Wednesday, April 27, 2011

SVS PB13-Ultra DSP subwoofer

PB13-Ultra now come with the new SVS Sledge STA-1000D DSP amps

One of the finest most powerful full-sized subs in the world. Intro pricing on 1kW SVS Sledge™ DSP-controlled amp.

If you demand the best in what you buy, and have come to realize that the best of "anything" isn't always the most expensive, then SVS's PB13-Ultra subs deserve attention. Big, powerful, nuanced sound for either music or movie audio. The new true 1,000 watt Sledge™ DSP controlled amp has made this American-classic a wholly new beast indeed.

SVS Ultra-13 Woofer Features:
  • Custom 13.5" (edge to edge) die-cast aluminum frame in SVS metallic blue
  • High-temp, flat-wire, 3" US-built aluminum voice coil for optimal power handling
  • Costly polyimide impregnated fiberglass "former", the core of woofer electrical precision
  • Nickel-plated 1008 low-carbon steel components
  • High-tension chrome plated binding posts keep power flowing
  • Copper "Faraday ring" for enhanced frequency response
  • Aerospace derived stitched foam-core/glass composite cone (polymethacrylimide)
  • High-excursion parabolic SBR synthetic rubber "surround" with integrated top gasket for long life
  • Vented pole piece with chrome back plate to enhance cooling
  • Dual linear 9 inch "spiders" with sewn-in tinsel leads for smooth operation at extreme levels
  • Low-distortion, FEA optimized magnetic motor assembly ensures maximum efficiency
  • Dual-stacked, select-grade, textured finish ferrite magnets (Y-35) for heavy-duty

Subwoofer Specification

• 1,000 watt DSP amp with LCD Feature control
• Computer Assisted Design (CAD) enclosure
• Cast and chromed SVS badging
• Front-firing configuration with co-located vents
• Distinctive curved perforated magnetic grill
• "Stackable" form factor allows easy dual subs
• 3.5" high-flow flared ports CURVE (TM) tuning
• Choice of wood veneers, gloss or text. black
• Two grill choices, fabric or stylish steel
• Selectable Sealed, 20Hz, 16Hz or sealed modes
• +/- 3 dB 18 Hz-150 Hz (anechoic) in 20hz mode
• Size: 27” D x 20.5 " W x 22" H (w/o grill)
• Weight: 155 pounds (70.45kg)

For more information:

Review :
1. Audioholics Sept 2011
Review by Josh Ricci

2. Stereophile  Aug 2008
Review by Larry Greenhill

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Triangle Magellan Cello SW2 Review

The review was done by What Hi-Fi in April 2010. WHF gave a 5 star rating for its effortlessly entertaining (with the right system); massively dynamic; impressive bass performance and first class build

The content of the review as below :

'Fun' isn't a word we often use, but that's exactly what these Triangle speakers are when hooked up to similarly cheery (and capable) electronics.

There is a definite Triangle sound. It's about getting the dynamics and timing of music right, even at the expense of tonal naturalness and refinement, and that's the case here.

The Cello is part of the company's high-end Magellan range, so the compromises in terms of tonal purity aren't as strong as they are with Triangle's more affordable products.

But, compare the Cello to similarly priced alternatives, such as ATC's SCM 50 or PMC's Fact 8s, and you'll notice the shortcomings.

Enthusiastic and engrossing
However, what you'll also notice is the Cellos' enthusiasm for playing music.

There's a drive and excitement that makes them an engrossing listen. Feed them a diet of Shostakovich and they'll respond with agility, vivid dynamics and the ability to deliver convincing textures.

They communicate the energy and emotional content of the music brilliantly.

The story is much the same with demanding larger-scale pieces such as The Dark Knight OST. Here, the dual 16cm dedicated bass drivers pump out masses of controlled bass with speed and punch.

Don't think these Cellos are all about classical music, either: they're equally adept with the likes of Alicia Keys and The White Stripes. It's the impressive dynamics and timing coupled to decent integration and insightful midrange that makes it possible.

Deliver a mighty punch
We can't let this review end without mentioning the Cello's punch: we've heard few similarly priced floorstanders that can hit as hard and true as these speakers.

They aren't without sophistication either, and have much finesse when required.

A sensitivity of 91dB/W/m means you don't necessarily need mega power to get decent volumes, but quality with good current delivery is a must.

All in, we'd expect a system with the Cellos to leave little change from £20,000.

The Triangle Magellan Cellos have strong character, but for the most part they serve the music brilliantly. If you're into hi-fi to enjoy music rather than analyse recordings, we recommend these floorstanders highly.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Multiple subwoofers system

In current market, many of the av receivers have multiple subwoofer pre-out. Previously, most system is only a 5.1 system. Now, we have 11.3, 9.2, and the getting common by the day 7.2 system.

However, getting multiple subs to work perfectly is not easy. There will be cancellation if it is not being set up correctly. Many will recommend to use the same model in order to make it blend well. Normally, the subs will be located in front with equal distance from walls.

Many people will ask what if the subs are not the same model. In this scenario, one has to play with position, phase and delay. It is not easy though and needs a lot of time and patience to get it correct.

All is not lost. Audyssey has came out with MultEQ XT32. It also has Sub EQ HT which is a powerful software that properly integrate two subwoofers in a home theater systems. Sub EQ HT makes the integration seamless by first compensating for any level and delay differences between the two subwoofers and then applying Audyssey’s room correction MultEQ technology to both subwoofers together. The result is great sound with fantastic bass minus the headache. For those av receivers without XT32, you can buy Antimode 8033 or AS-EQ1 which is very effective.

It may not 100% eliminate the integration problem due room acoustic and different subs. Here we explore different positions of dual subwoofers system and the respective result.

1. Both subs in front

There is a serious dip after 31Hz until 63Hz. The graph is not flat. Many details are lost in this region making the sub less punchy and dynamic.

2. One sub in front and another at the back

In this graph, we see a big improvement with lesser and smaller dip. The graph is also flatter from 54Hz and below. The tactile bass becomes more apparent. It also improves on the bass texture as well as details.

In both occasion, Denon AVR-4311 is being used since it has MultEQ XT32. Many people believe that the subwoofer is non-directional and it does not need specific placement. It is a MYTH as past experience has proved otherwise.

You need to do find the best placement in order to bring out the best from a sub. Some will resort to proven and tested Sub Crawl Method while some will be busy with REW, XTZ or other similar gears to plot the FR graph of different positions to check any abnormalities in order to improve or troubleshoot it.

It is never been easy for multiple subs system but once you are able to find the best positions for both and also the correct setting, the end result is very rewarding.

Are you ready to Ruummmbllleee?

Kimber Kable PK-14 Gold power cord

PK14 is made with high quality materials
Your audio and video components never had it so good. The PK14 feature our specially optimized copper and our chroma free conductor dielectric. In combination with our Wattgate economy connectors, these ultra quiet cables allow for unlimited dynamics, toe tapping rhythmic articulation, and exceptional low level resolution.


* Specially optimized copper
* Chroma free conductor dielectric
* Wattgate Economy Connectors

Length: 6ft
Price: RM770

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Kimber Kable 8TC speaker cables

8TC speaker cables
This is the Loudspeaker Cable of the Year 2006 by the absolute sound and remains as one of the best speaker cables till today.
Consisting of sixteen individual TCSS conductors, eight clear and eight white, arranged in a large format braid. Individual conductors are Hyper-pure copper and utilize our proven VariStrand conductor geometry. The insulating dielectric is a high pressure, low temperature extruded Teflon®. The aggregate wire size is two 9 awg conductors. By virtue of its full, accurate and dimensional sound, 8TC ranks as one of the best high-end audio values of all time and without question is the best sounding moderately priced cable on the market.

(Cp) parallel capacitance: 821.0 pF @ 20 kHz
(Ls) series inductance: 0.345 µH @ 20 kHz
(Rdc) dc loop resistance: 0.018 Ω
(Xt) total reactance: 0.044 Ω @ 20 kHz
Frequency response ± 0.5 dB: dc - 300 kHz
Available in 3m pair. Bare-to-bare. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

XLO HT Series HTSWY Powered Subwoofer "Y" Cable

Subwoofer "Y" Cable
“Y” configuration subwoofer cable fitted with two XLO gold-plated RCA connectors at one end and one at the other. Use with subwoofers having two low-level inputs or to combine two (preamp or receiver) outputs to feed a subwoofer with a single low-level input.

* Dedicated "Y" cable for connecting Dual-Ended powered subwoofers
* 4N (99.994% pure) OFHC copper conductors
* Ultra-low capacitance LDPE dielectric insulation
* Bi-metallic shielding for maximum protection against EMI and RFI
* Pressure extruded, high stability protective outer jacket
* Terminated with XLO's precision machined, 24K gold-plated RCA connectors
Length: 3m 
Price: RM410