Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The real Audio Note

For those of you who is keen to find out about the true, Audio Note, please read the following:

Friday, October 22, 2010

Western Electric amplifiers

At one stage,owing to the need for constant business travels, I have very little time to listen to my hifi and almost had the intention to give up my hifi hobby. Luckily , I didn't do it as I know it will be near impossible to buy back the same amplifiers at this nice condition.

Anyway,for those who wished to get the Western Electric gears, please see:

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Angela Aki

Bought this album when I was at Taipei airport. Angela's voice is very emotional and once you have listened to her, your soul will be hooked.

Don't believe? Just try listening to : 手紙 ~拝啓 十五の君へ~ tears will flow out naturally from your eyes when listening ..

Saturday, October 02, 2010

My dream new toy~~ Music First classic passive pre amplifier

For those who know me, you will know that I have been looking for a pre-amplifier for a long time.

I have used many vintage tube pre amp (Marantz 7, Fisher 400 CX, Fishers 50c), which are good preamplifiers but they have much colouration and MSG.

I am always looking for a pre amp with total transparency in order to bring out the best from the WE 124b.

The concept of passive control units replacing active line preamplifiers has existed for some time. Conventional passive preamplifiers have relied on resistive networks selected with a switch or rotary variable resistors. The fundamental problem with this type of device is substantial mismatches of impedance either at the source or the load, coupled with a perceived loss of dynamics.

The Music First Audio Passive Magnetic Preamplifier overcomes these problems by using a high quality, custom made, hand wound transformer. This transformer features the largest commercially available 80% nickel Permalloy core for maximum level handling, low distortion and superior sound quality and a heavy duty Mumetal shielding can for protection from external magnetic fields.

A high performance transformer based magnetic volume control. It features two highly acclaimed attenuating transformers and Swiss made ELMA switches point-topoint hand wired into a custom case. It changes output level via passive control in multiple steps to control the volume of high fidelity audio. This passive control unit, by applying transformer technology, offers a material improvement over all previous such schemes based around resistive attenuation.

I am waiting anxiously for the arrival of the little silver pre-amplifier...

Katie Melua 4th album

Finally bought Katie Melua's latest album: The House.

I have always loved her unique voice and her talented singing and writing. One can see her mature in term of looks in the 4th album.

Really like the song Tiny Alien...