My recent endeavors to listen to more neighboring audio set up have sparked some enthusiasm among the ‘local hero’.
By ‘local hero’, I meant local audio enthusiast turned audio designer, and managed to build and maintain that business for some times.
Here, we have Kenny Che (H/P:+60122897059) whom have started his audio journey as an audiophile. Being an electronic engineer and technician, he started to design audio cables that resulted a following in the local market, for more than 10 years ago!
He branded his audio cables; CLARITY AUDIO.
(CLARITY AUDIO CU SPEAKER CABLES)
Now, CLARITY AUDIO’s catalogue includes interconnects, speaker cables and power cords of a number of levels at accommodating prices.
(CLARITY AUDIO POWER CORD KRM-2)
(MORE CLARITY AUDIO KRM-2s)
In recent years, Kenny has been busy with designing and producing tube preamplifiers and mosfet amplifiers.
His exposure and experience gained over a decade, in repairing some ultra expensive branded audio components have allowed him some unique perspective and insight in designing and producing his own audio products.
James, the owner of the complete Clarity Audio system san the loudspeakers (from PMC OB) invited me, through a mutual audiophile friend, to listen.
I was intrigued by the sight of the 2 units of audio components by CLARITY AUDIO on the top shelf of the rack (picture above).
They turned out to be the 2 units of mono power supply for a tube preamplifier…(reminded me of my Audio Note M10S which have 2 units of mono power supply, ‘The Galahad’)
Kenny professed about his experience with the Audio Note M10, and was inspired to design and build a high end tube preamplifier of similar configuration…
…but not of the same topology.
The source used was a Marantz CD94 Mk.2 which Kenny has done some modifications…
…namely, an external power supply…
(CLARITY AUDIO TIKUZ CABLE (left) & CLARITY AUDIO SILVER CLARITY RCA CABLES (right))
…there were also Wonder Spikes and Clarity Audio “Tikuz” cable used for tuning purpose…
To top up the digital source, there was the Clarity Audio Tube Buffer to add ‘oil’ (warmth and ‘tube-ness’?!) to the ultimate audio presentation.
As a complete tube electronic CLARITY AUDIO system, I confessed that there was very little to complain about its audio presentation and performance, even when compared to some more expensive and branded audio products.
(CLARITY AUDIO MOSFET 300w CLASS AB MONO AMPLIFIER)
Its transparency to detail, pace, rhythm, time, and space were good.
The lower frequencies registry were equally good.
As expected, the noise level from the tube components were ‘surprisingly low’!
Given that that audio system was placed in a smallish room, the obtained audio presentation and performance were commendable and deserved respect!
List of components at James’ audio system:-
Source CD Marantz CD 94mk2,
RCA – SILVER CLARITY INTERCONNECT .(3 pairs)
Mono Due Regulator Power Supply Pre amplifier.
Signal tube is -6N1P, 6N6P..
Tube Buffer .
300w Class-AB Mosfet CLARITY Mono Power Amp.
All Powercord – Clarity KRM2.
Speaker cable -Clarify Cu series (Material by Outokupum copper solid core.)
No good audio presentation without some room tunings, tweaks and acoustics treatments…
…noticed that Kenny of Clarity Audio also provide some consultations and works there.
Its always a plus to know an audio designer!