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20 Recommended LP Reissues

I asked one of our favourite, always sharing, always exploring music happy customer,  Matchy (not his real name) to list his top 20 LP reissues. The criteria is no box set, nothing expensive, nothing rare but titles that has great … Continue reading

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2018 Oyster’s New LPs

This year was a bumper one for reissues as I learned much from my customers, the many outstanding reissues that not only sounded great but some even challenged the originals.  Besides the sure fire heavy hitters labels like AP, MoFi, … Continue reading

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Nessie Vinylmaster review

By Matt Chung (original Chinese article per PSV magazine issue 91, page 73-75).  About the Author Matt Chung is a seasoned hi-fi enthusiast, a music lover who knows his Cantopop music by heart and a regular, witty article contributor to … Continue reading

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Oyster’s 2016 New LPs

Indie LP shops continue grow in our little island this year. In my last count, there are now some 40 brick and mortar shops selling LP. Singapore probably has more LP shops per square kilometer than anywhere else in the world.  Selling vinyl (used … Continue reading

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Oyster’s 2015 New LPs

This year we saw small, new indie vinyl shops added to the community and the continual shrinkage of big guys like HMV. New vinyl sales continues to grow contributed in no small parts by better new music as well as … Continue reading

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乙木 Analog Journey

不知不覺玩HiFi已經幾十年, 很高興影音風雲能給我一個機會與大家分享我玩HiFi之感覺與經驗. 我不是時常更換器材之人, 通常一件器材我會用上好幾年. 當然遇到好器材時我會像大多數HiFi發燒友一樣忍不住升級. 其實玩音響最終目的是用來聽音樂, 所以我花費在軟件(包括LPs及CDs) 上的金錢也不少. 幸好在這幾十年之HiFi生涯中我已購買了自己喜歡之原版LPs及CDs (現在約有3000張, 其中2000多張是LPs), 我可以安心的坐下來欣賞我喜歡之音樂. 我喜愛之音樂種顃其實也很雜,包括古典音樂, Jazz, Classical, 廣東歌, 英文流行曲, New Wave, 中樂, 及粵曲等. 要我之HiFi組合能播每種音樂也能達到一定之水準其實也不容易. 因為每個牌子之器材及線材通常都有其個性.怎樣才能把不同之器材及線材配答成如無間道中梁朝偉說的中音甜, 高音準, 低音勁 (總之就係”通透”), 其實也是一種樂趣. 其實我的音響系統之要求很簡單, 一定要人聲很美, 播出來的音樂要夠快, 但要有音樂感. 很多發燒友追求的是音效, 但對我來說, 一套音響系統分析力及音效一流, 但無音樂味的話, 那便不是一套好的音響系統. 何為音樂味呢? 就是要聽者感受到演奏者或歌者所表達的感情. 聽者會隨著拍子踏腳. 有沖動一張一張唱片或CD聽下去. … Continue reading

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Remember The Times

In the SG50 mood of reminiscing all old but cool things of Singapore, I would like to share with you one of my favourite playgrounds when I was still a growing teenager. Having got past the period of recording radio programs and pirated … Continue reading

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Oyster’s 2014 New LPs

This time, I blew my budgeted number of new LPs purchase for 1 year.  In this trade, we are often accused or blamed for ‘poisoning’ customers. But do you know that it works both ways too? As dealers, we are also … Continue reading

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Agents of Fortune

I asked a Taiwan Hi-Fi dealer I met recently to comment on the second-hand, original Chinese pressing LP scene back home. He replied in Chinese “已經失控” (already out of control). Indeed, this never before phenomenally high demand meeting very limited supply created market havoc. … Continue reading

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Diggin’ Singapore (The Record Shops)

First the disclaimer – we (Modular Audio) do not quite qualify to be part of this digging. First of all, we are not a record shop; we do not stock boxes of them; we do not have the rarest of pressings and digging without getting your hands … Continue reading

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