NEW: NESSIE VINYLCLEANER
Introducing the all new Nessie Vinylcleaner from Germany – the junior version of the famous Vinylmaster. This more affordable LP cleaner has the same footprint, is as quiet, as solidly built and as effective as the senior.
The key difference is that Vinylcleaner does not come with the auto LP liquid dispensing and brushing functions. As such, you have to apply and spread the LP solution onto the LP yourself (wet brush included). Retailing at only 60% of the big brother’s cost, in our opinion, it represents high value and would attract a broad base of users and upgraders.
EXCEPTIONAL VALUE COMPONENTS
Soundstage Hifi webzine awarded Rogue Audio over-achiever RP1 tube pre-amp for Exceptional Value in the year-end roundup of products. Recall Stereophile also applauded it as one of the best value for money component.
THALES TTT-COMPACT II
Micha Huber of Thales Tonarm updated the already superb TTT-Compact this year. Now known as TTT-Compact II, some minor but essential touches and features were added.
Besides the features, the TTT-Compact II is now also available in bronze or silver finish.
[Click here] for more product details and pictures
ORIGIN LIVE SOVEREIGN Mk3.2 REVIEW
Origin Live powerhouse model Sovereign is now updated to Mk3.2.
Like all other Origin Live turntables, Sovereign is dual arm capable and you may select 12″ arm board too. HiFi Plus magazine’s Alan Sircom reviewed this turntable with Enterprise-C arm and you may read it here. In Alan’s words “the Origin Live turntable and arm combination improve on that VPI performance markedly, and also work beautifully with a Lyra design.”
[Click here] to read the review in full.
AUDES MAESTRO SERIES
Happy to inform you that our new showroom now has all the 3 models of AUDES Maestro series available for audition – 106 (bookshelf), 116 (2-way floorstander) and 146 (3-way floorstander).
Like all AUDES speakers, the Maestro series are fully handcrafted in Estonia, a speaker specialist with some 80 years of history. The Maestro range is easy to drive, space friendly, good looking (esp. in luxurious Alpi Macassar finish) and most important of all, sounding beyond its asking price.
If you are looking for a pair of speakers in the $2000 to $5000 range, don’t forget to listen to the AUDES Maestro range.
PLiXiR POWER PRODUCTS
We are happy to announce our dealership of Sound Affairs’ PLiXiR range of power supplies and conditioners.
Many turntable users have experienced and benefited from PLiXiR Balanced DC power supply for their DC turntables – Concept, Performance DC, Funk’s LSD, Pro-ject etc. Sound Affairs recently launched the Elite range to further push DC turntables performance even higher. Also in the Elite series are the BAC power conditioners for source and also high-current applications.
Among the many good gears awarded, Charisma Audio MC-2 cartridge appears for the first time and seasoned winner Rogue Audio was recognised for the ST-100 model tube amplifier. Should the MC-2 picture from Stereotimes’ website looked somewhat familiar, it is because it came from our website.
[Click here] to read the summary list of winners
STUDIO CONNECTIONS REVIEWS
Owner/designer Michael Whiteside harnesses over 30 years of recording music experience, manufacturing cables and building studios that include the BBC, EMI Abbey Road and King’s College, Cambridge. Always under stated but surprisingly good, the value for money Carbon Screen power cord is the subject of this review. [Click here] to visit HiFi Pig magazine for it.
Also under scrutiny by the same magazine is Studio Connections’ Platinum series of cables which competes at the top-end of cable land. [Click here] for the Platinum Digital cable review.
BERGMANN ODIN SEPARATE TONEARM
Bergmann launched the all-new design Galder model turntable in Munich Show this year.
The Galder turntable is a whole new design target to be the most universal turntable. It retains the simple is beautiful Scandinavian touch.
Slated to be released around the end of this year is the new Bergmann Odin tonearm. This new separate tangential, airbearing tonearm is designed to fit almost all turntable brands/models. [Click here] for more details and pictures.
ALL-IN-ONE MUSICBOOK 25:DSD
The new musicbook:25 DSD received so many well deserved accolades that it is now hard to keep to. Reviews from US, UK, Europe, Australia and even Singapore all have one common conclusion – this 1-box of Streamer, DAC, Pre-amp with CDP (optional) is a Master of all. The sound is very hard to beat and build quality too. Just hook this up with a deserving pair of active speakers and you are in serious, deep audiophile land.
EUROPEAN AUDIO TEAM (EAT)
Kicking off 2017, we are delighted to be representing another Europe’s finest analogue brand – EAT. EAT is the high-end sibling of Pro-Ject (think Lexus and Toyota), which latter is touted to be the world’s largest turntable maker. EAT offers sensible options to many listeners wanting to get into high-end without getting into high price.
We have brought in their latest, highly revered models namely, C-Major and C-Sharp. Our initial impression of EAT turntables is – very musical, well-thought design with built quality second to none. Come visit us for a listen!
EMT JPA 66 MKII PHONO/PRE-AMP
Also known as Varia-Curve Tube Stereo Control Center, the JPA 66 MKII is a state of the art 4-phono input and 2 line input, RCA/XLR pre-amp with separate power supply.
This Swiss-made challenges everything you’ve previously experienced in terms of what a superb tube phonostage (not forgetting being highly flexible and adjustable) and a top-notch pre-amp could do. It will leave you spellbound.
This flagship product is currently on demo at our showroom. The Gold version is a limited edition to celebrate the company’s 75th anniversary. [Click me] for more details and write-up.
AUDIOPHILEBASE HI-FI RACKS
We now have the BetaBase, StarBase and QuattraBase hi-fi racks installed in our new showroom. So what do you expect to hear from these new anti-vibration racks? Most obvious of all is improvement in image solidity and a blacker background. One bonus you may even find is that you need less of those (pricey) isolation feets.
High-end individual vibration control supporting platforms for sub-woofers, mono-block amps etc are also available.
[Click here] for their official website.
MANGER P1 REVIEW
The Manger P1 passive floor-standers scores another impressive review from a new review (see last para).
So what are the factors would you would consider Manger? In our experience with this speaker, if you
– desire a large sweet spot. An open, spacious sound
– have limited listening space
– love your music accurate, natural, non-fatigue
– do not need the lowest octaves or thunderous volume
Click here for [Manger P1 review] from The-Ear