Monday, December 27, 2010

Genèse Quartet by Triangle

There was an atmosphere filled with excitement in our showroom when we were about to set up a hi-fi & 9.2 home theater system. What made it even more special was the addition of new Triangle members to the setup, Genese Quartet and Voce.

The Quartet speakers were dressed in dark black cloths with huge TRIANGLE word labelled on one side. Each speaker is provided with a set of 4 spikes, a spike tightening key with Triangle shaped head and a piece of micro fiber cloth.

This is the sight that you get once you remove the TRIANGLE cloths, a pair of beautifully made speaker in Mahogany finish.

Carefully set them up in the room alongside the Esprit Altea Ex, Comete Ex, Heyda Ex and SVS PB13-Ultra.

Just leave them on the carpet and take a few minutes to feast your eyes on these beautifully made speakers. 
Do make a note in your to-do list for an audition of the Triangle system with us. The Quartet retails at RM17,600 and Voce at RM5,550.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Xmas to all fellow enthusiasts!!

We wish you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!!
May you have a greater and merrier Christmas this year.

(Pic courtesy of

Surely, some of us who are taking long leave will maximize the opportunities to watch movies or listen to the music during this holiday period. If there is not enough of dosage, you are always welcomed to listen to the Triangle and SVS system at our showroom.
Hey Santa, you are invited too...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Dong Zhi Festival

It is Winter Solstice Festival today (冬至). One of the important dates for the Chinese. Time flies. In about 5 weeks, we shall be celebrating Chinese New Year.

For those who will going back to hometown to celebrate it, please drive safe. It is time for us to put on some weight with sumptuous dinner.

While having dinner, maybe we can pop in a festive song CD to bring the mood or better still, a vinyl.

Warmest regards.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Subwoofer crawl - An effective way

Having problem to locate the best possible location for your subwoofer? Unable to unleash the beast in your subwoofer?

Well, we will share with you on the proven and effective way to locate the best placement. Here is a very short video on how to do the 'subwoofer crawl'.

We hope that the video will be beneficial to you. Are you ready to crawl?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Triangle Manufacture Electroacoustique - Esprit & Genese range

It has been quite some time since we last heard about Triangle on our shores. Many of us only get to gaze at the pictures in several audiophile magazines and could only imagine the sound through the descriptions of a skilfully written review by another fellow enthusiast. Well, I guess we don't have to imagine the sound anymore as they are finally back on our shores!! 

Triangle (pronounced as TreeOngle) is a French electro-acoustic system manufacturer based in town of Soissons. Triangle has been assembling and manufacturing high-end loudspeakers for the past 30 years since the company was founded by Renaud de Vergnette. Currently, the company is being led by Marc Le Bihan. The 3 main range of products are Esprit, Genese and Magellan. 

The Esprit (pic above) consists of a range of highly affordable loudspeakers that will provide you the thrills in both audio and home theater experience. 
There are 2 floorstander models (Antal Ex & Altea Ex), 4 bookshelf models (Comete Ex, Titus Ex & Heyda Ex), Voce Ex center channel speaker and Meteor 0.1Tc subwoofer in the Esprit range. 

The Genese (Genesis) range pictured above inherits the technology from the flagship Magellan series. In the Genese range, there are Lyrr floorstanding speakers, Quartet floorstanding speakers, Voce center channel speaker, Trio surround channel speakers and Meteor 0.5Tc subwoofer.Triangle has become famous for their drivers' designs and now, they are coupled with beautifully made cabinets which will please the eyes of many. 

If they are being observed closely, one will find that Triangle speakers come with lots of bespoke technologies. 

                                     Tweeter of Genese series

                                  Single Point Energy Conductor

Better still, you do not need to imagine how well they sound from the words written in a magazine. Because the wait is over!! You can audition Triangle speakers at Maxx Audio Visual. Another great audio and theater experience awaits you!!

Triangle - Manufacture Electroacoustique (France)

The TRIANGLE is finally in Malaysia again.

After its long absence from the high-end scene, TRIANGLE is making a comeback. We are proud to bring you the Esprit EX and Genese range.

TRIANGLE, the French electro-acoustic system manufacturer has been designing, manufacturing and assembling high end loudspeakers in the town of Soissons, the cradle of the French monarchy.

With its rich 30 years of experience, TRIANGLE has made research and technological innovation its priorities, with the ultimate aim of offering music-lovers a natural sound of very high quality. TRIANGLE’s enthusiastic team of engineers and technicians constantly seek to improve and innovate, which is what makes TRIANGLE loudspeakers unique.

Each component is designed, engineered and developed according to technical specifications exclusive to TRIANGLE. Triangle was awarded 18 gold Diapasons for its no compromise sound reproduction quality, that embodies the beauty and emotion of music. it also garnered a lot of awards in UK, Germany, US, Taiwan, France, and other European countries.

There will be a high-end stereo system as well as a 9 channels surround system to showcase TRIANGLE at Maxx Audio. Expect to see more news of TRIANGLE in local scene in near future.

More info :

Monday, December 13, 2010

An Easy Way To Solve A Complex Problem

Continue from where we left, this article is about subwoofer's setting.

Place your subwoofer where your primary seating area is. Connect it to your system and set the crossover and volume to a good starting point; we'll fine-tune that later. Use program material that offers a combination of sustained low tones and fast, powerful midbass. A good choice for this is the work of Les Claypool of Primus, especially that bands' seminal "Pork Soda" and the cut "My Name is Mud." If you prefer jazz, look to the work of Jaco Pastorius. If concert music is your thing, you may want to play one of the bigger works of Wagner. They key is to have a musical selection (or movie soundtrack selection if you'd prefer) that has lots of dynamic energy in the mid and lower bass from 150Hz to about 40Hz.

Turn the system on and bring the volume to your most typical listening level. Now get down on your hands and knees and crawl around the room slowly, listening for a change in bass quality, quantity and definition. Take your time. You want to find the spot in the room that provides the best integration of bass and upper ranges and the smoothest response. It is important to know that the best spot sometimes isn't along a wall or in the front of the room. Make sure you listen to regions throughout the room - and really listen for the integration and quality of the bass detail. In my own music room installation, for example, the subwoofer sounds best when placed as a coffee table between and in front of the primary listening seats some eight feet off the front wall!

Once you've determined the best potential location or two for subwoofer placement, change the layout. Put the subwoofer in that spot and go back to your listening position. Using the same tracks at the same volume, listen again. What changed? What needs to change? If the bass is a bit thin, perhaps move the subwoofer closer to the walls to reinforce the bottom end. If there is still a "hooty" or ringing quality, check to see if the distance from the subwoofer to the various wall surfaces is identical or multiples of a single measurement. Ideally, you want the woofer positioned from the nearest three room boundaries at distances that are as different as possible.

By now you should have found the location where the bass is the smoothest and most detailed in the room. It's time to integrate that bass into the sound field. There are various control schemes, test tones and equalizers available on most modern surround sound receivers. Using these built-in tones and an inexpensive sound level meter can give you a real advantage in setup. If available, follow the advice in your A/V receiver's owner's manual or subwoofer owner's manual for precise tuning tips.

Here is what I do to "dial in" my own rig. Select an NPR FM Station or quality digital video news feed featuring a deep male voice. Try to select a program source where there is as little dynamic contrast as possible - in other words the voice changes pitch (no monotones here) but doesn't span a very broad range from soft to loud. A great source program for this exercise is the speaking voice of Garrison Keillor from "A Prairie Home Companion". With the system playing at your average playback level, decrease the volume of the subwoofer all the way to the minimum. Now slowly increase the gain until the voice has power and loses any nasality. If you begin to think it sounds "chesty," as though the speaker were in a barrel, bring the gain back down. With a male speaking voice, you should not hear the subwoofer as a discrete sound source at all. Set up like this, the system will have maximum transparency and the most natural frequency response in your room.

One additional control is available, the phase control. Now some of you have probably twiddled this control back and forth, heard very little if any difference and so left it at the center detent. That's one technique. Here's a better way. Select a mono musical source, preferably a musical piece originally recorded monophonically and properly mastered on CD or DVD. One of my favorite pieces for this is the reissue of John Coltrane's "Soultrane" on DCC Classics, especially the track "Russian Lullaby."

Now, playing the soundtrack through the Dolby Pro-Logic settings, you should get output only from the center speaker and the subwoofer. Listen carefully to the interplay between the bass guitar, and bass drum or piano left hand. The impact of the drum is much higher in frequency than the deep, resounding skin sound. What you want to accomplish is to have the initial impact of Arthur Taylor's drum kit precede the deeper drum skin sound and the note from the bass guitar (by the way, it doesn't hurt if that note is lovingly teased from the instrument by Paul Chambers!). This establishes the correct phase relationship between your center speaker (and by extension your left and right main speakers) and the powered subwoofer.

By now your system should be sounding pretty good. Measure everything and get quality interconnects of the right length to settle this into a permanent installation and start thinking about how to treat the wall for the best performance from your surround monitors. That too will be part of the next installment. Till then, happy listening!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

SVS PC12-NSD Cylinder Subwoofer

This is SVS PC12-NSD, the smallest member of the cylinder subwoofer range, that kept many of our customers smiling. 

The PC12-NSD comes with a 12" down firing woofer and integrated base-plate. Powering the subwoofer is the 400 watt DSP digital amp. The design is compact and allows customers to benefit from its small foot print. The PC12-NSD stands at 35" tall with a diameter of 16".

Though the PC12-NSD is the smallest model of the Cylinder range, the actual size of this subwoofer doesn't exactly justify the word 'small' at all.

For more info : SVS PC12-NSD

Review : PC12-NSD review by Russell Williams of

2012 Retail Price : RM3,499

Thursday, December 9, 2010

An Easy Solution to Subwoofer Calibration

A lot have been said about subwoofer's placement. Many thought a sub should be omni-directional and placement should be a no-issue. However, it is not the case.

Here, we explore about it. Below is an useful article by Joe Cornwall extracted from for your reading.

"To shine or glow, to appear or expand suddenly." This is how Webster defines bloom. I think this definition will work just fine for audiophile use of the word as well. Bloom is a good subjective description of the way that musical performance fills a space, interacts with the volume of the room and provides the rich, emotive communication we, as audio and video enthusiasts, spend so much time and money pursuing.

The bloom and, dare I say it, the "palpable presence" of reproduced music is, very largely, affected by the capability of the components and speakers of the system. The room in which the music or soundtrack is played has a much larger effect. In fact, the room's effect is larger by an order of magnitude. And nowhere is that effect more obvious than in the very foundation of performance, the bass octaves.

The dimensions of the listening room or home theater play a fundamental role in the sound of the installed system. All rooms have an inherent decay time, as well as a series of resonances associated with their dimensions. In fact, audio engineers and designers must take into account dozens of levels of sonic reflection off each surface in order to adequately characterize the suitability of a space for musical performance. And things get really complicated if the space is anything other than a rectangle! What's a poor music fan to do?

One would think most home theater spaces or music rooms are sufficiently small that the rt60 (the time it takes for sound to decay 60dB) has a negligible effect on sound. That's not necessarily so. Rooms can "ring" for a substantial period; the room in the example below has an rt60 of nearly 0.8 second! Furthermore, a compact size can be the primary obstacle to good bass definition and flat response. Simply put, a small room can have a hard time holding and releasing a big sound wave!

Bass is seldom as deep as most listeners think. The open E string of a properly tuned bass guitar is about 42Hz. Only movie soundtracks, pipe organs and some synthesized music have any appreciable or usable content below that frequency. Since almost any quality powered subwoofer has an advertised frequency response of 20Hz to 200Hz +/- 3dB, why is reproducing low bass so difficult? At first it appears that this is a problem easily solved by brute force; just get plenty of digital watts, combine with digital equalization and a long-throw stiff driver, and you'll get fine bottom end performance. If it were only so easy!

In reality, the effect of the room can easily cause peaks or dips in frequency response of more than 25dB in the bass spectrum. This is caused by constructive and destructive resonances, which are a function of the dimensions of the space. For example, a hypothetical room with dimensions of 10ft X 10ft X 10ft (a horrible room for music, by the way) will exhibit axial modes centered at 57Hz, 113Hz, 170Hz and 226Hz. This will cause a boost in maximum pressure zones (antinodes) of +20dB at 57Hz and -16dB at 113Hz in the same location as referenced to the expected anechoic output of the woofer! This is a 36dB swing in frequency response! If you are the unfortunate owner of a cubic room with these dimensions, you are probably doomed to loose, booming bass with no mid-bass power or definition.

Clearly room effects are extremely important to good performance. The good folks at RPG Inc. are not kidding when they say, "Even if the room dimensions are ideal according to some criteria, only proper positioning of the listener and loudspeakers can minimize low frequency acoustic distortion." Tuning your room can bring a more noticeable difference than doubling your speaker budget!

Henri Matisse once said; "What I dream of is an art of balance." While it may be impossible to change the dimensions of your theater or listening room it is not impossible, nor even all that difficult, to change the balance of its attributes. Realistic, high-impact audio performance can often be achieved by moving things around to make the best of what you have. And best of all, you already have the most complicated and expensive test gear ever created for such a project; your ears.

Choosing a starting point for an A/V "bass makeover" is dictated by the type of gear you have. If you are tuning your room for a two channel stereo rig, the process is significantly different than tuning a room for a full-on surround sound system with a powered subwoofer. Let's look at the steps for proper positioning and easy room treatment for a subwoofer-enabled multi-channel home theater system first. In my next installment we will explore easy setup tips for maximizing two-channel playback.

Chances are that the placement of your screen is somewhat inflexible. It's important to not come to this conclusion without real thought; a complete re-orientation of the room may be (and often is) the best route! Let's assume, however, that your rear projection or plasma set is in the only permissible location in the room. It is a safe bet that the best place for the subwoofer is probably not right next to the screen! So often many folks plop this box down somewhere in the front of the room near the LCR speakers, set the crossover to the prescribed 80Hz and then proceed to increase the gain until they "feel" the bass. There is a better way." be continue...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Welcome to Maxx Audio Visual's blog

Thank you for viewing our blog.

We hope that we could share more information with fellow Hi-Fi enthusiasts as well as Home Entertainment fans.

Maxx Audio Visual, MAV is a relatively new company located a km away from Seremban toll, which is just about 35 minutes drive from Sg Besi toll (that is if you follow the speed limie ;-) )

MAV is the sole distributor for SVS (SV Sound, USA) in Malaysia and also authorised dealer for Kimber Kable, XLO, Klipsch, Sonos, Mission, Cambridge Audio, ATS Rack, as well as Optoma.

To cut it short, we hope that this blog could be informative with latest news, knowledge based information, etc (please excuse us if we do post some promotional materials, which is inevitable).

Warmest regards,