Friday, November 12, 2010

Summit of hi-fi

Looks like The Summit shopping mall in Subang Jaya is becoming another place for audiophiles to hang out at a la Amcorp Mall in Petaling Jaya.

There are already two hi-fi outlets there - Acoustic Arts on the first floor and Audio Impression on the second floor.


Soon, there will be another hi-fi shop just a few doors from Acoustic Arts.


To be called Griffin Acoustics, it will have its soft opening on Dec 1 and an official opening on Dec 14.


It is owned by hi-fi enthusiast Andrew Tan who also operates a gem store on the ground floor of Summit.



Andrew Tan at his shop on the first floor of Summit.
He has not put up the signboard yet.
Andrew said he will be bringing in a range of products made by Bada of China such as integrated solid-state amplifiers, CD and BluRay players, power plants and speakers.


He will also sell his own Griffin speakers.


Andrew Tan next to the Griffin speaker (in brown finish);
the large black speaker behind him is a Bada Musician 10.

“The speakers are designed by my architect friend in England while the speaker units are sourced from (HiVi) Swans in America. The boxes are made in China and I assemble the speakers in Malaysia,” he said.


At the moment, he already has the 3-way floorstander on demo, which will retail at RM2,800, while the next project, a 2-way bookshelf speaker, is a work in progress.


Andrew said he started off as a hi-fi enthusiast and even took part in the Kuala Lumpur International AV Show from four years ago selling valve amps and speakers from KEF and B&W.


He currently owns a pair of KEF Reference 105.3 speakers which is his reference when voicing his Griffin speakers.


I asked him if he knew that there was a company called Griffin from the United Kingdom (Scotland, if I'm not wrong) that used to make speakers which were distributed in Malaysia by Trikay back in the 1980s.


He said he had read about it in the Internet, but has never heard the speakers. Apparently the company shut down a long time ago when the founder passed away.

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