Monday, October 29, 2007
There is always a strong desire to own more and more gears owing to peer pressures, or competitions among the various audiophiles. Luckily, I have managed to keep a clear mind and focus on what I need vs what I like to own. In the end, I believe that rare and valuable amplifiers will forever be in demand ~~as the demand comes from the international market and not from one or two individuals.. Leak TL12.1 is a great amplifiers among the Leak famalies...Western Electric will always be in strong demand as its reputation went as long as the 1930s~~~Marantz & Mcintosh will always appeal to those who want reputable brands...and so on..~~~~
So, if one want to start getting into hifi, one needs to know what type of sound one desires...and start with the speakers and then move backward as the sensitivity of the speakers will determine what type of power amplifiers you will need. One example is my AR3 speakers. My 12 watts amplifier was unable to optimize the performance of the AR3 which require 35 Watts power and above in order to push its to its opitmum. Perhaps a Marantz 9 will be a better amplifier for the AR3. I was unwilling to change the gear which resulted in my parting with the AR3.. : (
In addition, if you have the talents and the time (I have no talent or time)...you may wish to try DIY...
Cheers and have fun...
However, so far, other then the US or European I can only see the Japanese (brands such as Leben, Yamamoto etc) and some mainland Chinese (brands such as Sparks, Melody, etc), there are not many who can claim to be successful.
At the various forum, one can easily see expert giving out advices and acting like big Masters..In the end, my personal view is that the success of the brands will be determined by the market forces or demand and supply. Alternatively, one could joing the once a year DIY contest organized by the hifi magazines..where glory is earned by convincing the judges and not by writing in the forum like R33. What do you think?
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
After waiting for 2 weeks, my new Linn Geni CD player has finally arrived rfrom USA! I could not wait to get home to try my "new" modern CD player. With its compact size, it can easily fit into my shelf together with my Western Electric Isolation transformer as well as the Matisse.
The Linn CD playeris visually attractive with its minimalist design..Zen feel. In term of sound, it has better sound stage, and better overall musical feel. The vintage B & O, on the other hand, has better warmness..
Nevertheless, both CD players are excellent in their own ways, functionally and visually : )
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Recently, i have managed to find one of my old Cd from the 1980s Dan Forgelberg. It was great as it brought back great memories of my school days with songs like Leader of the Band, Run for the Roses and Same old lang Syne...
Listening to this Cd bring me back to the very reason why I have invested so much time and energy and money in setting up the hifi system. Afterall, music is for leisure..
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Moreover, more and more people are letting go these "seasonal" hot items. The price of the Elekit amplifiers is about HK$4800. However, I have seen audiophile using very expensive GEC KT66 and even Western Electric 350B to drive the amplifier. The tubes alone costs more then the amplifiers. Is this a right approach? I don't know... My view is that the tubes should not costs more then the amplifiers. If one has extra cash, one should upgrade the amplifier first (as there are the heart of the hifi set up) or the Speakers and then the tubes..
My hifi path has always been to focus and use only the well "tested" and good reputation branded gears such as Mcintosh, Marantz, Western Electric, Fishers, Pye etc.. as one tend not to lose money when selling them... : )
Monday, October 15, 2007
According to the 6moons review: "This kid's video game player really does have outstanding audio performance. I'm guessing you'd have to spend more than $6000 on a one-box CD player to equal let alone better it...." For a detail, please see the link below: http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/leben2/system.html
With the use of the very affordable passive preamplifier, I feel that good music reproduction need not be expensivce! Unconventional approach is in..
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
For a review, please read:
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Nevertheless, I am quite happy with my recent set up of combing old (WE124b) with the new technology (Passive preamplifier) in achieving the clarity in sound, quiet background and improved soundstage. Previously, my belief is only in vintage preamplifiers (such as Fisher 50C, 80, 400CX) but there is a need to ensure that vintage preamplifier is fully functional in order to bring out the best in music. Power amplifier's function is much straight foward. As such, after mixing amd matching the various preamplifiers for my WE124b, I must say that my current set up fully met my own expectation.
With the issue of pre & power amplifiers solved, I need to relook at the source of my music, i.e the CD player. Currently, I am using the B & O CD player which is quite musical. Should I try the vintage Studer CDP or modern one such as the Linn?
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
閔慧芬是中國民族音樂領域的傳奇人物，她的二胡演奏被小澤征爾評價為：“即使在休止符時，也有情感！”近年來，閔慧芬飽受病魔纏繞，曾隱退舞臺相當長的一段時間。去年底（2000年），她到加拿大溫哥華短暫居留，巧遇馬浚先生（First Impression Music(一聽鍾情)由華人主理，極少數能在國際上得到認可的發燒唱片品牌的主腦者），應邀為FIM灌錄一張發燒級製作。參與此次錄音的，還有古箏名家李煒和揚琴演奏家李麗君，曲目除《江河水》、《二泉映月》、《賽馬》、《漁舟唱晚》等二胡演奏，還有《春江花月夜》、《昭君出塞》等古箏名作，可說薈萃了中華民樂的精華所在。 馬浚先生長袖善舞，竟使該錄音計畫得到SACD始作俑者SONY的全力支持。SONY的SACD技術部董事Gus Skinas親自攜帶全球為數不多的DSD現場錄音器材前往溫哥華，並在錄音室監控了整個製作過程，務求使錄音品質達到DSD科技的最高水準。本碟主題曲《江河水》，是源于東北遼南鼓吹樂笙管曲的同名曲牌。初為雙管獨奏，後被移植改編成二胡獨奏，成為一首膾炙人口的二胡名曲。這首樂曲演繹了一個淒涼悲淒的故事：某地有一對恩愛夫妻，丈夫服勞役離鄉而去，忽遭不測死於外城。妻子聞訊，如雷轟頂，在當時與丈夫依依惜別的江邊，面對著滔滔河水嚎啕痛哭、悲憤欲絕，訴之泣之，遙相祭奠……據馬浚先生介紹，閔慧芬一曲錄罷，竟然泣不成聲，身體不住顫抖，可見其發自內心的真情投入。這是一種怎樣的境界？！難怪在錄音現場，即使不諳中樂的外籍工程師也被感動得動容。馬先生回憶道：“新力公司SACD技術部董事Skinas說，自聽過閔女士的演奏，十多天來晚上都造夢。夢中總是聽到她的琴韻，無法忘懷，這是他從未有過的經驗。我笑道，這就是繞梁十日吧！” 很顯然，縱使生就一副鐵石心腸，像這樣的音樂，我也是不敢多聽的，更不敢將之視為一張純粹的發燒碟來隨意試音。
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
One of my audiophiles sifu has told me that with the WE274b, even without using the WE350 tubes (i.e other normal 6L6 tubes), the sound extension will be much more superior then using other 5U4Gs and once used, one cannot "un-use".
As a result, I have decided to keep the extra set of WE274 tubes as spares are these are getting harder and harder to find..especially NOS. Cheers : )