks’ Stereo System (as of fall 2016)

J Marks System fall 2016

The essential sound of this system is determined first by the loudspeakers, prototypes called Esperanto Parolantos. That’s something of a pun, in that it means “Esperanto Speakers.” (Esperanto, from the audio company I started after leaving Stereophile magazine.)

Mike Zisserson designed the Esperanto Parolanto loudspeaker while taking into account my “Wish List” of desired characteristics and capabilities. In that list I tried to express both in technical terms and in musical terms what I believe a music lover’s relatively affordable two-way non-mini monitor loudspeaker should sound like.… Read the full article

Christmas Music Part 1: Nat King Cole, “Christmas Favorites”

By | December 9th, 2016|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , |

John Marks’ Stereo System (as of fall 2016)

J Marks System fall 2016

The essential sound of this system is determined first by the loudspeakers, prototypes called Esperanto Parolantos. That’s something of a pun, in that it means “Esperanto Speakers.” (Esperanto, from the audio company I started after leaving Stereophile magazine.)

Mike Zisserson designed the Esperanto Parolanto loudspeaker while taking into account my “Wish List” of desired characteristics and capabilities. In that list I tried to express both in technical terms and in musical terms what I believe a music lover’s relatively affordable two-way non-mini monitor loudspeaker should sound like.… Read the full article

Norah Returns

By | December 9th, 2016|Categories: Stereophile|

Blockbuster debut records are a curse and blessing and in the case of Norah Jones, who’s new record Day Breaks I have been listening to on vinyl, she’s someone who, call me distracted, has never quite equaled the passionate delivery nor the easy-to-like pop material of her first record, 2002’s Come Away With Me. While its followup, Feels Like Home was good, surprisingly flecked with country leanings, and containing covers of tunes by Townes Van Zandt, Duke Ellington and Tom Waits, 2007’s home-recorded Not Too Late seemed like a letdown, and the Jacquire King-produced The Fall (2009) and her co-writes with Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) on the breakup record, Little Broken Hearts (2012), both seemed like treading water.… Read the full article