Showing posts from 2019

Artnovion Absorbers and Diffusers

Just bought these and had them installed!

Pictures first and details later 😅

The product after 2 hours of work:

Some technical blurbs first:

I had four of these on my ceiling:
Myron E 2.0 - Diffuser

Myron E 2.0
In spaces like recording control rooms, sound mastering rooms or other high fidelity listening environments where the sound quality is critical, controlling the bandwidth of diffusion is a priority. Myron E Diffuser was conceived and developed by Artnovion with a specific technical advantage, which allows it to perform way beyond what most of other sound diffusing products are able to deliver.
This EPS panel is available in 3 different colours, and is especially easy to install.

2D - QRD Diffuser

Scattering range:
630 Hz to 6300 Hz

- Enlarging sweet spot

- Specular reflection control

- Flutter echo control

And 10 on my door:
Myriad F - Absorber…

Mercedes G Class 2019 review

This is Mercedes' version of the ultimate SUV, going places that other SUVs or soft crossroad vehicles fear. Forget those GLA, GLB, GLC, GLE etc, this is the response to the Land Rover Defender, the Toyota Landcruiser and the Prada etc.. The blurb from Wiki: Quote

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class, sometimes called G-Wagen (short for Geländewagen, "cross country vehicle"), is a mid-size four-wheel driveluxurySUV
The latest version was just released late last year, and it's interesting that the older version is still being made, after 35 years. Now that's a long lasting vehicle. That version last I had the pleasure of going around for a few days in this latest version, and it certainly did the trick, in the busy streets of Phonm Phenh and also rising to the occasion when the going got tough..
Now let' not pretend this is a barebones Land Rover Defender, for despite the boxy looks and the industrial strength doors, this …

Changing Tires On A Car With TPMS

It was time to change the original equipment Goodyear Runflat Tires, and I chose Kim Hoe Tires, which offered a decent rate. Always check prices, and availability before you go - they still scampered to get the tires even though it was pre-arranged. Sometimes they carry second hand tires - trade ins from customers who sold their tires to upgrade. 
Personally I like them new.. and you should check the YOM - year of manufacture - which is on the tire wall.  The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensor is on the rim, so do remind them not to touch it.
After changing the tires, they usually include balancing and new valves. You need to run the tires for about 5-10mins then reset the sensor. 
Before you go off at top speed, they advise you run in the tires - one tank of gas worth. 

The Journey Of Your New Car – getting pumped

The Journey Of Your New Car – getting pumped

So now, you have put your precious money into buying that dream car and the day that it arrives in Singapore has come!
It lands in our port, someone picks it up and it gets transported to our showrooms for collection. Have you ever wondered about the fuel that goes into the car? Does it come empty? How much fuel goes into it? What kind of fuel goes into it?
Well here is the story of two companies who choose a quaint little station in the West Coast to top up the fuel for their new arrivals.
Both Honda and Toyota use a small Shell station down South, close to the Pasir Panjang MRT, and everyday, rain or shine, more than a dozen car transporters stop here to fill up the cars they carry. If you do the maths, that's about a ten cars or so per transporter and more than 100 cars each day! It also gives you an idea of the sales volume of these bigger car companies.
The station has a total of eight pumps, and the two outermost pair are eq…

Sound United Acquires Pioneer and Onkyo

Actually we all have to adapt, think positive and move on..

The old 5.1 systems were never really replaced by Atmos / DTS etc... our homes are getting smaller, and the WAF factor plays a far bigger role. Soundbars rule, and wireless speakers are the mainstay of many homes. Streaming and it's convenience is more important than sound quality. Our forum has also gotten more quiet over the past ten years.

A system with wires dangling everywhere is no longer a mainstay in homes.

No doubt choice is important, and having all the companies under one roof is not ideal. But in reality we often use components that have been shared by many companies already. Burr Brown makes chips for many companies and so do Sharc etc.

So like VW, who produces similar cars branded as Audi, VW, Seat and Skoda, we may see different product lines, streamlined with similar components but different sonic signatures.

These mainstream brands will alw…

Landed homes versus a condo

It's may have been discussed in many places, but here's a summary of the pros and cons of landed housing vs a condo or other types of private housing.
(YMMV, and these are generalisations of course)
Landed pros
- it's yours and no one shares anything with you except the adjacent wall if you aren't in a bungalow - the ultimately in exclusivity (no shared elevators, your very own car park, porch and garden etc) - if you love to brag, this will give you a significantly higher 'I've arrived' bragging rights (YMMV and some will have extremely exclusive condos too) - you don't pay maintenance fees (but your conservancy charges eg clearing rubbish will be higher) - if it's freehold or 999 yrs, it's your forever (yes, the government can reclaim anything) - you can redo the place to any style you want - space, the ability to do it as you like, and most landed places are larger than condos and great for multi-generation homes - lower psf (especially if y…

Adding a pool to your home

Oh, how about a pool?  You do need space, and length to be specific..  10m is a minimum and even then it might be small. The cost of adding a few more meters is not as much as you think, so long as you have the space. But do make room for the pool pump and related items.  There are vinyl, fibre glass and concrete pools with rebar. The last is the more solid and will last you a long long time. But $$$. 
Many rental homes will get the former two, because they are cheaper and more temporary. Think about how long you want to stay there. A sunken pool cost more, but it's more sturdy and looks nicer.
Remember to cater for steps or even a relaxation area, like a bench to sit on and lights. 
You don't need a huge pump, but you do need to get a size proportionate to your needs. Your builder can advise you on this. 
During the building, make sure you shore up the walls around it, especially if you have an adjacent wall or neighbour. 
And factor in the cost of maintaining it, plus the c…

Adding a basement den to your home

Basements: These evoke a lot of interest and emotions for the buyer, especially the men...
Man cave, bar, hifi den, billiards room and more... even a wine cellar. If you want to build one and the ground is not naturally meant for it, be prepared to spend and dig deeper to get the foundations right. And spend on piping for sanitation, and oh, did I mention that it won't be cheap? 
But hey, what's cheap and good in life ? Maybe it's now better to buy that car for 70k than the house eh... 
But the den and the rest of the home will provide immeasurable fun if you do it right.

Going From Cable to Fibre - embracing the optical network world for internet access

Cable is now going obsolete, and those cable points in your home will become redundant soon. But you still want internet access and for those reliant on cable to provide this, what are your options?

Your new internet provider will firstly need to create an ONT in your home, and if you aren't familar with this term, do read up first on the net or my past posts:

Most providers will do this for free if your home isn't already fibre enabled. Otherwise it can run into a couple of hundred dollars to do this. Check for offers.
So you need to decide where to place this ONT. Choose a point which is high up and close to the rest of the home.
From this point, you will need either a cabled solution or wifi. For the latter, your mileage may vary. If your home is small, has few walls and your Modem & Router are high up, chances ar…

Things to look out for when you buy a new home

I've consolidated what I have previously written here, so everyone can benefit 
Before we even go into the list, there are some basic things to do:
- make sure everyone in the family agrees to this purchase, and whether it's for investment or as a home - check your financials well and get a large enough budget to buy and for renovations or other costs - do your homework! Check the online property forums, buy and sell places and see what your money can buy and which regions suit your needs best
So, now onto the buying process

Is it going to be landed, a flat or a condo?

Some of the general principles which apply to all three types:

Is the home paid for or is the seller still in debt and not bankrupt 
How many owners are there, and any divorce in process. Who is the legal owner or executer of the property if the owner is deceased?
Is it tenanted and when does the lease run out
Can you break the lease

How old is the place. As a general rule, most places under 10 years can do without ma…

Harmon Kardon Enchant 1300 Review

The soundbar market has been moving ahead with great strides, especially in place where space is a premium and the true boss of the home (nope it's not you mate, it's your wife) demands less clutter and cables.

The trend of making slimmer TVs with tiny bezels also helps as the sound coming out from the TVs is as thin as their bezels.

So now we review a product which comes in at the high-mid levels and promises to give sound, convenience and maybe looks in a reasonably priced package.

First the technical blurb from their site:

The soundbar is situated in front of my Pioneer TV, and slips in nicely with a low profile form factor.
The subwoofer, which is wireless, also fits nicely into the front left corner of my room, where there's a power socket convenient located. 
The sub is sold separately, but you can have both for under two grand …

My setup 4/2019

It took a while to assemble and it's still being tweak as more gear arrive.. 

Review equipment:
Sony ZD9 75"
(Sony TV review)
Denon AVC X8500H (Denon AVC X8500H review) Dynaudio Confidence 1 Platinum
Dynaudio C1 Platinum Review ) Sony UDP X800 (Sony UBP X800 Review )
Sony UDP X700 Dynaudio Confidence C1 and Centre Platinum front and centre Usher 520 side surround back Monitor Audio RXFX in dipole mode for rear surrounds JL Audio E112 
REL HT/1205 subwoofer
( Anthony Gallo A'Diva for ceiling Atmos placement QED XT Revelations for front and centre speakers QED Micro speaker cable for the surrounds Monoprice Premium Cables from 4k players to amp and onwards to the TV Audioquest Snake subwoofer cable  Blue Jean subwoofer cable Wireworld Oasis 6 & 7 Interconnects Wireworld Oasis 6 power cables Assorted Xindak, PS Audio and other power cables MK wall power sockets PS Audio Juice Bar Rhodium Right Angle Plug adapters for USA power cables Au…