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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Weirdo in Tokyo







A British-made tonearms servicing center in Tokyo...









... or not?











EMT 930st - time to let it go... gone!




















Japan random pixies and thoughts







I'm really far too close to the recent Japanese experience and am not in the mood to put a decent review of what I heard and enjoyed...






 







I'd say over-dosed by audio?


Maybe... but never of music, of course.








Sure I'll share with you, folks, a true personal (universal?)  belief: technical redundancies and musical bliss not always come hand-in-hand!


Shinzo's system at his superb music-bar in Fukuoka, with BHT amp, Westrex Acoustilens speakers, EMT 930st, Marantz model 1 preamps and Revox G36s was - maybe - the best overall sound.









Kato system in Toyama was another league, so talking about viable music systems...


Sato-san in Sapporo was so elegant, yet sound-wise, quite "slow", hi-fish/coldish, uninvolving.








Kyohara's WE16s system in Ukiha? What a system, visually so impressive, unique!


Sound-wise?


...


Yoshihara's system and his private pole?















Impressive system, but... sound-wise?


...


A big lesson: everything sounds, yet music only seldom blossoms.


Tubes are cool, sought-after... but solid state is able to sound much better, in some systems.


I'm just suggesting the mixed-feelings I got after listening to 12 (twelve) different systems in Japan: the exotica of every given installation, gear-wise, cannot be splitted from the musical result, period.




The above just hinted personal opinions are - of course - music-only related, with my deep concern about people and their efforts and expenses, who/which I sincerely appreciate and respect.

















Sunday, May 21, 2017

Highphonic DL 103 PRO



A Denon?

No, it's an Highphonic DL-103 PRO MC Cartridge. 

Proudly made in Japan. 





This is a Professional model masterfully processed by Highphonic.  

The DL-103 PRO was improved at several levels: at compliance of vibration-system (cantilever and elastomer) and conical diamond, specially selected.



These mods give (much) improved, highest resolution.  


DL-103 PRODL-103DL-103R

Highphonic's Custom ModelDENON's Original ModelDENON's Original Model
TypeMC Stereo CartridgeMC Stereo CartridgeMC Stereo Cartridge
Output voltage
(1kHz, 50mm/s horizontal direction)
0.3mV0.3mV0.25mV
Channel balance at 1kHz1 dB max.1 dB max.1 dB max.
Channel separation at 1kHz26 dB min.25 db min.25 db min.
Electrical Impedance38Ω40Ω±20%14Ω±20%
Compliance6x10-6cm/dyne5x10-6cm/dyne5x10-6cm/dyne
Stylus tip0.2mm square solid diamond0.2mm square solid diamond0.2mm square solid diamond
Stylus tip radius16.5 μm (0.65mil) round tip16.5 μm (0.65mil) round tip16.5 μm (0.65mil) round tip
Tracking force2g-2.5g2.5g±0.3g2.5g±0.3g
Frequency response20Hz to 55kHz20Hz to 45kHz20Hz to 45kHz
Cartridge weight8.5g8.5g8.5g
Load impedance100 Ω min.
(10-38 Ω when using a transformer)
100Ω min.
(?? Ω when using a transformer)
100 Ω min.
(40 Ω when using a transformer)

The DL-103 PRO is used in FM broadcasting stations and studios... and in cherry-picked audio systems worldwide. 

A real, affordable, no-frills masterpiece!

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M.O.C. 2017 - what I missed...




... in my humble opinion, what I missed at last M.O.C. 2017 audio fair is...




Heco Direkt

Whaaat?

No MagicoWEVivaMarkLevinsonNagraetc.?

No!

IMHO, these speakers represent the new age of audio, where industry understands - at last - what music lovers look for: real music for real gears and ears, no hyped technical redundancy!

A new product respectfully hinting to classic vintage Saba, Grundig, Telefunken bicone wide-band speakers we all love.


I wish them to sell tons of these nice, no frills speakers... correctly priced at EUR 2,000.00/pair.

Audio made for cool people, not idiotphiles!




Saturday, May 20, 2017

日本の冒険 # 2 - Premium Music - Mayo Nakano Trio - Scabious



Bought this disk from Tim de Paravicini... he's VERY seldom wrong: amazing sound quality and great music... read at the impressive technical details, including the 1 inch/2 tracks/30 IPS Studer mastering machine...







Look for it and order from the label or on Amazon... you won't regret.



日本の冒険 # 1 - Kato-san's Goto system



I went to Toyama with Shinichi Tanaka-san and Tomohiro Kawakita-san the day after I arrived in Japan, at beginning of May.

I met Shinichi at Tokyo station to get the Shinkansen to Toyama, about 400 km from Tokyo, while Tomohiro reached us at Toyama station from Osaka.

By the way: Toyama-shi is the city made famous by YKK, the leader of zips.



Kawakita-, Kato- and Tanaka-san...


The system synopsis.


I'll upload soon more pixies... but, as one pix says more than one hundred words... 

The reason I never wrote during my two weeks Japanese journey is I wished to have a complete view and a personal, yet objective and unbiased opinion.

... so, drums and fifes: 

this system is the best, the VERY best system I ever listened to in my whole life, period.

More later...



I'm back...






Selfish...





Sunday, April 30, 2017

Saudade




A nice find, today... a Nana Vasconcelos' disc, a French pressing of Brazilian music of high musical and sonic merits...




Worth a listen! 

Side two last track, "Pinote" is a superb track, sonically!

The Folon's cover artwork is worth the disc, too.





Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Robert M. Pirsig dies...





... he was 88...


The author of two seminal books, "The Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance" and "Lila" which both changed my own (and millions others) life.


Why?


The spreading and celebration of the concept of quality... in things, human beings, life situations and facts.






Philosophy in pills for dummies?... no, more an hinting compendium to further deepens knowledge and widen readings for someone ignorant like I am.


Superb writing and eyes opening books, indeed.


The Herman Hesse's "Siddharta" and Jack Kerouac's "On the road" sequels, for my generation, indeed.


Fondly remembering him, today.


R.I.P. Fedro...

















Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Japan Triode Meeting's count-down




Only few days to the Japan journey...










It will be something... gears- and people-wise!

Counting the hours...and keeping my eyes on weather forecasts, as well.-)









Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Ugly Duckling - a new Class A integrated amp




For my home audio system... it will be ready, soon... 










A Class A 20W Hiraga-clone integrated amp...  or better: an hand-made power-amp with the add of an Alps RK-40 pot, actually.

Aesthetics will be improved, of course - i.e. here shown only the unfinished chassis...

... to get its final swan status.