Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Man and Woman differences - an audio perspective

I've seen this picture before. It attempts to capture the differences between Man and Women from an audio component perspective. Hmm... even in the picture, it is missionary.

Some audio forum discussion here.

Not enough pics of Lyra

I realised today that there are not enough pics of Lyra as compare to Lucas when they were the same age. So, here are some of the nicer ones, categorised in months.

More pics here.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

1 Foot Speaker Stand

Have been searching for a speaker stand for my Corals for some time. I went to The Helping Hand to check out their teak stuff, and also to Teakland at 18C Upper Serangoon Road, but could not find something that is 1 foot in height. I have to saw off the legs of the cabinets at Teakland in order to get the height I want.

I also went to this shop at Park Mall at the first floor. They had some very nice solid wood sculpture like stuff. According to the shop owner, there were people who bought their stuff to be used as speaker stands, but the height was more suitable for the small bookshelf speakers, being 24" high...

In the end, I considered buying the IKEA BEKVÄM N step stool in Birch. This stool is real heavy and cheap. At SGD29 for one, what more to ask for. I just need to saw off the legs. The challenge is that there is a slight angle as the legs spread open ever so slightly from the top. Since we had no plans today, we went to IKEA for dinner and I grabbed the step stool on the way back. However, it was a bad time to go to IKEA as apparently, they had some sale going on. It was just too crowded!

For now, the pair of step stools will just sit in a corner till I feel like doing some sawing. ;)

Back to Jacob Ballas Children's Garden

Went there, with Lucas & Lyra, last Saturday after Lucas's swimming lessons. The last time we were there, we only had Lucas then. This time round, we were there mainly to feed the swans, pigeons, tortoises, and fish.

We went home tired and the kids slept so long we were almost late for a Chinese New Year dinner. Anyways, the dinner started late and we got there just on time.

Some pics here.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Rammstein LP

Was surfing my favourite online shopping site and noticed a Rammstein LP and I immediately bought it. Will have to wait till I get my Thorens TD150 back to listen to it...

Monday, February 2, 2009

UcD180 in action

Here's a picture of the UcD180HG driving the speakers... Onken bass bin with Altec woofers, and Goto mid and high frequency horns.

This is the interim setup as the active crossovers are still a WIP and the whole setup would be shipped to another country. I had the opportunity to listen to it, but unfortunately, the bass was not crossed optimally. But still, there is no denying the potential in this setup. The mids and highs were crossed correctly though, image and soundstage were superb. I thought the UcDs could do with some running in or the bass could be dialed in better as they were a little lumpy. Does not have the snap and attack that I thought it would have.

The setup will eventually be driven by a front end that could consist of a hard disk based system, 6 channel pro audio sound card, the Sabre 32 bit dac and a 6 channel preamp. Phew.... This will be a totally ka ching setup.

Totally esoteric... more pics here.