Audio Gold For Lucky Men: MY 25 Hi-Fi Malaysia Group
A prosperous two day trip to Kuala Lumpur brings an earful of delights worth millions of dollars.
Building On A Legend
Classic beauty has no expiration date.
The artistic and humble Joseph Ki (Jo Ki) is an
architect by trade, yet he knows that classic beauty is timeless... forever.
Within the second floor of his home is a vintage British audio collectors
dream! There are, perhaps literally, tons of truly incredible vintage high
fidelity audio gear covering an entire wall... and then some! From Leak and
Marantz to Quad, Radford and every possible variation of the LS3/5a small monitor speaker
you can imagine. How many pairs you ask. At last count he has 22 different
pairs, with the new Falcon Acoustics LS3/5a already being on order. Do I
really have to tell you how this
system sounds? If you've never owned a set of LS3/5a then you have missed out
on one of, if not the most
legendary small monitor speakers mankind has ever conceived to date. Sure the
midbass is that kinda, well, typical LS3/5a chubbiness. Overall, the sound is
excellent, stupendous, sensational... And if you have never owned a set of
LS3/5a then buy it now!
Seriously. Great smooth sound, impressive dynamics -- up to common sense SPL
levels of course -- and a portrayal of music you can wrap your soul around in
graceful warmth and love. I begin to think to myself, hmm, I wonder if he'll
notice a pair of LS3/5a missing off the shelf?
Jo Ki, look over there, a shiny thing! (as I
run out his home's front door with a speaker under each arm).
Back to reality, his audio system has imaging
in spades. Nothing sticks to these small monitor speakers as his small room
literally disappears. I'd say the room is 9 by 13 feet and it may as well be
12 x 18 or 16 x 21. Close your eyes and you're transported to another
concert hall or recording studio depending on source material. Recording in =
music out. My mind begins racing thinking, why has no one ever double-stacked
these audio jewels? WHY?!?!?! If you are seeking the definition of PRAT (pace,
rhythm and timing), then look no further than right here. There are toes
tapping, and not just mine as I can clearly see Heather's tapping too. It is
always interesting how humans will naturally react to sound; especially
unconscionably. The one thing I noticed is that every single one of these
gentleman from KL use strategic room absorption, diffraction, corner
devices... or some combination of whatever it takes to make the magic happen.
Jo Ki says he'll be sending me the blueprints of his on-wall DIY diffraction
device and will be posting that within Enjoy
the Music.com's DIY magazine shortly. If you ever want a sneak
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Owner: Joseph Ki (Jo Ki)
External hard disc storage SSD
iFi USB Power
Frank Acoustics FP5000 DC12V power supply,
Bryston BDP-2 media player
Bryston BDA-2 DAC
FM-108 power amplifier
Rogers LS3/5A 60th Anniversary Edition
Rogers AB-1 woofers
REL Stantor-II subwoofer.
2 Unit Frank Acoustics Power Bank PB-15000Ws line
Frank Harmonic Correction CH-5
15 Ohm Versions:
Chartwell, RAM, Rogers, Goodman, Spendor,
11 Ohm Versions:
Rogers, Harbeth, KEF, Stirlings, Richard Allan, Spendor
Quad II x 4 pairs, Quad 22 Preamplifier, Quad ESL-57, Leaks Stereo 20, Leaks
TL 12.5, Leaks TL12.1, Leaks preamplifier, Radford STA15, Radford preamplifier
Vinyl System: LP12 with Hercules power supply, Itok Arm, Koeksu Rosewood
CD player is 47 Lab Flatfish
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