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Thursday, April 25, 2013

DSPeaker Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core


Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core
Speaker-room interaction is typically the most important performance-limiting factor of any high-end audio system. Every listening space introduces errors that can be in the magnitude of dozen decibels or even more. These errors are most pronounced at the bass and lower midrange regions, where the classic acoustic treatment loses its effectiveness. 

Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core is DSPeaker's award-winning loudspeaker optimization system capable of perfecting the acoustic performance of any full-range stereo audio system. It is based on our new Anti-Mode 2.0 algorithm which refines the popular Anti-Mode algorithm even further.
Features include:
  • New, improved Anti-Mode 2.0 automatic room correction algorithm
  • Can be used as a locally clocked high quality jitter-free DAC
  • Supports USB audio as well as S/PDIF input/output via optical toslink
  • Dual balanced ADCs to deliver the highest level of audio performance that meets the expectations of the most demanding audiophiles
  • Dual (one per channel) balanced DACs with jitter free operation (local crystal), oversampling to 6144 kHz, DSP buffering and filtering
  • Can be used as a high quality pre-amp with remote controlled volume
  • Analog resistor network volume controller to ensure full digital precision
  • Extensive sound customization options, including quick house curve design tool, linear-phase full spectrum tilt, several parametric EQs etc
  • Supports several sound profiles (e.g. independent ”sweet spots” and/or equalizer settings), quickly switchable with the remote controller
  • Friendly graphical user interface, very easy to set-up and operate
  • Ability to measure and display room responses on a built-in 262k-color display
  • ”Pure digital” mode using S/PDIF input & output: signal is processed in the digital domain all the way (S/PDIF output resolution is independent from input)
  • Digital signals are re-aligned for jitter-free operation
  • Versatile connectivity: insert Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core between your existing pre-amp and power amplifier or powered speakers or utilize the processor loop or tape loop of your integrated amplifier - or use it as a standalone DAC / preamp!
Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core can be connected to almost every audio system. 

Examples:

Using Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core as a DAC / Pre-amp
This is the simplest and one of the best way to use Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core.
Source(s) -> Anti-Mode 2.0DC inputs (USB,S/PDIF,Analog), Anti-Mode 2.0DC analog out -> Power amplifier/active speakers analog input


Using Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core in a system with pre-amp and power amp or active speakers:

Connection method 1:
Pre-Amplifier analog out -> Anti-Mode 2.0DC analog in, Anti-Mode 2.0DC analog out -> Power amplifier/active speakers analog in
This connection method has the advantage that all the sources in the existing pre-amp can be corrected and controlled, but as the analog pre-amplifier boosts the signal, the user needs to make sure that the signal doesn't clip at the input of the Anti-Mode 2DC.

Connection method 2:
Source(s) output (analog,S/PDIF,USB) -> Anti-Mode 2.0DC input (analog,S/PDIF,USB), Anti-Mode 2.0DC analog out - > Pre-amp analog in ->Power amplifier/active speakers analog in
This connection method is recommended if all the sources can be directly connected to the 3 inputs of the Anti-Mode 2.0DC. The advantage of this method is, that the analog input is fixed instead of variable voltage, which makes it easier to avoid clipping. In this method, one should also consider removing the existing pre-amp from the system completely, and use the Pre-amp and volume controller features of the Anti-Mode 2.0DC instead.


Using Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core in a system with Integrated amplifier
Integrated amplifiers with separated pre- and power stages behave like a system with separate power amplifiers. Integrated amplifier analog pre-out -> Anti-Mode 2.0DC analog in, Anti-Mode 2.0DC Analog Out -> Integrated amplifier analog pre-in

Integrated amplifiers with tape-loop
Integrated amplifier tape-out -> Anti-Mode 2.0DC analog in -> Anti-Mode 2.0DC Analog Out -> Integrated amplifier tape-in

If the integrated amplifier has neither of above, you can still connect sources directly to the Anti-Mode 2.0DC.
Source(s) -> Anti-Mode 2.0DC inputs (USB,S/PDIF,Analog), Anti-Mode 2.0DC analog out -> Integrated amplifier analog input


Using Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core to correct a 2.1 or 2.2 system
You can use the Measurement tool within Anti-Mode 2.0DC to adjust the optimal level, cross-over and phase of the subwoofer(s). Note: in this setup the cross-over of the subwoofer must be used instead of ones in Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core.
Source(s) -> Anti-Mode 2.0DC inputs (USB,S/PDIF,Analog), Anti-Mode 2.0DC analog XLR out -> power amplifiers/active speakers, Anti-Mode 2.0DC analog RCA out -> active subwoofer(s) 



Using Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core in Pure Digital Mode
In this scheme, another DAC is converting the signal to analog.
Source(s) -> Anti-Mode 2.0DC inputs(USB,S/PDIF), Anti-Mode 2.0DC S/PDIF out -> DAC S/PDIF input


Using Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core for subwoofer correction
Single subwoofer:
AV-Receiver LFE output -> Anti-Mode 2.0DC left analog input, Anti-Mode 2.0DC left analog output -> subwoofer input
Two subwoofers:
AV-Receiver LFE outputs -> Anti-Mode 2.0DC analog input, Anti-Mode 2.0DC analog output -> subwoofer inputs
Note: Two subwoofers can be calibrated for 0.2 stereo playback, or for 0.2 dual-mono. In dual-mono operation, left input is fed to both left and right subwoofer outputs. 


Four subwoofers:
AV-Receiver LFE outputs -> Anti-Mode 2.0DC analog input, Anti-Mode 2.0DC analog RCA output -> subwoofers 1 and 2 inputs, Anti-Mode 2.0DC analog XLR output -> subwoofers 3 and 4 inputs.
The subwoofers with longer cabling are recommended to be connected to the XLR terminals. Subwoofers on the same side of the room should be connected to the same output channel (left/right), if desired in 0.2 stereo. 


Specifications: 

Price: RM4,100

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Rogers LS3/5a and AB1 65th Anniversary (used)





Rogers LS3/5a and AB1 65th Anniversary
Consignment items.
Condition: 9/10. With original boxes.
Price RM5500 (nego).


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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Odyssey Audio Kismet Monos


A portion of Odyssey Audio Kismet Monos review by Nicholas Bedworth of 6moons


For full the full review and more photos, please click on this link:
http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/odyssey2/1.html 

Introduction: 
At its core, music is a form of human behavior that reaches deep into our hearts and minds and transports us beyond the hum-drum of daily existence to a space where we are somehow much more alive, aware and sentient. Whether it’s the focus, intensity and dynamics of a jazz club, the secular apotheosis of a major orchestra in full roar or the swirl and haze of a raunchy honkytonk, music gives us a range of inner experiences that although somewhat difficult to describe are very real indeed.

Klaus Bunge, prime mover behind Odyssey Audio, wants to bring all the emotion and engagement of real music into your home and is a person on a musical mission. Located in the peaceful American Midwestern burg of Indianapolis, the company revolves around products that can make high-end sound eminently affordable. Hailing from the ancient city-state of Hanover, Klaus is a repurposed historian and political scientist from the University of Wisconsin who leveraged his relationships in Germany to become, in 1988, the United States importer for Rolf Gemein’s highly-regarded Symphonic Line. This initial venture German Acoustics gradually evolved into Odyssey which now manufactures under license modified and enhanced versions of Symphonic Line amplifiers and preamps.


Odyssey Audio is essentially a mom'n'pop family business with Klaus and his wife Irina (from Minsk in the Belarus) managing operations and assembling amplifiers. A couple of close friends handle the preamps and service. Klaus is known for working the afternoon, evening and graveyard shifts, putting in 16-18 hour days and often responds to e-mails and phone calls in the wee hours. True to form he went over the technical specifications for this review at 2:00am while driving across the seemingly endless hinterlands of Kansas with Irina, a trailer full of gear and various pets on the way back from RMAF 2010. It is also probably one of the few high-end companies one can call at say 11:30 pm on a Sunday night and expect a helpful person to answer.


The Kismet resulted from four years of listening, tweaking and listening again. Its final form represents a considerable evolution of the basic circuit. Every amplifier is hand-assembled and the overall build quality is exemplary as a cursory inspection under the hood quickly reveals. The first thing one notices is that in contrast with the layout and cabling of today’s digital devices, power amplifiers appear to be relatively simple affairs. The parts remind me of a high-school electronics lab—discrete resistors, inductors, voltage regulators, capacitors, and large power transistors—without a single programmable gate array or very-large-scale integrated circuit in sight.

The number of options combined with Klaus’ personal involvement in the sales process means that he’s essentially running a bespoke operation including biasing the output stages to match a customer’s speakers and listening preferences. One consequence of these methods compared to the never-ending stream of boxes coming out of Shenzen is that delivery of your new Odyssey amp might take a while.

Conclusion: At the not inexpensive $5,000 price level, several fine amplifiers are available, mostly stereo, which precludes the considerable advantages of monoblock architecture. And they usually don’t have the Kismet’s low-impedance power output or current, which are so beneficial for both the Ushers and the Sashas. From the relatively limited selection of similarly priced monoblock products, one might audition the Krell S-150m, the Rogue Audio M-Series or the PrimaLuna DiaLogue 7 to get a feel for how they all compare.


Up at the very high end, the current international crop of truly marvelous reference-grade solid-state amplifiers—for example the Swiss Soulution, the Japanese Balabo, the American Mark Levinson—is staking out new territory with respect to realism and accuracy but keep in mind that the sales tax on any of these gems is more in many jurisdictions than a bespoke pair of Kismets delivered.

What do this new breed of fabulous amps do that the Kismets don’t? All these products extend and refine those basics of musicality the Kismets so admirably establish. And they combine the sonic virtues of solid state and tubes in a harmonious manner: They also offer holographic 3-D imaging, effortless orchestral peaks, that last measure of neutrality and more expansive soundstaging. Given their spectacular build quality and price, they should. Prices range from $40,000 to $75,000 and some weigh in at close to 200 pounds a side.

For those wanting an initial tempting taste, the Kismets are a much more affordable way to cross that unmarked boundary in audio, the other side of which is realism. They will transport you to those lands where suspension of disbelief is the norm, where one can sit back and listen for hours to music rather than an audio system. And they do it without conspicuous shortcomings. With respect to the fundamentals of dynamics, tonal balance, transparency, soundstage and timbre, you’ll be over that invisible line by a considerable distance and may well not want to return. So why did Klaus chose the name Kismet which variously means destiny, fate, karma or luck and of course was also the title of long-running Broadway and West End musicals? Well, these were all part of it but rather characteristically Klaus says he just likes the way the word sounds...


Price: RM22,500 per pair

Monday, April 15, 2013

Naim NAT03 Tuner (used)










Condition: 8/10. 
Price: RM1,400 (nego). Cash and Carry.
Package: DIN to RCA cable. Box.


Please contact Max 0176778820 or Benjamin 0163229428 for appointments or auditions.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Klipsch Synergy F-10 floorstanding speakers

Truly a jack of all trades, the F-10 will take whatever you give it and gladly transform your living room into a live soundstage. This high performance speaker’s powerful and detailed sound is all you could ever ask for and at a price you can afford.

The F-10 is complete with our proprietary Tractrix® Horn technology which produces a unique combination of precision, clarity and effortless power. And thanks to its sleek, contemporary black finish and gray accents, the speaker blends in seamlessly with your d├ęcor.

New and Improved

Since 1997, the Klipsch Synergy Series has been referred to as the world’s best value in high-performance entertainment. With the latest Synergy speakers, you’ll find new high frequency components, a new network structure, updated voicing and a more subdued look that blends in seamlessly with today’s living environments.





Specifications:
  • Built From: 2010
  • Crossover Frequency: 1800Hz
  • Depth: 13.5" (34.3cm)
  • Enclosure Type: Bass-reflex via front-firing port
  • Finish: Black Ash vinyl
  • Frequency Response: 39Hz-23KHz ± 3dB
  • Height: 36" (91.44cm)
  • High Frequency Driver: 1" (2.54cm) Aluminum diaphragm compression driver mated to 90° x 60° square Tractrix® Horn
  • Inputs: Dual binding posts / bi-wire / bi-amp
  • Low Frequency Driver: 6.5" (16.5cm), magnetically shielded IMG woofer
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 Ohms compatible
  • Power Handling: 100W RMS / 400W Peak
  • Sensitivity: 93.5dB @ 2.83V / 1m
  • Weight: 40lbs (18.1kg)
  • Width: 8" (20.3cm) 

Retail Price : RM2,590.00 per pair.
Warranty : 1 year

For more info:
http://www.klipsch.com/f-10-floorstanding-speaker 




Monday, April 8, 2013

JBL ES Series (new arrival)

The JBL® ES Series offers a variety of bookshelf, wall-mount and floorstanding loudspeakers, and bring-down-the-house powered subwoofers. With innovative technologies derived directly from JBL Professional equipment, the JBL ES Series delivers powerful, accurate audio performance and brings the legendary JBL sound from concert stages, recording studios and movie theatres to living rooms, dens, bedrooms and patios. And with three finishes to choose from – black, beech and cherry – they're designed to look good anywhere, with a style that equals their substance.

ES-90 CH

Specifications:
* Frequency response (–3dB): 36Hz – 40kHz
* Max. recommended amplifier power*: 225W
* Power handling (continuous/peak): 110W/440W
* Sensitivity (2.83V/1m): 91dB
* Nominal impedance: 8 Ohms
* Crossover frequencies: 500Hz, 3000Hz – 24dB/octave; 12000Hz – 18dB/octave
* Low-frequency transducer: Dual 200mm (8") PolyPlas, shielded
* Midrange transducer: 100mm (4") PolyPlas, shielded
* High-frequency transducer: 19mm (3/4") Titanium-laminate dome, shielded; EOS waveguide
* Ultrahigh-frequency transducer: 19mm (3/4") Polyester-film, ring-radiator, shielded; EOS waveguide
* Dimensions with grille (H x W x D): 1084mm x 260mm x 384mm (42-11/16" x 10-1/4" x 15-1/8")
* Weight per speaker: 24.2kg (53.4 lb)

* Price: RM3,999 per pair

ES-25 CH

Specifications:
* Frequency response (–3dB): 80Hz – 40kHz
* Max. recommended amplifier power*: 150W
* Power handling (continuous/peak): 75W/300W
* Sensitivity (2.83V/1m): 90dB
* Nominal impedance: 8 Ohms
* Crossover frequencies: 3000Hz – 24dB/octave; 12000Hz – 18dB/octave
* Low-frequency transducer: Dual 130mm (5") PolyPlas, shielded
* High-frequency transducer: 19mm (3/4") Titanium-laminate dome, shielded; EOS waveguide
* Ultrahigh-frequency transducer: 19mm (3/4") Polyester-film, ring-radiator, shielded; EOS waveguide
* Dimensions with grille (H x W x D): 178mm x 476mm x 254mm (7" x 18-3/4" x 10")
* Weight per speaker: 7.6kg (16.7 lb)

* Price: RM999 per unit

Please contact Max 0176778820 or Benjamin 0163229428 for appointments or auditions.

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

JBL Venue Series (new arrivals). Great Performance, Reasonably Priced.

JBL Professional systems have been setting worldwide performance standards for amplified and recorded sound for more than 60 years. JBL dominates the professional audio world with technologically advanced systems delivering sound that's powerful, accurate and alive. JBL Venue Series loudspeakers bring the Pro sound home. With innovative technologies derived directly from JBL Professional equipment, Venue systems are built to play loud and long, delivering the kind of clean, distortion-free performance that professionals insist on (and which you'll soon discover you can't do without). Venue Series loudspeakers accurately reproduce even the most dynamic digital sources with utter fidelity, and an unconventional new grille design helps disperse all that great sound cleanly, throughout your listening space.

Stadium

Specifications
* Speaker Design : Floorstanding
* Woofer: Dual 8'' PolyPlas cone
* Midrange: 4'' PolyPlas cone
* Tweeter: 3/4'' Titanium-laminate dome
* Power Rating : 225W
* Impedance : 8 Ohms nominal
* Frequency Response : 36Hz - 20 KHz
* Sensitivity : 91 dB
* Crossover : 300 Hz - 4000 Hz
* Enclosure : Yes
* Shielded : Yes
* Connector Type : Standard
* Configuration : Single
* Construction : Wood-grain finish
* Dimensions (WxHxD) : 9.9 x 40.2 x 15.7" (251 x 1022 x 400mm)
* Weight : 43.5 lb (19.8kg)
* Color Black
* Price: RM2,850 per pair

Voice

Specifications
* Power Handling (Continuous/Peak): 75/300 Watts
* Impedance: 8 Ohms
* Woofer: Dual 5'' PolyPlas cone
* Tweeter: 0.75" Titanium-Laminate Dome With Elliptical Oblate Spheroidal (EOS) Waveguide
* Woofer: Dual 5" PolyPlas Cones
* Crossover Frequency: 3500 Hz
* Frequency Response: 70 Hz - 20 kHz
* Cabinet Design: High-Impact Molded Enclsoure With FreeFlow Flared Port, Finished In Black With Silver Accents
* Magnetic Shielding: Yes
* Sensitivity: 90 dB
* Dimensions: 20.25" W x 6.50" H x 9.63" D
* Weight: 9.6 lbs
* Price: RM715 per unit

Balcony




Specifications
* Speaker Design : Bookshelf
* Woofer: 4'' PolyPlas cone
* Tweter: 3/4'' Titanium-laminate dome
* Power Rating : 100 Watts
* Impedance : 8 Ohms nominal
* Frequency Response : 65Hz - 20kHz
* Sensitivity : 86dB
* Crossover : 2000Hz
* Enclosure : Yes
* Shielded : Yes
* Connector Type : Standard
* Configuration : Pair
* Construction : Wood-grain finish
* Dimensions (WxHxD) : 10 x 10 x 6" (257 x 254 x 152mm) each
* Weight : 8 lb (3.6kg) each
* Color : Black
* Price: RM1,035 per pair



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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

SVS PB-1000 ported subwoofer review

Here's a review of the SVS PB-1000 ported subwoofer by avforums.com

 

Scores

Build quality 
Design 
Connectivity 
Ease of use 
Movies 
Music 
Power handling 
Overall 

Best Buy



"The PB-1000 was capable of a surprising degree of detail in the 20-50Hz range, allowing subtle low frequency details to come to the fore in even the most complex of soundtracks. The bass is controlled and balanced, resulting in a surprising level of precision that gave film soundtracks genuine impact."


"However the PB-1000 isn't all 'sturm und drang' and was also capable of a degree of subtlety that is a difficult feat to pull off, so congratulations to SVS."  

Link to the review:
http://www.avforums.com/reviews/SVS-PB-1000-Subwoofer-Review_485/Review.html


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