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Needle Doctor closes up shop

By | November 21st, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , |

Vinyl spinners would have surfed to this website before.
Vinyl spinners would have surfed to this website before.

 

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

Most audiophiles, especially vinyl spinners, would have come across the website called Jerry Raskin’s Needle Doctor (www.needledoctor.com).

 

There is sad news for audiophiles — Jerry Raskin has closed his website and also his brick-and-mortar store in Dinkytown, Minneapolis, USA.

 

According to a report in the Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal written by Dylan Thomas and published on Nov 19, 62-year-old Jerry said he was retiring to focus on making art.… Read the full article

Esoteric launches new Grandioso K1X SACD/CD player

By | November 19th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound, Av2day|Tags: , , , |

The Esoteric K1X looks like its predecessor.
The Esoteric K1X looks like its predecessor.

 

 

Esoteric launched a replacement for its Grandioso K1 SACD/CD player at the UK Hi-Fi Show Live 2019 held at the Ascot Racecourse on Oct 26-27.

 

Called the K1X, the new player incorporates two new technologies – the VRDS-ATLAS transport and the Master Sound Discrete DAC. The DAC can handle 22.5MHz DSD and 768kHz PCM signals and features ful MQA decoding. The K1X can also be used as a standalone DAC with USB, coaxial and optical inputs.… Read the full article

VPI launches flagship Vanquish turntable system

By | November 18th, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , |

VPI's flagship Vanquish turntable system comes with matching stand, powre supply and phono preamp.
VPI’s flagship Vanquish turntable system comes with matching stand, power supply and phono preamp.

 

VPI Industries has launched its flagship turntable called the Vanquish at the Capital Audiofest held from Nov 1-3 in Rockville, Maryland, USA.

 

From reports in parttimeaudiophile.com and stereonet.co.uk, the Vanquish comes with a purpose-built stand that houses the matching power supply and phono preamp, all in a striking ruby colour. The new Vanquish Phono Stage is evolved from VPI’s Voyager Phono stage.

 

The entire system is said to be priced from US$100,000 to US$120,000 and it comes with a 14-inch tonearm called the Vanquish Fatboy tonearm, which is VPI’s first 14” 3-D printed tonearm, and the buyer can choose between a unipivot or a gimbal bearing.… Read the full article

Audio Note UK launches Cobra integrated amp with DAC

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , |

Audionte's latest integrated amp-cum-DAC.
Audio Note UK’s latest integrated amp-cum-DAC is called Cobra.

 

Audio Note UK has launched its latest integrated amplifier with built-in DAC.

 

Called the Cobra, the integrated amplifier is in production now and will be released in the market early next year.

 

The interesting feature is the built-in DAC which uses a Philips TDA1543 chip. These days, the latest DACs use chips which can handle PCM up to 32 bit 384kHz and DSD up to DSD 256, but Audio Note UK has eschewed the trend to use the latest chips for a blast from the past.… Read the full article

1956 Hi-Fi Off-Beat e=Enclosures Prove To Be On-Beat For Hi-Fi

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: , |

Furutech DPS-4.1 power cable: A smooth operator

By | November 8th, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , |

Furutech DPS-4.1 power cable with Furutech NCF plugs.
Furutech DPS-4.1 power cable with Furutech FI-50 NCF plugs.

 

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

“What exactly is neutral?” That question popped up in my mind when I reviewed the Furutech DPS-4.1 because it had a sonic signature that was different than what I was used to hearing with my own power cable using silver-plated high-purity copper with the Furutech FI-50 NCF plugs.

 

In comparison, my power cable sounded brighter which resulted in a more detailed sound, but it was also leaner, but more transparent.… Read the full article

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Chord launches Huei phono preamp

By | November 5th, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , |

The Chord Huei phono preamp
The Chord Huei phono preamp

 

Chord Electronics has a new phono preamp in the market. Called Huei, the phono preamp is styled just like a larger Mojo with coloured spherical controls.

 

The Huei, which is a step below the flagship Symphonic phono preamp, was unveiled at the Munich High End show in May and it has just hit the British market priced at £990 and it is just a question of time as to when it will be brought into Malaysia by Centre Circle Audio.… Read the full article

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Rega launches Aethos integrated amplifier

By | November 3rd, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , |

Rega's new Aethos integrated amplifier.
Rega’s new Aethos integrated amplifier.

 

Rega has just launched the Aethos integrated amplifier which is just one level below the flagship Osiris.

The Aethos is a dual mono design which pumps out 125 watts per channel into 8 Ohms.

According to What Hi-Fi?, the Aethos was first spotted at the Bristol Hi-Fi Show back in February.

The Rega website states: “The Aethos uses a high performance combined feedback and passive volume control plus line amplifier, which was originally developed for the Elex-R.… Read the full article

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Kirmuss LP-cleaning system: The day after…

By | October 31st, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , |

The two LPs had lots of clicks and pops.
These two LPs, which had lots of clicks and pops, were cleaned by Adrian Wong of Audio Image using the Kirmuss Ultimate Ultrasonic Record Restoration system.

 

Playig thhe clean LP on my Rega Planar 3 at home.
Playing the sparkling clean Bob Dylan LP on my Rega Planar 3 at home. This LP had patches of white stain – signs of fungal growth – on it before the cleaning process.

 

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

Yesterday, I spent some time listening to the two LPs – Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks and Dizzy Gillespie’s Big 4 – which were cleaned by Adrian Wong of Audio Image the day before using the Kirmuss Ultimate Ultrasonic Record Restoration System KA-RC-1.… Read the full article

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There’s a lot of dirt in your LP’s grooves

By | October 29th, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , |

The Kirmuss ultrasonic machine can clean two LPs at one go.
The Kirmuss ultrasonic machine can clean two LPs in one go.

 

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

When I telephoned Adrian Wong of Audio Image to get more details about the vinyl-cleaning service he is offering, he probably sensed that I was sceptical about the effectiveness of his cleaning methods and challenged me to turn up at his showroom in Section 19, Petaling Jaya, with two dirty and noisy records.

 

So I took a few LPs from my collection, played them on my system and selected two LPs with the most clicks and pops – Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan and Dizzy Gillespie’s Big 4.… Read the full article

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