Vinyl

Audiophiles

It has been a while since I last wrote on this blog. I must say that I have been extremely busy especially with my work where I had to travel back and forth from Singapore on weekly basis. Just crazy to be honest, but I am enjoying every bit of it. Tiring – but there’s a sense of meaningfulness that I have long missed since my days in Accenture.

Anyway – in the past month or so, I indulged myself into a new hobby. More like getting myself into a hole that I don’t think I would ever get out. Big boys toys (more of it). I started to get into the world of vinyls or records or LP or what ever you call it.

I am not sure how it all started, but I did thought about getting myself a hifi system a year ago, but never got around to do it as I was not focused. So one fine day I decided to pickup one, and then I straight got into buying a turn table. In fact, now I have two turn tables!

Sony PS-HX500
Not the best
Hi-Res Audio

I used the PS-HX500 to convert the records to DSD so that I can here on the move. Not the easiest to convert as it takes time, but the recording is very decent.

My main turntable is a Rega P6 (or RP6) – not sure which one is which. I hook this up to my amplifier and it sounded amazing. In fact, the good thing about records is that you don’t get music fatigue and I can listen for hours. The question now, do I have enough records? Well I guess that is my favourite past time now which to look for the records that I like. A lot of places in KL and Singapore I must say, but $$$ … hahaha

Rega P6
Aaaaaaa……

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!

quality

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

tidal front

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

tidal_list

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!

Grado GS1000e at Kinfolk

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).

Grado-July-2014-625

 

Temptations – temptations…