Love affair with 'British' sound continues
Jo Ki's 47 Labs CD player/FM Acoustics pre/Quad II monoblocks and his beloved Rogers LS3/5A speakers (he has around 21 other pairs from other manufacturers) have been finely tuned and tweaked - you must have noticed the spikes, granite and marble slabs, and the cute little crystal objects on the speakers.
That's why many people said his room sounded among the best in the KLIAV.
|Placing the LS3/5A and AB1 sub-woofer the Jo Ki way.|
Many older Malaysian audiophiles grew up with Quad, Leak, Kef, Sugden, Tannoy, Wharfedale, Rogers, Harbeth, Spendor and Radford components. Those were the days when the ESL57 and ESL63 were speakers that audiophiles dreamt of owning. When the KEF 104 was launched, it quickly became the reference speaker alongside the LS3/5A that Jo Ki loves so much.
Younger Malaysian audiophiles grew up with components from Arcam, Naim, Cambridge, Meridian, Linn, Rega, Mission, Cyrus, Audiolab, Musical Fidelity, Monitor Audio, Epos, ATC, PMC, Creek, B & W, Castle, Heybrook, Roksan and others.
Thus at almost every KLIAV, there will be a large group who will be attracted to the British components.
It was the same this year as many seemed pleased with Tropical Audio's room which had a Quad 66 CD player, Quad 34 pre and Quad 606 power amp driving a pair of Harbeth 7ES-3 speakers.
One comment has to be made - these British speakers have not changed in design since they were launched almost half a century ago. And they all seem to look the same - just check out the Harbeths and the Spendors.
|The latest versions of the Spendor SP1/2R (right) and the SP2/3R.|
|The Mordaunt-Short 40th Anniversary Performance Series|
speakers driven by Synthesis amps in the Desa Home Theatre room.
|The A & L Audio Station room featuring the Unison |
Research S9 integrated valve amp and Elac speakers.
|The Audio 88 room demoed the YG Carmel |
speakers with Jungson CD player and
Audio Space Reference integrated valve amp.
All these rooms featured systems that had a warmish, smooth sound with good vocals. Songs played were light jazz, slow pop and ballads which were also just right for the 'British' sound followers.