北京道 一 號 1PekingRoad - Notes of an Audiophile
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回覆 (1048): 北京道一號 2019 Year of the Hog !
回覆 (1047): 北京道一號 2019 Year of the Hog !
Dearest Gan & friends,
Some of you have complained that, as the years have gone by, our website has become comatose. Yes, indeed, and well observed. Every year, less and less people are interested in 2 channel Stereo, and it gets trickier and tricker to stimulate new energy to this hobby when Hi-fi manufactures have down graded their quality to crap, and priced at gold standard . But one thing has not changed: we continue to weave in our favorite musical masterpiece with killer gear from the thrilling days of yesteryear: still today, " the hills are alive with the sound of music....."
With that, warm wishes to everyone in Year of the Hog - Kung-hei-fat-choi !
回覆 (1046): 北京道一號 2018 The Dog Year!
Dear Gan and
Everyone in Malaysia:
回覆 (1045): 北京道一號 2018 The Dog Year!
To Kris, Limage sifu and all my dear friends
Happy New Year with Lots of prosperity, luck, good health, longevity....
Everyday good sound...
Gong Xi Fa Cai
回覆 (1044): 北京道一號 2018 The Dog Year!
Morning Gan, always great to see you!
Kung-hei-fat-choi and all the best to you and our Malaysia comrades too : )
And most important......, keep the "2 channel stereo" spirit alive !!
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Another year passed, warm wishes to Kris & Limage sifu and all my dear friends
A Happy New Year 2018
Good health, good prosperity, good sound...
回覆 (1042): 北京道一號
Master Li. This should be the ultimate step for pure power
回覆 (1041): 北京道一號
This is the Apologue designer.
回覆 (1040): 北京道一號
Good lord..., so Goldmund sent not 1, but 2 boss women from Switzerland to provide guidance for you : - ) Good thing you didn't have to flip the bill for their trip !
ps: who's the designer?
回覆 (1039): 北京道一號
Anne is the manager though she did come together. She is another stubborn woman.
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Best wishes to everyone on 北京道一號 !
回覆 (1037): 北京道一號
Morning Gan, Kung Hey Fat Choy : - )
You're absolutely right, time passes quickly. In hindsight, we've been here on this quiet little street 1 Peking Road for over 10 years and have seen great many friendships ( and c-fu(s) and students relationships ) bonded here. For what it's worth, I hope our website continues to serve as that little oasis in this very dry desert of 2 channel stereo. And more importantly, stay true to our heart in the name of Music.
Warm wishes and a prosper year of Rooster to all our comrades in Malaysia!
ps: btw, the Goldmund woman with the arrogant attitude that came to your house, was that Anne Agiusn?
回覆 (1036): 北京道一號
Time flies... 365 days passed. Its time to wish my dear friends here particularly Kris & Limage sifu
A Happy and Prosperous Rooster Year 2017
Stay healthy and enjoy good sound, good music!!!
回覆 (1041): Malaysia 2017 hi-fi tour - 48 Hours Kuala Lumpur
Sorry Derek, my damn computer went down like a ball of fire, probably from exposure to too many inappropriate websites. No worries, I shall get on to it immediately!
Better yet, for easy reference, let's move the photos to a new thread " Malaysia 2017 hi-fi tour - 48 Hours Kuala Lumpur"
See u there!
回覆 (1040): Malaysia 2017 hi-fi tour - 48 Hours Kuala Lumpur
Are there more pics to come? Just couldn't wait, pls!
回覆 (1039): Malaysia 2017 hi-fi tour - 48 Hours Kuala Lumpur
What a start into 2017!
Just when my golf game hit rock bottom, devastated by a recent loss to 17 years old little Jasmine (a junior tour player that could drive 260 yards off the tee and 200 yards off the fairway persistently), Jleung's invitation to KL couldn't come at a better time! So couple weekends ago, Tony88, Kh and I joined Jleung and his posse on the first leg of their Malaysia 2017 hi-fi crusade. Here to share the excitement we had during our 48 hours stay, hope the photos bring you some pleasure, as it surly did with us making them.
If being an audiophile is a form of self expression, then perhaps "music" is not always the end goal - be too simple. At high-end exotics, it's about the "pursuit of happiness" at a rather personal level , and the complexity (or simplicity) of one's viewpoint and the ability (money helps) to express it. Another word, the Journey is often as intriguing as the destiny :- )
As usual with these tours, it was a physical challenge turned into a game of human survival. The fact that I came back with a severe throat infection, completely lost my vocal cord for the entire week is unequivocal confirmation that I had a lovely time! First night went way passed 3:00 am followed by a wake-up call 4 hours later! A total of 6 venues in 48 hours, great company and incredible food at every possible junction (with limited bathroom breaks). This is also why I am so puzzled on how Jleung and lee-gor, both senior citizens in their mid 70s could outlast everyone at full throttle the whole time!?
On a thank-you note, I was overwhelmed by the warm hospitality from our new friend "Ah Dan" and "Han", both well spoken gentlemen and complete audio lunatics! Ah Dan also a dedicated golfer with a mean set of Honma clubs. And Han, a senior writer in a popular audio website " Mono Stereo" with a permanent hard-on for Analog playback! And he also built his own spaceship "Millennium Falcon" from Lego pieces, I shall, from now on refer him as " Han Solo". Last not least, we were so happy for the chance to revisit many of our old buddies ( Gan, Ben and Dr. Paris ) and regret to have missed others due to our short stay. Be warned, we'll be back!
With that, I like to extend my deepest gratitude to our Malaysian hosts as well captain of our crew Jleung - thank you gentlemen. And may the force be with you!
More to come later...........
回覆 (1038): 北京道一號
Assuming that the planar speakers ought to be placed fairly close to the side walls, possibly less than 12 inches, that would leave a practical 8 foot width in the middle. From my experience, it should be okay for a listening position ranging from 8 to 12 feet away from the speakers.
The "window" of view should be big enough to allow unimpeded perspective of the soundstage. Of course, appropriate lighting would be important to enhance the atmosphere.
回覆 (1037): 北京道一號
Limage, really appreciate your suggestion on the room dimensions!
I have to admit, like most audiophile, I wanted to have an even larger room for my system. However, last Saturday’s test has shown, even with the relatively small BC1, the bass response of the room was tremendous, really clean and impactful! I certainly don't expect to have any problem sonically!
Now, I need to turn my attention to the visual of the room. If I choose to put the listening set on the entrance side, the coupling point seems to be around 13.5’ from the back wall (back of the listener). Assuming the ideal seat placement is around 5’ from the back wall that would leave around 8.5’ between the seat and the speaker. Normally, that would not be a problem with most speakers, even pretty large ones. However, at 7’ X 35” each, the Grandpa may just be too imposing to look at at that distance.
Putting the listening seat at the opposite side of the room maybe a slightly better choice in this respect, with the speaker at around 14.5’ from the back wall, given the sound difference is relatively minor.
Hopefully, a good lighting arrangement can solve this!
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Locating the coupling/focus point of the room:-
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What you see here is Kong’s new audio room specifically designed to take his BIG system. The room measures 10.83 x 15.5 x 25 feet, a rather big room of nearly 400 feet square. I’ve visited quite a number of big rooms but good sounding ones are few and far between. Quite contrary to common belief among audiophiles, big rooms rarely sound good!
Kong’s room is likely the exception. Sonically I believe it’s going to be the best super system in town, so watch out and make sure you won’t be left out!
This exercise is to find out which side of the room would give the best results, whether it’s box speaker or planar radiator. It’s far more cost efficient if fitting out work only continues after the audio layout has been determined. This is something proven to work for many good sounding rooms, mine including.
回覆 (1034): 北京道一號
Where is the wine cellar/room ?
回覆 (1033): 北京道一號
Thanks Limage! Gas told me the walls would need more than 6000 bricks! :-O
回覆 (1032): 北京道一號
GAS called me this morning regarding the brick wall. I told him the method I used a few years ago. It is a proven way to construct a good brick wall. The finished wall measures 8 inches thick and it is damn solid. Hence the bass is damn solid too!
回覆 (1031): 北京道一號
Your L/W ratio is just perfect! :-)
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BTW, the ratio of 1.4312 shouldn't be an issue. Believe me!
回覆 (1029): 北京道一號
If we are to cut down the size of the room by 20 percent, things immediately look much better:
回覆 (1028): 北京道一號
Oh no, 15.5' probably still not good, 1.4312 for W / H, so maybe too close to 1.5
Have to be 15' then!
回覆 (1027): 北京道一號
Thanks Limage for the calculation!
Looks like the best compromise is 15’ or 15.5’ in width. Similar to my old room, so really not bad!
Just a bit disappointed that I can’t make the room bigger for Apogee Grandpa! :-(
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When the huge beams are taken into consideration, the picture doesn't look that promising............
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More pictures to show the complications
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This is going to be Kong's new lair. Area is no less than 2,000 sq feet and it is all up to Kong to decide how this huge space is to be utilized.
Well, the room in mind has to be big enough to take the Apogee Grandpa in great comfort while the rest of the area would provide a small office/work shop plus, more importantly, safe storage for his enormous collection of legendary audio gear.
The layout, however, turns out to be more sticky than I would have envisaged. First and foremost, there are quite a number of massive beams running across the ceiling. To put up partition walls, it is advisable to go along one of these beams both for the look as well as ease of construction.
Kong's original idea is to make use of the full length of 28.5 feet right in front of the present glass partition for a room about 500 feet square, but the store room at the right corner and the entrance door at the left could have added uncertainties we cannot predict. The beams at the ceiling would also bring quite a bit of extra work over the brick partition wall as well.
Kong was anxious to try his luck and he could not wait to run a listening test before fitting out. And if the sound was good enough, he might do away with fitting out work altogether! Well, Luck wasn't on his side and the sound turned out to be just horrible.
Obviously, a far more serious planning is in order!
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回覆 (911): Phono Battle of the Year 2014
>Dual Vendetta will certainly take care of this minor issue. Trust me, thekong!<
Well, I am not so sure! The Vendetta already have dual mono power supplies in seperate boxes. Also, the main unit, while looking like a one box unit, is actually 2 seperate boxes held together by the face plate, so the dual mono gain stages are well insulated from each other!
回覆 (910): Phono Battle of the Year 2014
but a slight decrease in bass weight!
Dual Vendetta will certainly take care of this minor issue. Trust me, thekong!
回覆 (909): Phono Battle of the Year 2014
if you want to sell your X-ono, pls let me know. :)
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Since you are searching, you may also want to test your luck on finding a Vendetta SCP 2 phono. More lively sounding than the Xono, but a slight decrease in bass weight!
回覆 (907): Phono Battle of the Year 2014
Converting from 120V to 220V is very easy!
Good luck with your search!
回覆 (906): Phono Battle of the Year 2014
I believe the ultimate usage of X-Ono is to buy 2-sets of X-Ono.
It is not easy to buy a set of Xono within HK now.
I think I have to search oversea website and convert it from 120v. to 220v. by myself.
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I am pretty sure the psu only contain one supply module, so yes, if you connect 2 main units to it, they will have to share the same supply module.
I have compared “one psu + one XVR” to “one psu + 2 XVR” (using only half the function of each XVR) and the latter was much better. Yes, it is certainly possible that “2 psu + 2 XVR” could be even better, but I have not tried that yet.
As there is improvement even with 1 psu driving 2 main units, I believe the psu is really not the weak link, at least when driving only 1 main unit.
With the level of improvement I have experienced with the XVR, as compared to that of the dual Xono setup, I come to believe the improvement is mainly due to the separation of the left and right channels in 2 chassis.