November 30, 2011

Meet Ivor Tiefenbrun Session At Perfect Hifi!

Meet the legendary Ivor Tiefenbrun personally, only at Perfect Hifi Bangsar Showroom, this coming Tuesday, 1-4pm,   6th December 2011.

Have a Linn Sondek LP12 spinning and a few questions about it? How about asking it's designer and founder of Linn your self?

Yes, Perfect Hifi will host a meet Ivor Tiefenbrun session at their showroom located in 140, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, on 1 -4pm, Tuesday, 6th December 2011. Ivor will be there to talk about the LP12 and many other Linn related subjects.

Places are truly limited, so please R.S.V.P. with Andy Tan by calling 019-2112566, if you really, really wanna be there!

See Ya!

November 27, 2011

BIG Sound, Little TAD! TAD TSM2201-LR Monitor.

TAD TSM2201-LR Monitor. Cute little corner ball feet and brace is supplied for desk top monitoring if required.

Regulars of this blog would surely know by now, our fondness for most things TAD. When James of AV Designs informed me of the arrival of what he'd call "an affordable TAD" and if I am interested to test drive it? I said YES, faster than a jiffy!

Priced at a Ringgit below RM$10k, this surely is as affordable as TAD gets, I think. While the Reference series audiophile TAD speakers are priced from six figure upwards, there's not much to sneeze at this designed for studio, baby TAD near field monitor either. This is a well proven 2 way sealed box design, which will allow desk top positioning, or wall mounting, if traditional means of speaker positioning is not feasible. There's an aluminium tweeter and a 8 inch mid bass driver, giving this TAD a frequency response bandwidth from 50Hz-40kHz. The headlining technology is however, not the drivers themselves but the waveguides(which resembles the convex shape of a cone and flange to aid sound dispersion) incorporated in to them. The figure 8 shaped box also helped to disguise the visual bulk of the 8 inch driver well, besides providing for improved box rigidity and offering the technical advantage of less front baffle surface diffraction.

Overall fit and finish is of high standards, but that studio grey/black surface all round does make this TAD look and feel rather industrial like indeed. Only one pair of high quality speaker binding post is provided, which makes hooking up this baby TAD a rather easy task. Since James had forgotten to bring me a pair of speaker stands to go with it, I have to improvise for this review. I used me pair of Fact 8 as speaker stands, which proved higher than useful, but a neat trick is to turn the pair of baby TAD around on it's head, tweeter down, mid bass driver top. This at the very least, allows the tweeter to be on ear level when I am sitting on my throne. Since this is a near field mini monitor, I set it up closer to my throne than usual, with about 50 inches from the rear wall and 22 inches from the side wall, no toe in. I am rather impressed with the fact that bass response was still strong in my 10ft x 12ft small room. With the speaker position confirmed, four gobs of blue tack is used as speaker/stand interface on each side.

Baby of the ambitious TAD speaker family, great for small rooms and pockets of equivalent size!

The initial healthy bass response gave me a false impression that the TAD did go rather low, but on closer listening with more familiar recordings showed bass extends to not much more below 50Hz or so, as confirmed by the frequency response chart. However, where the bass is still playing, there's reasonable amount of texture and lines of note to note transfer are clean and precise. The mids are where the magic is, say the Brits!, And this TAD is prove that a rich, full, well endowed and solid mid range always works as a compromise to bandwidth limitations. As I've said this TAD is band width limited at the bottom, and as shall be on the top of the frequency spectrum too! The highs are accurate, refined and just slightly rolled off at the extreme. A little more air and sparkle at the top sure wouldn't go a miss here.

I found the TAD TSM 2201 to be less transparent compared to my resident PMC Fact 8, however it wouldn't be fair as the latter cost more than 2.5 times the price of the TAD. Here's a little phenomenal that I learned from this review. I normally associate transparency equals to honesty in sound reproduction. This TAD taught me that my presumption is not necessarily correct. I felt it's important to point out that despite being the more transparent of the two, the PMC Fact 8 also somewhat beautifies recordings to some extent. Good recordings sound great, and poor recordings can still sound like able on the PMC. The TAD on the other hand, true to it's studio monitor origins, just points out a bad recording while sounding just as great with a good recording. Case in point is Carly Simon's No Secret album. While the latest 24/96 hi rez file is far superior then the earlier CD version, to the point which it was on frequent rotation when I was on the PMC Fact 8. However, the TAD just pointed out everything that's wrong with the recording, and it just sounded flat and hissy through out. This take no hostage approach will certainly please some people, but not others.

Carly Simon is my favorite 70's female voice, but her recording often left some to be desired. This 24/96 hi rez file from HD Tracks is much better than the earlier CD version, but still the baby TAD pointed out all it's flaws of the original recording. As they say, can't polish a turd!

I must also comment positively on the staging/imaging scale offered by this baby TAD. It's rather larger than what it's dinky size would suggest. The large stage scale and solid imaging properties make this pair of speaker easy to follow. For some reason, this TAD sounds especially realistic when playing electric and bass guitar tones,with all the pedal effects laid bare for all to follow. I found myself playing more and more rock music with the TAD. For a small speaker, it will certainly play loud without much protest. I am a loud listener, many have said, but I've never up set the limits of the TAD during it's time here. I've never had any issues with regards to dynamics either, micro or macro in kind.     

Clearly, the sum of it's sonic parts as described above does not quite do justice to a rather enjoyable sounding, yet accurate overall portrayal of music. During it's two weeks with me, I've never the urge to remove from my system what so ever, despite down grading from a much more expensive pair of speakers. That's the true testament of an accomplished product. However, as there's a queue of new equipment piling up outside my man cave means my time with the baby TAD must end sooner than I had hoped for. 

The baby TAD sitting on my very expensive Fact 8 speaker stands!

At the price, it's hard to fault the performance of the baby TAD. It's sins are of the omission kind, and perhaps sometimes one can find it's honesty just a little too brutal. However it makes up points by being a highly natural performer of music, if somewhat bandwidth limited. James tells me that an up grade package would soon be available to extend the bottom end of this baby TAD, ala Rogers AB-1 for the LS3/5A. Yes, that means there will soon be a bass module for the monitors to sit on and give it a more full range sonic advantage. Last but not least, this is the cheapest way to get on board the TAD bandwagon, just like a BMW 3 series in the car analogy equivalent, if badge snobbery is as important a consideration to you?

TAD is sold by AV Designs, contact James or Tony at 03-21712828.

November 24, 2011

XTZ at Living Audio

A new brand has come to our shores and you can see them in a new showroom.

The brand is XTZ from Sweden, and the showroom is Living Audio.

XTZ says it is "The World's Most Affordable High-End". It has an extensive range of products, including room analyzer, DSP/multimedia, digital frontends, amplifiers, loudspeakers, subwoofers, and cables. Everything you need to set up a complete system. Website:

In Kuala Lumpur, you can check out XTZ at Living Audio's showroom, which just opened for business a few weeks ago in Endah Parade.

We look forward to bringing you more on XTZ and Living Audio in the coming months.

Contact Ean Soong, Living Audio, 019-5710383.

November 22, 2011

PMC Launches "Twenty" Series Loudspeaker.

To celebrate PMC's 20th Anniversary, the company has launched the new "Twenty" series loud speaker range of 4 models. The models starts from the entry level 21 & 22 stand mounts and continues with the 23 & 24 floor stand designs. These new models depart stylistically from any of the previous PMC designs in the form of a 5 degree sloping box, sitting on a spiked plinth. PMC's Product Manager, Keith Tonge mentions that the gently sloping front baffle mechanically time aligns the high frequency and bass driver, leading to use of an x-over of high quality parts and extremely simple design. Sloping box aside, many of the key performance features of the "Twenty" series are adopted from lessons learned while designing the Fact series speakers. The drivers which are made to PMC's spec by SEAS, especially the tweeter, looks like a close cousin of those found on my resident reference, the Fact 8 model. The bass drivers also looks similar to those on the Fact 8 but uses a different cone material. As with all PMC speaker designs, an Advance Transmission Line(ATL) is used to augment the bass response. To increase box rigidity, the inner surfaces are also lined with veneer matching with those on the outside, just like the Fact series.

Peter Thomas also chipped in saying that many people at various occasions had expressed interest to buy the Fact series speakers, because they liked the sound quality and the looks department, but were often daunted by the fairly up market pricing of the Fact series. So as a 20th Anniversary gift to these potential speaker buyers, PMC decided to work on a loud speaker design that would give the sound characteristics and visual cues of Fact series, but at a much lower price point, making high quality sounding speakers more accessible to more music lovers who appreciate high standards of sound reproduction.

PMC invited all the world's hifi press and journalist, including us bloggers for the occasion. Here are some pictures from that event, hosted at the Radisson Edwardian, New Providence Wharf.

The all new PMC "Twenty" series speakers. From left,  model 24, 22, 23 & 21.

Seen here is the model 23 in optional(extra cost) piano gloss black.

Another look at the model 23 in cherry veneer finish.

The various drivers and components used in production of the "Twenty" series speakers.

The extremely simple design x-over with hand matched high quality components.

Peter Thomas, the world's smartest speaker designer?

Some of the hifi press and journalist coming in for the press conference. I had the great honour to be placed right next to Paul Messenger(holding his jacket), Britain's foremost speaker expert who contributes to HiFi Choice and Stereophile.

The "Twenty" series is nice, but the bad boy BB5-XBD gets our vote for the ultimate "wet" dream speakers. Two thumbs up!

At the initial short listening sessions, I personally felt the model 21 of the "Twenty" series would be a giant slayer in the sub RM$10k speaker market. The small stand mount design impressed me with it's larger than life sound, dynamics and transient response, with a linear ability to play loud for such a small speaker. The 21 gave the sweetest of female vocals I've heard with an absolutely transparent mid range.

As one moves up in the range from model 22 onwards, the bass quality extends lower with dynamics and loudness envelope expands, but some what at the expense of the mid range sweetness of the 21. In fact the model 23 which is a floor stand version of the 21 sounded just a tad warmer in the lower mids then the rest of the "Twenty" series speakers. The model 24, the floor stand version of the 22, offers the best blend of compromises in between dynamics response and mid range sweetness.

Oh.....! by the way, selected models of the PMC "Twenty" series speakers are now on demo at AV Designs showroom at Menara Rohas Perkasa. Please contact Tony or James at 03-21712828 for demo appointment.

November 20, 2011

The Chord Company Goes To Wo Kee Hong.

The Chord Company HDMI Super Shield. We've just got a test(review to come) sample from the new distributor, Wo Kee Hong.

British audio cable specialist, The Chord Company has just appointed Wo Kee Hong(mostly known for representing Denon and Marantz) as their new official Malaysian distributor.

Most range of The Chord Company's stereo, and AV related cable products will be made available to local dealers nation wide as you read this.

If you're a fan, or just in the market for some cable upgrades, please call Kenny Sea(Sales Manager) at 019-3395186 for dealer location or further product info.

November 18, 2011

Listening at CMY

One purpose of my visit to CMY's showroom in 1 Utama (you can get a tour of the place here) a couple of weeks ago was to have a listen to its main system.

This system was a scaled-down version of the big system CMY demo'ed in this year's KLIAV show (see here). All the main components came from the same brands as the KLIAV system - Wadia, Jeff Rowland, Dynaudio, except that they were one model below the ones in the KLIAV system.

Doing the frontend duty was Wadia's 571 CD transport (RM 33,680) and 521 Decoding Computer (i.e., a DAC) (RM29,500). Note also the very new Shunyata Hydra Triton power line conditioner (RM20,590) on the bottom shelf.

Amplification was Jeff Rowland's Corus pre-amp (RM54,550), which has won praises from us when we had it for review here a few months ago, and Jeff Rowland's Model 312 power amp (RM68,850), which could give out 500w per channel into 8 ohms, double into 4 ohms.

The loudspeakers were the Dynaudio Confidence C4 (RM90,550), its handsome look very much a follow-on from the awesome Dynaudio Evidence Temptation used in the KLIAV show. When we entered the demo room, our gaze was immediately attracted by the slim and tall profile. Standing at 175cm (5'9"), the Confidence C4 was as tall as an adult. The elegant glossy veneer on this pair was a special finish, we were told, and came with extra cost.

The Dynaudio Confidence C4 looked majestic, my photos don't do them justice. You have to see them in person to understand the visual impact they can have on you.

Being the local distributor for Acoustic System International (ASI), CMY also used ASI's resonator products in its listening room. Here you can see ASI's tuning wood blocks (called SugarCubes) and resonator cup installed on the front wall.

The back of the system, as expected, was full of cables. There were a mixture of Siltech, Shunyata and ASI. First glance gave the impression that it was all a spaghetti soup. But if you were to look again, you'd notice that the cables were nicely dressed. They were kept away from each other, never touching; and where close proximity was unavoidable, they were separated with Shunyata Dark Field Minis. All cables were also lifted off the ground with Shunyata Dark Field cable lifters.

The performance of this system echoed the immaculate care that went into its setup. It was one of the better dealer demo's I had the good fortune to sit through. Given the more conducive listening environment compared to the KLIAV show, this system indeed sounded better, except in term of scale, the bigger system did sound even bigger.

As I am not personally familiar with every component in the system, much less the room, I'd attempt to describe the sound from the system as a whole, instead of dissecting the sound of each piece of equipment.

As expected, the sound from this big system was, well, big. The system conveyed an excellent sense of scale, with a cavernous soundstage conjured up in front of the listener, perfectly formed just behind the loudspeakers. Width, height, depth were all very good. Listening to Nils Lofgren's 'Acoustic Live' CD could get us to believe the illusion that we were sitting in front of the stage, listening to the performance together with the live audience.

This is a very transparent system. Nothing in the music escaped its analytical capability. The music threads were cleanly delineated and clearly portrayed, never blurred. The listener could choose to zoom into any part of the performance and follow it through. The good thing was that the musical details were not thrown in your face, the system never degenerated into aggression like it was force feeding you the information. I did not feel pressured or fatigued listening to it, a good sign of a system that would allow long term listening enjoyment.

To use an analogy, I'd say the system cruised along just like a big Merc, no matter what we played with it. It certainty had the poise and composure as experienced in the big sedan. Nothing could unfaze it. This system will not go 'crazy', sound frenetic or worse, falling apart with any music. If anything, I felt that just the very last ounce of emotion in the music was not fully released perhaps, as the system always maintain a grip throughout the proceedings.

A further highlight of this system was its dynamic expression, both macro and micro. It scaled the entire dynamic range with ease and without compression, even when the goings got tough. This was amply demo'ed with some Chinese orchestral music that CMY's Steve played for us. The sound appropriately 'exploded' when the big crescendos came, while at the quieter passages, the sound was kept bouncy and lively. There wasn't one dull moment.

The high-mid-low of the system was all of very high quality. Bass was punchy and well defined, the mid was rich and clear, and the high was grainless and nicely extended. They were well balanced and and well integrated together. Probably a sign of the quality of the drivers used in the Dynaudio.

This big system is an excellent example of what a modern, high end system could achieve. If you visit CMY 1 Utama, make a point to listen to it.

Contact Steve, CMY 1 Utama, 03-77266893 / 012-6535703.

November 16, 2011

Visiting Fluid Mastering Studio 1.

PMC UK had planned to bring us to visit Metropolis recording studios in London, followed by Fluid Mastering studio as part of our hifi trio "educational" program. Alas, as luck would have it, Metropolis was fully booked for the day as recording from the previous night finished late and the next sessions arrived earlier than scheduled. Still, we managed to get a glimpse inside one of London's biggest commercial recording studio. It's a hip and happening place. Enjoy the photos.

Metropolis studios is located inside an old power plant, aptly called The Power House!

The art gallery like foyer reveals the extent of the sound treatment done to the place. The bands were jamming inside and we heard absolutely nothing outside!

The first floor foyer, which leads to the in house cafeteria and a lounge of open space.

Jo seen here with all the artists whose albums are recorded here at Metropolis.

We were then quickly ushered to the nearby Fluid Mastering studio 1 where we're graciously hosted by Nick Watson, one of the Mastering Engineers working that day. Nick quickly explained to us the difference between a recording and a mastering studio. The first is where the music is recorded, and the later is where all the subtle magic happens. It touches up raw recordings in to it's final commercial presentation, in form of a master for stamping, be it for CDs, LPs, or tapes.

While we're there, Nick was working on a live concert recording. He played us the original recording and the remastered tracks back to back. We all could hear the subtle touches that the remastering had an an effect to the original recording. On the original recording, there was a wall of sound effect, where the music was relatively flat, and no staging or imaging was discern able. The bass guitar lines on the track was at times drowning out the female vocals too. The remastered track cleaned up the bass lines and made it tighter, and it now never interfered with the vocals. The highs seemed "airier" and there is now some resemblance of what we audiophiles recognise as staging and imaging. There was overall more depth to the music, making it easier to follow.

Nick says it typically takes a day to master an album, however there are really though ones that can take two or three days of work. The final mastered version of the recording is then sent to the artist for approval, which most of the time is O.K. However, there are some artist who set very specific standards and may require further adjustments pending their final approval. With the artist's approval, a master stamper can then be made for mass production of CDs or LPs.
Nick Watson at Fluid Mastering studio 1, seen behind are a pair of PMC BB5-XBD active monitors with Bryston amplification. A pair of smaller Spendor monitors are also used to check reproduction of the mastered music file.

On the Captain's chair. Nick uses various software and hardware on his console to fine tune all the recordings that comes to him.

A pair of Studer reel to reel tape player is used for playback and transfer.

An LP cutting lathe is used to cut a master stamper, which is then used to press production LPs. 
A CD transport mated to Weiss DAC on the console.
A Rega P3 is used to monitor playback of  LP.

Some of us asked if Nick thought that LP is truly superior as a music format compared to CD? He reckoned if he had mastered them both of the same album, there should be no difference at all. If any, he says, it's because a vinyl set up offers more personalised tweaking to met preferences of the owner of the hifi system. A good CD based system would almost naturally be more accurate due to it's lack of adjust ability.

James of AV Designs then asked Nick to play some music which can stress test the Bad Boy PMC BB5-XBD. Nick choose a bass heavy dance/club track which high lighted the capabilities of those famed PMC monitors. We were awe struck by the agility and superb bass control of the flag ship PMC monitors. There are no BB5-XBDs in Malaysia today as yet, so this experience is priceless.

Next, PMC launches a new speaker range to commemorate their 20th Anniversary celebrations!

Pictures are courtesy of James Tan, Felix and Big E.

November 13, 2011

Payback For Playback! Playback Designs MPS-5 CD/SACD Player.

The very smart looking two toned aluminium box of the Playback MPS-5. Note the ergonomically designed hand held remote with back lite. I just loved holding it for the sake of feeling it in my hands!

If there's ever a product that matches the cliche called "The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?" this Playback Designs MPS-5 CD/SACD player is it! To find out why I would think of it this way? Read on........

If this player looks familiar to you.... then it's because we've covered this very exact one before, in one of our home visits called "Greatness In The Making"! Now our buddy Mark in his quest for greatness, has no choice but to take a temporary rest, as he moves his nest. While he has found a new nest capable of accommodating ever bigger speakers, it had to undergo some major face lift. Which is why, ever the generous person that he is, is allowing us to comb thru some of his toys. This is one of the first in which we'll write about, with his kind permission of course.

Playback Designs is the brain child of Andreas Koch, who had previously held designer positions with some of the most respectable digital audio brand names. The MPS-5 is the flagship product of his company. What makes the MPS-5 special is the upgrade programs on offer for dollar top ups, so that your brand new digital player purchased today, never gets left behind, as technology marches on, which is often the case. There have been so far algorithm and firmware up grades available on the software side, while new, beefier power supply and USB up grades are available on the hardware side of things.  Mark had just up graded his player to the latest spec, making his MPS-5 one of the first that I know of that is truly capable of native 24/384 sampling rates and also 6.1 MHz DSD when used through the USB-X box when playing files from a computer.

I had the re-fresh ed player straight back from the upgrade services. While on previous occasions, I thought the MPS-5 was a good CD/SACD player, it never really struck me like my favorite cuppa teh tarik(sweetened condensed milk tea, which is a Malaysian national beverage). However, the latest round of upgrades really had me convinced now that Playback is now a formidable high end digital contender!

Playing CDs and SACDs really digs out all the available information out of those shinny five inch disc. It's is naturally comparable to the TAD D-600(our current reference). The thing that immediately impressed me was that fierce and gutsy bass. Kick drums kick just a bit harder and bass lines just swells a little fuller, with the right amount of gutso too. Dynamics response of this player is a very strong point and playing hard rocking tracks never disappoints. Great sounding too are those Reference Recordings orchestral SACDs. The mids have just enough of warmth to portrayal of believable vocal. I must say though that the similarly priced Vitus SCD-010 does sound somewhat sweeter and sexier in this regards, especially when it comes to ladies like Stacy Kent. Is the Vitus more correct? I don't know, and only one can determine what's desirable for one's self. The highs of the MPS-5 is just very slightly truncated, again compared to the (nearly twice as expensive)TAD. I know it's not a fair comparison, but sonically, all these 3 players are so well positioned, the comparison just begs to be done, especially when we had all three rotating between us.

The modular internals of the Playback Designs MPS-5. It's got various digital inputs and outputs accessible via the back panel.

The MPS-5 possesses the darkest sound stage presentation, with laid back imaging and layers well separated. The TAD, on the contrary, gives a bit more "air" in it's presentation and is somewhat more revealing of the timbre plus harmonic textures of un-amplified string instruments, like piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass. Ditto for wood wind and horn sections, making it the most natural sounding of the 3 players. At this exalted level of playing playing field, I believe it's the little things like these that matters the most. The Vitus balances the other two players in between, by being the most forward imaging, yet without a hint of edginess.

However, it is when it comes to feeding hi-rez files in to the MPS-5, via my Bryston BDP-1, with the AES/EBU digital cable, made me realised just how much synergy this combo had, much like with case of the TAD too! Doing hi-rez music files via the Playback really made me forget about the comparo and just enjoyed the music. The Playback had a very analog sound to it with hi-rez materials, which relegated my analog front end to temporary dust magnet status. It practically matched the TAD blow for blow in this regards and that shows the DAC performance in the Playback to be of superior quality, as with the TAD. It is when I realised that the transport section of the TAD is the more capable of the two. It is rather unfortunate we did not get to do the hi-rez thing with the Vitus, due to time and scheduling constraints, because it would have been interesting.

Bryston BDP-1 and Playback Designs MPS-5, sonically match made in hi-rez heaven.

Make no mistake folks, we are playing at the pinnacle level of digital performance available today, now and a foresee able future.  I could really lived happily ever after with any one of the three digital players mentioned, especially with the TAD or Playback(if my budget doesn't go as far!), when pairing either of them with my Bryston BDP-1. For a brief month or so, I was in digital heaven. I've since being made to come back down to more earth bound performances.

Playback Designs is not available from any authorized dealers as yet in Malaysia. I hope some smart cookie of a dealer will be brave enough to bring it in to our shores, the horrific sticker price aside. However on the audio performance front, coming back to an answer for my opening question. The Playback MPS-5 is almost the best sounding digital player since the TAD D-600 left my room(just like the best thing since sliced bread!), and that's a very tall order indeed.

Lastly, I wish to thank Mark for sharing his exclusive toys with us. Stay tuned for more to come!

November 10, 2011

PMC Presents, The British Music Experience!

The British Music Experience located in the O2 Arena, is a must attend attraction for "music lovers". It's a kind of music and pop culture museum meets interactive music workshop theme concept. The O2 Arena is also a place where happening concerts take stage. PMC certainly thought it was a cool place to entertain us, the hifi scribes and dealers worldwide.

As we enter, we're greeted by a generous music memorabilia and merchandise area. From there we enter a general zone where we're shown entertainment options available in Britain thru the post war years till present day. There are also interesting period rooms, ranging from the big band 50's to the flower power 60's, followed by the psychedelic 70's, then the progressive rock/punk 80's, and not forgetting the boy band and girl power 90's till the present day British music scene. Each room is filled with music, interactive counters, period costumes worn by famous artists of the time, complete with projection videos and lighting effects, to make it all a relevant experience!

This section shows the various television sets and programs available to Britain over the years.

The reception and bar area for the thirsty crowd.

There's also a dance booth, where one is given video instructions, on selected song dances popular over the decades. Remember the Saturday Night Fever moves, or the strangely familiar Macarena steps anyone?

However, the area where we spent most of our time in was the Gibson Interactive zone, where video tutorials are available via head phones ala recording studio style for any given musical instrument, mostly guitar, keyboard and drums. There's also a vocal recording booth available for those karaoke champions wannabe. We're thought to play/sing like a pro rocker and can choose to have our own performance recorded on to our own smart ticket which we can later decide if purchase the said recording is worth while. Here are some photos of us having fun!

Jerry Kuo, Editor In Chief from U-Audio Taiwan, having some guitar practice. 

Jo, recalling his experience at a recording console, remember Pop Pop Music's Love's Tapestry CD folks?

Felix going really deep in to his cords!
Now, who's this John Mayor wannabe? Think Ain't No Sunshine concert performance at the last guitar festival on Blu-ray!
The author going for some drum kit action.

Did Mark Knopfler forgotten his hair band? No, it's just James Tan from AV Designs, doing his "kamikaze" guitar hero thing!

After all the ruckus we made in the Gibson Interactive zone, it was time for some rock music concert, performed by The Tin Spirits along with some special guest.

Now, that was fun! You can visit the and do a virtual tour of the place, and in case you do visit London for leisure in the near future, do include it in to your visit itinerary.

November 8, 2011

Calling All Danny Chan Fans!

Bonnie Lam "Remembering Danny Chan" album (click play to sample)

Tribute to Danny Chan【追忆陈百强】音乐会 @ No Black Tie 9th November 2011 & 16th November 2011

Venue: No Black Tie [google map]
Date: 9th November 2011 (Wednesday) and 16th November 2011 (Wednesday)
Time: 9:30pm – 11:30pm
Singers: Winnie Ho, Worm Lee, Z Yan, Lydia Chew, Jeffery (Ah Fei)
Band: Tay Cher Siang's WVC Trio

Cover Charge: RM40 [Does not include drinks]

Booking: (after 5pm) 03-21423737

November 7, 2011

PMC 20th Anniversary Celebrations!

Folks, our hifi trio's London trip was timed to coincide with the PMC 20th Anniversary Celebrations. PMC will play host to us from here onwards. The event was a glamorous affair, held at the London O2 Arena, which is where part of the Olympics 2012 will be staged too!

PMC brought in all the hifi press and worldwide dealers to join in the festivities. I'll leave you with some of the photos for the night! 

The grand entrance to the London O2 Arena.

This sign signifies not only 20th Anniversary Celebrations, but something more potent to come!

Happy 20th Anniversary PMC!

Peter Thomas speaking his thoughts for the last 20 years.
The Malaysian(mostly) delegates, staff of AV Designs and some of the notable hifi scribes.
The London O2 Arena at night is a beautiful. and futuristic looking site.
The hifi trio congratulates PMC and wishing them another 20 more successful years!

Pictures courtesy of James Tan of AV Designs and Big E.