Friday, March 27, 2015

Hifi session with friends...

Wilson Wong, a long time friend of mine and well regarded "sifu" in DIY. He went into DIY into a great degree. His logical thinking on how things work with his background as electrical engineer..who can argue..he's the man.

Recently, I went for a hifi session at his place in Puchong. Wong as usual very accommodate and happily to demonstrate his system. The moment I stepped in his listening room, I was impressed looking at the Wilson Audio Maxx speakers...centre of attraction in his room.

On the rack I can see Mark Levinson monoblocks and DcS Puccini as digital source and surprisingly his LP12 with linear tracker was parked at the side of the room...looks like it has been abandoned...;).

When he first put on the music, I was thinking this is a real good combo from Maxx and Mark Levinson. The imaging is solid, anchored strong in the whole sound stage and yet very very smooth. On Nils Lofgren - Keith dont go, the speed and definition are truly amazing. I can enjoy this for hours easily.

After a few tracks of listening, he asked me if I want to listen to "Mark Levinson"...WHAT?. So I asked what am I listening just now and he pointed out that it was actually his DIYed TAD M300 monoblocks...holly cow. I just couldn't's real great.

After doing all the connections for ML, again I was impressed with the sound produced. It was larger and I thought it was better than his DIYed TAD M300. But then I feel that I don't have the connections like with his TADM300. The ML sound vague in comparison to TAD, not precise as TAD. When I told him, he just smile (as usual)..when I asked him to sell the TAD to me, as usual he just smile...again...hahaha.

He put a lot of effort in his DIY job..I respect this man!... 

TADM300 on the right/left of the rack, mistaken as power conditioner..:)

Mr Ngoo is a close friend of Wilson Wong and I met Ngoo almost at the same time with Wong. We are hardly met but friendships never changed.

When I first met Ngoo, his system was just a Monitor Audio bookshelf, Krell KSA100 and few preamp. I do make a visit from time to time until he made a major changes in his system.

This is a mega bucks hifi system and he really spent in order to achieve his goal. He even get the Goldmund's system engineer from Swiss to setup his sound system according to his liking and room acoustic...into detail. Listening to his system, well what I can say is truly amazing. This is the best setup he has so far and I told him that.

The dynamic is to die for..very fast, great attacks and sound staging that is in believable manner. In favorite test track of Nils Lofgren - keith don't go, the guitar sound was so distinct be it the sound, "image of the guitar", the strings and body that just very well presented.

In smooth jazz by Kenny G Live, the sound staging and depth was just right, it was airy and smooth too. The bass is just right that hit the soul...very nice!.

The system integrates very well, well done buddy...