Thursday, October 18, 2012

Samsung Launches Wireless Audio with Vacuum Tube Technology

Samsung SA-E750

                                                              Two 12AU7 Vacuum Tubes

Luxman LV-105

Samsung has been running for Digital amplifier since they started the company named with Samsung, and now they announced that they will launched its new premium wire less Audio with Dock that incorporates its vacuum tubes amplifier technology, offering warm and natural harmonious sound quality.

The first of its kind, Samsung makes history with the worlds new dual-docking system compatible for both Samsung GALAXY devices  and Apple iOS via docking and wireless connection. The DA-E750 makes a new age of using Digital and Analogue audio technology. Now more and more people would know that the old technology is no longer classified inferior to the digital technology.

DA-E750  is a new digital amplifier coupled with a vacuum tubes amplified, it would reduces unnecessary harsh sound distortion with its 2.1 channel woven glass fibre speaker and built in 100 Watts subwoofer would push you to the new quality audio experience for music. In HK, the suggested price is HKD$7,990.

Question to me is where the vacuum tubes are from, I believe there is no more vacuum tube factory in Korea, they might buy the vacuum tubes from China.

Luxman was the early supplier to put two vacuum tubes into their hybrid integrated FET integrated amplifier LV-103 back to 1984. 1985, LUXMAN Hybrid Tube Integrated Amplifier LV-105 employs two 6CG7 at the Preamp stage, at that time it was sold Yen119,000.00
HK Snob

PS Samsung Company Profile
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011 consolidated sales of US$143.1 billion. Employing approximately 206,000 people in 197 offices across 72 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications.

HK Snob

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Goldmund and Thorens Turntable

Goldmund Ref II Table is $300,000.00
This Goldmund turntable is without doubt every music enthusiasts' including HK Snob’s dream gadget.. The Reference II turntable features a degree of refinement and a number of never-seen-before features. The turntable features a 20kg platter machined to a hundredth of a millimeter, a motor vibration-shielded by 15kg of brass, and teflon-insulated signal-caring electronics. Other specs include cog-free motor with lowest electrical and mechanical noise, liquid-nitrogen-rectified belt, touch controls integrated in the tabletop specially designed new Goldmund T8 straight-line tone arm with total weight of 7 kg. Limited editions of 25 units are sold on sub but only the super-rich will be able to buy it as the price tag of US$300,000. Goldmund produces a maximum of 5 units per year. There are only about 25 on the planet so far. This is somewhat similar design of Thorens Reference or Thorens Prestige, but Thorens price is more friendly though both are from Switerland.Thorenz nowadays produce mid-low end turn table only. whereas Thorens produced one of the best turntables from 60-80s, The famous TD-124 for example, and these Reference series turntables!
HK Snob

World most Expensive Cartridge

The Koetsu Coralstone Platinum Mono has a platinum magnet system, silver-plated copper wiring, and a proprietary stylus shape. It combined "sensational" image specificity and three-dimensionality, even in mono, with "an uncanny physicality and weight" across the entire frequency spectrum. MF: "There's no excuse for the price, except the sound. So get over it." 
This is just a cartridge, who would like to buy with US$15,000.00? My last Cartridge was Clearaudio Golden Finger VC2 Diamond, US$10,000.00.
Now I am using Ortofon Jubilee, sound is not that precise and Dynamic as the Gold finger, but it is a very adaptive cartridge produces clear sound for various type of music. A very duable general puspose Cartridge consider the price. My Jubilee was just about US$1,300.00
HK Snob

Hart Adio D&W Gold Loudspeaker; World most expensive!

Pair of Hart Audio D&W Aural Pleasure Loudspeakers.


      Bronze £40,000
      Silver £200,000
      18ct Gold £3,000,000
See below for review

HiFi Choice 22nd June 2012

  • Sensitivity 97db 1w@1mtr
  • Impedance 5 Ohms
  • Frequency range 47Hz- 37Khz +\-4db & 39Hz-47Khz +\- 10db
Well, does it mean Gold would surely having better quality of music reproduction, will some kind of cheaper material may have better or equal music reproduction!? Well, one thing is for sure. It is likely world most expensive small loudspeaker.

HK Snob

A Set up of Garrard 401 Turntable, SME 3019 and Koetus Rosewood cartridge

This is friend in UK, Fred who made this Turntable case out from one piece of solid Walnut wood, the SME3012 Tone arm, Koetsu Rosewood Signature II MC Cartridge. I can see that the sound should be nice with a lot of more to hear from this turntable, The Plinth weighs 33Kgs and it is made of 4 layers of 40mm thick solid walnut.
HK Snob