Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Headphone Burn-in Waves.


For those of you who are serious about adequate burn-in of your headphones for optimum reproduction quality, you should check out the followin site for more details on headphone burn-in and files of burn-in audio waves: http://www.burninwave.com/

Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men - One Sweet Day

"For All The Friends We've Lost Along The Way..... Maybe One Sweet Day?"



Live in the Country, Work in the City.

I have been living out in the country side near to the Chinese border for three years now. I decided to move out to Fanling and give up the convenience of the so called city life because I was sick of the noise, bad air quality and general decline in the overall quality of life. Before the move, the work commute was a ten minute journey.

MTR East Rail Fanling Station:



The commute now for me from my home to and from work via the train is now 1.5 hours each leg. Even so I think that I could not have made a better choice, the general quality of life is greatly improved, there is no noise or light pollution where I am (I can do allot of star gazing) and the fresh air is just amazing.

Inside a old Walled Village (Fanling)


Before my move I was surrounded by nothing but a concrete jungle, now I am surrounded by birds and trees and a designated country park which is just 10 minutes away from my door step. The nearest skyscrapers are at least a good 7-8 kM away so there is nothing higher then 3 storeys. Would I change my life style now, not for love or money. I love Fanling and am so happy I made the decision to move to the country side.

Tritton AXPRO 5.1 Headphones with 8 Speakers



Check out: http://www.trittontechnologies.com/products/TRIGA611.htm

Prawn Pakora

Rendang Ayam

Making Gado-Gado

Scotch Eggs

6 hard-cooked eggs, well chilled
1 pound breakfast sausage
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup fine bread crumbs
Vegetable oil for frying

Peel eggs and set aside. Divide sausage into 6 portions. Roll each egg in flour and with hands press a portion of the sausage around each egg.

Dip sausage-wrapped eggs into beaten eggs and roll in bread crumbs. Heat vegetable oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cook each egg in oil about 4-5 minutes or until sausage is cooked and browned. Drain on paper toweling. Serve warm.

Interesting Videos on Fountain Pens

The $160,000 Fountain Pen:



Introduction to penturning:



The Most Expensive Pen:



Size comparison of Monteverde Mega to other pens:



Collecting Antiques : Antique Fountain Pens:

Quan Yin, Golden Goddess of the Compassion and Mercy Fountain Pen.




For many centuries, Quan Yin has represented and epitomized the great ideal of Mahayana Buddhism in her role as "bodhisattva (Chinese "p'u-sa)--literally "a being of Bodhi, or enlightenment," who is destined to become a Buddha but has foregone the bliss of Nirvana with a vow to save all children of God.

Quan Yin carries the Goddess and Divine Mother aspect of Buddhism. The same Goddess and Divine energy carried by the Virgin Mary in Christianity. In the Egypt such a Goddess is represented by Isis. In Hinduism represented by Shakti, wife of Vishnu, by Parvarti, wife of Shiva, by Radha, wife of Krishna, and by Sita, wife of Rama.

Quan Yin's name is a translation of the Sanskrit name of her chief progenitor which is Avalokitesvara, also known as Avalokita. In its proper form it is Kuanshih Yin, which means "She who harkens to all the cries of the world."

In Korea, Japan, and China she is called Quan Yin. She is a celestial bodhisattva and an ascended master. One of her jobs in the celestial spheres is to sit on the board of the Lord of Karma.

Buddhist mythology tells of Avalokitesvara's being born from a ray of light that sprang from Amitabha Buddha's right eye. He immediately said, "Om Mane Padme Hum". This is one of the mantras by which he can be invoked in Buddhist tradition.

Avalokitesvara came to be known by most Tibetans as Buddha's earthly representation and as chief guardian of the dharma (doctrine) until the advent of Maitreya Buddha.

Avalokitesvara and Quan Yin are embodiments of compassion.

She is roughly equivalent to Green Tara in Tibetan Buddhism.

In Tibetan Buddhism Quan Yin is seen in her male form as Avalokitesvara. Some feel that the current Dali Lama is an incarnation of Avalokitesvara. It is thought that the female form of Avalokitesvara, Quan Yin, originated in the twelfth or thirteenth century in both China and Japan.

The fountain pen which has exquisitely reproduced a reproduction of Quan Yin known in her Chinese form, the craftsmanship of this fountain pen is truly splendid. The details for the pen are as follows:-

  • Nib : Medium-Fine Nib ,Gold plated
  • Length : 128 mm
  • Converter :Screw -type
  • Ink cartridge : international standard
  • Accessories : Instruction manual and gift box
  • Cap : Screw type
  • Article gross weight : 450 G ( Approximate)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

XEZO Maestro All Sea Shell FS (LIMITED EDITION)


Another one of my favourite fountain pens in my collection is Xezo Maestro All Sea Shell FS (LIMITED EDITION). PRODUCTION IS LIMITED TO 500 PIECES. There are no two pens that are exactly alike.

*Fountain pen- Medium width plated Iridium point stainless steel nib.
*Hand crafted 8-faceted All Natural Dark Sea Shell barrel and 10-faceted All Natural Dark Sea Shell cap (black cabochon on top).
*Top quality Natural Dark Sea Shell (Abalone).
*Platinum (.999 Platinum) plated metal fittings.


Size of the pen:
*Length- 168mm
*Diameter- 15mm
Size of the pen capped:
*Length- 136mm

Portable Cans: Nokia Advanced Music Headphones HS-62.

You may ask why am I reviewing a pair of headphones made by a mobile phone manufacturer? Nokia has dubbed these headphones the Advanced Music Headphones model HS-62. It is part of their range of enhancements that are produced for their mobile phones to be used by people who listen to MP3/4 on their phones. So can we seriously expect audio quality headphones from a communications company? This is what I tried to find out and was pleasantly surprised!

The cans are meant for portable use and can fold up very nicely similar to the portable Sony's and Audio Technica's. The HS-62 are silver in color with a plastic case and extremely thick and comfortable ear pads. What was immediately evident was the comfort. The 3.5mm stereo connector is of robust build and gold plated.


Specifications and Key Features:

  • Hi-Fi Stereo quality for music listening;
  • Stylish foldable headband design for ease of storage;
  • Industry standard 3.5mm stereo jac which is gold plated;
  • Cable Legth is 2m;
  • Frequency response is 20-20000Hz;
  • Sensitivity >100dB;
  • Impedance is 32 Ohms;
  • Maximum power input is 100 mW;
  • Transducers - no information given;
  • Closed back Dynamic.
They are currently selling in UK between GBP21 - 25 depending on where you buy them from?


Reviewing gears:

Source: 4GB MP3/4 Player; 8GB 2.8"LCD TOUCH SCREEN MP3/4 VIDEO PLAYER; EPC-303 MP5 8GB 3.0 Inch TFT LCD Screen Player - Red / Black; Oregon Scientific Music Orbit & Station; Denon CDR-W1500 HDCD Recorder/Player.

Head Amps. & DAC: Little Dot MKI Portable Headphone Amp Amplifier; Cmoy headphone amplifier with Bass Boost Setting in a custom made exotic padauk and zebra wood case (opa2227 opamp); Xiang Sheng 708B Tube Headphone Pre Amplifier; Go Vibe mini USB Audio DAC (Burr-Brown PCM2702).


Reviewing CD and Tracks: Custom made by ripping songs to FLAC than normalized/burnt via Nero9.

CD Tracks: Esteban - Norwegian Wood; Everything But The Girl - I didn't know I was looking for love; The Corrs - Runaway; Acoustic Alchemy - Mr. Chow; The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony; Willie & Lobo - Amsterdam; Tim Weisberg - Party of One; Sleep Station - There She goes; Seattle Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (Scherzo); Sim Riney - What was I to you; Rebecca Pidgeon - Spanish Harlem; Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon; Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells.

Rating: From one star (★, lowest rating) to five stars (★★★★★, highest rating), including half a star (☆). Criteria include [Packaging / Build Quality / Accessories / Isolation / Microphonics / Comfort / Soundstage / Sound Quality / Value]

★★★★★-The best
★★★★---Really good
★★★-----Average
★★-------Just OK
★---------Not worth it


Earphones: Nokia HS-62. Closed back dynamic design
Transducer: No information specified, would guess they are 30mm neodymium magnets.
Spec: 32 Ω | 20Hz~ 20kHz | 100 dB/mW Cord Style: 2m, length, Ø3.5mm mini stereo, gold-plated.
Mini Jack Style: Gold plated, sturdy build.
Case: Plastic silver,
Packaging: ★★★ (Typical Nokia bland packaging)
Build Quality: ★★★★ (good medium build)
Accessories: ★★ (No accessories, no adapter, not even a storage pouch - they could do better)
Isolation: ★★★★
Microphonics: ★★★★
Comfort: ★★★★ (Really excellent thick comfortable ear pads)
Soundstage: ★★★★ (impressed with sound stage presentation)
Sound Quality: ★★★★★ ( Very impressed extremely musical, good bass, mids - treble is good, overall well balanced)
Value: ★★★★★ ( In my view this is money well spent and good quality for money)
Remarks: A pleasing and well balanced sound, bass is clean and tight. Well done Nokia, you could however include a carrying pouch!

Monday, December 29, 2008

New Links Added : Pen Links.


Above is the Dani Trio PH-3000 Fountain pen 18K Gold M nib, Sterling silver serpents on black ebonite which is one of my favorite fountain pens in my present collection. I have about three other different Dani Trio fountain pens which are all exquisitely crafted. Still available from Dani Trio.

I have just added a series of links for different brands of fountain pens and writing instruments which can be found on the right hand side menu if you scroll down. The list is of course not exhaustive.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Fillet Mignon Recipe

One of my favorite steaks:



Don Henley's Favorite Fillet Mignon Recipe : How to Make Sauce for Fillet Mignon Recipe:

Chicken Sheek Kabab

Murgh Makhani

Ingredients:

Chicken - 1.5 lbs, boneless skinless thighs
Lemon Juice - 1 tbsp
Red Chili Powder - to taste
Salt - to taste
Yogurt - 1/2 cup
Ginger & Garlic Paste - 4 tsp
Tandoori Masala - 2 tsp
Unsalted Butter - 1.5 tbsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Big Cardamom - 1
Green Cardamom - 2
Cinnamon Stick - 1″ pc.
Bay Leaf - 1
Tomatoes - 3 large, pureed
Sugar - 1 tsp or to taste
Dried Methi Leaves (Kasoori Methi) - 1 tbsp
Green Chili - to taste, finely chopped
Heavy Whipping Cream - 1 cup or to taste
Cilantro - 3 sprigs, finely chopped

Method:

1. Cut the Chicken to bite-size pieces and wash it well.
2. In a bowl (or large Ziplock bag) add the following - Lemon Juice, 2 tsps of Ginger & Garlic Paste, Tandoori Masala, Red Chili Powder, Salt and Yogurt.
3. Mix well and marinate in the refrigerator overnight for best results or atleast a couple of hours.
4. Grease a broiler dish with ghee, oil or cooking spray and layer the Chicken in a single layer. Broil on high for 5-7 minutes on each side. Keep an eye on it as every oven varies. The size of the chicken pieces makes a difference and where you place the rack in the oven plays a big role in how long the chicken needs to be cooked.
5. For the gravy, in a medium size pan on medium heat, melt and heat the Butter.
6. Once hot, add the Cardamoms, Bay Leaf and Cinnamon Stick. Fry for 1 minute.
7. Add the balance of Ginger and Garlic paste and fry of 30 secs.
8. Add in the Green Chilis and the Tomato Puree. Mix well.
9. Add in the Salt, Red Chili Powder and Garam Masala and mix well.
10. Allow it to come to a boil and then lower the heat and let the gravy simmer for 10 minutes till most of the juice from the tomatoes evaporates.
11. Add in the Sugar and the Dried Methi Leaves and allow it to cook for another 2 minutes before adding broiled Chicken pieces. Mix well to coat Chicken.
12. Add the Whipping Cream, mix and allow it to come to a boil and take it off the flame.
13. At this point, do a taste test and adjust the salt, sugar and the liquid in the gravy.
14. Mix in half the Cilantro in the dish and garnish the balance while serving.

Tips:

1. Don’t have access to a broiler dish? - no problem…use metal skewers or wooden ones(soaked) or just barbeque them on the grill.
2. Great alternatives to making this dish everyday and not feeling guilty about it -

* Use Chicken Breast instead of Chicken Thighs, but make sure you baste the Chicken Breasts while broiling or they will dry up.
* Use Oil instead of Butter.
* Substitutes for Heavy Whipping Cream - Half and Half, Evaporated Milk, Lactaid, Milk or Milk Powder (so you can control the water).

Flu Season: Boosting Your Immune System Naturally.

The Flu season is once again upon us. I found the following video to be very useful on how to boost your immune system "naturally" in preparation for facing the Flu season.

Omega 3 & Fish Oils

Omega-3 fatty acids are considered the most essential fatty acids for your. They are essential to human health but unfortunately are not manufactured by our bodies. Omega-3 fatty acids must therefore be obtained from food sources. Omega-3 fatty acids are easily available from fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, other marine life such as algae and krill, certain plants, and nut oils. Omega-3 is also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as proper normal growth and development.

There are three main types of omega-3 fatty acids that are absorbed through foods and used by the body: Alpha-linolenic Acid (ALA), Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA), and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). Once ingested, our bodies convert ALA to EPA and DHA, the two types of omega-3 fatty acids more readily used by our body. In depth research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help prevent risk factors associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. These essential fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be particularly important for cognitive (brain memory and performance. Indications of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include symtoms of extreme tiredness (fatigue), poor memory, dryness of the skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulatory functions.

It is therefore highly important to maintain an appropriate in-take of omega-3 in the diet. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation.




Skin disorders: In a study of a large group of people with psoriasis, those who were treated with medications and EPA supplements did better than those treated with the medications alone.




Looking For Love (Remixes)











And now back to the best, the original:

Dream Academy - "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want"



Tuesday, December 23, 2008

U-Boat : Thousands Of Feet Chronograph

The U-Boat : Thousands Of Feet Chronograph With Black Dial.


  • Size: 46 mm by 46 mm by 13 mm, dial diameter: 41 mm
  • Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, date, Fully Functional Chronograph.
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Dial: black, date window at 9, three subdials, white Arabian numerals
  • Mineral-crystal glass.
  • Strap / Bracelet: Genuine leather.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Portable Cans: Audio Technica ATH-WM5.

  • Self-adjusting lightweight headband for long-wearing listening comfort

  • Circumaural design ensures superior isolation

  • "Wind-Up Mechanism" function that allows you to retract the headphone cord.

  • Rotating earpieces for easy one-ear monitoring

  • Type Dynamic
    Driver Diameter Ø30mm
    Case Plastic
    Frequency Response 10 ~ 23,000Hz
    Maximum Input Power 500 mW
    Sensitivity 108 dB/mW
    Impedance 20 Ω
    Weight 87 g
    Connector Ø3.5mm mini stereo, gold-plated



    Reviewing gears:

    Source: 4GB MP3/4 Player; 8GB 2.8"LCD TOUCH SCREEN MP3/4 VIDEO PLAYER; EPC-303 MP5 8GB 3.0 Inch TFT LCD Screen Player - Red / Black; Oregon Scientific Music Orbit & Station; Denon CDR-W1500 HDCD Recorder/Player.

    Head Amps. & DAC: Little Dot MKI Portable Headphone Amp Amplifier; Cmoy headphone amplifier with Bass Boost Setting in a custom made exotic padauk and zebra wood case (opa2227 opamp); Xiang Sheng 708B Tube Headphone Pre Amplifier; Go Vibe mini USB Audio DAC (Burr-Brown PCM2702).


    Reviewing CD and Tracks: Custom made by ripping songs to FLAC than normalized/burnt via Nero9.

    CD Tracks: Esteban - Norwegian Wood; Everything But The Girl - I didn't know I was looking for love; The Corrs - Runaway; Acoustic Alchemy - Mr. Chow; The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony; Willie & Lobo - Amsterdam; Tim Weisberg - Party of One; Sleep Station - There She goes; Seattle Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (Scherzo); Sim Riney - What was I to you; Rebecca Pidgeon - Spanish Harlem; Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon; Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells.

    Rating: From one star (★, lowest rating) to five stars (★★★★★, highest rating), including half a star (☆). Criteria include [Packaging / Build Quality / Accessories / Isolation / Microphonics / Comfort / Soundstage / Sound Quality / Value]

    ★★★★★-The best
    ★★★★---Really good
    ★★★-----Average
    ★★-------Just OK
    ★---------Not worth it


    Earphones: Audio Technica ATH-WM5. Closed back design
    Transducer: 30mm neodymium magnets.
    Spec: 20 Ω | 20Hz~ 20kHz | 108 dB/mW Cord Style: 0~1.0m, adjustable length, Ø3.5mm mini stereo, gold-plated - retractable cord.
    Mini Jack Style: Gold plated, med. build.
    Case: Plastic
    Packaging: ★★★★
    Build Quality: ★★★ (delicate build)
    Accessories: ★★★
    Isolation: ★★★
    Microphonics: ★★★
    Comfort: ★★★
    Soundstage: ★★★ (Average sound stage presentation)
    Sound Quality: ★★★ ( musical, mids - treble is good, bass extension is lacking, a bit bright for my tastes)
    Value: ★★★ ( average, there are better choices around)
    Remarks: The sound quality of the portable cans are a bit bright and fierce for my tastes.

    Tuesday, December 16, 2008

    Portable Cans: Sony MDR-710.

    "Review To Follow Shortly"



    Main Specifications for MDR-710 Portable Headphones:

    • Dynamic Type: Yes
    • Capacity (W): 1.0
    • Driver unit (mm): 30.0 Blockquote
    • Diaphragm: PET
    • Frequency (Hz): 12 - 24,000
    • Sensitivity (dB/mW): 106.0
    • Magnet: 300 kJ/m3 Neodymium
    • Impedance (Ohm): 24.0
    • Volume control: No
    • Foldable: Yes
    • Cord type: OFC Both-sided
    • Cord length (m): 1.2
    • Plug: Gold plated Straight stereo mini plug
    • Weight (g): 65.0

    Saturday, December 13, 2008

    Headphone Burn In Times.


    Looking on the web, I found the following suggested headphone burn-in times. Not my opinion, but for reference purposes only:

    1. AKG K271Studio 320 hours before serious listening
    2. AKG K181DJ 50 hours before serious listening
    3. AKG K324P 150 hours before serious listening
    4. AKG K412P 540 hours before serious listening
    5. AKG K414P 175 hours before serious listening
    6. AKG K416P 180 hours before serious listening
    7. AKG K518DJ 200 hours before serious listening
    8. AKG K701 439 hours before serious listening

    9. Audio-Technica ATH-CK7 500 hours before serious listening
    10. Audio-Technica ATH-CM7Ti 683 hours before serious listening
    11. Audio-Technica ATH-EC700 101 hours before serious listening
    12. Audio-Technica ATH-EM9r 100 hours before serious listening
    13. Audio-Technica ATH-EW9 100 hours before serious listening
    14. Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700 120 hours before serious listening
    15. Audio-Technica ATH-W5000 100 hours before serious listening

    16. BeyerDynamic DT 231 Galactic 100 hours before serious listening
    17. BeyerDynamic DT 235 175 hours before serious listening
    18. BeyerDynamic DT 770 M 100 hours before serious listening
    19. BeyerDynamic DT 770 PRO 175 hours before serious listening
    20. BeyerDynamic DT 860 1100 hours before serious listening
    21. BeyerDynamic DT 880 PRO 200 hours before serious listening

    22. Denon AH-C551K 375 hours before serious listening
    23. Denon AH-C700 100 hours before serious listening
    24. Denon AH-D1001 100 hours before serious listening

    25. Etymotic ER-4S 100 hours before serious listening

    26. GRADO Alessandro MS One 160 hours before serious listening
    27. GRADO Alessandro MS Pro 180 hours before serious listening
    28. GRADO Alessandro MS Two 200 hours before serious listening
    29. GRADO GS 1000 625 hours before serious listening
    30. GRADO iGrado 50 hours before serious listening
    31. GRADO SR 325i 190 hours before serious listening
    32. GRADO SR 60 100 hours before serious listening
    33. GRADO SR 80 150 hours before serious listening

    34. KOSS MV1 500 hours before serious listening
    35. KOSS PORTAPRO 400 hours before serious listening
    36. KOSS PRO4AAAT 400 hours before serious listening
    37. KOSS QZ99 200 hours before serious listening
    38. KOSS UR20 50 hours before serious listening
    39. KOSS UR40 100 hours before serious listening

    40. Sennheiser CX300 30 hours before serious listening
    41. Sennheiser CX500 170 hours before serious listening
    42. Sennheiser HD201 50 hours before serious listening
    43. Sennheiser HD205 200 hours before serious listening
    44. Sennheiser HD215 700 hours before serious listening
    45. Sennheiser HD280 pro 200 hours before serious listening
    46. Sennheiser HD435 250 hours before serious listening
    47. Sennheiser HD457 100 hours before serious listening
    48. Sennheiser HD515 150 hours before serious listening
    49. Sennheiser HD555 150 hours before serious listening
    50. Sennheiser HD580 300 hours before serious listening
    51. Sennheiser HD595 150 hours before serious lsitening
    52. Sennheiser HD600 260 hours before serious listening
    53. Sennheiser HD650 250 hours before serious listening
    54. Sennheiser MX560-B 30 hours before serious listening
    55. Sennheiser PX100 500 hours before serious listening
    56. Sennheiser PX200 220 hours before serious listening
    57. Sennheiser PXC300 740 hours before serious listening
    58. Sennheiser PXC350 400 hours before serious listening

    59. Shure E2c 50 hours before serious listening
    60. Shure E3c 100 hours before serious listening
    61. Shure E4c 1000 hours before serious listening
    62. Shure E500PTH/SE530 500 hours before serious listening

    63. Sony MDR-D777 350 hours before serious listening
    64. Sony MDR-EX90LP 170 hours before serious listening
    65. Sony MDR-NC22 40 hours before serious listening
    66. Sony MDR-SA5000 300 hours before serious listening
    67. Sony MDR-V700DJ 50 hours before serious listening
    68. Sony MDR-V900HD 370 hours before serious listening
    69. Sony MDR-XD400 1000 hours before serious listening

    70. Ultimate Ears super.fi 3 studio 200 hours before serious listening
    71. Ultimate Ears super.fi 5 pro 560 hours before serious listening
    72. Ultimate Ears triple.fi 10 pro 650 hours before serious listening

    73. WESTONE UM1 60 hours before serious listening
    74. WESTONE UM2 90 hours before serious listening
    75. WESTONE Westone 3 240 hours before serious listening

    For burn in I use the XLO burn in CD.

    Earphones: Head Direct RE-2 IEM

    The Head Direct RE-2 IEM's are one of the best sounding IEM's with good value to come out of China. They are housed in a very stylish leather box with additional ear plugs of different sizes to suit each individual. An appraisal is really not needed since there have been already so many rave reviews.

    But if you don't have a pair in your collection, I really wonder why? Here are some photos and their specs.

    Driver unit: 9mm
    Impedence 32OHM
    Sensitivity 103dB/1mW
    Rate input 10mw
    Max. input 30mw
    Feequency response: 20Hz ~ 18KHZ

    Audio Technica Limited Edition ATH-A950LTD.


    New design driver unit for exclusive use of the limited edition.


    High-purity OFC-7N*1 bobbin type voice coil reproduces the subtle details with ease.


    Permalloy magnetic circuit.


    Aluminium housing eliminates unwanted vibrations.


    Four-core Y-cord (dual-sided type) adopts an elastomer sheath to prevent entanglement.



    DADS*2 (PAT.P.) structure achieves more linear sound.


    Comfortable, total ear-fit design reduces the feeling of tightness.


    3D wing support (PAT.) provides greater comfort and better fitting.


    Artificial leather Clarion*3 ear pads ensure comfort.

  • ATH-A950LTD Specifications
  • Type Airtight Dynamic
    Driver Diameter 53mm, OFC7N
    Frequency Response 5 ~ 40,000Hz
    Maximum Input Power 2,000mW
    Impedance 40 Ω
    Sensitivity 101 dB/mW
    Weight 350 g
    Connector Ø6.3 / Ø3.5 mm gold-plated stereo plug
    Cable TPE /3.0 m

    Kenwood TS-870


    One of the nicest transceivers ever built was the Kenwood TS-870. It provided Digital signal processing at the IF stage. It used a dedicated computer chip to convert analog waveforms into digital information in real-time, providing the opportunity to filter and enhance the quality of the signal before it is reconverted back into analog form for the human ear. This design uses two state-of-the-art 24-bit 20 MIPS digital signal processing chips that allows signals to be brought out of the noise. Imagine over 100dB out of pass band attenuation with virtually no signal loss by the DSP filter! Imagine CW bandwidth adjustable to 50 Hz. Advanced speech processing with transmit equalization. This radio also features both RIT and XIT controls and a multi-function digital bar graph meter. Complete computer operation and control of the TS-870S is possible with supplied Windows™ software and a built-in RS-232C port.

    Frequency range: TX: 10-160 m + WARC
    RX: 0.1-30 MHz
    Mode: AM/FM/SSB/CW/FSK
    RF Power output: Max 100 W (AM 25 W)
    Sensitivity: N/A
    Selectivity: N/A
    Image rejection: N/A
    Voltage: 13.8 VDC +/- 15%
    Current drain: RX: 2 A
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    Impedance: 50 ohms, SO-239
    Dimensions (W*H*D): 330*120*334 mm
    Weight: 11.5 Kg



    Friday, December 12, 2008

    Yaesu VR-5000.



    Channels 2000
    Scan Banks 100
    Search Bands 25
    Coverage 100 kHz - 2.6 GHz
    Scan 15 chan/sec
    Search 15 step/sec
    Steps CW/SSB: 20/100/500 Hz, 1/5 kHz
    AM/NAM/WAM: 1/5/9/10/20/25/50/
    100/500 kHz
    FM: 5/6.25/10/12.5/20/25/
    50/100/500 kHz
    WFM: 10/50/100/500 kHz
    Modes AM/NAM/WAM FM/WFM/SSB/CW
    Sensitivity As specified in the manual:
    0.2 - 0.49998 MHz
    SSB/CW 4.8 µV
    AM 10.8 µV
    0.5 - 1.79998 MHz
    SSB/CW 1.0 µV
    AM 4.0 µV
    1.8 - 3.99998 MHz
    SSB/CW 0.6 µV
    AM 2.5 µV
    4.0 - 29.99998 MHz
    SSB/CW 0.3 µV
    AM 1.1 µV
    28.0 - 29.99998 MHz
    FM 0.35 µV
    30.0 - 1999.99998 MHz
    SSB/CW 0.30 µV
    AM 1.20 µV
    FM 0.45 µV
    WFM 1.50 µV
    2000.0 - 2599.99998 MHz
    SSB/CW 0.5 µV
    AM 1.8 µV
    FM 0.8 µV
    AM/CW/SSW = 10dB S/N
    FM/WFM = 12dB SINAD
    Conversion Triple (WFM)
    Quadruple (all others)
    IFs 1 = 614 MHz
    2 = 45.775 MHz
    3 = 10.7 MHz
    4 = 455 kHz
    Priority 1 channel
    Search skip TBD
    Auto-Store Yes
    S-meter Yes
    Delay Per channel
    Lockout Per channel
    Attenuator Yes
    Lock Yes
    Tone codes No
    Computer intf Yes, RS-232
    Rotary control Yes
    Channel count No
    Data skip No
    Clock Yes
    Timers On, Off, Alarm, Sleep
    Weather No
    Weather Alert No
    Light Display
    Power 13.5V DC, 700mA
    Audio 1.0 W typical
    Size 7.1"(W) x 2.7"(H) x 8"(D)
    180 (W) x 70 (H) x 203 (D)
    Weight 4.2 lbs/1.9kg
    Memory Non-volatile


    A Yaesu "Frog" - The FRG-7000.


    The colorful Yaesu FRG-7000 is an all mode receiver with digital display. It tunes from 250 kHz to 29.90 MHz and includes longwave, medium wave (AM) and shortwave. Modes of reception include AM, SSB and CW.

    Features include: RF Attenuator, Preselector, Fine Tuning, Tone Control and dual time zone digital clock timer with remote recorder activation jacks on the rear panel. The front panel includes a headphone and record jack. The side of the radio has a carry handle. The back panel has antenna inputs for coaxial input or wire antennas.

    FRG-7000 Specifications

    Frequency Range ...... 250 - 29900 kHz
    Power ................ 100/110/117/200/220/234 VAC 50/60 Hz
    Antenna Impedance .... 50 ohms
    Selectivity (-6dB) ... AM 6.0 kHz, SSB/CW 3 kHz
    Sensitivity .......... 0.7 µV 2-30 MHz, SSB/CW (S+N/N=10dB)
    Freq. Stability ...... ±500Hz per 30 minutes after warm-up
    Audio Output ......... 2 Watts at 4 Ohms.
    Dimensions ........... 14.3 x 5 x 11.5 inches (360x125x295 mm)
    Weight ............... 16 Lbs. (7 kg)

    Japan Radio Company NRD-515 Receiver.


    The legendary Japan Radio Company NRD-515 earned a reputation in it's heyday for outstanding quality and unparalleled performance. This professional radio receiver covers 100 kHz to 30 MHz in RTTY, CW, USB, LSB and AM modes. It is an undisputed performer for RTTY/FAX reception, coming from a professional marine radio manufacturing tradition for which JRC is synonymous. A digital VFO with with phase lock loop synthesizer, combined with a photo-type rotary shaft encoder resulting in tuning totally free of any backlash. Up-conversion double superheterodyne circuit virtually eliminates any imaging. Just select the desired Megahertz via the MHz knob and then tune the main tuning knob or use the rapid up-down toggle switch. Effective passband tuning is provided to eliminate adjacent channel interference during CW/SSB reception. Selectivity can be selected independent of mode. 6.0 and 2.4 kHz filters are provided as well as two additional slots for optional filtering Other refinements include an antennuator, Delta (Fine) Tuning, accurate calibrates "S" Meter, effective Noise Blanker and External VFO provision. The rear has provisions for antenna input and speaker output jacks as well as a connectors for the optional memory or keypad connections. This radio requires a speaker such as the matching NVA-515. Optional NDH-515 or NDH-518 external memories match this radio. JRC also offered the NCM-515 wired frequency controller. The NRD-515 matched NSD-515 Transmitter and was deemed a top of the class amateur radio set up in it's heyday. These sets are rare and prized by collectors who value quality engineering. The whole front panel was die cast and all knobs were metallic.


    Porsche Design Wind-up Radio P'9110


    Forged from metal with precision knurled knobs and handles, the P'9110 redefines crank radios. Providing the freedom to be independent, but connected wherever you go, the unit utilizes dual conversion super-hetrodyne technology, ensuring accurate reception. Features include multi-band reception, LED flashlight, cell-phone charger and siren.

    • Cast aluminum housing
    • Emergency siren
    • Machine bolt treatment
    • Built-in AM/FM/Shortwave aerial antenna
    • Crank handle magnetic locking system




    Eton FR1000 VOICELINK



    Eton FR-1000
    • 22 GMRS (General Mobile Radio System)/FRS (Family Radio System) channels
    • 121 privacy codes (38 CTCSS / 83 DCS)
    • AM/FM receiver
    • VOX (Voice operated transmission)
    • NOAA weather radio and NOAA weather alert
    • Siren and Flashlight
    • Can be powered from four different sources:
      • Rechargeable Ni-MH battery
      • Dynamo crank alone
      • 4 “AA” batteries
      • AC Adapter (included)
    • Cell-phone charging jack


    Thursday, December 11, 2008

    Annual Dinner of Hong Kong Association Of Property Management Companies On 1st December, 2008.

    On 1st December, 2008 the Hong Kong Association Of Property Management Companies held their annual dinner at the Hong Kong Convention Centre. It was an annual gathering of all the facilty and property management professionals in Hong Kong.


    Top: L to R - Steve & Janet


    Above: L to R - Zoe, Steve, Janet



    Monday, December 8, 2008

    Avril Lavigne - Complicated

    A Complicated Song-Weird Al Yankovic

    N Scale Model Railroading Videos.

    East Valley Lines N Scale Model Railroad



    N-scale Trains at Track Level



    Amazing model train layout



    Dave Vollmer's N Scale PRR Tour



    "Area 51" Railroad - N Scale Railroad



    N scale BIG model railroad layout

    Pen Collecting And Namiki

    I have been collecting fountain pens extensively for a many no. of years from different countries world wide. Below are a couple of photos from my extensive collection and some video on Namiki pens.Below is my limited edition China Dragon Golden Fountain Pen:



    Namiki/Pilot Vanishing Point Customized 3B Cursive Italic



    Namiki Sterling Silver Collection Fine Gift Pen



    Refilling the Namiki Falcon



    NAMIKI PENS

    Fountain Pen Maintenance

    Flushing a Pelikan piston fill Fountain Pen



    Removing a Pelikan fountain pen nib

    Non Digital 35mm SLR Cameras That I Use: Olympus OM System.

    My Pesrsonal Fav. out of all my OM system Cameras is the OM-2N, I use M-42 OM adapters exclusively with a full range of Zeiss M-42 screw mount lenses.


    The Olympus OM-30



    The Olympus OM-10



    OM System



    OM-4

    World's smallest DSLR - Olympus E-420

    Doxa GMT SUB750T Sharkhunter Watch

    Breitling Navitimer Silver Dial Watch