WHY WE’RE HERE …
PUTTING aside the metaphysical connotations of the headline to this preamble, let us cut to the chase – audioFI.net, a webzine for all things audiophile, two-channel and beyond, is the continuation of my lengthy journey of aural exploration as a hi-fi hack and music reviewer.
This is a journey with its roots in the late 1980s, when an aspiring reviewer of hi-fi equipment and music started a column for The Star, Malaysia’s leading English-language daily and online news portal. It was a venture that expanded from its initial allocated space and grew from strength to strength in the next decades, garnering a dedicated following among the newspaper’s readers.
However, in the time-honoured tradition that all things must and will change, the column ended its 22-year run in early 2012, at a time when I felt my passion for hi-fi needed new vistas of expression. I needed a new platform that would satisfy my restlessly creative urges and drive me to another level. Oh, all right, I needed my own thing so I could be in total control! Thus was born audioFI.net.
The mission? Well, we – a bunch of my good friends who are as ardent in their quest for new aural experiences – aim to get our hands on the newest gear available in our market and share our findings with readers. So, whether you’re a newbie looking to set up your first system or an experienced audiophile looking for help, we hope you will find it here along the way. Yes, we are also going to tell you about the newest products in the hi-fi market, and are allowing you space in the Rants N Raves section, so feel free.
We’re not hugely technical boffins – we know what makes things tick, but let’s be honest, pristine measurements are no guarantee of musical enjoyment. We do, however, have Q&As with manufacturers and designers for unique insights into their products and technology.
Our reviews are, naturally, subjective and dependent on the kind of music we like and the environment in which our hi-fi systems function. This is the way it has been for me for more than two decades – and since it ain’t broken, I will continue in this vein. So hop on for what I hope will be a thrilling ride into an exciting future.
– SUJESH PAVITHRAN
Chief word processor and visualiser
(For the record, Sujesh is also a part-time musician who has recorded and released two albums with different Malaysian bands – prog-rock outfit Samarkand and blues band SquareCircles (his current project)
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– Our star rating is based on an overall assessment of performance, features and price.
– Prices are given in US dollars, British pound sterling and Euro, where possible, along with the Malaysian price. These may differ in various regions due to duties, taxes, shipping and discount offers. We are not responsible for any pricing discrepancy.
– Review gear is mostly sourced from distributors/dealers in Malaysia and Singapore. A reviewer may occasionally purchase some audio equipment from an online store and submit a review.
– Our reviewers do not have any business association whatsoever with manufacturers, distributors and dealers.