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An audiophile remodeling in-progress

By | July 19th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , , |

As we continue to become settled in our happy high-end audio dramatic comedy of a life here – we are making a few changes and additions. We put up background curtains in front of the mirrored fireplace, and added more padding under the carpets, to reduce the liveliness of the room a little bit and improve overall aesthetics [if not livability, that is the only working full-length mirror in the house! :-)].

The before

The After

We also setup a 3×3 Harmonic Resolution VXR rack [which we videoed, step-by-step.… Read the full article

Gold Note announces DS-10 streaming DAC

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

As teased at Munich High-End earlier this year, Florence’s Gold Note has announced the imminent availability of their DS-10 streaming DAC, one that features an internal headphone amplifier and switchable analogue pre-amplifier.

The DS-10’s broad range of streaming inputs (Wi-Fi and Ethernet) includes Roon, UPnP/DLNA, Spotify Connect, Airplay and V-Tuner, plus Tidal and Qobuz from a supporting iOS/Android app. A Bluetooth input is also present but advanced codec support is unknown at time of writing.

On physical digital inputs, the DS-10 gives us the following: a suite of 24bit/192kHz-capable S/PDIF (AES, coax, TOSLINK); an asynchronous USB-B input for connection to a Mac, PC or streamer that extends PCM capabilities to 32bit/384kHz and adds DSD128; a USB-A input for streaming from a directly-connected hard-drive.… Read the full article

Final introduces D8000 Pro Edition headphones

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

AFDS. Air Film Damping System — the technology found in Final’s flagship D8000 headphone where two perforated metal plates straddle a planar-magnetic driver to create an air chamber that aims to better control the driver’s low-frequency resonance and distortion. Final’s intent: to keep hold of the top-end precision of a planar driver but lend it the punch of a dynamic. Adjusting the size of the air gap between plate and driver, as well as the size of the plate’s perforations, gives Final’s engineers additional control over the D8000’s voicing.… Read the full article

Hifime’s €80 S2 DAC is for smartphones, PCs, Chromecast Audio

By | July 17th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Looking at an AudioQuest DragonFly but wishing it had a TOSLINK input as well as USB? Hifime have you covered. Their matchbox-sized S2 USB DAC sports a microUSB input to work with PC/Macs and smartphones plus a mini-TOSLINK input for hooking in a TV, games console or Google Chromecast Audio (RIP). Only data can travels across a TOSLINK connection so the microUSB needs to see 5V of power from a ‘phone’ charger or battery pack.

The USB’s input power draw falls between 30mA and 50mA; well below the 100mA limit imposed by Apple on its iOS devices.… Read the full article

Asia Sound has moved to a larger showroom

By | July 16th, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The new-look Asia Sound Equipment showroom
The new-look Asia Sound Equipment showroom

By Dick Tan

Asia Sound Equipment has recently moved to a new and much larger showroom in Amcorp Mall.

The new showroom which is a spit throw away is now large enough to house two sound rooms, catering to all levels of audio equipment.

As most of you may know Asia Sound Equipment has been in the audio business for a little more than a quarter  of century and brings to Malaysians iconic hi-fi names such as Rega, Dynavector, Neat and Rogue Audio.… Read the full article

KLIAVS 2019: Concept behind the CD cover

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



Malaysia’s king of LS3/5A Jo Ki has been the man behind the Commemorative CDs issued in conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur International AV Show for the past few years.


Jo Ki is also involved in the compilation of the CD this year. But for the cover design, he has roped in his daughter Natalie Ki to do the painting of the artwork.


Jo Ki said: “The concept of the cover design is to depict the flows in music.… Read the full article

The tables turn on Naim’s NAIT XS 3 & SUPERNAIT 3

By | July 10th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

NAIT. Naim Audio Integrated Amplifier. We must journey back to 1983 to locate the original model: a shoebox-sized chassis that could be fed via Naim’s own DIN-socketed line-level inputs or an RCA-socketed MM phono input. Loudspeaker output power was rated at a mere 13wpc but to this day it remains a deceptively punchy performer.

When the V3 NAIT rolled off the production line ten years later, the original’s (and NAIT 2’s) ‘chrome bumper’ look had been swapped out for ‘olive’, the power output nudged to 30wpc and the chassis widened to full-width (but with a lower roof).… Read the full article

Samsung’s 8K QLED TV has impressive features

By | July 9th, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , |

Samsung Malaysia Electronics Head of AV TV Vincent Lee explaining the progress made by samsung in TV technology.
Samsung Malaysia Electronics Head of AV TV Vincent Lee explaining the progress made by Samsung in TV technology.


By Lam Seng Fatt


In a briefing last Friday at the Samsung Malaysia Electronics office in Eco City, Kuala Lumpur, a small group of web portal writers were shown the various features of the new Samsung 8K QLED TVs.


Aesthetically, the 2019 range has retained and enhanced the Magic Screen mode, which surely went down well with the wives of the TV owners and interior decorators, and added an Invisible Connection, which is just one cable containing the data and power lines encased in a transparent jacket with the aim of reducing cable clutter.… Read the full article

Cobalt Is The New Blue – AudioQuest Releases A New Dragonfly DAC

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

AudioQuest Dragonfly Cobalt

It is hard to deny the wide appeal and success of AudioQuest’s original Dragonfly Series. What may have started as just another headphone USB dongle for the computer quickly migrated to a $99 sensation, no doubt thanks to the low power draw and compatibility with iPhones across the board.

The Dragonfly series started with a single black colored unit and spread its wings into another black V2, but also a red option as well. Both USB sticks had a solid organic feel to them, something somewhat unusually for the sticky portable size and price tag.… Read the full article

Sony’s WF-1000XM3: true wireless & noise cancelling

By | July 5th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

1000XM3. Sony’s full-size, flagship ANC headphones arrived with the refreshed WH prefix a year ago to become the newly-crowned king of noise-cancelling headphones. On comfort, active noise-cancellation and overall sound quality, the WH-1000XM3 still leads the pack at their €379 price point – three reasons why we named them ‘Product of the Year 2018’.

For those seeking a more discrete solution, Sony has today announced a true wireless version of the 1000XM3. The WF-1000XM3 comes with in-built active noise cancelling, a Sony-specified 6-hour runtime (with 18 more available via the magnetic case’s three refills), proximity sensors (pausing music upon removal) and a ‘Quick Attention’ mode that momentarily lowers music volume and lets in ambient noise when a finger is placed over the left earbud’s touch control.… Read the full article

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