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December, 2008:

Blu-ray has landed

Finally made the decision to experiment with Blu-ray and took advantage of Blockbuster’s deal to carry one home.

It took about two hours in all to connect it to my Naim n-Vi and Panasonic Plasma via an Aten HDMI switcher and Chord Company HDMI cables.  Actually possibly the most time consuming elements were reprogramming the Harmony 895 remote control and the online upgrade the new player required.

WALL-E one of the FOC Blu-rays was initially quite dissapointing due to the apparantly poor black level.  The problem was caused by the settings on the BDP-S350: it wasn’t set to theater but normal.  This made a huge difference especially as the action moved on to the ship where the blacks weren’t being confused by the dusty conditions of Earth. With a good disc, Blu-ray – even with a budget player – is dramatically better then DVD even from a great DVD player.

I’m pretty shocked however by the differences between a good master  – WALL-E and a poor one – Bangkok Dangerous.  BK looked like an average DVD rather than a hi-def source.

A quick comparison between the Naim n-Vi playing a DVD and the Sony was interesting: the n-Vi was far superior in both sound and picture quality.

Today’s was a quick install, more detail when I have a chance to strip the whole system down and reinstall it optimally.

The old AudioPlus website is no more

I moved the old AudioPlus site – a mainly image resource site –  away from to here at yesterday.  I’ve left a few links for visitors clicking on or reading older press releases but effectively the old site is now closed.

The images can now be accessed via the link to the old site in the links section.

There are product and people images for Audica, Chord, Castle Naim, The Naim Label and Naimnet.

If you are looking for a particular image to support a magazine or newspaper piece or a blog and you can’t find it just let me know.

The LP12 is Funked

Friday was a busy day and my back is only just recovering. My older LP12 now has the Origin Live larger motor and power supply together with a comprehensive resetup.

The newer LP12 is now fully Funk Vectored complete with K Drive.

Both, after setup by my friend, bounce in a much more regular and controlled manner.

The huge difference though is in the music. They just deliver far more music and far less thickness and confusion. Stone Fox Chase the theme to The Old Grey Whistle Test had so much more interest and detail in the rhythm section on the old Linn compared to before the mods.

The Funky LP12 showed signs of the pre run-in forwardness I had expected but even so the control, dynamics and grip were so far of what the TT was delivering before.  Playing tracks from the new Thorens triple LP was a revelation.  The Staple Singers sounded amazing with fantastic out of blackness projection and Rickie Lee Jones’ nasal twang was as true as it was live at the Palladium.

More after the running in has completed.

Funk LP12 Vector Link

All the kit of parts of my new Funk Vector Link arrived on Friday. Fit and finish look good.

Reading through the installation instructions it appears that there is a good deal of work to do in fitting it. Not being a LP12 guru I have asked a friend who is to assist with the setup.

I’m expecting to carry out the rebuild on Friday so I should have a working fully Funked LP12 by Saturday. Experience, of three people that I know that have fitted the kit, is that the resulting sound is seriously bright for a few days they it settles down to sound amazingly good.

From what I’ve heard at my friends, it works on a hi-fi level: the bass is very tight, the mid open and the top end is clear but refined. Far more importantly it works on a musical performance level.

More on the Funked LP12 Vector Link in about 10 days.

Funk Firm

Naim Classical adds Hi-res recordings

The Naim Classical label, a division of The Naim Label has just launched two CD/Data DVD Multipacks including 24 Bit 88.2kHz copies of the original masters.

More info and images

FIP Radio

Can’t take any credit for finding this station as it was a suggestion from Paul Messenger.
FIP is a somewhat idiosyncratic radio station also available on the interweb. Only 128kbs mp3 but it doesn’t sound too bad at all.

Good music without too much talking and not that distracting for me anyway, as I don’t understand French