I have seen a lot friends, Hi Fi Audiophile peoples, colleagues spending their money on their equipement. There are many types of different approach in spending their money on their Hi Fi Equipment. What I know from friends is that they can spend HKD500,000.00 for a pair of floor stand loudspeaker and some of them spend HKD20,000.00 for the whole systems!
Can you tell the sound reproduction quality? Yes , no question about it!
However I have seen a lot of funny story about the phenomenon on their way for building their equipement! Some are good and some are bad!
I have listened to one system which was outstanding in the music and tonal output, dynamic and overall sonic balance. The equipment is as simply as this:
A Marantz surround integrated amplifier with output of 100Wx2 (HKD5,000.00)
A Sony DVD player as the CD source (HKD4,000.00)
ATC10 Loudspeaker (HKD12,000.00)
Good home made loudspeaker cable (HKD5,000.00)
Good home made Power cable for the DVD player (HKD3,500.00)
The sound is graded Class A for the money he spent. The owner uses his ears to set-up and match!
The music was so powerful and you would not believe that is comign from ATC10 which has a tiny woofer with the size of an orange! There was punch! well balance and not digital noise!
The owner is a knowlegable open minded retired policeman, good friend of mine!
All branded equipment with namely:
USA loudspeaker 3 way loudspeaker with weight of 250Kgf a piece.
Monoblock USA Qxx Poweramplifer with 600W a channel, weight I guess is 100Kgf a piece
Phono Amp is Jeff Rowland, good stuff!
Preamp is some kind of unknown name to me that may be in the price tag of HKD250,000.00!
Interconnect is once the best Tara Lab the One ( HKD18,000.00) a piece, total may have 14 pieces!
Loudspeaker were connected to the Qxxl Power factories by some kind of of silver cable with the price of Gold!
The Cartridge is a simple piece of Japanese MC stuff!
The Sound is "BIG" as overall comment, a bit rough in treble, some digital hiss in the range of 10Khz! lack of detail in the mid range, do not mention "Sweetness"" bass is gone!
I did not feel that was bass from a 10"woofer! Unacceptable with such kind of 250gkf mammonth!
Graded as Class D!
Disappointing with such kind of sound performance with an investment of HKD2,000,000.00!
I think there is matching issue between the two mammoths to the loudspeaker, the Signal source is an issue, with an investment of 2 millions, I guess they have to use a better cartridge! All equipement is transistors, quite harsh in the treble and mid rinage, and tight in the bass. There may be wise to blend with an analogue tube phono amplfiifer...
Overall, too much Digital, too many transistors, too many fast components, plus a very "Hi Fi"Cartridge! So you can imagine what the sound would be! and Most of all, this is not just my comment, and some other people comment, anyway, as I always say Somebody's music, somebody's noise!
Well, This is fun to to find a way to the exit of a Hi Fi maize!
Wish that they can further improve the sytem and I have a better chance to enjoy in their houses!