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David VS Goliath

  • Written by Denom
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Two boxers both from UK have been assigned a boxing match. One is from Salisbury, the other from Essex. The Salisbury boxer weighs 64kgs and is currently the flyweight champion. The Essex boxer weighs 130kgs and is a respected cruiser weight boxer. The fight referee is my friend Makesh and the venue is his home.

All expectations are that of the Essex boxer having it his way over the Salisbury boxer and that the match would not last long, or so it seemed in the preconceived notions of the spectators. What happens is actually quite the opposite. Not only does the Salisbury boxer hold his ground but ensures a technical knock out (TKO) in the 6th round of the match! The match is over.

The Salisbury boxer is none other than the Naim Nait 5i and the Essex boxer is the Rega Elicit-R.

The accompanying equipment’s in 'the ring' were as follows:

Source: Technics SL1210 with Denon DL103 MC Cart / Philips CD750 Speakers: Merlin TSM BME Cables: Interconnects: Belden VDH / Speaker Cable: NAC A5

So why did the outcome not go as perceived? On paper, the Rega Elicit-R has 2 chief advantages: 1) It outputs 105Watts @ 8 Ohms 2) It weighs 13 kgs

The above were the reasons that made Makesh consider the Rega Elicit-R as a worthy replacement over his current Naim Nait5i which ‘only’ does 50watts @ 8 ohms and weighs 6.4kgs.

What did we learn from this match? 1) Power alone means nothing and 2) Just going by weight of the equipment could also be misleading

Makesh felt that there could be a couple of reasons why the Rega Elicit-R did not fare well in context of the boxing match, one of them being that the Naim Nait5i was well burned in, whilst the exact burn in period of the Rega Elicit-R remains unknown. Second was the presence of the NAC A5 could also be one of the contributing factors that went against the Rega Elicit-R. My answer to both of his reasons say the contrary but then let’s leave it for another article!

Moral of the story – All that appears isn’t true, so make your own conclusions based on merit & performance alone, as most often than not, they are the only way to know for sure whether you are headed in the right direction or not. Am already looking forward to the next boxing match!

PS: Just cannot get the song 'Get In The Ring' by Guns 'N Roses out of my head and wished that I had carried my Use your Illusion II CD along to play this tune during the boxing match.

What Hi-Fi? Show 2017 Mumbai - Show Coverage(Part 4)

  • Written by pulastya
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At the 15th Floor, we started of with the Rivera International Room, who though had 2 rooms, we could only cover 1 as the home theatre one was filled with visitors, hence we decided to pop in their other room which had McIntosh Electronics with German Physiks Speakers. Though the effort was taken to set up the pairing to the best of their abilities, sadly the sound was not having any wow factor as one would expect with such odd looking speakers. That does not mean that the sound was bad, just that the 'X' factor was clearly missing.

The next room was Absolute Sound, who were showcasing the Kii Audio Model 3 Active Speakers which were in an eye catching bright red color. A Bel Canto Pre and CD Player along with a Mac Book were hooked up to the Model 3's. As is customary for an Absolute Sound Room, attention to detail was evident and they also took the efforts to control the room as much as they could by means of using certain props as sound treatment to good effect. The sound was very good indeed, just that we felt that the low's could have been better. Maybe the Absolute Sound Team thought that limiting the bass would help them control the room to a large extent.

Sun Group had 2 rooms, one with a lot of multimedia products including speakers and radio's mainly on static display whilst the other had the Devialet Phantom Gold Speakers and a B&W 803 D3's with a Devialet Amp. Sadly, at both the rooms there wasn't any real interest shown to play the equipment at hand for visitors walking in, so we quickly had a look and walked out to the next rooms.

BenQ had a room which was to showcase their new flagship home projector the W11000, which hadn't arrived yet and so we quickly moved onto the next room, which had Philips showcasing a couple of their sound bars. One of these models was their new atmos enabled sound bar that is yet to be launched in our market. A couple of demo's were going on so we just had a quick look and moved onto the next rooms. Nedis & Avaaa had a couple of Thonet & Vander Active Speakers and some Radio's on demo. A short demo taken of both, from which we liked their radio, that was having an old world charm about it and was also very reasonably priced, to encourage radio enthusiasts to look at it seriously.

Nexus Audio were showcasing a Home Theatre Setup yet again, this time with a Mix of Stage Accompany LCR Speakers with OEM Surrounds and Subwoofer. The speakers were hooked up to a Yamaha AVR and Oppo BluRay Player. A couple of live concerts on bluray were played with intermittent movie clips. A pair of small and very interesting looking speakers(Jern14) were also showcased for the first time in India. What was interesting to know was that the sealed cabinets were made of cast iron and were in a industrial looking grey finish. By themselves they had a very clean, dynamic and coherent sound, but keeping their form factor in mind they definitely needed the support of a subwoofer which was connected in tandem to augment the low frequencies. Overall, we did not enjoy the home theatre showcased as much as we did the JERN14's as we found the home theatre experience a bit too smooth and unappealing as far as surround sound being showcased. We give the benefit of doubt to the Nexus Audio personnel as they were probably aiming to make the live music concerts sound more musical, to which they may have succeeded to a large extent. Maybe we are more critical on Nexus Audio as each year they raise the bar but this year probably were found being complacent.

Sonodyne had a suite as well, 1 room had a couple of static displays and some new speakers with their processor. The other room had a home theatre set-up.

Leviathan Systems Pvt. Ltd. had a Burmester Set and Audiovector Speakers on static display. The gent running the room was playing music from his laptop, which mostly consisted of MP3 files!

Finally the last 2 rooms to cover, those of MZ Audio Distributions, one having a home theatre set up whilst the other being a stereo set up,  which we helped to set up. The home theatre setup consisted of Morel Octave Signature Speakers with 2 Morel Subwoofers with Marantz AV7702 Processor, MM8077 Power Amplifier and UD7007 BluRay Player. On static display were sets of Mission LX Series and Boston Acoustics A360 Speakers. There also was a Marantz TT5005 Turntable that was played on request.

The Stereo room consisted of the following:

Marantz TT15S1 Reference Turntable, SA14S1SE SACD Player, PM14S1SE Integrated Amplifier, NA11S1SE Network Player and Taga Harmony Diamond F200 Speakers. Entire cabling was by Nordost, consisting of Heimdall2 Speaker Cables and Interconnects, Red Dawn Power Cords, along with QX Power Purifier and Q Base AC Distribution Box. All the electronics were fresh out of the box, having cleared from customs the day before the show started and the speakers were also not played for more than an hour. Inspite of the lack of break in of the collective setup, the visitors appreciated the setup. The last day of the show actually showed a glimpse of what the setup was capable of but sadly for us it was a little too late. For the reasons as stated above, we felt the setup could have sounded much better than it actually did.


What Hi-Fi? Show 2017 Mumbai - Show Coverage(Part 3)

  • Written by pulastya
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Sight & Sound had Aero and Audiostics products on display, mostly static.

Baaroq Designs had a bazaar like display of as many products that they could fit into their room, mainly consisting of products from Mistral, OMZ and Eltek Acoustic. We were pretty much amused seeing the Mistral Speakers which were nothing but clones of B&W Speaker models of yesteryears, in the looks department. More than the demo we were just looking at the amount of similarities in the looks department as stated above and had a brief chat with the persons manning the room. Baaroq Designs have recently been made the distributors for Mistral in India. We wish them the very best in their endeavors.

Shemaroo Corporation had a few Panasonic projectors on static display and 1 model on demo. A couple of Panasonic TV's also were on demo. They also had a couple of speakercraft inwall, inceiling speakers on static display.

AudioVision India had almost their entire brands on static display. The key word being STATIC. Most of the visitors including us were disappointed to see this sort of arrangement as most often than not the aspirational brand for music enthusiasts has been B&W. A consolation of sorts was that one could atleast hear one B&W product - that being the Zeppelin wireless speaker. Yes, we are being a little bit sarcastic but we can't hide our disappointment! All we could do is click pics, which we did to make up for the lack of listening pleasure.

The only B&W that was 'alive' (pun heavily intended)

The Audio People & Stereo Trend Pvt. Ltd. had a suite having 2 rooms, one had a dedicated Home Theatre and the other a Stereo Set-up respectively. We started with a demo at the home theatre room which consisted of pro audio speakers with dedicated DSP's for each. Since these were the last 2 rooms we had to cover on the 14th floor and the fact that there was no other visitor present, we decided to plonk ourselves on the inviting sofa and enjoy what was on offer. The clip played also was a familiar one to us (from the movie - Man from U.N.C.L.E), hence we were rather well placed to judge the potential of the set-up. Admittedly, we felt the set up was the best one we heard at the Show as far as a Home Theatre Set-up is concerned, kudos to the people who calibrated the set-up.

The Stereo Room consisted of Monitor Audio PL300II Speakers with Bryston 7BSST Mono Block Power Amplifiers, BP26 Pre Amplifer, BDA-1 DAC with BCD-3 CD Player. We heard a few familiar tracks and appreciated the sound but found it slightly uninvolving and one dimensional. The speakers finish was impeccable and to us they were gorgeous.







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