Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Times are bad despite what the politicians say. Everybody knows that.
So what can an itchy-fingered but quite broke audiophile do? Shop smart.
Thankfully there are a couple of websites that offer used hi-fi equipment at often affordable prices.
By now, most audiophiles from Malaysia and Singapore would be aware of the The Star's AudioFile online Audiomart and the www.hifi4sale.net cyber shop.
However, there is another website, perhaps not as well known, that offers used components - www.buy-sell.com.my. The advantage this website operator enjoys is that he actually has a showroom where you can view, touch, fiddle around and hear the components on sale.
The tricky bit is that the owner of the website also sells doors, locks and water filters under the shop name Smart Home Solution near the Tesco in Puchong, Selangor.
So if you're looking for a hi-fi showroom, you will miss the shop.
Ring the doorbell and Khwang will let you in. Walk past the doors on display and you will enter the hi-fi showroom where often you will find beauties from the past.
You can also leave your components there to sell and they will take a 10% cut which is okay since you don't have to go through the inconvenience of making appointments with potential buyers and waiting for them to arrive at your house and messing up your own schedule.
With such places springing up, there is hope yet for the broke audiophile to continue upgrading even during an economic downturn.
Here I am listening to the latest version of my ever-changing stereo system.
Is this the end of the journey towards sonic nirvana? As any audiophile would know, this hobby is bit like life - the journey only ends when one encounters satori and the problem is that satori is hard to find.
For now, I am quite happy with the rig comprising a CEC3300 CD player, a Musical Fidelity A3-24 DAC, a Sugden C28 preamp, a Bryston 3BSST power amp and a pair of ATC SCM40 speakers all linked up with DH Labs Silver Sonic Air Matrix interconnects, a pair of DIY interconnects comprising 0.2mm 99.99 pure silver with Eichmann plugs and Mapleshade Clear View Double Helix speaker cables. I am using a DIY power cord with Furutech plugs connected to the CD player and an Oyaide Tunami GPX connected to the power amp. As I said earlier, I am quite happy...but perhaps a better preamp would improve things a bit and take me a step nearer nirvana.
I have with me a couple of components to review - Pear Bosc interconnects and a Yarland FV34B tube amp.
Stay tuned for more on this hobby that threatens to bankrupt us...