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KEF, Parasound, Straight Wire, The Vinyl Revivers, The Audio Hunters – CAF 2018

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

I’m a fan of the KEF Uni-Q driver. I own pair of KEF Q100’s that I keep on hand for road warrior duties. I take them to vinyl parties (the records, not the sex), the occasional record store day event, and sometimes I have even brought them along on a third date. Trust me, the KEF Uni-Q sound is seductive, and thoroughly cooperative with my varied social agendas.

Arriving to the KEF room on Sunday, much later than I expected, I ran into Johan Coorg (KEF’s global brand manager).… Read the full article

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Darko.Audio podcast #12 – Small speakers

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sometimes we want steak, other times only sushi will do.

And so it goes with loudspeakers: we might lust for (full-range) floorstanders but either our room’s acoustics and/or our aesthetic sensibilities say otherwise: only standmounts can be accommodated.

Like food, it’s better to have too little than too much.

In our latest episode of the Darko.Audio podcast, Jeff Dorgay of TONEAudio and I discuss small loudspeakers with our informal chat romping through the following products (and more):

47 Labs Lens
Atacama Nexus 6i
Blumenstein Audio
DENSOTen Eclipse 510Z MKII
ELAC Debut 2.0
ELAC Uni-Fi UB5
Genelec 8341 ‘The Ones’
Genelec GTwo
Harbeth P3/ESR
JERN 14DS
KEF LSX
Michael Green Room Tunes
Martin Logan Motion 4i
Paradigm Monitor SE Atom
Pioneer SP-BS22-LR
ProAc Tablette 10/Signature:
Raidho Acoustics D1.1
Sonus Faber Sonetto I
Sound Anchors
Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 / 10

A must listen for any apartment dweller or standmount loudspeaker enthusiast:

Follow us on Soundcloud here and subscribe to the iTunes feed here.… Read the full article

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CAF 2018: KEF Reference 1 and a Saturday Morning Wake-Up Call

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

“We’re going to start off Saturday morning with some RAWK!”

Mornings at high-end audio shows, at least the first hour or so, are usually dedicated to quieter music. The hallways haven’t quite filled up yet, and many of the exhibitors are still nursing hangovers from partying the night before. Okay, maybe I’m generalizing here, or at least bringing a few too many of my personal experiences into it. But heavy metal at 10am?

KEF (website), along with the folks at The Audio Hunters and The Vinyl Revivers says yes.… Read the full article

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KEF LSX Wireless Music System

By | November 28th, 2018|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Popular Mini Monitor Reimagined

by Venoth Nair

 

KEF has enjoyed amazing success with its LS 50 mini monitors garnering rave review and numerous awards for its superior sound and slick good looks. The speaker has shown its ability to blend into any environment and integrates seamlessly with any kind of system delivering fantastic performance consistently. In light of its success KEF has since launched different variants of the mini monitor with either new aesthetics or upgraded internals to be applied in different applications.… Read the full article

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KEF Has A New LSX Wireless System For Your Desktop

By | November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

KEF sold a lot of LS50s. KEF also sold a lot of LS50 wireless systems. Now the British brand is looking to jump even closer into mainstream sales figures with a smaller and significantly cheaper wireless system the clearly mimics the original inspiration of the clever coaxial-studio-montior-turned-hifi-beauty-queen.

Right off the batt its easy to tell that a unmistakable stroke of industrial design has been retrofitted to the overall look. The website touts a direct relationship is a product designer named Michael Young for credit on the color scheme accents and fabric wrapped changes from the previous 50s.… Read the full article

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Hisense 100-inch 4K Smart Laser TV to be launched next Saturday

By | October 21st, 2018|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , |

 

The Hisense 100-inch Smart Laser TV can be hung on the wall wirelessly.
The Hisense 100-inch Smart Laser TV can be hung on the wall wirelessly.

 

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

Next Saturday, be prepared for a unique visual experience.

 

This visual treat will come in the form of the 100-inch 4K Smart Laser TV from Hisense. This huge high-resolution TV will be launched at the KEF showroom on the 1st floor of Encorp Strand Mall, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, on  Oct 27 at 2pm.

 

The launch is presented by Hoe Huat Electric and the demo will last for two hours.… Read the full article

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KEF readies 2018 R-Series

By | September 6th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Berlin’s IFA isn’t the only September product-launch platform available to the hi-fi world. British loudspeaker manufacturer KEF is using this weekend’s CEDIA event in San Diego to pull the covers off a new R-Series.

The new range isn’t a point release but a ‘nuts-n-bolts’ re-design. Think Windows 2000 to Windows XP, OK Computer to Kid A. The 2018 rework comprises one standmount and three floorstanders (plus a centre channel and a surround sound module that sit beyond the scope of this publication’s two-channel-only remit).… Read the full article

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Soft launch of Perfect Hi-Fi’s new showroom in IOI Mall, big discounts on offer

By | July 28th, 2018|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , |

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

Perfect Hi-Fi’s new showroom on the 2nd floor of IOI Mall is larger than its previous one, which was on the first floor, and will have a soft opening on Aug 2.

 

The IOI Mall in Puchong had closed for renovations from May 9 till July 17 and Perfect Hi-Fi took the opportunity to increase the size of its showroom when it reopens.

 

In conjunction with the reopening of its outlet, Perfect Hi-Fi is offering huge discounts on its KEF, Cambridge, Audio Research and Sonus Faber products.… Read the full article

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KLIAVS 2018: High-end sound in Perfect Hi-Fi’s room

By | July 17th, 2018|Categories: Av2day, Nordost|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Audio Research Reference 160M monoblock sampofier.
Audio Research Reference 160M monoblock amplifier.

 

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

Perfect Hi-Fi will be setting up a very high-end system for this weekend’s AV show.

 

In Its Diamond 1 room, there will be an expensive system comprising the Audio Research Reference 160M monoblocks, Audio Research Reference CD9, Audio Research Reference 6 preamp, Audio Research Reference 3 phono preamp, Sonus Faber Aida II and Kronos Pro turntable with Ortofon cartridge. Cabling will be Nordost Odin 2 and Valhalla 2 interconnects, speaker cables and power cord with tweaks like Quantum QRT QX4 and QB8.… Read the full article

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The Music-First Audiophile and Spotify Connect

By | June 22nd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Missing: Richard D. James. I Care Because You Do. Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2. Drukqs. Four downright essential Aphex Twin albums and nowhere to be found. Missing too was Prefab Sprout’s Crimson Red (from 2013) and Luna’s debut Lunapark (from 1992). Missing from where exactly? Tidal.

Despite an advertised 50 million+ songs, for this electronic/indie music fan there are holes in Tidal’s library. Filling in those blanks is Spotify whose Ogg Vorbis-encoded lossy streams cast it as the Coke Zero of music rental services.… Read the full article

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