New speakers at my home

Posted 29/08/2014 by mkrzych
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Hello,

Finally I was decided to change my speakers from Dali Zensor 1’s to something better, with much more low frequency response, but with better or equally superb tonal balance as Zensor 1’s. It wasn’t easy and I went through several audition sessions starting with floorstanders also from Zensor product line, Focal Chorus line, Monitor Audio, Dali Ikon 2’s and finally true High End Mentor 2’s audio monitors.

At the end I thought that Ikon 2’s should be perfectly fine, but after listening to them at the store I found them little bright with granular, metallic high tone frequencies which annoyed me little bit. Than, I tried Mentor’s with the same tune playing and they sounded more refined with smoother top end. They can cover all the string in the upper bass instrument going down to 37Hz – perfect for jazz and classical music as well.

I couldn’t afford to them back then, but because this line is about to be replaced by the recent new Dali’s Rubicon line I’ve got pretty nice discount at the store. So, to make the story short here they are standing on the SoundOrganization Z1’s stands.

Dali Mentor 2

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Below without the grill:

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Based on the included guide they need some break-in time to improve their overall performance, but this guide do not provide how long, so I asked about it directly to Dali. According to Dali’s product manager they need around 50-100 hours of run-in period with normal listening. In my case it will be around one month. Of course I will report back then how they sound. Their build quality is stunning with original wood veneer and top quality binding posts with ability for bi-wiring/amping if needed.
According also by Dali they should be placed at least 10-80cm off of the rear wall with no toe-in thanks to widespread tweeter characteristic.

For my old speakers I used QED Strand 79 AWG14 speaker cable which is pure copper simple wire. I am skeptical about hugely priced speaker cables, but I decided to re-wire my Mentors with something what looks better (pro-kinda) with bigger diameter – AWG 12. My choice is Mogami W3103 as you can see below.

Mogami_W3103

It’s quite thick cable from their professional line, but rather flexible. It has negligible resistance and pretty low capacitance. It looks much better with my new speakers ;-). How it sounds, I will let you know after the run-in period as well.

NYTimes.com: Charlie Haden, Influential Jazz Bassist, Is Dead at 76

Posted 12/07/2014 by mkrzych
Categories: Macintosh

From The New York Times:

Charlie Haden, Influential Jazz Bassist, Is Dead at 76

Mr. Haden, a seminal force in jazz, worked with Ornette Coleman, Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny, among many others.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/12/arts/music/charlie-haden-influential-jazz-bassist-is-dead-at-76.html

WWDC 2014 – just hours before the start

Posted 01/06/2014 by mkrzych
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Hello,
Tomorrow will be WWDC and Apple is going to show us new products. We will see what and if the one more thing happen.

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[Edited]

Streaming video can be watched online here from Apple’s website on 19:00 polish time. Happy watching.

Hot discussions about high resolution audio

Posted 23/05/2014 by mkrzych
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Hello,

There is a lot of discussion about the high resolution music on the Internet and a lot of controversial approaches and comments. As an example we can cite this article:

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And the whole discussion here with long thread: http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f8-general-forum/24-bit-192khz-pointless-603/

However very interesting and informative, please keep in mind that it is not about if we can hear above 20kHz range! We cannot! It is about how good and what we can hear within this range, audible for humans and taking into account the DAC filters, antialiasing and harmonics important for the actual instrument timbre and tone.

Happy reading…and listening!

Vinyl’s great, but it’s not better than CDs – Vox

Posted 24/04/2014 by mkrzych
Categories: Macintosh

Excellent article and videos associated to it! Highly recommended if you care about music!

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/19/5626058/vinyls-great-but-its-not-better-than-cds

Apple’s Security Update for Secure Transport – Apply it!

Posted 24/04/2014 by mkrzych
Categories: Macintosh

Very short comment after new recent hardware update from Apple

Posted 02/11/2013 by mkrzych
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Hello,

Just a short comment after recent Apple hardware update, especially new iPad Air and Macbook Pro’s with Retina displays. What I can say that if I needed iPad I would go for iPad Air – awesome piece of electronics!

Regarding Macbook Pro’s – very nice, but for me optical toslink connection missing – so far showstopper ;-)


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