Tidal Is Here!

Audiophiles

Tidal is a streaming based music subscription similar to Spotify. The difference between Tidal and Spotify (and probably Pandora etc) is Tidal stream lossless music. Pairing Tidal to high quality audio equipment like Wadias, Grados, Mcintosh  – the sound quality would be awesome. It’s definitely not as good as those FLAC or DSD files that stream at more than 2000kbps, but at 1411kbps it does sound awesome!

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I was monitoring tidal for a while. Didn’t expect it to be released in Malaysia that soon! Amazingly – within a month of it, it started. Yesterday in fact. The moment I saw it in Lowyat.net – I immediately register for it. Downloaded the mobile apps and tadaaa. I couldn’t listen from the office as the high speed streaming won’t work in a corporate network :p

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Apart from high quality streaming, Tidal also have quite a good set of curated play list. I must say I am enjoying the it.

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Please note that quality of the music really depending on your setup. If you just using a normal piece of earphones… no amps, don’t expect anything great. You probably fair better sticking to Spotify. I am now evaluating…. it’s 15 days trial period. Let’s see…

On thing that I didn’t like about Tidal – it doesn’t have a PC or Mac app.. I need to keep opening my browser to play. It’s good and bad…… I still like to have an offline capability. You know how internet can be – especially when you are travelling. Then again – beggars can’t be choosers. Note – IOS does have offline.

 

Grado GS1000e

Audiophiles

I’ve seen a lot of headphones, but this one catches my eyes. Even if the headphone does not sound good, I would still buy it as a decor for the house. Looks pretty damn awesome I must say! Fortunately, its not the case – says the review all over the net.

I recently acquired SR125 – which is a “plastic can”, it does sound good but hey who said good is good enough :p It does look good too, but there are better headphones out there. I always tell my mates that this headphones business is a black hole, I am just holding by the cliff to avoid dropping into the deepest ocean. Man – the ocean is way too deep. Let’s not talk about the cans, there are also the headphones amps that cost tens of thousands!

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The pretty headphone above looks just amazing. After many years, it’ll look even better. The wood would have aged more and give it an old school look. According to the specs:

Transducer Type: Dynamic
Operating Principle: Open Air
Frequency Response: 8 – 35,000 hz
SPL 1mW: 99.8 dB
Normal Impedance: 32 ohms
Driver Matched dB: .05 dB

Compared to my SR125 where its..

Transducer Type: Dynamic
Operating Principle: Open Air
Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 hz
SPL 1mW: 99.8 dB
Normal Impedance: 32 ohms
Driver Matched dB: .1 dB

Damn there’s a lot of frequency I am missing. Compared to my Shure which is 18Hz – 19,0000Hz… heh heh. damn these headphones will sound better (but who said that I am look at numbers).

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Temptations – temptations…

 

Going Nuts of Hifi Nuts

Audiophiles

Lately I’ve been extremely busy. Its a tough life. Who said life is fair? But who said life can’t have fun?

It has been decades since I got myself into the world audios. Hardly spent much money on it as I’ve been busy with a lot of other expensive hobbies (like photography). In fact audios is a lot more expensive hobby compared to photography. There’s only that much one can spend on Leica vs one who can spend on amplifiers.. pre-amplifiers.. cables? (seriously).

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve got myself back into this bandwagon. More on a low cost, personalised “model”. In Ear Monitor(IEM). The IEM that I’ve gotten is pretty damn good I must say. Plugging in Spotify is more than enough to have a good quality music… Then I started to use FLAC, wow.. amazing (those two comparisons we can do on another time..). But that wasn’t enough..

Yesterday – after I finished meeting in KL (yes – I did have a meeting on Saturday). I decided to go to Jaben to get myself a cable so that i can run conference call on my IEM. Then I bumped into the devil! What a coincidence!!! I’ve not seen him for many months, and today I bumped into him. My gosh…. This is not gonna be good.

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The funny part, we came to buy the same thing which is the amplifier – JDSLabs C5D. Well – same thought in our mind, the online store for Jaben showed it’s in stock, but in actual fact its not. Oops. And the waiting list for this is 3 months. Gulp gulp.

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OK – so its’ 3 months waiting period. What do I do? We tried all sort of amplifier, some more expensive, some cheaper – nothing beats JDS Labs…

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Freaking hell, the C5D is really a damn good portable amplifier. And for the price, it really kills off even the much more expensive amp.

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After a bit of negotiating, managed to get Jaben to give me a loaner, at the same time I paid the full amount and will wait for 3 months (maybe 4). But heck, I got what I wanted! In addition to that, I also got the mic cable (which is probably my worst investment ever!!!).

After Jaben – me and Ed went our separate ways. I left home and did all sort of test, like connecting the amplifier to my PC 🙂

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Man, quality of the music using FLAC with bitrate of 4k is just super amazing. The clarity of it. Soon after, Ed buzz me. He said, not enough, he needed to buy something – which is the Grado. So we headed over to Amplified. Met Joseph, nice chap. Ed got his SR80 Grados (cheap I must say), while I took the opportunity to test JDS versus the rest of the portable amplifiers.

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What really surprised me is that the Sony PHA-3, which is hell a lot more expensive than my “cheapo” JDS Labs – sounds extremely flat! Out of the 3 amplifiers we tested at Amphead…. C5D won! Great bass, great depth, good high notes 🙂 Happy camper. Now now… no more splurging on other toys.