Monday, May 24, 2010

Guang Zhou Trip

I need to apologize as I have forgotten to bring  my camera during this trip but here are some of the system that I have listen.
Westlake tower 12 + boulder 500ae(pre + power) .I listen at the "new tao ge" Guang Zhou at the top floor.Using TAD speaker wire.I like this system.

B&w 805 + onix integrated amplifier + onix cd player.I listen to this setup at the cd shop at Hai Yin Complex.Every cd shop got serious setup. I like this so a bought a few cd's from this shop.Yes, i like this setup.

Ayon speaker + Kondo M77(pre) + Kondo power amp(sorry I forgot the model).This setup is at the ground floor of "Wan Shen" building.I don’t like this

Tannoy srm15(added elac super tweeter(like a mushroom), + single ended(Don’t know what power amp)amplifier+ vintage marantz 7.This setup is at the New "tao ge" building GuangZhou.The speaker is just being fire up.The sound is still changing while i'm at the place.An Elac super tweeter(look like a mushroom) is being added at the top of the Tannoy.Sound Moderate.

Tannoy Kensington +Accuphase pre and power.At the "Wan Shen"building ground floor at Shen Zhen  Sound ok

Wilson audio Maxx + Big boulder silver in colour.At the "Wan Shen" building  ShenZhen.Nice talking to fella "Old Lee"Nice guy but I don’t like the system.Just beside the Wilson maxx there is the famous B&W Nautilius but too bad it is never connected to any amplifier.Many mention that this speaker is very difficult to drive.

Westlake bbsm10vnf +Plinius (pre and power) 250watt silver colour.At the "Wan Shen" building Shen Zhen.I request for the Manger CD gtrack 15.The seller agreed there is room boom. i don’t like this.

Orgue pm610,Orgue PM610 reference, Archion 12 + melody parallel 2a3 + Jungson cd player.I like the normal PM610 rather than the reference PM610 that use solid wood cabinet.Overall,I don’t like this.

China clone proac response 2.5 + China Kt88 amplifier.I don’t like this.

During this trip, i found that everyb system either violin music or "chai chin" cds.Why?

"I don’t like" doesn’t mean the equipment is bad. Maybe at that moment my mood is not good or ....too many maybe.



  1. can you tell us a little more what sound characteristics you like or not like about those setup, please?

  2. Hi,

    Thanks for showing interest on this article.This article really take me a lot of time especially compilling all the picture.
    It's will be too long to write it all down and would not do justice to the system.

    I have very high respect to the mention equipment but as a system they fail to shine.
    I think most of the problem are due to synergy and setup skill(this is personal).

    There is only 2 system that really stand out from the rest.The first system is more high end and another is more moderate price.This show that not only high end will give you nice sound.

    If you really want to know in detail, just contact me.Maybe we can have a drink to talk it all over,


  3. If describing what you don't like is too sensitive, at least describe the sound of those that you like.

  4. Since you ask, this is for you.
    The first setup that i like.The Westlake tower 12 partner with Boulder.This is the only solid mid that i like.
    The first thing that struck me is the "density" of the sound produce. Everything stay more focus with layer presented quite prominent.
    There is no "honk' or 'weird" that normally associate with horn.
    Timing, speed,transient and dynamic is excellent.
    The vocal transparency is very good..
    This is the only area where my system excel I would say the mid is better or equivalent to my own system. When compared my system mid sound mushy with smoother and more ‘emotional” vocal.
    My system comprise of LS3/5A gold tag with quad II + Diy Marantz 7pre.

    But you have to trade your house for a pair of Westlake. Even this I would say this system is cheap as the partner amplifier is a much more affordable .

    The 2nd system is the b& w 805 and onix amplifier. This a all rounder system where it play all types of music quite respectfully. I dislike many b&w base system and I think this speaker is not easy to setup.
    Hope this answer you question.BTW may I know who am I reply to?


  5. Thank you very much, excellently done.

    I am a audiophile who still have much to learn.

  6. Klau,
    your quad II would you mind telling me how many watter is it?

  7. Hi,

    quad ii 12 watt with kt66 tube.Quad ii alone i have stories to tell


  8. thank Klau,
    waiting your long stories and how it go along with LS3/5A

  9. Hi,

    I'm doing more listening session now than writting but i will do my best.