Kuala Lumpur International AV ShowHi-Fi
July 30, 2019

KLIAVS 2019: A few new toys…

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

There were several ‘toys’ that were new to most Malaysian audiophiles at last weekend’s AV show and many of them were analogue sources.

 

In Centre Circle’s room, there were two turntables fitted with cartridges which had lights glowing like headlights. These were the DS Audio optical cartridges which were launched in Malaysia quite recently.

 

The DS Audio DS-W2 was used with the VPI Prime Signature turntable while the flagship DS Master1 was used with the VPI HW-40 Anniversary turntable.

 

The DS Audio DS Master1 optical cartridge was used on the VPI HW-40 Anniverdary turntable
The DS Audio DS Master1 optical cartridge was used on the VPI HW-40 Anniversary turntable

 

The DS Audio DS-W2 was used on the VPI Prim Signature turntable.
The DS Audio DS-W2 was used on the VPI Prime Signature turntable.

 

Also in Centre Circle’s room were other products new to Malaysians such as the uber expensive Kharma Exquisite Classique speakers and the VAC Statement Line Stage and Statement 450 iQ monoblock amps.

 

 The Kharma Exquisite Classique speakers driven by the VAC Statement 450 iQ monoblock amps
The Kharma Exquisite Classique speakers driven by the VAC Statement 450 iQ monoblock amps

 

In the Absolute Sound room, there was a Transrotor Max turntable. Transrotor turntables are new to Malaysia. Another turntable that Malaysians have not seen or heard before was the Audio Note TT3 turntable in the Audio Note Malaysia room.

 

The Audio Note TT3 turntable was the star attraction in the Audio Note Malaysia room.
The Audio Note TT3 turntable.

 

The Transrotor Max turntable.
The Transrotor Max turntable.

 

In AV Designs’ room, the majestic PMC Fenestria speakers were also new to Malaysian audiophiles and it was their first appearance in an AV show in Malaysia. Audiophiles also had the rare chance to hear the TAD Reference Series M600 monoblocks and the TAD Series Reference C-600 preamp as these models are not available in the Southeast Asian market. Due to a mistake in shipment, the Reference Series made it to Malaysian shores and the audiophiles here are not complaining.

 

The PMC Fenestria speakers made their debut in a Malaysian AV show over the weekend.
It was the first time the PMC Fenestria speakers were featured in the KLIAV show.

 

In Perfect Hi-Fi’s room, Malaysian audiophiles heard the Nagra HD pre and power amps for the first time in an AV show. Nagra components were brought in last year just before the KLIAVS 2018 and they were only on static display. Also new in this room was the Cambridge TT turntable which was on static display only. Perfect Hi-Fi also launched the latest version of an old classic speaker – the Sonus Faber Electa Amator III at the show, but it was also on static display.

 

 

The Cambridge TT turntable. Howeer, it was on static display.
The Cambridge TT turntable. However, it was on static display.

 

 

Nagra HD preamp.
Nagra HD preamp.

 

 

Nagra HD monoblock power amp.
Nagra HD monoblock power amp.

 

 

The latest version of the Sonus Faber Electa Amator bookshelf speakerjs.
The latest Mk III version of Sonus Faber’s classic Electa Amator bookshelf speakers was launched at the KLIAVS 2019.

 

One of the cutest gadgets in the AV show was a small box (measuring 215 x 100 x 260 mm [W X H X D] 8 1/2 x 3 15/16 x 10 1/4 inches) that could do lots of things – it was a music streamer-cum-integrated amplifier that pumped out 100 watts per channel and it looked cute and had digital meters. It was the NAD bluOS M10 Streaming Amplifier that was featured in the Dali room.

 

 

NAD's M10 Streaming Amplifier looked cute but perjformedf qute wel.
NAD’s M10 Streaming Amplifier looked cute but performed quite well.

 

Over in YL Audio’s room was a pair of speakers that had a really odd shape – it looked like a bird from the side – and it was in a glittering gold finish. They were the Taiwanese Lawrence Audio Dove speakers from its Bird series. Also new in this room was the Absolare integrated amp which, as usual, was clad in luxurious leather.

 

 

Lawrence Audio gold Penguin speaker
Lawrence Audio gold Dove speaker

 

 

The Absolare integrated amp was clad in luxurious red leather.
The Absolare integrated amp was clad in luxurious red leather.