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2017 Oyster’s New LPs

The mother of all analog, reel-to-reel, seems to have subsided given what this year’s High End Show in Munich has indicated. There were considerably less booths demonstrating reel-to-reel machines or new ones. On the same side of analog, new turntables and tonearms continue to mushroom and are seen … Continue reading

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乙木 Analog Journey

不知不覺玩HiFi已經幾十年, 很高興影音風雲能給我一個機會與大家分享我玩HiFi之感覺與經驗. 我不是時常更換器材之人, 通常一件器材我會用上好幾年. 當然遇到好器材時我會像大多數HiFi發燒友一樣忍不住升級. 其實玩音響最終目的是用來聽音樂, 所以我花費在軟件(包括LPs及CDs) 上的金錢也不少. 幸好在這幾十年之HiFi生涯中我已購買了自己喜歡之原版LPs及CDs (現在約有3000張, 其中2000多張是LPs), 我可以安心的坐下來欣賞我喜歡之音樂. 我喜愛之音樂種顃其實也很雜,包括古典音樂, Jazz, Classical, 廣東歌, 英文流行曲, New Wave, 中樂, 及粵曲等. 要我之HiFi組合能播每種音樂也能達到一定之水準其實也不容易. 因為每個牌子之器材及線材通常都有其個性.怎樣才能把不同之器材及線材配答成如無間道中梁朝偉說的中音甜, 高音準, 低音勁 (總之就係”通透”), 其實也是一種樂趣. 其實我的音響系統之要求很簡單, 一定要人聲很美, 播出來的音樂要夠快, 但要有音樂感. 很多發燒友追求的是音效, 但對我來說, 一套音響系統分析力及音效一流, 但無音樂味的話, 那便不是一套好的音響系統. 何為音樂味呢? 就是要聽者感受到演奏者或歌者所表達的感情. 聽者會隨著拍子踏腳. 有沖動一張一張唱片或CD聽下去. … Continue reading

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High End 2015 Munich

This show is well publicised as one could find advertising billboards and posters of this annual event in strategic places As close to live music as possible is what we audiophiles strive to achieve Munich – a city so rich … Continue reading

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Don’t Believe A Word

Famous webzine hi-fi reviewer, Steven R. Rochlin of Enjoythemusic.com was on vacation in Singapore recently. He visited us briefly amongst many other electronics, hi-fi shops. You may read about his interesting trip [here]. In the short paragraph about his visit to … Continue reading

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Oyster’s 2014 New LPs

This time, I blew my budgeted number of new LPs purchase for 1 year.  In this trade, we are often accused or blamed for ‘poisoning’ customers. But do you know that it works both ways too? As dealers, we are also … Continue reading

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International Sound & Sight 2014 Preview

We are about a week away from International Sound & Sight Exhibition (ISSE 2014) and we are now all set. Here’s a quick post to let you know what we have prepared for you: World Premiere of the “Magic Mushroom” … Continue reading

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Agents of Fortune

I asked a Taiwan Hi-Fi dealer I met recently to comment on the second-hand, original Chinese pressing LP scene back home. He replied in Chinese “已經失控” (already out of control). Indeed, this never before phenomenally high demand meeting very limited supply created market havoc. … Continue reading

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High End 2014 Munich

Touted the greatest 2-channel annual audio show on earth. 4-days of audio feast to feed the audiophile masses. To get there by train, take route S8 from Munich airport and alight at Leuchtenbergring station. Change to U6 line and your … Continue reading

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Memorable 2013 Audiophile Monologue

Causal Conversations Oyster: Hey, I saw a picture of your nice system. Wow, you’ve 4 turntables!? Customer: Who says only 4 turntables? I have 7. Another 3 on the next floor, it was not photographed. Oyster: … (looking stupid) But This … Continue reading

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Oyster’s 2013 New LPs

Here are my 2013 new LP purchases (old LPs not included). Like previous year, don’t read this as a review but just my thoughts about buying them. The score combines how I like the music and the recording.  Searching For Sugar Man (OST) This is my … Continue reading

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