Our first stop on our VPI Asia tour was Malaysia for the KLAVI with our distributor Centre Circle Audio. CC Audio has been one of our distributors for roughly 8 years and have always taken part of shows and demonstrations but they really stepped up their game with this show! Bringing into Malaysia for the first time an Avenger Reference, CC Audio paired up the table with top notch equipment featuring Rosso Fiorentino, Accustic Arts, Isotek, Solid Tech, Chord Electronics, Dynavector. Hailing from Italy, the hand crafted speakers Rossa Fiorentino was designed with the idea of making a kick drum sound like it was in the room, we were surprised that no one snuck the kick drum in and it was actually our table, the speakers and the rest of the system producing that sound. More so what really impressed us was how the system was flexible with the room. The room the equipment was being demonstrated in was a bit smaller than probably recommended for the speaker size but all aspects being adjustable the CC Audio team was able to tune and dial in the sound to fit for a modest size room.
In addition to the Avenger Reference having its first debut in Malaysia, CC Audio also had the rest of the VPI production line on static display including us physically bringing a VPI Player with us. This was the first international Player (in walnut nonetheless) to spin in Malaysia. This specific Player became a world traveler by being the personal table that Jane and myself (Mat) took with us to every country. We even had the first Player sales after a customer at the show had a chance to listen and enjoy it! The Player is an all in one high end turntable with a headphone amp, phonostage, machined aluminum platter, 9 inch gimballed arm, and Ortofon 2M red pre-mounted.
Two records we really enjoyed to demo with was “Take Five” by David Brubeck and “One Night in Bangkok” by Murry Head. We used these records a lot to show how musical the system sounded on instrumentals as well as showing the firm powerful base it was able to deliver. Also, both of those tracks happen to be favorites of mine!
Besides having a productive and musical time at the show, seeing and experiencing Malaysia was a major treat. The most unique highlight had to have been experiencing the “King of Fruit”, yes… the hotel banned Durian. Strong taste, strong smell… I’ll leave it at that. The KLAVI, the country and especially having a chance to spend more time with our Malaysian distributor CC Audio made the VPI Asia tour trip start and a very high note. We are looking forward to having many future visits to Malaysia and growing the VPI family!