1/43 IXO Ferrari 250TR

By admin, February 16, 2010 22:53

250a

250b

眾里尋他千百度,暮然回首,那人卻在燈火闌珊處﹗

By admin, February 9, 2010 22:59

認識它的朋友﹐自然不用多說也清楚此車的珍貴﹐全球限量500台的F1橙紅色舒密加版本的ENZO﹐今天好運氣竟然給我碰上了﹐雖然是散包﹐但價格十分之合理﹐幸好上星期沒用天價從eBay購入﹐要不就虧大了。

Yes﹗終于得到它了﹗ 

1/18 BBR/Kyosho Enzo Ferrari Michael Schumacher’s Personal Car – F1 Color

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一對等了幾年﹑盼望已久的新年禮物

By admin, February 7, 2010 22:58

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要享受到高層次的音色,一對高質素的喇叭當然少不了。JVC最新推出的EX-A15 DVD微型音響組合,特別在於內置K2專業音效重播技術(K2 Technology)之木製振膜單元,能把經壓縮處理後的失真信號,提升至接近原音之水平。

簡單來說,這個K2 Technology是JVC為專業錄音室研製的高階錄音技術,播放時可將CD之音質提升至DVD-Audio質素;MP3音樂提升至CD水平。配合EX-A15的Wood Cone木製單元揚聲器在聲音播放有更突出的表現,Wood Cone木製單元揚聲器經過多種步驟處理,最後切割成僅是0.28mm厚度之薄片才能安裝於揚聲器上,至於木料就選用了樺木作為原材料 。

EX-A15揚聲器箱體採用櫻桃木製造,是次更加入Anisotropic技術,這個技術將木片加建於木製振膜單元後方,令單元加速地發放出多角度的聲音擴散,加強音樂分析力而增加聲音的空間感。EX-A15獨創的高性能數字功率放大器採用混合反饋技術,使失真減少百分之十。另外為了提高木質振膜揚聲器的驅動能力,EX-A15喇叭振盆及防塵帽都統一使用樺木,至於喇叭則採用能減少磁性失真兼有4層聲圈的強磁電路釹磁鐵。

EX-A15其它功能包括:USB音響輸入端子,內置DVD影像兼容播放DVD-Audio/Video,DVD-RW/- R/+R/+RW,CD,SVCD/VCD,CD-R/RW,MPEG 4,MPEG 2,MP3/JPEG,數碼直接逐行掃描電路,10-bit/54MHz視頻D/A轉換器及192KHz/24-bit音頻D/A轉換器,杜比數碼/DTS解碼器及色差/光纖輸出功能,2 x 25W輸出功率的10cm低音揚聲器及2 x 25W輸出功率的2cm高音揚聲器。

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Solid Steel ZR-6

 

Update: Sep-22-2011

近日入手国内行货版EX-A15,淘宝购入。听了一周,实在想象不出如此小巧的系统为何会有如此好的音质。昨日晚上把2台主机都拆开了,一看完全颠覆以往对迷你音箱的认识,几年前买过雅马哈的E700,也自己拆过,里面简直不能看,完全是绣花枕头一包草。

JVC A15的内部实在太厉害了,作为完全数码式放大器,能做到这样已经很用心了,当初雅马哈的E700也是数码放大器,这类放大器的特点是不会有大型变压器与大型电源滤波电容在里面,所以主机重量都较轻。

JVC A15 完全属于电路板反装形式设计,就是电路板底部朝上,正面电子元器件朝下,打开机箱很难看到内部电子元件,全部被反装电路板挡住了,这是我近来拆解的影音器材中最难拆的了。

以下是简述:

DVD机:共3块电路板,开关电源板侧装,DVD数码视频/解码电路板与模拟视频&数码/模拟音频电路板分离,其中最大一块面积的模拟视频&数码/模拟音频电路板是反向安装,并且电路为数/模分离设计。DVD机芯为白色顶盖准全封闭设计,直接安装在底部。HDMI控制芯片,中央处理芯片,杜比/DTS处理芯片均为松下制。

功放: 这个拆开后看傻眼了,密密麻麻太复杂了,电源部分用1.2t 钢板小盒子封住,完全看不到电源板。最让我傻眼的是数码放大电路板也同样用1.2t 钢板小盒子封住,这2个小盒子就直接安装在机器底部,散热就靠顶部的小盒子外壳和机箱底部的钢板散热,外表看来无铝制散热片。机箱顶部一大块反装线路板,这块是输入/输出和中央处理IC电路板,主芯片是松下制。音频处理部分有2颗大型Nichicon电容把守,反向安装,没看清数据。看到K2芯片了,很小的一块芯片。

我买这机器第一大目的就是要拿来拆的,当初的EX-A10我很好奇内部是怎么样的,但是找遍整个华语网络没有人发过拆解图片和解说,因为当时我把服役中的雅马哈E700拆了之后,立马对雅马哈音响设备从敬仰⇒转变为藐视,除了设计缺陷(DVD解码芯片直接在光头下面散热)

内部的所有电容都是使用广东某厂出品的国产电容,你说你徒有个美丽外表有啥用?(E700拆解2年曾发表在布鲁网上,已删。)JVC EX-A15,你、既然敢开价比前代机型A10贵二千大洋,你总得有个交代吧?贵在什麽地方总不能换张面孔(面板)糊弄我们吧?所以我就买了,一周后我拆了,拆了就要发图片传论坛的,想传却发现这个论坛有每日上传图片限制。

先看一下音源部分DVD播放机的内部照片。主电路由DVD解码电路板(正装)与模拟视频/数模音频处理电路板(反装)组成,解码板在反装电路板下面,从外面完全看不到,机器的一侧开关电源板(侧装)与模拟电路板密闭组成L型构造,从这一面是完全看不到内部的解码板的。另一侧可以探看到内部解码板,电路板做工十分优秀,解码板正面有2块IC,分别是HDMI控制芯片和DOLBY/DTS处理芯片。解码饭反面估计还有芯片,看不到。DVD机芯一半被反装电路板覆盖,机芯顶部白色顶盖完全密闭整个DVD机芯,中间马达转轴金属制成,做工极为精致。反装电路板面积极为庞大,反面电容等元器件密布,JVC大量运用模拟电路并使音频电路数/模分离来提升CD播放素质,用心良苦。

尝试了一件非常奥妙的事情,由于发现所有的连线都直接连在最顶层的反装电路板上(电源板输出连接,面板控制连接,机芯控制输出连接等),DVD视频解码板位于独立的最底层且只通过3排线连接在反装电路板上,拔去这些连线,使DVD解码板与整机断开,通电开机,发现机器仍可以正常启动,可以播放CD碟,但此时DVD碟无法播放,太奥妙了,也就是说,这台DVD讯源只要简单的拆去DVD解码板就变成了一台纯CD机,模拟音频和光纤音频输出也同样可用,因为这些接口都在反装线路板上的,DVD解码板只有个HDMI高清接口。

实在钦佩JVC对于这台机器的设计哲学,DVD与CD完全分离处理,那些对带有视频功能颇有微词的用户只要拆掉DVD解码板就可以成为纯CD机,而且从外观完全看不出,这块解码板位于机器内部正向安装,拆除非常容易。

接下来是功放部分,一打开机箱,扑面而来的是几乎覆盖整个机体面积的反装电路板,完全遮盖住了机箱内部,只能从侧面观察内部,这使得拍照非常困难,顺着电源线进入机箱的方向,看到整个电源板被一个金属钢板制成的盒子完全封闭住。

再转到另一边看机箱内部,发现整个放大电路部分也同样被金属盒子封闭住,一左一右的2个金属盒,完全看不到内部啊。反装电路板是输入输出和整个系统的控制电路板,反面插满了密密麻麻的电容等元器件和小型芯片,其中看到了JVC引以为豪的K2芯片,主控芯片是松下的,如此用料和设计,我想是有别于其他品牌的迷你组合的。

1st Classic Rackets Gathering

By admin, February 6, 2010 22:52

正式開始體驗新時代Tennis Strings

By admin, February 6, 2010 12:11

After playing with Luxilon Big Banger ACE TOUCH hybrid and GAMMA Professional Spin the other day, I almost still couldn’t believe what I am getting magically: SPIN and more SPIN and EVEN MORE SPIN!!! Besides, they are quite powerful, comfortable and controllable as well, as I thought poly is going to be very hard initilly.  The effect is much much bigger than adding lead like in the old days. It’s virtually like upgrading my old-school POG Oversize (all are Grip 3) to a previously never reached level.

So my first impression of the modern Hybrid and Poly strings is that they do help in some way definitely.

In additional, after discussed and recommended by another tennis pal, I’ve decided to change all the rest 3 strings on my POG Oversize (all are Grip 2) to something modern yesterday, so it really didn’t take me long to step into the famous Babolat Natural Gut cross Gamma TNT2 (ie, 2 days) and the popular Tecnifibre Black Code. Of course, I would preserve the old pal: Prince Topspin with Duraflex 15 Neo Green.

Let me give them a try in today afternoon’s classic rackets gathering to see what these batches will bring me.

 

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Hybrid: Babolat VS Team Natural ThermoGut 17 + Gamma TNT2 16

 

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Tecnifibre Black Code 18

 

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Prince Topspin with Duraflex 15

為你鍾情 – 哥哥張國榮

By admin, February 5, 2010 00:48

2003年4月1日那天是香港最黑暗的一天﹐還記得當天有謠傳宣佈香港成為SARS疫區﹐當然這不是真的﹐但我最愛的哥哥Leslie卻選擇了那天離開了我們。

從那天起就改變了我對很多事情的看法﹐再也不像從前年少般的任性和狂妄﹐對以後的人和事都看開了不少。。。

有時真希望有些事是可以扭轉的。。。

在同年底我的婚禮上﹐我特別安排了“為你鍾情”這首歌獻比太太做為我倆對哥哥的懷念﹐我們的相識其實全因為他﹐因為太太也是個哥哥的超級Fans。

 

為你鍾情
作曲:王正宇 作詞:黃霑 編曲:奧金寶

為你鍾情,傾我至誠042_icon
請你珍藏這份情
從未對人,傾訴秘密
一生首次盡吐心聲

望你應承,給我證明
此際心弦,有共鳴
然后對人,公開心情
用那金指環作證

*對我講一聲,終于肯接受
以后同用我的姓
對我講一聲“I DO! I DO!”
愿意一世讓我高興

為你鍾情,傾我至誠
請你珍藏這份情
然后百年,終你一生
用那真心痴愛來作證*

第一次玩Mixed Poly & Multifilament線

By admin, February 2, 2010 17:33

Some say Coated Poly (aka Luxilon) has changed the way how modern tennis game plays. I being one of the most loyal classic racket followers never actually paid attention to how string technologies evolved over the year to a point that it can actually affect ones game now.

In my teenage days, we only have two type of strings, A. Natural Gut which Babolat established it’s legendary status through 80s/90s and continue into the new century. B. The alternative is Synthetic Gut (most famous is Prince’s Synthetic Gut, with Spin or with Duraflex), I still remember clearly that no one uses the 3rd, C. Nylon (was it the pre-generation of Poly?).

After I started to play tennis seriously since March 2009, I heard many praise regarding how good Coated Poly (or simply refers as Poly) is, so I finally decided to give it a try on two of my old-daddy Prince Original Graphite (Oversize) yesterday. I went to a pro-shop (MRX) and asked Hill to recommend two different modern strings for me, still haven’t got time to hit it though.

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Luxilon Big Banger ACE TOUCH hybrid, Ace 18 (Main), Supersense 16L (Cross)

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 GAMMA Professional Spin 16L

 

Finally, I’ve also got a chance to hit Natural Gut yesterday during my normal practicing session with CHing. And the feel is incrediblely good! I can hit a big in-side out to the right corner without going out anymore…strange, as I always believe it’s the skill, instead of string that helps, anyway, I found Natural Gut is still quite expensive and I am not ready to put on those “Ferrari” until I improved my game, or it’s going to be a complete waste.

PS. Enclosed also find an article I found on the net regarding how strings can help you to improve your game.

  

Which Tennis Strings Will Take Your Tennis Game to the Next Level

Tennis Strings have been one of the hottest topics of discussion on the pro tour in recent years. Most specifically how the Luxilon tennis strings have become such powerful method of improving player performance. Darren Cahill, the long time coach of Andre Agassi, recently commented that by converting his racquet to a Luxilon blend, Andre was able to improve his spin and control dramatically in the later part of his career, extending his playing days until eventually his back gave way.

This new tennis string technology will also improve the performance of developing and social players.

Natural Gut – For decades Natural Gut string was the preferred string for top professionals. Babolat VS Natural Gut had achieved legendry status as the choice of legends such as Pete Sampras. Natural Gut delivered great “feel” and comfort for the best players. It did however have drawbacks; it wasn’t very durable and would lose tension relatively quickly. For social tennis players it was out of reach due to high prices so it was only the privileged few who were able to use it.

Luxilon Poly - More recently players have however turned to the Luxilon tennis strings in great numbers. Luxilon is a “coated poly”; it is durable, maintains its tension and delivers incredible spin and control to its users. Most of the top players from Federer to Nadal to Henin use Luxilon in their string bed. Other companies have attempted to create string with similar qualities to Luxilon, not quite reaching the magic formula but providing cheaper alternatives as a result.

Hybrid String Patterns – A popular practice with top players is to “blend” their string pattern, using a different string on the mains and the crosses. Federer, for example, uses a blend of Luxilon and Natural Gut. The aim is to get the best of both world’s, the feel of Gut and the durability and spin of Luxilon. This method is highly recommended for players looking to improve their game.

A major hurdle for the developing and social player is the cost of both Luxilon and Natural Gut string. Fortunately cheaper alternatives are available which offer similar characteristics; if not quite the same performance.

All companies will have their own version of Synthetic Gut, which is designed to have similar characteristics of Natural Gut thus providing power and a “soft feel.” By spending a little extra you may experience even better performance by stringing with a “multi filament” string. “Head Rip Control”, “Prince Syn Gut Multifilament”, “Wilson NXT” and “Klip Excellerator” are examples of multifilament strings which deliver Natural Gut like characteristics without the cost.

Different tennis companies have also begun producing Luxilon type “coated poly” strings providing extra spin and durability. “Klip K-Boom”, “Head Sonic Pro” and “Kirschbaum Super Smash” are strings which imitate the qualities of Luxilon at a lower price.

Customising your racquet and string – When considering your string specifications it is also important to consider the type of racquet you use. Although technology is always improving, generally speaking racquets, like strings, are usually designed for power; or control. Using an entirely “poly” string bed in a racquet with a tight string pattern (18 mains, 95 sq inch frame) may result in a dead feeling. Conversely using a soft synthetic gut string in a wide string pattern (16 mains, 110 sq inch frame) may adversely affect your control.

Conclusion – Using a Luxilon type “poly” string in the mains and a softer “Gut” string in the crosses is a great way to get the best stringing results. Stringing entirely with a softer “gut” type string can result in broken strings and losing tension quickly. Only stringing with a “poly” can make the racquet feel stiff and uncomfortable.

If you have the budget, string your mains with Luxilon and cross with Natural Gut in a blend. You can still get great results using the cheaper options recommended in this article. This will work in all types of racquet frames and deliver the all round improvement everyone is seeking.

You may however decide you need particular upgrading in certain aspects of your game – more spin, or durability, or comfort or power. In this case you may use exclusively “poly” (more spin and durability) or “gut” (power and comfort). The most important thing is taking advantage of this revolution in tennis strings; they can and will improve your tennis game!

英國的McLaren GTR超級跑車Harrods #51

By admin, January 29, 2010 22:41

以前一直不太留意﹐也不太喜歡McLaren GTR的超級跑車﹐自從慢慢地增加了對這間英國的超級跑車了解後﹐就越發感到它是90年代一間可以和法拉利/林寶基尼匹敵的勁旅。

碰巧遇見香港朋友在香港雅虎拍賣區放好車﹐這黃和綠的配搭來的特別精神﹐再加上英國寄來的Octane雜誌也剛到了﹐其中的一個封面主題就是今天的主角。

這是我的第二台McLaren GTR﹐當年UT的做工還真的對得起它當時優惠的價格﹐這車現在eBay的市場價已經去到瘋狂的地步﹐幸虧這次沒太多人跟我爭這塊肥豬肉﹐令我得可以用合理價格收到了它﹐這台也是我最喜歡McLaren GTR的顏色之一。

 

1/18 UT McLaren GTR Harrods #51

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My antique PIII computer is still going strong for its 11th year.

By admin, January 29, 2010 21:33

I am still using Asus P2B-D with Dual Slot 1 850Mhz, going strong for the 11th year! I still remember clearly I brought it in April 1999 in Wai Chai Computer City and I’ve upgraded it many time over the years with minimal cost. (Mostly bought second hand from Go2HK & Yahoo HK)

Seemed to me the previous generation of Asus MB is so stable, I use for Internet/Email/Photoshop mostly, I can also play MKV, HD RMVB without any problem, so it’s really more than enough.

I will post this again in 2014 where it will be its 15 years.

I have two of these P2B-D, one is running as Desktop, the other running as Network File Server with iSCSI support.

 

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The Configuration:

  • The version of my Dual Slot1 PIII850Mhz  is the one using the least Watts, 17.5W each?
  • Seagate/Maxtor 120GB IDE, 8MB Cache x 2
  • SATA PCI card with Maxtor Maxline 500GB x 4, 16MB Cache on another P2B-D file server
  • IDE PCI card with Maxtor 200GB x 2, 8MB Cache, Maxtor 250GB x 2, 8MB Cache
  • USB2.0 PCI card with 4 ports
  • SoundBlaster AWE64 with Cambridge Soundworks 4.1 Digital (This is so good!)
  • Running W2K3 with IE8
  • Matrox G550 with Dell Ultrasharp 2007FP in 1600×1200 model, so sharp and nice
  • Compaq Dual network NIC
  • Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse. 

After 11 years, I am still totally satisfied with this DIY combo, no complain at all, no harddisk failure (so strange, giving the HD life is only 5 years).

It seemed to me that I really don’t need to upgrade for a long time to come.

預防網球受傷的個人經驗分享

By admin, January 29, 2010 13:55

最近聽到兩位師兄因打波造成腿部肌肉拉傷/撕裂﹐主要原因是現在天氣冷﹐在沒有做足夠熱身就開Set﹐追球而拉傷腿部肌肉﹔或者是之前一天已經打了很多個鐘頭﹐今天又繼續不停地劇烈運動﹐身體在沒有得到適當的休息情況下﹐各部位的反應已經沒有正常敏捷﹐一但身體反應遲鈍了就很容易出事。

還有就是如果出現肌肉抽筋的現象﹐就一定要馬上停止運動﹐因為這是身體發出的最後警告訊息﹐如果不理會繼續的話﹐就會很大機會造成嚴重的傷害。

自己而言﹐是打一天(最多3個小時)﹐休息1至2天再打﹐這樣才能令身體保持一個良好的機能去充分享受打球的樂趣。

還有就是打波一定要放松全身肌肉﹐而不是大力擊球﹐等感覺到了球﹐包多些時間才送出拍面﹐這些都是最近在師兄指導下,我一直在研究﹕無論是底線抽擊或者是發球﹐怎樣可以用小力打多些旋轉(Spin)球和多些角度(Angle)球才是贏球的竅門。

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