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    Merry Christmas

    Yes Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!!!
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    Collecting Walkman

    I used to collect discman but these gadgets are so old reliability will be an issue. http://fuwen.net/index.php/home/hifi-corner/24-years-of-discman
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    Sorry for the very very late greetings. Think here has been quite quiet lately. How's your music journey? Happy 2017, cheers!
  4. All along I believe that other than the source, the headphone plays an important part in an audiophile headphone system set up. But after experiencing Perfidus, I realised the headamp could present such a wide sound stage and a three dimensional feeling of the recordings. It has lots of details in the low, mid and high range, a sweet enough mid range, accurate positioning, and yet and the same time sounds musical, and I believe it can greatly improve the musical performance of a headphone set up. If you are looking for a headphone amp, I would strongly suggest you audit the Perfidus! http://www.fuwen.net...fidious-headamp
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    On 1 Aug 2013, one of Wen Fu's songs that was banned was boardcasted again in 3 main Singapore board casting stations. http://www.fuwen.net...-02-08-07-50-06
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    Just bought this book about the history of xinyao (chief editor Liang Wen Foo). $35 and come with a CD with 15 songs covering the span of the xinyao movement. As I listened can't help tear drops in the eyes as the book and the familar songs reminded me those good old days in the 70s. Many of them are my personal friends like Wen Foo and Sameul Tan. Some of them make it big while others settle down in their own way. I guess those forumners about my age and are Chinese educated (not sure this term still understood by many or not) should have been part of this xinyao history.
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    Sennheisor ear pad

    Ordered from eBay China source instead....
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    Sennheisor ear pad

    Is the replacement earpad for hd600/650 still available in Singapore? Used to get them from Hung's Brother but they dun sell anymore....
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    Nice classical pieces

    The great Beethoven Ninth (Choral) Symphony. The first classical music with human voices added to the symphony by a well know composer. Now DG has an iPad apps that has 4 versions of the performance, details of the symphony, comments by various artists, composers and reporters, music score and animated instrument presentation. http://www.fuwen.net/index.php/home/classical-music/beethoven-ninth/120-beethoven-ninth
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    Nice classical pieces

    Mozart The Prussian Quartets, performed by Emerson Quartet Emerson Quartet moved from DG to Sony Label in 2011. They have been recording with DG since 1987. This is their first recording release under Sony. Moving ahead, the cellist David Finckel will also be leaving the quartet, and taking over the baton is cellist and conductor Paul Watkins. http://www.fuwen.net/index.php/home/classical-music/emerson-quartet/118-emerson-quartet
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    Sennheiser Momentum

    I had a chance to try out the Momentum and was quite please with its sonic performance. IMHO its sonic performance is approaching the HD 650, short of the airiness because being a closed headphone. Momentum is not price cheap, but Momentum is well build with good material and the details have been taken care of. If you are looking for a headphone with good sound isolation, elegant design, and yet is portable, I would say Momentum definitely worth your audition. http://www.fuwen.net/index.php/home/hifi-corner/sennheiser-momentum/117-sennheiser
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    Nice classical pieces

    Every year I will not miss attending the Sound and Sight Journal Hifi exhibition organised by my old friend/teacher Mr Tham. Having stop upgrading equipment for so long, the main mission attending the show is to collect the latest CD recordings. There are always very good stuff available for grab. These few years I had been collecting old classical recordings re-issued by Hugo in their proprietary LPCD format. Some were familiar recordings to me like Carmen-Fantasie by Anne-Sophie, Rossini Overtures conducted by Karajan, my favourite Rossini Strings Sonatas performed by small strings group. Also there were recordings I had not collected like the American music performed by Menuhin and Grappelli, a strange recordings with bird calls Serenata performed by Maastricht Salon Orchestra, or Diabolus in Musica performed by Accardo which was outstanding both in performance and recording. In this year show I collected few recordings: Violin concertos played by Szeryng, Beethoven piano concertos by Karajan and Weissenberg, Overtures & Intermezzi by Karajan. Also a great recording of David Oistrakh playing The Devil's Trill. The Devil's Trill is a mono recording, but one can already feel the greatness of Oistrakh! http://www.fuwen.net...=114&Itemid=199
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    Feng Fei Fei Applause

    I am not really a fan of Fong Fei Fei (凤飞飞). But like many people born in the same generation, Fong Fei Fei is a name very familiar to us. With her passed away we loss yet another familiar Chinese singer of our era. But certainly many will remember her, and the beautiful past in that generation. Fong Fei Fei's family had been very tight lip on her death news, which only release much later in 2012 after the Chinese New Year and thus a surprise to many of us. I quickly found from my CD collection some old CD recordings of hers. Although she is a good singer, her style not totally to my taste. I like only one of her late production 'Applause' (掌声响起). To me 'Applause' is a nearly perfect performance of Fong Fei Fei. The rest of her songs are cordial, but this one is certainly grand. The song started nearly with solo vocal, and ended with grand orchestra support and great climax, that will touch the performer and the audience. I once saw this so called audiophile CD of Fong Fei Fei and happily bought it. But when played back from my hifi system I found the vocal recording so harsh, definitely not doing justice to Fong Fei Fei's voice. So the CD was kept aside for a long time. After so long I listened again this time, and reached the same conclusion: could not make it. Lately after Fong Fei Fei passed away lots of CDs with her songs were released. I chose one of them and found the vocal recording so much more better! http://www.fuwen.net/index.php?option=com_...=129&Itemid=198
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    Nice classical pieces

    Anne-Sophie Mutter can be said as one of the best classical violinist in the world. Other than technically perfect in playing, which is the norm nowadays for modern violinists, her playing also has a unique style of her own: colourful, different, and with great dynamics. While it is not difficult to tell the violinist based on his style of playing in the older era, where technical perfection is not present, it is quite difficult to differentiate modern soloists, as all are as technical perfect as they can be, but lack of individual character. Mutter this 4 CDs album 'Back to the Future' collected her year 2000 spring performances in New York, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. That series of performances were essentially music written in the 20th century. These music are quite different from the classical music in the romantic and classical era. Composers were trying out different musical forms and musical ideas. It is more on the effect of sound than about nice rhythm. It is about unharmonised chords and difficult rhythm. In symphonies the brass and the woodwind are taking over violins playing the main musical ideas. Music lovers who loves 20th century works, or those who attempting to try these works, I guess Mutter's will not disappoint you with her interpretation in 'Back to the Future'. http://www.fuwen.net/index.php?option=com_...=130&Itemid=196
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    Beethoven Violin Concerto op. 61

    SACD is still my favourite audiophile format. This time accidentally I chanced upon this SACD recording of David Oistrakh's Beethoven violin concerto in stereo. My admirable soloist playing my favourite violin concerto in SACD format, so I straight away bought it online! This 1959 stereo concerto recording of EMI Classics was supported by French National Radio Orchestra, conducted by Andre Cluytens. CD booklet was all in Japanese, I supposed the recording was specially prepared for Japanese Audiophiles. David Oistrakh interpretation and performance of the Beethoven violin concerto without surprise was very good. He was playing with a slower tempo typical of that era. Steady performance with very warm and rich vibrato. The orchestra gave very good support to the solo violin. The recording a bit biased towards the soloist. The final chord of the third movement was decisive. http://www.fuwen.net/index.php?option=com_...=131&Itemid=197
  16. This is the particular classical piece that I am actually collecting the different versions of it: Beethoven (1770-1827) Violin Concerto in D major, op 61. It was composed in 1806, and within the same period Beethoven also composed symphomy no. 4 and 5, piano concerto no. 4, piano 'appassionate' sonata and the 'Rasumovsky' string quartets. As usual first performance was not successful and not until 1844 did the young virtuoso Joseph Joschim together with Mendelssohn performance on the concerto made it became one of the important violin concertos until today. Amoung the four great violin concertos (Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mendellssohn) it is also generally agreed that the Beethoven one is the greatest of all. The concerto was composed in 3 movements: a very long and elaborate first movement Allegro ma non troppo, a very gentle second movement Larghetto and a dance like and lively third movement Rondo.Allegro. As usual at Beethoven times it was common that the composer would leave the cadenzas to the free play of the soloists. In this case there is generally a longer one before the end of the first movement, a very short one between the 2nd and the 3rd movement and a moderate one near the end of the 3rd movement. The cadenzas has many versions, though the most commonly played one was the one by Fritz Kreisler. To me this violin concerto actually does not sounds like one. The way the first 2 movements were written the orchestra part play an imprtant role and can make the solo violin sounds like accompaning the orchestra and many of the main themes were given to the orchestra. It is only in the third movement the violin begins to take the lead and make the movement sounds more like a convertional instrument concerto. Nevethless it is the way the first 2 movements were written demand the maturity and intelligence of the soloists to make them sounds great. With this post I attached this recording by Anne-Sophie Mutter with Kurt Masur conducting the New York Philharmonic. This I believe is the first Beethoven violin concerto released in SACD by DG 471 633-2. Togehter with the concertos are the 2 romances for violin, no. 1 in G major and no. 2 in F major. For different violist the duration of the concerto can be very different. This Anne-Sophie recording is the record longest in my collections, a total of 27'08+11'00+10'08. Just the first movement is a lengthy 27 minutes! I find that most sololists will approach this concerto in a slower tempo and that makes the first movement very grand. Anne-Sophie interpretation of the Beethoven in this recording (2002, live) is not the same as the 'normal' way of interpreting this works. In fact Anne-Sophie has now adays very much stretching the dynamics of the instrument. So much so that I believe that it will become either u like it or u hate it type of situation. Nevertheless I am still amazed by the way she can make the violin sings. Sometimes I really try very hard to figure out how she creats those tonal characteristics of the violin. If you can accept very different interpretation of a traditional piece u can definitely consider this recording. Recording though to me is average and I do not quite like the way the orchestra is recorded. But within this album the Romances are definitely well performed and in a manner that should be acceptable by all. The romances were said to be the early versions of the second movement of the violin concerto but were not used. I will recommend some more 'traditional' interpretations of the Beethoven concerto shortly, in case u do not want to take risk with this one.
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    Light music 'Souvenirs'

    Bought this CD collection of Chinese and English pop and folk songs rearranged by our local composer Mr Poon Yew Tian. The music were performed by string quartet with piano, or harp in some arrangements. Poon's arrangement was simple and relax, which made this CD good for relax listening, for those who also grew up with these music, like chatting with a good old friend. [attachmentid=4665] [attachmentid=4666] [attachmentid=4667] http://www.fuwen.net/index.php?option=com_...=109&Itemid=194
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    Portable amplifiers

    Sound Devices HX-3 http://www.fuwen.net/index.php?option=com_...id=18&Itemid=57 Headroom Total Airhead http://www.fuwen.net/index.php?option=com_...=122&Itemid=189
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    Yan Zi / It's Time

    Bought this latest CD of Stephanie a while ago. Yan Zi was in charged of the production of this album, but the style is clearly that of Yan Zi with no surprises. Maybe some kind of reflection after her many years in music industry. Soon after the release of the album we witnessed the most closely fought election in Singapore since independence. And yanzi got married on Mother's day which was a day after the election day. So I started wondering the meaning if 'It's Time' http://www.fuwen.net/index.php?option=com_...=106&Itemid=191
  20. Hi! Selling an old NAD integrated amp C320BEE. $50. No remote control. The amp comes with a headphone outout.
  21. You can try their Total BitHead which has a USB input for MP3 players and computers : )
  22. Bought this low cost portable headamp from ebay. Please take a look for those who are interested: http://www.fuwen.net/index.php?option=com_...=122&Itemid=189