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回覆 (772): Bad Friends @[email protected]
I think the US price for the Artemis is USD 3000 - very reasonable. I heard this arm at Uwe's house and he had the Schroeder Reference before which I heard last year. The difference is not subtle and all his friends are now off loading the Schroeder Reference for the Artemis. What is interesting is how the materials are incorporated in the arm, the bearing housing is a special material of compressed fiber, paper and oil - something which has no name outside the German Language, in fact Uwe showed me a Denon body made from this material @[email protected] incredible !  
 
The counterweight is in two parts, the bottom part can be turned clockwise or anticlockwise allowing you to tune the sound, I guess its like a micro VTF.  
 
Like I have mentioned before antiskate does not become an issue when you are tracking beyond 2g, so Mr Schroeder is more precise at 2.3g.  
 
Cartridge used was a very old SPU nude from the transformer period, ebony headshell, ruby cantilever and fine line tip. When I auditioned this setup, it was really hard to fault.
daiwok
10-12-30
11:26:56
回覆 (771): Bad Friends @[email protected]
Diawok, the Artemis is surely a simple and elegant design, hopefully the asking price is not that high!  
 
The specs:  
 
The pivot to spindle distance is 222mmv  
 
The offset angle is 23°  
 
Overhang is 17,3mm  
 
Effective mass is 14gr with the Certal cartridge mounting plate, plus 5gr. with the pressure treated brass plate  
 
Neutral balance arm, no change of VTF when altering VTA or record thickness.  
 
Friction free magnetic skating force compensation(for up to 2,3gr. VTF)All parameters adjustable: VTF, VTA, Overhang, Offset angle, Azimuth, Anti-skating, Effective mass can be altered.  
 
 
 
thekong
10-12-30
11:17:55
回覆 (770): Bad Friends @[email protected]
>What's Talea, Kong, an espresso machine? <  
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Morning Limage,  
 
According to the designer: “The name "Talea" is an homage to the late French composer Gérard Grisey, who wrote in 1986 a musical work for five instruments named Talea.”  
 
You mentioned how hard it was to fine tune the A90 on the Audiocraft arm, this Talea is just perfect for you!  
 
While it has an effective length of 10.35”, due to the offset design, it has a mounting distance similar to normal 9” arms. VTA adjustment can be done on the fly, and more importantly, it is the only arm (as far as I know) that offer azimuth adjustment on the fly!  
 
Now, you can have this fabulous arm for a mere US$8,000, what more can you ask for? :-)  
 
BTW, the designer uses the A90 as the reference, so they are the perfect match!  
 
 
thekong
10-12-30
11:02:14
回覆 (770): Bad Friends @[email protected]
I searched the net and found some comments about the Temper W being a bit “dark” in sounding, as its high was a bit less extended comparing to some other top MC’s. Do you feel the same?  
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I typed a load of crap and it has disappeared ! PK !  
 
ok start again ........  
 
Yes I agree with those comments. The Temper W's strength is definitely not the treble region. In fact the MIDAS Denon Paratrace is better and the A90 is better still and I guess the top of the line Colibri is even better. I do feel the Temper W mid bass rolls up a tad to give it the extra body and warmth in the mid range, but yet its refine and smooth. I doubt it is easy to find a true balance in carts, but I do love this cartridge's way in portraying music - emotional engagement.  
 
with regards to the Talea, I have an interesting story about the RMAF shootout between this arm and the Schroeder arm. I believe the Talea is being sold by TTweights. 3 of my friends were at the shootout, 2 from the and 1 from Germany who happens to be Uwe (Frank Schroeder's buddy). Now from the off, TTweights did their sales spiel .... can you heard how dynamic, can you hear that bass, it is much better ...... this was to set the tone and minds of potential buyers and reviewers. It can tint some audiophiles easily. Uwe then spoke out and said ok, lets play this LP - his own copy of Freidrich Gulda 'as you are' MPS label Jazz LP playing a grand piano - (I happen to have this LP as well) - according to Uwe, what you look out for is the scale of the piano, size and the bottom bass. After playing the TTweights, guy then insisted - there you go Talea is much better ! but Uwe said, no, the Talea has a rolled off bass line, the Schroeder is more detailed, more extended more accurate and the treble is not as harsh. TTweights was not happy and you can hear those in the audience discussing the difference and quietly agreeing that Uwe was correct......  
 
.........roll on a couple of weeks and the shoot out in on Audiogon - apparently (I did not read this) .....TTweights starts posting saying the Talea is much better than the Schroeder arm - even Frank agrees ! ...... embarrassingly Frank posted back saying, no I did not agree and please do not quote my name ........ I cannot find this posting, may be it has been deleted.  
 
The market uses the internet now as a means of gorilla marketing, it always hard to detect what is good or bad, simply from forums, unless you know the gears they are using. I am lucky that our good friend Jasper has loaned me to try out the Reed, and lucky to have enough carts to do some matching up. Sometimes having the most expensive of everything does not mean the best.  
 
One thing I can personally guarantee is that I heard the new Artemis Schroeder arm and it beat the Schoreder reference to my ears !  
 
This arm is understated and one of the best I have heard regardless of price.  
 
daiwok
10-12-30
10:59:01
回覆 (769): Bad Friends @[email protected]
Dear limage,  
 
Take a look and have fun.
http://www.durand-tonearms.com/
icefox
10-12-30
10:37:52
回覆 (768): Bad Friends @[email protected]
 
What's Talea, Kong, an espresso machine?  
 
limage
10-12-30
10:31:22
回覆 (767): Bad Friends @[email protected]
May be one day we will soon see a super arm emerging from China inspired by this ^__^.  
 
icefox
10-12-30
10:28:23
回覆 (766): Bad Friends @[email protected]
Inspired by this @[email protected]  
 
icefox
10-12-30
10:26:51
回覆 (765): Bad Friends @[email protected]
>The mid range is hard to describe, I feel it is at least on par with the A90 is even better - just divine in the way it just sweeps you away.<  
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Daiwok, the Temper W must be exceptional then! I searched the net and found some comments about the Temper W being a bit “dark” in sounding, as its high was a bit less extended comparing to some other top MC’s. Do you feel the same?  
 
I really look forward to the audition.  
 
Last night during dinner, our friend terrybond was showing interest in the Reed arm. Being a “friend”, of course I had to introduce him to the Talea also :-)  
thekong
10-12-30
09:03:43
回覆 (764): Bad Friends @[email protected]
icefox .....is that you ?  
 
daiwok
10-12-29
22:17:29
回覆 (763): Bad Friends @[email protected]
Here are the original creators of my DIY speakers ^__^
daiwok
10-12-29
22:15:04
回覆 (763): Bad Friends @[email protected]
Alan Soo ?  
 
already has 3 of the Goto Drivers ^__^  
 
daiwok
10-12-29
22:11:24
回覆 (762): Bad Friends @[email protected]
 
 
 
This is close to Sir Charles' museum.  
 
 
cpsjj
10-12-29
22:04:48
回覆 (761): Bad Friends @[email protected]
 
 
 
This is for mono.  
 
 
cpsjj
10-12-29
22:01:49
回覆 (760): Bad Friends @[email protected]
BUY IT NOW !
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=350426389891&ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:US:1123#ht_1592wt_1141
daiwok
10-12-29
21:58:24
回覆 (759): Bad Friends @[email protected]
Transfiguration Temper W .............further listening  
 
I think I have really dialed in everything with the Reed and I have to admit, while it is THE most detailed and refine sound compared to other setups I have had, this is the most emotional bonding sound I have had for a long time. The mid range is hard to describe, I feel it is at least on par with the A90 is even better - just divine in the way it just sweeps you away. It is the very reason why this is my second Transfiguration after the Temper Supreme. I have never heard it better anywhere, the way it dances with the Reed is remarkable. Dare I say I could almost give up all my arms and carts just to have this one combination ?  
 
The MIDAS Denon Paratrace is more refine, better in the micro dynamics, but it feels cold in comparison when you compare the mid range, but on solo piano, the MIDAS Denon Paratrace has the edge, the Transfiguration sounds soft and round, not that it not nice, but when you hear better reverberations on the MIDAS Denon, its hard to not to prefer it.  
 
Like the Evil Kong once said, why choose ? just buy them all !!! ^__*  
 
Lucky I just did that many years ago.
daiwok
10-12-29
21:57:48
回覆 (758): Bad Friends @[email protected]
I am sure he is looking for a living room like this ^__^
daiwok
10-12-29
21:49:17
回覆 (757): Bad Friends @[email protected]
 
 
 
my friend and I is working busily with 60" of bass driver, exhaustive.  
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Goodness me. 60"! Must be one of this.  
 
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cpsjj
10-12-29
21:12:43
回覆 (756): Bad Friends @[email protected]
BTW, my friend and I is working busily with 60" of bass driver, exhaustive.  
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I hope for your sake you have more bass than my MONO system ! @[email protected]
daiwok
10-12-29
16:52:01
回覆 (755): Bad Friends @[email protected]
so how BAD does it sound ? @[email protected]  
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consistently BAD ^__^ !!!! BTW, my friend and I is working busily with 60" of bass driver, exhaustive.  
 
Get back to you later.
icefox
10-12-29
16:38:28
回覆 (755): Bad Friends @[email protected]
 
 
Deadly?  
 
 
limage
10-12-29
14:33:33
回覆 (754): Bad Friends @[email protected]
so how BAD does it sound ? @[email protected]
daiwok
10-12-29
14:24:26
回覆 (753): Bad Friends @[email protected]
Finally, it's voicing now. I can't remember how many years ago, I have collected these items and hopping that "one day" I would have the time putting them all together for some fun. It has been sitting in the box aging for no less than 5 years. Lucky me, meets some really bad guys here, under the influence, things change.  
icefox
10-12-29
11:55:57
回覆 (752): Bad Friends @[email protected]
 
>any more requests ? ^__^ <  
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Diawok, thanks! Looks like I need to drops by your place again soon to listen to this fabulous cartridge! Maybe it is time to check out the Phoenix or even the Orpheus L :-)  
 
thekong
10-12-29
10:10:15
回覆 (751): Bad Friends @[email protected]
some minor adjustments ............  
 
 
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daiwok
10-12-29
05:28:31
回覆 (750): Bad Friends @[email protected]
After the Evil Kong questioned what was the character of the Transfiguration sound, I had to take apart the previous setup on the Reed arm and start again.  
 
 
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I have to say this is a rediscovery for me. I have ignored this wonderful cartridge thinking that only my Midas Denon was worthy of the Reed. How wrong I was, these two are like match made in heaven !  
 
The mid range as I recall from this cartridge is back. I think I have been messing around finding another suitable arm for this cartridge and this could be it. I will get another verdict from the Evil Kong in time.  
 
Meantime, another match made in heaven ........  
 
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The MiWi 309 as I heard in Brussels was explosive and detailed when mated with the Midas Denon. It seems the Midas Denon loves a heavy big strong arm !  
 
two beautiful arms dancing together ....... thanks to the Evil Kong ......any more requests ? ^__^  
 
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daiwok
10-12-28
23:06:26
回覆 (749): MONO MONDAY
BUY IT NOW !  
 
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Continuum-Criterion-Copperhead-ref-turntable-and-arm-/250747682838?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Turntables&hash=item3a61ba0016#ht_500wt_1156
daiwok
10-12-28
17:50:56
回覆 (748): MONO MONDAY
>Not sure what your initial thoughts were yesterday<  
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Diawok, with the short audition yesterday, my initial impression is that the Reed is indeed a very good arm. However, I have to agree with you that, sound wise, the difference between the top pivotal arms are a lot smaller than that of different cartridges.  
 
Of course, like you, I prefer linear trackers ;-)  
 
thekong
10-12-28
16:15:14
回覆 (747): MONO MONDAY
"bad friends"  
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I think next time we can listen to the Reed more closely and get a better idea of the sound. Not sure what your initial thoughts were yesterday Master Kong. I do think its a good arm, but I am bias towards linear trackers ^__*  
 
I think I need to milk the maximum from this arm before any foregone conclusion....... it is certainly warming up ......
daiwok
10-12-28
15:20:02
回覆 (746): MONO MONDAY
icefox,  
 
welcome anytime - I am still discovering the delights of MONO and I am sure more will come. I have had mono experiences in the past, but outside Hong Kong. My last MONO session in Germany just blew me away, in fact some of the recordings are better than the Stereo by quiet a margin ! so much it is hard to ignore. I am also surprised how well my Single Saba Reso can play as well - coupling this speaker like coupling a horn speaker to the corner of the room does indeed produce a vivid clean sound with bass.  
 
lets keep hitting the G-spot ! ^__^
daiwok
10-12-28
15:14:42
回覆 (748): Slaute to the JAP!
>We treasure the bad guys, so much so that we all become pretty bad.<  
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Limage,  
 
Talking about "bad friends", I believe you are interested in the Reed arm, here is your chance ;-)  
 
http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?anlgtnrm&1295656512&/Reed-2A-Tonearm-with-C37-finew
thekong
10-12-28
12:31:30
回覆 (747): Slaute to the JAP!
 
I think this is the beauty of this hobby and above all the interaction with the proper "friends"........ in particular "bad" one is crucial.  
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Very well said foxy. We treasure the bad guys, so much so that we all become pretty bad.  
 
limage
10-12-28
12:17:16
回覆 (746): Slaute to the JAP!
daiwok and fellow analogue freaks,  
 
While I am dealing with my new can of worms, I run into this interesting website. It clearly demonstrates a good trait of the JAP, their ability to keep and maintain historical information. This is the FIRST time I find information of my SUpex 3000 cart.  
 
http://20cheaddatebase.web.fc2.com/needie/list2.html
icefox
10-12-28
12:08:21
回覆 (745): MONO MONDAY
The placement of the speaker is very important to couple with the rest of the room - something I have learnt from our own Master Limage. In fact we got some great sound and room coupling, hard to not like Mono when executed properly. The sound was big, rich, great transients and great bass ! layering, does it exist with Mono ? of course ^__*  
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daiwok, thanks a lot for your top flight hospitality yesterday. It's amazing that we can spin LP after LP from 11 till 5. The impeccable food were certainly a critical and integral components of the total experience. I almost want to rush down City Super and buy you that prime rib reserved for Sir CP.  
 
As usual, I walk out of the session with lot of confusion and enlightenment, not to mention another can of worms that I am dealing with it now ^__*. I think this is the beauty of this hobby and above all the interaction with the proper "friends"........ in particular "bad" one is crucial.  
 
A key take away, Mono, when properly executed, can be so enticing. As you said, when properly coupled to the G-spot of the room, it could give depth and layering. I am sure this is NOT the end game. We will see what's next you are going to pull out of your Pandora Box.  
 
Salute!  
icefox
10-12-28
11:17:32
回覆 (725): Sexy Idler!
More artillery arrived today, thanks to Master Kong - 3 of these 12 inch arms were delivered by hand. In return - some MONO Roast Pork was on offer ^__*  
 
New arm looks the business as well - very nice !  
 
Question is where to install the arm @[email protected]  
 
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The new artillery looks really good... Impressed.
jaspert
10-12-27
21:43:58
回覆 (742): Black Magic
Master cook,  
 
That looks damn fine. I can almost smell it...
jaspert
10-12-27
21:41:31
回覆 (724): Sexy Idler!
diawok, Alan has the ams in his office already. I will pick them up on Sat. and deliver to you on 27 Dec.  
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More artillery arrived today, thanks to Master Kong - 3 of these 12 inch arms were delivered by hand. In return - some MONO Roast Pork was on offer ^__*  
 
New arm looks the business as well - very nice !  
 
Question is where to install the arm @[email protected]  
 
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daiwok
10-12-27
21:08:51
回覆 (745): MONO MONDAY
After playing a number of records with the Denon DL102, we went further to setup and run in my new Miyajima Kotetu MONO.  
 
Are my SABA RESO coupled to the Front horns ? ^__^  
 
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So what does room or corner coupling allows us to hear ? well layering, transparency and incredible low bass ! it played Gary Karr Adagio d'Albinoni without feeling the lower octaves were missing ^__^
daiwok
10-12-27
20:30:28
回覆 (744): MONO MONDAY
Some nice trials and surprises with the SABA RESO mono system. I found it very enjoyable to share among some "friends" not only the sound but of course the food. The Mono Roast Pork helped in give the sound some extra zing !  
 
The placement of the speaker is very important to couple with the rest of the room - something I have learnt from our own Master Limage. In fact we got some great sound and room coupling, hard to not like Mono when executed properly. The sound was big, rich, great transients and great bass ! layering, does it exist with Mono ? of course ^__*  
 
I am still learning, but certainly a very enjoyable day.
daiwok
10-12-27
18:00:25
回覆 (743): Black Magic
There always nothing left behind when food like this is served up ! ^__^  
 
If you guys want to buy a prime rib, I would be more than happy to cook it for you ^__*  
 
The SIR CIP one I saw was almost 2KG and would have cost close to HKD 800, mine was just over 1KG and a nice size for my wife, me and my daughter. I son has yet to discover the joys of eating meat @[email protected]  
 
Anyway ........ MONO MONDAY is coming up !
daiwok
10-12-26
12:19:08