|The entrance of The Audio Store. Note the huge Sound Lab speakers.|
The latest hi-fi store in town officially opened yesterday.
Tucked in one corner of Petaling Jaya, a few doors from the PKR headquarters in Merchant Square, is The Audio Store owned by old-timers Antiq Low and T.C. Aw.
|T.C. Aw posing next to a pair of Wilson Audio WAMM speakers.|
Though it is situated far away from the hi-fi hotspots of Amcorp Mall and Jaya One, audiophiles will surely make their way to Jalan Tropicana Selatan 1 simply because of the brands that it distributes.
The list of brands reads like a who's who of high-end hi-fi - Air Tight, Kuzma, NBS, Sutherland, SRA, Walker Audio, Aesthetix, Keith Monks, Michael Green Audio, Sound Lab and YG Acoustics.
Once you step into the showroom, you will not miss the huge Sound Lab speakers placed against the wall to your right. That's only the beginning.
The Audio Store has two demo rooms. The first has a system comprising a NuForce CD player, Aesthetix Calypso line stage, Aesthetix Atlas power amp and YG Acoustics Carmel speakers. The analogue source comprises the Kuzma Stabi Reference turntable with four-point tonearm and Airtight PC3 cartridge and Sutherland phono preamp.
|The demo system in the front listening room.|
|Kuzma Stabi Reference turntable with |
four-point tonearm and Airtight PC3 cartridge
|The battery pack of the Sutherland phono preamp.|
The second demo room has the higher-end system comprising YG Acoustics Anat III speakers, Kuzma Stabi XL4 turntable, Airline tonearm and Airtight PC-1 Supreme cartridge. The other components are all from Aesthetix and include the Callisto Mk II preamp, Atlas monoblock power amps, Romulus CD player and Phono 10 Mk II. All the cables are from NBS.
|The higher-end demo system.|
|Kuzma Stabi XL4 turntable, Airline tonearm|
and Airtight PC-1 supreme cartridge.
|An audiophile having a closer look at the|
YG Acoustics Anat III speakers.
Vinyl addicts may want to take note that one of the best turntables in the world, the Walker Proscenium Black Diamond III, will be available at The Audio Store soon. Like I said earlier, audiophiles will surely make their way to Merchant Square not to hear ceramahs by PKR politicians, but to listen to some of the finest hi-fi components in the market.