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回覆 (153): THRILLA in MANILA 2013
 
 
Until next time.....Paalam!  
 
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kris
13-11-08
06:16:07
回覆 (152): THRILLA in MANILA 2013
 
 
Covering 11 super systems in less than 4 days is like driving eleven super cars in turn over the winding landscape of the Alps — challenging, thrilling, breathtaking as well as being overwhelmed every 5 to 10 minutes....... !  
 
Overall performance is exceedingly high by world standard, partly because the equipment used are none other than the best the world has offered, and more importantly, the rooms are all tailor-made meticulously for audio reproduction. Rooms are generally well proportioned with sizes ranging from 200 to 500 feet square, barring one which is more appropriately called a theatre by today's standard.  
 
Matching and hook-up synergy are perfectly executed and all ancillaries are absolutely first rate, implying that all our Manila friends are well informed, knowledgeable and to the envy of every one of us, obscenely cost-no-concern audio buffs.  
 
 
limage
13-11-07
11:42:01
回覆 (152): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 4 / Choi's Villa Espanol
 
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kris
13-11-07
11:42:00
回覆 (151): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 4 / Choi's Villa Espanol
 
 
At an estimated 10,000 calories per bite, the incredibly YUMMY Biko (葉丙加) is the ultimate desert. An excellent alternative to sex!
kris
13-11-07
11:11:10
回覆 (150): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 4 / Choi's Villa Espanol
 
 
 
 
 
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kris
13-11-07
11:09:23
回覆 (149): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 4 / Choi's Villa Espanol
 
 
 
By looking at the old photos, Mr. Choi was (and is!) a drop-dead handsome dude. Must have been some "chick magnet" in his 55 T-Bird!!  
 
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Here's what a 55 Thunderbird looks like.....  
 
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kris
13-11-07
10:48:37
回覆 (148): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 4 / Choi's Villa Espanol
 
 
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kris
13-11-07
10:36:47
回覆 (147): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 4 / Choi's Villa Espanol
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kris
13-11-07
10:20:36
回覆 (146): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 4 / Choi's Villa Espanol
 
 
 
 
 
Morning everyone,  
 
 
My apology for neglecting this thread over the past week. The trouble with returning from these exotic hi-fi trips is that it really motivates me to go finish construction at my studio, the reason for my disappearance.   
 
Back to the program, our final pit stop was Mr. Choi's Villa Espanol. And what a stop!  
 
Workmanship from thrilling days of yesteryear, with pungent aroma of old Spanish influence, the interior of Mr. Choi's villa resembles a scene straight out from an old movie (or any old Columbo episode!).  Judging by his hi-fi rig and old photos in the house, it appears underneath the disguise of a sweet old man, Mr. Choi's was, and still is a gentleman of most discerning taste. In addition, I was told he's also a gifted golfer (with golf trophies falling off the shelves!) and ex-owner of a 55 Thunderbird, probably the only one in Manila during the 50s.  
 
Before rolling out the final batch of photos, my sincere thanks to our 2 tour photographers (Popeye & evp1312) for their relentless effort in capturing the moments. Last not least, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to our Manila comrades for giving us such a memorable journey. Their warm hospitality and the hi-fidelity music heard during our 4 days made an impact on many of us. The fact that limage is now "in bed" with a pair of Spendor BC III is a clear testament of the aftershock from the trip!  
 
With that, thank you all for reading this thread and may this mark the beginning of many happy returns.  
 
 
 
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kris
13-11-07
10:02:24
回覆 (145): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 4 / Manny's Ringside & hi-fi lunch
hard working before meal
wadia
13-10-31
16:51:12
回覆 (144): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 4 / Manny's Ringside & hi-fi lunch
wadia
13-10-31
16:50:06
回覆 (143): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 4 / Manny's Ringside & hi-fi lunch
IRS as background
wadia
13-10-31
16:48:55
回覆 (142): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 4 / Manny's Ringside & hi-fi lunch
jit 左落去, 咪同佢攞走! 至多唔收佢錢喇o
Derek2A3
13-10-28
11:53:24
回覆 (141): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 4 / Manny's Ringside & hi-fi lunch
師父, 小心D, 米jit D汁落 D Living Stereo 碟喎 ....
Cadiver
13-10-28
10:37:21
回覆 (140): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 4 / Manny's Ringside & hi-fi lunch
 
 
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kris
13-10-28
09:02:37
回覆 (139): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 4 / Manny's Ringside & hi-fi lunch
 
 
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kris
13-10-28
08:49:55
回覆 (138): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 4 / Manny's Ringside & hi-fi lunch
 
 
Please excuse the blurry photos (in-shock, hands were shaking), these 2 were caught making out on the sofa.  
 
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kris
13-10-28
08:43:53
回覆 (137): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 4 / Manny's Ringside & hi-fi lunch
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kris
13-10-28
08:39:33
回覆 (136): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 3 / Lin-sanity
kris
13-10-25
06:28:03
回覆 (135): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 3 / Lin-sanity
 
 
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kris
13-10-25
06:27:36
回覆 (134): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 3 / Vincente
 
 
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kris
13-10-25
06:21:31
回覆 (133): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 3 / Gerry's Grill
 
Our first Filipino food fest - the curry beef (with peanut butter!) and grill squid made quite an impact!! We also took the opportunity and presented some PR1 souvenirs to our hosts....  
 
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kris
13-10-24
11:34:49
回覆 (132): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 3 / King Henry & his Knight
 
 
It appeared King Henry has his own service technician 24/7. The ML DAC / power supply were out-of-order when our group arrived, we actually witnessed his technician stripped the units almost to the bone, diagnosed & repaired, and reassembled the whole thing with utmost care (hand-tightened all screws before applying screw-driver on final twist!). All done within 30 minutes. Impressive!  
 
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Working flawlessly 30 minutes later...............  
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kris
13-10-24
09:52:56
回覆 (131): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 3 / Dr. Albert's "No Free Lunch"
 
 
Henry's room is perfectly sized, sporting 3.3 x 5.5 x 8.8 meters which translate into a ratio of 1.6666, 2.6666 and 1.6, pretty close to the magic ratio first calculated by Aristotle and strongly advocated by Sir CP, our in-house engineer. Indeed, there was absolutely no resonance but then low frequencies from mid-bass down were not forthcoming either. It was very puzzling as the speakers have been noted for their bass heaviness.  
 
 
Henry, I wonder what has become after I had your room corner shattered? My deep apologies!  
 
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A simple yet cost effective LP system  
 
 
limage
13-10-22
14:49:41
回覆 (130): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 3 / Dr. Albert's "No Free Lunch"
 
 
Gourmet of the day also included dedicated music rooms of Henry and Vincente:-  
 
Vincente's small (by Manila standard of course) but well furnished room, even the ceiling is esp treated  
 
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limage
13-10-22
14:44:54
回覆 (129): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 3 / Dr. Albert's "No Free Lunch"
 
 
Thanks our Editor-in-Chief for his very comprehensive report on what is likely the best audio system in Manila, and probably all over the Philippines, challenged only by Raymond Lin's romantic suite at the end of the same day. Curiously both gentlemen use the same B & W speaker from the UK, which stand in stark contrast to the ubiquitous Wilson series from the US.  
 
I was particularly impressed by vocals projected by Dr. Albert's meticulously fine-tuned system. It was a date of great revelation!  
 
 
At the other end of the echelon, we have Mr. Lin's delightfully musical system, one that you could easily enjoy for hours on end.  
 
 
limage
13-10-22
12:09:02
回覆 (128): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 3 / Dr. Albert's "No Free Lunch"
 
 
 
 
Day 3 was very exciting, we finally arrived at Dr. Albert, a connoisseur with an appetite in attention-to-detail!  
 
The house rules were simple - no talking, no lighting, no bathroom breaks during audition, and exchange seat every song. Dr. Albert took our visit very seriously and actually prepared an "exam paper" for everyone to complete at the end (those failed will not be fed, hence the tittle "no free lunch"). I just simply wrote on mine "please refer to CP's report", I knew I was in trouble when Dr. Albert started cracking golf jokes with me.  
 
Not sure whether is the unorthodox combo of Jadis & Krell, but the music heard in Dr. Albert’s room delivered considerable texture and a striking presence completely unexpected from an old pair of B&W Matrix 800. Some of the vocals, like in the Weavers CD/ Goodnight Irene & Guantanamera were delivered exceptionally. Almost ESL like!  
 
On track 5 “Rhythm of the Rain” (Meta Roos) from The Absolute Sound (TAS) 1997 CD, more than usually I was able to feel the warmth on Roos’ breath that is not always apparent with most systems. However, the sound from the Zildjian cymbal (at the beginning of the track) lacked shimmer. Perhaps just checking & cleaning the valve pins in the Jadis JP80 (which apparently not been done over 8 years) may be well rewarded.  
 
As I regard presence to be the most important aspect in the midrange, I rate Dr. Albert’s rig superior in this regard. Especially the alignment of treble & midrange is a trademark of British loudspeakers design, and hence contributing to a large (and engaging!) soundstage. Bass extension is modest. And so there's a little incoherence in low-level cues, though not enough to prevent my enjoyment. Be interesting to try some pipe organ music.  
 
I applaud Dr. Albert for taking so much effort to showcase his system. In short, the sound is romantic, and with low listening fatigue - a winning formula for very long and pleasurable listening session. I’ll take my music in Dr. Albert’s den any day!  
 
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kris
13-10-22
11:04:54
回覆 (127): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 2 / Taipan's Playpen
Dinner time G3 booking
wadia
13-10-21
22:01:40
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wadia
13-10-21
21:59:47
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wadia
13-10-21
21:58:08
回覆 (124): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 2 / Taipan's Playpen
wadia
13-10-21
21:57:52
回覆 (123): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 2 / Taipan's Playpen
Caught in the act! Limage’s nosy fingers had , once again, poking around on others’ TT! :-)  
 
Wonder whether he did “TEST’ the cartridge’s suspension with his fingers! ;-)  
 
thekong
13-10-21
10:15:02
回覆 (122): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 2 / Taipan's Playpen
 
 
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kris
13-10-21
07:42:58
回覆 (121): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 2 / Taipan's Playpen
 
 
I must admit I was absolutely unprepared for a devastating blockbuster from no one but Macintosh, a company noted almost invariably for her vintage tube gear. It was a glorious return of the Jedi!  
 
The best sound only came, however, when we took the middle seat on the second row of this theatre. No matter what kind of music was being played, effects were just phenomenal. Throughout my thirty odd years of audio pilgrimage, this has been the second time I was so hopelessly bowled over!  
 
The Mac system was augmented by Wilson’s sub woofer, more commonly known as the 大鎚 in HKG. Some of us preferred to have the subwoofer turned off for a more coherent presentation, but I would think if the low end could not impress people by shaking their balls, it wouldn’t have done justice to this super theatre.  
 
 
 
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Diffuser boards are also used, only this time they bluster like waves…..  
 
 
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limage
13-10-19
21:53:55
回覆 (120): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 2 / Taipan's Playpen
 
 
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kris
13-10-19
09:04:38
回覆 (119): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 2 / Taipan's Playpen
 
 
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kris
13-10-19
08:59:09
回覆 (118): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 2 / Taipan's Playpen
 
 
 
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kris
13-10-19
08:04:24
回覆 (116): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 2 / Taipan's Playpen
 
 
Morning limage, what a nice surprise to see you up so early!
kris
13-10-19
07:56:09
回覆 (115): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 2 / Taipan's Playpen
 
 
Indeed it looks more like an art gallery  
 
 
limage
13-10-19
07:53:08
回覆 (114): THRILLA in MANILA 2013 - Day 2 / Taipan's Playpen
 
 
One of the most soft spoken gentlemen we met turned out to be the biggest hi-fi nut of all (hence the name Taipan /大斑!) !  
 
Taipan's house is about same size as any normal institutional building in Hong Kong with underground parking fit for over 20 vehicles.  
 
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kris
13-10-19
07:44:45
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