16 October 2011

Todays Piano playlist

1. Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
2. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major - Johannes Brahms
3. Piano Concerto in A minor - Robert Schumann

15 October 2011

Fostex FE206EN back-loaded horn speaker project

My Fostex FE206EN back-loaded horn speaker project. 21mm thick plywood is used for main section and side panels to ensure a strong enclosure.

13 October 2011

Seagate tries to enter into media player market with GoFlex

Seagate GoFlex looks nice on the paper, still I don’t really believe in them. Their main objective is to sell HDD-s. True good media player is very much about software and constant development. It's about community and customer feedback. In these areas are guys from Seagate, WD and Dlink not so good. I personally had to thow away one WD Live and one Dlink box, because of their bad UX, incompatibility with some HD MKV-s, poor sound quality and sluggish UI.
But We’ll see….

11 October 2011

My hybrid digital + tube audiophile system

Popcorn Hour C-200 transport (internal 1,5 TB storage + wired connection to media server and Internet) in the rack (top left); Pro-Ject DAC box, incorporating Texas Instruments TLV320DAC23. 24Bit/96kHz, 8x oversampling chip (small box, top shelf, right); single ended valve amp (bottom shelf); Fostex speakers, Thomson LED display on top. 

C-200 track info is displayed on 26" Thomson LED display. Note, that FLAC loseless track is playing. Both actual file name and embedded tag data is displayed.

Full-range Fostex speakers with 2.2 m long exponential horn design and 94 dB (1W, 1m) sensitivity!