Saturday, August 6, 2011

Latest Set-up of Audio System

Cartridge; Phase Tech P3 MC
Linn Sondek LP12 Table
Ittok Mark III tone arm
Vendetta Research SCP1 Pre-pre amp (Recent modified with shielded power cable, Jensen Copper Foil output Capacitors plus John Curl’s personal advice for added smoothing capacitor, changed with fast recovery Rectifiers…)
Anthem Phono Amp Pre1P (modified using Black Gate Capacitors Telefunken CCaX2, ECC801SX2)
Audio Space Pre-amp (modified by using 4 Power Black gate Smoothing TaraLab 6N copper bare wire for interconnect, servo amp for ECC803S bias. Telefunken ECC803Sx2, ECC802S x2)
Marantz 8B power amplifier (Gold Lion KT77X4)
Harbeth HL-compact loudspeacker
Silver Convention Silver Spur Interconnect cable between Pre-pre and Phono and between Phono and pre amp.
Sound is satisfactory after replacing with Silver Convention cable! It is time to put a Better Cartridge on the LP12… and to replace the cable between Pre-amp and 8B with Silver Convention's Silver Shadow.
My desire buy is Koetsu Rosewood Signature II (almost impossible to be found), Phase Tech P1…
Sound Effect is more than I am feeling Happy with, I will not envy another audio system anymore.

Kowloon Snob

A Fan of Quad in HK

This is a set-up o f a HK’s Hi Fi Man, he has the similar taste as my but he could afford to use all the Quad ESL57X4 and Quad II amp X2. Linn Sondek LP12…
He said that the treble is as thin as, as smooth as silk. Mid would make your ear mellow.
The bass is the only area that you can criticize, that is why he doubles it… So you had better keep your eye closed and listen…

NT Snob

Monday, August 1, 2011

UK Hand Made Interconnect Audio Cables Silver Convention's Silver Spur

This is a suprise as I received the package from a good friend in UK, he has known a expert in hand crafting Audio Signal Cables, honesty, Britain is used to be the best maker Audio equipment, this related to their history in music appreciation. As everyone knows if only using the measurement equipment to deign a cable may not be the best way in pleasing your ears, though the oscilloscope may have a perfect square waves and sinusoidal wafer forms., The secret lies in the tuning of the material, the right amount of shielding and the air gap between the signal and ground wire., No matter what kind of material, solid gold, plated gold, 6N copper wire, silver or Silver plated copper wire… all have the predicted wave form performance, but how it reproduces the right amount of tonal structure the balance, the quietness and the frequencies response would very much determined by the experience. I always admire something from the UK. Aston Martin DB5, Lotus Esprit, Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, best turntable likes Garrard 501, the Linn Sondek LP12, The best BBC monitor LS3/5A under no changes at all on the set-up for 50 years, and yet the most desirable miniature Bookshelf today!
The best audio amplifier Quad II, the best Electrostatic Loudspeaker Quad ESL57.
The best Studio Monitor KEF103AB, the best …
I keep the cables in the box for week as I was on trip to Bangkok, once I went back yesterday, I started to work on the connection, you will see that my system are mounted on granite shelf, the whole shelf weighs about 500 Pounds, and I have no way to move it at all, It took me 3 hours to replace the 1M RCA cable between my Vendetta Research SCP1 into the Anthem Phono Amp, and the cable 2M between the Phono and the Audio Space Preamp. After a while, without burning in at all, I was SHOCKED to hear that I had been cheated by the original Kimble Silver wire for three years as I see there is the clear sky about my LP and I feel that there is rainbow on my Turntable.. and there is a good depth of the stage, I feel the trumpet is in the 11 O’clock position . The treble is crystal Clear and well defined at the harmonics. It is clear and is smooth as Thai Silk, the bass is solid and come like wind that blow up my trousers… and that is not cabinet booming… the Harbeth HL Compact had not been performed so rigorously since I bought is two years ago…. The Phase Tech P3 cartridge is a mid end series of Phase Tech but it bring me at least 70% of my Clear audio Gold Finger VC2 Diamond! It was awesome and I listened to the RCA Red-Seal LM-1976 Heifetz plays JS Bach Sonata No.1 Partita No.2 … You will not feel that this is Mono at all, as all my focus is on the Heifetz sentimental feeling on the Violin, and the violin is so vivid that I could almost smell the existence of the Italian masterpiece playing in front of me, without ignoring that this was recorded some 55 years ago…
I inform the British Snob told be to wait as it is just offering 70% of the power of the cable, once it has been run in,.. it is tell me how good my system is….
Well, Listening is believing! I will bring this two cable to Lo Sir, Andie, and Andre in Malaysia to try out as their system which worths about HKD$2,000,000.00 which may have a high resolution to tell the upper limit of what The Limitation of Hi Fi is supposed to be!
I am eager to listen it after the run-in…
And if you are not believing… I am the Lucky man that I can get this cable at connected into my system…. May be you should try it in your systme…. You will agree on what I am trying to say! Life will be lonely if you use the Expensive and yet not ear pleasing cable…
Music has no limited as it is analogue Music played by Silver Convention’s Silver Spur!
HK Snob