Saturday, May 14, 2016

Webe 850 Malaysia QR Code Hunt

Webe had just launched a new reward program, the Webe 850. How does it work? Easy, all you need is to download the Webe 850 app, and start the QR Code hunt. The more you scan, the more points you will get, the higher the rank, the better rewards you will get.


For more information, visit http://webe850.com.my

Start scanning now~

Friday, October 10, 2014

Furutech GT2 and Harmonix Big-Band Review

Furutech GT2

For some of you who had been into the world of HiFi may come across Furutech, it is quite a well known Japanese brand that makes connectors, cables and many other accessories for HiFi. Furutech is being established since year 1988 and had been greatly contributed it's technologies to the audiophile community. Here we will be looking in their USB cable, the Fututech GT2 USB A to mini B cable.

The setup used for this review is as listed below:
Source: MacBook 13inch Late 2008 model with Amarra Symphony linked to iTunes
DAC/AMP: GoVibe VestAmp+
Output: Sennheiser HD650 with PcWork Symphonica cable

Note: The pictures below had been equipped with Harmonix Big-Band tuning tapes, for the first half review, sound description does not includes the Harmonix Big-Band tuning effects.


The Furutech GT2 available in USB A to B and USB A to mini B, other connectors could be requested by contacting them, additional cost may apply. Despite the simple looks from the cable, this cable actually packs with tons of great features. For example, they used their signature silver plated alpha-OCC Wires for transporting signals and for noise isolation, the wires had been wrapped with 3 layers of shields.

For official details of this cable you may refer to here.

Build

Well, there is nothing much to describe about it, it feels sturdy and quite stiffs making the cable not easy to be bend, the USB A plug size is quite alright. I am still able to plug in another USB cable that connects to my Belkin USB hub just nice, as some of you may noticed that MacBook's USB port is quite close to each other.

Sound Impression

Before using this USB cable, I was quite skeptical about getting sound improvement from a USB cable. There are many audiophiles arguing that USB cable does not change the sound of your setup as it carries data signal where when the computer sending out 1 the DAC should receive 1. But there are believers out there mentioned that USB cables also delivers power to the DAC and will affect the performance of the DAC.

This cable had changed me to a believer. The very first thing I noticed after I unpacked the cable and plugged into my setup is the thickness of the mids increased. Vocals is much more forward than before making the whole performance of the music much more intimate with the listeners. Soundstage is much more complete with this cable, front depth of the soundstage is much more deeper, I can easily identify the vocal layers and the instruments layer apart. The highs is smooth, and lingers slightly longer than before. Harsh sibilance is smoothed making the whole listening experience much more enjoyable and will not fatigue after listening long hours. So far I had not noticed much increment of musical details using this cable.


Harmonix Big-Band

This brand might not be very well known but this Japanese brand engineer had spent decades offering high end audio tuning devices for serious audiophiles. Their engineers had performed resonance tests on Stradivarius, Guarneri and Amati violins and found the solution to produce products for audiophiles so that they will achieve much more realistic sounding setup.

The Harmonix Big-Band comes in 2 lengths and you can either buy the pack of 4 or 6 tuning tapes. According to official Combak website, they claimed that the Big-Band is made using a special "Washi" paper with copper sheet. You may use the tuning tapes on analogue or digital interconnects and even on headphones cable.

You may find more information of the Harmonix Big-Band at here.

For a basic application on an interconnect, it is advisable to use at least 2 tuning tapes on 1 cable, which means each end of the interconnect cable will have 1 tuning tape. The application is very easy, all you need is to remove the tuning tape from the packaging, then start sticking from the starting end and slowly wrap tightly around the cable. Combak claims that for even more desirable effect, more tuning tapes can be added on other segment of the cable.

Sound Impression

Just 1 word, wow. The effect of the tuning tapes comes out immediately, on the Furutech GT2, it seems to further the cable sound performance. There sure much more micro musical details can be listened on the setup, everything feels much more natural. The bass decay extends and much more controlled and the soundstage is opened up. At first, it is really hard to believe that just 2 small tapes can do anything to the sound performance, but I am deeply impressed on what Combak had done.


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Hippo Foam Review

Hippo brand had a great history of providing great performance products with a great affordable price. Now they came out with foam tips for IEM users. Hippo foam comes in 2 models, the H100 and H500, the difference of these 2 models are the fitting size is different, H100 fitting tube is smaller so that it can be fitted into IEM brands like Shure and Westone. This foam tips are priced at RM40 for 5 pairs. I am being told by Jaben staff that each pair could lasts for around 2 to 3 weeks. Before I start my review on these foams, I would like to thank Jaben Malaysia to give me a pair of sample to test it out. The foam i will be testing will be fitted into my Shure SE215 recabled version.

Comfort and build
The foams are no doubt extremely comfortable. In order to wear it properly, user will need to squeeze the foam to a smaller size before it is being inserted into the ear canal. The foam will slowly expand to fill up the canal space. It doesn't really isolate much noise compared to the original Shure Olive tips. The Hippo foam is must more lighter though. As for the build, it is a bit more fragile as I had thought, for those who wanted to use these foam, I do not recommend to keep detach these tips as the foam will easily tear off (especially on Shure's IEM).

Sound
There are ups and downs that I had noticed after I used these foams for 3 days of listening. One drastic change that can be noticed is the bass is tighten quite a lot and the amount of bass coloration in SE215 is decreased. Next, the soundstage, is very much widens and deepens it has a rounder and more complete soundstage as before. One of the downs is that the mid highs is rather slightly harsher than before. I tested on a CD Chinese song by an artist called Fish Leong and noticed the sibilance is much more obvious than before. I did a test on "Salvatore Accardo plays La Campanella by Paganini" and noticed the triangle in the music is weaken and the decay is shorter.

Conclusion
These foams overall does improve certain part of the Shure SE215 signature. However, there are still some aspect that buyers might want to consider about if they are using Shure SE215 as the changes might not suit everyone. But considering if these foam does improve your IEM signature and you love it, it will be a great buy.



Test musics:

Monday, April 23, 2012

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80Ohm Professional Headphones Review

Okay here is it, the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80Ohm Professional Headphones Review, before anything, let's have a look at it's technical details:


Transducer type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dynamic
Operating principle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Closed
Nominal frequency response . . . . . . . . . 5 - 35,000 Hz
Nominal impedance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Ω / system
Nominal SPL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 dB SPL
Nominal T.H.D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . < 0.2%
Power handling capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 mW
Sound coupling to ear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Circumaural
Ambient noise isolation . . . . . . . . . . . . . approx. 18 dB(A)
Nominal headband pressure . . . . . . . . . approx. 3.5 N
Weight (without cable) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270 g
Length and type of cable
80 Ω version . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 m / straight cable
Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gold plated stereo
jack plug (3.5 mm) and
1/4" adapter (6.35 mm)

And some pictures:



From the name of this headphones it is very obvious that this particular headphones is designed for Studio or live concert use, but for me it still works very well for music enjoyment.

Okay let's go to something more interesting, the real review of this headphones. But before anything I had burned in this headphones for more than 700 hours and I will be using my macbook's stereo direct out as my source. Player of course - iTunes and all audio files used in this review are apple lossless. Everything from this review may and may not be exactly the same when you hear with it.

Comfort:
I'll rate it as 6 out of 10. The paddings of the headphones is well padded, there is a gap between your ears and the drivers so your ear won't touch it. headband is quite ok but it can be too clampy for certain head especially mine. After 2 hours of continuous usage of this headphones, I can feel the pressure coming from the side and the top, making me not so comfortable.

Built quality:
I'd say it's great, the headband is made up of solid metal alloy material which feels it is really solid to hold, the cup of each side for the driver is made of plastic, but not the cheap grade of plastic, it is really solid, and it surprisingly not really that heavy. It's a single entry cable headphones which is not really good for audiophile, I will talk about it later. The 3.5mm gold plated plug is well made by rubber-ish like plastic and the cable is quite flexible to bend around.

Sound:
These are the following songs I used on this review:
Michael Jackson - Beat It
Soundstage is not large, I will say it is around medium but it is wider side to side and narrow front and back, making a oval shape room. The guitar and vocals are not really impressive, but the bass drum is quite noticeable. The keyboard sounds is kinda laid back and hardly noticeable.
Adele - Rolling in the deep
The intro guitar shows a lot of details especially when the player starts to touch the strings, bass guitar is quite impressive and shows quite a lot amount of bass but it does not overlaps any details of the music. Female vocal is not rich but the instruments are quite impressive the drum cymbals does not sparkles much. Again the detail of this headphone is very impressive, the separation of different layer vocals is very noticeable.

Santanna ft. India Arrie & Yo-Yo Ma - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
The intro shows how detail of this headphone again, you can actually feel how much pressure the player had applied while tapping on the keys. As Yo-Yo Ma starts to play his cello you can listen every single detail of him pulling the bow. India Arrie voice on this headphone is kinda dry as well.

Overall this headphones is quite impressive, all it needs is a pairing amp to push its performance and cover its weakness. I tend to find this headphone to be a bit slow for metal music. I tried some my chemical romance musics and it didn't really catch up each beats quite well. And after owning it for so long, I also found that single entry cable headphone tends to sound unbalance due to one driver will has more length of cable compared to another. But other than that this headphone does gives you a lot of detail that you might need for studio editing and it is quite good for watching movies. This headphone is sold in Jaben Malaysia at retail price of RM950 and I think it is quite good for the value.
So far I found that Hippo Box+ Amplifier could improve its mids to bring it to another level.

That's all for the Beyerdynamic DT770 pro 80ohm review, hope it does provide you an idea of this headphone.