Farewell to a 20 years old friend 依依不捨…

By admin, March 14, 2010 14:30

It was 20 years ago, I met this old friend of mine in Brompton Road, London.

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The Magical Box of Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1!

By admin, March 9, 2010 23:14

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For the past whole week, I was thinking turning my 3 year old Dell notebook into a media center, but the build-in soundcard (SimTel) is just too crappy and cannot produce the sound I wanted. It’s not until I found IT today, the magically Creative X-Fi SoundBlaster Surround 5.1 (USB)! It’s so perfect as it even comes with optical out to my EX-A15 amplifier.

For about HK$500, it immediately turned my notebook into a powerful media center, USB output from the notebook connects to SB X-Fi DAC, then either using digital (optical) or analog output to JVC EX-A15.  

I can play all the un-compressed source like FLAC, APE now on my JVC woodcore speaker, and all my RMVB or MKV HD sound quality became so much better, it’s just absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

Together with a Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse, I’ve finally completed the project of my digital media center that I always dreamt about!

Thank you so much Creative! You made my day!

General Specifications 

High Definition Audio Quality
  • High Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) exceeding 100 dB using high linearity, low distortion 24-bit converters with resolutions of up to 96 kHz.
  • 24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion of digital sources during playback in 24-bit with sampling rate of up to 96 kHz in 5.1 mode without audio monitoring.
     
  • 24-bit Analog-to-Digital conversion of analog sources during recording in 24-bit with sampling rates up to 96 kHz without audio monitoring. 
  • X-Fi Crystalizer
  • Enhances musical dynamics by emphasizing sharp percussive sounds and transients 
  • X-Fi CMSS-3D
  • X-Fi CMSS-3D Surround: Upmixes stereo sources to 4, 4.1 or 5.1 channels
  • X-Fi CMSS-3D Headphone: Provides a multichannel playback experience over headphones for all types of content
  • X-Fi CMSS-3D Virtual: Provides a multichannel playback experience over two loudspeakers for all types of content
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    Update:  Nov 24, 2011

    I just found out JVC EX-A15 doesn’t support 96Khz Optical input, so the maximum is 48Khz 24Bits for Optical input. However the strange thing is Analog at 96Khz and 24 Bits is fine.

    I also notice Creative released the updated version of its magical box which supports HD now, after all it’s still around HK$8xx and much cheaper than other DACs in the market. 

    In additiona, I found Creative has also released two upgrade version called X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro and X-Fi Surround 5.1 HD.

    Finally, I am going to add a 8″ sub-woofer to my JVC EX-A15 shortly, this will definitely enhance my mini Hi-Fi sysem to another level.

    正宗意大利血統的超酷Supercar

    By admin, March 7, 2010 00:28

    終于有時間回來更新了,從一月底到昨天,進了18台大大小小的寶貝。

    這几天就會陸續更新,先來一台一直想擁有正宗意大利血統的超酷Supercar!

    唯獨不愛BBURAGO/WELLY的1/18,因為做工實在太粗糙了,但MR的龜車性价比又難免太低,所以最后還是選擇等待。

    我等啊等(大概1年多了),終于給我前天等到了台1/43的,SPARK的手版做工真得很精細,絕對值得買!再次多謝師兄半賣半送!

    最后還是那句,別急于購買,收藏這玩意儿,要有耐性,是你的,終歸有一天總是你的,不是你的,得到了最后還是會失去,道理就這么簡單。 

    而且等待得到的碩果總比慌忙搶購得到的甜得多的多!!!

     

    1/43 Spark Alfa Romeo 8C 2004 Metallic Red 

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    LOST Season 6 Finale

    By admin, March 4, 2010 18:02

    It’s finally here after waiting for so long, I am really getting lost in one of my favorite TV series LOST.

    (Updated to Episode 6 as of today)

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    樓下竟然有台1:1的Bentley Continental GT

    By admin, March 2, 2010 22:32

    一直都很喜歡新款的Bentley Continental GT﹐諾大的鬼面罩極據氣勢﹐這台第一版黑色的Continental GT更是一眾買家在拍賣場尋找的對象。自己不喜歡紅色的Continental GT Speed﹐因為覺得黑色﹑英國綠更襯賓利高貴的英倫形象。

    其實對賓利車模有研究的玩家一早就知道第一版黑色的Continental GT是個錯版﹐因為頭尾標誌的大小有誤﹐跟真車的標誌頭大尾小剛好做反了﹐但這依然沒有減退大家收藏的興趣。

     

    1/18 Minichamps Bentley Continental GT Black

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    另外附上最近拍到樓下鄰居的新車﹐哈哈﹐他的竟然也是 Continental GT﹐ 而且還是黑色的﹐最重要的他玩的是1:1的﹐我暈﹗﹗﹗

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    Coated Poly needs to 夾板

    By admin, March 2, 2010 12:37

    From my experience, I’ve never tried coated poly before (I mean the past 20 something years), but heard many good/bad stuff about it, especially the brand Luxilon as it’s most famous for coated poly. Bad stuff mainly it hurts elbow/wrist > tennis elbow.

    So I’ve decided to give it about one month ago, I strung with Luxilon Big Banger ACE TOUCH hybrid, Ace 18 (Main), Supersense 16L (Cross) on my old daddy rkt Prince Original Graphite Oversize and guess what it DID upgrade my old-school weapon significantly, at least I can tell it’s quite big in terms of the power and The Spin it generated than Prince Syn. Gut 15l I’ve always used in the past.

    Yes, you DEFINITELY do need to 夾板, as Luxilon’s poly tends to be very hard, and my POG is very flex (in terms of stiffness), so the overall combination is quite good even I strung it to 60lbs.

    In contrast, another brand Tecnifibre Black Code 18 poly is very soft compares to Luxilons’ Ace 18, so when I put just Black Ace 18 on my 2nd POG with 62lb, I found the string bed is still too soft to hit.

    經典的保時捷993

    By admin, March 1, 2010 21:53

    不知為何﹐直覺告訴我這麼多年來最佳外型的保時捷就是993這一系列﹐幾乎完美的流線型車身﹐每一分每一寸都流露出它與眾不同的氣質﹐反而之後的996/997系列好像都有些畫蛇添足的感覺。

    993的車模做工最好的還是多年前的UT﹐UT一口氣幾乎把所有的993款式都出了一遍﹐我有幸收到了其中的4款﹐這架得來也是全靠運氣﹐因為銀色的993是最具代表性的保時捷顏色﹐而開篷版則從國際拍賣市場上消失了已經好些日子了。

    保時捷993代表了經典﹐簡單就是美這個設計理論完全從它身上表露無遣。

     

    1/18 UT Porsche 911 (993) Cabriolet – Silver

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    另附早上拍到樓下訪客的稀有超跑CLK63 AMG﹐黑的像炭一樣﹐很兇惡的樣子﹗

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    今天佩服得五腹投地

    By admin, March 1, 2010 19:14

    今日和師兄同來是一位久仰大名的DISCUSS多屆單打冠軍朋友﹐還有老外DAVE即興JOIN埋一齊玩。

    師兄和老外朋友連場激戰後﹐被老外扯到索晒氣﹐冠軍朋友則很舒服﹐他講笑話好像因為老外朋友開了不少ACE球﹐根本不需要怎麼走。我則還是陪跑員﹐連續輸了幾場給老外朋友。(好像從來都沒贏過一場﹐慚愧。)

    這邊廂﹐我和冠軍朋友玩得很開心﹐打到全場飛(是我被他打倒全場飛)。想不到有很多我認為不可能救到的球﹐他竟然全能救到﹐而且還轉敗為勝﹐果然厲害﹗最令我大為吃驚的是原來他的球速並不快﹐但他還是可以用其獨特的超水準全面技術贏到很多人﹐這方面是我一定要向這位師兄學習的。今天真的令我再次大開眼界﹐再次證實打波根本不需要大力﹐小弟實在佩服得五腹投地。

    最後師兄對我的發球提出了很肺腑的建議﹐原來我自己根本不知道自己發球亂扭身扭細﹐搞到失去平衡。再次謝謝your honest advices always, I really appreciate it, these 肺腑的建議 really did help me to improve my game over the past 1 year!

    美麗的吳哥窟

    By admin, February 28, 2010 23:28

    Finally I’ve got time to make a short summary of the sceneries that I took from the trip, Angkor Wat what a magnificent place to visit!

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    It’s my mind not my techniques

    By admin, February 26, 2010 22:10

    During today’s 即興 3-6pm tennis session with DTLK and Yu, I found that I can actually produce very powerful 1st serve without any error continously and even a few ace down the T, I had a very tight game with Yu 3:3 at the end, won many points with my serve. However, it’s really strange that from 3-5:15pm I almost couldn’t serve at all, then I am a totally different person after 5:15pm.

    I finally figured out/gained something today, it is MY MIND not my skill that’s always dragging me backwards.   

    只要集中和放鬆身體就可以打得好, simple as that, I felt good today.

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