more than a year ago, my audio buddy was in search of a cd player under rm20k. he auditioned many models, including my meridian g08, but ended up buying bladelius freja. he thinks g08 is too forward in its midrange, which to me, is really a matter of taste and system matching but i gather that his bladelius freja must be smoother-sounding than the g08.

to see how well a company is doing internationally, all you need is google. with bladelius, you see many websites with different languages popping up. which goes to show how well bladelius is being distributed globally and how aggressive their international marketing arm is.

RM10K is a very special price point for hifi in malaysia. it is neither expensive nor cheap, so products fall under this price point have a special attraction to cost-conscious malaysian audiophiles.

bladelius freja (now in mkII guise), at Rm15K, is way too expensive for mid-enders but way too cheap for high-enders. realising this, bladelius has come out with syn (pronounced as "sine", i was told) which provides a much less painful path to owning a bladelius cd player. at below RM10K, there are really not many top-tier products that are competing. off hand, i could think of meridian g06, rega saturn and ayre cx-7e (both could be slightly more than RM10K).

in bladelius' term, syn affordable. the high-grade 24bits/192kHz burr-brown DAC as well as the improved power supply optimizes a outstanding analogue sonic quality. isolated chassis design to separate the transport mechanism and DAC part is the best method to illuminate all un-necessary resonance.

bladelius claims that "syn gives the best sounding source in entry level range which no one can be able to achieve".

a bold claim that only you can testify. eugene (012-3222698) of audio matic @ amcorp mall is more than happy to accomodate your curiosity.

but beware, curiosity may kill the audio cat ;-)

9 comments:

yo said...

I would add the Bryston CDP TO YOUR LIST maggie

Carl said...

I am surprised to see how well Bladelius has been embraced here and the far east...It certainly help when your products are demoed with The likes of Joma cables and Marten speakers.

sha said...

This price range is the most cost effective group of CDP around.

Blad. has continue the Scandinavian giant killing run of beutifully craft products in and out..

kok said...

very competitive price range,and this iswhere you should start to get a taste of ultra high end

chuhu said...

the last few years[2 to be precise] has witnessed some of the bests digital playback system ever.

It is funny when digital has reached these levels ,people are moving away.

Anonymous said...

Is there a new digital technology on the horizon?

When digital cameras came out, it has evolved non stop but the digital playback is still at where it was albeit some processing power improvement at the dac level.

Digital playback need to move on....

maggielurva 愛美姬 said...

whatever the trend is, i will stick with cd for at least the next 5-10 years.

Anonymous said...

MaggieL,
What about SACD? I thought you were impressed with the dCS stuff although its in another price league.

dan said...

SACD only issues audiophile-labels.